Family:Whitney, John (1746-1802)

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John5 Whitney (Abraham4, Isaiah3, Thomas2, John1), son of Abraham4 and Sarah5 (Whitney) Whitney,[1] was born 3 Oct 1746, Harvard, MA,[2] and died 25 Apr 1802, Bolton, MA, aged 55 years 6 months 22 days.[3]

He married 9 Jan 1771, Bolton, MA, Sarah Atherton, both "of Harvard,"[4] daughter of Peter and Experience (Wright) Atherton.[5] She was born 25 May 1755, Harvard, MA,[6] and died 16 Dec 1840, aged 86 years.[7]

She married secondly, 21 Nov 1805, Bolton, MA, Peter Bender "of Marlborough,"[8] as his second wife. He was born about 1744, and died 6 Jan 1832, Marlborough, MA.[9] His first wife had been Abigail Brigham, whom he married 25 Feb 1767, Marlborough, MA.

Pierce says the following:[10]

He was born in Harvard, where he resided until a young man, when he moved to Bolton, where he was married. When the Revolutionary war broke out he enlisted in a Bolton company as per agreement:
We the subscribers belonging to Bolton in the County of Worcester do promise to pay unto John Whitney of Harvard in said county or order in consideration of his engaging into the Continental service for three years for us, 18 calves, 10 whereof are to be heifers, and 8 steers to be delivered to him within six weeks after his dis- charge from the Continental service (provided it be within 3 years) viz, if he be discharged in one year from date he is to receive said stock at one year and six weeks old and so for a longer or shorter time according to the same rule.
N. B. - Said stock is to be six weeks older when he receives them than the time he is in the service, provided it be no longer than three years. Said stock to be of the middling size. [Nurses Annals of Lancaster, Mass.]
In 1781 he was of Bolton and in the regiment commanded by Col. Josiah Whitney, of Harvard. His brother, Isaiah Whitney, was admr. of the estate of John Whitney, of Bolton. June 23, 1804, all the heirs are satisfied and sign as follows, viz.: Sarah Whitney, John Whitney, Milley Whitney, Caleb Moore, Ashsa Moore, Thomas Houghton and Aseneth Houghton. Caleb Moore was appointed guardian to Artemas Whitney, Eber, Sarah and Hannah, July 3, 1804.

Children of John5 and Sarah (Atherton) Whitney, all born Bolton, MA:

i. Isaiah6 Whitney, b. 23 Oct 1773;[11] m. Susannah Newhall.
ii. Achsah Whitney, b. 4 Dec 1775;[12] m. 24 Nov 1796, Bolton, MA, Caleb Moore.[13]
iii. Milla Whitney, b. 26 Dec 1777;[14] d. 27 Jun 1863 (but Pierce says 1804), Bolton, MA, aged 86 years 6 months 2 days, of old age and congestion of the lungs;[15] unmarried; bur. Old South Burial Ground, Bolton, MA.[16]
iv. John Whitney, b. 13 Apr 1780;[17] m. Mary Munday.
v. Heber Whitney, b. 14 Jun 1782;[18] d. 9 Jan 1785, Bolton, MA, aged 3 years less 5 days.[19]
vi. Asenath Whitney, b. 16 Feb 1784;[20] m. 10 Sep 1803, Bolton, MA, Thomas Houghton.[21]
vii. Artemas Whitney, b. 25 May 1786;[22] m. Rebecca Smith.
viii. Eber Whitney, b. ca. 1789, Bolton, MA; living in 1804, when he had Caleb Moore appointed his guardian; d. 15 Dec 1843, Bolton, MA, aged 54 years, farmer, born in Bolton.[23] He was probably the "Mr." Eber Whitney whose int. were entered 31 Oct 1810, Charlestown, MA, with "Miss" Mehitable W. Nutting, both of Charlestown.[24]
ix. Sarah Whitney, b. 5 Sep 1790;[25] "Sally" m. 22 Mar 1816, Bolton, MA, Willard Atherton, "of Goffstown, N.H."[26]
x. Hannah Whitney, b. 6 Sep 1794;[27] m. Jacob7 Whitney.

Census

  • 1790, Bolton, Worcester Co., MA: John Whitney, 3 males over 16, 3 males 0-15, and 5 females.
  • 1800, Bolton, Worcester Co., MA: John Whitney, 1 male over 45, 1 male 16-25, 2 males 10-15, 1 female over 45, 1 female 16-25, 1 female 10-15, and 1 female 0-9.
  • 1810, Bolton, Worcester Co., MA: Peter Bender, 1 male over 45, 1 male 0-9, 3 females 16-25, and 1 slave.
  • 1820, Lancaster, Worcester Co., MA: Peter Bender, 1 male over 45, 1 female over 45, and 1 female 16-25; 1 engaged in agriculture.
  • 1830, Bolton, Worcester Co., MA: Peter Bender, 1 male 80-89 and 1 female 70-79.
  • 1830, Boston Ward 6, Suffolk Co., MA: Eber Whitney, 1 male 40-49 and 1 female 40-49.
  • 1840, Bolton, Worcester Co., MA: Sarah Bender, 1 male 40-49 and 1 female 70-79.
  • 1840, son Eber not found.
  • 1850, Bolton, Worcester Co., MA:

49 55 Christopher C. Moore 39 M - Trader $2500 Mass. Milley Whitney 72 F - " Martha " 2 F - " John Cronin 22 M - Farmer Ireland Nathl. Peck 20 M - " N.B.

62 62 C. C. Moor 45 M - Merchant Mass. Milley Whitney 77 F - Mass.

References

1.^  His parentage if proven by his birth record and his age at death.

2.^  "John [Whitney], s. of Abraham and Sarah, [born] Oct. 3, 1746," according to Thomas W. Baldwin, ed., Vital Records of Harvard, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Boston, MA: Wright & Potter Printing Co., 1917).

3.^  "John, [died] April 25, 1802, a. 55y. 6m. 22d. Revolutionary marker. G.S.3," according to Franklin P. Rice, ed., Vital Records of Bolton, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (1910).

4.^  "John [Whetney] and Sarah Atherton, both of Harvard, [married] Jan 9, 1771," according to Bolton Vital Records. Also, "John [Whitney] and Sarah Atherton, in Bolton, [married] Jan. 9, 1771," according to Harvard Vital Records. See also Frederic W. Bailey, ed., Early Massachusetts Marriages Prior to 1800 (1897-1914), 3 vols.

5.^  Source_of_parentage.

6.^  Source_of_birth.

7.^  "----- [Bender], wid. -----, --- --, 1840. [Sarah, w. Peter, formerly w. John Whitney, Dec. 16, a. 86, G.S.3.]" according to Bolton Vital Records.

8.^  "[Mrs. in int.] Sarah and Peter Bender of Marlborough, Nov. 21, 1805," according to Bolton Vital Records.

9.^  "Peter [Bender], Jan. 6, 1832, a. 87. G.S.2," according to Marlborough Vital Records.

10.^  Frederick C. Pierce, The Descendants of John Whitney, Who Came from London, England, to Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1635 (Chicago, IL: The Author, 1895), pp. 102-103.

11.^  "Isaiah [Whetniy], s. John and Sarah, [born] Oct. 23, 1773," according to Bolton Vital Records.

12.^  "Achsah [Whitney], d. John and Sarah, [born] Dec. 4, 1775," according to Bolton Vital Records.

13.^  "Achsah [Whitney] and Caleb Moore, [married] Nov. 24, 1796," according to Bolton Vital Records.

14.^  "Milla [Whitney], d. John and Sarah, [born] Dec. 26, 1777," according to Bolton Vital Records.

15.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 167, page 207.

16.^  Find A Grave memorial #32193883, Milley Whitney.

17.^  "John [Whitney], s. John and Sarah, [born] April 13, 1780," according to Bolton Vital Records.

18.^  "Heber [Whitney], s. John and Sarah, [born] Jan. 14, 1782," according to Bolton Vital Records.

19.^  "Heber [Whitney], s. John and Sarah, [died] Jan. 9, 1785, a. 3y. lacking 5d.," according to Bolton Vital Records.

20.^  "Asenah [Whitney], d. John and Sarah, [born] Feb. 16, 1784," according to Bolton Vital Records.

21.^  "Aseneth [Whitney] and Thomas Houghton, [married] Sept. 10, 1803," according to Bolton Vital Records.

22.^  "Artemas [Whitney], s. John and Sarah, [born] May 25, 1786," according to Bolton Vital Records.

23.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 9, page 120. Also "Eber [Whitney], [died] Dec. 15, 1843," according to Bolton Vital Records.

24.^  "Mr. Eber Whitney & Miss Mehitable W. Nutting, both of Charlestown, [marriage intentions] entered Oct. 31, 1810," according to Roger D. Joslyn, F.A.S.G., comp. and ed., Vital Records of Charlestown, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1984), vol. 1, sect. 2, p. 534.

25.^  "Sarah [Whitney], d. John and wife, bap. Sept. 5, 1790. C.R.1," according to Bolton Vital Records.

26.^  "Sally [Whitney] and Willard Atherton of Goffstown, N.H., [married] March 22, 1816," according to Bolton Vital Records.

27.^  "Hanah [Whitney], d. John and wife, bap. Sept. 6, 1794. C.R.1," according to Bolton Vital Records.


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