Family:Whitney, Jonas (1733-1778)

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Jonas5 Whitney (David4, Benjamin3, John2, John1), son of David4 and Rebecca (Fillebrown) Whitney, was born 25 Jun 1733, Waltham, MA,[1] and died 8 Sep 1778, Westminster, MA, in 46th year.[2]

Marriage intentions for him "of Narragansett No. 2" and Sarah Wetmore "of Lexington" were published 20 Aug 1757, Leominster, MA.[3] He "of Narragansett Township No. 2" married, 27 Sep 1757, Lexington, MA, Sarah Whittemore "of Lexington",[4] daughter of Benjamin and Ruhamah (Locke) Whittemore. She was born 22 Nov 1730, Concord, MA, and died 26 Jul 1821, Westminster, MA, aged 91 years.[5] She was also known as Sarah Whetmore.

Pierce says the following:[6]

He followed his elder brother to Narragansett No. 2, and on the 20th July, 1757, bought of Samuel MERRIAM of Lexington, the farm and buildings originally belonging to Nathan MERRIAM, dec'd. The estate consisted, substantially, of the present homestead of Daniel HARRINGTON and his son, James, in the south part of the town. The house then standing on the premises was located some twelve or fifteen rods N.E. of the now existing one, in the open field, all marks of which were long since obliterated. He married Sarah WHITTEMORE of Lexington, by whom he had 5 ch. The inventory of his estate was returned to probate court at Worcester by wife, Sarah, who was administratrix, Feb. 2, 1779.

Heywood says the following:[7]

"Whitney, Jonas5, another s. of Ensign David4 of Waltham, and hence bro. of Nathan (82), was b. June 25, 1733. He followed his elder bro. to Nar. No. 2, and on the 20th July, 1757, bought of Samuel Merriam of Lex. the farm and buildings originally belonging to Nathan (76) Merriam, dec'd. The estate consisted, substantially, of the present homestead of Daniel (15) Harrington and his s., James, in the south part of town. The house then standing on the premises was located some twelve or fifteen rods N. E. of the now existing one, in the open field, all marks of which were long since obliterated. He m. Sept. 27, of the same year, Sarah Whittemore of Lexington, by whom he had 5 chn. Jonas Whitney d. Sept. 8, 1778, a. 45; his wid. d. July 26, 1821."

Children of Jonas5 and Sarah (Whittemore) Whitney, all born Westminster, MA:

i. Jonas6 Whitney, b. 10 Mar 1761;[8] m. Betty Raymond.
ii. Ruhamah Whitney, b. 11 Apr 1763;[9] m. Jan 1787, Westminster, MA, Ebenezer Buss.[10]
iii. Joel Whitney, b. 13 Sep 1765;[11] m.(1) Lucy Holden; m.(2) Abigail Holden.
iv. Joseph Whitney, b. 21 or 27 Apr 1768, Westminster, MA;[12] d. 13 Sep 1778, Westminster, MA, in his 11th year.[13]
v. Benjamin Whitney, b. 28 Apr 1770;[14] m. Nancy Fuller.

References

1.^  "Jonas [dup. Whitny] [Whitney], s. David and Rebeckah, [born] June 25, 1733," according to Vital Records of Waltham, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1904).

2.^  "Jonas [Whitney], h. Sarah, [died] Sept. 8, 1778. [46th year, G.S.1.]," according to Franklin P. Rice, ed., Vital Records of Westminster, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (1915). But, "Mr. Jonas [Whitney], [died] April 7, 1776. C.R.," according to Franklin P. Rice, ed., Vital Records of Athol, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (1910), p. 227.

3.^  "Jonas [Whetney] of Narragansett No. 2, and Sarah Wetmore of Lexington, int. Aug. 20, 1757," according to Franklin P. Rice, ed., Vital Records of Leominster, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (n.d.).

4.^  "Jonas [Whitney], of Narragansett Township No. 2, m. Sarah Whittemore, of Lexington Sept. 27, 1757," according to Lexington, Massachusetts. Record of Births, Marriages and Deaths to January 1, 1898 (Boston, MA: Wright and Potter, 1898).

5.^  "Sarah [Whitney], wid. Jonas, [died] July 26, 1821, a. 91. G.S.1," according to Westminster Vital Records.

6.^  Frederick C. Pierce, The Descendants of John Whitney, Who Came from London, England, to Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1635 (Chicago, IL: The Author, 1895), p. 76.

7.^  William Sweetzer Heywood, History of Westminster, Massashusetts (First named Narragansett No. 2), From the date of the original grant of the township to the present time, 1728-1893, with a Biographic-Genealogical Register of its Principal Families, (Vox Populi Press: S.W. Huse & Co., Lowell, Mass.: 1893), pp. 926-927.

8.^  "Jonas [Whitney], s. Jonas and Sarah, [born] Mar. 10, 1761," according to Westminster Vital Records.

9.^  "Ruhamah [Whitney], d. Jonas and Sarah, [born] Apr. 11, 1763," according to Westminster Vital Records.

10.^  "Ruhama [Whitney] [Ruhamah in int.] and Ebenezer Buss, [married] Jan. __, 1787," according to Westminster Vital Records.

11.^  "Joel [Whitney], s. Jonas and Sarah, [born] Sept. 13, 1765," according to Westminster Vital Records.

12.^  "Joseph [Whitney], s. Jonas and Sarah, [born] Apr. 27 [21 in dup.], 1768," according to Westminster Vital Records.

13.^  "Joseph [Whitney], s. Jonas and Sarah, [died] Sept. 13, 1778, in 11th year. G.S.1," according to Westminster Vital Records.

14.^  "Benjamin [Whitney], s. Jonas and Sarah, [born] Apr. 28, 1770," according to Westminster Vital Records.


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