Family:Whitney, Jonathan (1757-1819)

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Jonathan5 Whitney (Isaac4, Nathaniel3, Benjamin2, John1), son of Isaac4 and Sarah (Crosby) Whitney, was born 9 Feb 1757, Saco, ME,[1] or Biddeford, ME (see Biddeford VR, original pg. 232, pg. 35 of the published records)[2], baptized 7 Jul 1757, Biddeford, ME,[3] and died 1 Aug 1819, Gorham, ME,[4] or 9 Sep 1819, Buxton, ME,[5] or 5 Apr 1820, Buxton, ME.[6]

Marriage intentions were published 24 Nov 1781, Gorham, ME, for him "of Buxton" and Mary Blake,[7] daughter of Jonathan Blake (or Nathaniel Blake via Asa P. Whitney genealogy). She was born on 15 Apr ---- (circa 1760), probably Gorham, ME or Cape Cod, and died 2 Sep 1831, Gorham, ME.

A brief note in the "Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire", by Noyes, Libby & David, says of an unidentified Jonathan Whitney "Saco, fort soldier, Lists 248ab". It MAY refer to this man. Further, in "Maine Families in 1790", a Jonathan Whitney "of Buxton" is identified as the father of a Mary Whitney (see wife's name) who married George W. Whitney of Gorham (the next town over) - STRONGLY suggestive of but not proving her descent from this man.

He lived at Buxton, ME.

From the Military Pension File of Jonathan Whitney,
M-804, Roll #2568 3254:
National Archives Building, Washington, DC:

I Jonathan Whitney, aged sixty-one years, of Brownfield in the County of Oxford and Commonwealth of Massachusetts testify and declare on oath that I served in the war of the Revolution on the Continental Establishment against the common enemy about four year. I first enlisted at Buxton, Massachusetts for one year, about January AD 1776 into Capt. Stuart's Company belonging to Col. Phinney's Regiment in the Massachusetts Line. When I had served out that year, I then enlisted into Capt. Josiah Jenkins' Company, belonging to Col. Brewer's Regiment and General Patterson's Brigade. When I had served that time out, I was discharged about January AD 1780 at Fishkills, and have lost my discharge. I further say that from my reduced circumstances in life, I am in need of assistance from my country for support. I at the storming of Stoney Point & in the battle of Monmuth & taking of Burgoyne. 11 April, 1818

From a letter in the military pension record summarizing the record:

He enlisted at Buxton, Massachusetts, about January, 1776, and served on year as private in Captain Wentworth Stuart's company in Colonel Edmund Phinney's Massachusetts Regiment. He immediately enlisted and served three years as private in Captain Josiah Jenkin's Company in Colonel Samuel Brewer's Massachusetts regiment and was at the surrender of Burgoyne, the battle of Monmouth and the battle of Stoney Point.
He was allowed pension on his application executed April 11, 1818, at which time he was a resident of Brownfield, Oxford County, Massachusetts, aged sixty-one years.

Testimony of Capt. Josiah Jenkins:

Gorham, 21 July, 1818
I certify that Jonathan Whitney of Brownfield, County of Oxford, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, entered the service of the United States, and served the first eight months in Captain Wentworth Stewart's Company, Colonel Edmund Phinney's Regt. til the last of the year 1776, at that time he entered my Company in Col. Samuel Brewer's Regiment, General John Patterson's Brigade; and served the term of three years and was discharged at Fishkill in the State of New York, he was at the taking of Burgoyne, The Battle of Monmouth and storming Stoney Point, he is of advanced age and in reduced circumstances, and I am in no doubt of his need of assistance from his Country.
Josiah Jenkins, Capt. in above Regt.

From the National Park Service, Valley Forge Muster Roll:

Jonathan Whitney, Private, 2nd MA Regiment, 4th Division, 4th MA Brigade. Encamped at Valley Forge with General Washington.

Children of Jonathan5 and Mary (Blake) Whitney:

i. James6 Whitney, b. 10 Nov 1782, Buxton, ME.[8]
ii. Benjamin Whitney, b. 11 or 18 Oct 1784, Buxton, ME;[9] m. Anna Bangs.
iii. Mehitable Whitney, b. 31 Dec 1786, Buxton, ME;[10] d. 31 Jan 1861, Standish, ME; "of Buxton" m. 20 Nov 1806, Standish, ME, or 26 Nov 1806, Buxton, ME,[11] Thomas Thomes, son of Amos and Mehitable (Burnell) Thomes "of Standish", b. 12 Jul 1782, Falmouth, ME, d. 14 Jan 1871, Standish, ME. Both are buried in the Thomas Thomes Cemetery, Standish, ME.
iv. Ephraim Whitney, b. 7 Sep 1789, Buxton, ME;[12] m. Sally Gary.
v. Lucy Whitney, b. 7 May 1792, Buxton, ME;[13] m. ("of Buxton" int. 16 Feb 1811, Standish, ME, "of Standish"[14]) 11 Mar 1811, Buxton, ME, John Chamberlin of Buxton,[15] b. 13 Jan 1786, Saco, ME.[16]
vi. Mary Whitney, b. 7 Mar 1795, North Yarmouth, ME; d. 12 Jun 1853; m. 7 Mar 1817, Gorham/Buxton, ME, George W.6 Whitney, q.v.
vii. Sarah Crosby Whitney, b. 27 Aug 1797, Buxton, ME; m. 10 Aug 1837, York Co., ME, Timothy Linscott, "both of Hollis, ME".[17]
viii. Fanny Whitney, b. 20 Nov 1800, Buxton, ME;[18] m. Reuben Smith.
ix. Phebe Blake Whitney, b. 16 Oct 1804, Buxton, ME;[19] d. 1887; m. Clement Smith.

Census

References

1.^  Source

2.^  "Jonathan [Whitney], s. of Isaac and Sarah, b. Feb. 9, 1757," according to Beatty, John D., ed., Vital Records of Biddeford, Prior to 1856; Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication No. 28 (Rockport, ME: Picton Press, 1998), p. 35.

3.^  "Jonathan [Whitney], s. of Isaac and [blank], bap. Jul. 7, 1757," according to Beatty, John D., ed., Vital Records of Biddeford, Prior to 1856; Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication No. 28 (Rockport, ME: Picton Press, 1998), p. 74.

4.^  Source?

5.^  Source?

6.^  "Jonathan [Whitney], husband of Polly, d. 5 April 1820," according to Buxton, Maine, Vital Records.

7.^  "Jonathan [Whitney], of Buxton, with Polly ["Polley" in original] Blake, [intentions] Nov. 24, 1781," according to Marquis Fayette King, comp., Publishments, marriages, births and deaths from the earlier records of Gorham, Maine (Portland, ME: Maine Genealogical Society, 1897).

8.^  "James, child born to Jonathan Whitney and Polly his wife, b. 10 Nov 1782," according to Buxton, Maine, Vital Records.

9.^  "Benjamin, child born to Jonathan Whitney and Polly his wife, b. 11 Oct 1784," according to Buxton, Maine, Vital Records.

10.^  "Mehitable, child born to Jonathan Whitney and Polly his wife, b. 31 Dec 1786," according to Buxton, Maine, Vital Records.

11.^  "Mehitable Whitney of Buxton and Thomas Thomes of Standish m. 26 Nov 1806," and "1806, Nov. 26. - [married] Thomas Thomes of Standish & Mehitable Whitney of Buxton," according to Buxton, Maine, Vital Records.

12.^  "Ephraim, child born to Jonathan Whitney and Polly his wife, b. 7 Sept 1789," according to Buxton, Maine, Vital Records.

13.^  "Lucy, child born to Jonathan Whitney and Polly his wife, b. 7 May 1792," according to Buxton, Maine, Vital Records.

14.^  "Lucy [Whitney], of Buxton, and John Chamberlain of Standish, [intentions] filed 16 Feb 1811," according to Standish, Maine, Vital Records.

15.^  "Lucy Whitney of Buxton and John Chamberlin of Standish m. 11 March 1811," according to Buxton, Maine, Vital Records.

16.^  "John Chamberlain and Lucy Whitney (Whiting in the record); John, b. 13 January 1786 in Saco; Lucy, b. 7 May 1792 in Buxton," according to Brownfield, Maine, Vital Records.

17.^  "10 August 1837, Timothy Linscott and Sally C. Whitney, both of Hollis [married]," according to [[Archive:Vital Records, Maine, York County Marriage Returns|J. E. Frost & J. C. Anderson, eds., Marriage Returns of York County, Maine Prior to 1892, Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication #13 (Rockport, Me.: Picton Press, 1993).

18.^  "Fanny, child born to Jonathan Whitney and Polly his wife, b. 20 Nov 1800," according to Buxton, Maine, Vital Records.

19.^  "Phebe, child born to Jonathan Whitney and Polly his wife, b. 16 Oct 1804," according to Buxton, Maine, Vital Records.


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