Family:Whitney, Joseph (1652-1702)

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Joseph3 Whitney (John2, John1), son of John2 and Ruth (Reynolds) Whitney, was born 15 Jan 1651/2, Watertown, MA,[1] and died 4 Nov 1702, Watertown, MA.[2]. He was also known as Joseph Whitney Sr.

Joseph married, 24 Jan 1674/75, Watertown, MA, Martha Beach,[3] daughter of Richard and Martha (-----) Beach.[4] Martha Beach was born 10 Mar 1649/50, Watertown, MA.[5] She was also known as Martha Beech. Her date and place of death are unknown, but she was adminstratrix of her husband's estate on 30 Nov 1702, Watertown, MA.

He took the Oath of Fidelity in Dec 1677 at Watertown, MA.[6]

On February 27, 1685, he was mentioned in the incomplete will of his father.[7]

On 5 Dec 1686 Joseph Whitney's wife Martha admitted to full communion in East Congregational Church, Watertown.[8]

On 23 Dec 1692 he was a surety on the administration bond of his mother and brothers. On 12 and 13 Mar 1692/93 he signed agreements made at Watertown, MA, concerning the settlement of his father's estate.[9]

Joseph's daughter Martha died 30 Oct 1702, his son Isaac died 1 Nov 1702, and he himself died 4 Nov 1702. This suggests serious illness in household.

On 4 Nov 1702 his inventory was taken by Thomas Straight, Richard Bloss, and Simon Tayntor at Watertown, MA. On 30 Nov 1702, at Watertown, MA, administration granted to Martha Whitney, widow relict of Joseph Whitney, late of Watertown, decd., and John Whitney, son of said Joseph Whitney, with Benjamin Peirce and Simon Taintor of Watertown, sureties; and the inventory was exhibited by the administrators. On 15 May 1707 at Watertown, MA, a receipt was given by John Warrin for 4s-0d. On 19 May 1707 at Watertown, MA, an administration account presented.[10]

On 30 Mar 1713 at Lexington, MA, one "widow Whitney" was excused from paying the minister's rate for 1711.[11] Martha (Beach) Whitney seems to be the only possible "widow Whitney" available at that time.

Children of Joseph3 and Martha (Beach) Whitney, all b. at Watertown, MA:

i. Joseph4 Whitney, b. 15 Aug 1675;[12] m. Hepzibah Flagg.
ii. Martha Whitney, b. 20 Dec 1677;[13] baptized 16 Jan 1686/87, Watertown, MA;[14] d. 30 Oct 1702, Watertown, MA.[15]
iii. John Whitney, b. 29 Jul 1680;[16] baptized 16 Jan 1686/87, Watertown, MA;[17] m.(1) Sarah Cutting; m.(2) Beriah (Bemis) Child.
iv. Isaac Whitney, b. 10 Mar 1681/82; d. 20 Mar 1681/82, Watertown, MA.[18]
v. Isaac Whitney, b. 26 Feb 1682/83;[19] baptized 16 Jan 1686/87, Watertown, MA;[20] d. 1 Nov 1702, Watertown, MA.[21]
vi. Benjamin Whitney, b. 31 Jan 1684/85;[22] baptized 16 Jan 1686/87, Watertown, MA;[23] m. Elizabeth Fiske.
vii. Abigail Whitney, baptized 16 Jan 1686/87.[24]
viii. Mary Whitney, b. 21 Apr 1694;[25] m. John Knapp.
ix. Sarah Whitney, b. circa 1695; calculated from age ("7 and more") at appointment of guardian, 7 Dec 1702; baptized 20 Jun 1697. On 7 Dec 1702 at Watertown, MA, guardian bond was posted by Martha Whitney of Watertown, widow, with Joseph Whitney and John Whitney of Watertown, sureties, as guardian of Mary Whitney, aged 12 and more, and Sarah Whitney, aged 7 and more, daughters of Joseph Whitney late of Watertown, decd., intestate.[26]

References

1.^  "Joseph Whitny, s. John & Ruth Whitny, b. 15 Jan 1651," according to Watertown Records, Comprising the First and Second Book of Town Proceedings, with the Land Grants and Possessions. Also, the Proprietors' Book, and the First Book of and Supplement of Births, Deaths, and Marriages (Watertown, MA: Historical Society, 1894), vol. 1, p. 15.

2.^  "Jofeph Whitny, Sr., d. 4 Nov 1702," according to Watertown Records, Comprising the Third Book of Town Proceedings and the Second Book of Births, Marriages, and Deaths, to the End of 1737. Also Plan and Register of Burials in Arlington Street Burying Ground (Watertown, MA: Historical Society, 1900), vol. 2, p. 21.

3.^  "Joseph Whittny & Martha Beech, m. 24 Jan 1674," according to Watertown Records, p. 38.

4.^  Henry Bond, Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts, Including Waltham and Weston (2nd ed., 1860), p. 19.

5.^  Bond, ibid.

6.^  Hoag, Ruth Wood, "Watertown Fidelity Men," NEHGR, vol. LIV (1900), p. 86.

7.^  Middlesex County, MA, probate file #24,681.

8.^  "5 Dec 1686, Joseph Whitney's wife Martha adm. full comm.," according to Watertown Records, Comprising East Congregational and Precinct Affairs, 1697 to 1737. Also, Record Book of the Pastors, 1686-1819, (Watertown, MA: Historical Society, 1906), vol. 4, p. 118.

9.^  Middlesex County, MA, probate file #24,681.

10.^  Middlesex County, MA, probate file #24,695.

11.^  W[illiam] H[enry] W[hitmore], "Gleanings", NEHGR, vol. XII, p. 280.

12.^  "Jofeph Whetny, s. Jofeph & Martha Whetny, b. 15 Aug 1675," according to Watertown Records, vol. 1, p. 40.

13.^  "Martha Whetny, d. Jofeph & Martha Whetny, b. 20 10mo 1677," according to Watertown Records, vol. 1, p. 44.

14.^  "16 Jan 1686/7, Joseph, John, Isaac, Abigall, & Martha, ch. of Joseph Whitney, bapt.," according to Watertown Records, vol. 4, p. 121.

15.^  "Martha Whitny, d. Jofeph & Martha Whitny, d. 30 Oct 1702," according to Watertown Records, vol. 2, p. 21.

16.^  "John Whetny, s. Jofeph & Martha Whetny, b. 29 Jul 1680," according to Watertown Records, vol. 1, pp. 48, 49.

17.^  "16 Jan 1686/7, Joseph, John, Isaac, Abigall, & Martha, ch. of Joseph Whitney, bapt.," according to Watertown Records, vol. 4, p. 121.

18.^  "Ifaak Whetny, s. Jofeph & Martha, b. 10 Mar, d. 20 Mar 1681," according to Watertown Records, vol. 1, p. 51.

19.^  "Ifaack Whetny, s. Jofeph & Martha Whetny, b. 26 Feb 1682," according to Watertown Records, vol. 1, p. 52. The date is given as 4 Feb 1682 by Henry Bond, Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts, Including Waltham and Weston (2nd ed., 1860), p. 645; Henry Austin Whitney, "The Descendants of John and Elinor Whitney, of Watertown, Mass.," NEHGR, vol. XI (1857), p. 118; and Frederick Clifton Pierce, The Descendants of John Whitney (Chicago, IL: 1895), p. 17.

20.^  "16 Jan 1686/7, Joseph, John, Isaac, Abigall, & Martha, ch. of Joseph Whitney, bapt.," according to Watertown Records, vol. 4, p. 121.

21.^  "Ifaac Whitny, s. Jofeph & Martha Whitny, d. 1 Nov 1702," according to Watertown Records, vol. 2, p. 21.

22.^  "Benjamin Whetny, s. Jofeph & Martha, b. last of Jan 1684," according to Watertown Records, vol. 1, p. 56.

23.^  "16 Jan 1686/7, Joseph, John, Isaac, Abigall, & Martha, ch. of Joseph Whitney, bapt.," according to Watertown Records, vol. 4, p. 121.

24.^  "16 Jan 1686/7, Joseph, John, Isaac, Abigall, & Martha, ch. of Joseph Whitney, bapt.," according to Watertown Records, vol. 4, p. 121.

25.^  "Mary Whitny, d. Joseph & Martha Whitney, b. 21 Apr 1694," according to Watertown Records, vol. 2, p. 2.

26.^  Middlesex County, MA, probate file #24,697.


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