Family:Whitney, Joseph (1673-1754)
He married 26 or 27 Mar 1706, Charlestown, MA, Rebecca Burge, "both of Chelmsford," daughter of John and Tryall (Thayer) Burge. She was born 5 Nov 1683, Chelmsford, MA, and died after 20 May 1726, when her youngest child was born.
On 21 Dec 1702 he was mentioned as a son in the will of his father.
"In 1740 he resided in Chelmsford; for that year he deeded property in Pepperell to his son Joseph, which for over 100 years remained in the family."
On 16 Sep 1743, he owned land in Chelmsford adjoining that deeded from Sgt. John Robbins to his son Jonas Robbins, "near Great Brook."
No probate records for him have been found.
Children of Joseph3 and Rebecca (Burge) Whitney:
i. Abigail4 Whitney, b. 5 Mar 1706/7, Chelmsford, MA; m. Thomas Harwood. ii. Jonas Whitney, b. 7 Jun 1708, Sherborn, MA; d. 4 Nov 1745, Chelmsford, MA; no further record. iii. Joseph Whitney, b. 22 Mar 1710, Sherborn, MA; m. Abigail Nutting. iv. Sylvanus Whitney, b. 22 Feb 1711/2, Sherborn, MA; m. Hannah -----. v. James Whitney, b. 23 Mar 1714, Sherborn, MA; m. Eleanor Robbins. vi. Ephraim Whitney, b. 11 Mar 1715/6, Sherborn, MA; m. Esther Woods. vii. Rebecca Whitney, b. 6 Dec 1718, Chelmsford, MA; nothing further known. viii. (possibly) Lydia Whitney, b. say 1721; m. Joseph Kenney. ix. Benjamin Whitney, b. 18 Mar 1724, Chelmsford, MA; nothing further known. x. Daniel Whitney, b. 20 May 1726, Chelmsford, MA; m. Hannah Hildreth.
1.^ His parentage is proven by his birth record and his mention as a son in his father's will.
2.^ "Jofeph Whetny, s. Jonathan & Lidya, b. 10 Mar 1672," 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. 36.
3.^ "Joseph [Whitney], old age, [died] Sept. 6, 1754, a. 81y.," according to Rice, George A., comp. and ed., Vital Records of Pepperell, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1985}, p. 317.
4.^ "'An acct. of Marriages before Edward Emerson, Esq. Justice of Peace, vizt' Joseph Whitnee & Rebeka Burge, both of Chelmsford, m. May 26, 1706," according to Roger D. Joslyn, comp. and ed., Vital Records of Charlestown, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1984), vol. 1, part 1, p. 219. "Joseph [Whitnee] and Rebeka Burge [married] at Charlestown, May 26, 1706," according to Vital Records of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (Salem, MA: Essex Institute, 1914), p. 346.
7.^ Middlesex County, MA, probate file #24,690.
8.^ Middlesex County, MA, probate file #24,605.
10.^ Eleanor Robbins Sprague and Andrew West Robbins, "Untangling The Evidence For Two Early Massachusetts Robbins Families: George of Chelmsford (1657) and Robert of Concord (1671)," NEHGR, Volume 151 (1997), p. 391.
12.^ "Jonas, s. of Joseph and Rebecka, June 7, 1708," according to Baldwin, Thomas W., ed., Vital Records of Sherborn, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Boston, MA: 1911), pp. 92-94.
19.^ Placement of Lydia here is conjectural. She was "of Dunstable" at her marriage, and may have been living with one of her siblings, of which three were living there. She bore the given name of Joseph's mother. Other parentage for her is a real possibility, but this is my best guess.
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