Family:Whitney, Joseph (1679-1741)
Joseph3 Whitney (John2, Henry1), son of John2 and Elizabeth (Smith) Whitney, was born 1 March 1678[/9], Norwalk, CT, and died after 21 Mar 1740/1, when his will was written, and probably soon after.
Phoenix wrote the following:
- ... a mill-wright .... She was a member of the First Congregational Church in Norwalk, in 1725. After the death of his brother, John Whitney, he came in possession of the grist-mill, by deed from his father, stipulating to pay all of his debts, and give him one half of all tolls which the mill should earn during his father's lifetime. His will was dated 21 March 1740-41; and he probably died in Norwalk, in 1741.
- His great-grandson, James Whitney, when eighty years old, wrote an interesting letter, in which he speaks of him as follows: "He was a very excentric man, and I heard many ancedotes of him. One was as follows; he was called upon to name a street running from the foot of Pudding Lane to the bridge at the head of the harbor, by the mill; and this was his answer, --
- From Hyatt's hill to Thacher's mill,
- Was once a lonesome valley;
- Since it's become a place of fame,
- We'll call it Petticoat Alley,
- and it went by that name when I was a boy, I believe over one hundred years later."
Will of JOSEPH WHITNE of Norwalk, Fairfield Co, CT
- Dated 21 Mar 1740/41, Proved 8 May 1741
- "In the name of God Amen ye 21st day of March An : Dom 1740/1 I Joseph Whitne of ye town of Norwalk in ye County of Fairfield & Colony of Connecticut Mill wright being very Sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and understanding thanks be given unto God. Therefore Calling unto mind ye Mortality of my Body and Knowing yt [that] it is Appointed for all men Once to Die, do make & Ordain this my last will and Testament that is to say principlally and first of all I give & and Recommend my Soul into ye hands of God yt gave it and my body I Recommend to ye Earth to be buried in Decent Christian Buriel at ye Discretion of my Extr Nothing Doubting but at ye Generall Resurrection I Shall Receive ye Same Again by ye Mighty power of God. And as Touching Such worldly Estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life I give Demise [or Deuise] and Dispose of ye Same in ye following manner and form that is to say After my Just debts and funerall Charges are paid and Satisfyed. Imprimis I give and Bequeath to Hannah my Dearly Beloved wife ye use and Improvement of one half of my Dwelling house barn and Homstead Land and one third part of my Lands Druing her Naturall life and one third part of my Moveable Estate Excepting ye Cooper Tools hereafter given to my son David and ye money I lately Sold my Gristmill and lands thereto Appertaining for. of which sd Money I give to my sd wife Hannah One hundred pounds for Ever.
- "Item: I give and Bequeath to my Loving son Hezekiah Whitne his heirs & Assigns Besides what I have already give him by deed of gift vizt my five Roods of Land on ye East and one Rood one ye west of his Land where his Dwelling house Stands and ye land laid out to me in ye lower Division and ye Stripe of Land I bout of ye Proprietors Comtee all Lying Between ye highway and his part of ye boggs and meadow Called ye new dam Boggs Also my twelve Acres of Land Lying on ye East side of ye west Rocks. Also One Acre And half laid out to me in ye lower Division Lying Between ye high way and John Betts Land by ye Coming off ye west Rocks so Called, Also two hundred pounds of ye money I sold my Grist mill for - Item I give and Bequeath to my loving Son Joseph Whitne Besides what I have done for him About Purchasing ye homelot and buildings where he now Dwells my lot of Land where he now Dwells being About Six acres and three Roods Lying Between Mr Grumans and Mr Bartlets Land on Bendeicts it So Called. Also my part of ye Swamp and Upland Called Ketchums Swamp Lying Between Samll Kellogs and Caleb Hoits land, Containing three acres & half more or less Also yt hill of land laid out to me on ye North side ye path yt goes to ye Claboard Hill, in ye Lower Division being About Seven acres and lies west of Samll St Johns land on ye west side of Norwalk River, Also my lot of Land at ye Claboard Hill being in Quantity Seventeen Acres, also half of my part of ye boggs and meadow at ye new dam to him his heirs and Assigns for Ever - Item I give and Bequeath to my Loving son David Whitne his heirs and Assigns my twelve acres of Land at Silver mine so Called, Also my tract of Land lying at ye Whirtlebury Hills Containing One hundred and Eleven Acres Also my salt meadow in ye little meadows I bout of James Betts, also my Sticky plain lot I bout of moses Comstocke Containing Eight Acres more or less. Also half of my part of ye boggs and meadow at ye new dam and a set of Cooper Tools - Item I give and Bequeath to my Loving son Abraham Whitne his heirs and Assigns my dwelling home Barn and Homstead land my twenty Eight acres of Land Lying on ye west side of ye west Rocks, Also my salt meadow in ye Field on ye west side of Norwalk Harbour Called ye Pond - Always provided yt my Afore named Sons vizt Hezekiah, Joseph, David and Abraham their heirs or Assigns do not molest or hinder my Aforesd wife Hannah in ye Quiet and peaceable Improvement of what is before Bequested to her of half ye house Barn and Homstead Land and one third part of ye Landds Respectively Bequested to them According as she shall or may Incline thereto, During ye full term of her Naturall life - Item I give and Bequeath to my Loving Daughter Elizabeth ye wilfe of Miles Riggs One Cow and Six Sheep by which she will be made Equall with her Sisters Item: I give and Bequeath to my Loving Daughters vizt Hannah ye wife of Danll Keeler Thankfull ye wife of Ebenr Benedict, and Elizabeth ye wife of ye Aforesd Miles Rigs, ye Remander of My Moveable Estate Excepting ye Aforesd Mill Money to be Divided Eqully Among them, and to Each of them my sd Daughters One Hundred pounds Apeice of sd money, Item I further give & Bequeath to my three Sons vizt Joseph David and Abraham ye Remainder of my Mill Money So Distinguished to be Divided Equally Among them, and lastly I do hereby Constitute make and Ordain my two Friends vizt Saml Fitch and Mr Saml Jarvis my Executors of this my last will and Testament and I do hereby Utterly Disallow Revoke and Disannul all and Every Other former Testaments wills Legaices and Bequests and Executors by me in Any ways before named willed or Bequeathed Ratifying and Confirming this and no Other to be my last will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal ye day and year first Afore written.
"Signed Sealed Published pronounced Joseph Whitne - Seal and Declared by ye sd Joseph as his last will and Testament in ye presence A True Copy of ye Originall of us ye Subscribers Recorded p[er] Wm Burr Regr Ebenr Gregory Richard Pitters John Copp -
- "Norwalk May 8th 1741. then personally Appeared Ebenr Gregory Richard Pitters & John Copp ye signers as Witnesses to ye foregoing written will and made Solemn Oath yt they were all present together and saw ye Testator Sign and Seal sd will and did publish and pronounce & Declare ye same to be his last will and Testament and yt they Signed as Witnesses in ye presence of ye Testator - and yt they Judged yt ye sd Testator was of a Sound mind and Disposing frame at ye doing of it before me --------------------- Joseph Platt Justice P S
- "At a Court of Probate held in Fairfield June ye 2d /. AD 1741 personally Appeared ye within named Extrs Messrs Samll Fitch & Samll Jarvis and Accepted ye Trust Com[m]itted to them by ye Testator - At sd Court sd will was Exhibited by sd Executors in Order for Approbation - sd will being proved is by sd Court Approved and ordered to be Recorded
- "Test Wm Burr Clerk
- "Be it Known to all men by these presents yt wheareas I Joseph Whitne of Norwalk in ye County of Fairfield and Colony of Connecticut in new England mill wright have made and Declared my last will and Testament in writing bearing date ye 21st day of march Anno Domini 1740/1 I ye sd Joseph Whitne by this present Codicil do Ratify and Confirm my sd Last will and Testament and whereas I had forgot to make due provision in sd will how one fourth part of ye Charge Arising Annually for ye Support and Maintenance of my Honoured Mother Mrs Eliza Whitne During ye full term of her Naturall life which I am Under Obligations to Discharge ye which Charge, my will is, shall be annually paid and Satisfyed by my four sons vizt Hezekiah, Joseph, David and Abraham, During as Aforesd and also do give and Bequeath to my sd son Hezekiah all my Carpenters Tools and my will and meaning is that this Codicil or Schedule be, and be Adjudged to be part & parcel of my sd last will and Testament and yt all things herein mentioned and Contained be faithfully and Truly performed and as fully and Amply in Every Respect as if ye same were so Declared and set down in my sd last will and Testament as Witness my hand and Seal ye 3d day of April Anno Domini 1741.
"Signed Sealed in ye Joseph Whitne - Seal presence of Danll Hayt A True Copy of ye Originall Recorded Ebenezer Gregory p[er] Wm Burr Regr John Copp
- "Norwalk May ye 8th 1741 then personally Appeared Ebenr Gregory Danll Hayt & John Copp Signers as Witnesses to ye within written Codicil and made Solemn Oath yt they were all present at ye Signing and Sealing of ye within written Codicil by ye within Named Joseph Whitne and yt they all Signed as Witnesses in his presence and Judged yt he was of a Sound mind and Disposing frame at ye doing thereof before me
- "Joseph Platt Justice P I
- "At a Court of Probate held in Fairfield June ye 2d AD 1741 ye Extrs to ye last will and Testament of Joseph Whitne late of Norwalk Decd Exhibited ye within Codicil in order for Approbation sd Cocicil being proved is by sd Court Approved and ordered to be Recorded
- "Test William Burr Clerk
- "An Inventory of ye Estate of Joseph Whitne Decd late of Norwalk in ye County of Fairfield and Colony of Connecticut taken in ye month of May An: Dom: 1741 truly taken and then prized by John Bartlet Samll Cluxstone and Elna Hanford Apprisors Under Oath as followeth
vizt Apparil a blew broad Cloath Coat 10 " " a Black Calimanco Jacket & breeches 2 10 " A homespun flanl coat 5 & Jact Do 2 16s 6d 7 16 6 An oldl Druget Coat 20s/. a brownish Do & Jact 25s 2 5 " An old Loose Coat 20s/. a brown Drugit Coat 60/. 4 " " A pr Leather breeches 80s/. pr linnen Do 2s/ 4 2 " A pr Worsted Stockgs 5s/. a pr Blewish Do 1/6d " 6 6 A pr Yarn Do 2/6 2 pr Dunish Do 1/6d " 4 6 A pr Stockgs Brownish 1/6 a pr Legins 4s/x " 5 6 A bever hat 35s/. a gun 7 8 5 " A red white faced ox 13 /. One white Do 13 10s/ 26 10 " A three Years old black Steer 8 a black bull 5 10s/ 13 10 " a three years old white heifer 8 /10s/. 1 Do broad horns red Ears 8 16 10 " a red heifer 3 years old 8 10s/. 8 10 " a yellowish 2 years old heifer 5 10s/ 5 10 " A dark Brindle Heffer 5 4s 1 Do 5 4s / 10 8 " A Red two years old Heffer 5 /. 5 " " A White Yerling Steer 4 5s/. a black Heffer Do 3 15s/. 8 " " A yellow Cow big with Calf 11 / 11 " " A Redish Yellow Cow 11 /. A red white faced Do 11 /. 22 " " A white Cow Some Red on ye Ears 10 15s/. 10 15 " A black pide ox 17 10s/. a Red ox 16 10s 34 " " A Cow Calf 45s/. 1 pide Bull Calf 40s/. 4 5 " A brown Bull Calf 35s/. 1 White Cow Calf 20s/. 2 15 " A Stallion Horse 10 a black Mare 10 /. 20 " " A Yearling Colt 4 10s/ a black Ram & Ew 40s/ 6 10 " A lam 15s/. 3 sheep weathers @ 35s/. 3 Sheep @ 27/. 10 1 " 2 Swine @ 60s/. 2 Do @ 50s/. one Do @ 30s 12 10 " An hour glass 2s/. a tunnil 2s/6d/ 8 plates @ 4s/6 1 19 6 a Chamber pot 8s/. 3 Large platters @ 18/4 pr 3 3 " a platter qt 2 ll 12s/. a Large bason 20s/. 1 12 " a bason 2ll 12s/. " 12 " An old bason & porringer & 2 old platters qt 6 1 4 " 3 porringers 8/ 2 basons qt 1 ll 5/6 " 13 6 11 spoons 9s/4d. doz knives and forks 10s/6d. " 19 10 a pr shoes 1/6d 1 p Sheep Shears 8s/. 2 Candlesticks 1/6d " 11 " a box Iron and heaters 10s/. a quart pot 6s/ " 16 " An Earthen Jugg 1/6d. a flesh fork 1/6. " 3 " 4 water pails & piging pails @ 11s/ p[er] pr 2 4 " A pr Stilyards 15s/. a Lanthorn 12s/ pr bellows 4s/ 1 11 " a glass bottle 1s/3d. a great Chair 10s/. 2 black Chairs 5s/ 1 06 3 7 Chairs @ 2/ a Looking glass 20/ a brush 1s/. 1 15 " a wheel 35s/. a Clock Reed 7s/ a hamer 5s/. 2 7 " a Wooden bottle 2s/. a bar of Steel qt 11_ 47s/ 2 9 " A p of Handirons 40s/. a warming pan 16s/. 2 16 " A great Chair 41s/ a Small Do 15s/. 2 16 " A hoe 8s/. 1 Do 6s/. 1 Do 4/6 a Crow bar qt 24ll @ 1/4 2 10 6 an Ax 6s /. 1 Do 20s/. a grid Iron 5s/. 1 15 " a Chafen dish 6s/. pr Iron traces &c. 36s/. 2 2 " an old pr geers 10s/6 a plow Shear qt 12 12s/. 1 2 6 a bolt and Clevis 8s/. a pr hamer 4s/. a pr Do 3s/. " 15 " a broad ax 10s/. a Stone Sledge 7s/. a Shoe Knife 2/6 " 19 6 a pr Boots 7s/. pr Shoes 10s/. a Sword 10s/. 3ll 10 vrs Steel 14s/6 2 1 6 a Stubing hoe 8s/. a Scythe 7s/. 1 Do 3/ 2 pr horse shoes 5/6 1 3 6 A brokenn pointed Scythe 6s/. 7ll Rubbish Iron 2s/. " 8 " 15ll Iron in Gudgings & bog hoe 18s/9d Sledge qt 4 6s/. 1 4 9 A bell and Strap 7s/. a frying pan 8s/ 2 pr Cards 2s/. " 17 " 2 Rakes 3s/. a pitchfork 3s/. a brewing tub 4s/. " 10 " 2 8 gall[on] Casks @ 3s/ 1 Do 2/6 a HH [hogshead?] but 1 head 5s/. " 13 6 2 wash tubs 2/6 a pr tongs 12s/. a fire Slice 17s/. 1 11 6 A parcel of Coopers tools 6"8"6 6 8 6 240 Stave 12s/. Some Rubish heading 3s/. " 15 " An old barl 1/6 a beetle and wedges 14s/. " 15 6 a large brass Kittle 9 16s/. 1 Do qt 9 ll 33s/. Do skillit 6s/. 11 15 " an Iron Kittle 5s/. 1 trenchers 1s/. a 3 qt Nol dish 5s/. " 11 " a handled knot dish 1s/. an Eard Do 1s/ a turned dish 9d " 2 9 a knot bowl 4s/. Do pople 1/9d. 1 do flat bottomed 2s/. " 7 9 2 dishes 1s/. 4 trays 5s/. Iron pot 6s/. a Kettle 7s/. " 19 " a 2 qt knot dish 4s/. an Earthen pan 8d/. " 4 8 a mans Saddle 55s/. 1 Do 20s/. a flower tub 7s/6d 4 2 6 an old HH 3s/. _ bushll Salt 9s/. a bread tray 3s/. " 15 " a meal tray 2s/. 42 flax @ 1/2d. 24 new barl. @ 7s/. 10 19 7 6 ll Short wool 15s/ " 15 " 2 old barls 4s/5 Almost barll @ 6s/. pr barl 1 14 " an old Corn fan 5s/. a riddle 6d/. a Cart Rope 14s/ " 19 6 4 bags 24s/. 1 Do 6s/. 6 old Do 4s a dutch blanket 8s/. 2 2 " a Striped blanket 15s/. 2 Do 12s/. 1 7 " a Striped blanket 13s/. a pr sheets No 1 30s/. bed tick No 1 24 3 7 " a boulster No 1 1s/. a bed tickin No 2 12s/. " 13 " a blanket 10s/. 1 Do 3s/ a Sickle 2s/ 1 Do 1 " 16 " a Shovel 2s/ an old Cart rope 5s/. " 7 " Sheets pr Sheet No 2 35s/ pr Do No 3 18s/. pr Do No 4 15s/. 3 8 " pr Do No 5 18s/. pr Do No 6 35s/. pr Do No 7 30s/. 4 3 " pr No 8 15s/. pr No 9 15s/. pr No 10 15s/. 2 5 " a pr Cotton pillow bears No 1 7s/. pr linning No 2 10s/. pr No 3 18s/. 1 9 " pr No 4 3s/ 3 table Cloaths 11s/. 2 Cotton towels 4s/ " 18 " 6 towels 11s/. 2 Shirts 16s/. 7 yds toe Cloath 35s/. 3 2 " Near 1 yd Cloath 7s/4d. pr thread Stockgs 6s/. " 13 4 Widows 2 pillows & pillow bears 25s/. a boulster & Case 18s/ 2 3 " bedsted A blanket 30s/ 1 Do 15s/ 1 Do Birdsey 35s/ 4 " " a Coverlid 20s 1 Sheet 25s/ 1 Do 15s/. 3 " " Head Cloaths 16s/. ?? bedtickin & feathers 4 10s/. 5 6 " a Set of Curtains 7 19 6 7 19 6 24_ll Tallow @ 1/6 a Leder tub 2s/ 1 9 1 a bed tickin 24s/. a bead and feathers in it 66 4 10 " a boulster and two pillows 16s/. " 16 " 2 pillow Cases No 5 9s/ a rag blanket 20s/. 1 9 " an old blanket 2s/. a trundle Bedstead & Cord 11 " 13 " a Small box 3s/. an Iron Kittle 22s/6 1 5 6 Chease tongs 6d a hetchel 24s/ a great wheel 17s/ 2 1 6 a Churn 3s/. a bushl 3/2 Ea pots 3s/. " 9 " a great Coboard 20s/. a water pail 3s/ 1 3 " 12 ll Candles @ 1/6 3 Chees fats 1/6 a basket 6d 1 0 9 a morter and pestle 4s/. 300 8d nails 10s/6 " 14 6 a tramil 13s/. an old pillion 2s/. " 15 " a broad ax 12s/ an adds [adze] 12s/. 1 4 " 2 Chizels & 1 gouge 13/6d. " 13 6 An Inch & half Augre 10s/. 1 Do 1 Inch 6s/. " 16 " An Inch Augre 6/ 21 ll Leather @ 3s/ Do 12 ll @ 2 4 9 6 a Scythe Cradle 2s/. a Stoone Jug 10s/. " 12 " A pr Iron fetters 10s/. Sundry Books 22s/. 1 12 " An old hoe 1s/. a Cart and Wheels Iron bound 13 "5s/ 13 6 " A Yoak & Irons 12s/. 1 Do Draught 7s/. " 19 " An Ox plough & Irons for it 56/. 2 16 " Horse plow & Shear 13s/. " 13 " 3ll box led [lead] 5s/. a Sugar box 1s/. " 6 " Scails & wtt [weights] 3s/. a Square table 18s/. 1 1 " an old Square table 5s/. a hive of Bees 40s/. 2 5 " A Set of Cart ladders 8s/. a grin stone 22/ 1 10 " a Cheese press 5s/. 6 Acres Wheat 31"4 31 9 " 3 Acres Oats 7 .10s/. 7 10 " A pipe About 100 galls Gague 14s/. " 14 " a poudering tub of pork 12 12 " " a beef barril 5s/. Do 4s/ Do 3s/. " 12 " part of a barl Sope 12s/. " 12 " a tub of Sweet fat 12s/6 a tub of greese 6s/2 0 18 8 a new Broken flower [flour] Cask 1s/. beer Cask 1s/. " 2 " 2 barls No 4 12s/. 2 barills Sider @ 26s/. 3 4 " 1 tunnil 2s/6d. 8 bushls Indian corn @ 9s/. 3 14 6 A Side Saddle 6 . A Shovel 1s/. 6 1 " 3 bushls bran 6s/. a 2 handed baket 1s/. " 7 " 100 ll flower [flour] 4 11 bushls wheat at 16s/. 12 16 " 9 bushls of Oats @ 5/ 2 7 6 Obediah Woods note 15s/ .15. " 15 " Josiah Thachers bond 250 payable ye 1st of april 1741 due & Indorsments 150 17 9 Josiah Thachers bond 250 payable ye 1st of November 1741 350 " " Josiah Thachers bond 250 payable ye 1st day of November 350 350 " " Josiah Thachers note 1 15/. 1 15 " In Bills of Credit 45 10. 21ll Iron in 2 Short Carrs @ 1 p[er] ll [pound] 46 15 " 123 feet of pine boards 20s/. 18 yds Toe Cloath 3 12s/ 2 old bedsteads & cords 10s 5 2 " Totall 1438 3 6 Samll Claxstone El: Hanford
- "At a Court of Probate held in Fairfield June ye 2d 1741. Messs Samll Fitch and Samll Jarvis Extrs to ye last will and Testament of Joseph Whitne late of Norwalk Decd Exhibited ye within Inventory and made Solem Oath yt ye Same is a true and perfect Inventory of all ye Estate of sd Decd yt they know of and if any more hereafter Appear belonging to sd Estate, they will Cause ye Same to be Inserted - sd Inventory being proved is by sd Court Approved and ordered to be Recorded
- "Test Wm Burr Clerk"
Children of Joseph3 and Hannah (Hoyt) Whitney, all born Norwalk, CT:
i. Hezekiah4 Whitney, b. 10 Apr 1705; m. Margaret Harris. ii. Hannah Whitney, b. 5 Nov 1707; m.(1) Daniel Keeler; m.(2) Samuel Betts. iii. Joseph Whitney, b. 6 Dec 1710; m. Mary Coit. iv. Thankful Whitney, b. 1 Mar 1713/4; m. Ebenezer Benedict. v. Elizabeth Whitney, b. 1717; m.(1) Miles Riggs; m.(2) David Rockwell; m.(3) Agur Fairchild. vi. David Whitney, b.24 Jun 1721; m. Elizabeth Hyatt. vii. Abraham Whitney, b. 23 Feb 1723/4; m. Anne Plumb.
1.^ Stephen Whitney Phoenix, The Whitney family of Connecticut, and its affiliations; being an attempt to trace the descendants, as well in the female as the male lines, of Henry Whitney, from 1649 to 1878; to which is prefixed some account of the Whitneys of England. (New York : Priv. Print. [Bradford Press] 1878), p. 13.
6.^ This is an estimate based on the birth dates of her children.
7.^ L.D.S. Ancestral File.
13.^ Calculated from age at death.