Family:Whitney, Joshua (1665-1753)

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Joshua3 Whitney (Joshua2, John1), son of Joshua2 and Mary (-----)(Buckminster) Whitney,[1] was born 14 Jun 1665, Groton, MA,[2] and died 1 Dec 1753, Plainfield, CT.[3]

He married firstly, say 1690, Mary -----,[4] parentage and birth unknown. She died 25 Jun 1751, Plainfield, CT.[5]

He married secondly, 11 Dec 1751, Plainfield, CT,[6] Sarah (-----)(Warren) Fellows (he aged 85 years, she aged 84 years), parentage unknown. She was widow of Jacob Warren (c1668-1727) and then of John Fellows (1668-1748).[7] She was born about 1668, and died 28 Mar 1759, Plainfield, CT.[8]

They first lived at Groton, MA, then removed to Plainfield, CT, where they were among the first settlers and lived for the rest of their lives.

On 17 Mar 1692, "Joshua Whitting Junr." was a member of the West Regiment of Middlesex at Groton, along with his father.[9]

On 23 Apr 1699, Joshua Whitney of Plainfield was admitted to the Preston First Church, and on 14 Jan 1702, his wife was also admitted.[10]

"Nov. 13, 1699, with thirty-eight others, he signed a petition to the Massachusetts General Court in relation to the land boundaries."[11]

"In 1702 he was elected collector. He resided on the east side of Quinebaug river, which later became Plainfield."[12]

"Plainfield, Connecticut, was granted to Gov. John Winthrop of New London, about 1655, settled from Massachusetts, and incorporated 1699; and contained, Dec. 24, 1702, the following freeholders, residing on the East side of Quinebaug River: --

Joshua Whitney"[13]

"In 1704 he was appointed a committee to apportion the enclosing fence to the several proprietors. In 1705 he was chosen to finish the laying out of the divisions of meadows. In 1706 he had twelve acres of land bound over to him in security for four pounds in money loaned the town."[14]

On 10 Oct 1706, the General Court of Connecticut confirmed the proprietors' rights in Plainfield.[15]

"After the township was incorporated, he was elected representative to the General Court. In 1710 he gave part of the land for a highway, from Quinebaug river to the east bound of the town."[16]

He was elected representative to the General Court of Connecticut in 1711, 1712, 1715, and 1719.

On 17 Apr 1713, he was mentioned as a son in the will of his father.[17]

"In 1719 he was elected deacon of the church, and that year, when the new meeting house was erected, he gave a sum much larger than many others and only equaled by one other."[18]

"In 1719, he was elected Deacon of the Plainfield Church."[19]

On 10 Feb 1726/7, Joshua Whitney, Philip Bump, and Joseph Lawrence took the inventory of James Welch [in Plainfield, CT].[20]

"He [Joshua] was one of the signers of the covenant of the first church there Jan. 5, 1751."[21]

"Joshua WHITNEY, will made and dated at Plainfield, Conn., Oct. 15, 1751. Joshua WHITNEY, will recorded at Plainfield, Conn., Jan. 8, 1754. Maker of will, Shubah CONANT, justice of peace; residence at Plainfield. . . . His will mentions William WHITNEY, Cornelius WHITNEY, and David WHITNEY, brothers; and Abigail HUTCHINGS, Mary PEIRCE, Elizabeth HARMON, Martha WILLIAMS, heirs of Elinor SHEPARD, and Sarah TYLOR, sisters. Mary LAWRENCE and John CRERY names mentioned in the will of J. WHITNEY; also the names of two negroes are mentioned, Sandy and Ceaser, he leaving property to both.

"Deacon WHITNEY, in his will, made by Shubah CONANT, justice of the peace, made provision for his negro servants, and it shows the conscientious scrupleness with which some good men of that day fulfilled the responsibility of ownership. Not only did he make Sandy, Ceaser, Judith and their children absolutely free, but bequeathed to each household six acres of land and farming tools. He gave to one his 'oldest little Bible,' and to the others several good books; enjoined Sandy to take care of Bess, his wife, and give her decent burial, and directed Ceaser and Judith 'to see that their children were in no way left to perish.'

"Sarah WHITNEY, widow of Joshua WHITNEY, letter of administration, May 23, 1759."[22]

Joshua3 and Mary (-----) Whitney had no children.

Joshua3 and Sarah (-----)(Warren)(Fellows) Whitney had no children.

References

1.^  His parentage is proven by his birth record and his mention in his father's will.

2.^  "Joshua [Whitney], s. Joshua, [born] June 14, 1665," according to Vital Records of Groton, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (Salem, MA: Essex Institute, 1926-1927).

3.^  "[Deaths] 1753 Decemb. 1st Joshua Whitney. old Age," according to Mary Kingsbury Talcott, "Records of the First Congregational Church, Plainfield, Conn.," NEHGR, vol. LXX (1916), p. 310.

4.^  The date is a guess. The wife's given name is from the church records.

5.^  "[Deaths] 1751 June 25 Mary Whitney a," according to Talcott, op. cit., p. 309.

6.^  "[Marriages] Decemb 11 [1751] Josua Whitney aged 85 to Sarah Fellows, 84," according to Talcott, op. cit., p. 225; also "Joshua Whitney (aged 85) & Sarah Fellows (aged 84), [married] 11 Dec. 1751," according to Frederick W. Bailey, ed., Early Connecticut Marriages, as Found on Ancient Church Records Prior to 1800 (1896-1906), Plainfield, 2:66.

7.^  Clarence Winthrop Bowen, The History of Woodstock Connecticut (1933), vol. 5, p. 28.

8.^  "1759 March 28 Sarah Whitney," according to Talcott, op. cit., p. 313.

9.^  Hammond, Isaac W., "Garrison in the West Regiment of Middlesex", NEHGR, vol. XLIII (1889), p. 375.

10.^  "Joshua [Whitney], of Plainfield, adm. ch. 23 Apr 1699," according to the Index of Connecticut Church Records, Preston First Church 1:5, P:130. Also, "Joshua [Whitney], his w., of Plainfield, adm. ch. [14 Jan] 1702," according to the Index of Connecticut Church Records, Preston First Church 1:6, P:130.

11.^  Frederick Clifton Pierce, The Descendants of John Whitney, Who Came from London, England, to Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1635 (Chicago, IL: The Author, 1895), p. 35.

12.^  Pierce, loc. cit.

13.^  Morse, Abner, "Early Settlers of Plainfield, Connecticut", NEHGR, vol. XV (1861), p. 53.

14.^  Pierce, loc. cit.

15.^  Morse, loc. cit.

16.^  Pierce, loc. cit.

17.^  Middlesex County, Massachusetts, probate file #24,703.

18.^  Pierce, loc. cit.

19.^  Whitney, William L[ebbeus], Some of the Descendants of John and Elinor Whitney, Who Settle in Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1635. (Pottsville, PA: M. E. Miller, Steam-Power Printer, 1890), p. 22.

20.^  Harriet W. Hodge and Robert S. Wakefield, Mayflower Families through Five Generations, Descendants of the Pilgrims who Landed at Plymouth, Mass. December 1620, vol. 21 [John Billington] (Plymouth, MA: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 2001), pp. 27-28.

21.^  Pierce, loc. cit.

22.^  Ibid.


Additional references not yet examined:

  • "Joshua Whitney, Plainfield, Connecticut," Ancestral Notes from Chedwato, vol. 10, no. 1 (January 1963).
  • Ellen D. Larned, History of Windham County, Connecticut, 2 volumes (1874-1880).

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