Family:Whitney, Josiah (1730-1800)

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Josiah5 Whitney (David4, Benjamin3, John2, John1), son of David4 and Rebecca (Fillebrown) Whitney, was born 22 Nov 1730, Waltham, MA,[1] and died 3 Dec 1800, Waltham, MA.[2]

Josiah married, 15 Jun 1762, Waltham, MA, Sarah Lawrence,[3] daughter of John and Mary (Hammond) Lawrence. She was born 21 Jul 1736[4] or 1737, Waltham, MA, and died 14 Sep 1794, Waltham, MA, aged 59 years. There is mention in the Waltham VR of a Sarah Whitney death in 1795 from a gravestone record.[5] Not mentioned in the will of husband in 1799, so clearly died before that year. Source of the specific 1794 date not given in DB.

From Herb Phelps (herb@sccoast.net): He served on 20 Sep 1776 in Waltham, MA; First Company of Militia, Waltham. Same on 29 Nov 1776. He left a will dated 7 May 1799, Waltham: son Josiah; daughter, Rhoda Smith; unmarried daughters Sally, Nancy and Lucy; son Jonathan, executor; witnesses David Wellington, Benja. Lawrence, Stoner Sanderson.

Pierce says the following:[6]

He served in a Waltham company during the Revolutionary War.

On 9 Jan 1801, Waltham, MA, a receipt was given by Anna Whitney, a daughter of Josiah Whitney. On 9 Jan 1801, Waltham, MA, a receipt was given by Amos and Rhoda Smith, a daughter of Josiah Whitney. On 9 Jan 1801, Waltham, MA, a receipt was given by Sarah Whitney, a daughter of Josiah Whitney. On 23 Feb 1801, Waltham, MA, a receipt was given by Josiah Whitney, a son of Josiah Whitney. On 7 Apr 1801, Waltham, MA, his will was proved. On 7 Apr 1801, Waltham, MA, executor's bond was posted by Jonathan Whitney, yeoman, of Waltham, with Amos Smith, yeoman, and David Wellington, gentleman, both of Waltham, sureties. On 8 Jun 1801, Waltham, MA, a receipt was given by Lucy Whitney, a daughter of Josiah Whitney. On 8 Jun 1801, Waltham, MA, a receipt given by Anna Whitney, a daughter of Josiah Whitney. On 8 Jun 1801, Waltham, MA, a receipt was given by Amos and Rhoda Smith, a daughter of Josiah Whitney.

Children of Josiah5 and Sarah (Lawrence) Whitney:

i. Sarah6 Whitney, b. 18 Apr 1763, Waltham, MA;[7] d. 1 Jun 1846, Waltham, MA, aged 83 years 1 month 12 days, of old age; m.(1) 6 Dec 1803, Waltham, MA, Isaac Hastings.[8] He was b. 12 Oct 1768, Waltham, MA, son of Josiah and Lydia (Ball) Hastings, and died 3 May 1805, Waltham, MA, aged 37 years. She "Mrs." m.(2) 22 Oct 1807, Waltham, MA, Nathan Sanderson, as his second wife. Apparently she had no children.
ii. Josiah Whitney Jr., b. 23 Jun 1765, Waltham, MA;[9] m. Mary Barrett.
iii. Rhoda Whitney, b. 22 Aug 1768, Waltham, MA;[10] d. 25 Feb 1817, Waltham, MA; m. 8 May 1794, Waltham, MA, Amos Smith.[11]
iv. Ruth Whitney, b. say 1770, Waltham, MA. She is not listed in father's will in 1799.
v. Jonathan Whitney, b. 8 May 1772, Waltham, MA;[12] m. Sarah Bedlow.
vi. Anna Whitney, b. ca. 1774, Waltham, MA; d. 18 Aug 1846, Waltham, MA, aged 71 years, of diarrhea; m. 17 Dec 1807, Waltham, MA, Elijah Smith,[13] as his second wife. He m.(1) Lydia Flagg. Children:
a. Isaac Smith, b. 20 Dec 1808, Waltham, MA.
b. Calvin Smith, b. 7 Sep 1811, Waltham, MA.
c. Lucy Ann Smith, b. 14 Oct 1813, Waltham, MA.
vii. Lucy Whitney, b. ca. 1776, Waltham, MA; d. 30 Nov 1857, Waltham, MA, aged 81 years, of old age, unmarried.[14] 1850 Census, Waltham, aged 74, $2000 real estate, b. MA.

Census

433 589 Lucy Whitney 74 F - $2000 Mass.

Also, 1850, Waltham, Middlesex Co., MA:

449 614 Lucy Whitny 74 F - $2200 Mass.

24 24 Lucy Whitney 79 F - Mass.

References

1.^  "Josiah [Whitney] [dup. Whitny], s. David and Rebeckah, [born] Nov. 22, 1730," according to Vital Records of Waltham, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1904). Also "Josiah [Whitney], at Stow, [born] Nov. 22, 1750," according to Jeannette D. Pingrey, comp., Birth, Marriage, and Death Records in the Town of Ashby, Massachusetts, from 1754 to 1890 (Decorah, IA: Anundsen Publishing Company, c. 1989), pp. 88-90. This is an error, and should read 1730, and furthermore, he was born in Waltham, not Stow.

2.^  "Josiah [Whitney], _____, [died] 1800. G.R.," according to Waltham Vital Records.

3.^  "Josiah [Whitney] and Sarah Lawrance, [married] June 15, 1762.* [Lawerence, M.R.]," according to Waltham Vital Records.

4.^  "Sarah [Whitney], [born] _____, 1736. G.R.," according to Waltham Vital Records.

5.^  "Sarah [Whitney], [died] _____, 1795. G.R.," according to Waltham Vital Records.

6.^  Frederick C. Pierce, The Descendants of John Whitney, Who Came from London, England, to Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1635 (Chicago, IL: The Author, 1895), p. 76.

7.^  "Sarah [Whitney], d. Josiah and Sarah, [born] Apr. 18, 1763," according to Waltham Vital Records.

8.^  "Sarah [Whitney] and Isaac Hastings, [married] Dec. 6, 1803," according to Waltham Vital Records.

9.^  "Josiah [Whitney], s. Josiah and Sarah, [born] June 23, 1765," according to Waltham Vital Records.

10.^  "Rhoda [Whitney], ch. Josiah and Sarah, [born] Aug. 22, 1768," according to Waltham Vital Records.

11.^  "Rhoda [Whitney] and Amos Smith, [married] May 8, 1794," according to Waltham Vital Records.

12.^  "Jonathan [Whitney], ch. Josiah and Sarah, [born] May 8, 1772," according to Waltham Vital Records.

13.^  "Anna [Whitney] and Elijah Smith, [married] Dec. 17, 1807," according to Waltham Vital Records.

14.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 112, page 178.


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