Family:Whitney, Nathan (c1689-b1761)
Nathan (recorded as "Nathanll.") married, 18 Nov 1719, Lancaster, MA, Mary Holman, by Rev. Mr. John Prentice, minister, daughter of Jeremiah and Abigail (-----) Holman. She was born say 1698, Sudbury, MA, and died after 17 May 1763, Stow, MA.
He left a will on 18 Jun 1755, Stow, MA; of Stow, husbandman; wife Mary; son Jeremiah Whitney; son Nathan Whitney; three daughters Phebe Warner, Mary Priest, and Eunice Warner; wife Mary and sons Jeremiah and Nathan Whitney, executors; witnesses James Rogers, Susanna Gardner, and Henry Gardner.
On 4 Jun 1761 the inventory of his estate was taken at Stow, MA, by William Peirce, James Whetcomb, and Solomon Taylor. On 15 Jun 1761 his will was proved at Stow, MA.
On 22 Apr 1763 at Stow, MA, Mary wrote a letter to the probate judge about the estate of her husband, about which she and son Nathan had had a falling out.
Pierce says the following:
- He made his will in 1755, and it was proved in 1761.
- The following is from the Probate Records at Cambridge, Mass:
- To the Honnarble Samuel DANFORTH Esq Sr this is to in form you Honner that I Have lesed out my plas this yer for my support But my son Nathan who is excuter with me on his Fathers will Hath melisted the man that Had the les stoped Hiss teem abused the man I will inform your Honner that I have not Bin well so that I have Not acomplished my my Besness so as to com Down my self But I Hop to com quick
- Ps I am a por wido
- an very Neverus
Mary X WHITNEY
May ye 17th 1763
- Mr. Sanuel DANFORTH Esq sr Sir as to the complaint my mother sent to you Honour conserning my hindering ye man she had lessed her place fo the peace he was to work on was in mine and as I had orders from your honour and ye superiur court I think I had aright to hinder any man from improveing ye whole of ye Land this year to keep me out of more then twenty pounds Lawfell and a nother year Besides Sunesry? other Debts however Sir I must leve this to your honour.........................................not as to my abuse to him I think I have as much Cause to Come plain of their abuse to me for I Desired he would not go on till their was some thing agreed on or some farther orders about it he said he would go on afraul me and if I would not go off ye Land he would knock me Down and turned the But of his stick & struck at me sundry times & mother & ye widow Arabah WHITNEY Cam Railing and thretning me and John WARNER still thretning to knock me Down sprang and took up a stone I Beleve to ye value of three or four pounds weight at Least and I sprang at him to prevent him from hurting me with it and he Closed in with me and strove to fling me Down But I flung him Down and mother and Arubah Cryed murder with all their mights and Came Reuling and threatning me mother with apole at ye Least six or seven feete Long Crying you lode I will knock your Brains out thus I was surrounded by these three and I told him I cauld hold him as Long as I pleased and I would hold him till he would promise to I to be peacable and then he might Get up as soon as he would and I never struck nor thretned to strike him or hurt him in any manner what sover and as to mother haveing any thing to do as Executor on the will I woudl Desire your Honour to look up the papers shee sent to your honour that is in ye Regesters office in ye will, and it may perhaps give you satsfaction so Desiering truth and justice may take peach in all things I subscribe your most humble servant.
Children of Nathan4 and Mary (Holman) Whitney:
i. Phebe5 Whitney, b. circa 1721; m. John Warner Jr. ii. Nathan Whitney, b. 6 Mar 1723/4, Stow, MA; m. Tabitha Bennett. iii. Mary Whitney, b. 4 Jun 1727, Stow, MA; m. Jeremiah Priest. iv. Jeremiah Whitney, b. 1 Apr 1729, Stow, MA; m.(1) Elizabeth Farr; m.(2) Azubah Bennet. v. Eunice Whitney, b. circa 1731; m. Moses Warner.
4.^ "Nathaniell [Whitney] and Mary Holeman, [married] Nov. 18, 1719. T.R.1, p. 17," according to Lancaster Vital Records. Also see Frederick W. Bailey, ed., Early Massachusetts Marriages Prior to 1800 (1897-1914), 3 vols.
8.^ "Nathan [Whitney], s. Nathan and Mary, [born] Mar. 6, 1723-4," according to F. Apthorp Foster, ed., Vital Records of Stow, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1911).