Family:Whitney, Phineas (1747-1832)

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Phineas5 Whitney (Isaac4, Nathaniel3, Benjamin2, John1), son of Isaac4 and Sarah (Crosby) Whitney, was born 5 Jun 1747, York, ME,[1] and died 13 Nov 1832, Norridgewock, ME; Record of Mortality in Norridgewock 1774-1891 (also LDS film No 11577) p 29. "Nov. 13, 1832 Phineas Whitney, consumption and old age, 82 years".

He married firstly, 19 Oct 1769, Gorham, ME, Anna Morton,[2] daughter of Bryant and Thankful (Parker) Morton.

He married secondly, before 1 Sep 1818, Norridgewock, ME, Mary (Blethen)(Fish) Emerson. She had married firstly, 8 Jun 1779, Georgetown, ME, Isaac Fish. She had married secondly, 15 Apr 1786, Georgetown, ME, Ezekiel Emerson.

Phinehas, MA Line, S30204, sol's wid Mary Whitney was pensioned as the former wid of her 1st husband Isaac Fish on W26007 for MA Line & Privateer service, the Rev sol Phinhas Whitney was b in 1747 at York MA (ME) & in 1766 he moved to Gorham MA (ME) & lived there when he enl & in 1814 he moved to Norridgewock in Somerset Co MA (ME) where he lived when he appl 7 Aug 1832

Children of Phineas5 and Anna (Morton) Whitney:

i. Stephen6 Whitney, b. 23 Sep 1771, Gorham, ME;[3] m. 26 Jan 1800, Limington, ME, Ruth Boody, daughter of Rev. Robert and Margarey (Hill) Boody, b. 13 Jun 1779, New Durham, NH.[4] Not found in the census records of Maine from 1800 through 1850.
ii. Crosby Whitney, b. 20 Sep 1773, Gorham, ME;[5] m. Mary Higgins.
iii. Affia Whitney, b. 12 Jan 1776, Gorham, ME;[6] m. by Rev. Rufus Anderson (int. 3 Jan 1795, North Yarmouth, ME[7]) 12 Feb 1795, North Yarmouth or Cumberland, ME, Dominicus Mitchell,[8] b. 23 Aug 1772, Pearsontown (Standish), ME, the son of Dominicus and Ann (----) Mitchell. She was also known as Affie or Aphia Whitney.
iv. Jonathan Whitney, b. 8 Feb 1778, Gorham, ME;[9] apparently known thereafter as "John" (see notes below); m. Mary Walker.
v. Jabez Whitney, b. 22 Mar 1780, prob. North Yarmouth, ME; m. Abigail Milk Wheeler.
vi. Anna Whitney, b. circa 1789; d. 29 May 1858; m. (int. 20 Aug 1809, North Yarmouth, ME[10]) 2 Nov 1809, North Yarmouth, ME, David Chandler "of Wilton",[11] son of Jacob and Rhoda (Pollard) Chandler, b. 22 Mar 1787, Jay, ME, or Westford, MA; d. 24 May 1851, Jay, ME, or 24 Oct 1858.
vii. Reuben Whitney, bapt. 29 May 1792, Cumberland or North Yarmouth, ME; m. Lucy Sawyer.

Phineas5 and Mary (Blethen)(Fish)(Emerson) Whitney had no children.

Notes

No record has been found after birth for son Jonathan. In particular, he is not found in the census records of Maine from 1800 through 1850, nor in his father's will. Son John, known from his father's will, has no recorded birth date. His census records are erratic in the reporting of his age, but are more or less consistent with a birth date of 1778. As a result, I believe that they are one and the same. Either the birth was recorded incorrectly, or his name was changed, or he chose to use John instead of Jonathan throughout his life.

Pertinent abstracts of Revolutionary pension applications:

From Military Pension File of Phinehas Whitney
M-804, Roll 2568 S30.204:
National Archives Building, Washington, DC.

Mary Whitney, widow of above soldier was pensioned as the former widow of her first husband, Isaac Fish, Mass. and Privateer, W. 26007

Declaration In order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress of the 7th of June, 1832 (Abstracted, not word-for-word):

State of Maine, Somerset County, on this seventh day of August, AD 1832, Phinehas Whitney, a resident of Norridgewock in the County of Somerset and State of Maine, aged eighty-five years, doth on his oath make the following declaration:

That he enlisted in the Army of the United States in the year 1776 with Captain Bryant Morton and served in Col. Mitchell's regiment of the Massachusetts line or troops under the following named officers: Morton Captain, Mitchell Colonel. That in January 1776 he enlisted as a private in that company and regiment for one year, that he continued to serve until sometime in November 1776, when he was verbally discharged near what is now Portland, it being thought that the services of some of the men might be dispensed with.
That in December, 1776 he was again drafted for three months and serves as a corporal in Samuel Whitman's Company and Col. Flagg's regiment of the Massachusetts troops. That he served out this period and was verbally discharged at Peekskill in March, 1777.

And to interogatories propounded under the instruction of the war department, he answers: that he was born at York, Maine in 1747, where his age is recorded, that in 1766 he removed to Gorham, Maine, where his ____ his revolutionary services. That in 1814 he removed to Norridgewock, Maine where he now lives. That the first time he enlisted, the second was drafted. That he never took any writtten discharge. That in his first service he was employed in building a fort to fortify Portland harbor, then called Falmouth. That in his second service he was on the Hudson, principally at Peekskill. That Joab Black and John Skinner have certified to his services.

From an application dated April 23, 1818:

I, Phinehas Whitney aged seventy years, a citizen of the United States, born in York, Maine, now a resident in Norridgewock, Maine upon oath testify and declare, that in January 1776, I entered as a private soldier in the war of the Revolution against the common enemy upon the continental establishment in Capt. Bryant Morton's Company and Col. Mitchell's Regiment of the Massachusetts line or troops. I served until November 1776 and was then verbally discharged at Portland. I served out the term of my enlistment, having enlisted for the year's service.
In January 1777 I enlisted upon the same Continental establishment for the term of three months in Capt. Samuel Whitman's Company ans Col. Fogg's Regiment in the Massachusetts line. I served out the full term of this enlistment and took an honorable but verbal discharge at Peekskill the last of March 1777. This was my last continental service. From my reduced circumstances, I need the assistance of my country for support.

From the Military Pension Record of Isaac Fish,
M-804, w.26007,
National Archives Building, Washington, DC.'

State of Maine
Piscataquis Co.

On this third day of July, AD 1838 personally appeared before the subscriber, Judge of Probate for this county aforesaid, at a court held at Dover, in said county, Mary Whitney, widow, a resident of said Dover , aged seventy-five years in August next, who, being first duly cautioned and sworn according to law, do on her oath in open court make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of congress passed 4 July 1836. That she is the widow of Isaac Fish formerly of Georgetown, now called Phippsburg, in the county of Lincoln, State of Maine. That she was born at said Georgetown. That her maiden name was Mary Blethen. That she first knew said Fish at said Georgetown in the year 1778. That he then wore military clothes and said that he was a native of Rhode Island and had been in the Continental Army three years, but she cannot tell in what company or regiment or where he served, but that he told her he had so served and she had no reason to doubt it. That she was married according to law to said Fish by Judge James McCobb at the house of James Parker of Georgetown where she lived as an apprentice to said Parker. That Mrs. Butler, now the widow of Thomas Butler was at the wedding. That her marriage took place in the month of July 1779 about a month before she was sixteen years old. That said Fish afterwards entered into a Company of Militia, commanded by Captain McCobb of Georgetown, a son of Judge McCobb who married her and served about four months to the best of her remembrance. That in the spring of 1780, he enlisted into the army and went to Thomastown and served till winter. That said Fish then entered on board a privateer and perished in the Bay of Fundy in a snow storm, as was reported by those who saw the privateer go down. That she saw him no more. That she afterwards married Ezekiel Emerson of said Georgetown. That after his death she married Phineas Whitney, a pensioner, who died at Norridgewock about five years ago. That she afterwards removed to Dover, where she has lived a widow to this time.

Census

References

1.^  "Phinehas Whitney [s. Isaac and Sarah (Crosby)], born June 5th 1747," according to Lester MacKenzie Bragdon and John E. Frost, Vital Records of York, Maine, prior to 1892 (Rockport, Maine: Picton Press, 1992).

2.^  "Phineas [Whitney] [Phinehas in Int.] and Anna Morton, [married] Oct. 19, 1769," according to Marquis Fayette King, comp., Publishments, marriages, births and deaths from the earlier records of Gorham, Maine (Portland, ME: Maine Genealogical Society, 1897).

3.^  "Stephen [Whitney], s. Phineas and Anna, [born] Sept. 23, 1771," according to Marquis Fayette King, comp., Publishments, marriages, births and deaths from the earlier records of Gorham, Maine (Portland, ME: Maine Genealogical Society, 1897).

4.^  Robert L. Taylor, Early Families of Limington, Maine (Baltimore, MD: Heritage Books, 2007), pp. 27-29, especially p. 28.

5.^  "Crosby [Whitney], s. Phineas and Anna, [born] Sept. 20, 1773," according to Marquis Fayette King, comp., Publishments, marriages, births and deaths from the earlier records of Gorham, Maine (Portland, ME: Maine Genealogical Society, 1897).

6.^  "Affia [Whitney], d. Phineas and Anna, [born] Jan. 12, 1776," according to Marquis Fayette King, comp., Publishments, marriages, births and deaths from the earlier records of Gorham, Maine (Portland, ME: Maine Genealogical Society, 1897).

7.^  "Aphia [Whitney] and Dominicus Mitchell, int. 3 Jan. 1795," according to Sherman, Ruth Wilder, comp., Vital records of North Yarmouth, Maine to the year 1850 (Rockport, Me.: Picton Press, 1993).

8.^  "Aphia [Whitney] and Dominicus Mitchell, [married] 12 Feb. 1795," according to Sherman, Ruth Wilder, comp., Vital records of North Yarmouth, Maine to the year 1850 (Rockport, Me.: Picton Press, 1993). Also, "Feb. 12, 1795, [married] Domenicus MITCHEL & Aphia WHITNEY; by Rev. Rufus ANDERSON, North Yarmouth (A:71)," according to Kelley, Judith Holbrook, ed. and transcr., Clayton Rand Adams, ed., Marriage Returns of Cumberland County, Maine, Prior to 1892, Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication No. 29 (Rockport, ME: Picton Press, 1998), p. 112.

9.^  "Jonathan [Whitney], s. Phineas and Anna, [born] Feb. 8, 1778," according to Marquis Fayette King, comp., Publishments, marriages, births and deaths from the earlier records of Gorham, Maine (Portland, ME: Maine Genealogical Society, 1897).

10.^  "Ann [Whitney] and David Chandler of Wilton, int. 20 Aug. 1809," according to Sherman, Ruth Wilder, comp., Vital records of North Yarmouth, Maine to the year 1850 (Rockport, Me.: Picton Press, 1993).

11.^  "Anne [Whitney] and David Chandler of Wilton, [married] 2 Nov. 1809," according to Sherman, Ruth Wilder, comp., Vital records of North Yarmouth, Maine to the year 1850 (Rockport, Me.: Picton Press, 1993).


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