Family:Whitney, Ransford (1753-a1800)
He married, 26 Sep 1773, Derby, CT, Ruth Canfield, daughter of Joseph and Sarah (Stilson) Canfield. She was born 20 Feb 1750, Derby, CT, and died after 1800.
Phoenix says the following:
- Ransford Whitney, b. at Fairfield, Conn., 10 March 1753; married, at Derby, Conn., 26 Sept. 1773, Ruth Canfield, dau. of Joseph and Sarah Canfield, of Derby. The following is a copy of the original record in the docket of the officiating Justice: "Be it Remembered that, on the 26th day of September, A. E. 1773, mr. Ransum Whitne and mrs. Ruth Canfield was married together by me, Joseph Hull, Jr., Justice of Peace." They settled in Derby, where he was chosen surveyor of highways, 10 Dec. 1781 and 9 Dec. 1782. He was living at Watertown, Conn., 11 Feb. 1793, when he bought land there; and also 25 Dec. 1797, when he sold three acres of it. He sold his interest in a saw-mill in Watertown, 20 Feb. 1794, to Noah and Elezer Judd, for £13; and his farm of forty acres, 2 Jan. 1800, to Truman Smith, of Woodbury, for $500. He was probably identical with the "Captain Whitney," of Watertown, whose wife joined the Cong. Church there in February, 1800, and was dismissed by letter, date not recorded; and who is said to have had a daughter of remarkable beauty.
Children of Ransford5 and Ruth (Canfield) Whitney:
i. Sarah6 Whitney, b. 3 Apr 1774, Derby, CT. ii. Joseph Lyman Whitney, b. 1 Sep 1775, Derby, CT. He may be the Joseph L. Whitney who d. 24 Feb 1799, Brooklyn, CT, aged 23 years.
- 1790, Watertown, Litchfield Co., CT: Ransford Whitney, 1 male over 16, 2 male 0-15, and 2 females.
- 1800, Watertown, Litchfield Co., CT: Ransford Whitney, 1 male over 45 and 1 female over 45.
- 1810: not found.
- All data imported from 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. 87 and p. 250.