Family:Whitney, Samuel (1719-1782)
Samuel5 Whitney (William4, Nathaniel3, John2, John1), son of William4 and Martha (Peirce) Whitney, was born 23 May 1719, Weston, MA, baptized 25 Jun 1738, Weston, MA, adult, and died 1 Jan 1782, Westminster, MA.
He "Jr." married, 20 Oct 1741, Weston, MA, Abigail Fletcher, "both of Weston", daughter of John and Mary (Goble) Fletcher. She was born 20 Jul 1720, Concord, MA, and died after 1790.
He was also known as Lt. Samuel Whitney. He was also known as Samuel Whitney Jr. called "Jr." to distinguish him from his cousin, son of uncle Nathaniel. He lived at Westminster, MA.
His father's estate was probated 15 Aug 1720 at Weston, MA. At the time of the probate of the estate of father William Whitney in 1720, Martha Whitney, widow, was appointed guardian of the five minor children of her late husband, vizt. William, in his 14th year, Judith, in her 12th year, Amity, in her 8th year, Martha, in her 5th year, and Samuel, in his 2nd year, and posted bond with Jacob Pierce, husbandman, of Weston, as surety. Church member in Weston in 1741, removed Oct 11 (with his wife), assumedly to the church in Westminster, where they had their children and where he died in 1782. He owned the covenant. He was admitted to the church. He was church member, joined 11 Oct 1741, removed.
Pierce says the following:
- LIEUT. SAMUEL WHITNEY, b. May 23, 1719; m. Oct. 20, 1741, Abigail FLETCHER. He was a leading man in the settlement of Westminster, and was frequently elected to office. He went from Weston soon after his marriage, probably in 1742. His place of residence in Westminster in 1859 was owned by Mr. HARTWELL. The old cellar is still visible. Samuel was frequently elected selectman and during the Revolutionary war was a lieutenant. The History of Westminster says: "He located on the lot No. 51, near the No. Common, where Leander HARTWELL now lives. The house he built stood a few rods south of the site of the present one. He was a prominent, capable, and much esteemed resident of the township, one of the executive committee of the propriety and selectman three years after incorporation. He also held a commission as lieutenant in the militia of the province. He was a man of wealth and influence, having a large landed estate, which enabled him to give each of his sons a farm, it is said, before or at his decease." The inventory of his estate was made to probate court by his widow, Abigail, in April, 1783. He d. Jan. 1, 1782; res. Weston and Westminster, Mass.
Children of Samuel5 and Abigail (Fletcher)Whitney:
i. Abigail6 Whitney, b. 27 Aug 1742, Westminster, MA. ii. Mary Whitney, b. 29 May 1744, Westminster, MA; m.(1) 9 Nov 1769, Westminster, MA, Elijah Gibbs; m.(2) 22 Oct 1781, Edward Scott, of Westminster. iii. Samuel Whitney, b. 11 Feb 1746, Westminster, MA; m. Mrs. Thankfull Wilder. iv. Abner Whitney, b. 18 May 1748, Weston, MA; bapt. 22 May 1748, Weston, MA; m.(1) Elizabeth Glazier; m.(2) Levina (Glazier) Whittemore. v. Achsa Whitney, b. 30 Sep 1750, Westminster, MA; d. 14 May 1772, Westminster, MA, in her 22nd year. vi. Silas Whitney, b. 20 Oct 1752, Westminster, MA; m. Sarah Withington. vii. Martha Whitney, b. 26 Nov 1755, Westminster, MA; d. 26 Nov 1755, Westminster, MA, aged 1 day. viii. Elisha Whitney, b. 2 Jul 1757, Westminster, MA; m. Unice Sever. ix. Alpheus Whitney, b. 25 Feb 1759, Westminster, MA; m. Esther Hartwell. x. Phinehas Whitney, b. 16 Jan 1761, Westminster, MA; m. Elizabeth Rand. xi. Hannaniah Whitney, b. 18 Dec 1762, Westminster, MA; m. Azuba Keyes. xii. Martha Whitney, b. 18 Sep 1764, Westminster, MA; m. 19 Aug 1783, Leominster, MA, Benjamin Sever, both "of Westminster", son of Norman and Sarah (Read) Seaver; m.(2) Isaac Seaver. xiii. Susanah Whitney, b. 9 Feb 1767, Westminster, MA.
- 1790, Westminster, Worcester Co., MA: Abigail Whitney, 1 males over 16, 1 males 0-15, and 1 females. This was his widow.
1.^ His parentage is proven by his birth record.
2.^ "Samuel [Whitney], s. William and Martha, [born] May 23, 1719. [p. 10]," according to Mary Frances Peirce, Town of Weston. Births, Deaths and Marriages, 1707-1850. 1703--Gravestones--1900. Church Records, 1709-1825. Appendix and Addenda, Cent Society, Gleanings from the Town Files, Bits of Genealogy, Error, Indexes, &c. (Boston, MA: McIncloe Bros., Printers, 1901), page 10.
4.^ "Samuel [Whitney], Lieut., h. Abigail, [died] Jan. 1, 1782," according to Franklin P. Rice, ed., Vital Records of Westminster, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (1915).
25.^ "Martha [Whitney] and Benjamin Sever both of Westminster, [married] Aug. 19, 1783," according to Franklin P. Rice, ed., Vital Records of Leominster, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (n.d.). Also, "Martha [Whitney] and Benjamin Sever, [married] Aug. 19, 1783. In Leominster," according to Westminster Vital Records.