Family:Whitney, Samuel (1739-1811)
Capt. Samuel6 Whitney (Samuel5, Nathaniel4, Nathaniel3, John2, John1), son of Samuel5 and Elizabeth (Hastings) Whitney, was born 23 Sep 1739, Weston, MA, was baptized 28 Oct 1739, Weston, MA, aged 5 weeks, and died 1 Feb 1811, Marlboro, VT.
Marriage intentions were published 14 Aug 1762, Shrewsbury, MA, for him and Phebe Harrington "of Grafton". He "of Shrewsbury" married, 2 Sep 1762, Grafton, MA, Phebe Harrington. She was born 25 May 1740, Grafton, MA, and died 6 Mar 1812, Marlboro, VT.
Capt. Samuel Whitney was born in Weston, MA, and while a young man removed to Grafton, MA, where he was an early settler. There he was united to his wife, and shortly after moved to Shrewsbury. About the middle of November, 1769, with his brother, Nathaniel, he went to Marlboro, VT. In March, 1770, made a quantity of maple sugar and then moved from the east to the west part of the town and began anew on the premises he afterward occupied. In 1770 he opened the forest and erected a log house, in the raising of which he invited his brothers, Nathaniel and Jonas, and James Ball to assist him. In 1772, probably in March, he moved his family from Shrewsbury to Marlboro, consisting of his wife and four children. He was enterprising, laborious, and persevering, bold, resolute, and fearless, bravely surmounting the trials of a pioneer. He had a peculiar voice, better fitted for the sternness of authority than the smooth adulations of flattery. He erected buildings and opened a public house, which he kept till the close of life. The site of this property is now occupied by the West Marlboro postoffice.
Mr. Whitney was a great hunter, and but for the prompt assistance on one occasion rendered by his sons, Moses and Guilford, lads at the time, would undoubtedly have been killed by a bear. Mr. Whitney carried the scar to his grave. He resided Grafton and Shrewsbury, MA, and Marlboro, VT.
Children of Samuel6 and Phebe (Harrington) Whitney:
i. Catherine "Caty"7 Whitney, b. 5 May 1763, Shrewsbury, MA; m. 14 Jun 1781, Marlboro, VT, Samuel Pratt, of Marlboro. ii. Elizabeth "Betty" Whitney, b. 26 Aug 1764, Shrewsbury, MA; m. 29 Mar 1785, Marlboro, VT, Alvin Pratt, of Marlboro. iii. Moses Whitney, b. 20 Oct 1765, Shrewsbury, MA; d. 4 Dec 1765, Shrewsbury, MA. iv. Moses Whitney, b. 26 Jan 1767, Shrewsbury, MA; m. Bernice Locke. v. Guilford Whitney, b. 2 Jan 1769, Shrewsbury, MA; m. Anna Locke. vi. Samuel Whitney, b. 18 Apr 1772 or 18 Apr 1774, Marlboro, VT; m. Susanna Kimball. vii. Mariam Whitney, b. 10 Jun 1776, Marlboro, VT; m. Lyman Brown of Jethro. viii. Zenas Whitney, b. 14 Mar 1779. ix. Simei Whitney, b. 10 Apr 1781 or 14 Mar 1778, Marlboro, VT; m. Silence Tucker. x. Phebe Whitney, b. 17 Jan 1786 or 19 Feb 1786, Marlboro, VT; m. Roswell Paddleford. xi. Rupert Whitney, b. 27 Jul 1789; d. 3 May 1790. He was born when his mother was in her 50th year.
- 1791, Marlborough, Windham Co., VT: Saml Whitney, 2 males over 16, 1 male 0-15, and 4 females.
- 1800, Marlboro, Windham Co., VT: Samuel Whitney, 1 male over 45, 1 male 16-25, 1 female over 45, 1 female 16-25, and 1 female 10-15.
- 1810, Marlboro, Windham Co., VT: Whitney, Saml, 1 male over 45 and 2 females over 45.
- All data imported from Frederick Clifton Pierce, The Descendants of John Whitney, Who Came from London, England, to Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1635, (Chicago: 1895), p. 135.
1.^ "Samuel [Whitney], s. Samuel and Elizabeth, bap. Oct. 28, 1739, a. 1m. or 5w.," 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 433.
2.^ "Samuel [Whitney] Jr. and Phebe Harrington of Grafton, int. Aug. 14, 1762," according to Franklin P. Rice, ed., Vital Records of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (1904).
3.^ "Samuel [Whitney] of Shrewsbury and Phebe Harrington, [married] Sept. 2, 1762. C.R.," according to Franklin P. Rice, ed., Vital Records of Grafton, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (Worcester, MA: The Systematic History Fund, 1906).