Family:Whitney, Sarah (?-a1790)
Sarah Whitney, parentage unknown, d. after 1790. She was probably the widow of an unknown man of the name of Whitney, but he has not yet been identified. Perhaps this is the same Sarah Whitney, who was possibly the widow, or otherwise related, to the Isaac Whitney who died in Hyde County, North Carolina, in 1777, or before.
- September Term 1777
- Hyde County Court
- Hyde County, North Carolina
- Ordered that Letters of Adm. be issued accordingly to the
- said Sarah Whitney. Return an Inventory of the
- Estate of Isaac Whitney Dec.on Oath. 
- 26 February 1781
- Inferior Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions
- Woodstock Court House
- Hyde County, North Carolina
- Admin. is grated unto Sarah Whitney on the
- Estate of Isaac Whitney Dec'd who entered
- into Bond of L200,000.
- P. Aurieny 
On the 1786 State Census of North Carolina, Sarah Witney is noted as Head of Household on "A list of inhabitants of Captain Thomas Smith's District" Hyde County, North Carolina. Her household included: 1 White Male either under 21 or over 60; 4 White Females All Ages; 4 Blacks 12-50; 5 Blacks either under 12 or over 60. 
In 1790, she was enumerated in Hyde Co., NC, with two males over 16 (perhaps sons) and 23 slaves.
Sarah Whitney died sometime before August, 1797 as noted in the Hyde County North Carolina Court Minutes.
- August 1797 term
- On motion Letters of Admin. on the Estate of
- Sarah Whitney Decd. be granted to Ben. Russell Esq.
- who entered in a bond of L800 with Henry Clark and
- Saml. Jasper his securitys & adm. Qualified and
- Inventory on Oath. 
A very brief extract regarding this estate was found in the book Estates of Hyde:
- August term 1797
- Inventory by admin
- 23 Oct 1797
- Acct of sales by Benj. Russell Adm. 
The original document was retrieved from the North Carolina State Archives. It was in very bad condition and very difficult to read, but did provide additional information:
- An account of Sales of the Estate of Sarah Whitney Deceased
- 23 of October 1797
- To a negro woman sold L104 ~~ 1d
- Benj Russel Admor
- A treu Inventory of Sarah Whitney Estate Discard
- 3 negroes
- Bess Allen Nat [or Pat]
- Benj Rusel Atmor
- Hyde County __ Feb(ruar)y Term1798
- This acc(oun)t Sales was Ret(urned) into Court by the
- adm (inistrato)r
- on an __ ordered to the Recorder
- Test B Forman CH
- 1798 An account of Sales Sarah Whitney Estate
- Adm(inistrati)on Book B Page /XX
- Hyde County __ Aug(us)t
- Term 1797
- This inventory of Sarah Whitney
- Dec(ease)d was Returned in to Court
- by the adm(inistrator) __ __ __ ordered
- to be Recorded
- Test Ben Forman CH
- Inventory of Sarah
- Whitney Dec(ease)d
- Rec(orde)d in Book B page 145.
Possible children of Unknown and Sarah (-----) Whitney, based on a census reconstruction:
i. (son) Whitney, b. before 1775. ii. (son) Whitney, b. before 1775.
- 1790, Hyde Co., NC: Sarah Whitney, 2 males over 16, 1 female, 23 slaves.
- 1800: not found.
- 1810: not found.
Research is ongoing to determine the identity of this Sarah Whitney in Hyde County, North Carolina.
Isaac 'Whidtney' is first documented as a witness on a Hyde County North Carolina land deed, in 1767. He is the only other Whitney thus far documented in Hyde County North Carolina in the mid-late 1700's.
The extremely high bond posted for the administration of the Estate of Isaac Whitney would suggest some wealth. In general, administration bonds were usually set from one-half to the full amount of the inventory.
1. ^ Haun, Weynette Parks, Hyde County, North Carolina, County Court Minutes 1767-1784, Book IV, Pub. Durham N. C. : WP Haun c. 1985-, Entry #207, page 80.
2. ^ Ibid, Entry #293, page 109.
3. ^ "State Census of North Carolina", 1784-1787, by Alvaretta K. Register, pp. 72-76a; Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, MD.
4. ^ Haun, Weynette Parks, Hyde County, North Carolina, County Court Minutes 1789-1797 Book V, Pub. Durham N. C.: WP Haun c. 1985-, page 141.
5. ^ Spencer, Romulus sanderson, The Estates of Hyde, 1700's, abstracts of the loose estate records of Hyde Co. found in the North Carolina State Archives, Published Fairfield N.C. c. 2000, page 60.