Family:Whitney, Sarah (1748-a1791)

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Sarah5 Whitney (David4, David3, Joshua2, John1), daughter of David4 and Mary (Gunn) Whitney,[1] was born 30 Apr 1748, Canaan, CT,[2] and died after 1791.

She married, 4 Mar 1773, Canaan, CT, Joel Holcomb,[3] son of Joel and Sarah (Bull) Holcomb. He was born 19 Aug 1749, probably Wallingford, CT, and died 1839, Angelica, NY.

He was a private in the Revolutionary War, serving from Massachusetts.

He appears in the 1798 Direct Tax of Massachusetts at Sheffield, MA.

According to Rowe,

"Joel's signature appears in an entry in the account book dated 15 March 1773 as 'Joel Holcomb Junr.' He enlisted on 27 June 1780 in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, as a private in the Continental Army and was discharged eight days later, after marching to sustain the fort at West Point. Based on the birthplaces of their children, Joel and Sarah moved to Sheffield, Massachusetts, around 1783. Joel Holcomb appeared in the 1790 and 1800 censuses there, and in October 1798 paid taxes on his home and twenty perches (an eighth of an acre). On 20 April 1800, at the Congregational Church in Sheffield, 'Sarah Holcom, wife of Joel' was baptized, followed on 10 December 1800 by 'Joshua, Sally, Emilia and Elisha Holcum, children of Joel.' It is not clear where Joel Jr. and Sarah Holcomb resided during the 1810 and 1820 censuses, but in 1830 they were likely the couple aged 80-89 in Friendship, Allegany County, New York, west of Angelica, with the family of their son-in-law and daughter Ebenezer and Jane (Holcomb) Hyde.

Children of Joel and Sarah5 (Whitney) Holcomb:

i. Bethana/Bethany Holcomb, b. 21 Jan 1774, Canaan, CT; d. after 1850, when living in Jackson Co., MI; m. 29 Nov 1798, Hiram Spalding/Spaulding; res. Elba and Somerset, NY, and Jackson Co., MI.
ii. Ira Holcomb, b. 7 Jun 1775, Canaan, CT; d. 3 Mar 1820, Angelica, NY; m. 29 Nov 1798, Sheffield, MA, Tryphena Gibson; res. Lenox and Angelica, NY.
iii. Esther Holcomb, b. 18 Apr 1777, Canaan, CT; d. 5 May 1864, Milford, NY; m. 5 Mar 1795, MA, William Stevens; both bur. Milford Center Cemetery; res. Sheffield, MA, and Milford and West Milford, NY.
iv. Jane Holcomb, b. ca. 1778; d. 7 Jun 1854; m. ca. 1802, Dr. Ebenezer Hyde; res. Angelica, NY.
v. Joshua Holcomb, b. 9 Jan 1782, Canaan, CT; bp. 10 Dec 1800, Sheffield, MA; d. 4 Jun 1856, Ticonderoga, NY; m. 8 Jun 1806, Ticonderoga, NY, Chloe Jones, daughter of John and Abigail (Cheney) Jones; both bur. Streetroad Cemetery, Ticonderoga, NY.
vi. Sarah Holcomb, b. 3 Mar 1784, Sheffield, MA; bp. 10 Dec 1800, Sheffield, MA; d. bef. 1821; m. 25 Mar 1802, Sheffield, MA, Jonathan Hubbard; res. Bloomfield, NY
vii. Sabra Holcomb, b. 4 Aug 1786, Sheffield, MA; d. 14 Nov 1786, Sheffield, MA.
viii. Emelia Holcomb, b. 24 Jun 1788, Sheffield, MA; bp. 10 Dec 1800, Sheffield, MA; prob. d. young.
ix. Eloisa Holcomb, b. 7 Feb 1791, Sheffield, MA; d. 8 Feb 1791, Sheffield, MA.
x. Elisha Holcomb, bp. 10 Dec 1800, Sheffield, MA; prob. d. young.


  • Rowe, Chip, "Who Was Joel Holcomb of Wallingford, Connecticut?" NEHGR 167 (Oct 2013), pp. 287-292.
  • Canaan VRs
  • Wallingford VRs
  • L.D.S. International Genealogical Index

1. Parentage is established by birth record.

2.^  "Sarah [Whitney], d. David & Mary, b. 30 Apr 1748," according to Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Canaan, vol. LR2, p. 238.

3.^  "Sarah [Whitney], m. Joel Holcomb, Jr., 4 Mar 1773," according to Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Canaan A:17.

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