Family:Whitney, Sarah (s1745-?)
Sarah Whitney, parentage unknown, was born say 1745, probably in CT, and died after 1783, St. John, NB.
She married before 1767, CT, Benjamin James, son of Nathaniel and Elizabeth (-----) James. He was born about 1738, Greenwich, CT, and died 1800, St. John, NB.
He was a cooper. At the close of the Revolutionary War, they settled at St. John, N.B., and there died at unknown dates. Tradition says that they dwelt in Darien, till they went to St. John.
Children of Benjamin and Sarah (Whitney) James:
i. Stephen James, b. 8 Aug 1767, Stamford, CT; d. 11 Sep 1841, Borwnhelm, OH; bur. Brownhelm, OH; m.(1) 1794, Stamford, CT, Hannah Scofiel, d. 8 May 1811, aged 43, Stockbridge, MA; a cooper; went, when a youth, to Stockbridge, MA, on account of the breaking up of his father's household in the Revolutionary War; moved to St. John, NB, after he was twenty-one years old, dwelling there three years, and afterward returning to the United States; moved, in 1796, to Stockbridge, where she joined the Congregational Church in 1800; he joined the church at Stockbridge in 1786, and was one of its deacons from 1812 till 25 Jan 1819, at which date he was dismissed, to form a new church at Brownhelm, OH, where he and his children had settled, 4 July 1817, they being the first family in that town. He m.(2) Oct. 1828, Brownhelm, OH, Rhoda Butler, of Hartford, CT, who d. 8 Nov 1852, Brownhelm, OH, aged 80 years, 10 months, and 25 days, and was buried there. He was commissioned lieutenant, in 4th Reg., Mass. Militia, 11 Aug. 1796; captain, in 2d Reg., 23 June 1800; major, of 2d Reg., 16 May 1804; lieut-col., of 2d Reg., 2 Sept. 1805; and resigned 27 Jan. 1807. An obituary notice says:
- "He was first elected to the office of Deacon in the church of the Rev. Dr. West, of Stockbridge, Mass. This office he sustained, with great credit to himself, and equal satisfaction of the church and congregation. Possessed of a strong mind and active piety, as well as a peculiar capacity to adapt himself to the circumstances of the poor, the sick, and afflicted; his visits, in the proper exercise of his office, became frequent among them, and always acceptable. In this respect, as well as others, he became a most efficient helper of his venerable Pastor.
- "In 1817, he emigrated to Brownhelm, with a colony whose religious character, like his own, had been formed under the able ministrations of Dr. West.
- "Without a spiritual guide in the wilderness, he led the devotions of the little band, with whom he had emigrated, and regularly sustained a reading meeting on the Sabbath in connexion with his brethren, until they were blessed with the stated ministry of the word.
- "He exercised here, too, the office of Deacon in the infant church in Brownhelm, with all his former acceptance. In the absence of clerical assistance, his labors were sought and equally acceptable to neighboring settlements.
- "These services, with the natural force of his character, made him venerated in the colony by the early settlers and their children. His name and memory are interwoven with the cherished recollections of the early history of Brownhelm."
ii. Lydia James, b. -----; d. 1843, Williamsburgh, L.I.; m.(1) Samuel Lockwood; m.(2) ----- Beekman; m.(3) David Bruce; and died in 1843, at Williamsburgh, L. I., having had no children. Her last husband lived and died at Bordentown, NJ. He was a type-founder, for many years, in New York City, with his brother George, whose son, David Wolf Bruce, still continues the business. iii. Robert James, b. ca. 1769, CT; d. 28 Apr 1841, St. John, NB, or, according to another account, 29 Apr 1842, in the 72d year of his age; m.(1) 31 May 1794, St. John, NB, Isabella Calaghan, b. New Haven, CT, d. St. John, NB, bur. there; m. (2) 27 Apr 1823, St. John, NB, Margaret Foucht, b. ca. 1786, d. 17 Jul 1870, St. John, NB, aged 84; died at St. John, 28 Ap. 1841, or, according to another account, 29 Ap. 1842, in the 72d year of his age; a cordwainer. iv. Hannah James, b. Feb 1771, prob. CT; d. Feb 1830, Kingston, NB; went with her parents, to St. John; m. ca. 1797, St. John, NB, Elnathan Appleby, a house-joiner, who was born in England about 1770. They settled in St. John, where he died in 1826, aged about 55 or 60 years, and was buried in the city cemetery. v. Esther James, b. 20 Mar 1772; d. 9 Nov 1848, St. John, NB; m. St. John, NB, Henry Finch, a master-mariner, b. 19 Jul 1761, England, d. 1814, St. James St., St. John, NB. vi. Elizabeth James, b. -----; d. 18 Aug 1847; m. 14 Jun 1793, St. John, NB, Samuel Stickney, a farmer, b. May 1769, Maugerville, NB, whither his parents, Isaac and Elizabeth (Barker) Stickney, had moved, about 1762, from Rowley, MA. They settled in Sheffield, NB, where he was drowned in Jul 1814; m. (2) 21 Nov. 1816, Sheffield, NB, William Clark, son of Alexander and Mary (Vanderhoff) Clark. (See Stickney Genealogy, pp. 167 and 267.) vii. Phebe James, b. -----; m.(1) Daniel Cable; m.(2) 1821, St. John, NB, Caleb McCready. viii. Mary James or Huldah James, b. 1766; d. 1830; m. William Dascomb/Daskam, b. 1760, d. 1834. Nothing is known of their family, save the few facts contained in the following extract from a letter: "She must have grandchildren living in Stamford, or Norwalk, or somewhere in that region. One of her grandsons, William Francis Lockwood, went to Ohio on a visit, in 1840; studied law in Elyria, Lorain Co.; was elected probate judge for two terms, during the administration of Buchanan; married Mary Nichols, of Elyria; and, soon after the war began, removed to the far west-to Dakota, I think." ix. Nancy James, b. -----; m. William Hancock.
- 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. 107, and pp. 308-310.