Family:Whitney, Stephen (1784-1852)

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Hon. Stephen7 Whitney (Josiah6, Josiah5, Richard4, Richard3, Richard2, John1), son of Josiah6 and Anna (Scollay) Whitney, was born 1 Jul 1784, Harvard, MA,[1] and died 13 Jul 1852, Conway, MA, aged 68 years, of dropsy.[2]

Marriage intentions were published 13 Jan 1810, Deerfield, MA, for him and "wid." Mary A. (Burgess) Williams "of Goshen",[3] daughter of Benjamin and Susanna (Manter) Burgess. She was born 12 Jul 1786, Goshen, MA, and died 1868, Saratoga County, NY. Intentions of marriage had been published 18 Oct 1806, Deerfield, MA, for her "of Goshen" and Isaac Williams. Isaac died 8 Sep 1807, Deerfield, MA, in his 23rd year.

Stephen Whitney was born in Harvard, MA. He resided in Nelson, NH, but subsequently, in 1806, removed to Bloody Brook, Deerfield, MA. He was a prominent merchant and a man highly respected and esteemed in the community where he lived. He was representative from Deerfield in the Massachusetts General Court in the years 1834 and 1835. In 1834 he was monitor of the first division of the House and a member of the committee on accounts. He was also monitor in 1835, and in the same year one of the commissioners who had charge of the construction of the enlargement of the State Lunatic Asylum at Worcester. His wife was the daughter of Dr. Benjamin Burgess, who was for a long series of years the country doctor in Goshen, MA, and of whom it was truly said, "And a man he was to all the county dear." Mrs. Whitney's sister married Mr. Mitchell Dawes of Cummington, and was the mother of Hon. Henry L. Dawes, whose long and distinguished career as a leader of his profession and as representative and senator in the Congress of the United States is well known to the people of Massachusetts. He resided Conway, MA.

Children of Stephen7 and Mary A. (Burgess)(Williams) Whitney:

i. James Scolly8 Whitney, b. 19 May 1811, Deerfield, MA;[4] m. Laurinda Collins.
ii. Mary Ann Whitney, b. 19 Mar 1813, Deerfield, MA;[5] m. (int. Aug. 22, 1835, Deerfield, MA), Theodore D. Billings "of Buffalo, N.Y."[6]
iii. Susan Cordelia Whitney, b. 18 Jan 1815, Deerfield, MA;[7] m. 3 Sep 1846, Springfield, MA, James I. Wakefield;[8] resided Saratoga Springs, NY.
iv. Frances Ann Jane Whitney, b. 18 Jun 1824, Deerfield, MA;[9] m. after 1850, ----- Pickering; s. p.

Notes

Mary A. (Burgess)(Williams) Whitney was descended from Thomas1 Whitten/Whitton/Whiton/Whitney/Whitteney as follows:

Census

186 187 Stephen Whitney 65 M - Farmer $1100 N.H. Mary " 64 F - Mass. Frances J. " 20 F - "

1905 2272 James S. Whitney 44 M - Supt. U.S. Army Mass. Laurinda C. " 45 F - New York Mary A. " 17 F - Mass. Henry M. Whitney 15 M - Student Mass. William C. " 14 M - " Susan C. " 10 F - " Henrietta P. " 8 F - " Lurinda E. " 3 F - " Martha Dooley 17 F - Ireland Catharine Welsh 29 F - " Mary B. Whitney 70 F - Mass.

837 918 James I. Wakefield 40 M - Gent. $15000 $35000 Vt. Susan C. " 55 F - Mass. Mary B. Whiting 60 " - " James J. " 26 M - " Thomas Welsh 36 " - Lab. Ireland Illiterate

Since this is Susan C. (Whitney) Wakefield, whose mother was Mary A. (Burgess)(Williams) Whitney, who cannot be otherwise found, it seems probable that "Mary B. Whiting" was actually "Mary B. Whitney", and her age of 60 must be understated. The identity of "James J. Whiting" (possibly also a Whitney) is currently unknown.

References

1.^  "Stephen [Whitney], s. of Josiah and Sarah, [born] May 1, 1757," according to Thomas W. Baldwin, ed., Vital Records of Harvard, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Boston, MA: Wright & Potter Printing Co., 1917).

2.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 66, page 175.

3.^  "Stephen [Whitney] and wid. Mary Williams of Goshen, int. Jan. 13, 1810," according to Thomas W. Baldwin, ed., Vital Records of Deerfield, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Boston, MA: 1920).

4.^  "James S. [Whitney], s. of Stephen and Mary, [born] May 19, 1811," according to Deerfield Vital Records.

5.^  "Mary Ann [Whitney], d. of Stephen and Mary, [born] Mar. 19, 1813," according to Deerfield Vital Records.

6.^  "Mary A. [Whitney] and Theodore D. Billings of Buffalo, N.Y., int. Aug. 22, 1835," according to Deerfield Vital Records.

7.^  "Susan Cordelia [Whitney], d. of Stephen and Mary, [born] Jan. 18, 1815," according to Deerfield Vital Records.

8.^  "Susan C. [Whitney], and James J. Wakefield, m. 3 Sep 1846," according to International Genealogical Index, batch numbers C541431-C541434, M541431-M541433. Also, "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 24, page 167.

9.^  "Frances Ann Jane [Whitney], d. of Stephen and Mary, [born] June 18, 1824," according to Deerfield Vital Records.


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