Family:Whitney, Thomas (1714-1796)

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Thomas Whitney's Locations

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Thomas Whitney, parentage unknown, was born 16 Jan 1714,[1] and died 25 Dec 1796.[2]

He was listed on the tax lists in Monie Hundred, Somerset Co., MD from 1746 to 1759.[3]

Thomas appears to have been involved in weaving, knitting, sewing, and spinning, as the following two apprenticeship records indicate:

Case Negro Bound to Thos. Whitney
Case of her Own free Consent is bound out by the Court here an Apprentice According to Act of Assembly in Such Case Provided unto Thomas Whitney of Somerset County Planter untill She the Said Case Should Arrive at the Age of Sixteen Years the Said Case to Serve her Said Master the full term afd. during which term the Said Apprentice her Said Master well and faithfully She Shall Serve his Secrets keep his Commandments Lawfully and honestly Every where willingly She Shall doe and in all things as a good and faithfull Apprentice She Shall demean herself towards her Said Master and all his during the term afd. In Consideration of which Service the Said Thomas Whitney present here in Court in his proper person Convenanteth with the Justices of the Same Court in Court Judicially Sitting in Manner and form following that is to Say that he the Said Thomas Whitney Shall and Will during the term afd. Learn his Said Apprentice the trade of a Weaver and to knitt Sew and Spin and to Read well in the testament and Likewise find and Provide for his Said Apprentice meat drink Washing Lodging and Cloathing Sufficient for Such an Apprentice to have and Wear during the term afd. Whereupon the Said Thomas Whitney is Ordered to Give Security to Comply with the Covenants afd. Thereupon the Said Thomas Whitney with Michael Dorman and John McGraw of Somerset County Planters his Securitys all Present here in Court in their Proper Persons Acknowledged themselves Indebted unto the afd. Case in thirty Pounds Curt Money of Maryland on their bodies Goods or Chattles Lands and Tenements Joyntly and Severally to the use of the Said Case her heirs and Assigns to be made and Levied if it happen that the Said Thomas Whitney do not during the term afd. Learn his Said Apprentice the trade of a Weaver and to knit Sew & Spin and to Read Well in the testament and do not Likewise find and Provide for his Said Apprentice Meat drink Washing Lodging and Cloathing Sufficient for Such an Apprentice to have and Wear during the term afd.[4]
Whereupon the Said Thomas Durham is Ordered to Give Security to Comply with the Covenants afd. Thereupon the Said Thomas Durham together with John McGraw and Thomas Whitney of Somerset County his Securitys all present here in Court in their Proper Persons Acknowledged themselves Indebted unto the afd. Molatto Mille in thirty Pounds Curt Money of Maryland on their bodies Goods or Chattles Lands and tenements Joyntly and Severally to the use of the Said Molatto Mille his heirs and Assigns to be made and Levied if it happen that the Said Thomas Durham do not during the term afd. Learn his Said Apprentice the trade to Read well in the Testament and to knit Sew & Spin and at the Expiration of her Servitude do not give her a New Suit of Cloaths Over and above her Common wearing Cloaths and do not Likewise find and provide for his Said Apprentice Meat drink Washing Lodging and Cloathing Sufficient for Such an Apprentice to have and wear during the term afd.[5]

Thomas Whitney was involved in a transaction of 132 acres of land named "Whitneys Delight", dated 20 Mar 1775 in Somerset Co., MD.[6]

On 8 Jan 1776, Thomas Whitney purchased an additional 50 acres of land in Somerset Co., MD.[7]

In 1783, there were three Whitneys listed in the Somerset County tax assessment, all residing close to each other (all on page 15 of 17 pages for the county):

  • Thomas Whitney. Whitneys Delight, 132 acres. SO Monye p. 15
  • Thomas Whitney. Mingars Choice, 82 acres. SO Monye p. 15
  • William Whitney. SO Monye p. 15

Although no information has been found to link the following individuals to Thomas, they are found in Monie Hundred in the 1790 census, and thus may be his widow, children, or grandchildren:

By comparing the neighboring households on the 1759 tax roll to the 1800 census, it appears as though Joseph Whitney and David Whitney were residing on the same tract of land as was Thomas Whitney, adding credibility to this theory. Sarah and William were not far away.

Children of Thomas Whitney:

i. Samuel Whitney, b. 29 Oct 1746.
ii. Nicholas Whitney, b. 10 Jan 1748.
iii. William Whitney, b. 24 Sep 1750.
iv. Thomas Whitney, b. 28 Dec 1752.
v. Ann Whitney, b. 25 May 1754.
vi. Joseph Whitney, b. 29 Sep 1756.
vii. Sarah Whitney, b. 22 Jan 1760.
viii. Mary Whitney, b. 24 Dec 1762; d. 28 Aug 1791.
ix. David Whitney, b. 29 Sep 1764. Probably the David Whitney who m. 21 Jan 1799, Somerset Co., MD, Rachel Evans
x. Elizabeth Whitney, b. 13 Sep 1766, d. 31 Mar 1843, aged 76
xi. Rebecah Whitney, b. 6 Dec 1771, d. 8 Dec 1838, aged 67.
xii. Esther Whitney, b. 23 Jan 1772[/3?], m. Matthias Hobbs, 11 Feb 1800, Somerset Co., MD. Children:
a. Levin Ratcliff Hobbs, b. 15 Feb 1801, Somerset Parish, Somerset Co., MD.
xiii. Thomas Whitney, b. 1 Apr 1773, d. 5 Oct 1786.
xiv. James Whitney, b. 23 Jul 1774; m. 24 Nov 1807, Ruth Greene.
xv. Daniel Whitney, b. 3 Sep 1777. Probably the Daniel Whitney who m. 15 Jan 1811, Somerset Co., MD, Sally Harriss.
xvi. Isaac Whitney, b. 5 Apr 1780. Probably the Isaac Whitney who m. 29 Mar 1804, Somerset Co., MD, Betsy Gurney.
xvii. Hannah Whitney, b. 20 Sep 1781.

Census

  • 1790 - schedules for Somerset Co., MD have been lost

References

1.^  Archive:Whitney Whistler, Volume 6, Number 3. Also, he must have been at least 21 years of age when he was listed as a head of household in the 1746 tax list.

2.^  Archive:Whitney Whistler, Volume 6, Number 3. Also, he had to have died after 1776 - Somerset County Circuit Court Land Survey, Subdivision, and Condominium Plats MSA S1229: (Certificates, Unpatented, SO): Unpatented Certificate 14, 1776/01/08, Addition, Thomas Whitney, 50 Acres, 3 scans, MSA S 1229-14.

3.^  Somerset County, Maryland Tax Records.

4.^  Somerset County Judicial Records, 1760-1763, June Court, 1761.

5.^  Somerset County Judicial Records, 1760-1763, March Court, 1762.

6.^  Somerset County Circuit Court Land Survey, Subdivision, and Condominium Plats MSA S1206: (Certificates, Patented, SO): Patented Certificate 2503, 1775/03/20, Whitneys Delight, Thomas Whitney, 132 Acres, 5 scans, MSA S 1206-2711.

7.^  Somerset County Circuit Court Land Survey, Subdivision, and Condominium Plats MSA S1229: (Certificates, Unpatented, SO): Unpatented Certificate 14, 1776/01/08, Addition, Thomas Whitney, 50 Acres, 3 scans, MSA S 1229-14.


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