Family:Whitney, William (1764-a1835)

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William6 Whitney (Moses5, Jonas4, Moses3, Richard2, John1), perhaps named William Finley Whitney, son of Moses5 and Betty (Hutchins) Whitney, was born 7 Mar 1764, Templeton, MA, and died sometime after 1835, probably Ashtabula, OH.

"Revolutionary war pension claim, S.15247, that William Whitney was born March 7, 1763 in Templeton, Worcester County, MA. He was the son of Moses Whitney who was living in Templeton, MA, in the summer of 1777.
William Whitney, while a resident of Templeton, MA, enlisted and served as a private with the Massachusetts troops, as follows: from in Aug 1777, three months as a substitute for his father, in Captain Benson's company; from May 1778, thirty days under Ensign John Wilder; from 25 Jun 1780, in Captain Daniel Upham's company,Colonel Rufas Putnam's regiment and in Captain Daniel Shay's company, Colonel Shapard's regiment. He was one of the guards at the execution of Major Andre and was discharged 20 Dec 1780.
He resided in Templeton, Massachusetts until 1784, when he moved to Hoosick, Rensselaer County, NY, where he lived forty-five years, and then moved to Ashtabula County, OH.
He was allowed pension on his application executed September 25, 1832, at which time he was living in Ashtabula Township, Ashtabula County, OH.
In 1835 he was living in Troy, NY, with his son-in-law, Alvin Armstrong, with whom he had lived for many years."
(This info from his pension files addressed to Mrs. L. C. Logan in Saint Helens, OR, who had requested it from the Wars Section.)

Whitney, William, Templeton. Descriptive list of men raised to reinforce the Continental Army for the term of 6 months, agreeable to resolve of June 5, 1780, returned as received of Justin Ely, Commissioner, by Maj. Peter Harwood, of 6th Mass. regt., at Springfield, July 1, 1780; age, 17 yrs.; stature, 6 ft. 1 in.; complexion, light; engaged for town of Templeton; arrived at Springfield June 29, 1780; marched to camp July 1, 1780, under command of Ensign Joseph Miller; also, list of men raised for the 6 months service and returned by Brig. Gen. Paterson as having passed muster in a return dated Camp Totoway, Oct. 25, 1780; also, pay roll for 6 months men raised by the town of Templeton for service in the Continental Army during 1780; marched to camp at West Point June 26, 1780; discharged Dec. 13, 1780; service, 5 mos. 27 days, travel (200 miles) included. [1]

Children of William6 and ----- (-----) Whitney (Based on a census reconstruction, order uncertain, possibly incomplete):

i. (son)7 Whitney, b. 1775-1790.
ii. (son) Whitney, b. 1784-1790.
iii. (daughter) Whitney, b. 1784-1790.
iv. (son) Whitney, b. 1790-1800.
v. William Henry Whitney, b. 1795, Rensselaer Co., NY; m. 13 Feb 1816, Hannah McNaughton, b. ca. 1797, VT; res. Akron, OH; 7 children.
vi. (son) Whitney, b. 1790-1800.
vii. (daughter) Whitney, b. 1790-1800.
viii. (daughter) Whitney, b. 1790-1800.
ix. (daughter) Whitney, m. Alvin Armstrong. Resided Troy, NY. They were probably the family enumerated in 1830 in Salem, Ashtabula Co., OH. If so, this daughter was b. 1800-1810.


See this analysis, by Robert Ward.

Margaret Ernst says in a mailing list message that William Henry had brothers James (an attorney in Cleveland, OH), David, and Michael.



1. ^  Archive:Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors, Given Name W

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