Family:Whitney, William (1786-1853)

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William Whitney (Thomas), son of Thomas and Ann (Morgan) Whitney, was baptized 24 Jan 1786, Burghill, Herefordshire, England, and died in 1853, age 67, and was buried in Allensmore, Herefordshire, England.

He married firstly, 17 Jul 1820, Bodenham, Herefordshire, England, Mary Bithell.

He married secondly, Jane -----. She was born about 1786, Herefordshire, England.

The family was enumerated on High Street in Weobley, Herefordshire, England, in 1841, where William was listed as an agricultural laborer. Living with the family was William Whitney, apparently William's nephew.

Note that the Allensmore parish registers begin in 1698 and are available at the FHL.

Children of William and Mary (Bithell) Whitney:

i. Mary Ann Whitney, bapt. 9 Jan 1821, Allensmore, Herefordshire, England.
ii. Elizabeth Whitney, bapt. 3 Feb 1822, Allensmore, Herefordshire, England.
iii. William Whitney, bapt. 9 May 1823, Allensmore, Herefordshire, England.
iv. Thomas Whitney, bapt. 11 Mar 1825, Allensmore, Herefordshire, England.
v. John Whitney, bapt. 16 Jun 1829, Allensmore, Herefordshire, England; apparently died soon.
ix. John Whitney, bapt. 3 Oct 1830, Allensmore, Herefordshire, England.
vi. Jane Whitney, b. about 1821, Allensmore, Herefordshire, England.
vii. Ellen Whitney, b. about 1821, Allensmore, Herefordshire, England.
viii. George Whitney, b. about 1827, Allensmore, Herefordshire, England.
ix. Esther Whitney, b. about 1839, Allensmore, Herefordshire, England.

There were no known children of William and Jane (-----) Whitney.


Given the big gap between William and the other children, it would seem likely that he was not a full sibling of the others. The parish register of Allensmore contains the christening of William, son of Thomas and Mary (Morgan) Whitney, 12 Aug 1803, and no other William Whitney in the same time frame. It seems entirely possible that William was a nephew, not son, of the older William, and living with his uncle in 1841. Bolstering that theory is the record of the christenings of Thomas Whitney, son of Thomas and Ann (Morgan), 26 Apr 1777, Burghill, Herefordshire, England, and of his brother William, 24 Jan 1786, Burghill. The latter tallies perfectly with the age of the head of this household.

Futhermore, it seems that Jane was a second wife, since the christenings of a couple of the above children are recorded in Allensmore as those of William and Mary (-----) Whitney. Also, one finds the marriage of William Whitney and Mary Bithell, 17 Jul 1820, Bodenham, Herefordshire, England, a parish 6 miles NE of Burghill, 9 miles E of Weobley, and 11 miles NNE of Allensmore. The marriage between William and Jane was not found.


  • 1841 U.K. Census, Weobley, Herefordshire

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