Family:Whitney, William Clark (1762-1838)
William Clark5 Whitney (Henry4, Josiah3, John2, Henry1), son of Henry4 and Eunice Clark) Whitney, was born about 1762, Derby, CT, baptized 11 Apr 1762, Derby, CT, and died 25 Oct 1838 or 1839, Derby, CT, in his 77th year.
He married, Derby, CT, Mary Thompson, daughter of George and Esther (Shelton) Thompson of Huntington, CT. She was born Jun 1766, Huntington, CT, and died 7 Nov 1807, aged 41 years, Derby, CT.
Phoenix says the following:
- William Clark Whitney, b., about 1762, in Derby, Conn., where he was baptized, in the Congregational Church, 11 Ap. 1762; a master-mariner; married, at Derby, Mary Thompson, dau. of George and Esther (Shelton) Thompson of Huntington, Conn., where he was born in June 1766. They settled in Derby, and there died; she, 7 Nov. 1807, aged 41 years; he, 25 Oct. 1838, in his 77th year, according to the Episcopal Church record, while his gravestone says 1839. They were buried in the old Episcopal Cemetery. He was wounded in the Revolutionary War, and enjoyed a pension for his services. Tradition says that he went in the West Indies, as mate of a vessel, before he was twenty-one years old, and, the captain dying on the voyage, disposed of the cargo and brought the vessel home, showing great prudence and skill under adverse circumstances.
Children of William Clark5 and Mary (Thompson) Whitney:
i. George Henry6 Whitney, b. about 1784, Derby, CT; a mariner; went to New York, about 1809, to take command of the ship Atlantic, in the East Indian trade, and, being slightly ill with rheumatism, placed himself in the care of "Dr. Peter Praud De Castro," a noted charlatan, and was smothered by the latter, in his effort to expel the disease. He died in Frankfort Street, New York, aged twenty-five years, unmarried, and was buried in the cemetery of the "old brick church" (Dr. Rodgers'), at the corner of Park Row and Nassau St. ii. Harriet Whitney, b. Derby, CT; bapt. Sep 1785, Derby, CT; m. Lucius Kellogg. iii. Mary Whitney, b. Derby, CT; bapt. 6 Jul 1788, Derby, CT; m. Truman Plumb. iv. Mark William Embleton Whitney, bapt. 20 Jun 1790, Derby, CT; was a seaman, and, it is said, commanded a vessel when he was 17 years old, and made the run to Lisbon in 21 days. During the war of 1812, he went to Wilmington, N. C., bought a vessel, and ran for Archangel, where he took in a valuable cargo and sailed for home; but was captured and taken into London, England, where his vessel was condemned. While in the North sea, on this voyage, his legs and extremities were badly frozen, which caused his death soon after reaching London. He was buried in St. Michael's Church, Cornhill, London. A good portrait of him, painted in Amsterdam, is in possession of his sister, Mrs. Eunice Clark, of Oxford, CT. He never married, and was but 25 years of age at the time of his death. v. Giles Marlborough Whitney, b. 1792, Derby, CT; bapt. 6 Jun 1795, Derby, CT; a merchant in New York City; married, 1 Oct. 1817, in New York City, by the Rev. John Schureman, D.D., of the Dutch Reformed Church, New York, to Cornelia Anne Heyer, dau. of Isaac and Jane (Suydam) Heyer, of New York, and g. dau. of Hendrick and Phoebe (Skidmore) Suydam. She was born in New York, 1 May 1797; died at Newburgh, NY, 9 Ap. 1866, after a widowhood of more than forty years; and was buried in the Marble Cemetery, in Second Street, New York. He formed a partnership with Daniel Strang, when only 19 years old, and continued in business with him, at 16 South St., NY, under the name of Strang and Whitney, from 1811 to 1814. Soon after the latter date, he united with his uncle, Archibald Whitney, to form the firm of A. & G. Whitney, which appears in the City Directory from 1816 to 1824, and was only dissolved by his death. He dwelt at 63 Pearl St. in 1822 and 1823, at 24 Beaver St. in 1824, and, in 1825, at 24 Walker St., where he died, in Sept. of that year, without children. vi. Eunice Whitney, b. 5 Apr 1794, Derby, CT; bapt. 6 Jun 1795, Derby, CT; m.(1) Zina Chatfield; m.(2) David Marcus Clark. vii. Sheldon Clark Whitney, b. 1 Apr 1799, Derby, CT; m.(1) Eliza Blanchard; m.(2) ----- -----. viii. Barnard Whitney, b. 24 Dec 1801, Derby, CT; m. Sarah Elvira Kane. ix. Charles Dennis Whitney, b. 1803, Derby, CT; a wholesale grocer, of the firm of Whitney and Sebor, New York City; died unmarried, in Ap. 1825, at the house of his sister, Mrs. Harriet (Whitney) Kellogg, and was buried in Latting's private cemetery, Oyster Bay, NY. x. Elizabeth Whitney, b. 29 May 1805, Derby, CT; m. 29 May 1832, St. John's Church, New York, NY, Theodore Edward Bliss, a merchant, son of Theodore and Sarah (Jones) Bliss, of Bristol, England, where he was born, 26 Ap. 1794. They settled in New York, where he was agent for the sale of English cutlery. He died, without children, 16 Jan. 1851, in New York, and was buried in Trinity Cemetery. She was living in New York, in 1874.
- 1790, Derby, New Haven Co., CT: William Whitney, 1 male over 16, 2 males 0-15, and 3 females.
- 1800, Derby, New Haven Co., CT: William Whitney, 1 male over 45, 1 male 26-44, 1 male 16-25, 1 male 10-15, 2 males 0-9, 1 female 26-44, 1 female 10-15, and 1 female 0-9.
- 1810: not found.
- 1820: not found.
- 1820, 1st Ward, New York City, New York Co., NY: Giles M. Whitney, 1 male 26-44, 2 males 18-25, 1 female 16-26, and 1 female 10-15; 1 engaged in commerce. This was his son Giles.
- 1830: not found.
- 1850, New York Ward 15, New York Co., NY:
1021 1423 Jane Heyer 74 F - $20000 New York Cornelia Whitney 50 F - " John Heyer 49 M - Custom House " Catherine " 45 F - " Cornelia " 22 " - " Ann McMann 44 " - Ireland " Morgan 21 " - " Elizabeth Brady 18 " - "
1439 1768 John Forsyth 48 M - O. S. Pres. Clergyman $8000 $20000 New York Ann D. Forsyth 51 F - do Cornelia A. Whitney 60 F - do Jane Johnston 30 F - Servant Ireland Richard Brown 30 M B do New York Matilda Zappen 63 F - do do
4 Framed $5000 5 Rev. Jno. Forsyth 50 M - ---- St. Lawrence - 1 1 - - R.D. Church 1 - - - 1 - - - - - - Ann D. Forsyth 50 F - Wife New York - 1 1 - - Mrs. Whitney 45 F - DiL " - 1 - - - Jane Pollock 17 F - Srvt Ireland - - - - 1 Servant - - 1 - - - - - - - - Jane Johnston 30 F - Srvt do - - - - 1 Servant - - 1 - - - - - - - - Abm. Polhamous 14 M - Neph N.Y. - - - - 1
NOTE: Ann D. Forsyth was Ann Duryea (Heyer) Forsyth, and Cornelia (Heyer) Whitney was John Forsyth's sister-in-law, not daughter-in-law.
- All data imported from 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. 117 and pp. 337-339.