Mailing List:2005-06-07 01, Ephraim Whitney m. Polly Crocker, by Kenneth Whitney

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From: "Ken and Carol Whitney" <klw1 -at- starpower.net> Subject: Ephraim Whitney m. Polly Crocker Date: Tue, 7 Jun 2005 15:54:47 -0400 WRG: A couple of members of the WRG have contacted both myself and Larry Tracy over the last few years about the ancestry of the Ephraim Whitney who married Polly Crocker at Machias, Washington Co., Maine on 20 June 1813. As far as I know, no one has been able to determine Ephraim's ancestry. Since it is possible that Ephraim was the child of a Whitney family living in Washingtin County who were never before eludiated, I am passing along the following information. It concerns a member of my Whitney Lineage, Nephthalim Whitney. Nep was the brother of my third-great-grandfather, Micah Whitney. Both Micah and Nep were Revolutionary War soldiers. Micah ended his service in January of 1777, but Nep served longer, probably until 1779. His intention to marry Mary Stone was published in Gorhma, Maine on 22 March 1777, probably between stints in the Army. He next appears in the 1790 Federal Census of Washington Co., Maine. He is living alone at Plantation #22, in a township west of Machias. He does not appear in any more federal censuses, and until now, nothing more was known of him. I was recently contacted by the historian John Preston, who is compiling the history of Roque Bluff, Washington Co., Maine. He has supplied be with photocopies of the deed to Nep's land, as well as the results of a legal judgement against him. These documents give us a few more facts, and lead me to believe that it may be possible that Nep was the father of Ephraim Whitney. The deed is dated 10 September 1792, and Nep paid $5.00 for 100 acres. The land became known as Nep's Point, and today is Nepp's Point in the town of Roque Bluff, Maine. It is on a point of land jutting into Englishman's Bay. The deed states that Nep had been a squatter on the land since the year 1784. Yet to be uncovered is the reason for a judgement to be handed down by the court against Nep, and in favor of Nathaniel Tracy of Newbury, Essex Co., MA. In May of 1794, the local sherrif was ordered to jail Nep until the debt of 18 pounds, 8 shilling, 4 pence plus costs was paid. Apparently, Nep must have beat feet, because the property with a house and barn erected on it was assessed for 26 pounds, 16 shillings, 4 pence and awarded to Nathaniel Tracy. We see no more of Nep after that. Perhaps he did go to jail, but more likely, he had flown the coop. Where to? Canada? What we can guess from these documents is that Nep probably had a family. The usual thing for a family man to do was to erect a house and a barn on his property. By the 1790, Nep is living alone on Plantation #22, next door to his brother, Joel. What happened to his family? I don't know. But, what I do know is that his brother Joel, who lived next door, had a son and a grandson named Ephraim. So the name is in the family. There are sure a lot of mysteries yet to be cleared up about this man and his family, but here is another possibility for the researchers looking for the father of Ephraim Whitney who married Polly Crocker. Ken Whitney Silver Spring, MD


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