Mailing List:2007-01-27 05, Re: Phinehas Whitney, Maine, by J. Michael Poston

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From: Mike Poston <poston8 -at-> Subject: Re: [WHITNEY] Phinehas Whitney, Maine Date: Sat, 27 Jan 2007 11:39:18 -0500 References: <> <><000501c74213$38f26510$6500a8c0@Whitneycomp> In-Reply-To: <000501c74213$38f26510$6500a8c0@Whitneycomp> Thanks, Ken. You've adequately established my point that there were several Phinehases. With a name like that, you'd think that there wouldn't be such confusion, but..... Mike Ken Whitney wrote: >Mike, > > This Phinehas is: John1, Richard2, Richard3, Jonathan4, Jonathan5, >Phinehas6. He was born in Harvard, MA and moved to Norway, Maine after the >war. He maried Keziah Farnsworth, whose father was also a Phinehas. I have a >lot of info on him, but don't have time to share right now, as I'm off to >work. I have thought for awhile now that he was the father of the Phinehas >of Phillips, Maine, but am unable to prove it. Phinehas left a will in >Oxford County, and I hoped it would name his heirs, including Phinehas of >Phillips. But, the will has gone missing from the Oxford County Courthouse. > >Ken Whitney >Silver Spring, MD > > >----- Original Message ----- >From: "Mike Poston" <poston8 -at-> >To: <whitney -at-> >Sent: Friday, January 26, 2007 4:18 PM >Subject: Re: [WHITNEY] Phinehas Whitney, Maine > > > > >>This tale of a Revolutionary Whitney is interesting and fun. It also >>raises the question of who this Phinehas Whitney is. I'm not sure that >>I can help much with that, but I can speak to who he is not. Much as >>I'd like to claim him, he's not my ancestor. >> >>My ancestor, Phinehas-5 Whitney was the son of Isaac-4 (Nathaniel-3, >>Benjamin-2. John-1). Phinehas-5 uniformly wrote his name using the >>second 'h' in Phinehas. Not everyone who wrote of him used that >>spelling, so that he appears in McLellan's History of Gorham, ME, for >>instance, as Phineas. Phinehas-5 had four children in Gorham, moved >>somewhere else where more children were born, and was living in North >>Yarmouth when his youngest son, Reuben, was born in 1792. He is >>believed to have been living there in 1804 when his son Jabez was >>married (this by inference from Jabez having been "of N. Yarmouth."). >>Phinehas's wife, Anna Morton, died after Reuben's birth (date unknown to >>me) and Phinehas married Mary (Blethen)(Fish) Emerson in 1818 in >>Norridgewock, Somerset County, Maine. They continued to live in >>Norridgewock until Phinehas-5's death in 1832. >> >>In the 1790 census of Maine, there were 2 or 3 Phinehases, one in >>Waterford, York County, another as "Phineas" in Waterford Plantation, >>Cumberland County, (these may be the same family but they are clearly >>different entries), and another as "Phinehas" in North Yarmouth, >>Cumberland County. This last one, I believe to be Phinehas-5. >> >>In 1800, there is a Phineas Whitney in North Yarmouth. >> >>In the 1810 census there is a Phineas Whitney in Bridgton, Cumberland >>County, and a Phineas Whitney in Curvo, Somerset County. >> >>In 1820 there is a Phineas Whitney in Township 1, Oxford County, Maine. >> >>In 1830, there is a Phineas Whitney in Norridgewock, Somerset County >>(indexed as Pinehas, but clearly Phinehas in the census image) living >>next door to Reuben (father and son). >> >>I think that it is clear that there are at least two and maybe more men >>who bore the name Phinehas/Phineas Whitney who could have been in the >>Revolutionary War at Bunker Hill. Only the facts that Phinehas-5 does >>not seem to have been in Oxford County at the time of the fire (1801) >>and that Phinehas-5 does not mention being at Bunker Hill in his pension >>application suggest that the man in Oxford County was not Phinehas-5. >> >>Too bad, too. I think that I'd like to have claimed him.. >> >>Mike Poston >>Rockville, Maryland >>Farns10th -at- wrote: >> >> >> >>>Norway, Maine >>>Fragmentary Notes from David Noyes >>>History of Norway, Published in 1852 >>>Early Grants of Land and First Settlers. >>>Soldiers at the Battle of Bunker's Hill. >>>First Doctors. >>>The Old Time Musters. >>> >>>1801. This year, Phinehas Whitney, on the Waterford three tiers had the >>>misfortune >>>to lose his house by fire. It was a log house to be sure; but it was all >>>he >>>had. >>>It was quite a distressing circumstance to him and his family, who were >>>in >>>rather >>>poor circumstances before the loss. Mr. Whitney was a soldier through >>>all >>>the >>>revolutionary war. He was in the battle of Bunker Hill, and I have often >>>heard >>>him tell the story of that memorable contest. He said that just as he >>>had >>>put >>>his last charge into his gun, the British forces had about reached their >>>rude >>>breastwork; a British officer mounted the embankment, and cried out to >>>his >>>soldiers to "rush on, as the fort was their own;" Whitney then took >>>deliberate >>>aim at him, and, to use his own language, "let him have it," and he fell >>>into >>>the entrenchment. He then clubbed his musket, and cleared his way the >>>best >>>he could, and finally made good on his retreat. >>> >>>_<a href=""></a>_ >>> >>>(<a href=""></a>) >>> >>> >>>------------------------------- >>>To unsubscribe from the list, please send an email to >>>WHITNEY-request -at- with the word 'unsubscribe' without the >>>quotes in the subject and the body of the message >>> >>> >>> >>> >>> >>------------------------------- >>To unsubscribe from the list, please send an email to >>WHITNEY-request -at- with the word 'unsubscribe' without the >>quotes in the subject and the body of the message >> >> > > >------------------------------- >To unsubscribe from the list, please send an email to WHITNEY-request -at- with the word 'unsubscribe' without the quotes in the subject and the body of the message > > >

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