Mailing List:2007-12-12 01, Re: Richard and Martha Whitney, by Tim Doyle

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From: "Tim Doyle" <tim -at-> Subject: Re: [WHITNEY] [WHITNEY-L] Richard and Martha Whitney Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2007 11:44:56 -0600 In-Reply-To: <001b01c63dae$135f89f0$f8002c42@Whitneycomp> I believe that I have identified this Richard Whitney. While working on the Whitney Census Identification Project, I was attempting to place a Richard Whitney who resided in Northport, Hancock Co., ME in 1810. I tentatively identified him as Capt. Richard-6 Whitney (Moses-5, Nathaniel-4, Nathaniel-3, Benjamin-2, John-1). Pierce says this Richard Whitney was born 20 Nov 1780, Gorham, ME, was a sea captain and resided in Lubeck (Lubec), ME. He married an unidentified wife and had children Samuel, George, and Andrew. His son Samuel was a sea captain and his son George was a jailor in Bangor, ME. Being that he was a sea captain, I thought it most probable that he would reside near the sea during his lifetime. Since he was born in Gorham and resided in Lubec, and Northport was about half way between these two locations, I thought it most probable that I had made a connection. After finding this pension application and discovering that he died in 1855, I searched the 1850 census. In it, I found Richard and Martha residing in Sebec, Piscataquis Co., ME with their children Sarah, Lucy A., Geo. W., Alvin, and John. Clinching the identification is Andrew Whitney who resided next door, of the correct age to be a son, and who was included in the list of children by Pierce. If anyone has any thoughts as to why this is not a good match, I welcome your thoughts! This is another example of how the Whitney Census Identification Project is helping to make great connections! For more information on this Richard, see <a href=""></a>-% 3F%29 For more information on the Whitney Census Identification Project, see <a href=""></a> Tim P.S. I also found a query from 1999 by Greg Cote regarding this family. I am including the two email addresses listed there in case he is still interested. -----Original Message----- From: Ken and Carol Whitney -at- Sent: Wednesday, March 01, 2006 10:02 PM To: WHITNEY-L -at- Subject: [WHITNEY-L] Richard and Martha Whitney WRG: Below is my extraction of information from the War of 1812 pension file of Richard Whitney of Northport and Sebec, Maine. I have no idea of his identity. If anyone can help with his ancestry, I would appreciate knowing it. Ken Whitney Silver Spring, MD >From the War of 1812 Pension File of Richard Whitney Corporal, Captain Jonathan Frye's Company, Maine Militia Widow's Claim Martha Whitney, Widow W.C. 43537 National Archives Building, Washington, D.C. Martha Whitney applied for benefits from the pension rights of her deceased husband Richard Whitney from Norfolk Co., Massachusetts on 24 June 1884. Martha testifies that she is 92 years old, and a resident of Medfield, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts. She testifies that her husband Richard Whitney was a Corporal in the company commanded by Captain Jonathan Frye in the regiment of Maine Infantry commanded by Lt. Colonel Jacob Ulmer. Her husband enlisted at Northport, Maine on or about 2 September 1814, and continued in service for 19 days. His service was terminated by the close of the war at Northport on 21 September 1814. She describes her husband at the time of his enlistment as medium height, black hair, and dark complexion. Martha further testifies that she married Richard Whitney at Northport, Waldo Co., Maine in June about 1808. They were married by Thomas Knowles, Esq., Justice of the Peace. Her maiden name was Martha Flanders. Martha further testifies that her husband Richard Whitney died at Sebec, Maine on 24 December 1855, and she had never remarried after his death. After his discharge, she and her husband had lived at Northport, Sebec and Hampden in Maine, and Medfield, Massachusetts. Her current residence is Medfield, Norfolk County, Massachusetts. Further testimony in the file reveals that the record of her marriage in Northport had been destroyed in a fire. Also, her husband had sold the farm in Northport in 1839 to Harrison Mahoney. Captain Jonathan Frye's Company had rendezvoused in Northport on 2 September 1814 and marched to Belmont and Belfast, Maine, where they were discharged on 14 September 1814. Martha Whitney's application for pension benefits was rejected due to the short term of service of her husband (13 days credit for service).

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