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Heywood, William Sweetzer, History of Westminster, Massashusetts (First named Narragansett No. 2), From the date of the original grant of the township to the present time, 1728-1893, with a Biographic-Genealogical Register of its Principal Families, (Vox Populi Press: S.W. Huse & Co., Lowell, Mass.: 1893); New England Historic Genealogical Society Call No. F/74/W72/H6.

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Capt. Joseph Whitney
[164.] Whitney, Joseph H.7, s. of Joel6 and Abigail (Holden) Whitney, m. Betsey, dau. of Aaron and Betsey (Warren) Pratt (pub. April 27), 1822. He was active and influential in public life, held nearly every town office, presided frequently at town meetings, and was for four consecutive years a member of the lower branch of the State Legislature. He was greatly interested in military affairs, and did much to keep the military spirit alive in the community. He rose to the distinction of Captain in the Westminster Rifle Co., and was elected to the same office in a Co. of Volunteers formed after

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the Riflemen disbanded. After passing middle life, he rem. with his family to Phillipston, where he became also an active citizen, and where he d. Jan. 9, 1872, a. 72. His wid., Betsey, d. March 17, 1881, a. 81. Chn.:
183. George8, b. Oct. 14. 1822; m. Aldice (50) Adams; res. Phil.; 2 chn.; d. March 7, 1881.
184. Lucy8, b. Sept. 14, 1827; m. Hiram Polley; res. Phil.; no chn.; living.
185. Eliza8, b. Aug. 19, 1839; m. F. A. (29) Merriam; res. W.; 2 chn.; res. W.; living.
186. Sarah A.8, b. June 7, 1836; m. Aaron W. (32) Merriam; 4 chn.; res. Gr.
[165.] Whitney, Horace7, bro. of the last, m. Mary (55), dau. of Sullivan and Mary (Heywood) Sawin of W., April 8, 1829. He has res. at different times in Hub., Gr., W., and Boston where he is still living at the advanced age of 91 years. He has been engaged in lumbering, farming, and chair making, as a means of livelihood. A man of stern integrity and honor, of fixed political and religious convictions, an ardent supporter of the Temperance and Anti-Slavery reforms, and a conscientious member of the Orthodox Cong. Chh., in which he served as Dea. at Gr., his life has been exemplary, useful, and happy. His devoted wife, an invalid for many years, displaying through all her feebleness and suffering a wonderful calmness of spirit and serenity of Chn. patience, resignation, and trust, passed to her rest Jan. 7, 1891, at the age of 83. Mr. and Mrs. Whitney had a large family of chn.:
187. Justin8, b. July 9, 1831; m. Betsey J. Taylor and Emma J. Nash; res. Boston; 3 chn.; living.
188. Walter8, b. Nov. 30, 1832; m. Mary L. Stoddard; res. Gr.; no. chn.; d. July 17, 1858.
189. Mary8, b. Dec. 20, 1834; m. John T. Emerson; res. Claremont, N. H.; 2 chn.; living.
190. H. Webster8, b. April 7, 1836; m. Ellen M. Blodgett; res. CAmb.; 1 chd.; l.
191. Elizabeth8, b. March 11, 1838; m. Wm. S. Folger; res. Boston; 2 chn.; l.
192. Alfred8, b. Aug. 18, 1840; m. Cordelia Knowles; res. Claremont; 4 chn.; l.
193. William Henry8, b. Oct. 29, 1842; d. Sept. 23, 1843.
194. Catharine D.8, b. Feb. 27, 1845; m. George C. Woodman; res. Chelsea; 4 chn.; living.
195. Alvin8, b. Nov. 24, 1847; m. Maria A. Rich; res. Chicago; 3 chn.; living.
196. Cynthia J.8, b. Aug. 17, 1850; m. Winthrop Magee; res. Boston; no chn.; l.
197. Ellen H.8, b. Nov. 7, 1853; m. ---- Putnam; res. Brooklyn, N. Y.; living.
[167.] Whitney, Theodore7, youngest bro. of the last two, m. Betsey (46), dau. of Josiah and Betsey (Puffer) Wheeler, Nov. 4, 1835, and set. on a small place near his childhood home, but later in life purchased the Luke Bigelow estate half a mile north of the village, where he res. till after the decease of his wife, which occurred March 31, 1884. A misfortune in his early manhood made him more or less a cripple for life. He has been a worthy, respected citizen of the town, having held the office of Assessor some 15 years. For some time past he has res. with his surviving dau., at Brattleboro', Vt. Chn.:
198. Ellen M.8, b. June 10, 1841; d. Nov. 26, 1842.
199. Mary J.8, b. June 2, 1843; m. Julius Whitney; res. Brattleboro, Vt.

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The foregoing sketches and accompanying tables complete essentially the record of the early Whitney families of W. and their descendants to the present day. A considerable number of other persons bearing the same name have res. in tn. temporarily at different periods of its history, but it is deemed best to notice only two of them.

200. Whitney, Stephen6, s. of Stephen5 of Watertown, s. of John4, s. of Benjamin3 of Waltham before spoken of, was b. in 1771. He came from Lunenburg in 1807, and occupied for a few years the Dr. White (Burnham) house, where he had a hotel and prob. a store for general merchandise. He d. Sept. 16, 1811, a. 40. By his wife, Sally, whose history is unknown, he had:
201. Sally7, b. Feb. 10, 1807. 202. Susannah7, b. Aug. 20, 1809.
203. E. Stephen7, b. Jan. 20, 1812.  
204. Whitney, Benjamin H.7, s. of Abijah6, the bro. of Stephen6, and Betsey Whitney of Lunenburg, came to tn. abt. 1836, and established the wheelwright business ns the shop which stood near the site of the Baptist meetinghouse, his place of residence being on Bacon Street, where Israel Dickinson now lives. His first wife (name unknown) died Sept. 1843, and

he m. (2) Sarah Phelps of Lunenburg in 1844. No children recorded.

205. Whitney, Giles H., s. of Abel and Abigail (Townsend) Whitney, was b. Boston, Jan. 18, 1818. He grad. at Harvard in 1837, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1842. After practicing at Harvard awhile he re-opened the Sanderson office here, remaining, however, but a few years. He rem. to Baldwinville, and thence to Winchendon, where he d. ab. 1887. He was a well-read lawyer, and a man of sterling character. He m. Nov. 28, 1850, Lydia Ann Davis of B., by whom he had 3 daus. and 2 sons.

206. Whitney, Rev. Quincy8, s. of Samuel7 and Abigail (Wilder) Whitney of Ash., and gd.s. of Silas6 (7), was b. Oct. 7, 1822. He attended the Academy sev. terms in his early manhood, afterwards completing a course of study for the University ministry, to which he was ordained ab. the year 1847. Some two years later he assumed the pastorate of the chh. and society of that faith in this town, - a position he occupied till 1853. His subsequent places of settlement were Quincy, Adams, and Wakefield. He m. Mandana, dau. of Rev. Benjamin Whittemore of Lanc., by whom he had 2 chn. She d. some years since and he has been residing more recently in Cambridge, holding no regular pastorate, but supplying vacant pulpits from time to time as opportunity offered. Chn.:
207. Elmina M.9, b. Aug. 20, 1849; unm.; res. with her f. at Camb.
208. Annie B.9, b. Jan. 1, 1854; m. Gerard Churchill, and lives in Loyal, Kansas.

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