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Sandiford, Edward Raymond, Some More Descendants of John and Elinor Whitney (Bloomfield, NJ: The author, 1941)


SOME MORE DESCENDANTS OF JOHN AND ELINOR WHITNEY By Edward Raymond Sandiford A deed recorded at Pomfret, Conn., dated Nov. 18, 1728, a copy of which is appended to this article, affords the link by which a numerous group of Whitney and related families are joined to the parent stem of John and Elinor Whitney's already much-branched and fruitful tree whose roots, according to Henry Melville in his "Ancestry of John Whitney", go back to the year 1066 to Turstin the Fleming, son of Rolf, one of the followers of William the Conqueror, who was given, among nine different tracts of land, the castle and lands of Wytteneye on the Welsh border. For a few generations the family name was "de Wytteneye", later "de Whitney" but the "de" was later dropped, the name persisting as "Whitney". In the deed mentioned, Ezekiel Whitney pays his respects to his mother, Anna Whitney, relict of Ebenezer Whitney, deceased, and quit claims certain rights to his brothers and sister, sons and daughter of Ebenezer Whitney, whom he names as follows: Zachariah, Enoch, Israel, Ebenezer and Anna. Pierce, in his "Whitney Genealogy", lists Ebenezer3 Whitney, (Richard2, John1) and records that he married Anna _____ and had Zachariah and Esther, who married Wm. Bigginton and died Oct. 19, 1727. This death record of Esther is found at Pomfret, Conn., accompanied by the statement that her death and the fact that she was daughter of Ebenezer Whitney were recorded at the request of both Zachariah Whitney and William Bigginton. It is shown, therefore, that Ezekiel, Enoch, Israel, Ebenezer and Anna may now be added to Pierce's record of Zachariah and Esther as the children of Ebenezer and Anna. It is Enoch among these children of Ebenezer in whom the writer is especially interested. For several years he was the earliest known progenitor of this group of families. He was married in Plainfield, Conn., and lived in that town, in Preston and later in Kent. The records of his marriage and of the births of his children were in the

-2- vital records but his own origin was shrouded in mystery until the existence of the deed mentioned was recently discovered at Pomfret by the writer. The writer's record of the line from Enoch Whitney down follows: References: (v) Vital Records of town named; (a) Pension Papers of Hezekiah Whitney (b) Record written in 1874 by Jason Frost Whitney in possession of writer. (f) Family Records in possession of writer. Enoch4 Whitney (Ebenezer3, Richard2, John1) b. c 1708 (He deeded certain rights April 30,1730 hence must have been of age then) d. ___________ m. Dec. 21, 1732 at Plainfield, Conn., Thankful Park (v) d. of William and Jane (Bordwyn) Parke of Plainfield, Conn. She b. June 27, 1717 at Plainfield, Conn. (v) Children: (1) Samuel, b. May 24, 1734, Plainfield, Conn. (v) d. Sept. 30, 1812, Woodbury, Conn. (Age 77) (v) m. --------, Sarah ------- (d.Sept. 14, 1796, Woodbury. (v) Ch: Samuel, b. 1772, d. 1776, Woodbury. (v) Reuben, b. 1777, d. 1796, Woodbury. (v) (2) Susanna b. Mar. 13, 1739 at Plainfield, Conn. (v) (3) Rosanna b. Aug. 29, 1740 at Plainfield, Conn. (v) (4) Asa b. July 19, 1742 at Preston, Conn. (v) (5) Thankful b. Apr. 8, 1747 at Preston, Conn. (v) (6) Hezekiah (see below) (7) Joseph b. June 18, 1753 at Kent, Conn. (v) (8) Sarah b. June 18, 1756 at Kent, Conn. (v) Note: That the Hezekiah Whitney of Washington, Conn., was the Hezekiah born to Enoch Whitney is covered by an affadavit among the pension papers of Hezekiah Whitney at Washington, D.C. Hezekiah5 Whitney b. Dec. 26, 1748 at Preston, Conn. Cv) d. Dec. 20, 1827 at Washington, Conn. Ca) m. Olive Knight "in Fall of 1774 at Plainfield, Conn., by Rev. Alexander Miller" (a) She b. Mar. 17, 1756 at Norwich (v) dau. of John and Eleanor (Wood) Knight. d. Dec. 7, 1849 at Washington, Conn. (v) Note: Hezekiah's Pension papers at Washington, D.C. give the information marked (a) above and below and the informa-

-3- tion that after his marriage he removed from Plainfield to that part of the Society of New Preston that in 1779 became part of Washington, Conn.; that he served two consecutive enlistments in the Revolution, a total of 6 years; that he was at the surrender of Burgoyne at Saratoga and at West Point when Major Andre was captured. In their later years both he and his wife were badly crippled with rheumatism. In 1818 he applied for and got a pension. In 1837 his widow applied for and received his pension, giving her age as 81. Joseph Whitney of Warren, Conn., by affidavit attested to his brother Hesekiah's war service and thereby identified himself as a son of Enoch. Children: (1) E1isha (see below) Note: Affidavit of the Town Clerk of Washington, Conn., in Hezekiah's Pension papers mentions Elisha (whose birth was not recorded) as being Hezekiah's son and older than Squire whose birth was recorded. (2) Squire: b. Sept. 3, 1778 at Washington, Conn. (v) d. June 27, 1824 at New Preston, Conn. (church record) m. __________ (wife's name not known but death of his child is recorded at the church at New Preston) Note: He enlisted from New Milford and served in the War of 1812. (3) Thomas: b. Apr. 19, 1779 at Washington, Conn. (v) (was living at New Preston in Oct. 1815 when a child of his, 7 mos. old, died. Recorded at church in New Preston). (4) Betsey: b. Nov. 4, 1782 at Washington, Conn. (v) (5) Abial: b. _______ d. 1877 at New Milford, Conn. (v) m. June 21, 1842 at Warren, Conn. (v) Fanny M. Gary of Fishkill, N.Y. (Had at least one child, Emily, m. __________ Fredenburg. (Probate Records of New Milford) (6) David: b. _________ at Washington, Conn. d. Apr. 23, 1858 at Washington, Conn. (age 65) (v) (Was living at New Preston 1828 when his child died. Rec. at church at New Preston) (7) Diadama: b. _________ (living with parents in 1818 as mentioned in her father's pension affidavit)

-4- Elisha6 Whitney b. c 1775 at Washington, Conn. (In 1800 Census he was under 26 years but at death in 1862, his age was given as 89) d. April 12, 1862 at Naugatuck, Conn. (age 89) (v) m. c 1800 at Washington, Conn., Rachel Frost (v) dau. of Samuel and Sarah (Cooper) Frost (b) Mar. 27,1772 at Waterbury, Conn. (v) d. June 23, 1838 at Washington, Conn. (Age 66) (v) (At Washington the fact of his marriage to Rachel Frost is registered but the date is not given. He was married at time of the 1800 Census. Children: (1) Marshall Frost (see below) (2) Laura Marilla: b. Mar. 9, 1805 at Washington, Conn. (v) d. Sept. 30, 1826 at Washington, Conn. (Age 22) (v) Marshall Frost7 Whitney b. Nov. 9, 1802, Washington, Conn. (v) d. Jane 6, 1871 at Naugatuck, Conn. (v) m. (1) Apr. 12, 1826 at Litchfield, Conn. Esther Betsey Warner (v) dau. of Daniel Henderson and Hannah Jennette (Mitchell) Warner (b) b. May 10, 1807 at Woodbury, Conn. (b) d. July 28, 1828 at Washington, Conn. (v) Children: (1) Oscar F.: b. Feb. 13, 1827, Washington, Conn. (b) d. Feb. 21, 1827, Washington, Conn. (v) (2) Esther Betsey: b. July 6, 1828, Litchfield, Conn. (b) d. June 16, 1891, Torrington, Conn. (v) m. Feb. 21, 1853, Naugatuck, Conn. Hollis Wooster (v) m. (2) Oct. 7, 1829 at Woodbury, Conn. (by Mr. Chas. Shermen) Roxy (Huldah Roxanna) Warner (v) dau. of Daniel Henderson and Hannah Jennette (Mitchell) Warner b. Jan. 24, 1810 at Hazel Plain, Woodbury, Conn. d. June 22, 1886 at Naugatuck, Conn. (Age 76) (v) Children: (by second marriage) (1) Laura Marilla: b. Dec. 22, 1830 (b) at Washington, Conn. (v Naug.) d. Dec. 2, 1914 at Naugatuck, Conn. (v) m. Oct. 13, 1855 at Naugatuck, Goodell Lines (v)

-5- Ch: (1) Charles Fremont: b. Aug. 6, 1856 d. _____ at Laredo, Tex. m. Oct. 28, 1881, Naugatuck, Conn. Alice Crich ch: May, m. M.H. Morgan, Laredo; Carl, d. about 1938 at Wash- ington, D.C. Alice, m. ______ living at Bridgeport, Conn., in 1940. (f) (2) Carrie Edith: b. Aug. 3, 1858 at Naugatuck (v); m. (1) Nov. 15, 1883 at Naugatuck, Dr. Manaton (v) m. (2) June 7, 1900 at Naugatuck, Archie Egan (v) (2) Antoinette Rachel: b. May 18, 1833 at Washington, Conn. (b) d. about 1908 at Torrington, Conn. m. Dec. 1, 1856 at Naugatuck, Conn. (David Tucker) (v) ch. (1) Mary Louise, b. Oct. 21, 1866 at Seymour, Conn. d. Dec. 28, 1926, Torrington, Conn. m. (1) Major William Spittle, Jan. 1893 (2) Walter Hopkins, 1920,Torrington. Conn. (f) (2) Jennie Augusta, b. Mar. 4, 1871, Seymour, Conn. m. (1) Joseph Jarvis, Dec. 28, 1887 ch. Ethel Corrine and Oreita Antoinette Both died young; Earl T., b. June 2, 1894 at Torrington. m. Elmina A. Robertson, July 15, 1924 at Danbury, Conn. (f) m. (2) George Thomas m. (3) William Weatherbee, April 7, 1909 at Bridgeport, Conn. (f) (3) Harry Sheldon, b. May 4, 1876 at Seymour, Conn. d. Jan. 30, 1940 at Bridgeport, Conn. m. Jennie MacLaughlin, Nov. 29, 1905 at Bridgeport. (f) (3) Hannah Marcella b. Feb. 3, 1835 at Washington, Conn. (b) d. Mar. 11, 1886 at Naugatuck, Conn. (v) m. Dec. 24, 1857 at Naugatuck, Conn. Luther M. Baldwin (v) (No children) (4) Marshall M. b. June 14, 1838 at Litch£ield, Conn. (b) d. Dec. 31, 1912 at Naugatuck, Conn. (v) m. Jan. 21, 1860 at Naugatuck, Conn. Ann Howgate (v) Ch.: Frederick, b. at Naugatuck, m. Mary Leonard at Naugatuck (ch. Laura and Frederick) (5) Jason Frost (see below)

-6- (6) Frederick C. b. May 31, 1846 at Naugatuck, Conn. (v) d. Oct.16, 1847 at Naugatuck, Conn. (v) (7) Mary Elizabeth b. May 13, 1850 at Naugatuck, Conn. (v) d. April 30, 1935 at Torrington, Conn. (v) m. Oct.20, 1868 at Naugatuck, Conn. Edward T. Miller (v) Ch.: (1) Katherine Louige, b. Aug. 14, 1871, Torrington,Conn. m. May 15, 1890, Edwin R. Fellows, Torrington, Conn. ch.: Russell Miller, b. May 10, 1892, Springfield, Vt., m. June 29, 1916 Margaret (Pearl) Angell (ch.: Edwin Russell 2nd, b. Aug. 4, 1917, Springfield, Vt.) (2) Maude Edith, b. Dec. 18, 1873, m. May 18, 1892, Charles H. Lawton, Torrington, Conn. (f) ch.: a. Charles Kenneth, b. Feb. 2, 1893, m (1) April, 1914, Laura M. Brooks, Waterbury, Conn. (ch.: Whitney Brook., b. Dec. 13, 1917, Torrington, Conn.) m (2) Nov. 1925, Ethel Handorf, Toronto, Canada (ch.: Charles Richard, b. Aug. 23, 1926, Toronto) b. Katherine Miller, b. March 17, 1895, Torrington, m. Oct. 28, 1917, Floyd Thoms, Torrington. (ch.: Adeline V., b. Nov. 15, 1922, Torrington) c. Virginia Florence, b. Jan. 29, 1914,m. Dec. 15, 1934, Torrington, Charles B. Cheney (ch.: Benjamin Lawton, b. April 16, 1937) (f) (3) Edward Whitney b. May 26, 1880, Torrington, Conn. m. June 20, 1907, Grace Spencer, (ch.: a. Edward Spencer, b. April 23, 1908, Springfield, Vt., m. May 20, 1938, Juanita Fownes (ch.: Edward Fownes, b. Feb. 19, 1939, Lynn, Mass.) b. Adrianne, b. Jan. 2, 1912, Springfield, Vt. m. Oct. 15, 1938, David O. Collins; c. Marilyn, b. March 18, 1919. Springfield, Vt.; d. Marjory, b. July 19, 1923, Springfield, Vt. (f) Jason Frost8 Whitney b. May 13, 1841 at Litchfield, Conn. (b) d. Oct. 16, 1882 at Torrington, Conn. (v) m. Oct. 27, 1862 at Montrose, Pa. (by Rev. R. Van Valkenburg) (b) Ellen Lucena Tyler, dau. of Ansel and Isabella (Young) Tyler of Montrose, Pa. and gr-d. of Simeon Tyler whose descent from John and Priscilla Alden is on record with the "Mayflower Descendants". She b. Sept. 6, 1839 at East Bridgewater, Pa. (b) d. Sept. 29, 1914 at Bridgeport, Conn. (v)

-7- Children: (1) Ernest Jay, b. Nov. 28, 1863, Naugatuck, Conn. (v) m. Nov. 16, 1893, Waterbury, Conn. Annie Mary (Mott) Watkins, widow, she d. June 1931, St. Petersburg, Fla. Ch.: a. Robert Judd, b. Aug. 10, 1894, Melrose, Fla. m. Cora Althouse, Perkasie, Pa. (ch.: Bruce, May, Keith, Harlan, Bird and Patricia Ann) b. Hazel Ellen, b. June 2, 1896, New Milford, N.Y. d. March 27, 1933, Unmarried. (f) (2) Andrew Clarence, b. Aug. 21, 1865, E. Bridgewater, Pa. (b) d. Mar. 14, 1901, Fairhaven, Conn. m. Dec. 30, 1885, New York, N.Y., Amelia Newman Parrish. (ch.: (1) Jay Hudson, b. Oct. 13, 1886, Torrington, Conn. m. Nov. 5, 1911, Jacksonville, Fla. Emma Regina Wiesenfeld. Ch. a. Moritz, Stillborn, Jan. 18, 1914, Jacksonville; b. Ellen Louisa, b. Feb. 28, 1916, Jacksonville, m. April 18, 1937, Ocala, Fla., Francis Horton Emerson; c. Rosemary, b. Mar. 16, 1918, Jacksonville, m. Sept. 30,1939, Jacksonville, Hurdy Edward Stack; d. Fanny Amelia, b. Nov. 3, 1925, Melrose, Fla. (2) Clinton Graff, b. Dec. 16, 1888, West Spring- field (Merrick), Mass. m. Oct. 19, 1912, Detroit, Mich. Margaret Schoenfelner. Ch.: a. Mary, b. May 24, 1914, Detroit, m. Herman Content, Sept. 17, 1936, Grand Rapids, Mich.; b. Margaret Marian, b. Nov. 21, 1916, Ludington, Mich. m. July 2, 1936, Grand Rapids, Donald V. Clay (ch. Donald Clinton, b. Nov. 8, 1938; Mary Margaret, b. May 11, 1940) c. Barbara Nina, b. Dec. 10, 1929. (3) Ernest Frost, b. May 16, 1891, Springfield, Mass. m. Elizabeth Cargill Bruce, East Haven, Conn. Nov. 27, 1913. Ch.: a. Catherine Lynn (twin) b. July 1, 1916, East Haven, Conn. m. Dec. 25, 1936, Melrose, Fla. Robert Montay Vickers (ch.: Gloria Carol, b. Aug. 15, 1938). b. Marian Elizabeth (twin) b. July 1, 1916, East Haven, Conn. m. Aug. 22, 1937, Melrose, Fla. Albert Edward Durrell, Jr. (ch. Marian Elizabeth, b. Aug. 4, 1938). c. Iva June, b. Nov. 11, 1919, Melrose, Fla.; d. Margery Ruth, b. Aug. 30, 1922, d. April 9, 1923; e. Andrew Clarence, b. April 7, 1924, Melrose; f. Dorothy Tyler, b. Nov. 16, 1926, Melrose; g. Ernestine, b. July 30, 1928. (4) Marian, b. Jan. 8, 1894, Melrose, Fla. m. Hiram Alderman, April 2, 1913. ch.: a. Rua May, b. Louise. (f) (3) Mary Winona (see below) (4) Samuel Frost, b. Mar. 23, 1873, Torrington, Conn. (v) d. Sept. 23, 1874, Torrington, Conn. (v) (drowned)

-8- Mary Winona9 Whitney b. Dec. 25, 1867, Waterbury, Conn. (registered as Alice in Vital Records) d. June 7, 1913, Fairfield, Conn. (v) m. Mar. 29, 1885, Melrose Fla., Joseph Ebenezer Sandiford (f) b. Sept. 27, 1861, Barnwell County, So. Carolina (f) Ch.: (1) Winona, b. Sept. 7, 1886, Torrington,Conn. (v) d. June, 1887 (f) (2) Edward Raymond, b. Aug.24, 1888, Waterbury, Conn. (v) m. Mar. 30, 1917, Newark, N.J. Clara Marie Hose (v) dau. of Henry and Leopoldina (Rummer) Hose. Ch.: Edward Raymond, b. Dec. 21, 1917, Newark, N.J. (v); Roberta Lucille, b. Mar. 24, 1923, Orange, N.J. (v) d. April 2, 1923, Orange, N.J. (v); Robert Eugene, b. April 5, 1926, Glen Ridge, N.J. (v) (3) Josephine Edith, b. Jan. 12, 1892, Waterbury, Conn. (v) m. (1) July 31, 1913, New Haven, Conn. Albert Cullingford. (v) (ch.: Dorothy, b. Mar. 1, 1914, Bridgeport, Conn. m. Oct. 27, 1939, Bridgeport, Conn., Harold Savage (v)) m. (2) Feb. 1, 1935, Miami, Fla., William Albert Kabel. (f) (4) Etola, b. Feb. 5, 1894, Waterbury, Conn. (v) m. Feb. 6, 1915, New York, N.Y., Edward Columbus Stowell (v). Ch.: Lillian Floravel, b. Aug. 29. 1918; Arlene Etola, b. July 5, 1921; Muriel Lucille, b. July 28, 1924 -- all b. at Stratford, Conn. (f) (5) Edna lone, b. July 15, 1896, Waterbury, Conn. (v) m. (1) Sept. 12, 1916, Fairfield, Conn., Edward Root (v) Ch.: Frederic Sterling, b. May 23, 1917, Bridgeport, Conn. d., unmarried, Oct. 10, 1939, Bridgeport, Conn.; Heloise, b. Dec. 5, 1918, Bridgeport, m. Sept. 28, 1940, Frank Masse, Bridgeport, Conn.; Winona, b. Nov. 8, 1923, Bridgeport, Conn. (f) (6) Irene Winona, b. July 8, 1898, Waterbury, Conn. (v) m. (1) Sept. 10, 1915, Fairfield, Conn., Jean Crawford Lackie (v) (ch.: Robert, b. March 12, 1916, Boston, Mass. m. (2) Feb. 6, 1927, Washington, D.C. Vern Dushayne. (v) m. (3) June 9, 1940, New York, N.Y., Edwin Katz (f) (7) Joseph Ernest, b. August 25, 1905, Waterbury, Conn. (v) m. (1) Gladys O'Briant, m. (2) Aug. 24, 1940, Galveston, Texas, Gladys Theriot. (8) Ralph, b. June 1, 1913, Fairfield, Conn. d. Jan., 1920, Fairfield, Conn. (drowned) (v)

WILLIS COVELL Telephone JUDGE OF PROBATE PUTNAM DIV. 236-5 TOWN CLERK AND TREASURER TOWN AND DISTRICT OF POMFRET POMFRET CENTER, CONNECTICUT Aug. 24, 1940. Mr E.R.Sandiford, 103 Fulton Street, Bloomfield, N.J. My Dear Sir,-- In reply to yours just received I hand you the copy of a deed that I think you want. I have tried to use the same capital letters and same spelling as is in the deed, but some of the words are so abreviated in the deed that I cannot make them on the typewriter, but I think it gives what you want to know. Yours very truly, [Willis Covell signature]

Deed from Ezekiel Whitney to Anna Whitney et al. Recorded in Pomfret Land Records, Vol. 2 Page 6. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Know All Men By These Presents, that I, Ezekiel Whitney of Pomfret in the County of Windham,in his Majesties Colony of Connecticut in New England,for the love and affection whic I have and do bare to- wards my Honoured Mother Anna Whitney Relique of Ebenezer Whitney of said Pomfrett,dec'd and my Brothers and Sisters hereafter Named Sons and Daughters to said Ebenezer Whitney Deceas'd Viz: Zachariah Whitney-Enoch Whitney-Israel Whitney-Ebenezer Whitney- Anna Whitney all of said Pomfrett have Given Granted and forever Quitt Claimed all my right title interest in and unto all the estate of my Honoured father Ebenezer Whitney of said Pomfrett Died Seized on both Real and personal as I the said Ezekiel Whitney am Eldest Son to said Deceased always to be understood I the said Ezekiel Reserving to myself two Shares or a Double portion out of said estate forever and all the remaining part to be Equally Divided and setled to And amongest them the said Anna Whitney-Zachrriah Whitney-Enoch Whitney-Israel Whitney-Ebenezer Whitney and Anna Whitney to be and to them and their Heirs and Assigns forEver from the day of the date hereof and to be Settled according to the usual Custom and Practice of settling of intestate estates in said Government and further to be understood that the above named persons their Heirs Executors and Administrators shall and may forEver Hold all the above mentioned Estate from me my heirs Executors Administrators forever or anyother person by from or under ne whatsoever laying any claim thereunto and further I the said Ezekiel Whitney Do hereby Declare all the above Given and Granted premises to be free from all manner of incumbrances whatsoever by me or by my means whatsoever as witnesses my Hand and Seal this Eighteenth day of November and in the Second Year of his Majesties Reign Anno Dom: l728. Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of his Timo-Peirce Ezekiel X Whitney (S) William Mansfield mark In Plainfield the year and day above mentioned then the subscriber hereunto Ezekiel Whitney personally appeared and freely acknowledged this instrument to be his act and deed,before me, Timo Peirce Assistant Recorded November l9th,l728 By Jehosaphatt Holmes,Town Clerk.

JOHN WHITNEY (c 1592-1675) John Whitney was born at Westminster (now part of London) in 1592 according to Melville's "Ancestry of John Whitney". His parents were Thomas and Mary (Bray) Whitney. He lived for a number of years at Islesworth, about seven miles up the Thames from London but returned to London for a few years before his emigration to the Massachusetts Bay Colony. In April, 1635; he, with his wife, Elinor, together with their sons, John, Richard, Nathaniel, Thomas and Jonathan, ranging in age from about fifteen years to one year, registered for passage to New England on the ship "Elizabeth and Ann". They settled at the new town of Watertown in June, 1635, when he bought a 16 acre "home stall" of a settler who was leaving with the group that established the settlement at Wethersfield, Conn. Before 1642 the town had granted him nine other parcels of land totalling 198 acres. He was made a Freeman of the colony, March 3, 1635-6; was appointed Constable of Watertown by the General Court of the Colony on June 1, 1641. He was Selectman continuously from 1638 to 1665 and in 1655 was Town Clerk. He died at Watertown, June 1, 1675, aged 84. His wife, Elinor, had died May 11, 1659. For the many branched tree of descent that has proceeded from this worthy man and Elinor, his wife, who faced with him the hardships of life in the new world, see Pierce's, "Whitney Genealogy". For his ancestry and the ancestry of us who claim him as our progenitor refer to Mellville's excellent and exhaustive, "Ancestry of John Whitney". It is with genuine pleasure that the writer offers to those who are descendants of John Whitney through his great-grandson, Enoch Whitney, this report of the data establishing our position as part of John Whitney's posterity. Bloomfield, N.J. Edward Raymond Sandiford 1941.

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