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The Descendants of John Whitney, Who Came from London, England, to Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1635, by Frederick Clifton Pierce (Chicago: 1895)

Transcribed by the Whitney Research Group, 1999.

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Jonathan WHITNEY was admitted an inhabitant of Sherborn in 1679. That year he signed the social compact entered into by all the inhabitants. In 1681 he was one of a committee about division of common lands and signed an agreement about building a church. He d. in Sherborn in 1702, where he was as early as 1679, and settled near Chest- nut Brook. About 1659 his father gave him 39 acres of land, which he had pur- chased of Richard WOODWARD. Nov. 7, 1664, Jonathan WHITNEY and wife Lydia sold for £40 this land, was situated in the little plain in Watertown, to Thomas FLAGG. Nov. 7, 1664, he sold to Richard CHILD 5 acres of meadow, situated on a branch of Stony Brook. Jonathan WHITNEY took the oath of fidelity in 1632. His will is dated Jan. 12, 1702 [NOTE]. The agreement of his heirs is dated Charlestown, Jan. 21, 1714. He d. in 1702 [NOTE]. Res. Watertown and Sherborn, Mass. 40. i. LYDIA, b. July 3, 1657; m. Apr. 16, 1681 [NOTE], Moses ADAMS, of Sher- born, b. oct. 6, 1654. He was tythingham, 1696; selectman, 1701; had land in Douglass in 1715 and d. May 27, 1724. Ch: Benoni, [NOTE] b. Nov. 3, 1682; Lydia, b. Feb. 2, 1684; m. John FISK; Eliza, Sept. 18, 1686; d. July 17, 1689; Hannah, b. Feb. 8, 1688; m. Nathaniel FISK; Moses, b. Nov. 25, 1691; d. bef. 1730; Elisabeth, b. Oct. 25, 1689; m. David RIDER [NOTE]; James, b. July 7, 1693; Isaac, b. Mar. 4, 1695; Abigail, b. Sept. 7, 1697; m. Nathaniel PERRY. 41. ii. JONATHAN, b. Oct. 20, 1658 [NOTE]; m. Sarah HAPGOOD. 42. iii. ANNA, b. Apr. 28, 1860 [NOTE]; m. Cornelius FISHER, of Wrentham. He was b. Feb. 8, 1660; res. Wrentham. Ch.: Jonathan, b. Feb. 22, 1691; Cornelius, b. Sept. 29, 1692; Isaac, b. May 19, 1694; Ann, b. Mar. 28, 1696. She d. Mar. 6, 1701, and he m. 2nd, Mar. 27, 1702, Mary COLBURN. 43. iv. JOHN, b. June 27, 1662; m. Mary HAPGOOD, Sarah HAVEN and Mrs. Martha (HOW) WALKER. 44. v. JOSIAH, b. May 19, 1664; m. Abigail ----- and Mary ----- [NOTE]. 45. vi. ELINOR, b. Oct. 12, 1666; d. Nov. 23, 1678. 46. vii. JAMES, b. Nov. 25, 1668; d. Nov. 30, 1690. 47. viii. ISAAC, b. Jan. 12, 1670; d. Dec. 2, 1690. 48. ix. JOSEPH, b. Mar. 10, 1672; m. Rebecca BARGE [NOTE]. 49. x. ABIGAIL, b. Aug. 18, 1675; unm. in 1702. 50. xi. BENJAMIN, b. Jan. 6, 1678; m. in Sherborn, Oct. 24, 1700, Mercy TRAVIS, and 1718. She m. 2nd, prior to 1721, Lieut. Thomas FRINK, of Sudbury, Mass. She was b. Feb. 8, 1668 [NOTE], the daughter of James and Mercy (PIERCE) TRAVIS, b. in Gloucester. The father the same year moved to Brookfield, where he resided until his return to Essex Co., where he d. 1717. Benjamin's will was made in the year 1713-4, and proved Sept. 25, 1718. In 1712 Benjamin WHITNEY and others petition to Gov. DUDLEY, from Sherborn, for leave to form a cavalry company. His estate was valued at £712. 8. DEA. JOSHUA WHITNEY (John), b. Watertown, Mass., July 5, 1635, m. Lydia ----- [NOTE]; m. 2d. Mary -----, d. at Groton, Mar. 17, 1671; m. 3d, Sept. 30, 1672, Abigail TARBALL. Joshua WHITNEY was the first of the family who was born in America. He was one of the earliest settlers, a deacon and original proprietor at Groton, Mass, and dwelt there probably until it was burnt by the Indians, during King Philip's war, in the spring of 1676. He returned to Watertown for a few years and died in 1719. His will is dated Apr. 17, 1713, and proved Oct. 5, 1719. It mentions several children whose births are not recorded. He was buried in the old burying ground in Groton. He served as a soldier in King Philip's war with his son, Joshua, Jr, in 1691-2 [NOTE]. From the various works on Groton, compiled by that able historian, Hon. Samuel A. GREEN, of Boston, I glean the following relating to Dea. WHITNEY: In 1681, 83, 84 and 87, he was elected one of the selectmen. In 1690 he was selected one of the board to arrange matters pertaining to the meeting house; 1684 Joshuey WHITNEY elected constibel; 1690 Joshua WHITNEY elected a tithing-man; 1685 Joshiway WHITNEY selected at the town meeting as a news newers: 1693 elected overseer of highway; 1701 was chairman of the committee to heat the meeting house; 1702 was again elected selectman.

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