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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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He was a tailor by trade. His will was made in Sept., 1718; proved Mar. 13, 1726-7; mentions his wife Elizabeth. He d. Mch. 4, 1726; res. Roxbury, Mass. 72. i. DANIEL, b. Dec. 3, 1671 [NOTE]; m. Susanna CURTIS. 73. ii. TIMOTHY, b. Apr. 16, 1678; m. Margaret BACON. 74. iii. ELIZABETH, b. Sept. 9, 1670; bap. 1671; O. C. Apr. 1685; d. bef. 1726; will names "her heirs." 75. iv. RUTH, bap. Aug. 31, 1674 [NOTE]; m. Apr. 22, 1701; Joseph ADAMS, son of Roger and Mary ADAMS. They res. in Brookline, where she d. Nov. 19, 1672, ae. 88. 76. v. SARAH, bap. Aug. 2, 1684 [NOTE]: d. July 4, 1689. 77. vi. JOHN, b. Apr. 1, 1672; d. young [NOTE], not named in father's will. 13. NATHANIEL WHITNEY (John, John), b. Watertown, Feb. 1, 1646; m. Mar. 12 1673; Sarah HAGAR, b. Sept. 3, 1651; d. May 7, 1746, in Weston [NOTE]. VISIT TO WESTON BY HON. WM. WHITNEY RICE. ABOUT five years ago I rode from Cambridge to Weston in search of any relics I could find there of the WHITNEYs, as I knew that my grandfather, Phineas, was born in Weston. I found there the farm, which had been owned by them through several genera- tions down to about ten years previous to the time of my visit. It is not an especially attractive farm, although there are some beautiful prospects to be had from it and the surrounding country. I should suppose it to be a good grazing farm. Some old apple trees still remain. It is about a mile and a half from the centre village of Weston, on the road to Lexington. On the side hill, and a few rods from the road, is an old cellar and an old well, which mark the sight of the first WHITNEY house, built, probably, by Nathaniel, grandson of John. Nearer the road is a more modern house, built by one of the WHITNEY owners, and afterwards enlarged to accommodate his son. On this farm, and, I think, in the more modern house, was born William WHITNEY, who went to Winchendon in 1769, carrying with him his sons William and Phineas, both born in Weston. By the roadside near the house stands a mammoth elm, which has sprung from a seedling set out by, I think, the mother of William WHITNEY, about 125 years ago. It still stands, sound and stalwart, and bids fair to do so for many years to come. On the opposite side of the road was a large barn, heavily built, to accommodate the agricultural tendencies which the WHITNEYs seem to have carried wherever they settled. From this farm went the WHITNEYs, who did not find room at home, to other towns, near and remote. One, Nathaniel, went to Westborough. He was father of Eli, the inventor of the cotton gin, and one of the WHITNEY ancestors of the compiler of this book. William went to Winchendon. He was the progenitor of the numerous WHITNEYs of that town. Phineas, brother of William, went to Shirley, and from him sprang a numerous family, some of whom went to Boston, where they still reside. At the time of my visit the farm was owned by a Captain Lowe, who had purchased it from a WHITNEY, who was the last of the name to own it. I am informed that Captain LOWE has said it, and that it is now owned by a Dr. BRADBURY, who is building an elegant country residence over the old cellar and well of the first house built there by Nananiel a generation before the Revolution. He d. Jan. 7, 1732; res. Weston, Mass. 78. i. NATHANIEL, b. Mar. 5, 1675 [NOTE]; m. Mercy ROBINSON. 79. ii. SARAH, b. Feb. 12, 1678 [NOTE]; m. Jan. 5, 1709, Jonathan BALL [NOTE], b. Mar. 29, 1680, d. 1727. ch.: Sarah, b. 1710; Jonathan; Thankful, bap. Jan. 7, 1728, ae. 9; Daniel, bap. Jan. 7, 1728, ae. 7; Jane, bap. Jan. 7, 1728, ae. 4; Susanna, b. Apr. 6, 1725. The widow m. 2d Charles CHADWICK, Jr. [NOTE] 80. iii. WILLIAM, b. May 6, 1683; m. Martha PIERCE. 81. iv. SAMUEL, bap. July 17, 1687; m. Ann LABOREE. 82. v. HANNAH, bap. Mar. 1688; m. ----- BILLINGS [NOTE]. 83. vi. ELIZABETH, b. Dec. 13, 1692. Did she m. Joseph HARRINGTON? [NOTE] 84. vii. GRACE, b. 1700; d. March 23, 1719. 85. viii. MERCY, b. -----; m. ----- GREAVES [NOTE].

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