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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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township, or so much Land lying on ye northerly side of sd Causey as may be judged soficient for to make a Township with that part of Stow and Groton whose inhab- itants have agreed and Covenanted with the petitioners. Among the petitioners are Isaiah WHITNEY, John WHITNEY and Jonathan WHITNEY. He d. Aug. 9, 1737; res. Harvard, Mass. 474. i. BETTY, b. Jan. 3, 1733; m. prob. Dec. 15, 1774, Thomas ATHERTON of Bolton [NOTE]. 475. ii. ISAIAH, b. Nov. 28, 1735; m. Persis RANDALL. 143. Dr. ELIJAH WHITNEY (Isaiah, Thomas, John), b. Lexington, Mass., Apr. 3, 1707; m. [NOTE] Dec. 8, 1736, Rebecca WINSHIP, b. Dec. 7, 1717. She m. 2d in Harvard, Jan. 25, 1764, Dea. Joshua WHITNEY, of Stow. Inventory of his estate was made Apr. 25, 1755. The estate was divided Dec. 31, 1770. He signed the first church covenant in 1733. The farm of Elijah WHITNEY was located from land rights purchased before the incorporation of Harvard. His son Israel succeeded to the homestead, and was followed by Luther and Luke. It is now owned by Michael SWEENY. The first dwelling here probably stood in the orchard opposite the present house. This property Elijah purchased of James ATHERTON. He died Feb. 19, 1754; res. Harvard, Mass. 476. i. MARY, b. June 26, 1738; m. Mar. 17, 1759, Micah STONE in Har- ard. He was b. Apr. 10, 1735; res. Harvard. Ch.; Solomon, b. Mar. 22, 1761; Mary, b. Aug. 7, 1762; Micah, b. Aug. 13, 1764. 477. ii. ELIAS, b. June 11, 1740; d. Apr. 12, 1755 [NOTE]. 478. iii. REBECCA, b. May 24, 1743 [NOTE]; m. Sept. 19, 1759, Paul WHITCOMB, of Bolton. 479. iv. LYDIA, b. May 7, 1746; m. Feb. 27, 1769, in Bolton, Phinehas WARNER, of Harvard. He was b. July 27, 1740; res. Harvard. Ch.: Rebecca, b. Dec. 24, 1769; Israel, b. Nov. 17, 1771; Ephraim, b. Apr. 16, 1774; Lydia, b. Oct. 19, 1775; Aaron, b. Oct. 2, 1780 [NOTE]. 480. v. ISRAEL, b. Dec. 29, 1748; d. Jan. 9, 1749. 481. vi. ISRAEL, b. June 22, 1751; m. [NOTE] Hannah MEAD. 482. vii. ELIJAH, b. July 8, 1755 (Posthumous); m. ----- ----- [NOTE]. 145. JONAS WHITNEY (Isaiah, Thomas, John), b. Cambridge, Mass, Nov. 27, 1711; m. ----- -----. [NOTE] He went with brother Isaiah, Jr., from Lexington, Mass., Cambridge farms, to Harvard, probably then calle Stow (leg) and buying a farm of 200 acres or so, accord- ing to tradition, which is supported by facts. He was a blacksmith and had a shop on the old farm; later he went to the center of the town and set up business there on his own account, and was there when the town was incorporated in 1732. He was admitted to the church when it was organized and was a respected citizen. The geography of Stow offers some difficulties to the correct understanding of records and traditions. Some of the WHITNEYs moved from Stow to Harvard without leav- ing their farms. He signed the first church covenant in 1733 [NOTE]. 146. ABRAHAM WHITNEY (Isaiah, Thomas, John), bap. Lexington, Mass., Feb. 19, 1710; m. Jan. 18, 1737 [NOTE], Sarah WHITNEY, of Lancaster, dau. of John and Elizabeth LEE [NOTE] b. Oct. 2, 1716; d. July 4, 1800 [NOTE]. Abraham WHITNEY's farm was directly north of Elijah's and was, like his, chiefly from the James ATHERTON estate. Abraham WHITNEY senior bought lands here of Joseph KENT in 1743, and built on the opposite side of the highway from the house now owned by Thomas MONGOVIN, where traces of his dwelling can be seen. The house, now the home of Cephas BOWERS, was built by Abraham WHITNEY, Jr., in Revolutionary days. [NOTE] In seating the meeting house in Harvard in 1766, Abraham WHITNEY was given the second seat below. He d. May 19, 1784; res. Harvard, Mass. 483. i. ELIZABETH, b. Mar. 22, 1739; d. Aug. 11, 1739. 484. ii. SARAH, b. May 16, 1740; d. Dec. 26, 1746 [NOTE]. 485. iii. ELIZABETH, b. Apr. 16, 1742 [NOTE]. 486. iv. MARY [NOTE], b. Sept. 16, 1744. 487. v. JOHN, b. oct. 3, 1746; m. Sarah ATHERTON. 488. vi. ABRAHAM, b. Dec. 20, 1748; m. Rebecca DUDLEY. 489. vii. ISAIAH, b. Oct. 6, 1751; m. Sarah ----- [NOTE].

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