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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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508. i. ELIZABETH, bap. July 13, 1735. 509. iv. PHINEHAS, bap. May 11, 1740 [NOTE]. 510. ii. PETER, b. Apr. 10, 1738; m. Mercy CASE. [NOTE] 511. iii. JOSIAH, b. May 26, 1740. He was a soldier in the last French war, and is said to have died in the service. [NOTE] 512. v. THOMAS, b. May 7, 1742. Same as Josiah. [NOTE] 513. vi. MIRIAM, b. May 31, 1744. [NOTE] 514. vii. ESTHER, b. May 6, 1746. [NOTE] 515. viii. KEZIAH, b. Aug. 24, 1749; d. infancy. [NOTE] 516. ix. KEZIAH, b. Apr. 4, 1751. [NOTE] 517. x. MEHITABLE, b. July 3, 1755; prob. d. young. [NOTE] 518. xi. LYDIA, b. Jan 22, 1760; d. May 26, 1780. [NOTE] 519. xii. MEHITABLE, b. July 6, 1761. [NOTE] 520. xiii. JOSIAH, b. Nov. 16, 1764; m. Mary LOOMIS. [NOTE] 521. xiv. SARAH, b. Apr. 14, 1766; d. Nov. 1, 1782. [NOTE] 166. JONATHAN WHITNEY (Josiah, Jonathan, John), b. 1704 [NOTE]. He was the largest subscriber to Prince's Chronology, 24 copies; inventory, £87-11-11/2. He left wid. (name not given.) [NOTE] His father died in 1718, when he was but 14 years of age, and he made application to the probate court to have his uncle Benjamin appointed his guardian. Ebenezer MANN was administrator of his estate in 1770. His estate was settled in 1768. Left a widow, name not given. He d. 1768 [NOTE]; res. Wrenthan, Mass. 169. JOSEPH WHITNEY (Joseph, Jonathan, John), b. prob. in Chelmsford, Mass., 1710 [NOTE]; m. in Groton, Dec. 6, 1737, Abigail NUTTING, b. Groton, Feb. 8, 1717 [NOTE]. He was probably born in Chelmsford and was of Groton when married, and may have resided in that part of the town known as the second precinct, which in 1753 was set off and incorporated under the name Pepperell. His three first childrens births are recorded in Groton. In 1740 his father, Joseph, Chelmsford, deeded him a farm in Pepperell, which was in the family for over 100 years. Pepperell was set off as a distinct parish from Groton in 1742, and called "Groton West Parish." The first legal meeting of the inhabitants there was held on the 17th of January, of that public house and was called "Inholder." He d. Nov. 12, 1786, ae. 81; res. Groton and Pepperell, Mass. 522. i. ABIGAIL [NOTE], b. P. Aug. 16, 1740; m. Dec. 12, 1759, Zaccheus FARNSWORTH, of P. 523. ii. BENJAMIN, b. Oct. 27, 1741; m. Mary TURNER, Rebecca FITCH, Olive FARNSWORTH, and Anna WOODS. 524. iii. LYDIA, b. P. Aug. 10, 1743; m. Sept. 2, 1766, Stephen PIERCE. 525. iv. MARIA [NOTE], b. May 30, 1746. 526. v. SYBIL, b. Dec. 23, 1748; m. at Groton, Aug. 14, 1771, Stephen LUND, of New Ipswich. 527. vi. REBECCA [NOTE], b. Mar. 6, 1750 528. vii. JOSEPH, b. June 26, 1753; d. Jan 28, 1754. 529. viii. JOSEPH, b. Oct. 20, 1755; m. Mary WOODS 530. ix. JAMES, b. Dec. 6, 1757; m. ----- ----- [NOTE]. 171. ENSIGN JAMES WHITNEY (Joseph, Jonathan, John), b. Pepperell, Mass., in 1714 [NOTE]; m. Ellenor ----- [NOTE]. Ensign James WHITNEY's heirs, late of Dunstable, Mass., signed an agreement in 1772, as per record in the Middlesex county probate court, and those mentioned were James and Benjamin of Dunstable, Ellenor, who had married Francis POLLARD, John and Jonathan WHITNEY, of Jaffrey, N. H., Elizabeth, wife of Phineas BENNETT, and Lucy, wife of James BANCROFT. James' estate was settled in 1757. He was called "Gentleman" and "Ensign." Joseph WHITNEY, of Pepperell, inholder, his "brother," was administrator. Dunstable was originally a part of Groton; for fifty years was a frontier settle- ment, and suffered much from incursions of the Indians.* In 1724 eleven men pur- suing them were waylaid, and all except Josiah FARWELL killed. In May 1725, the celebrated John LOVEWELL, with a company of forty-six volunteers. set out for the -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *From the early settlement of New Hampshire, Dunstable was a very large territory, as most towns were in those days; Dunstable embraced Nashua, Tyngsborough, a part of the towns of Groton. Townsend, Hollis, Brookline, Milford, Hudson, parts of Amherst, Merrimack, Litchfield, and sections of other towns in New Hampshire. The compiler of that book says; More romance of history clusters around this locality than attaches to most others in the state, filling with poetry the memory of those days of war's alarms.

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