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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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275. JOSHUA WHITNEY (Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John), b. Watertown, Mass., Mar. 25, bap. Apr. 25, 1714; m. May 21, 1739, in Spencer, Mass. [NOTE], Mehitable WILSON, of Spencer, dau. of Dea. James and Mehitable. She d. May 1, 1785. Joshua WHITNEY in 1746 resided in that part of Leicester afterwards incorporated as Spencer. He purchased land of Dea. James WILSON, Sr., whose dau. he married. WILSON came from Lexington to Leicester in 1714, and to Spencer in 1730. He was a prominent citizen, often promoted to offices of trust and honor, and was deacon in Rev. Mr. FISK's church. Joshua moved to Stockbridge in 1758. In seating the meeting house in 1771 the residents were given seats according to the value of their estates. Of the sixty-eight families Joshua WHITNEY was the twenty-seventh. He is interred in the old Norwich Hill burying ground, and his stone reads: In Memory of Mr. Joshua WHITNEY He died 25 June A. D. 1786 In the 70. year if his age. Death is a debt to nature due, Which I have paid, and so must you. Weep not for me, dry up your tears. I must lie here till Christ appears. He d. in 1785; res. Leicester, Spencer, and Stockbridge, Mass. 764. i. PHINEHAS, b. June 24, 1740; m. Sarah HARRINGTON. 765. ii. LEMUEL, b. 1743 [NOTE]; m. Thankful GRIFFITH. 766. iii. BEULAH, b. 1745 [NOTE]; m. 1765 [NOTE] John BALL. He was b. 1747 [NOTE], the son of Eleazer, who was b. in Concord, and who was one of the first settlers in Rutland. He d. Sept. 4, 1775, ae. 28. The children were all born in Leicester, Mass. She d. in Langdon, N.H., in 1822. Ch.: [NOTE] Daniel, b. Aug. 10, 1765; Eleazer, b. May 11, 1767; Sibbil, b. Sept. 19, 1768; Sarah, b. Oct. 6, 1771; Mehitable, b. July 24, 1773; John, b. June 25, 1775. 767. iv. ELISHA, b. 1747 [NOTE]; m. Esther CLARK. 768. v. JOHN, b. 1751 [NOTE]; m. Rachel HISCOCK. 769. vi. MEHITABLE, b. 1756 [NOTE]; m. Obadiah NEWTON; res. Spencer, Mass., and Granville, N.Y. Her husband died and she married a WILLIAMS [NOTE]. He died and she again married a HANKS and moved to Hopkinton, Ohio [NOTE]. 770. vii. JOSHUA, b. 1758 [NOTE]; m. Esther PROUTY and ----- SARTWELL [NOTE]. 771. viii. SUSANNAH, b. 1762 [NOTE]; m. William HISCOCK; res. in eastern N.Y. 772. ix. POLLY, b. Oct. 19, 1766; m. May 19, 1789 [NOTE], Jonathan UPHAM; res. Windham, Vt. She d. Oct. 14, 1843. Polly lived in Dudley, Mass., then in Gifford, Vt., and afterwards in Windham. He was b. in Dudley, Mass., June 26, 1761 [NOTE], was a soldier in the Rev- olutionary war, and d. July 15, 1827. He was a farmer. Ch.: Rox- ania, b. Aug. 22, 1791; m. Nov. 29, 1820, Reuben PRENTISS, oldest son of Harvey N.; res. Windam. She d. June 9, 1855; Sophia, b. Mar. 17, 1793; m. Jan. 4, 1827, Henry MILLER, her son H.C. res. Ovid. Iowa. She d. May 21, 1836; Mehitable, b. Dec. 25, 1788 [NOTE]; d. Aug. 25, 1883; Jerusha, b. Sept. 11, 1794; d. Feb. 15, 1849; Polly b. July 7, 1796; d. Oct. 15, 1848; Gardner, b. May 2, 1798; res. Windham, Vt.; m. Oct. 11, 1827, Eunice A. EMORY, d. June 23, 1848; m. 2d, Jan. 15, 1850, Marilla WAYMAN, d. Mar. 4, 1867; m. 3d, Feb. 20, 1872, Mrs. Elizabeth ABBOTT, d. Jan. 17, 1879. He is still living (1893) although he has completed his ninety-fifth year. His health is good, and he attends church regularly and goes to the postoffice daily, with the exception of the very cold weather last winter. His own generation has passed and most of the next generation, but he still remains, a pleasant, genial companion to the old, young, or the middle- aged, conversing with equal fluency on the incidents of his boyhood, the current topics of the day, or any intervening event. He was born in Guilford, Vt., but went to Windham when six years old and spent his life there, except from 1850 to 1872 he lived in Grafton, Vt.; Jonathan, b. May 30, 1800; m. Sept. 18, 1832, Sarah M. MOORE; res. Windham. He d. May 6, 1878;
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