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The Whitney Family of Connecticut

by S. Whitney Phoenix
(New York: 1878)

Transcribed by Robert L. Ward.

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Whitney Family.

Chil. of James and Eunice (Johnson) Whitney. 315

1241 I. Abraham Johnson Whitney, b. in Newtown, Conn., 28 March 1778; a clothier and wool-carder; settled in Stamford, N. Y., and there married, 22 Nov. 1799, Philena Adams, born in Goshen, Conn., 6 Sept. 1783, dau. of Benjamin and Chloe (Hatch) Adams, of Stamford. They dwelt in Stamford, till 1804; in Danby, N. Y., till the Autumn of 1818; in Spencer, N. Y., till 1819; in Danby again, till 1835; in Corning, N. Y., till 1846; then in Caton, N. Y., where they died (he, 30 Jan. 1862; she, 26 Nov. 1863), and were buried. He served at Sacket's Harbor, N. Y., in the war of 1812. 4086
1242 II. Hannah Judson Whitney, b. at Newtown, Conn., 30 Ap. 1782; married Samuel Chard, a major in the war of 1812; settled in Haverstraw, N. Y., and there died. 4092
1243 III. Zerah Whitney, b. at Newtown, Conn., 16 June 1784; a tanner and currier; went, when a young man, to the State of New York; married, 9 Feb. 1808, at Danby, N. Y., or, as another account says, near Herkimer, N. Y.; Jane Demond, who was born 22 Dec. 1788, in "York State." They dwelt in Danby, till after the birth of three of their children; at Scipio, N. Y.; at Genoa, N. Y., till the Spring of 1830; at Black Rock, N. Y., till 1831; at Buffalo, N. Y., till 1832; at Lancaster, N. Y., till about 1834; in Lenawee Co., Mich., till 1836; then settled at Plainfield, Mich., where she died, 25 June 1843, and was buried. He was a soldier in the war of 1812, and a pensioner for his service. He died at Bradley Station, on the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railway, in Hopkins, Allegan Co., Mich., at the residence of his son Ezra, 15 Jan. 1873, and was buried at Bradley. The following extract from an obituary notice shows something of his history: 4093
"Another Old Settler Gone. At the venerable age of 88 years, Zerah Whitney, for many years a resident of Cascade, in this county, has passed from earth. He was one of the first settlers of Plainfield, in this county, in 1837, and three or four years later removed to Cascade, and with his sons, gave name to the little village of Whitneyville, in that town. He was the first Justice of the Peace elected in Cascade. The deceased was a highly respected citizen, and early comers to this valley, over the Battle Creek road, have many pleasant remembrances of the tavern at Whitneyville, where the latch-string was always out, and good cheer was always found within. Hundreds will join with the family in a sigh of regret at his departure to the unseen world, on the confines of which he has lingered so many years beyond the allotted three-score and ten."
Seventeen of his sons and grandsons served in the war of 1861, and all escaped without a wound.
1244 IV. Ruth Ann Whitney, b. in Newtown, Conn., 7 Nov. 1785.
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