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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.
in the Presbyterian Church at South Salem in Oct. 1768. Her history is not known beyond the fact that she was the mother of all his children, and must have lived later than 1792. They dwelt in South Salem as late as Oct. 1781, and probably till after June 1791, when their daughter Huldah was married there. We next find the family in Manlius, Onondaga Co., N.Y., in Jan. 1804, when their daughter Electa was married. About 1808 or 1810, he bought a farm in Pompey, N.Y., on which he lived till March 1825. Here his wife probably died, but the date has not been found. He married (2d), at Pompey, Sarah Osborn, widow of Daniel Chapin.1 and dau. of Daniel and Sarah (Osburn) Osborn, of Ridgefield, where she was born, 3 May 1756. She died in Dec. 1812, at Pompey, or Manlius, and was buried there. In March 1825, he moved to Henderson, N.Y., to live with his son Amasa, who went there at the same time. He died in Henderson, about March 1831, after an illness of only one day and one night, and was then called 85 years old. He was a man of stalwart proportions, about six feet and two inches in height, and of corresponding weight. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary War; was in the battle of Long Island, 27 Aug. 1776; at the capture of Burgoyne in Oct. 1777; and wintered at Valley Forge, in 1777-1778, excepting a short furlough in which he went home for food and clothing. While out with a party of men, observing the motions of a British vessel which was passing up the Hudson River, they were fired upon, and a part of the brim of his cocked hat was cut away by a grape-shot. This torn hat, with the sword and musket which he used, were carefully kept by him during his life, but the musket was overcharged and burst by his irreverent gransons, 4 July 1834.
159 II. Samuel Whitney, b. in Ridgefield, Conn., 12 Oct. 1749; a farmer; married in Stockbridge, Mass., 3 Jan. 1775, Mary St. John, who was born in Sharon, Conn., 14 Jan. 1755, dau. of Mark and Anna (Gay) St. John. They lived for a few years, perhaps till after the Revolutionary War, in Stockbridge, Mass., after which he went with his family to the State of New York, living for a time in the large old town of Johnstown, Montgomery Co. (part of which is now in Fulton Co., part in Hamilton Co., and part in Montgomery Co.), also for a time in the town of German Flats, perhaps in that part which is now Warren, Herkimer co., and possibly, also in Galway, Saratoga Co. In October, 1793, he settled on the Brothertown Indian lands, in Paris, now Kirkland, N.Y., where he bought one hundred acres of land from the State, a part of which lies in the present town of Marshall, the town-line crossing the farm, receiving his deed 1 Sept. 1795; and his grandchildren still own and occupy the farm, though the deed has not yet been proved, acknowledged or recorded. On this farm they died; he, 12 July 1822, aged 72 years; and she, 14 Feb. 671
  1 This name may have been Chapel, as several correspondents have called it; yet the best evidence seems to be in favor of Chapin.
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