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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.
Hannah Taylor, dau. of John and Abigail (Mygatt) Taylor, of Danbury, where she was born, 7 Nov. 1765. They dwelt in Ridgebury till 1797; then settled in Paris, now Kirkland, N.Y.; and, about 1814, moved to Richfield, N.Y., and thence, in Nov. 1823, to Cohocton, N.Y.; and from there to Bath, N.Y., where they died, at the house of their daughter, Mrs. Maria (Whitney) Cook; she, 7 Feb. 1860, in her 95th year; he, 7 June 1860, aged 95 years and 5 days. He bore the military title of Captain.

Chil. of James and Lydia Whitney. 29

191 I. James Whitney, b. in Ridgefield, Conn., 28 May 1751. In the distribution of his father's estate, 20 June, 1763, he had a double portion, as the eldest son. He seems to have moved, with his mother, to the adjoining town of Southeast, N.Y., where he settled, with his wife Abigail -----, whose maiden name has not been reported. Tradition says that he died not many years after his marriage, leaving only one son, and that his widow married a second husband, named ----- Ganung, and had one daughter, Hannah Ganung, who married Benjamin Ruscoe, and had a son, Stephen Ruscoe, who married Phebe Ballard and was living at Danbury, Conn., in Feb. 1874. 818
192 II. Thomas Whitney, b. in Ridgefield, Conn., 19 June 1753; was of New Marlborough, Berkshire Co., Mass., 13 Sept. 1778, and then sold to Ezekiel Whitney, of Ridgefield, certain land in that town, "being the whole of my right or share in the Lands that lately belonged to my Honrd. father, James Whitney, Decd." Another deed shows that he was living at Greenburgh, N.Y., 8 Ap. 1793. He married, about 1786, at Danbury, Conn., Jemima Smellage, dau. of James Smellage, of Boston, Mass., where she was born, 20 Sept. 1763. He was a cabinet-maker, and, in his later life, a farmer. They dwelt in Danbury, Conn., Tarrytown and Haverstraw, N.Y.; and, lastly, at Huntingridge, in Stamford, Conn., where he died, in Dec. 1818, and was buried. She died at Claypits, in Huntington, L.I., six miles from the village, 29 Sept, 1838, and was buried at Huntington. One of his grandsons says that he served in the Revolutionary War, and in the War of 1812. 819
[Note: III and IV are out of order in this list. --RLW]
193 IV. Ezekiel Whitney, b. in Ridgefield, Conn.; a shoemaker; had a share in the distribution of his father's estate, 20 June 1763; was living at Ridgefield 17 Sept. 1778 (when he bought his brother Thomas Whitney's share of his father's land), and 6 May 1783, when he quitclaimed certain land to proprietors of Ridgefield. The records also show that he was living in Dutchess Co., N.Y., 15 Ap. 1793. Next, we learn from his 824
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