Family:Whitney, Aaron (1745-1824)

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Aaron5 Whitney (Samuel4, Richard3, John2, Henry1), son of Samuel4 and Amy (Northrup) Whitney, was born 25 Sep 1745, Fairfield, CT,[1] baptized 29 Sep 1745, Fairfield, CT, and died 20 Jan 1824, Patterson, NY.

He married firstly, 17 Jan 1769, Stratfield, CT, Hannah Turney,[2] daughter of "Old Capt. Turney and Mary, his wife". She was born Stratfield, CT, and died Mar 1809, Fishkill, NY.

He married secondly, after 1809, Sarah (Kelly) Gay, daughter of Jonathan Kelly. She had married firstly, Daniel Gay. She was born date and place unknown, and died date unknown, Patterson, NY.

Phoenix says the following:

Aaron Whitney, b. at Fairfield, Conn., 25 Sept. 1745; bap. at Fairfield, 29 Sept. 1745; a weaver (for which trade he was taxed, while he lived in Connecticut), farmer, miller, and trader; married at Stratfield, now Bridgeport, Conn., Hannah Turney, dau. of "Old Capt. Turney and Mary, his wife," of Bridgeport. She was born at Stratfield, and was only fifteen years old when married. They dwelt, for some years, in Fairfield; then moved to Stratford, Conn., where he paid to Jonathan Nichol, £71 13s, for 21 acres and 125 rods of land at Shaganewamps, 30 Nov 1784. He also bought land, 22 Ap. 1785, in Stratford, "a little above Long Hill, on the west side of Newtown road;" and again, 20 Oct. 1786, in the same neighborhood, "a little above Long Hill, in North Stratford Parish." He was then called, "of Stratford." They settled, in 1790, in that part of Frederickstown, which is now the south-west part of Kent, N. Y., where he owned a farm that was thought to contain a silver mine. About 1800, he moved to the north-west part of Southeast, in the same county, about three miles west of Dykeman's Station, on the Harlem Railroad, where he owned a saw-mill, grist-mill, and ashery, and was a partner in a country store. About 1805, he moved to Delaware Co., N. Y., where he lived about three years, and returned to Fishkill, N. Y., where his wife died in March 1809, and was buried in the old Gilead burial-ground in Carmel, Putnam Co., N. Y. He then went to Patterson, N. Y., to live with his son, Silas Whitney; and afterward married Sarah Kelly, dau. of Jonathan Kelly, and widow of Daniel Gay. He died at the house of his son Silas, half a mile west of his own place, 20 Jan. 1824, and was buried beside his first wife, in the old Gilead graveyard. Their graves are unmarked. His second wife died at the house of her son, Abner Gay, in Patterson, and was buried in the Ellis burial-ground, in Southeast. He is said to have served in the Revolutionary War; but another account says that his service was vicarious, as he hired a substitute to do his fighting.

Children of Aaron5 and Hannah (Turney) Whitney.

i. Silas6 Whitney, b. 17 Aug 1769, Fairfield, CT; m.(1) Nancy Russell; m.(2) Phebe (Owen) Horton.
ii. Ephraim Whitney, b. 23 Mar 1771, Fairfield, CT; m. Sarah Wixon.
iii. Aaron Whitney, b. say 1775; d. aged 2 1/2 years old.
iv. Abigail Whitney, b. 20 Dec 1783, Fairfield, CT; m. William Vermilya.
v. Mary Whitney, b. 13 Dec 1789, Fairfield, CT; m. Elijah Chandler.

Silas5 and Sarah (Kelly)(Gay) Whitney had no children.



1.^  "Aaron [Whitney], s. Sam[ue]ll & Ann, b. 25 Sep 1745," according to the Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Fairfield 1:74.

2.^  "Aaron Whitney & Hannah Turney, [married] 17 Jan. 1769," according to Bailey, Frederick W., ed., Early Connecticut Marriages, as Found on Ancient Church Records Prior to 1800 (1896-1906), Trumbull, 7:99.

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