Family:Whitney, Abraham (1692-1778)

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Abraham4 Whitney (Moses3, Richard2, John1), son of Moses3 and Sarah (Knight) Whitney, was born 9 or 29 May 1692, Stow, MA,[1] and died 15 Sep 1778 Stow, MA, aged 86 years 3 months 17 days.[2]

He married firstly, before 1715, Stow, MA, Mary Stone, daughter of Simon and Sarah (Farnsworth) Stone. She was born circa 1689 (calculated from age at death), and died 7 Oct 1766, Stow, MA, in 78th year.[3]

He married secondly, 16 Jul 1767, Stow, MA, "wid." Elizabeth (Farley) Shed "of Harvard",[4] daughter of Ebenezer and Elizabeth (Shed) Farley. She was born 28 Mar 1704, Billerica, MA, and died after 2 Oct 1778. She had married firstly, 6 Sep 1724, Billerica, MA, John Shed.

Will 13 May 1768, Abraham Whitney of Stow.

  • Wife Elisabeth
  • eldest dau. Keziah Hale
  • son Abraham Whitney, husbandry tools
  • son and dau. Silas & Mary Jewel
  • grandson Isaac Whitney
  • grandson Abraham Whitney, Jun.
  • four eldest granddaus. (not named)
  • grandson Silas Jewel
  • appoint son Abraham Whitney and son-in-law Silas Jewel executors.

Witn: Henry Gardner, Sarah Wood, Benjamin Bayly.

Agreement of heirs, 2 Oct 1778:

  • Eliz. Whitney, widow,
  • Abraham Whitney,
  • Keziah Hale,
  • Silas Jewel, Jr.,
  • Abraham Whitney, Jr.,
  • Isaac Whitney,
  • Marcy Furbush,
  • Lucy Whitcomb,
  • Eunice Maynard,
  • Mary Dranton(?),
  • Jacob Whitney,
  • Abigail Wood.

Probated 8 May 1782.[5]

Pierce says the following:[6]

In 1749 he gave his son, Abraham, Jr., land given to him by his father, Moses. His will is dated May 13, 1768, and was published May 8, 1782.

Children of Abraham4 and Mary (Stone) Whitney, all born Stow, MA:

i. Jemima5 Whitney, b. 14 Oct 1715;[7] d. before May 1768.
ii. Keziah Whitney, b. 8 Oct 1716;[8] m. ----- Hale.
iii. Ephraim Whitney, b. 6 Apr 1723;[9] d. before May 1768. He was not mentioned in his father's will of May 1768, so is assumed to be dead by that time, without issue.
iv. Dea. Abraham Whitney, b. 31 Jul 1724;[10] m. Marcy Perry.
v. Isaac Whitney, b. 24 Jan 1726;[11] d. 21 Aug 1746, Stow, MA.[12]
vi. Mary Whitney, b. 28 Oct 1729;[13] m. Silas Jewell.

There were no children of Abraham4 and Elizabeth (Farley) Whitney.



1.^  "Abraham [Whitney], [born] May 29, 1692. G.R.1. [[h. Mary] May 9, P.R.26]," according to F. Apthorp Foster, ed., Vital Records of Stow, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1911).

2.^  "Abraham [Whitney], [died] Sept. 15, 1778, a. 86y. 3m. 17d. G.R.1," according to Stow Vital Records.

3.^  "Mary [Whitney], w. Abraham, [died] Oct. 7, 1766, in 78th y. G.R.1," according to Stow Vital Records.

4.^  "Abraham [Whitney] and Sarah Shed [int. Elisabeth Sheed, wid.] of Harvard, [married] July 16, 1767," according to Stow Vital Records.

5.^  Archive:Middlesex County, MA, Probate Files, #24599.

6.^  Frederick C. Pierce, The Descendants of John Whitney, Who Came from London, England, to Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1635 (Chicago, IL: The Author, 1895), p. 46.

7.^  "Jemima [Whitney], d. Abraham and Mary, [born] Oct. 14, 1715," according to Stow Vital Records.

8.^  "Keziah [Whitney], d. Abraham and Mary, [born] Oct. 8, 1716," according to Stow Vital Records.

9.^  "Ephriam [Whetney], s. Abraham and Mary, [born] Apr. 6 1723," according to Stow Vital Records.

10.^  "Abraham [Whetney], s. Abraham and Mary, [born] July 31, 1724. [Abram 2d (h. Mary (Perry) of Sudbury), P.R.26]," according to Stow Vital Records.

11.^  "Isaac [Whetney], s. Abraham and Mary, [born] Jan. 24, 1726," according to Stow Vital Records.

12.^  "Isaac [Whitney], s. Abraham and Mary, [died] Aug. 21, 1746," according to Stow Vital Records.

13.^  "Mary [Whitney], d. Abraham and Mary, [born] Oct. 28, 1729," according to Stow Vital Records.

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