Family:Whitney, Benjamin (1709-1797)

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Benjamin4 Whitney (Benjamin3, Benjamin2, John1), son of Benjamin3 and Esther (-----)(Maverick) Whitney[1], was born 22 May 1709, Sherborn, MA,[2] and died 28 Feb 1797.[3]

Benjamin "of Framingham" married, 21 or 24 Feb 1731/2, Watertown, MA, Margaret Sanderson "of Watertown",[4] daughter of Deacon Jonathan and Abigail (Fiske) Sanderson.[5] She was born 9 Sep 1704, Watertown, MA.[6]

On 12 Aug 1734 he was bondsman for his aunt Huldah (Whitney) Morse as administratrix of the estate of her husband Zachariah Morse.[7]

Children of Benjamin4 and Margaret (Sanderson) Whitney, all born Framingham, MA:

i. Jonathan5 Whitney, b. 25 Sep 1734;[8] m. Eunice Marshall.
ii. Persis Whitney, b. 20 Aug 1739;[9] m. Joseph Lesuer.
iii. Amos Whitney, b. 27 Sep 1746.[10]

There were probably 10 additional children.[11]


  • 1790: not found. A possibility is 1790, Southwick, Hampshire Co., MA: Benjamin Whitney, 1 male over 16 and 2 females. He is on the same page as Jonathan Whitney, also otherwise unidentified, who might be his son.


1.^  His parentage is proven by his birth record.

2.^  "Benjamen [Whitney], s. of Benjamen and Hester, [born] May 22, 1709," according to Thomas W. Baldwin, ed., Vital Records of Sherborn, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Boston, MA: 1911).

3.^  Source

4.^  "Benjamin Whitney of Framingham & Margaret Sanderson of Watertown, m. 24 Feb 1731/2" according to Watertown Records, Comprising the Third Book of Town Proceedings and the Second Book of Births, Marriages, and Deaths, to the End of 1737. Also Plan and Register of Burials in Arlington Street Burying Ground (Watertown, MA: Historical Society, 1900), volume 2, page 87. Also, "Benjamin [Whitney] and Margaret Sanderson of Watertown, [married] Feb. 21, 1731-2, In Watertown," according to Vital Records of Framingham, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Boston, MA: 1911).

5.^  Source

6.^  Source

7.^  Shirley M. (Robinson) Pizziferri, "Early Worcester County Probate Records," Mayflower Descendant, vol. XXXIX (1989), p. 160, Case No. 42,14.

8.^  "Jonathan [Whitney], s. of Benjamin and Margereat, [born] Sept. 25, 1734," according to Framingham Vital Records.

9.^  "Persis [Whitney], d. of Benja[min] and Margeret, [born] Aug. 20, 1739," according to Framingham Vital Records.

10.^  "Amos [Whitney], s. of Benja[min] and Margret, [born] Sept. 27, 1746," according to Framingham Vital Records.

11.^  Bond, Henry, Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts, Including Waltham and Weston; to Which is Appended the Early History of the Town. With Illustrations, Maps, and Notes. Volume I, Genealogies (2nd ed., 1860), p. 417.

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