Family:Whitney, David (1721-1816)
He married, 11 May 1741, Norwalk, CT, Elizabeth Hyatt, daughter of Ebenezer and Elizabeth (Phillips) Hyatt. She was born 6 Jun 1718, Norwalk, CT, and died 28 Oct 1798, Norwalk, CT, aged 80 years, 4 months, 22 days.
Phoenix says the following:
- ... a master-mariner and miller.... The church-record of New Canaan, Conn., has the death, in "Nov. 1798," of "The wife of Mr. Whitney," which refers to her. He died at Silver Mine, in New Canaan, 16 Ap. 1816, and was buried in New Canaan. Tradition calls him a soldier of the Revolutionary War. It is said that they dwelt, many years, in Pudding Lane, about half a mile north of Norwalk Bridge, in a house which was torn down in the spring of 1865; and that he had charge of a grist-mill, in which his son, Ebenezer Whitney, succeeded him. "For many years he owned and commanded a sloop, in which he performed great service for the Continental Government in carrying despatches and supplies under the very guns of the British ships." An interesting account of his adventures was published a few years ago, in the New York Sunday Despatch, under the title, "Revolutionary Scenes. By T. R. Whitney," from which it appears that when Norwalk was burned, in 1779, he ran out of the harbor with his sloop loaded with the families and goods of his neighbors, escaping the British, and safely reaching Stamford.
Children of David4 and Elizabeth (Hyatt) Whitney:
i. Ebenezer5 Whitney, b. 8 Aug 1742, Norwalk, CT; m. Ruth Raymond. ii. Timothy Whitney, b. 13 July 1744, Norwalk, CT; m.(1) Anna Wood; m. (2) Abigail (Smith) Wood. iii. Betty Whitney, b. 5 Apr 1746, Norwalk, CT; m. James Jerritt. iv. David Whitney, b. 17 Feb 1748, Norwalk, CT; d. 30 Mar 1748, Norwalk, CT. v. Anna Whitney, b. 14 Feb 1749, Norwalk, CT; d. 16 Sep 1754, Norwalk, CT. vi. Esther Whitney, b. 3 Feb 1751, Norwalk, CT; m. Phineas St. John. vii. Abigail Whitney, b. 3 Apr 1754, Norwalk, CT; m. John Reed. viii. Anna Whitney, b. 10 Apr 1756, Norwalk, CT; m. Samuel Seymour. ix. Deborah Whitney, b. 20 Jul 1758, Norwalk, CT; m. Isaac Keeler. x. David Hyatt Whitney, b. 25 Aug 1761, Norwalk, CT; m. Nancy Raymond.
- 1790, Norwalk, Fairfield Co., CT: David Whitney, 2 males over 16, 1 male 0-15, and 2 females.
- 1800: not found.
- 1810: not found.
1.^ Stephen Whitney Phoenix, The Whitney family of Connecticut, and its affiliations; being an attempt to trace the descendants, as well in the female as the male lines, of Henry Whitney, from 1649 to 1878; to which is prefixed some account of the Whitneys of England. (New York : Priv. Print. [Bradford Press] 1878), pp. 24-25.
6.^ "Elizabeth Hyatt, daughter of Ebenezer and Elizabeth Hyatt, born June 6, 1718," according to Edwin Hall, Ancient Historic Records of Norwalk, Connecticut.