Family:Whitney, Henry (1715-1794)
He married, 5 Dec 1755, Ridgefield, CT, Elizabeth Lobdell, daughter of Ebenezer and Rebecca (Benedict) Lobdell. She was born 21 Sep 1733, Ridgefield, CT, and died 15 Aug 1816, Ridgefield, CT.
Phoenix says the following:
- ... a farmer; .... They settled in Ridgefield, and there died; he, 9 or 10 July 1794, of cholera morbus; she, 15 Aug. 1816, at the house of her dau. Rebecca (Whitney) Olmstead. They were buried in Titicus Cemetery. In 1873, one of his descendants said: "My great-grandfather, Henry Whitney, while cutting wood in the morning before sunrise, heard music, and, looking up, saw some witches in a hog's trough, go sailing along over-head, singing: 'Hoity cock, hoity cock, day breaks on;'" and genealogists are compelled to read and consider many traditions and legends which are not better than this. Another tradition says that when he was eighteen years old, he was at Ebenezer Lobdell's house, saw a babe in the cradle, and said, "I will wait till this little girl is a woman and take her for my wife," a pledge which he redeemed when he was forty years old.
Children of Henry4 and Elizabeth (Lobdell) Whitney, all born Ridgefield, CT:
i. Betty5 Whitney, b. 30 Apr 1756; m. Jeremiah Mead. ii. Sarah Whitney, b. 23 Jul 1759; m. Matthew Olmstead. iii. Rebecca Whitney, b. 18 Feb 1761; m. Josiah Olmstead. iv. Elizabeth Whitney, b. 18 Feb 1761; m. Daniel Jackson. v. Hephzibah Whitney, b. about 1763; m. Nicholas Wilson. vi. Phebe Whitney, b. 16 Oct 1766; m. Daniel Smith. vii. Henry Whitney, b. 1769; m. Ruth St. John.
- 1790, Ridgefield, Fairfield Co., CT: Henry Whitney, a male over 16 and 1 female.
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. 25-26.