Family:Whitney, Isaac (1770-1818)

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Isaac5 Whitney (Jason4, Mark3, Benjamin2, John1), son of Jason4 and Elizabeth (Beal) Whitney, was born 17 Aug 1770, Natick, MA,[1] and died Mar 1818, Ontario Co., NY.

He married firstly, ----- -----, of whom nothing further is known.

He married secondly, about 1807, Middlesex, NY, Susanna (Dornbach) Hall, daughter of William and Rebecca (Bossert) Dornbach. She was born 11 May 1780, Brunswick Twp., Berks Co., PA, and died 9 Feb 1867, Ray, MI, or Macomb, MI. She had married firstly, 1798, Muncy Creek, Lycoming Co., PA, Jesse Hall. He was born in 1777, and died May 1807. She married thirdly, 1820, Middlesex, NY, Elijah Dodge. He died 1845, Monroe Co., NY. Her maiden name is given in some sources as "Turnback".

He was born in Natick, MA, emigrated to NY, and died in Middlesex in 1817. He was a kind husband and father, and true Christian man. He was a pioneer in that section when it was settled by the Indians, with whom he was on friendly terms. He was also able to converse with them in their dialect. After the death of his first wife he married a widow, Mrs. Hall, for his second wife, and she had five children by her first husband and one by her third. Isaac was an extensive farmer and one of the largest in that part of New York. He died in 1817; resided Middlesex, Ontario County, NY.

Town of Naples. "In 1793 Captain Watkins built the first framed barn, and the honor of building the first framed house fell to pioneer Isaac Whitney, in 1794, Captain Watkins also was the pioneer hotel-keeper in the town.
"The persons and families mentioned above were the first settlers in the town, but they were soon afterward followed by others, whose names are also worthy of mention in these pages. ... Mr. Sutton very appropriately arranges the names of early settles in Naples, from which we extract the following: In district No. 1 ...; of No. 9 were Isaac Whitney, Benj. Clark, Simon Lyon, Stephen Storey and Dr. Newcomb; ..."[2]

On 5 Apr 1789, Naples, NY, Isaac Whitney was chosen fence viewer.[3]

He was an early member of the Baptist Church at Benton Center, Yates Co., NY.[4]

Town of Italy: "Isaac Whitney settled on lot 4, Slot's survey, in 1800, and moved away in 1806."[5]

Town of Middlesex: In 1803, Isaac Whitney was on a list of jurors.[6]

"His son, Isaac, removed from New England to Middlesex, Ontario county, New York, and there became an extensive farmer. He was twice wedded, his second marriage having been with Mrs. Susanna Hall, who had five children by her previous marriage. Of the second union were born eight children, and after the death of her second husband Mrs. Whitney wedded a man named Dodge, one son, Lewis, being born of this marriage. Five of the Whitney children came to Michigan in the early pioneer days and they settled in Macomb county, where they became closely concerned with the development and upbuilding of that now opulent section of the state."[7]

The will of Isaac Whitney:[8]

Page 129
[7 March 1818
The will of Isaac Whitney is brought in; Susannah Whitney, the Executor, and Jeremiah Comstock are granted administration.]
In the name of God. Amen.
Isaac Whitney of the town of Middlesex County of Ontario State of New York do make and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following:
First I resign my Soul into the hands of God hoping and believing in the remision of my Sins by the Merrets and Mediation of Jesus Christ, and my body I Commit to the Earth to be buried at the discretion of my Executors herein after Named and my Worldly Estate I give and devise as follows:
First I give and devise that all my lands & tenements with the appurtenances Situate Lying and being in the town of Middlesex to be Equally divided amongst my heirs to have and to hold by my said heirs and assigns forever, also I give to my Wife Susanah Whitney the use of the Lands during the time and for the purpose for the maintenance of the Children and allso the use of the Land while she remains my Widow; all the rest and residue of my Personal Estate Whatsoever of what nature kind or Quantity soever may be and not herein before given and disposed of after payment of my debts Legacies and funeral expences and I do hereby Constitute and appoint my said Wife Susanah Whitney with Jeremiah Comstock sole Executrix of this my Last will and testament.
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this 29 day of Novr. In the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and Seventeen.
Isaac Whitney (seal)
Signed sealed and delivered in presence of us
Isaac Secore Junr.
Owen Cole [Brother-in-law, husband of Sarah Dornbach, Susannah's sister]
Jeremiah Comstock
[7 March 1818, Jeremiah Comstock swears to witnessing the will, along with Isaac Secor Jr. And Owen Cole. Proved by Stephen Phelps.]

On 20 Jun 1818, widow Susannah Whitney appeared on a tax list for Middlesex, NY, taxed on $590 worth of real estates, $118 of personal property, and owed $1.71 tax thereon.[9]

On 20 Jun 1819, Elijah Dodge appeared on a tax list for Middlesex, NY, taxed on $590 worth of real estates, and owed $1.55 tax thereon.[10]

Children of Jesse and Susannah (Dornbach) Hall:

i. Elizabeth Hall, b. 10 Jul 1801, Augusta, NY; d. 20 Sep 1894, Mishawaka, St. Joseph Co., IN; m. John Boltenhouse.
ii. Rebecca Hall, b. 15 Mar 1800, Augusta, NY; d. 1 Apr 1883, Yates Co., NY; m. James Voak.
iii. Polly Hall, b. say 1802, NY; d. bef. 1863; m. ----- Smith.
iv. William Hall, b. 28 Sep 1804, Augusta, NY; d. 28 Aug 1869, Macomb Co., MI; m. Rebecca Waldron.
v. Sarah Hall, b. 26 May 1806, Augusta, NY; d. 29 Oct 1889, Ray, MI; m.(1) John Smith; m.(2) John Bergstresser.

Children of Isaac5 and ----- (-----) Whitney:

i. Elizabeth Whitney, b. 2 Jul 1801, Middlesex, NY; d. 3 Dec 1874, Rockton, IL; m. 12 Oct 1824, Middlesex, NY, Leonard William Osgood, and moved to MI, where they had a large family, and then to Rockton, IL, about 1847, where they died. They are buried in Rockton Township Cemetery, Rockton, IL.[11]

Child of Isaac5 Whitney, maternity uncertain:

ii. Robert Whitney, b. -----; d. -----.

Children of Isaac5 and Susannah (Dornbach)(Hall) Whitney, order uncertain:

iii. Jason6 Whitney, b. say 1808; m. Adaline Revere.
iv. Jesse Whitney, b. 3 May 1808, Middlesex, NY; m. Eliza C. Shepard.
v. John Fisher Whitney, b. 25 Oct 1809, Middlesex, NY; m. Phebe Nelson.
vi. Samuel Whitney, b. 9 Jul 1811, Middlesex, NY; m. Ann Stroup.
vii. James Whitney, b. 17 Aug 1815, Middlesex, NY; d. 8 Jun 1847, Middlesex, NY; bur. Voak Cemetery, Potter, NY;[12] m. ----- -----; no children.
viii. Isaac Whitney, b. 17 Nov 1817, Middlesex, NY; m.(1) Sarah Ann Stroup; m.(2) Mahala L. Stroup.

Child of Elijah and Susannah (Dornbach)(Hall)(Whitney) Dodge:

i. Lewis Dodge, b. 23 Jan 1820, Potter, NY; d. 6 Dec 1870, Ray, MI; m.(1) Sally Woolman; m.(2) Eliza Jane McLaughlin.


  • 1790: not found.
  • 1800, Augusta, Ontario Co., NY: Isaac Whitney, 1 male 26-44, 2 males 0-9, and 1 female 26-44.
  • 1810, Middlesex, Ontario Co., NY: Isaac Whitney, 1 male 26-45, 4 males under 10, 1 female 26-45, 2 females under 10.
  • 1820, Naples, Ontario Co., NY: Elijah Dodge, 1 male over 45, 4 males 0-9, 2 females 10-15, and 1 female 26-44; 3 engaged in agriculture.
  • 1830, Middlesex, Yates Co., NY: Elijah Dodge, 1 male 60-69, 1 male 10-14, 1 male 5-9, and 1 female 50-59.
  • 1840, Perinton, Monroe Co., NY: Elijah Dodg, 1 male 50-59, 1 male 15-19, 1 male 5-9, 1 female 50-59, 1 female 20-29, and 1 female 10-14; 2 engaged in agriculture.
  • 1850, Potter, Yates Co., NY:

--- 292 James Voak 59 M - Rebecca Voak 50 F - John Voak 23 M - Hiram W. Reynolds 38 M - Huldah Reynolds 30 F - Dennis Reynolds 7 M - Susanna Dodge 70 F - Penn.

  • 1860, Potter, Yates Co., NY:

--- 292 John Bergstresser 57 M - Sarah Bergstresser 54 F - Susanna Dodge 81 F - Penn. John Theilen 33 M -


1.^  "Isaac [Whitney], s. Jason and Elisabeth, [born] Aug. 17, 1770," according to Thomas W. Baldwin, ed., Vital Records of Natick, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Boston, MA: 1910).

2.^  Aldrich, Lewis Cass, History of Ontario County, New York (Syracuse, NY: D. Mason & Co., 1893), p. 379.

3.^  Ibid., p. 381.

4.^  Cleveland, Stafford Canning, and Thelma E. Burton Bootes, History and Directory of Yates County (Penn Yan, N.Y.: S. C. Cleveland, 1873), Vol. I, p. 353.

5.^  Ibid., p. 384.

6.^  Ibid., p. 624.

7.^  Charles Moore, History of Michigan (New York, NY: The Lewis Publishing co., 1915), Volume II, pp. 836-838.

8.^  Blakely Family Tree at

9.^  Middlesex, Ontario Co., N.Y., Tax Roll of 1818.

10.^  Middlesex, Ontario Co., N.Y., Tax Roll of 1819.

11.^  Find A Grave memorial #37711717, Elizabeth Whitney Osgood.

12.^  Find A Grave memorial #65445059, James Whitney.

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