Family:Whitney, Isabella (1765-1843)

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Isabella5 Whitney (Benjamin4, John3, Benjamin2, John1), daughter of Benjamin4 and Mercy (Hinckley) Whitney, was born 2 Aug 1765, Lisbon, ME, and died 14 Sep 1843, Phillips, ME.

She married, 26 Oct 1784, Little River Plantation, ME, Increase Blethen, "both of Little River",[1] son of John and Hannah (Keene) Blethen. He was born 15 May 1758, Royalsborough, MA, and died 14 Sep 1838, Phillips, ME. He was also known as Increase Blifen.

Isabella was also known as Isabel Whitney. She lived at Phillips, Maine.

Increase Blethen served in the American Continental Army in the Revolutionary War. He and his wife Isabella were pensioned for his 3 year service in Capt. Smart’s Co., Colonel Calvin Smith’s Regiment of the Massachusetts Line. His pension application states that he and Isabella were married at Little River Plantation, at that time an unincorporated area. Because it was unincorporated, the marriage was recorded in the nearest incorporated town of Topsham. Little River eventually became a part of the town of Lisbon.

Children of Increase and Isabella5 (Whitney) Blethen, all born Phillips, Maine:

i. Mary Blethen, b. 28 Oct 1785, m. 13 Apr 1843, Phillips, ME, Ebenezer Orr.
ii. Phebe Blethen, b. 25 Feb 1788; m. 22 May 1808, ME, Samuel L. Cotton.
iii. Sarah Blethen, b. 2 May 1790.
iv. Hannah Blethen, b. 28 May 1792; m. 16 Nov 1811, Avon, ME, Peletiah7 Whitney, q.v.
v. Thankful Blethen, b. 8 Jul 1794; m. Thomas G. Whitney, q.v.
vi. Benjamin Blethen, b. 20 Dec 1796, m. 13 Jul 1819, Sarah Gordon.
vii. James Blethen, b. 30 Mar 1799; m. 10 Oct 1826, Sarah Byron.
viii. Esther Blethen, b. 21 Jun 1800 or 1801, Phillips, ME; m. 3 Oct 1827, David Byron.
ix. Increase Blethen, b. 6 Jul 1803, m. 5 Dec 1830, Phillips, ME, Irene B. Davenport.
He appeared on the census of 1880 at Madrid, ME;
Charles F. DAVENPORT Self M Male W 26 ME Farmer ME ME
Jennie S. DAVENPORT Wife M Female W 27 ME Keeping House ME ME
Ernest O. DAVENPORT Son S Male W 1 ME ME ME
Increase BLETHEN FatherL W Male W 77 ME Helps On Farm ME Maine
x. Isabella Blethen, b. 27 or 29 Oct 1805, Phillips, ME; m. 26 Sep 1825, Phillips, ME, Ebenezer Lake.
xi. Arvilla Blethen, b. 19 Jun 1808, m. 7 Dec 1827, Elijah Toothacker.
xii. Orpha Blethen, b. 28 Sep 1811; d. 1893; m. 17 Jan 1830, Phillips, ME, Levi Byron.
She and Levi Byron appeared on the census of 1880 at Phillips, ME;
Levi BYRON Self M Male W 70 ME Farmer ME ME
Orpah BYRON Wife M Female W 60 ME Keeping House ME Maine


Increase Blethen was a descendant of "Mayflower" passenger Henry Sampson:

  1. Henry Sampson, m. Ann Plummer
  2. Elizabeth Sampson, m. Robert Sprout
  3. Hannah Sprout, m. Ephraim Keene
  4. Hannah Keene, m. John Blethen
  5. Increase Blethen, m. Isabella Whitney


1.^  "Isabella, and Increas Blifen [in. Miss Isabelah; both of Little River], Oct. 26, 1784," according to Hill, Mary P., ed., Vital Records of Topsham, to the Year 1892 (Salem, MA: Higginson Book Co., [1929] 1996). Also, "Oct. 26, 1784, Increase Bliffen & Isabella Whitney, by John Merrill. [Pownalborough]," according to Judith Holbrook Kelley and Clayton Rand Adams, comps. and eds., Marriage Returns of Lincoln County, Maine. Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication No. 39 (Rockport, ME: Picton Press, [2002]), p. 347.

2. From the U.S. Revolutionary War Pension Files, National Archives and Records Administration

Revolutionary War; Revolutionary War Pensions; Massachusetts; Blethen; Blethen, Increase (#W23,621).

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