Family:Whitney, James (1725-1757)

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James4 Whitney (Henry3, John2, Henry1), son of Henry3 and Elizabeth (Olmstead) Whitney,[1] was born 6 Dec 1725, Ridgefield, CT,[2], and died before 5 Sep 1757.[3]

He married, Lydia -----,[4] parentage unknown. She was born unknown, and died after 8 Apr 1793.[5] She married secondly, before 6 Mar 1783, Benjamin Kellogg.[6]

Phoenix says the following:[7]

... married Lydia -----, of whose parentage nothing has been found, though a tradition among her descendants asserts that she was of Indian blood, and, as usual, fails to indicate any proof. She was appointed, 5 Sept. 1757, to administer his estate; and his children were living at Ridgefield, 20 March 1771. Before 6 May 1783, she had married (2d) Benjamin Kellogg, and had settled in "South East Precinct, in Dutchess" Co., N. Y. They were again living in Ridgefield, 8 Ap. 1793, since which, no record of them has been found.

Children of James4 and Lydia (-----) Whitney:

i. James5 Whitney, b. 28 May 1751, Ridgefield, CT;[8] m. Abigail -----.
ii. Thomas Whitney, b. 19 Jun 1753, Ridgefield, CT;[9] m. Jemima Smellage.
iii. Mary Whitney, b. say 1755, Ridgefield, CT; had a share of her father's estate, distributed 20 June 1763; married, 27 Feb. 1777, at Ridgebury, Conn., by Rev. Samuel Camp, pastor of the Congregational Church at Ridgebury, to Silas Pearce, "of Philips Patent," N. Y. They were living at Danbury, Conn., 17 Sept. 1778, and in Southeast, Dutchess Co., N.Y., 6 May 1783. She is again mentioned, 13 Aug. 1793, as Mary Dickens.[10]
iv. Ezekiel Whitney, b. before 1757, Ridgefield, CT;[11] m. Patience Bailey.


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), p. 28.

2.^  "James [Whitney], s. Henry & Elizabeth, b. 6 Dec [1724/5]," according to Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Ridgefield LR1:205.

3.^  Phoenix, loc. cit.

4.^  Ibid.

5.^  Ibid.

6.^  Ibid.

7.^  Ibid.

8.^  "James [Whitney], s. James & Lydia, b. 28 May 1751," according to Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Ridgefield LR1:249.

9.^  "Thomas [Whitney], s. James & Lydia, b. 19 Jun 1753," according to Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Ridgefield LR1:249.

10.^  Phoenix, op. cit., pp. 67-68.

11.^  Phoenix, op. cit., p. 68.

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