Family:Whitney, Jeremiah (1731-1810)

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Jeremiah4 Whitney (Nathan3, John2, Henry1), son of Nathan3 and Sarah (Platt) Whitney,[1] was born 18 Sep 1731, Ridgefield, CT,[2] and died 1810, Yorktown, NY.[3]

He married firstly, say 1755, ----- -----,[4] of whom nothing is known.

He married secondly, say 1763, Eva Youngs,[5] parentage, birth, and death unknown.[6]

Phoenix said the following:[7]

Jeremiah Whitney ... went with his father to Cortlandt's Manor, now Yorktown, Westchester Co., N.Y., as early as 1747, but the exact date is not known. He lived in Westchester County, some of the time in Crompond, Yorktown, and is, perhaps, the same Jeremiah Whitney who bought ten acres of land in Bedford, adjoining his own land, 20 Aug. 1793. Tradition says that he also resided some time in Putnam County, N.Y. It is reported that he served in the Revolutionary war. He was a farmer; but his grandson, Isaac Lounsbury Whitney, who was born 26 March 1800, says: "He was a Methodist minister. I have been at his house a week at a time, and went with him to the church. He lived in a log-house on Connecticut Mountain; at that time I was only six years of age." He is said to have had two, or perhaps three wives; but the name of only one, Eva Youngs, has survived, and owes its preservation to the circumstance that it was engraved on one of her pewter plates, which is yet, Jan. 1875, in possession of her granddaughter, Mrs. Horton. He died in 1810.

Children of Jeremiah4 and ----- (-----) Whitney:

i. Jeremiah5 Whitney, b. say 1756;[8] m.(1) Sarah Lee; m.(2) Sarah Irena Stephens.
ii. Josiah Whitney, b. say 1758;[9] m. Esther Weeks.

Children of Jeremiah4 and Eva (Youngs) Whitney:

iii. James or Eliphalet Whitney, b. say 1764.[10] He may be identical to James Whitney (s1765-a1801), of Fishkill, NY, q.v.
iv. Martha Whitney, b. 19 Oct 1766, CT;[11] m. John Van Ness.
v. Elias Whitney, b. 15 Aug 1770, Yorktown, NY;[12] m. Judith Wood.
vi. Phebe Whitney, b. 12 Dec 1777, Yorktown, NY;[13] m. John Travis.



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. 40.

2.^  "Jeremiah [Whitney], s. Nathan & Sarah, b. 18 Sep 1731," according to Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Ridgefield LR1:212.

3.^  Phoenix, loc. cit.

4.^  Ibid.

5.^  Ibid.

6.^  Ibid.

7.^  Ibid.

8.^  Phoenix, op. cit., p. 112.

9.^  Ibid.

10.^  Ibid.

11.^  Ibid.

12.^  Phoenix, op. cit., p. 113.

13.^  Ibid.

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