Family:Whitney, John (c1740-1820)

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Elder John5 Whitney ((poss.) Samuel4, John3, Benjamin2, John1), possibly son of Samuel4 and Lydia (Spooner) Whitney, was born circa 1740, calculated from age at death, and died before 7 Dec 1820, Thorndike, ME, "Elder", aged 80 years.

He married about 1762, Joanna Foy, daughter of Charles and Hephzibah (Seavey) Foy/Foye.[1] She was born about 1746.

Children of Elder John5 and Joanna (Foy) Whitney, probably incomplete:

i. (Rev.) John6 Whitney, b. about 1763, Meduncook, ME; m. Lois Wadsworth.
ii. (poss.) Jeremiah Whitney, b. 17 Apr 1766, Greene, ME; m. Oct/Nov 1790, Turner, ME, Lydia Cole; came from Leeds, ME, to Weld, ME, where he settled.
iii. Josiah Whitney, b. ca. 1768, ME; d. 22 Nov 1858, Kendall Co., IL.
iv. (Rev.) William E. Whitney, b. ca. 1770, ME; m.(2) Sarah Brackett; m.(1) Mary -----.
v. Charles Whitney, b. ca. 1774; m. Rachel Pattee.
vi. Martha Whitney, b. ca. 1778, Maugerville, NB; m. 5 Dec 1803, Sandy Spring, ME, Samuel Barnes, by Rev. John Whitney.[2]
vii. Mary Whitney, b. 7 Oct 1780, NB; d. 19 Nov 1861, Belmont, ME.
viii. Electa Whitney, b. ca. 1782, ME; d. after 1825; m. ca. 1800, John Fowler.
ix. Lydia Whitney, b. 17 Aug 1784; d. 10 Feb 1871, Clarendon, NY; "of Sandy Stream Settlement" [now Unity] m. (int. 10 Aug 1803, Clinton, ME) Daniel Brackett, Jr., "of Bever Hill",[3] b. 14 Mar 1784, d. 4 Sep 1888, Clarendon, NY.
x. Joanna Whitney, b. ca. 1786, ME; d. before 1850.



From User:Debbie:

John Whitney (variously found as Rev. John "Elias" Whitney; Rev. ""Elias" Whitney, and Elder John Whitney) (Samuel, John, Bejamin, John) Son of Samuel Whitney and Lydia Spooner. Married Joanna Foy (Foye) born 1746, daughter of Charles Foy (Foye) and Hephzibah Seavey (Children of Charles Foye - "Sketches of the History of Town of Camden, Maine by John L. Locke, 1859, page 412-413). Marriage: Abt. 1762.

Reference: Sketches of the History of Town of Camden, Maine, by John L. Locke, 1859, page 193. This may certify all whom it may concern, that ... are hearers and supporters of Elder John Whitney, preacher of the gospel, of the Free-Will Baptist Denomination.

Reference: Liberty Men and Great Proprietors: The Revolutionary Settlement on the Maine Frontier, 1760-1820 by Adam Taylor, page 146. ".... to gather a Congregational church and most joined with the Freewill Baptist itinerant John Whitney, an adept at visionary religion who had supported Edward Lock's collectivism." (cite and text as provided by another).

Reference: Free Will Baptist Cyclopedia: Rev. John Whitney of Gouldsborough, ME (cite and text as provided by another). "Rev. John Whitney of Gouldsborough, ME, went about 150 miles to New Durham, NH, in June 1785 to attend the Q.M. Ordained at Westport Sept. 7. Res Edgecomb. 1787 at Rpua;sbprpigj/ 1788 baptized at Lewiston and visited "Eastern country". Moved family to Leeds resided several years. Organized churches at Canaan, Bristol, and Camden. 1793 to churches in Sandy River Valley. Later to what is now Burnham. Was party drawn to Lock's plan to form a Christian community with common property in 1800, but he made a public confession and a speedy return. 1813 to Newfield."

Reference: From Collections of the New Brunswick Historical Society (Saint John, N.B.: 1894, The Daily Telepgraph Steam Book and Job Print, rpt. Lingley Printing Company Limited 1969. (cite and following text as provided by another).

"John Whitney has a wife and 9 children and been on the river about 14 years, but on the land he now possesses about 2 years, has a log house and hovel and about 4 acres of land cleared, has no title but possession, was of the rebel party on this river and went in arms to attach the Fort at Cumberland."

Children of John "Elias" Whitney and Joanna Foy (Foye):

  1. John Whitney, abt. 1763
  2. Jeremiah Whitney, 17 Apr 1766
  3. William E. Whitney, abt. 1770, RI, ME, or Canada
  4. Charles Whitney, abt. 1774
  5. Mary Whitney, abt. 1776
  6. Martha Whitney, abt. 1778, Maugerville, New Brunswick, Canada
  7. Electra Whitney, abt. 1782, Maine
  8. Joanna Whitney, abt. 1786, Maine
  9. Mary Whitney 1708, New Brunswick, Canada
  10. Lydia Whitney (17 Aug 1784 - 1871) who married Daniel Brackett,Jr. (14 Mar 1784 - 4 Sep 1888)

(children above as listed by another)

Intention of marriage: 10 Aug 1803 Daniel Brackett, Jr. and Lydia Whitney of Sandy Stream Settlement. ("Families in Clinton, Maine, 1799," NEHGR, Volume CXI, p. 114. Author: Ruth Gray). Marriage: 1804 (US and International Marriage Records online at

Cemetery Records: Died Clarendon, Orleans Co., New York

  • Brackett, Daniel, Rev., Mar 14, 1784 - Jun 14, 1865, Hus. of Lydia Whitney Brackett, .....
  • Lydia Whitney Brackett, Aug 15, 1785 - Feb 10, 1871, dau. of Rev. Elias Whitney.


1.^  "Sketches of the History of Town of Camden, Maine by John L. Locke, 1859, page 412-413.

2.^  "Martha [Whitney], and Samuel Barnes, [married] 5 Dec 1803, at Sandy Spring, by Rev. John Whitney," according to Mosher, Elizabeth M., Vital Records of Unity, Maine, prior to 1892 (Rockport, ME: Picton Press, 1995).

3.^  "Lyda [Whitney], of Sandy Stream, and Daniel Bracket, Jr., of Bever Hill, int. 10 Aug. 1803. [cert. issued 19 May 1804]," according to Fisher, Carleton Edward, comp., Vital records of Clinton, Maine, to the year 1892: births, marriages, and deaths ([S.l.]: published under authority of the Maine Historical society, 1967), pp. 302-303.

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