Family:Whitney, Jonathan (1761-1832)

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Jonathan5 Whitney (Matthias4, Cornelius3, Joshua2, John1), son of Matthias4 and Alice (Robbins) Whitney,[1] was born 28 Nov 1761, Killingly, CT,[2] and died between 20 Dec 1831 and 25 Apr 1832, Luzerne County, PA.[3]

He married, Nov 1784, Putnam, CT, Olive Cady,[4] daughter of Isaiah and Mary (Nelson) Cady.[5] She was born 30 Mar 1761, Killingly, CT,[6] and died 1840, Luzerne County, PA.[7]

Headstone lists birth year as 1756.

Settled in North Flat, PA in 1804 and built the first sawmill in Windham Twp. on the Little Mehoopaney Creek near Jenningsville, PA.

Occupation: Farmer & Sawmill Proprietor.

His will:

In the name of God, amen, I Jonathan Whitney of the township of Windham County of Luzerne & state of Pennsylvania being weak & low of body but of perfect mind do make and administer my last will & testament, in manner following viz. First I give to my beloved wife Olive Whitney all and singular my goods and chattels rights and credits including my whole personal property except as hereinafter excepted and also all my lands & tenements of which I may be possessed at the time of my decease exceptions as above, I give to my oldest son Ransom Whitney sixty seven cents to be deducted out of a note I hold against him, I give to Charles Whitney my second son the sum of sixty seven cents to be paid to my executor or executrix as casemaybe, I give to the heirs of Asa Whitney decd the sum of sixty seven cents to be paid as above to my three young sons vizs, Walter, Frank, and Horace Whitney, I give the like sum of sixty seven cents and to be paid as above to the heirs of my eldest daughter Martha late Martha Lake dec’d, I give the like sum of sixty seven cents to be paid as above. I give to my second daughter Lucina now Lucina McKee the sum of one hundred dollars to be paid as above and lastly I give unto my wife Olive Whitney (or will that ______ _________) so much of my property as shall be sufficient to pay my debts & also to pay the above legacies and the expenses of settling the same after my dec whom I do hereby nominate sole executrix of this my last will and testament. In testimony where I have hereunto set my hand & seal this twentieth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & thirty one.
Signed and sealed in Jonathan Whitney (his mark)
Presence of Asa Stevens
Elizer Lake Two words intertwined & an erasure
Before signing~
On the twenty fifth day April Anno Domini eighteen hundred and thirty two before me Isaac Bowman Register of Wills in and for the county of Luzerne personally came Asa Stevens and Elizer Lake two of the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing will and being duly sworn according to law did depose and __ say that their names to the forgoing will subscribed as witnesses is of their own proper hand writing respectively, that they were present and saw Jonathan Whitney the testator therein named sign his name to the same and heard him publish pronounce and declare the foregoing instrument of writing as and for his last will and testament, and at the time of so doing the said testator was of sound mind memory and disposing understanding to the best of their knowledge belief and observation, and that they signed the same as witnesses and at the request of the testator and in the presence of each other.
Registered April 25th 1832 Isaac Bowman Regt.
In conformity to the foregoing will and the probate there of Letters testamentary were granted to Olive Whitney Executrix therein named & she having first been sworn to administer the goods and chattels rights and credits of the said testator and make a true and perfect inventory thereof and Exhibit the same into the Registers Office in one month and to render a just and true account calculation and reckoning her whole administration in one year according to law.

Given under the seal of the Register Office at Wilkes Barre, this twenty fifth day of April Anno Domini 1832.

Isaac Bowman, Register
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Children of Jonathan5 and Olive (Cady) Whitney:

i. Ransom6 Whitney, b. about 11 Mar 1786, CT, m. Mary Edwards.
ii. Martha Whitney, b. say 1788; m. ----- Lake.
iii. Lucena Whitney, b. say 1790, m.(1) say 1810, John Gamble, Jr.; m.(2) bef. 1826, Michael McKee, Sr.; resided Bradford Co., PA, and Jefferson Co., MO.
iv. Charles Whitney, b. say 1793; m. 30 Jun 1813, Luzerne Co., PA, Tamar Pierce.
v. Asa Whitney, b. ca. 1795; d. 9 Apr 1827, Luzerne Co., PA; m. Jane -----.
vi. Walter Whitney, b. 7 Apr 1798; d. 16 Jan 1864, Wyoming Co., PA; m. Louisiana Edwards.
vii. Francis Whitney, b. say 1803; m. Hannah Edwards.
viii. Horace Whitney; b. 4 Oct 1805, CT; m. Nancy Edwards.



1.^  Frederick C. Pierce, The Descendants of John Whitney, Who Came from London, England, to Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1635 (Chicago, IL: The Author, 1895), p. 59.

2.^  Ibid.

3.^  North Flat Cemetery, North Flat, Windham Township, Wyoming County, Pennsylvania.

4.^  "Jonathan Whitney & Olive Cady, [married] Nov. 1784," according to Frederick W. Bailey, ed., Early Connecticut Marriages, as Found on Ancient Church Records Prior to 1800 (1896-1906): Putnam, 5:37.

5.^  Her parentage is proven by her birth record.

6.^  "Olive [Cady], d. Isaiah & Mary, b. Mar. 30, 1761," according to Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Killingly, vol. 1, p. 300.

7.^  North Flat Cemetery, North Flat, Windham Township, Wyoming County, Pennsylvania.

8.^  United States Census Bureau, Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States taken in the year 1790: Connecticut (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1908), p. 144/307.

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