Family:Whitney, Jonathan (1774-1846)

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Jonathan7 Whitney (Phinehas6, Jonathan5, Jonathan4, Richard3, Richard2, John1), son of Phinehas6 and Keziah (Farnsworth) Whitney, was baptized 21 Aug 1774, Harvard, MA, and died 15 Dec 1846, Morgan Co., OH.

He married, 16 Aug 1798, Bridgton, ME, Mary Elizabeth Gates, daughter of Stephen and Mary (Merrick) Gates. She was born "Betty" 29 July 1775, Bridgton, ME, and died -- --- 1857, Bristol, Morgan Co., OH.

Both are buried in Meigs Cemetery, Morgan Co., OH.

She is called "Polly" at marriage, "Betty" in family records, and "Mary E." on her gravestone. Her birth date has also been given as 18 May 1772. She has not been found in the 1850 census.

On 29 Aug 1820, Morgan Township, Morgan Co., OH, 46 votes were cast in an election for J.P., and among the pioneers participating was Jonathan Whitney.

Children of Jonathan and Mary Elizabeth (Gates) Whitney:

i. Laraine/Lawrana Whitney, b. 25 Mar 1801, VA (later OH), d. 1 Oct 1856, Morgan Co., OH; m. William Wells.
ii. Lavinia/Levina/Lovina Whitney, b. 1803, Muskingum Co., OH, d. ca. 1852, Zanesville, OH; m. Jacob Smith.
iii. Sarah/Sally Whitney, b. ca. 1805, OH, d. 1850-1860, Gallapolis, OH; m. Franklin Carroll/Carel.
iv. Jerusha Whitney, b. 10 Sep 1810, Morgan Co., OH, d. ca. 1862, Morgan Co., OH; m. Thomas Martin.
v. Mary/Polly Whitney, b. ca. 1812, Morgan Co., OH, d. , ; m.(1) Sebastian Eaty Fouts; m.(2) ----- Murphy.


His birth year on his tombstone agrees with the baptism in Harvard, and the proximity of Norway, ME, where his father lived, to Bridgton, ME, where he was married, make this parentage for him extremely likely.



  • Family Bible

1. Historical Reminiscences of Morgan Co., OH, by Hon. James M. Gaylord (c1874), p. 64 (Morgan Township).

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