Family:Whitney, Joseph (1741-1780)

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Captain Joseph Whitney, parentage unknown, perhaps brother of Captain James Whitney,[1] born 27 Oct 1741, died 17 Nov 1780, at sea while rounding Cape May, New Jersey.

He married 2 Aug 1770, St. John's Church, Providence, RI, Mary Waterman,[2] daughter of Christopher Waterman. She was born 18 Mar 1751/52, Cranston, RI, and died 19 Apr 1846, aged 94 years. She "of Warwick" married secondly, 18 Jun 1794, Warwick, RI, by Rev. James Wilson, Col. Benjamin Hoppin "of Providence".[3]

He is listed in the 1774 Census of Warwick, RI.

Joseph, RI Line & RI Sea service, Mary Hoppin former wid, W21355, sol m Mary daughter of Christopher Waterman on 2 Aug 1770 at Providence RI & which time she was of Cranston RI & sol was of Pawtuxet RI where he was living when he enl & he was lost at sea on 17 Nov 1780 while roundeing Cape May & his wid m next to Benjamin Hoppin of Providence RI on 27 May 1795 at which time she was of Warwick in Kent Co RI & he d 30 Nov 1809, wid appl 26 May 1837 at Providence RI aged 85, wid d 19 Apr 1846 at Providence RI leaving children; Hercules Whitney, Elizabeth the wid of Royal Farnum & Phebe the wife of David Warren of Westborough MA (the father of the 2 daughters was not stated)[4]

Among the papers of Phebe Waterman (1757-1847) are letters from a niece, “M. P. Whitney.”[5] M. P. Whitney was at first thought to be Mary Whitney, the daughter of Phebe’s sister Mary and her husband, Capt. Joseph Whitney. However, one letter is dated in 1829, and Mary Whitney, according to Jacobus and Waterman’s genealogy, died in 1814. It is possible that M. P. Whitney was actually a great-niece of Phebe Waterman, the daughter of Phebe’s nephew Hercules Whitney and his wife, Martha P. (Dyer) Waterman. However, no record has been found of any children of Hercules and Martha. [Another interpretation is that M. P. Whitney was identical to Martha P. (Dyer) Whitney, who was married to Phebe's nephew.--RLW]

Children of Joseph and Mary (Waterman) Whitney:

i. Phebe Whitney, b. 22 Jun 1771; d. 1862; m. David Warren, of Westborough, MA. Children:
a. Mary Waterman Warren, b. 16 Dec 1799, Westborough, MA.
ii. Hercules Coit Whitney, b. 29 Jul 1773; d. 19 Aug 1776.
iii. Mary Whitney, b. 22 Jun 1775; d. 3 Jul 1814, Providence, RI, in her 39th year.[6]
iv. Dr. Hercules Whitney, M.D., b. 17 Jul 1777; d. 1 Oct 1875, Providence, RI; m. 24 Apr 1808, Providence, Martha P. Dyer,[7] b. 25 Apr 1789, dau. of Benjamin Dyer. They resided Wickford, Washington County, RI. He is buried at the Pocasset Cemetery, Cranston, RI.
v. Elizabeth Whitney, b. 29 Jul 1779; d. Oct 1857; m. 14 Oct 1801, Providence, Royal Farnum,[8] b. 28 Nov 1775.

Census

1102 1631 Thomas J. Stead 45 M - Merchant England Francis E. " 42 F - R. Island Benjamin D. " 22 M - None do Harriet A. " 19 F - do John J. " 16 M - Clerk do Francis D. " 11 M - do Attended school Charles M. " 9 M - do Attended school Amelia F. " 2 F - do Hercules Whitney 72 M - Physician do Martha Whitney 61 F - do Sarah S. Wood 32 F - do William Parker 28 M - Laborer do Winneford Greene 26 F - do Rose Gunnor 26 F - do

This is his son.

615 877 Sherman J. Stead 55 M - Merchant England Frances H. " 53 F - $48000 -- R.I. Thomas " 31 M - Mariner " Frank D. " 21 M - Clerk " Charles M. " 19 M - Student " Amelia F. " 12 F - " Attended school Hercules Whiting 82 M - Physician $14000 $5000 " Sarah S. Wood 35 F - " Ellen M. Cafrey 30 F - Ireland Ellen Finnegan 28 F - " John F. Stead 64 M - Mariner R.I.

This is his son.

556 882 Stead, E. Francis 63 M W Keeping house $80000 $20000 Rhode Island Male citizen over 21 -----, L. Amelia 22 F W Rhode Island Potter, A. Harriet 38 F W Rhode Island -----, A. Frederick 10 M W New York -----, S. Harry 9 M W New York -----, V. Alice 6 F W Rhode Island Whitney, Hercules 93 M W Retired Physician $10000 $5000 Rhode Island Male citizen over 21 Ragan, Bridget 19 F W Domestic Servant Ireland Parents foreign born

This is his son.

References

  • All information obtained from census records.

1.^  It seems likely that he was a brother of James Whitney who appears in Warwick, RI, in the 1774 and 1782 censuses, too.

2.^  "," according to Rhode Island, Vital Records.

3.^  "Hoppin, Col. Benjamin. At Warwick, Col. born H., of Providence, to Mrs. Mary Whitney, of the former place. (W[ednesday] June 18, 1794.)" Marriage Notices for the Whole United States 1785-1794. Also, "WHITNEY, Mary, of Warwick, and Benjamin Hoppin. of Providence, pub. May 11, 18, 25, m. May 27, 1794," according to Rhode Island, Vital Records.

4.^  Revolutionary Pension File Abstracts

5.^  Richard Waterman Family Papers

6.^  "1814 WHITNEY Miss Mary, danghter of late Capt. Joseph, of Pawtuxet, at Providence, in 39th year, July 3, 1814 Providence", Vital Record of Rhode, Island, 1636-1850. (Online database: NewEnglandAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2002), (Orig. Pub. Narragansett Historical Publishing Company Providence, RI. James N. Arnold, Vital records of Rhode Island 1636-1850: First Series: births, marriages and deaths: a family register for the people, 21 vols., 1891.) Also, "," according to Rhode Island, Vital Records.

7.^ . "Hercules [Whitney], of North Kingstown, and Martha P. Dyer, of Providence, pub. April 3, 10, 17, m. April 24, 1808," according to Rhode Island, Vital Records.

8.^ . "Betsey [Whitney] and Royal Farnum, Oct. 14, 1801," according to Rhode Island, Vital Records.


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