Family:Whitney, Joshua (1758-1850)

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Joshua6 Whitney (Joshua5, Nathaniel4, Nathaniel3, John2, John1), son of Joshua5 and Mehitable (Wilson) Whitney,[1] was born 11 Nov 1758, Spencer, MA,[2], and died 18 Nov 1850, Pike, Allegany County, NY, but gravestone says 9 Dec 1849, aged 90 years. He was buried in Pike Cemetery, Pike, NY.[3]

He married firstly, 7 Jun 1781, Spencer, MA, Esther Prouty.[4] She was born 11 Jun 1764, Spencer, MA, and died in Langdon, NH.

He married secondly, 30 Oct 1794, Langdon, NH, Electa Sawtell,[5] daughter of Obadiah and Elizabeth (Adams) Sawtell. She was born 17 Apr 1776, Charlestown, NH, and died 22 Jan 1855, Pike, NY. She was buried in Pike Cemetery, Pike, NY.[6]

Joshua Whitney settled in Langdon, NH, where he buried his first wife; then moved to Cavendish, VT, where he married Miss Sawtell. From there he went to the Genesee river in New York, and located at Pike in 1815. Served in the war of the Revolution two years from Spencer, MA, in the company from that town; was in two battles previous to the capture of Burgoyne, and was present at his surrender.

Washington Whitney, of East Middletown, Dane County, WI, and Dr. Joshua Whitney, of Emmettsburg, IA, are descendants of Joshua and Electa. He resided Spencer, MA, Langdon and Dalton, NH, Cavendish, VT, and Pike, NY.

Children of Joshua6 and Esther (Prouty) Whitney:

i. Charles7 Whitney, b. about 1782, Langdon, NH; m. Catherine -----.
ii. Asahel Whitney, b. about 1784, Langdon, NH; m.(1) Laura Webb; m.(2) Sophronia (Webb) Blake.
iii. Abigail Whitney, b. 15 Jul 1788, Dalton, NH.
iv. John Whitney, b. 12 Sep 1792, Dalton, NH.[7]

Children of Joshua6 and Electa (Sawtell) Whitney:

v. Joshua7 Whitney, b. 11 Nov 1795, Dalton, NH;[8] m. Almira -----.
vi. Obadiah Whitney, b. 6 Apr 1798 or 1799, Dalton, NH;[9] m. Seba Streeter.
vii. George Whitney, b. 13 Feb 1800, Dalton, NH;[10] m. Louisa Petty.
viii. Sally Whitney, b. 30 Mar 1803, Dalton, NH.[11]
ix. Washington Whitney, b. 2 or 3 Feb 1807, Dalton, NH;[12] m. Adelaide B. Post.


114 121 Washington Whitney 43 M - Farmer $3075 N.Y. Adalaid " 36 F - Vt. Emily Whitney 11 F - N.Y. Attended school Jane " 10 F - " Attended school Mary " 7 F - " Attended school Frank " 2 M - " Electa " 73 F - N.H. Helen Taylor 17 F - N.Y. Electa De Whitney 17 F - " Eli Nichols 15 M - " "

This is his widow Electa, and granddaughter Electa Deborah, living with their son Washington.

  • 1860, widow Electa not found.


1.^  His parentage is proven by his birth record.

2.^  "Joshua [Whitney], s. Joshua and Mehitable, [born] Nov. 11, 1758," according to Franklin P. Rice, ed., Vital Records of Spencer, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (Worcester, Massachusetts: The Systematic History Fund, 1909), pp. 115-116.

3.^  Find A Grave memorial #29670686, Joshua Whitney.

4.^  "Joshua [Whitney] and Esther Prouty, [married] June 7, 1781," according to Spencer Vital Records.

5.^  "Joshua Whitney & Electey Sartwell, m. 30 Oct 1794, NH," according to New Hampshire, Vital Records, Marriage Index.

6.^  Find A Grave memorial #29670620, Electa Whitney.

7.^  New Hampshire, Vital Records, Birth Index.

8.^  New Hampshire, Vital Records, Birth Index.

9.^  New Hampshire, Vital Records, Birth Index.

9.^  New Hampshire, Vital Records, Birth Index.

10.^  New Hampshire, Vital Records, Birth Index.

11.^  New Hampshire, Vital Records, Birth Index.

12.^  New Hampshire, Vital Records, Birth Index.

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