Family:Whitney, Joshua (1761-a1820)

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Joshua6 Whitney (David5, Nathan4, Nathaniel3, Benjamin2, John1), son of David5 and Abigail (Knight) Whitney, was born 17 Aug 1761, Gorham, ME,[1] and died 25 February 1832 in Buxton, ME.[2]

He married, 17 Nov 1786, Falmouth, ME, Molly More, by Rev. Ebenezer Williams.[3] She died 30 Sep 1818, Buxton, ME.[4]

Joshua was a Revolutionary War veteran:

From Revolutionary War Pension File, M-804, Roll 2568
National Archives, Washington, DC

Joshua Whitney of Buxton, Maine
Was a private in the Regiment commanded by Colonel Sheperd in the Mass. Line.
Pensioned at $8.00 per month.
Petition filed 11 Jan 1821. He is 60 years old and resides in Buxton.
Residing with him:
Mary, age 30 in 1820, married, no husband named.
Huldah, age 26 in 1820, takes care of the family
Almira, 16 in 1820
Samuel, age 24 in 1820, lately returned from Canada, sick & unable to care for himself.
Nancy, age 22 in 1820
Grandchildren he now supports:
Abigail Beecher, age 12 in 1821
Mary Beecher, age 9 in 1821
Samuel Beecher, age 5 in 1821
Occupation of Joshua: Laborer
Service record witnessed by Jonathan Knight of Windham and John Burnell of Gorham.

He sold land in Standish, 30-Acre Lot 109: Joshua Whitney to Joseph Butterfield, December 21, 1790, 17/440.[5]

Children of Joshua6 and Molly (More) Whitney:

i. Mary7 Whitney, b. ca. Jun 1787, Falmouth, ME; d. 23 Feb 1866, Boston, MA, aged 78 years 8 months, by a burn;[6] m. 1 Dec 1808, Joseph Phagins,[7] b. ca. 1779, Ireland, d. 10 Aug 1831, Portland, ME, aged 52 years, by suicide.
JOSEPH PHAGINS, born in Ireland ca. 1779, died at Portland, Maine 10 August 1831, age 52, due to suicide. He married at Stroudwater, Maine 1 December 1808 by Rev. Caleb Bradley to MARY WHITNEY . She was born at Falmouth, Maine June 1787 (calculated); and died at Lindall Place, Boston, Mass. 24 February 1866, age 78 yrs. 8 mos., due to a burn. Mary was a daughter of Joshua and Mary (Moore) Whitney. She was buried at Mount Hope Cemetery, Boston but was later reinterred to an unknown location according to the cemetery’s records. Joseph’s obituary was found in two newspapers: [National Intelligencier, 18 August 1831] Joseph Phagon, committed suicide Aug. 10, in Portland, Me., age about 50. He leaves a wife and family.; [Newburyport Herald, 19 August 1831] Joseph Faygin, aged 52. Source: David Lambert, of NEHGS
ii. Abigail Whitney, b. abt 1790; m. Isaac Davis, b. 20 Mar 1790, Gorham, ME, d. 15 Sep 1867, son of Samuel, Jr. and Mary (Skillings) Davis.
iii. Huldah Whitney, b. ca. 1794. She was probably the Huldah Whitney who m. 3 Dec 1832, Limerick, ME, Samuel Sloper.[8]
iv. Samuel Whitney, b. ca. 1797; d. 26 May 1821, Buxton, ME.[9]
v. Nancy Whitney, b. ca. 1798.
vi. Almira Whitney, b. ca. 1804; m. ("of Buxton" int. 7 June 1829, Limerick, ME "of Limerick"[10]) 10 Jun 1829, Buxton, ME, James Furlong of Limerick, ME.[11]


That daughter Mary married Joseph Phagins is proven. An application by David W. Clark to the Sons of the American Revolution is in error as to Mary's mother's surname (given as "Clark" instead of "More/Moore").[12]



1.^  "Joshua [Whitney], s. David and Abigail, [born] Aug. 17, 1761," according to Marquis Fayette King, comp., Publishments, marriages, births and deaths from the earlier records of Gorham, Maine (Portland, ME: Maine Genealogical Society, 1897).

2.^  Source for Joshua Whitney's death

3.^  "Joshua WHITNEY]] & Molly MORE; by Rev. Ebenezer WILLIAMS, Falmouth (A:10)," according to Kelley, Judith Holbrook, ed. and transcr., Clayton Rand Adams, ed., Marriage Returns of Cumberland County, Maine, Prior to 1892, Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication No. 29 (Rockport, ME: Picton Press, 1998), p. 46.

4.^  "Mrs. Mary Whitney, wife of Joshua, d. 30 Sept 1818," according to Buxton, Maine, Vital Records.

5.^  Standish, Maine, Vital Records.

6.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 194, page 21.

7.^  Maine Historical and Genealogical Register, vol. 4, p. 170.

8.^  "Huldah [Whitney] and Samuel Sloper, both of Limerick, [married] 3 Dec. 1832," according to Robert L. Taylor, Vital records of Limerick, Maine (Sanford, ME: Ancient Landmark Society of Parsonsfield, 1989).

9.^  "Samuel Whitney, s. of Joshua & Mary, d. 26 May 1821," according to Buxton, Maine, Vital Records.

10.^  "Almira [Whitney] of Buxton and James Furlong of Limerick, int. 7 June 1829," according to Robert L. Taylor, Vital records of Limerick, Maine (Sanford, ME: Ancient Landmark Society of Parsonsfield, 1989).

11.^  "Almira Whitney of Buxton and James Furlong of Limerick m. 10 June 1829," according to Buxton, Maine, Vital Records.

12.^  S.A.R. Application of David W. Clark, at

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