Family:Whitney, Joshua (1769-a1800)

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Joshua6 Whitney, 3rd (Joshua5, Joshua4, Richard3, Richard2, John1), son of Joshua5 and Marcy (Pierce) Whitney, was born 11 Jan 1769, Stow, MA, and died after 1800.

Marriage intentions were published 22 Mar 1790, Fitchburg, MA, for him "Mr." "of Boxborough" and "Mrs." Abigail Holt "of Fitchburg".[1] He married, 27 May 1790, Boxborough, MA, Abigail Holt,[2] daughter of Jonathan and Susannah (Holt) Holt. She was born 2 May 1766, Lunenburg, MA, and died after 1800.

On 11 Mar 1784, Boxborough, MA, Silas Taylor, gentleman, of Boxberry, was appointed guardian of Joshua Whitney, minor over 14, son of Joshua Whitney, late of Boxberry, deceased, and posted bond with Zacheus Wright, Esq., of Westford, and Nehemiah Batchellor, gentleman, of Boxberry, as sureties.

On 7 Jun 1785, Boxborough, MA, division of his father's estate was made by Francis Faulkner, Jabez Brown, and Simon Tuttle; widow, Marcy Wyman; daughters Elizabeth Whitney, Lois Mace, wife of Eliphalet Mace, and Susannah Whitney (the youngest); sons Eliphalet Whitney (eldest) and Joshua Whitney, Jr.; signed by Oliver Wyman, Marcy Wyman, Eliphalet Whitney, Eliphalet Mace, Lois Mace, Silas Taylor (guardian of Joshua Whitney, Jr.), Nehemiah Batchelor (guardian of Susannah Whitney), and Marcy Hosmer.

On 19 Jun 1790, Boxborough, MA, Joshua Whitney gave a receipt for his share of the estate of his father, Joshua Whitney, to Silas Taylor, his late guardian.

He appears in the 1800 census at Boxborough, with wife and four sons, but no children are recorded in Boxborough Vital Records.

Children of Joshua6 and Abigail (Holt) Whitney (census reconstruction):

i. (son)7 Whitney, b. ca. 1790.
ii. (son) Whitney, b. 1790-1800.
iii. (son) Whitney, b. 1790-1800.
iv. (son) Whitney, b. 1790-1800.


  • 1800, Boxborough, Middlesex Co., MA: Joshua Whitney, 1 male 26-44, 1 male 10-15, 3 males 0-9, and 1 female 26-44.
  • 1810: not found. There were no Whitneys in Boxborough. Perhaps he died and she was living with relatives.


1.^  "Joshua [Whitney], third, s. Joshua and Mercy, [born] Jan 11, 1769," according to F. Apthorp Foster, ed., Vital Records of Stow, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1911).

2.^  "Joshua [Whitney], Mr., of Boxborough, and Mrs. Abigail Holt of Fitchburg, [marriage intentions] Mar. 22, 1790," according to Walter A. Davis, comp., Old Records of the Town of Fitchburg, Massachusetts (Fitchburg, MA: Fitchburg City Council, 1898-1913), vol. II, p. 238.

3.^  "Joshua [Whitney] and Abigal Holt, [married] May 27, 1790," according to Thomas W. Baldwin, ed., Vital Records of Boxborough, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Boston, MA: 1915), p. 59.

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