Family:Whitney, Lydia (1746-1834)

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Lydia5 Whitney (Abel4, Nathaniel3, Benjamin2, John1), daughter of Abel4 and Mary (Cane) Whitney, was born 31 Jul 1746 at York, ME,[1] and died 29 Oct 1834 at Gorham, ME, at age 88.

Lydia married, 3 Jul 1766, Gorham, ME, John Burnell,[2] son of Joseph and Sarah (Dodd) Burnell. He was born circa 1743, Gorham, ME, or 1745, North Yarmouth, ME, and died 13 Jan 1822, Gorham, ME.

John was a Revolutionary War soldier.
Revolutionary War Pension Application
M-804 Roll 418
The National Archives Building, Washington, D.C.

He was a Private in Colonel Brewer's Regiment in the Massachusetts troops. He was a ship's carpenter by trade. In 1820, he was 75 years old, and Lydia was 74. He had been supported by his son for the past 10 years.

Children of John and Lydia5 (Whitney) Burnell:

i. John Burnell; b. 21 Mar 1767, Gorham, ME; m. 27 Nov 1788, Gorham, ME, Martha Libby; d. 3 Jun 1843, Gorham, ME.
ii. Joseph Burnell, b. 22 Nov 1769, Falmouth, ME; d. 15 Sep 1828, Raymond, ME; m.(1) 7 Jan 1790, Gorham, ME, Mary Weeks; m.(2) 3 Dec 1815, Portland, ME, Mary Parker.
iii. Nancy Burnell, b. 15 Jan 1771, Boothbay, ME; d. 24 Jul 1849, Bridgton, ME; m. 13 Apr 1794, Gorham, ME, William Tyng Riggs. She was also known as Mary Burnell.
iv. Jenny Burnell, b. 15 Jan 1773, Boothbay, ME; d. 15 Aug 1849, Scarborough, ME.
v. Samuel Burnell, b. 22 Sep 1778, Gorham, ME; d. 3 Jun 1843, Gorham, ME; m. Jan 1808, Harrison, ME, Jane Richardson.
vi. Sally Burnell, b. 23 Jan 1785, Gorham, ME.
vii. David Burnell, b. 16 Aug 1787, Gorham, ME; d. 18 Sep 1834; m. 18 Aug 1818, Gorham, ME, Hannah Riggs.
viii. Eunice Burnell, b. 15 Mar 1790, Gorham, ME; m. 23 Sep 1810, Andrew Meserve.


1.^  "Lydia Whitney born July 31. 1746," according to Lester MacKenzie Bragdon and John E. Frost, Vital Records of York, Maine, prior to 1892 (Rockport, Maine: Picton Press, 1992).

2.^  "Lydia [Whitney] and John Burnell, [married] July 3, 1766," according to Marquis Fayette King, comp., Publishments, marriages, births and deaths from the earlier records of Gorham, Maine (Portland, ME: Maine Genealogical Society, 1897).

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