Family:Whitney, Oliver (1744-1815)

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Oliver6 Whitney (David5, Nathaniel4, Nathaniel3, John2, John1), son of David5 and Mehitable (Parker) Whitney,[1] was born 15 Apr 1744, Needham, MA,[2] was baptized 9 Jun 1745, Natick, MA,[3] and died in 1815.

He married, 9 Jun 1780, Cambridge, MA, Hannah Chase,[4] daughter of Job and Hannah (Law) Chase. She was born 19 Dec 1753, Swansea, MA, and died 29 Nov 1841, Cavendish, VT, aged 87 years.

Oliver Whitney was born in Natick, MA, where he resided with his parents. His father died when he was 14 years of age, in 1759; three years later, in 1762, Josiah Newell was appointed his guardian by the Suffolk County Probate Court. He was baptized in Natick by Rev. Oliver Peabody. During the Revolutionary war he took part, enlisting in one of the Natick companies. He resided Nelson, NH, and Cavendish, VT.

"Oliver, MA Line, Hannah, W20129, sol m Hannah Chase in 1780 at Natick in Middlesex Co MA & their daughter Mary was b there 3 Mar 1781, a son Oliver appl. 24 Aug 1848 at Cavendish VT aged 58 in Nov 1847 & he stated his father had lived at Natick MA during the Rev War, sol d 31 Dec 1813 at Cavendish MA & his wid d there 29 Nov 1841 leaving children; Oliver, John & Mehitable Whitney, Mary Buck, Hannah Sanders, Prudence Witherill & Olive Fletcher" - Virgil D. White, Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files, Vol. III (Waynesboro, TN: The National Historical Publishing Company, 1992).

"There is also a very small cemetery in Cavendish, Vermont called Twenty Mile Stream Cemetery. There were also some old headstone's of some Whitneys some of which I've been able to trace but 2 of which I can not. Oliver Whitney and Mehitabel Whitney. Since I saw that Mehitabel was a family name you had listed thought you might could help. The headstone says "Daughter of Oliver & Hannah Whitney died May 31, 1863 age 75 years." Then there is Oliver's headstone "Oliver Whitney died Dec 29 1812, Ae 69 year 8mo A Solider of the Revolution." and then Hannah's headstone "Hannah wife of Oliver died Nov 29 1841 ae 87". This cemetery is very old and very hard to get to it was on top of a hill, but very well kept." - Whitney-L Mailing List

Children of Oliver6 and Hannah (Chase) Whitney:

i. Polly7 Whitney, b. 3 Mar 1781, Natick, MA;[5] died 16 Sep 1863; m. 8 Jan 1804, Stillwater, NY, George. He d. 10 Sep 1837; was a millwright by trade; resided Malta, NY. Children:
a. Elmira Buck, b. 26 Sep 1820; m. 1 Jan 1856, James Hawkins; resided Ballston Spa, NY.
ii. Betsey Whitney, b. -----; d. unmarried
iii. Hannah Whitney, b. ca. 16 Aug 1783; d. 30 Dec 1857, Cavendish, VT, aged 74 years 4 months 14 days, of consumption; m. David Saunders; had one dau; gr.-son Henry in Cavendish.
iv. John Whitney, b. 21 Jan 1784; m. Mary Spaulding.
v. Sally Whitney, b. -----; d. unmarried
vi. Mehitable Whitney, b. ca. 1788, d. 31 May 1863, Cavendish, VT, aged 75 years, unmarried.
vii. Oliver Whitney, b. ca. 1790, VT, or ca. Dec 1789, Nelson, NH; d. 4 Oct 1865, Cavendish, VT, aged 75 years 10 months, of typhoid fever; m. 1849-1850, Minerva -----, b. ca. 1816, VT; s. p.; had a son Charles, b. ca. 1852, VT, who d. early. She was apparently the Minerva Polly Nichols, dau. of Joshua and Anna (-----) Nichols, b. ca. 1816, Grafton, VT, d. 11 Sep 1904, Landgrove, VT, who m.(2) 30 Mar 1868, Landgrove, VT, David Francis Bolster, of Londonderry, b. ca. 1824, Londonderry, son of David and Laura (-----) Bolster.[6]
viii. James Whitney, b. -----; d. unmarried
ix. Prudence Whitney, b. 11 Jan 1793; m. 20 Jul 1820, Charles Witherell. He was b. 10 Mar 1792; d. 11 Dec 1873; was a farmer and Seventh Day Adventist. Children:
a. Charles C. Witherell, b. 20 May 1822; d. 23 Dec 1865; m. 14 Jul 1853, ----- -----.
b. Maria L. Witherell, b. 28 Oct 1823; d. 15 Mar 1880; m. 26 Aug 1851, S. W. Jenkins.
c. S. Eveline Witherell, b. 5 Aug 1827; m. 3 Apr 1856, W. L. Gibson; resided Iroquois, SD.
x. Olive Whitney, b. 10 Oct 1796, Ludlow, VT; d. 18 Aug 1887, Weston, VT, aged 91 years 8 days, of consumption; m.(1) William Adams; m.(2) 21 Aug 1836, VT, Reuben Fletcher. Her dau. is Mrs. Mary B. Osborn; resided Weston, VT.
xi. Lucy Whitney, b. -----; d. young.


133 133 Oliver Whitney 60 M - Farmer $1000 N.H. Married in year Manerva " 34 F - Vt. Married in year John Smith 22 M - Farmer "

665 661 Oliver Whitney 60 M - Farmer $1000 $700 N. H. Minerva " 44 F - Vt. Charles " 8 M - " Attended school Wales Tilden 47 M - Carpenter $150 N. H.

Oliver's age should be 70, not 60.


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

2.^  "Oliver [Whitney], s. David and Mehitable, [born] Apr. 15, 1744," according to Town of Needham, "Vital Records of Needham, Massachusetts," unpublished.

3.^  "Oliver [Whitney], s. of David, bp. June 9, 1745. C.R.," according to Thomas W. Baldwin, ed., Vital Records of Natick, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Boston, MA: 1910), pp. 98-101.

4.^  "Oliver [Whitney] and Hannah Chase, [married] June 9, 1780," according to Vital Records of Cambridge, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Boston, MA: 1914-1915).

5.^  "Mary [Whitney], d. of Oliver and Hannah, [born] Mar. 3, 1781," according to Natick Vital Records.

6.^  Vermont, Vital Records Index, Marriages.

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