Family:Whitney, Peter (1744-1790)

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Peter5 Whitney (Samuel4, Richard3, John2, Henry1), son of Samuel4 and Amy (Northrup) Whitney, was born 6 Jan 1743/4, Fairfield, CT,[1] baptized 8 Jan 1743/4, Fairfield, CT, and died 7 Nov 1790, Southport, CT, of "black jaundice".

He married, 27 Apr 1788, Fairfield, CT, Grace Bulkley,[2] daughter of William and ----- (Burr) Bulkley, of Green's Farms. She was born about 1769, and died 7 Oct 1820, Fairfield, CT. She married secondly, 2 Sep 1792, Fairfield, CT, Ephraim Robbins.

Phoenix says the following:

Peter Whitney, b. at Fairfield, Conn., 6 Jan. 1743-4; bap. at Fairfield, 8 Jan. 1743-4; was, in early life, a seaman, then captain of his own vessel, and later in life, a trader in Southport, Conn. He is said to have been pilot of a sloop of war, built by the State of Connecticut, in the Revolutionary War. He married, 27 Ap. 1788 [his daughter's family-record says, 1 May], Grace Bulkley, born about 1769, dau. of William and ----- (Burr) Bulkley, of Green's Farms, Conn. He made a will 28 Oct. 1790, and again 31 Oct. 1790; and died at Southport, 7 Nov. 1790, of "black jaundice," according to the record of Rev. Philo Shelton, Episcopal, who buried him, 9 Nov. 1790, in the old graveyard in Fairfield, where his gravestone still stands. His widow was married (2d), at Fairfield, 2 Sept 1792, by Rev. Philo Shelton, to Ephraim Robbins. She died in Fairfield, 7 Oct 1820, of fever, and was buried by the side of her first husband, Capt. Whitney, whose gravestone bears an inscription to the memory of her and their son Peter Whitney.
By her second husband she had several children, to wit.: Pamelia Robbins, d. 20 Nov. 1820, in her 27th year; Priscilla Robbins; Charles Robbins, lived and died in Boston; William Robbins; George Robbins; and Edgar Robbins.

Children of Peter5 and Grace (Bulkley) Whitney:

i. Elizabeth6 Whitney, b. 21 Jun 1789, Fairfield, CT; bapt. 29 Oct 1790, Southport, CT; m. Abel Beers.
ii. Peter Whitney, b. 29 Nov 1790, Fairfield, CT; bapt. 30 Jan 1791, Southport, CT; went to sea when young, and was lost on a voyage from North Carolina to New York, 23 Aug. 1806.



1.^  "Peter [Whitney], s. Sam[ue]ll & Ann, b. 6 Jan 1743/4," according to Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Fairfield 1:74.

2.^  "Peter Whitney & Grace Bulkley, [married] 27 Apr. 1788," according to Bailey, Frederick W., ed., Early Connecticut Marriages, as Found on Ancient Church Records Prior to 1800 (1896-1906), Fairfield, 6:44.

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