Family:Whitney, Samuel (1687-1753)

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Samuel4 Whitney (Nathaniel3, John2, John1), son of Nathaniel3 and Sarah (Hagar) Whitney, was baptized 17 Jul 1687, Watertown, MA,[1] and died 6 Dec 1753, Stratford, CT, in 66th year.[2]

Samuel married, 18 Jan 1720/21, Stratford, CT, Anne Laboree, daughter of Rev. James and Jeanne (Resseguie) Laboree. She was born circa 1700, prob. Stratford, CT. She married secondly, 23 Jul 1759, Greenfield, CT, Benjamin Banks (1682-1760), as his third wife.[3]

He lived circa 1710 at Stratford, CT.

She joined the Episcopal Church at Stratford, CT, on 6 Apr 1735.[4]

Phoenix says the following:[5]

. . . . He had previously bought a home-lot and dwelling-house of Samuel Hawley, in Stratford, to wit, 9 Jan. 1718-19; and he and his wife "owned the covenant" in the Congregational Church, in Stratford, 7 July 1723. He bought land at Woodend, in Stratford, 5 March 1735-6, of Rev. Samuel Johnson, for £26. His gravestone, in the old Congregational Cemetery, in Stratford, bears the following inscription:
Here lies buried

the Body of Mr.
who Departed this
Life December ye
6th 1753, in ye 60th

year of his age.
The date of her death does not appear; but she was living in Stratford, 23 Aug. 1754, as on that date she had recorded there a life-lease of part of a house and lot, given by Samuel Whitney, Jr., 25 Sept. 1751, to "his honoured father and mother Samuel Whitney, Senr., and Anne Whitney, Senr.," for "ye Consideration of Duty and affection," which lease was indexed in the name of Widow Ann Whitney. It is possible that she was a daughter of Dr. James Laborie, of Stratford, who died before 4 June 1741, when the inventory of his estate was presented by Thomas Salmon and Samuel Whitney.

Pierce says the following:[6]

Samuel was the son of Nathaniel WHITNEY of Weston, for in the administrator's account of his (the father's) estate he refers to him as "son of Stratford." Stephen Whitney PHOENIX, in his extensive genealogy of Henry WHITNEY, of Connecticut, and his descendants, is in error in giving the descendants of Samuel and claiming that he was of the Connecticut family. Samuel owned the covenant in the Congregational church at Stratford July 7, 1723. His grave stone reads as follows:
Here lies buried
the body of Mr.
who Departed this
Life December ye
6, 1753, in ye 66th
year of his age.
His wife survived him, for in 1754 she had a life lease of certain premises of her son.

Children of Samuel4 and Anne (Laboree) Whitney, all born Stratford, CT:

i. Sarah5 Whitney, b. 19 Aug 1723;[7] m. Daniel Foote.
ii. Mary Whitney, b. 19 Nov 1725;[8] m. Edward Osborne.
iii. Samuel Whitney, b. 13 Dec 1727;[9] m.(1) Hannah Judson; m.(2) Martha Howes.
iv. Anne Whitney, b. 15 Nov 1730;[10] bapt. 22 Nov 1730, Stratford, CT.


1.^  "17 Jul 1687, Samuell, s. of Nathanaell Whitney, bapt.," according to Watertown Records, Comprising East Congregational and Precinct Affairs, 1697 to 1737. Also, Record Book of the Pastors, 1686-1819 (1906), volume 4, page 124.


3.^  "Benjamin Banks & Widow Whitney, [married] 23 Jul. 1759," according to Bailey, Frederick W., ed., Early Connecticut Marriages, as Found on Ancient Church Records Prior to 1800 (1896-1906), Fairfield, 7:38.

4.^  Patricia L. Haslam and Helen Schatvet Ullman, "A Registry Book Belonging to the Episcopal Church at Stratford in Connecticut, 1722-1828," The Connecticut Nutmegger, vol. 44, No. 2, p. 173.

5.^  Stephen Whitney Phoenix, The Whitney family of Connecticut, and its affiliations; being an attempt to trace the descendants, as well in the female as the male lines, of Henry Whitney, from 1649 to 1878; to which is prefixed some account of the Whitneys of England. (New York : Priv. Print. [Bradford Press] 1878), pp. 17-18; and pp. 33-34.

6.^  Frederick C. Pierce, The Descendants of John Whitney, Who Came from London, England, to Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1635 (Chicago, IL: The Author, 1895), pp. 43-44.

7.^  "Sarah [Whitney], d. Samuel & Anne, b. 19 Aug 1723," according to the Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Stratford LR2:487a.

8.^  "Mary [Whitney], d. Samuel & Anne, b. 19 Nov 1725," according to the Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Stratford LR2:487.

9.^  "Samuel [Whitney], s. Samuel & Anne, b. Dec. 13, 1727," according to the Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Stratford LR2:493.

10.^  "Anne [Whitney], d. Samuel & Anne, b. 15 Nov 1730," according to the Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Stratford LR5:13.

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