Family:Whitney, Samuel (1732-a1800)

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Samuel5 Whitney (Samuel4, John3, Benjamin2, John1), son of Samuel4 and Lydia (Spooner) Whitney, was born 15 Sep 1732, Brunswick, ME[1] (also 15 Sep 1731, Biddeford, ME[2]).

Marriage banns were published 9 Feb 1760, Brunswick, ME, for him and Mary Aston.

Samuel Whitney of Brunswick and his son Samuel were captured by the Indians and taken prisoner to Canada, and sold for 126 livres; he had a wife and eight children [besides Samuel, Jr.?]; subsequently he made his escape on 24 Jul 1751, Brunswick, ME.

Pierce says the following:[3]

He was born in Brunswick, Me., and during the French and Indian war in 1754 was taken prisoner to Quebec. He was sold for a certain sum, and released in 1761, after the war was over. There is a petition in the statehouse at Boston which he sent to the Great and General Court, praying for ransom. In the records of the First Baptist Church at New Meadows there is this entry: "Samuel WHITNEY, deacon, dismissed to a church to be gathered at St. John's. River, eastward." . . . . . Mary WHITNEY, wife of Deacon S. W., dismissed to St. John's River, October, 1765. It would be interesting to know if the town of Whitneyville resulted from this dismissal.

Children of Samuel5 and Mary (Aston) Whitney:

i. Ebenezer6 Whitney, b. 1762, Brunswick, ME, m. Mehitable Robinson.
ii. Joel Whitney, b. circa 1764, Bowdoin, ME, d. 1812, Brunswick, ME.
iii. Thomas Grace Whitney, b. circa 1766, Bowdoin, ME.



1.^  "Samuel Whitney, son of Samuel and Lydia, b. 15 Sept 1732," according to Brunswick, Maine, Vital Records.

2.^  "Samuel [Whitney], Jr., ch. Samuel, [born] Sept. 15, 1731," according to Rachel Townsend Cox, ed., Vital Records of Bowdoin Maine to the Year 1892, (Maine Historical Society, 1944).

3.^  Frederick C. Pierce, The Descendants of John Whitney, Who Came from London, England, to Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1635 (Chicago, IL: The Author, 1895), p. 118.

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