Family:Whitney, Sarah (1752-1777)

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Sarah5 Whitney (Gershom4, Joshua3, Benjamin2, John1), daughter of Gershom4 and Sarah (Wood) Whitney,[1] was born 2 Mar 1752, Woodstock, CT,[2] and died 3 Oct 1777, Upton, MA.[3]

Sarah married, 15 May 1772, Upton, MA, Jonathan Flagg,[4] as his first wife, son of James and Anna (Morse) Flagg.[5] He was born 15 Nov 1751, Upton, MA,[6] and died on 2 Jul 1842 at Shelburne, MA, aged 91 years.[7]

He married secondly, 11 Apr 1786, Deerfield, MA, Thankful (Hawks) Hawks,[8] as her second husband. She was born 26 Jan 1738/9, Deerfield, MA, daughter of Eleazer and Abigail (Wells) Hawks, and widow of John Hawks.[9] Her date and place of death are unknown.

He married thirdly, 13 Jul 1811, Shelburne, MA, Patience Crane,[10] daughter of Benjamin and Patience (Vose) Crane.[11] She was born 2 May 1766, Dedham, MA,[12] and died 24 Mar 1849, Shelburne, MA, aged 82 years 11 months, of old age.[13]

On 10 Nov 1792, distribution of the estate of Gershom Whitney was made by a commission, first to the widow Bathsheba Whitney, for her dower rights, and then to the following heirs: to Hannah Gilbert, £6-16s-2d, which is all for her, as she already took more than her share; to Sarah Flagg, 11s-6d; to Polly Whitney, 11s; to Marcy Whitney, 11s-6d; and the last three to divide the balance of the real estate, which amounts to £6-16s-0d, and also 1/6 of the barn.[14]

Children of Jonathan and Sarah5 (Whitney) Flagg, all born Upton, MA:

i. Sally Flagg, b. 13 Apr 1773;[15] m. Constantine Hardy.
ii. Jonathan Flagg, b. 26 Feb 1775;[16] no further record.
iii. Timothy Flagg, b. 28 May 1777;[17] m. Polly Torrey.


1.^  Her parentage is proven by her birth record and by the distribution of her father's estate.

2.^  Vital Records of Woodstock, 1686-1854 (Hartford, 1914), p. 101. Also, "Sarah [Whitney], d. Gershom & Sarah, b. 2 Mar 1752," according to the Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Woodstock 2:15.

3.^  Family Record in possession of Hardy descendants.

4.^  "Sarah [Whitney] and Jonathan Flagg, [married] May 15, 1772," according to Franklin P. Rice, ed., Vital Records of Upton, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (1904), p. 146.

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

6.^  "Jonathan [Flagg], s. James and Anna, [born] Nov. 15, 1751," according to Upton Vital Records.

7.^  Vital Records of Shelburne, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Salem, MA: 1931), p. 115.

8.^  Shelburne Vital Records.

9.^  Imogene Hawks Lane, John Hawks a Founder of Hadley, Massachusetts (Baltimore, MD: Gateway Press, 1989), p. 55.

10.^  Shelburne Vital Records.

11.^  Her parentage is proven by her birth record together with her age at death.

12.^  Don Gleason Hill, ed., Dedham, Records of Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths 1638-1845 (Dedham, MA: Dedham Transcript, 1886).

13.^  Shelburne Vital Records.

14.^  Windsor (VT) Probate District records, 2:54-57,158.

15.^  Family Record in possession of Hardy descendants.

16.^  Ibid.

17.^  Ibid.

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