Family:Whitney, Stephen (1754-1830)

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Stephen5 Whitney (Abraham4, Joseph3, John2, Henry1), son of Abraham4 and Anne (Plumb) Whitney, was born 20 Jan 1754, Norwalk, CT,[1] and died 25 Sep 1830, Kent, CT, in his 74th year.

He married, date and place unknown, Esther Jarvis, daughter of John and Catharine (Raymond) Jarvis. She was born 4 Sep 1759, Norwalk, CT, and died 10 Aug 1840, Poundridge, NY, aged 80 years 11 months 6 days.

Phoenix says the following:

Stephen Whitney, b. at Norwalk, Conn., 20 Jan. 1754, not 1756, as Hall says; married Esther Jarvis, who was born in Norwalk, 4 Sept. 1759, dau. of John and Catharine (Raymond) Jarvis. He was a tailor, and settled in Kent, Conn., where he died, 25 Sept. 1830, "in 74th year" according to his gravestone in the Flanders burying-ground, but really in his 77th year. Persons who remember him say that he and his wife lived apart, and that, although he was a pleasant, accommodating neighbor, his children did not live with him; and he was cared for by strangers in his last days, after living alone and keeping his own house for many years. He first bought land in Kent 8 Feb. 1791, had a good property, and was a dealer to a considerable extent in land, and three days before his death, sold to his nurse, Betsey Dickerson, for $200, the house in which he lived. Dower was assigned to his widow, Esther Whitney, 25 Oct. 1830, and deeds show that she lived in Poundridge, Westchester County, N.Y., 15 Oct. 1832, though she was of New Canaan, Conn., 29 May of the same year. She died at Poundridge, 10 Aug. 1840, aged 80 years, 11 months, and 6 days, and was buried in St. Mark's Cemetery, in New Canaan. His grandson, Barzillai Watson Lockwood, says that he served in the Revolutionary War.

Children of Stephen5 and Esther (Jarvis) Whitney:

i. Lucretia6 Whitney, b. 6 Aug 1783, Kent, CT; m. Elias Lockwood.
ii. Betsey Esther Whitney, b. 26 Feb 1789, Kent, CT; m. 19 May 1811, James Harvey Taylor, a teacher, born in Warren, Conn., 6 Feb. 1781, son of David and Jerusha Taylor. They lived in various places, Warren, Conn., New York City, and Poundridge, NY, in the last of which she died, without children, 18 June 1836, and was buried in St. Mark's Cemetery, New Canaan, Conn. He afterward moved to Meridian, Cayuga Co., NY, where he died, 22 Aug. 1861, and was buried.
iii. James Whitney, b. 20 Mar 1793, Kent, CT; m. Margaret Lewis.



1.^  "Stephen [Whitney], s. Abraham & Ann, b. 20 Jan 1754," according to Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Norwalk LR18:47.

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