Family:Whitney, Thomas (1753-1818)

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Thomas5 Whitney (James4, Henry3, John2, Henry1), son of James4 and Lydia (-----) Whitney, was born 19 Jun 1753, Ridgefield, CT,[1] and died Dec 1818, Huntingridge, Stamford, CT.

He married, about 1786, Danbury, CT, Jemima Smellage, daughter of James Smellage of Boston, MA. She was born 20 Sep 1763, Boston, MA, and died 29 Sep 1838, Claypits, Huntington, NY.

Phoenix says the following:

Thomas Whitney, b. in Ridgefield, Conn., 19 June 1753; was of New Marlborough, Berkshire Co., Mass., 13 Sept. 1778, and then sold to Ezekiel Whitney, of Ridgefield, certain land in that town, "being the whole of my right or share in the Lands that lately belonged to my Honrd. father, James Whitney, Decd." Another deed shows that he was living at Greenburgh, N.Y., 8 Ap. 1793. He married, about 1786, at Danbury, Conn., Jemima Smellage, dau. of James Smellage, of Boston, Mass., where she was born, 20 Sept. 1763. He was a cabinet-maker, and, in his later life, a farmer. They dwelt in Danbury, Conn., Tarrytown and Haverstraw, N.Y.; and, lastly, at Huntingridge, in Stamford, Conn., where he died, in Dec. 1818, and was buried. She died at Claypits, in Huntington, L.I., six miles from the village, 29 Sept, 1838, and was buried at Huntington. One of his grandsons says that he served in the Revolutionary War, and in the War of 1812.

Children of Thomas5 and Jemima (Smellage) Whitney:

i. Samuel Starfield6 Whitney, b. 3 Dec 1787, Tarrytown, NY; m. Lois Stewart.
ii. James Whitney, b. 1789, Tarrytown, NY; d. of yellow fever, in his 20th year.
iii. Henry Whitney, b. 1792, Tarrytown, NY; d. in his 5th year.
iv. Harriet Whitney, b. 18 Oct 1796, Tarrytown, NY; m. William Edwin Scofield.
v. Mary Whitney, b. 1798, Tarrytown, NY; m. 22 Mar 1822, Stamford, CT, John Blanchard.[2]



1.^  "Thomas [Whitney], s. James & Lydia, b. 19 Jun 1753," according to Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Ridgefield LR1:249.

2.^  "Polly [Whitney], m. John BLANCHARD, 22 Mar 1822, by Henry HOIT, 3rd," according to the Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Stamford 2:156.

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