Family:Whitney, Thomas (1767-1834)

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Thomas6 Whitney (Daniel5, Daniel4, Henry3, John2, Henry1), son of Daniel5 and Martha (Burt) Whitney, was born 2 Feb 1767, Warwick, NY, and died 5 Feb 1834, Big Flats, NY.

He married, early in 1789, Warwick, NY, Hannah Parker, daughter of Joseph and Betsey (Gregory) Parker, of New Jersey. She was born probably in New Jersey, and died 23 Mar 1814, Newtown, NY.

Phoenix says the following:

He learned the trade of waggon-maker with Benjamin Coleman, of Warwick, who married his aunt, Esther Burt, living with him from the age of seventeen to that of twenty-one, soon after which he went west with Joshua Carpenter, who had married his aunt, Sarah Burt. They settled about a mile and a half north of where Elmira, N. Y., now stands; built a cabin of poles and bark; cleared a piece of land; raised a crop of corn and potatoes, which they buried carefully for the Indians to steal; and returned to Warwick, to spend the Winter. He married at Warwick, early in 1789, Hannah Parker, dau. of Joseph and Betsey (Gregory) Parker, of New Jersey. In April 1789, they started, with a party, seventeen in all, including his uncle Joshua Carpenter and family, for their new home, she making the journey on horseback, with a huge pile of bedding behind her. He built his log-house about three miles north of Newtown, now Elmira, and there she died, 23 March 1814, of an epidemic fever. He worked on his farm in Summer, and at his trade in Winter, till 1826, when he sold the farm to John and Frank McCann, and moved to Big Flats, N. Y., settling on a small farm about nine miles north-west of Elmira. He died at Big Flats, 5 Feb. 1834, and was buried, with his wife, in a family cemetery, which he enclosed and reserved for that purpose, on the farm where he first settled. He joined the Methodist Episcopal Church when he was eighteen years old, and when the Baptist Church was formed at Elmira, he became a member of that.

Children of Thomas6 and Hannah (Parker) Whitney:

i. Betsey7 Whitney, b. 12 Jan 1790, Newtown, NY; m. John Atwood.
ii. Daniel Whitney, b. 24 Apr 1791, Newtown, NY; "a waggon-maker; worked at his trade at Big Tree, now Geneseo, N.Y., till Aug. 1814, when he enlisted as a soldier under Gen. Wadsworth, since which his family have heard nothing from him."
iii. Henry Whitney, b. 6 May 1793, Newtown, NY; d. 6 Apr 1814, Newtown, NY, unmarried, and was buried in a family cemetery on his father's farm.
iv. Mary Whitney, b. 2 Feb 1795, Newtown, NY; m. Jonathan Nichols.
v. Anna Whitney, b. 1 Feb 1797, Newtown, NY; m. May 1819, Newtown, NY, Oliver Stone, son of Oliver and Elizabeth (Bassett) Stone, of Paradise, IL. They were living in Charleston, IL, about 1868, since which her sisters had not heard from her, and did not know her residence in Feb 1875.
vi. William Whitney, b. 11 Apr 1799, Newtown, NY; d. 23 Mar 1814, Newtown, NY, of an epidemic fever, and was buried in a family cemetery on the farm.
vii. Sarah Whitney, b. 18 Jul 1801, Newtown, NY; was, for several years, a milliner in Clarkston, MI; moved to Battle Creek, MI; and was living there in Feb 1875, unmarried, and a member of the Presbyterian Church. She has devoted much of her life to the care of the sick, and to other charities.
viii. Charity Whitney, b. 6 Sep 1803, Newtown, NY; m.(1) Silas B. Chapin; m.(2) Richard Pier.
ix. Esther Whitney, b. 3 Mar 1805, Newtown, NY; m. Lyman Hinman.



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