Family:Whitney, Zachariah (1747-1828)

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Zachariah6 Whitney (Zachariah5, John4, Joseph3, John2, John1), son of Zachariah5 and Sarah (Boynton) Whitney,[1] was born 11 Jan 1747, Lunenburg, MA,[2] and died 9 Apr 1828, Lunenburg, MA, aged 81 years.[3]

Marriage intentions were published, 23 Apr 1774, Fitchburg, MA, for him "of Fitchburg" and Elizabeth Wetherbee "of Harvard".[4] He married, 18 Aug 1774, Fitchburg, MA, Elizabeth Wetherbee "of Harvard",[5] daughter of John and Sarah (Brown) Wetherbee. She was born 9 Apr 1753, Harvard, MA, and died said 1799, Harvard, MA.

He made his will 28 Jul 1827. It was probated 20 May 1828. In it he gives legacies to his grandsons, Joseph H. and Josiah B. Whitney, and Levina Eaton, widow of John Eaton, of Ashby, MA; children of his son Zachariah W., deceased; dau. Lydia Hastings, wife of Naaman Hastings; gr. dau., Betsey Stevens; daus., Betsey Marshall, Sally Watkins, Hannah Billings. John Turner was executor. He resided Lunenburg, MA.

Children of Zachariah6 and Elizabeth (Wetherbee) Whitney:

i. Betsey7 Whitney, b. 18 Nov 1776, Lunenburg, MA;[6] d. 22 Aug 1860, Lunenburg, MA, aged 83 years 9 months 4 days, of paralytic;[7] m. (int. 14 Jan 1797, Lunenburg, MA[8]) 9 Feb 1797, Lunenburg, MA, Samuel Marshall, Jr., "both of Lunenburg".[9]
ii. Sally Whitney, b. about 1779; d. 26 Dec 1840, Chester, VT, aged 61 years; m. 12 Feb 1803, Lunenburg, MA, Elias Watkins, Jr.[10] Their son Joel Green Watkins m. Cynthia8 Whitney, daughter of Luke7 and Cynthia (Partridge) Whitney.
iii. Zachariah Whitney, b. ca. 1781, Lunenburg; m. Sally Holt.
iv. Hannah Whitney, b. say 1784; m. (int. 15 May 1810) Josiah Billings "both of Lunenburg".[11]
v. Lydia Whitney, b. 14 Apr 1786; d. 23 Dec 1845; m. ("of Lunenburg" int. 19 Aug 1809, Leominster, MA[12]; 20 Aug 1809, Lunenburg, MA[13]) 1 Sep 1809, Naaman Hastings; b. 20 Nov 1787; d. 4 Oct 1864. They resided Lunenburg, MA.
a. Hannah W. Hastings, b. 1 Apr 1810; m. Joseph Marshall, d. 1 Jan or Feb 1885.
b. Lydia Hastings, b. 12 Jun 1811; m. John Ramsdell; resided Shirley Center, MA; a dau. is Mrs. Emily P. Hoating; resided Lunenburg, MA.
c. Betsey Hastings, b. 25 Feb 1813; d. 1 Apr 1871.
d. Thomas Hastings, b. 14 Jan 1815; d. 29 Jul 1840.
e. Naaman Hastings, b. 4 Mar 1819; d. 17 Mar 1865.
f. Sarah W. Hastings, b. 8 Dec 1819; d. 14 Aug 1821.
g. Charles Hastings, b. 14 Aug 1822; m. Abigail Proctor.
h. William Hastings, b. 28 Jul 1824; d. 9 Nov 1849.
i. Henry J. Hastings, b. 10 Apr 1830; m. Eliza W. Jewett, d. 16 May 1893.



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

2.^  "Zechariah [Whitney], s. Zechariah and Sarah, [born] Jan. 11, 1747," according to Walter A. Davis, comp., Early Records of the Town of Lunenburg, Massachusetts, Including That Part Which is Now Fitchburg, 1719-1764 (Fitchburg, MA: Fitchburg City Council, 1896), p. 334.

3.^  "Zacheriah [Whitney], [died] Apr. 9, 1828, a. 81 y.," according to Lunenburg Vital Records, volume 3, page 314.

4.^  "Zacriah [Whitney], of Fitchburg, and Betse Wetherby of Harvard, [marriage intentions] Apr. 23, 1774," according to Walter A. Davis, comp., Old Records of the Town of Fitchburg, Massachusetts (Fitchburg, MA: Fitchburg City Council, 1898-1913), vol. II, p. 251.

5.^  "Zachariah [Whitney] to Elizabeth Wetherbee of Harvard, [married] Aug. 18, 1774," according to Fitchburg Vital Records, vol. III, p. 241. Also, "Zachariah [Whitney] of Fitchburg, and Elisabeth Whetherbe, [married] Aug. 18, 1774," according to Thomas W. Baldwin, ed., Vital Records of Harvard, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Boston, MA: Wright & Potter Printing Co., 1917).

6.^  "Betty [Whitney], d. Zachariah, Jr., and Betty, [born] Nov. 18, 1776," according to Lunenburg Vital Records, volume 1, page 245.

7.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 140, page 205.

8.^  "Betsey [Whitney], and Samuell Marshall, Junr., b. of Lunenburg, int. Jan. 14, 1797," according to Lunenburg Vital Records, volume 1, page 38.

9.^  "Betsy [Whitney], [of Lunenburg, dup.], and Samuell Marshall, Junr., [married] Feb. 9, 1797, by Rev. Zabdiel Adams," according to Lunenburg Vital Records, volume 3, pages 154, 200.

10.^  "Salley [Whitney], and Elias Watkins, Junr., [married] Feb. 12, 1803, by Rev. Timothy Flint," according to Lunenburg Vital Records, volume 3, page 181.

11.^  "Hannah [Whitney], and Josiah Billings, b. of Lunenburg, int. May 15, 1810," according to Lunenburg Vital Records, volume 3, page 13.

12.^  "Lydia [Whitney] of Lunenburg and Naaman Hastings, int. Aug. 19, 1809," according to Franklin P. Rice, ed., Vital Records of Leominster, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (n.d.).

13.^  "Lydia [Whitney], and Naaman Hastings, b. of Lunenburg, int. Aug. 20, 1809," according to Lunenburg Vital Records, volume 3, page 46.

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