Family:Widney, James (1753-1835)

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James1 Widney, son of James and Mary (Wilson) Whitney, was born 10 Feb 1753, co. Armagh or co. Tyrone, Ireland, and died 19 Mar 1835, Concord, PA.

He married firstly, 1775, co. Tyrone, Ireland, Ann Erwin, daughter of John Erwin. She was born 1754, and died 7 Nov 1806, PA.

He married secondly, 6 Jun 1809, Ann Burd Wilds. She was born 1762, and died 21 Feb 1836.

He was listed on a tax list dated 1786, Fannett Township, Franklin Co., PA.[1]

His son James "Wooney" Jr. was listed on a tax list of 1828, Fannett Township, Franklin Co., PA.[2]

Children of James1 and Ann (Erwin) Widney:

i. Annie2 Widney, b. 1777, co. Tyrone, Ireland.
ii. John Widney, b. 10 Nov 1779, Emyvale, co. Monaghan, Ireland; m. Ann Patterson.
iii. Margaret Widney, b. 1781, Emyvale, co. Monaghan, Ireland; d. 19 Sep 1848, Westside, IA.
iv. Elizabeth Widney, b. 1783; d. 1804.
v. Ann Erwin Widney, b. 22 Dec 1785, Path Valley, PA; d. 25 Apr 1865, Concord, PA; m. 27 Oct 1808, Concord, PA, Hugh Linn, son of Hugh and Sarah1 (Widney) Linn, b. 10 May 1785, co. Down, Ireland, d. 3 Apr 1870, Concord, PA. Children:
a. James Widney Linn, b. 1809.
b. Hugh William Linn, b. 1811.
c. Sarah Ann Linn, b. 28 Aug 1814, Concord, PA, d. 9 Mar 1896, Mount Morris, IL, m. 14 Aug 1838, Samuel Henry.
d. Jane Linn, b. 16 Jul 1818, m. Andrew Jackson Taylor (see Charles W.3 and Anna Isabella (Taylor) Widney).
e. John Linn, b. 1820.
f. Margaret Linn, b. 26 Mar 1822, Franklin Co., PA, m. 1840, Abraham Loughridge.
g. Hugh Linn, b. 1824.
h. Alexander Erwin Linn, b. 1826.
i. Arabella Maclay Linn, b. 1828.
j. Eleanor Pomeroy Linn, b. 1831.
vi. Mary Ann Widney, b. 1787; d. 4 Nov 1852, Concord, PA.
vii. Jane Widney, b. ca. 1787. Perhaps identical to x. below.
viii. James Widney, b. 1791; m. Ann Smiley.
ix. Sarah Widney, b. 1793; d. 4 Jan 1860, Fannett, PA, age 67 of neck cancer.[3]
x. Jane Widney, b. ca. 1795; d. 1 Sep 1872.

Children of James1 and Ann Burd (Wilds) Widney, if any, unknown.


255 255 Mary Widney 53 F - $2000 [Penna.] Sarah Widney 51 F - [Penna.] Jane Mancey 47 F - $200 [Penna.]

Note: The following appears to be too young to have been this James, but may still apply:


This family apparently descends from a "Colonel Widney" who fought in the Battle of the Boyne, for which he was given an estate in County Tyrone, Ireland. This James sold that land and settled in Franklin Co., PA. Further research is needed to determine if the others near him are children or siblings. The earliest Widney ancestor may have been a Whitney descendant, or may have been from a completely unrelated family.

See also:


  • Census records

1.^  Fannet Township Tax Listing for 1786.

2.^  Tax List: 1828 Listing: Fannett Township, Franklin Co, PA.

3.^  1860 Mortality Schedule.

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