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Dwood - welcome back! Do you know where abouts your Ann resided or was married? That might help us to identify her. Anything you know about her would be great.

- Tim Doyle - Talk to me 15:43, 24 December 2008 (CST)

How to add content

Hello Doug!

I just checked back and it appears that you did reply correctly to me, and that I must have dropped the ball on replying to you. One of the things that Robert Ward and I have tried to do here is to find a format where we could lay out what has been proven, as well as our current "best guess" theories, as long as they are noted as being such. Take a look at the page Family:Whitney, Joshua (c1746-1816). See the notes for John and Haynes? Now loook at their pages and see how we've spelled out exactly why we've made these tentative links. We've done similar things on Family:Whitney, Samuel (1707-a1789) for two of his probable sons.

By adding in the information on why you've made the tentative or suspected link, and fully documenting the reasons why, you then give other researchers a platform on which hopefully to go the next step. You can add pages by using the "Add a new page" link in the left-hand column. If you need more help with that, please let me know. I'd go ahead and create a page for Ann Whitney and make a tentative link to her suspected parents' page.

- Tim Doyle - Talk to me 09:56, 11 April 2009 (CDT)


According to an old post to our mailing list Mailing List Discussions, November 1996, Jessie Marie Hamm wrote to Jeane Muse (no longer an active member of the WRG) indicating that Anna's possible brothers Joseph and William Whitney were "Oswego, NY preachers during the Civil War". Were you aware of this oral tradition, and have you researched to see if Joseph and William in the family you are investigating were preachers?

- Tim Doyle - Talk to me 10:20, 11 April 2009 (CDT)

Anna's Page


I've looked over the page for Anna that you created - great job! I did make some fine-tuning edits as follows:

1. Added lineage for her tentative father. 2. Minor changes to the format of dates, locations, etc. to follow the standard we've been using here. 3. Added location categories at the bottom.

You can review all of my changes by selecting the history tab at the top of her page, selecting my edit and your edit just before that, and then pressing the "compare selected versions" button.

I also added her new page to the Anna Whitney page (this is a manual process for now) and added her to her potential parents' page.

Thanks again, and please feel free to make further edits. This website is here for just that purpose!

- Tim Doyle - Talk to me 09:47, 12 April 2009 (CDT)

Family:Whitney, John (1754-1807)


I think you're right about John's wives. I went ahead and made the change.

Thank you!

- Tim Doyle - Talk to me 08:32, 23 April 2009 (CDT)

Children of Elijah


Yes, according to our transcription of Pierce's book, William and Electa are listed as children in this family - see this page. We believe that Pierce wrote letters to Whitney families around the country and combined that with research through original records to piece together the various families. Unfortunately, these letters do not appear to have survived, at least to our knowledge (but what a terrific goldmine they would be if found!)

Note that on the page of Family:Whitney, Joseph (1776-1836), son of Elijah, several of his children are listed with the locations of their residences at that time. I suspect that this indicates that he located one or several family members who filled him in on their whereabouts. Note that his daughter Polly, wife of William Burt, residing in Scriba, NY, is listed as owning the "old family Bible". It may be this Bible record which contained the proof that you are searching for. Perhaps tracing down descendants of William & Polly Burt might help you to locate this Bible record.

- Tim Doyle - Talk to me 12:53, 28 December 2009 (CST)

Belchertown Families


I saw your message to Tim Doyle about your Anna Whitney brick wall falling. I'm excited about what you have found.

Feel free to edit the appropriate family group pages, and to add any and all information you have found. Be sure to indicate the exact source of it. Don't worry about format. I'll take care of that when you are done.

- Robert Ward - Talk to me 13:37, 8 December 2011 (UTC)

William Whitney, son of Elijah


You said you couldn't find a record of William Whitney, who m. Prudence Brown, being a son of Elijah and Chloe (Beckley) Whitney. Check out this page:

Archive:The Descendants of John Whitney, page 111#P543

- Robert Ward - Talk to me 17:38, 10 December 2011 (UTC)

Anna (Whitney) Percival


Your logic is persuasive. I am sure you have it all exactly right.

- Robert Ward - Talk to me 19:02, 10 December 2011 (UTC)

Benjamin, Jr.


Go ahead and make a page for Benjamin, Jr.

- Robert Ward - Talk to me 10:58, 11 December 2011 (UTC)

Joseph Whitney, son of Joshua


I believe I have identified Joseph6 Whitney, son of Joshua5 and Dorothy (Knowlton) Whitney. He was last seen in 1813 having a guardian appointed in Norwich, VT. One Joseph Whitney married, 13 Jun 1816, Sharon, VT, Mary Louise Hunter. Sharon is the next town west of Norwich, VT, and where his brother William6 Whitney was living. His 1812 service pension application is on this web site at Archive:War of 1812 Pension File, Joseph Whitney (c1795-1871), and reveals much about him and his movements. An online family tree at gives his birth date as 10 Jan 1795, and his death date as 10 Sep 1871. Using this information, I have found him in the censuses of 1820 in Franklin, Delaware Co., NY, 1830 in Huntsville, Otsego Co., NY, and 1850, 1860, and 1870 in Oneonta, Otsego Co., NY. I did not find him in 1840. We actually have a WRG member who is a descendant: User:Margaret.

In 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, and 1870, I find a Joshua Whitney in Franklin, Delaware Co., NY. In 1820, he is on the same page as, and separated by 10 families from, Joseph. I think this could be Joshua6, the brother about whom we have found no other information. The 1850 and 1870 censuses reveal that he was born about 1789, MA, which accords with that theory (although 1860 says CT).


- Robert Ward - Talk to me 18:34, 19 January 2012 (UTC)

Sons of Joshua


The age of majority was 21, not 18. Joseph's guardianship probably had to do with an inheritance from some relative, probably of real property, for which someone had to take charge until he reached 21. His older brothers were doubtless of age in 1813, so did not need guardians. His sisters may have been of age or married or dead, or their inheritance might have been in the form of household goods and/or cash.

I found a record of the gravestone inscription for Joseph and Mary Louise (Hunter) Whitney, Oneonta Plains Cemetery, Oneonta, NY: "Whitney, Joseph d 1871 Sep 10 aged 76y8m", and "Mary L., his wife d 1885 Mar 20 aged 89y1m6d".

It seems that Joseph lived first with his brother William in Sharon, VT, then near his other brother Joshua in Franklin, NY, before moving away to Oneonta.

I also found an entry at for Joshua Whitney [Jr.], which gives his birth as 10 Aug 1789, Amherst, Hampshire Co., MA. That makes him younger than William and older than Joseph, which accords with what we know of the birth order of the sons of Joshua [Sr.]. I made a page for him: Family:Whitney, Joshua (1789-1879). Amherst and Belchertown are neighboring towns.

The more I find, the better I feel about these two identifications.

- Robert Ward - Talk to me 18:31, 21 January 2012 (UTC)

War of 1812


There was a Joshua Whitney on a roster of Capt. George Fisher's Co., a "Volunteer for Plattsburgh", according to A List of Pensioners of the War of 1812 [Vermont Claimants] at That would refer to the Battle of Plattsburgh, 1814. There is no information included with that record to show his age, residence, or anything else, just his name and the names of his companions in that unit.

While this might be the Joshua in question, it could also be any other Joshua Whitney living in Vermont at the time, such as Family:Whitney, Joshua (1797-1850).

If he did serve, he did not apply for a pension, as that name does not appear on the list of all pensioners for the War of 1812.

- Robert Ward - Talk to me 02:05, 22 January 2012 (UTC)