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The Descendants of John Whitney, Who Came from London, England, to Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1635, by Frederick Clifton Pierce (Chicago: 1895)
Transcribed by the Whitney Research Group, 1999.
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For several years past those who knew Col. SAWYER best felt that he was destined ere long to fill the chief executive office in the gift of the people of New Hampshire; and when, a few months since, his name was publicly mentioned for the gubernatorial nomination by the Republican party, it was received with enthusiasm by people in all parts of the state. The convention, when assembled, ratified what appeared to be the popular voice, and nominated him as their candidate for the governorship by a vote of nearly three-fourths of their whole number. Gratifying to the nominee as this spontaneous mark of the confidence of his party must have been, his reception by the people of his city, without distinction of party, must have been even more so. He was met on his return from the con- vention to Dover by a great procession, civic and military, of men of all opinions and callings, and escorted to his home amid cheers and music and illuminations all along the way. It was an ovation that testified more eloquently than words to the high estimation in which his character is held by his neighbors and townsmen. Governor of New Hampshire 1887-8-9, Col. SAWYER is yet in his prime. It is probable that one-half of his adult life is still before him. The qualities that have already made him one of our foremost men will guide and govern him throughout the remainder of his career. And all that he has thus far accom- plished is not unlikely to prove but the vestibule to the noble edifice of his completed life. Ch.: Mary Elizabeth, b. Oct 28, 1842, Dover, N. H.; Francis Asbury, b. Mar. 5, 1845; m. Sept 10, 1884, Emma K. Smith: he d. Dec. 23, 1889; Roswell Douglass, b. Mar. 14, 1848; m. Edwina Dean Lowe of St. Louis, Sept. 18, 1879; address, Paris, France, care of John Munroe & Co., bankers; Martha Frances, b. Mar 3, 1851; m. W. S. BRADLEY of Fairfield, Vt., Sept. 10, 1878; address, Dover, N. H.; Alice May, b. July 24, 1853; m. Frederic W. Payne of Boston, Jan. 29, 1894; address, Boston, Mass.; Frederic Jonathan, b. May 27, 1860; m. Isabella Dootson, Aug. 19, 1881; address, Dover, N. H. 1230. ii. ISRAEL, b. Apr. 13, 1775 [NOTE]; m. Phoebe JENNISON. 1231. iii. REBECCA, b. Apr. 13, 1777; m. Apr. 26, 1795, Amos FAIRBANKS, Jr., of Harvard, b. Sept. 5, 1769. Ch.: [NOTE] Horace, b. Oct 15, 1795; Amos, b. Nov 27, 1799; Clark, b. Feb 13, 1802. 1232. iv. LYDIA, b. May 25, 1779; m. Jan 18, 1798, Samuel SPRAGUE, of H., Nathan Sprague, Leominster [NOTE]. 1233. v. BETSEY, b. May 24, 1782; m. June 7, 1803, Joseph FAIRBANKS, of H. 1234. vi. ARATHUSA, b. Dec 12, 1789; m. ----- FARWELL [NOTE]. 1235. xi. AMOS, b. 1791; d. Sept 12, 1794 [NOTE]. 1236. vii. OLIVER, b. May 16, 1786; m. Mercy WHITCOMB. 1237. viii. LUTHER, b. Feb 5, 1790; m. Melinda WETHERBEE. 1238. ix. LUKE, b. Feb 8, 1793; d. May 2, 1795. 1239. x. NAOMI, b. Apr. 28, 1797; m. June 17, 1817, James SAWYER. 487. JOHN WHITNEY (Abraham, Isaiah, Thomas, John), b. Harvard, Oct. 3, 1746; m. at Bolton, Jan. 9, 1771, Sarah ATHERTON. He was born in Harvard, where he resided until a young man, when he moved to Bolton, where he was married. When the Revolutionary war broke out he enlisted in a Bolton company as per agreement: We the subscribers belonging to Bolton in the County of Worcester do promise to pay unto John WHITNEY of Harvard in said county or order in consideration of his engaging into the Continental service for three years for us, 18 calves, 10 whereof are to be heifers, and 8 steers to be delivered to him within six weeks after his dis- charge from the Continental service (provided it be within 3 years) viz, if he be discharged in one year from date he is to receive said stock at one year and six weeks old and so for a longer or shorter time according to the same rule. N. B. - Said stock is to be six weeks older when he receives them than the time he is in the service, provided it be no longer than three years. Said stock to be of the middling size. [Nurses Annals of Lancaster, Mass.] In 1781 he was of Bolton and in the regiment commanded by Col. Josiah WHIT- NEY, of Harvard. His brother, Isaiah WHITNEY [NOTE], was admr. of the estate of John
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