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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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order for a precinct will be of great service to us, we desire that we may be set off by the bounds following, viz: Beginning at the mouth of the Squannacook river, and to run up said river till it comes to Townsend line, and then by Townsend and Lunen- burg line till it cometh to Groton southwest corner, and so by the south line of said town until it cometh to Lancaster river, and then down said river till it cometh to Harvard corner, and then about a mile on Harvard north line; then turn north and run to the waste brook in Coicors (Cauicus or Nonacaiucus) farm, where people gen- erally pass over, and from thence to the mouth of Squannacook river, where we first began; and your petitioners, as bound in duty, shall ever pray, etc. John WHITNEY & 32 others. The prayer of the petioners was granted, and Shirley was incorporated in 1753. 372. i. JOHN, b. Mar. 20, 1725; m. [NOTE] Hannah SAWTELL. 373. ii. SARAH [NOTE], b. Feb. 5, 1726-27. 374. iii. EZRA, b. Aug. 24, 1731; m. ----- ----- [NOTE]. 375. iv. BULAH [NOTE], b. Jan. 23, 1730. 376. vi. ABNER, b. Jan. 21, 1734; m. Sarah HILTON. 109. RICHARD WHITNEY (Richard, Richard, John), b. Stow, Mass., in 1694 [NOTE]; m. Hannah WHITCOMB, dau. of Josiah, of Lancaster, b. 1693; d. Nov. 17, 1743; m. 2d int. Oct. 26, 1745, Mrs. Hannah AYERS [NOTE], b. in 1704; d. Sept. 27, 1775. In her will she bequethed property to her son Joseph AYERS, of Cambridge, dau. Hannah STACEY, and son-in-law Daniel WHITNEY. He d. Apr. 27, 1775; res. Stow, Mass. 377. i. MARY, b. Nov. 24, 1715; m. ----- GATES [NOTE]. 378. ii. DOROTHY, b. Apr. 13, 1718, m. ----- TAYLOR [NOTE]. 379. iii. DANIEL, b. Feb. 13, 1720; m. Dorothy GOSS. 380. iv. HANNAH, b. May 29, 1723; m. ----- WETHERBEE [NOTE]. 381. v. RICHARD, b. July 31, 1725; m. Mary PERRY. 382. vi. ELIZABETH, b. July 23, 1728; m. (int.) Apr. 15, 1748 [NOTE], Joseph WETHERBEE; d. before 1775. Ch.: Jonathan, Joseph, and Jonas. 383. vii. JOSIAH, b. Oct. 12, 1731; m. Sarah FARR and Sarah DWELLY. 384. viii. SARAH, b. -----; m. Dec. 23, 1769, Capt. Hezekiah WHITCOMB [NOTE], of Harvard. 110. DEA. JONATHAN WHITNEY (Richard, Richard, John), b. in Stow, Mass., Feb. 26, 1699; m. in Lancaster, Jan. 29, 1718, Alice WILLARD, b. Dec. 1699; d. Feb. 19, 1792. She was the daughter of Simon, who was born in Groton, Oct. 8, 1678, and who married Mary WHITCOMB. They resided in Lancaster when Alice was born. The father died in 1706 an the widow married, Dec. 12 of the same year, Samuel FARNSWORTH. Alice owned the convenant and was baptized in Lancaster July 20, 1718, At the time of his marriage Jonathan was styled captain. He was one of the most prominent residents of Harvard; was captain of the military com- pany, deacon in the church, and one of the first selectmen in Harvard. He signed the convenant of the First Church in Harvard in 1733. Lancaster May ye 20, 1724. 4 they Receved a Report of a Committy sent out on the propozition of John WARNER John DARBEY and Jonathan WHITNEY which was as followeth viz May the Eighteenth 1724 we the Subscribers marked Severall Waies viz one Hiway Begining at the Hiway neer to Caleb SAWYERs barn and Ran as the markes directs to a white oak a Corner of John WARNERs Land: and do alow it to Run Twenty Rods along side of John WARNERs Land: but Samuell WARNER appeered in said Meeting and made an offer that if the Town would Lay out the said Hiway along by his Hous and Gabriell PREISTs Hous through there Land that they wit Grabiell PREIST and Samuell WARNER would Give the Land free and would be at half the Charge of Making and Keeping in Repare the way through there Land the Committey also Gave there voice that it might be as servesable to the publick. Two of the constables' lists for the year 1723 have by chance been preserved, and one of them is that of Samuel WARNER, who lived at Bare Hill. This may serve as a census of polls for that year in the Lancastrian portion of Harvard, though allowance must be made for a few who lived upon what is now Bolton soil. The list contains sixty names, with a total assessment of £2711s. 9d. for minister's rates, and £34 6s. 10d. for town rates; which was almost exactly one-third the total amount of town's taxation in 1723. Among the names are Jonathan WHITNEY, John WHITNEY and Isaiah WHITNEY.
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