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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)

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which stealthily asked him, "If he knew the regulars where landing." He replied that he did not; whereupon he was informed of the particulars. Relieving his horse of the load of shoes, he galloped him back to Watertown, where, arousing a few of his neighbors, it was not long ere the words, "The regulars have landed, be on the church green at sunrise," had resounded on the still night air, from each man's doorway, and soon lights began to gleam from house to house an index of life and bustle within. Prompt to the summons, the sun arose on a line of men ranged on the green in front of the old meeting house. We can imagine the anxious countenances of the wives and children, the compressed lips and stern faces of the men, as they listened to a few words from their leader, and their strong and measured tread, as at the roll of the drum they hastened away, in answer to the first call of liberty. Res. Westford, Mass., and Concord, Mass. 831. i. ABRAHAM, b. ----- [NOTE]. 832. ii. LOIS, b. 1777. She d. in Concord in 1796 unm. [NOTE] 833. iii. ELIZABETH, b. ----- [NOTE]. 309. EZEKIEL WHITNEY (John, Benjamin, John, John), bap. Apr. 12, 1741; m. Dec. 6, 1763, Catherine DRAPER, of Roxbury; m. 2d. May 19, 1769, Catherine ANSON [NOTE]. Ezekiel became one of the grantees of land at Paris, Me., in the right of his uncle Ensign David. He was a cordwainer by trade. Served in the Rev. war in Capt. BARNARD's Watertown company. He d. in 1801 [NOTE]; res. Watertown, Mass. 834. i. EZEKIEL, b. Apr. 13, 1768; m. Lydia ----- and ----- [NOTE]. 835. ii. FRANCIS [NOTE], b. Sept 23, 1771 [NOTE]. 836. iii. AMASA [NOTE], b. May 4, 1774. 837. iv. CATHERINE, b. Mar. 4, 1777; m. Feb. 17, 1803, Francis S. HOOKER of Rutland [NOTE]. Had son Christopher Columbus. 838. v. AARON [NOTE], b. June 20, 1780. 310. STEPHEN WHITNEY (John, Benjamin, John, John), b. Apr. 23, bap. Aug. 14, 1743; m. May 10, 1770, Relief STEARNS; b. Apr. 10, 1749; d. Jan. 17, 1803. He was born in Watertown; worked on his father's farm; learned the shoemaker's trade. After his marriage moved to Lunenburg, where he was a farmer. During the Rev- olutionary war he served in the Watertown company. He d. Apr. 4, 1833; res. Watertown, Lunenburg, and Fitchburg, Mass. 839. i. STEPHEN, b. Jan. 25, 1771; m. Sally DEXTER. 840. ii. RELIEF, b. Nov. 11, 1773 [NOTE]; m. June 19, 1803, Asa TARBALL, of Gro- ton; b. Mar. 1772. She d. July, 1855. Ch.: Edmund, b. Apr. 26, 1804; m. Sophia SMITH; Nancy, b. Jan. 6, 1806; m. J. J. BIGELOW, of Boston; Charles, b. Dec. 3, 1807; m. Sarah B. JEWETT. 841. iii. LUCY, b. Oct. 17, 1774 [NOTE]; m. Mar. 5, 1797, Solomon DAY, of Fitch- burg; b. Oct. 28, 1767 [NOTE]; d. Mar. 7, 1837. She d. Aug. 10, 1858, in Fitchburg. Ch., Abigail N. [NOTE], b. Mar. 12, 1799; d. Nov, 1818; Stephen W., b. Feb. 28, 1801; d. Nov. 23, 1826, at Milford, Mass.; Lucretia S., b. Apr. 19, 1803; m. Alvan SIMONDS, Nov. 15, 1855; d. Jan. 30, 1866, at Boston, Mass; Mary Ann, b. May 27, 1805; m. Levi DOWNE; d. at Fitchburg, Mass; Lucy Whitney, b. Sept. 10, 1807; m. Alvan SIMONDS, Jan. 17, 1832; d. Apr. 17, 1854; a son, Edwin A., res. 32 Astor St., Chicago, Ill.; Relief E., b. Aug. 16, 1813; d. June 1, 1835. 842. iv. ABIJAH, b. Aug. 10, 1776; m. Betsey WHITNEY. 843. v. LOIS, b. Jan. 26, 1779; m. Francis WOLF, of Boston. Ch.: Louisa, b. -----; m. Joseph HUNTING; Francis W., b. -----; res. N.Y. city; was emp. M.E. Book Concern; Susan, m. Israel TOLE [NOTE]; res. Boston. 844. vi. NANCY, b. Oct. 15, 1782; d. unm. Oct. 4, 1866, in Westfield, NY. 845. vii. POLLY, b. Nov. 1783; m. 1814, Joseph BURNS, of Milford, N.H.; 3 ch. She d. Aug. 1843. 846. viii. LUCRETIA, b. Oct. 14, 1785; m. Robert CUMMINGHAM, of Boston, who soon d. She d. s. p. Dec. 29, 1868. 847. ix. PRENTISS, b. Nov. 2, 1787; m. Sylvia BICKNELL. 848. x. SUKEY, b. Aug. 16, 1789; D. Nov, 1807. All the ten children sang together in the church choir, in Lunenburg, Mass. 314. DAVID WHITNEY (David, Benjamin, John, John), b. Sept 25, 1723; m. Mary MERRIAM, b. June 15, 1729 [NOTE]. His will is dated 1764. He died June 25, 1769 [NOTE]; res. Walt- ham, Mass.

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