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The Whitney Family of Connecticut

by S. Whitney Phoenix
(New York: 1878)

Transcribed by Robert L. Ward.

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Whitney Family.


Chil. of John and Elizabeth (Smith) Whitney. 2

3 I. John Whitney, b. at Norwalk, Conn., 12 March 1676-7; a miller; married, 4 March 1709-10, Elizabeth Finch, dau. of Joseph Finch, of Greenwich, Conn. They settled in Norwalk, where he died 3 Feb 1712-13. He reconveyed the mills, 31 Jan. 1712-13, during his last illness, to his father, who gave the fulling-mill to the widow, 28 Feb. 1712-13. No record of her death has been found. 14
4 II. Joseph Whitney, b. in Norwalk, Conn., 1 March 1678 [1678-9]; a mill-wright; married in Norwalk, 6 July 1704, Hannah Hoyt, "the daughter of Mr. Zerubbabel Hoyt," of Norwalk.1 She was a member of the First Congregational Church in Norwalk, in 1725. After the death of his brother, John Whitney, he came in possession of the grist-mill, by deed from his father, stipulating to pay all of his debts, and give him one half of all tolls which the mill should earn during his father's lifetime. His will was dated 21 March 1740-41; and he probably died in Norwalk, in 1741.

His great-grandson, James Whitney, when eighty years old, wrote an interesting letter, in which he speaks of him as follows: "He was a very excentric man, and I heard many ancedotes of him. One was as follows; he was called upon to name a street running from the foot of Pudding Lane to the bridge at the head of the harbor, by the mill; and this was his answer, --

From Hyatt's hill to Thacher's mill,
Was once a lonesome valley;
Since it's become a place of fame,
We'll call it Petticoat Alley,

and it went by that name when I was a boy, I believe over one hundred years later."

5 III. Henry Whitney, b. at Norwalk, Conn., 21 Feb. 1680 [1680-81]; a weaver; married, 14 June 1710, at Norwalk, Elizabeth Olmstead,2 dau. of "the late Lieut. John" and Mary (Benedict) Olmstead, of Norwalk, and g. dau. of Thomas and Mary (Bridgum) Benedict. His father had already given to him, 18 Oct 1709, "my now Dwelling House, Barn and Home 22
  1 See notes to 580 and 581.
  2 See note to William Olmstead, No. 632.
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