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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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Fifth Generation.


Chil. of Hezekiah and Margaret (Harris) Whitney. 15

83 I. Betty Whitney, b. in Norwalk, Conn., 24 Jan. 1733-4; siad, by doubtful tradition, to have married James Beatty.
84 II. Abigail Whitney, b. in Norwalk, Conn., 14 May 1735; was mentioned in her father's will, 17 March 1785.
85 III. Ruth Whitney, b. in Norwalk, Conn., 3 Jan. 1736-7; was named in her father's will, 17 March 1785.
86 IV. Jeremiah Whitney, b. in Norwalk, Conn., 17 March 1739-40; probably died in early life, as his name is not found in his father's will of 17 March 1785.
87 V. Hezekiah Whitney, b. in Norwalk, Conn.; a carpenter; was mentioned in his father's will, 17 March 1785, place of residence not stated; was living in Bedford, N.Y., 19 Dec. 1789, when he bouth " a certain Right of Land in Lot Number eighteen, in the first Division, in the Township of Wolcott, and State of Vermont, with the whole of the undivided land belonging to said right," from Rufus Herrick, of Washington, N.Y., for forty pounds, N.Y. currency; and soon after settled on his new purchase. He seems to have been in Wolcott even before this purchase, for he was appointed one of a committee to lay out and make a road through the centre of the town, 2 May 1789, with orders to have it completed by 1 Oct. 1789. At the same time, he undertook, with Levi Taylor, to build a saw-mill by the next November, and a grist-mill by November 1790; for each of which the proprietors gave them one hundred acres of land, with the mill-site, &in Lue of their Draughts." Later votes respecting these mills, 21 June 1791 and 14 July 1791, seem to show that they were not finished so soon as was expected. He was chosen moderator of the town-meeting, 31 March 1792, and first select-man at the same meeting. He was, for many years, collector of the town, and held other offices of trust. He married Sarah Taylor, dau. of Josiah and Thankful (French) Taylor, of Norwalk. She was probably born in Norwalk, Conn., 16 July 1744. Hall, p. 218, says "16 July 1741-2," an impossible date, 442
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