Family:Whitney, Abel (1752-1807)
Abel6 Whitney (Timothy5, Jonas4, Moses3, Richard2, John1), son of Timothy5 and Alice (Whitney) Whitney, was born 19 Sep 1752 [Pierce], or 1 Sep 175[torn], Petersham, MA, or 19 Sep 1752, Harvard, MA, and died 7 Aug 1807, Guilford, VT, in his 59th year.
He resided Harvard, MA, and Guilford, VT.
Children of Abel6 and Elizabeth (Spenny) Whitney:
i. Abel7 Whitney, b. ca. 1778, m.(1) Anna -----; m.(2) Betsey Phillips. ii. Betsey E. Whitney, b. 4 Apr 1781, VT; d. 12 Jun 1872, Grafton, Lorain Co., OH; m. 28 Nov 1799, Guilford, VT, Frederick Lynde, b. 14 May 1773, d. 20 Jun 1865, Grafton, Lorain Co., OH. iii. Silas Whitney, b. say 1783; no further record found. iv. Ward Whitney, b. say 1785, Halifax, VT; m. Katherine Cook. v. Sarah Whitney, b. say 1788; no further record found. vi. Rufus Whitney, b. 13 Mar 1791 (twin), Guilford, VT; m.(1) Sally Holden; m.(2) Mary -----. vii. Thaddeus Whitney, b. 13 Mar 1791 (twin), Guilford, VT; m. Rhoda Greenleaf.
For a full discussion of his birthdate, see "The Children of Timothy and Alice Whitney: Names and Birthdates, by Willard S. Moore.
Some sources place his son Ward as a child of Eleazer6 Whitney (c1758-1840), but the probate records of Timothy9 Whitney, son of Leonard8 Whitney (1798-b1835), and grandson of Abel7 above, prove that he belongs here.
- 1791, Guilford, Windham Co., VT: Abel Whitney, 1 male over 16, 5 males 0-15, and 3 females.
- 1800, Guilford, Windham Co., VT: Abel Whitney, 1 male over 45, 4 males 10-15, 1 male 0-9, 1 female 26-44, and 1 female 10-15.
- All data imported from Frederick Clifton Pierce, The Descendants of John Whitney, Who Came from London, England, to Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1635, (Chicago: 1895), p. 169.
1.^ His parentage is proven by his birth record.
2.^ "Abel [Whitney], s. Timothy and Alice, [born] Sept. 1, 175[torn]," according to Franklin P. Rice, ed., Vital Records of Petersham, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (1904). Also, "Abel [Whitney], s. of Timothy and Alice, [born] Sept. 19, 1752," according to Thomas W. Baldwin, ed., Vital Records of Harvard, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Boston, MA: Wright & Potter Printing Co., 1917), p. 111.
4.^ "Abel and Elisabeth Spenny, Nov. 1, 1775," according to Franklin P. Rice, ed., Vital Records of Petersham, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (Worcester: The Systematic History Fund, 1904), p. 158.
5.^ Nothing has been found concerning her ancestry.
6.^ The date is an estimate based on her age at death.