Family:Whitney, Abel (1756-1807)

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Major Abel6 Whitney (Aaron5, Moses4, Moses3, Richard2, John1), son of Aaron5 and Alice (Baker) Whitney, was born 15 Mar 1756, Petersham, MA,[1] and died 2 Mar 1807, Westfield, MA.

Marriage intentions were published 14 Sep 1783, Westfield, MA, for him and "Miss" Clarissa Dwight "of Springfield". He married, 23 Dec 1783, Springfield, MA,[2] or Westfield, MA,[3] Clarissa Dwight, daughter of Josiah and Elizabeth (Buckminster) Dwight. She was born 4 Jul 1762, and died 22 Aug 1820, Northampton, MA. She married secondly, 4 Jul 1809, Westfield, MA, Calvin Waldo, Esq., of Dalton, MA.[4]

Mrs. Whitney was an intelligent and lovely woman, faithful to her household, and a patient, gentle, and earnest and careful mother and wife. After the death of her second husband she resided with her son, Josiah, at whose house, in Northampton, she died.

From the Dwight Book: "Major Abel Whitney, a merchant of Westfield, Massachusetts, born Petersham, MA, 15 Mar 1756 (son of Rev. Aaron Whitney, of Littleton, MA, and Alice Baker, of Phillipston, MA), graduated at Harvard 1773, and studied law with the troublous times of the Revolution, and entered into mercantile life. He was a man of more than ordinary talents, and held several government offices, as commissioner of taxes, postmaster, etc. He was also a Major of militia and aide to General Shepard, who was the commanding officer in Springfield in the battle had there in the Shay's rebellion. He was a decidedly religious man. He married 21 Dec 1783, Clarissa Dwight, of Springfield, born 4 Jul 1762, dau. of Josiah Dwight and Elizabeth Buckminister." He resided Westfield, MA.

Children of Abel6 and Clarissa (Dwight) Whitney:

i. Elizabeth Buckminster7 Whitney, b. 4 Jan 1785, Westfield, MA;[5] bapt. 9 Jan 1785, Westfield, MA;[6] d. 30 Jan 1860, Northampton, MA, aged 71 years, of consumption;[7] unmarried.
ii. Josiah Dwight Whitney, b. 9 Jul 1786, Westfield, MA; bapt. 16 Jul 1786, Westfield, MA;[8] m.(1) Sarah Williston; m.(2) Clarissa James.
iii. Clarissa Whitney, b. 22 Mar 1788, Westfield, MA; bapt. 23 Mar 1788, Westfield, MA;[9] d. 24 Jan 1871, Northampton, MA, aged 82 years 8 months 2 days, of old age;[10] unmarried.
iv. Frances Whitney, b. 5 Dec 1789, Westfield, MA; bapt. 13 Dec 1789, Westfield, MA;[11] d. 26 Dec 1871; m. 8 Oct 1810, Griswold, CT, Rev. Horatio Waldo,[12] b. 5 Mar 1778; d. 3 May 1846. He was a son of Dr. John Waldo and graduated at Williams College in 1804, was a tutor there 1806-7. Settled in Griswold, CT, 1810-30, but on account of poor health resigned and removed to Portage, NY, where he preached occasionally. Children:
a. John Waldo, b. 10 Aug 1811; d. 1 Dec 1868; m. Eunice Flint.
b. Dwight Waldo, b. 26 Nov 1814; m.(1) Julia Ball; m.(2) Juliette Hitchcock.
c. Sarah Waldo, b. 7 Jun 1818; m. Elmon D. Smith.
d. Frances Waldo, b. 24 Jun 1820; m. Dr. James S. Cowdrey; resided Lafayette, IN.
e. Harriett Waldo, b. 11 May 1822; m. William S. Mcnair.
f. Margaret Waldo, b. 28 Oct 1824; m. Dr. Lorin J. Ames; resided Mount Morris, NY.
v. (son) Whitney, b. 3 Aug 1791, Westfield, MA; d. same day.
vi. Francis Whitney, b. 10 Oct 1792, Westfield, MA; bapt. 14 Oct 1792, Westfield, MA;[13] d. 30 Dec 1863, Northampton, MA;[14] merchant; unmarried.
vii. Robert Whitney, b. 18 Aug 1794, Westfield, MA; bapt. 25 Aug 1794, Westfield, MA;[15] m. Margaret Dwight.
viii. Sarah Whitney, b. 8 Jul 1796, Westfield, MA; bapt. 18 Jul 1796, Westfield, MA;[16] d. 11 Mar 1883, Racine, WI; bur. Mound Cemetery, Racine, WI;[17] m. 5 Sep 1821, Northampton, MA, Henry[18] [but Henry Walsh per Pierce], b. 9 Feb 1797; d. 4 Jun 1852. The grandson of Dr. Perez, graduated at Harvard College, 1748. He graduated at Williams College, 1815; resided at Dalton and Pittsfield, MA, Racine, WI, Sandusky, OH, and St. Louis, MO. Was a lawyer, merchant and manufacturer. Children:
a. Henry Lawrence Marsh, b. 9 Jul 1822, Dalton, MA.
b. Dwight Whitney Marsh, b. 5 Nov 1823, Dalton, MA; "Rev."
c. Calvin Waldo Marsh, b. 8 Apr 1825, Dalton, MA; "Col."
d. Robert Marsh, b. 25 Apr 1828, Dalton, MA; d. 18 Dec 1828, Dalton, MA.
e. Elizabeth Willard Marsh, b. 28 Nov 1829, Dalton, MA; d. 24 Apr 1882.
f. Clarissa Dwight Marsh, b. 4 Feb 1834, Dalton, MA.
g. Sarah Williams Marsh, b. 24 May 1836, Dalton, MA; d. 14 May 1841.
h. Charles Francis Marsh, b. 11 Oct 1842, Pittsfield, MA.
ix. Caroline Whitney, b. 10 May 1798, Westfield, MA; bapt. 20 May 1798, Westfield, MA;[19] d. 21 Aug 1804, aged 6 years (gravestone)
x. Abel Whitney, b. 15 Mar 1800, Westfield, MA; bapt. 23 Mar 1800, Westfield, MA;[20] m.(1) Pamelia Babcock; m.(2) Belinda Baxter Bliss.
xi. Hannah Buckminster Whitney, b. 28 Dec 1802, Westfield, MA; bapt. Jan 1803, Westfield, MA;[21] d. 12 Aug 1804, aged 1 year 8 months (gravestone).

Notes

On 2 Feb 1818, Clarissa wrote a letter to her sister Sarah, who was a governess in the family of George and Rosalie (Stier) Calvert, at Riversdale, Bladensburg, MD.

Census

247 311 Josiah D. Whitney 64 M - None $9100 Mass. Clarissa J. " 49 F - " Clarissa " 60 F - " Elizabeth " 65 F - " J. D. " 30 M - U.S. Geologist " Maria " 19 F - " Edward P. " 17 M - Student " Attended school James L. " 14 M - " Attended school Alice D. " 9 M - " Attended school Henry M. " 7 M - " Elizabeth Putnam 28 F - " Catherine " 1 F - Wis. Margaret Dagley 25 F - Ireland Illiterate Eliza Hunt 14 F - Mass.

807 816 Lydia J. Mitchner 55 F - Penn. Rachel P. " 22 F - " Henrietta " 20 F - " Jeremiah Evans 26 M - Mason " Margaretta " 24 F - " Mary L. " 1 F - Ohio R. L. P. Daymond 23 M - Carpenter New York Francis Whitney 54 M - Book Keeper Mass. Samuel Copeland 35 M - Painter Unknown Mrs. Derby 58 F - New York Eliza Burley 30 F - Canada Stephen Weeks 27 M - Clerk New York Samuel Vanhorne 27 M - Machinist Ohio Ann Belden 15 F - New Jersey Attended school Maria Burns 22 F - Ireland

Francis Whitney was living near his brother Robert.

873 1011 William D. Clapp 35 M - Farmer Mass. Sarah " 34 F - " Myra Chapin 62 F - " Clarissa Whitney 66 F - " Sarah F. Barber 35 F - " Jerome Stevenson 30 M - Tool Maker "

This is his daughter Clarissa.

1038 1036 Maria Chapin 68 F - $1200 $400 Mass. Clarrissa Whitney 72 F

679 696 Graves, Emma 79 F W Keeping house $4000 $500 Connecticut Whitney, Claricy 82 F W No occupation Mass. 697 Blodgett, Rodney 31 M W Carpenter " Male citizen over 21 -----, Viola 30 F W Keeping house " -----, George R. 13 M W At home " Attended school -----, Emma 9 F W At home " Attended school -----, Lewis 6 M W At home " Attended school

References

Mr. Abel Whitney of Westfield (Major Abel Whitney) and Miss Clarissa Dwight of Springfield Marriage intentions filed Sept. 14, 1783 Married by Mr. Breck, Springfield, Dec. 23, 1783 Children Elizabeth Buckminster, born Jan. 4, 1785 Josiah Dwight, born July 9, 1786 Clarissa, born March 22, 1788 Frances (dau), born Dec. 5, 1789 Francis (son), born Oct. 10, 1792 Robert, born Aug. 18, 1794 Sarah, born July 8, 1796 Caroline, born May 10, 1798 Abel, born March 15, 1800 Hannah Buckminster, born Dec. 28, 1802

1.^  "Abel [Whitney], s. Rev. Aaron and Alice, [born] March 15, 1756," according to Franklin P. Rice, ed., Vital Records of Petersham, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (1904).

2.^  "Abel [Whitney], and Clarissa Dwight, m. 23 Dec 1783," according to International Genealogical Index, batch numbers C541431-C541434, M541431-M541433. Also, "Abel [Whitney], and Clarissa Dwight, m. 23 Dec 1783, First Church, Springfield, Hampden, MA," according to L.D.S. North America Vital Records Index.

3.^  "Abel [Whitney], and Clarissa Dwight, [married] 23 Dec 1783," according to Holbrook, Jay Mack, Massachusetts Vital Records, Westfield, Holbrook Research Institute, Oxford, MA, 1987.

4.^  "Clarissa [Whitney], and Calvin Waldo, [married] 4 Jul 1809," according to Westfield Vital Records.

5.^  "Elisabeth Buckminster [Whitney], d. Abel and Clarissa, [born] 4 Jan 1785," according to Westfield Vital Records.

6.^  "Elizabeth Buckminster [Whitney], d. Abel and Clarissa, bap. 9 Jan 1785," according to Westfield Vital Records.

7.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 139, page 17, and 1860 Mortality Schedule.

8.^  "Josiah Dwight [Whitney], s. Abel and Clarissa, bap. 16 Jul 1786," according to Westfield Vital Records.

9.^  "Clarissa [Whitney], d. Abel and Clarissa, bap. 23 Mar 1788," according to Westfield Vital Records.

10.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 239, page 70.

11.^  "Frances [Whitney], d. Abel and Clarissa, bap. 13 Dec 1789," according to Westfield Vital Records.

12.^  "Frances [Whitney], m. Horatio WALDO, 8 Oct 1810," according to the Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Griswold 1:208.

13.^  "Francis [Whitney], s. Abel and Clarissa, bap. 14 Oct 1792," according to Westfield Vital Records.

14.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 166, page 21.

15.^  "Robert [Whitney], s. Abel and Clarissa, bap. 25 Aug 1794," according to Westfield Vital Records.

16.^  "Sarah [Whitney], d. Abel and Clarissa, bap. 18 Jul 1796," according to Westfield Vital Records.

17.^  FindAGrave Memorial #177710258, Sarah Whitney Marsh.

18.^  "Sarah [Whitney], and Henry Marsh, Jr., Esq., of Dalton, m. 5 Sep 1821," according to Northampton Vital Records.

19.^  "Caroline [Whitney], d. Abel and Clarissa, bap. 20 May 1798," according to Westfield Vital Records.

20.^  "Abel [Whitney], s. Abel and Clarissa, bap. 23 Mar 1800," according to Westfield Vital Records.

21.^  "Hannah Buckminster [Whitney], d. Abel and Clarissa, bap. Jan 1803," according to Westfield Vital Records.


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