Family:Whitney, David (1682-1768)
David3 Whitney (Joshua2, John1), son of Joshua2 and Abigail (Tarbell) Whitney, was born about 1682, Groton, MA, and died 1 Nov 1769, North Canaan, CT, aged 79 years, his will is dated Oct 27, 1769, and proved Dec 13, 1769.
He married firstly, 20 Jan 1713, Groton, MA, Elizabeth Warren, daughter of Jacob and Sarah (-----) Warren. She was born 9 Jun 1693, Plainfield, CT, and died 22 Feb 1767, North Canaan, CT, aged 74 years.
He married secondly, 28 Jul 1767, West Hartford, CT, Prudence (Merrills) Sedgwick, daughter of Abraham and Prudence (Kellogg) Merrills, and widow of Ebenezer Sedgwick (1695-1759). She was born 22 Dec 1700, Hartford, CT, and died 1 Feb 1793, Hartford, CT.
On 17 Apr 1713 he was mentioned as a son in the will of his father.
On 29 Sep 1730, he was co-executor with his sister Sarah Jewell of the will of her husband Nathaniel Jewell.
"In 1740 he moved to Canaan, Conn., where he afterward resided and where he was an innkeeper, his tavern being the best known in that section of the state. He was a very active and influential man: was colonel of the militia and held other offices in the town."
On 29 Nov 1745, he was the proprietors' clerk in Canaan.
On 15 Oct 1751 he was mentioned as a brother in the will of his brother Joshua.
Lt. Col. David Whitney of Canaan, CT, appears on a mulster roll of his own regiment during the French and Indian War (1755-1757).
Estate of Doc'tr Solomon Williams of Salisbury (pp. 15-16). Adm'n granted 2 Feb 1758 to Oliver Partridge of Hatfield, Hamshire [sic] County, Mass. Inventory presented, taken by David Whitney, Samll. Bellows, and John Hutchinson: ...."
On 29 Aug 1758, Col. Whitney was commander of a regiment at Lake George, NY.
"His will is dated Oct 27, 1769, and proved Dec 13, 1769. He married twice, his second wife being Prudence, who was given one-third of the estate." He also mentioned the heirs of his daughters Esther Kingsbury, and Elizabeth Stanton, deceased. His son Tarbal Whitney was the executor.
Children of David3 and Elizabeth (Warren) Whitney:
i. Esther4 Whitney, b. 1 May 1714, Plainfield, CT; m. John Kingsbury. ii. David Whitney, b. 16 Sep 1716, Plainfield, CT; m. Mary Gunn. iii. Joshua Whitney, b. 11 Oct 1718, Plainfield, CT; m. Amy Blodgett. iv. Elizabeth Whitney, b. 26 Feb 1720/1, Plainfield, CT; m. Elijah Stanton. v. Jacob Whitney, b. 13 Jul 1723, Plainfield, CT; d. 20 Sep 1738, Plainfield, CT; unmarried. vi. Tarbel Whitney, b. 1 Nov 1725, Plainfield, CT; d. 21 Apr 1790, aged 66 years, North Canaan, CT; unmarried. On 20 Nov 1755, Tarball Whitney of Canaan was listed on a muster roll as a 2nd Lieutenant in Capt. Benjamin Hinman's Company, Col. Elizur Goodrich's Regiment, during the French and Indian War. Estate of Ephraim Fellows of Canaan (pp. 9-11). ... Inventory taken by Isaac Lawrence, Andrew Steevens, and Tarball Whitney, presented 10 Jan 1758. "He was executor of his father's will in 1769." vii. Mary Whitney, b. 13 Mar 1727/8, Plainfield, CT; d. 28 Jun 1729, Plainfield, CT; unmarried. viii. Josiah Whitney, b. 11 Aug 1731, Plainfield, CT; m.(1) Lois Breck; m.(2) Anna (Paine) Chandler. ix. Solomon Whitney, b. ca. 1734; m. Sarah Roberts.
David3 and Prudence (Merrills)(Sedgwick) Whitney had no children.
1.^ His parentage is proven by his mention in the wills of his father and brother William.
2.^ His birth date is estimated from the order of mention of the sons in the will of his father, the order of the brothers in the will of his brother William, his marriage date, and the estimated dates of birth of his siblings.
3.^ Photo of David Whitney headstone in Lower Cemetery, North Canaan, CT. Database online: Find A Grave. The information "Whitney, David Col., d Nov 1, 1768 age 79 yrs (French & Indian War)," his gravestone in the Lower Cemetery, North Canaan, CT incorrectly states the year of his death as 1768. The dates of will and proving are given in Frederick C. Pierce, The Descendants of John Whitney, Who Came from London, England, to Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1635 (Chicago, IL: The Author, 1895), p. 36.
5.^ Her parentage is proven by her marriage and birth records.
6.^ "Elisabeth [Warin], d. of Jacob and Sarah, [born] June 7, 1693," according to Vital Records of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (Salem, MA: Essex Institute, 1914).
8.^ "David [Whitney], Col., of Canaan, & wid. Prudence SEDGW[IC]K, int. pub. 19 Jul 1767. West Hartford First Church 2:129," and "David [Whitney], Col., of Canaan, m. Prudence SEDGW[IC]K, of Hartford, 28 Jul 1767, West Hartford First Church 2:118," according to the Connecticut Church Record Index, West Hartford First Church 2:118. Also "Col. David Whitney of Canaan & widow Prudence Sedgwick of Hartford, [married] 28 Jul. 1767," according to Frederick W. Bailey, ed., Early Connecticut Marriages, as Found on Ancient Church Records Prior to 1800 (1896-1906), West Hartford, 2:76.
9.^ Her parentage is proven by her marriage record.
10.^ Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Hartford.
12.^ Middlesex County, Massachusetts, probate file #24,703.
13.^ Pliny Jewell and Joel Jewell, The Jewell register: Containing a list of the descendants of Thomas Jewell, of Braintree, near Boston, Mass. (1860).
23.^ "Jo(na)than [“Jonathan” was crossed out and “Joshua” was handwritten in] [Whitney], s. David & Elisabeth, b. Oct. 11, 1718," according to Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Plainfield, vol. 1, p. 20.
35.^ The date is calculated from his age at death.