Family:Whitney, Ebenezer (1742-1808)
Ebenezer5 Whitney (David4, Joseph3, John2, Henry1), son of David4 and Elizabeth (Hyatt) Whitney, was born 8 Aug 1742, Norwalk, CT, and died 2 Apr 1808, New Canaan, CT, aged 65 years, "of apoplexy".
He married, 19 Dec 1771, Norwalk, CT, Ruth Raymond, daughter of Simeon Raymond. She was born 15 Nov 1756, Norwalk, CT, and died 31 May 1839, Norwalk, CT.
Phoenix says the following:
- ... a master-mariner and miller .... They settled in Norwalk, and after he had followed the sea for forty-five years, moved to Silver Mine, in New Canaan, Conn., where he bought and managed a grist-mill. He was of New Canaan, 11 Aug 1806, when he sold his land, house and shop, in Norwalk, for $300, to Samuel Hoyt. He died in New Canaan, 2 Ap. 1808; the church-record says, "3 Ap. 1808, of apoplexy, aged 65 years"; a newspaper obituary says, "3 Ap. 1808, in his 66th year." He was buried in the cemetery above Silver Mine. She died in Norwalk, and was buried in the south part of the town, near Gregory's Point, where her gravestone bears the following inscription:
Widow of Ebenezer Whitney of Revolutionary
May 31, 1839,
AE. 82 years 6 mo.
& 16 days.
In life of a meek and quiet spirit
in death serene.
Asleep in Jesus! O, for me,
May such a blissful refuge be;
Securely shall my ashes lie
- Tradition says that he was a paymaster in the Revolutionary army; and his grandson, Edward Tompkins Whitney, says that he, and not his father, took the sloop-load of women and furniture out of Norwalk Harbor, when Norwalk was occupied by the British soldiers, in 1779.
Children of Ebenezer5 and Ruth (Raymond) Whitney:
i. Betsey6 Whitney, b. 1 Feb 1773, Norwalk, CT; m.(1) Richard Sherman; m.(2) Deodate Gaylord. ii. Asa Whitney, b. 12 May 1774, Norwalk, CT; d. 19 Sep 1774, Norwalk, CT. iii. Abby Whitney, b. 8 Jun 1775, Norwalk, CT; m. 19 Jul 1797, Norwalk, CT, Henry Fitch. iv. Asa Whitney, b. 17 Aug 1776, Norwalk, CT; m. Catharine Leggett. v. Lucretia Whitney, b. 19 Jul 1778, Norwalk, CT; drowned in a well, 22 May 1781, Norwalk, CT. vi. Clarissa Whitney, b. 21 Feb 1780, Norwalk, CT; m.(1) Lockwood Hoyt; m.(2) Lewis Blackman; m.(3) Jacob Wright. vii. Aaron Wilkes Whitney, b. 17 Oct 1781, Norwalk, CT; m. Sarah Bennet. viii. Eben Whitney, b. 19 Nov 1783, Norwalk, CT; m.(1) Esther Patterson; m.(2) Emeline Hoyt; m.(3) Elizabeth Raymond. ix. Lucretia Whitney, b. 27 Jun 1786, Norwalk, CT; m. Daniel Fitch. x. Roxana Whitney, b. 26 Oct 1789, Norwalk, CT; m. James Taylor. xi. Maria Whitney, b. 27 Jun 1792, Troy, NY; m. Benjamin Weeks. xii. George Washington Whitney, b. 26 Jul 1794, Norwalk, CT; m. Matilda Olmstead. xiii. Hannah Hoyt Whitney, b. 4 Feb 1796, Norwalk, CT; m. Miles Root.
- 1790: not found.
- 1800: not found.
- 1810, Wilton, Fairfield Co., CT: Ruth Whitney, 1 male over 45, 1 female over 45, and 2 females 16-25.
- All data imported from Stephen Whitney Phoenix, The Whitney family of Connecticut, and its affiliations; being an attempt to trace the descendants, as well in the female as the male lines, of Henry Whitney, from 1649 to 1878; to which is prefixed some account of the Whitneys of England. (New York : Priv. Print. [Bradford Press] 1878), p. 50 and pp. 138-141.