Family:Whitney, Ebenezer (c1770-1856)

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Ebenezer2 Whitney (Elijah1), son of Elijah Whitney, was born circa 1770, ME, died 1 Jul 1856, Nelson, NY "Ebenezer Whitney, of Nelson, New York, killed himself while trying to shoot a squirel,"[1] aged 85 years. He was buried in Nelson Rural Cemetery, Nelson, NY.[2]

He married, 10 Apr 1798, Hadley, MA, Jerusha Murdock,[3] daughter of William and Jerusha (Lay) Murdock. She was baptized 14 May 1775, Westbrook, CT (ChhR1:53), and died 11 Sep 1869, aged 93 years. She was buried in Nelson Rural Cemetery, Nelson, NY.[4]

Children of Ebenezer and Jerusha (Murdock) Whitney (based upon a census reconstruction):

i. Aurilla3 Whitney, b. 17 Oct 1800, Hadley, MA; d. 20 Jan 1895, Cazenovia, NY; m. 29 Jan 1835, Cazenovia, NY, Horatio Abell, b. 8 Aug 1802, d. 30 May 1852, son of Jabez and Elizabeth (Sanford) Abell.
ii. Israel Whitney, b. 1802, MA; m. Ann Gleason.
iii. Maria Whitney, b. ca. 1805; m. Ralph Goodrich.
iv. Harriet Whitney, b. ca. 1807, Nelson, NY.
v. Abraham Whitney, b. 1807, Nelson, NY; m. Amy Hitchcock.
vi. Roxy Whitney, b. ca. 1809, Nelson, NY; d. after 1870; m. Charles A. Lull.
vii. Isaac Whitney, b. 6 Mar 1811, Nelson, NY; m. Ruth Pratt Rice.
viii. Adeline Whitney, b. 1815, Nelson, NY; m. Robert Wilson.
ix. Eleazer Whitney, b. 1817, Nelson, NY; m. Lucy E. -----.


Per the Banns of Marriage record noted below, it lists Ebenezer as "Ebenezer Jr.".[5] Is it possible that this is the son of "Ebenezer Whitney and Anna Simonds"??


171 171 Ebenezer Whitney 80 M - Farmer $4000 Maine Jerusha " 74 F - Conn. Merrick Hughs 25 M - laborer Wales

40 43 Aurilla Abell 59 F - $8000 $1600 Massachusetts Jabez W. Abell 18 M - Farmer New York Jerusha Whitney 85 F - $4000 Connecticut Eri Rathbun 39 M - Farm Laborer $400 New York Illiterate Louisa Von Aire 19 F - Servant do Attended school James Gay 23 M - Farm Laborer $400 Ireland Thomas Davis 20 M - do Wales, Eng.

Aurilla (Whitney) Abell was a daughter of Ebenezer and Jerusha.


1.^  The New York Almanac and Yearly Record, p. 112.

2.^  Find A Grave memorial #20391197, Ebenezer Whitney.

3.^  Vital records of Hadley, Massachusetts ca. 1660 – 1882, LDS film #186152 Items 2-5, p12: "1798 April 10th Ebenezer Whitney & Jerusha Mordock were married".

4.^  Find A Grave memorial #20391246, Jerusha Whitney.

5.^  Vital records of Hadley, Massachusetts ca. 1660 – 1882, LDS film #186152 Items 2-5, p118: "Banns of Matrimony: 1798 Febry 27th Ebenezer Whitney Jr. & Jerusha Mordock both of Hadley intend marriage posted 4 March".

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