Family:Whitney, Ephraim (1787-1821)

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Ephraim7 Whitney (Silas6, Daniel5, Richard4, Richard3, Richard2, John1), son of Silas6 and Patience (Goodnow) Whitney, was born 29 Feb 1787 [sic], Stow, MA,[1], was baptized 11 Mar 1787, Stow, MA,[2] and "Capt." died 23 Apr 1821, St. Barts, West Indies.

He married, 19 May 1808, Boston, MA, Eunice Hayden,[3] daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth (Vinton) Hayden. She was born 17 Sep 1787, Braintree, MA.

Probably she was the Mrs. Eunice Whitney "of Cambridge" who married, (int. 17 Aug 1826, Ashburnham, MA) 5 Sep 1826, Cambridge, MA, John Woods "of Ashburnham",[4] as his second wife. That woman died 8 Nov 1827, Ashburnham, MA, aged 40 years, which tallies with Eunice Hayden's birth date.

He was a large contractor in Boston, MA, where he resided.

Children of Ephraim7 and Eunice (Hayden) Whitney, from 1820 census:

i. (daughter)8 Whitney, b. bef. 1810.
ii. (son) Whitney, b. 1810-1820.


  • 1810: not found.
  • 1820, 6th Ward Boston, Suffolk Co., MA: Ephraim Whitney, 1 male 26-44, 1 male 18-25, 1 male 0-9, 1 female 26-44, 1 female 16-25, and 1 female 10-15; 2 engaged in commerce.


1.^  "Ephraim [Whitney], s. Silas and Patience, [born] at Stow, Feb. 29, 1787 [sic]," according to Jeannette D. Pingrey, comp., Birth, Marriage, and Death Records in the Town of Ashby, Massachusetts, from 1754 to 1890 (Decorah, IA: Anundsen Publishing Company, c. 1989), pp. 88-90.

2.^  "Ephrain [Whitney], s. Silas and Patience, bp. Mar. 11 [17]87. C.R.," according to F. Apthorp Foster, ed., Vital Records of Stow, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1911).

3.^  "Ephriam [Whitney] and Eunice Haden [int. reads (Hayden)], [married] May. 19, 1808", according to Registry Department of the City of Boston, A Volume of Records Relating to the Early History of Boston, Containing Boston Marriages from 1752 to 1809 (Boston, MA: Rockwell and Churchill, 1903), p. 279. Also, Boston Vital Records.

4.^  "Eunice [Whitney], Mrs., and John Woods of Ashburnham, [married] Sept. 5, 1826," according to Vital Records of Cambridge, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Boston, MA: 1914-1915). Also Franklin P. Rice, ed., Vital Records of Ashburnham, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (1909).

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