Family:Whitney, John (1711-a1741)

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John4 Whitney (John3, John2, Henry1), child of John3 and Elizabeth (Finch) Whitney,[1] was born 4 Mar 1710/1, Norwalk, CT,[2], and died after 30 Jan 1740/1.[3]

He was apparently unmarried.[4]

Phoenix says the following:[5]

a shoemaker; was called the "only son," 9 July 1719, when his father's estate was distributed and his mother appointed his guardian. He chose his uncle, Joseph Whitney, as guardian, 20 March 1729. His house was mentioned, 4 Ap. 1730, in a deed from Jonathan Fairchild to the town of Norwalk; and he witnessed the will of David Monroe, 18 March 1731-32. He sold, 6 Ap. 1733, to Samuel Belden, a part of his home-lot in Norwalk, 3 roods, on which said Belden had already built a new house, Josiah Whitney being witness. He sold, 12 Ap. 1733, 3 acres, 1 rood, and 31 rods of land on Mahoma-Chimmons Island, which was "laid out upon my Grandfather's and my father's deceased, their commonage." He sold land in Norwalk, 19 Feb. 1733-4. He quit-claimed, 16 Sept. 1734, "Unto my unkle, Joseph Whitne of ye aforesd Norwalk, . . . . . . All such Right, Estate title or Demand what soever, as I the said John Whitney had or ought to have in or to a certain Grist or Corn Mill situate in sd Norwalk and standing upon the east side of ye falls of Norwalk River with the Dam and all other the appurtenances unto ye sd mill appertaining, or thereunto belonging, and the several tracts peices or parcels of Land, meadows and swamp land, and the stream of Norwalk River comeing to sd Mill, which by covenant between ye Planters of the Town of Norwalk and Mr. Henry Whitne, Late of sd Norwalk, Deceased, made May ye 6th 1669, and Renued by and between sd Planteres Proprietors and proper Inhabitants of sd Norwalk, and Mr. John Whitne late of sd Norwalk Deceased on the 24th day of March 1706-7, was appropriated to sd Mill and to them their heirs and assigns, upon ye conditions terms and agreements in sd covenant expressed, Reference thereunto being had will fully show, being upon record in ye fourth Book of Publick Records in sd Norwalk, folio 51 & 52: Also ye Meadow called the pond lying in ye field on ye west side of Norwalk Harbour, formerly granted to ye aforenamed Henry Whitne, by ye Town of Norwalk, in consideration of ye Gate of that field being Maintained by him and his heirs, and Layd to ye Mill as his other land as appears by the vote of ye Town at their Meeting in Norwalk, February 20 1672;" Witnessed by Josiah Whitney.
At the same date, Joseph Whitney deeded to his nephew, John Whitney, one half of the above-described property, in consderation of the above deed, and also "in consideration of a final end put to all controvercies that have lately risen in law between me the said Joseph Whitne and my kinsman, John Whitne about ye said Mill, Land, and premises." He sold land to his uncle, Josiah Whitney, 30 July 1735; sold land at Silvermine, 14 Aug. 1735; and to his uncle, Jonathan Fairchild, 19 Nov. 1735; divided the mill-lands with his uncle, Joseph Whitney, 16 Ap. 1736; sold eleven acres near Five-Mile River, to Samuel Ketcham, 7 Oct. 1737; and another piece, the same day; sold his half of the mill and lands belonging to it, 21 Aug. 1740, to Josiah Thacher of Norwalk, for £1000; and his half of the salt and fresh meadow, called Whitney's Pond, to his uncle, Joseph Whitney, 31 Jan. 1740-41.
No record of his marriage or death has been found; nor is it known whether he had, or had not, family.


  • 1790: not found.
  • 1800: not found.
  • 1810: not found.


1.^  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), pp. 21-22.

2.^  "John [Whitney], s. John [& Elizabeth], b. 4 Mar 1703/4," [sic - should be 1710/1] according to Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Norwalk LR4:4.

3.^  Phoenix, p. 22.

4.^  Ibid.

5.^  Phoenix, pp. 21-22.

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