Family:Whitney, Samuel (1758-1831)
Hon. Samuel6 Whitney (Joseph5, Timothy4, John3, John2, John1), son of Joseph5 and Mary (Hastings) Whitney, was born 7 Aug 1758, Newton, MA, and died 1 Jun 1831. He is buried in Hillcrest Cemetery, Lawrenceville, St. Lawrence, NY.
He married, 24 Jun 1778, Worcester, MA, Mary6 Whitney, daughter of Capt. Joshua5 and Mary (Clarke) Whitney. They were third cousins by common descent from John2 and Ruth (Reynolds) Whitney. She was born 19 Jun 1761, and died 27 Apr 1835. She is buried in Hillcrest Cemetery, Lawrenceville, St. Lawrence, NY.
Samuel Whitney was born in MA, 5 Aug 1758. He moved to Worcester shortly before the Revolutionary war. April 19, 1775, he enlisted in the company commanded by Capt. Benjamin Flagg, which marched to the Lexington alarm. In 1779 he was drafted for nine months as a private in the company commanded by his father-in-law, Capt. Joshua Whitney. Soon after his marriage in 1778, he moved to Gilsum, New Hampshire, and erected a house. In 1798 he erected another more spacious, and just as he was fairly settled in his new quarters the old residence was destroyed by fire. The first records in Gilsum relating to the poor is, "Voted to allow Samuel Whitney one pound four shillings for his services in warning folks out of town." He was often chosen by his fellow-citizens on important committees and filled various offices. Was moderator of the town meetings, 1796-1800-6-15; selectman, 1798; school committee, 1790. In 1797, while living in his first house, his wife did her cooking out of doors in an oven built for that purpose. On day when getting ready to bake a let of mutton, she set the pan on the ground while she went into the house. When she came out a bear was just carrying off her dinner. Catching up the oven poker she chased it away and saved her mutton. Mr. Whitney was known all over that section of country as Squire Whitney, having been justice of the peace from 1811 to 1826, and was often called upon to perform marriage ceremonies. He was representative in the Legislature in 1805-7-11. He was one of the most respected citizens in the town. When he went there in 1780 he had a jack-knife and 25 cents in money. While at work clearing his land, he hung his jacket on a limb of a tree; it caught fire and he was left without anything. He paid for his place by catching wild pigeons. At his death he left a valuable estate. He resided Worcester, MA; Gilsum, NH, and Lawrenceville, NY.
Children of Samuel6 and Mary (Whitney) Whitney:
i. William Bartholomew7 Whitney, b. 18 Apr 1779, Worcester, MA, or "Bartholomew" 4 Oct 1778, Gilsum, NH; m. Lydia Ann Lawrence. ii. Samuel Whitney, b. 14 Jul 1781, Gilsum, NH; m.(1) Hope Blish; m.(2) Elsey Everts. iii. Joshua Whitney, b. 10 Jun 1784; m. Harriett Tuttle. iv. Mary 'Polly' Whitney, b. 10 April 1786 Gilsum, NH; m. David Blish. v. Lois Whitney, b. 23 Aug 1788, Gilsum, NH; m. James M. Marks; resided Keene, NH. vi. Luther Whitney, b. 15 Apr 1791, Gilsum, NH; m. Betsey Dart. vii. Lydia Whitney, b. 6 Sep 1793, Gilsum, NH; d. 25 Jan 1887; m. 18 May 1813, Surry, NH, James Locke; resided Wellsboro, PA. He was b. 18 May 1790; d. 14 Mar 1874. He was a watchmaker and jeweler; resided Wellsboro, PA. viii. Daniel Whitney, b. 3 Sep 1795, Gilsum, NH;; m. Emeline Henshaw. ix. William Clarke Whitney, b. 29 Aug 1797, Gilsum, NH; d. unmarried in Belleville, ON. x. Lucy Whitney, b. 27 Apr 1800, Gilsum, NH; m.(1) 20 Mar 1820, Gilsum, NH, Isaac Coburn; m.(2) 27 May 1824, Gilsum, NH, Rev. John Smith, an M.E. clergyman; resided Parishville, NY.
- 1790, Gilsum, Cheshire Co., NH: Samuel Whitney, 1 male over 16, 3 males 0-15, and 3 females.
- 1800, Gilsum, Cheshire Co., NH: Saml Whitney, 1 male 26-44, 2 males 16-25, 3 males 0-9, 1 female 26-44, 2 females 10-15, and 2 females 0-9.
- 1810, Gilsum, Cheshire Co., NH: Whitney, Samuel, 1 male over 45, 1 male 10-15, 2 males 0-9, 1 female over 45, 2 females 16-25, and 1 female 10-15.
- 1820, Gilsum, Cheshire Co., NH: Whitney, Lemuel, 1 male over 45, 1 male 16-25, 1 male 0-9, 1 female over 45, and 1 female 16-25; 2 engaged in agriculture. Even though the record is clearly "Lemuel", this must be an error for Samuel, who lived in Gilsum at this time, but cannot be found otherwise in the census. Furthermore, there is no known Lemuel Whitney who could have been living there at that time.
- All data imported from Frederick Clifton Pierce, The Descendants of John Whitney, Who Came from London, England, to Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1635, (Chicago: 1895), pp. 131-132.
1.^ "Samuel [Whitney], s. Joseph and Mary, [born] Aug. 7, 1758," according to Vital Records of Newton, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1905).
3.^ "Samuel [Whitney], and Mary Whitney, [married] June 24, 1778," according to Franklin P. Rice, ed., Worcester Births, Marriages and Deaths. (Births 1714-1848; Marriages 1747-1848; Deaths, 1826-1848), Collections of the Worcester Society of Antiquity, vol. 12 (1894).
7.^ "Samuel [Whitney], s. Samuel and Mary, [born] Jan. 27, 1782," according to Worcester Vital Records. According to Gilsum, NH Town Clerk Records, Samuel Whitney was b. 14 Jul. 1781 who was married to Hope Blish.