Family:Whitney, Samuel (1789-1848)

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Capt. Samuel7 Whitney (Samuel6, Ezra5, James4, John3, Jonathan2, John1), born 30 Jul 1789, Douglas, MA, and died 17 Jun 1848, Ware, MA, aged 58 years 10 months, of typhus fever.[1]

Marriage intentions were published, 11 Oct 1812, Walpole, MA, for him and Mary Willard.[2] She was born 16 Jun 1790, and died 23 May 1860.

He was born in Douglas, Worcester County, MA. In 1820 he emigrated to the wilderness of Maine and located near Moosehead Lake. A town was incorporated later which he named Monson. He resided there for 12 years and later returned to Ware, where he died. On his farm in Maine was later discovered the best mine of roofing slate to be found in the world. He resided Monson, ME, and Ware, MA.

He was town clerk of Monson, ME, in 1821.[3]

Children of Samuel7 and Mary (Willard) Whitney:

i. Emily8 Whitney, b. 6 Feb 1815; d. 23 Aug 1885, Mansfield, CT; m. 9 Apr 1834, Mansfield, CT, Horace Fenton;[4] resided Mansfield, CT; left a dau. 3 days old, named Emily. She m. Fred P. Reed; resided New York.
ii. Samuel Albert Whitney, b. 17 May 1819; m. Sarah E. Clark.


222 271 Mary Whitney 30 F - Mass. S. Albert " 25 M - Accountant $1500 " Sarah E. " 15 F - Vt. Emily Penton 47 " - Mass. Attended school Louise L. Demond 59 " "

Mary's age should be 50, not 30, an obvious copying error.

231 462 Nathaniel Clark 65 M - Carpenter Mass. Abigail " 50 F - Vt. 463 Mary Whitney 64 F - Mass. Emily Fenton 20 F - "

  • 1860, widow Mary not found.


1.^  "Samuel [Whitney], d. 24 Apr 1848, a. 58y. 10m., of typhus fever, gentleman, married, b. Douglass, MA, s. of Samuel and Azubah. "Father died before he was born and his mother whilst he was very young."," according to Jay Mack Holbrook, Massachusetts Vital Records, Ware 1735-1893 (Oxford, MA: Holbrook Research Institute, 1987). Also, "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 40, page 122.

2.^  "Sam[ue]l [Whitney] and Mary Willard, int. Oct. 11, 1812," according to Vital Records of Walpole, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Boston, MA: 1902).

3.^  "1821 Samuel Whitney was Town Clerk," according to Monson, Maine, Vital Records.

4.^  "Emily [Whitney], m. Horace Fenton, 9 Apr 1834," according to the Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Mansfield D:238.

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