Family:Whitney, Samuel (s1745-1812)

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Samuel Whitney, parentage unknown, was born say 1745, and died 30 Sep 1812, Woodbury, CT, aged 77 years.[1]

He married, say 1771, Sarah -----, parentage unknown. She died 14 Sep 1796, Woodbury, CT.[2]

Children of Samuel and Sarah (-----) Whitney:

i. Samuel Whitney, b. 24 May 1772, Woodbury, CT;[3] d. 1776, Woodbury, CT.[4]
ii. Reuben Whitney, b. 27 Sep 1777, Woodbury, CT;[5] d. 1796, Woodbury, CT.[6]



Phoenix says the following:

Samuel Whitney, b. at Norwalk, Conn.; was living at Norwalk, and fully fourteen years old, 30 Nov. 1752, when he chose John Seymour as his guardian; since which nothing is known of him, unless he was that Samuel Whitney, who, with his wife Sarah, was living at Woodbury, Conn., from 1772 to 1777.

That would make his lineage Samuel5 Whitney (Elijah4, Richard3, John2, Henry1), son of Elijah4 and Rebecca (Seymour) Whitney, and born say 1737, Norwalk, CT.[7]

Sandiford makes his lineage Samuel5 Whitney (Enoch4, Ebenezer3, Richard2, John1), son of Enoch4 and Thankful (Parke) Whitney, and born 24 May 1734, Plainfield, CT, and baptized 7 Jul 1743, Preston, CT. He says exactly this:

      Samuel, b. May 24, 1734, Plainfield, Conn. (v)
              d. Sept. 30, 1812, Woodbury, Conn. (Age 77) (v)
              m. --------, Sarah ------- (d.Sept. 14, 1796, Woodbury. (v)
                 Ch: Samuel, b. 1772, d. 1776, Woodbury. (v)
                     Reuben, b. 1777, d. 1796, Woodbury. (v)

Here (v) refers to the vital records of the town in question.[8]

Which of these ancestries is right is an unresolved issue.


1.^  Edward Raymond Sandiford, Some More Descendants of John and Elinor Whitney (Bloomfield, NJ: The author, 1941), p. 2.

2.^  ibid.

3.^  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), p. 245. Also, "Samuel [Whitney], s. Samuel & Sarah, b. 24 May 1772," according to the Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Woodbury 1:69.

4.^  Sandiford, loc. cit.

5.^  Phoenix, loc. cit. Also, "Reuben [Whitney], s. Samuel & Sarah, b. 27 Sep 1777," according to the Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Woodbury 1:75.

6.^  Sandiford, loc. cit.

7.^  Phoenix, p. 84.

8.^  Sandiford, loc. cit.

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