Family:Whitney, Sarah (?-a1790)

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Sarah Whitney, parentage unknown, d. after 1790. She was probably the widow of an unknown man of the name of Whitney, but he has not yet been identified. Perhaps this is the same Sarah Whitney, who was possibly the widow, or otherwise related, to the Isaac Whitney who died in Hyde County, North Carolina, in 1777, or before.

September Term 1777
Hyde County Court
Hyde County, North Carolina
Ordered that Letters of Adm. be issued accordingly to the
said Sarah Whitney. Return an Inventory of the
Estate of Isaac Whitney Dec.on Oath. [1]
26 February 1781
Inferior Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions
Woodstock Court House
Hyde County, North Carolina
Admin. is grated unto Sarah Whitney on the
Estate of Isaac Whitney Dec'd who entered
into Bond of L200,000.
P. Aurieny [2]

On the 1786 State Census of North Carolina, Sarah Witney is noted as Head of Household on "A list of inhabitants of Captain Thomas Smith's District" Hyde County, North Carolina. Her household included: 1 White Male either under 21 or over 60; 4 White Females All Ages; 4 Blacks 12-50; 5 Blacks either under 12 or over 60. [3]

In 1790, she was enumerated in Hyde Co., NC, with two males over 16 (perhaps sons) and 23 slaves.

Sarah Whitney died sometime before August, 1797 as noted in the Hyde County North Carolina Court Minutes.

August 1797 term
On motion Letters of Admin. on the Estate of
Sarah Whitney Decd. be granted to Ben. Russell Esq.
who entered in a bond of L800 with Henry Clark and
Saml. Jasper his securitys & adm. Qualified and
Inventory on Oath. [4]

A very brief extract regarding this estate was found in the book Estates of Hyde:

August term 1797
Inventory by admin
23 Oct 1797
Acct of sales by Benj. Russell Adm. [5]

The original document was retrieved from the North Carolina State Archives. It was in very bad condition and very difficult to read, but did provide additional information:

Page One

An account of Sales of the Estate of Sarah Whitney Deceased
23 of October 1797
To a negro woman sold L104 ~~ 1d
Benj Russel Admor
A treu Inventory of Sarah Whitney Estate Discard
3 negroes
Bess Allen Nat [or Pat]
Benj Rusel Atmor

Page 2

Hyde County __ Feb(ruar)y Term1798
This acc(oun)t Sales was Ret(urned) into Court by the
adm (inistrato)r
on an __ ordered to the Recorder
Test B Forman CH
1798 An account of Sales Sarah Whitney Estate
Adm(inistrati)on Book B Page /XX
Hyde County __ Aug(us)t
Term 1797
This inventory of Sarah Whitney
Dec(ease)d was Returned in to Court
by the adm(inistrator) __ __ __ ordered
to be Recorded
Test Ben Forman CH
Inventory of Sarah
Whitney Dec(ease)d
Rec(orde)d in Book B page 145.

Possible children of Unknown and Sarah (-----) Whitney, based on a census reconstruction:

i. (son) Whitney, b. before 1775.
ii. (son) Whitney, b. before 1775.


  • 1790, Hyde Co., NC: Sarah Whitney, 2 males over 16, 1 female, 23 slaves.
  • 1800: not found.
  • 1810: not found.


Research is ongoing to determine the identity of this Sarah Whitney in Hyde County, North Carolina.

Isaac 'Whidtney' is first documented as a witness on a Hyde County North Carolina land deed, in 1767. He is the only other Whitney thus far documented in Hyde County North Carolina in the mid-late 1700's.

The extremely high bond posted for the administration of the Estate of Isaac Whitney would suggest some wealth. In general, administration bonds were usually set from one-half to the full amount of the inventory.


1. ^  Haun, Weynette Parks, Hyde County, North Carolina, County Court Minutes 1767-1784, Book IV, Pub. Durham N. C. : WP Haun c. 1985-, Entry #207, page 80.

2. ^  Ibid, Entry #293, page 109.

3. ^  "State Census of North Carolina", 1784-1787, by Alvaretta K. Register, pp. 72-76a; Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, MD.

4. ^  Haun, Weynette Parks, Hyde County, North Carolina, County Court Minutes 1789-1797 Book V, Pub. Durham N. C.: WP Haun c. 1985-, page 141.

5. ^  Spencer, Romulus sanderson, The Estates of Hyde, 1700's, abstracts of the loose estate records of Hyde Co. found in the North Carolina State Archives, Published Fairfield N.C. c. 2000, page 60.

Copyright © 2007, Tim Doyle Jeanne Neilon and the Whitney Research Group

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