Family:Whitney, Thomas (1753-1818)
He married, about 1786, Danbury, CT, Jemima Smellage, daughter of James Smellage of Boston, MA. She was born 20 Sep 1763, Boston, MA, and died 29 Sep 1838, Claypits, Huntington, NY.
Phoenix says the following:
- Thomas Whitney, b. in Ridgefield, Conn., 19 June 1753; was of New Marlborough, Berkshire Co., Mass., 13 Sept. 1778, and then sold to Ezekiel Whitney, of Ridgefield, certain land in that town, "being the whole of my right or share in the Lands that lately belonged to my Honrd. father, James Whitney, Decd." Another deed shows that he was living at Greenburgh, N.Y., 8 Ap. 1793. He married, about 1786, at Danbury, Conn., Jemima Smellage, dau. of James Smellage, of Boston, Mass., where she was born, 20 Sept. 1763. He was a cabinet-maker, and, in his later life, a farmer. They dwelt in Danbury, Conn., Tarrytown and Haverstraw, N.Y.; and, lastly, at Huntingridge, in Stamford, Conn., where he died, in Dec. 1818, and was buried. She died at Claypits, in Huntington, L.I., six miles from the village, 29 Sept, 1838, and was buried at Huntington. One of his grandsons says that he served in the Revolutionary War, and in the War of 1812.
Children of Thomas5 and Jemima (Smellage) Whitney:
i. Samuel Starfield6 Whitney, b. 3 Dec 1787, Tarrytown, NY; m. Lois Stewart. ii. James Whitney, b. 1789, Tarrytown, NY; d. of yellow fever, in his 20th year. iii. Henry Whitney, b. 1792, Tarrytown, NY; d. in his 5th year. iv. Harriet Whitney, b. 18 Oct 1796, Tarrytown, NY; m. William Edwin Scofield. v. Mary Whitney, b. 1798, Tarrytown, NY; m. 22 Mar 1822, Stamford, CT, John Blanchard.
- 1790, Greenburgh, Westchester Co., NY: Thomas Whitney, 1 male over 16, 3 males 0-15, and 1 female.
- 1800, Stamford, Fairfield Co., CT: Thomas Whitney, 1 female over 45, and 2 females 0-9.
- 1810, Stamford, Fairfield Co., CT: Thos. Whitney, 1 male over 45, 1 female over 45, and 1 female 10-15.
- All data imported from 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. 67 and p. 198.