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The Whitney Family of Connecticut

by S. Whitney Phoenix
(New York: 1878)

Transcribed by Robert L. Ward.

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Fourth Generation.
by that name, than by any other, at the present time. His father gave him land in Ridgefield, valued at £500, 25 March 1751, to which he added so much during his life-time as to be called the largest landholder in the town. Yet in 1873, no parcel of his large landed property is owned by his descendants, except the Smith burying-ground, about four rods square, on the New Canaan road. He lived on West Lane, a little east of where Cyrus B. Grumman's house stands. His wife, Mary, died of small-pox, 26 Dec. 1781, and the same disease ended his life, 20 Jan. 1782. They were buried in Titicus cemetery.

Chil. of Josiah and Eunice (Hanford) Whitney. 13

78 I. Josiah Whitney, b. at Norwalk, Conn., 10 Feb. 1730-31; probably died young.
79 II. Stephen Whitney, b. at Norwalk, Conn., 10 Feb 1732-3; chose Jonathan Fairchild, of Norwalk, as his guardian, 1 Aug. 1749; settled in Derby, Conn., where he married Sarah Wheeler, b. at Derby, 27 Dec. 1737, dau. of Capt. James and Sarah (Johnson) Wheeler. She owned the covenant in the Congregational Church at Derby, 10 June 1759, died at Derby, 31 March 1764, and was buried in the old cemetery in Derby, where her gravestone sets forth her various relationships. He married (2d), at Derby, 5 Nov. 1764, Eunice Keeney. They owned the covenant in Derby, 6 Oct. 1765. She was probably a widow, and mother of William Keeney. He married (3d), Hannah Hull, widow of ----- Morse. She died in Derby, about 1793 or 1794.

He was largely engaged in the West India trade, and at the end of the Revolution, found that nearly the whole of his possessions consisted of a big chest nearly filled with paper currency, which had so depreciated that he could realize nothing from it. He then went at his business anew, and had gained a modest competence a second time, when the sinking of a brig, the cargo of which belonged to him, brought him to poverty once more; after which he made a living, in his old age, by trading in a small way in the town about Derby. He came home from his last trip on a borrowed horse, having been, for three or four days, too ill to walk; and, on reaching home, was so ill that his family had to help him from the horse to his bed, where he died on the same night, at half past one o'clock, in Jun 1811.

80 III. Henry Whitney, b. at Norwalk, Conn., 19 Feb. 1735-6; a master-mariner and farmer; chose Phineas Hanford as guardian, 1 Aug. 434
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