Family:Whitney, Aaron (1774-1848)

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Aaron Whitney ([poss.] Jonathan5, Samuel4, John3, Benjamin2, John1), parentage conjectured, was born 10 Sep 1774, Lewiston, ME, and died 1848, Guilford, ME.

Intentions of marriage were published 25 Apr 1799, Lewiston, ME, for him "Mr." "of Bowdoin" and "Mrs." Betsey Hildreth "of Lewiston".[1] He married, about 1799, Betsey Hildreth. She was born 10 Sep 1774 (as recorded), Lewiston, ME, and died 17 Aug 1819, Guilford, ME.

He married, second, 8 Sep 1822, Guilford, ME, Mary (Crockett) Doble. She was born 1 Jun 1781, Gorham, ME (or 6 Jun 1782, Sumner, Cumberland Co., ME, d. Feb 1825 - IGI). She married firstly, 24 Sep 1800, Sumner, ME, Phinehas Doble. She had the following children by her first husband: Hannah Doble, b. 3 Feb 1813, Sumner, ME; Solomon & Bernice Doble [twins], b. 21 Apr 1816, Sumner, ME. Mary (Crockett)(Doble) Whitney died 7 Jan 1826, Guilford, ME.

Children of Aaron and Betsey (Hildreth) Whitney:

i. Abigail Merrill Whitney, b. 31 Mar 1800, Lisbon, ME. Resided with the family in 1800, 1810. Married prob. firstly Noah M. Soper; secondly, Charles Mclain. See discussion.
ii. Robert Hildrith Whitney, b. 18 Dec 1801, Lisbon, ME. Resided with the family in 1810, 1820. Married or died before 1830. No further record.
iii. Reliance Small Whitney, b. 23 Sep 1803, Lisbon, ME. Resided with the family in 1810, 1820. She m. 18 Nov 1827 (or 25 Apr 1827?), Guilford, ME, Mr. Manoah Harriman.[2]
iv. Annas Spears Whitney, b. 23 Sep 1805, Lisbon, ME; m. Drusilla Wright.
v. Relief Guildsmith Whitney, b. 7 Sep 1807, Litchfield, ME. Resided with the family in 1810, 1820. Married or died before 1830.
vi. Sally Spears Whitney, b. 11 Oct 1809, Industry, ME. Resided with the family in 1810; died before 1820.
vii. Thomas Flint Whitney, b. 13 Nov 1813, Industry, ME; m. Adaline Wright.
viii. William Hildrith Whitney, b. 7 Oct 1815, Industry, ME; m. Mary V. Morrill.
viii. Betsey Whitney "Jr", b. 7 Oct 1818, Guilford, ME; d. 29 Dec 1819, Guilford, ME.

Children of Aaron and Mary (Crockett)(Doble) Whitney:

ix. Stillman F. Whitney, b. 11 Jun 1823, Guilford, ME; m. Ellsbyra Ann S. -----.


Since Aaron's family appears in Thompsonborough together with Jonathan Whitney and Jonathan Whitney, Jr., it seems likely that he was closely related to them. Possibly he may have been a son of Jonathan, Sr., and brother of Jonathan, Jr., but this is just a guess.



  • Census records
  • Guilford, Maine, Vital Records. This source gives a family record of Aaron and his two wives, including their births, marriages, and deaths, their children's births and some deaths.

1.^  "Intention of marriage certified between Mr. Aaron Whitney of Bowdoin and Mrs. Betsy Hildreth of Lewiston, published 25 April 1799," according to Hodgkin, Douglas I., comp., Records of Lewiston, Maine: Volume 2. Town Records 1852-1863 and Vital Records Prior to 1865 (Rockport, ME: Picton Press, 2002).

2.^  "Mr Manoah Harriman and Miss Reliance S. Whitney on the eighteenth day of November AD 1827. April 25th 1827 [sic]   Robert Low, Justice of the peace   A true copy   Attest. Robert Low, Town Clerk," according to Guilford, Maine, Vital Records.

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