Family:Whitney, Benjamin (c1752-1802)

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Benjamin5 Whitney (James4, Joseph3, Jonathan2, John1), son of James4 and Eleanor (Robbins) Whitney, was born circa 1752,[1] and died 19 May 1802, Tyngsborough, MA, aged 49 years;[2] "Ensign" died 19 May 1802, buried 1902, Nashua, Hillsborough County, NH.[3]

He married firstly, 1 Jul 1779, Dunstable, MA, "Mrs." Rebecca Danforth, both "of Dunstable, N.H.",[4] daughter of Joseph and Mary (Richardson) Danforth. She was born 16 Mar 1759, Dunstable, MA, and died 12 Feb 1794, Tyngsborough, MA, in her 35th year.[5]

He married secondly, 16 Nov 1797, Dunstable, MA, Lois Brown, both "of Dunstable, N.H."[6] She was born about Feb 1774, Dunstable, MA, and died 23 Aug 1861, Nashua, NH, aged 87 years 6 months.[7] She "Louis" married secondly, 2 Dec 1804, Hollis, NH, Henry Turrel.[8] She was buried in Dunstable Old Cemetery, Nashua, NH.

His father's estate was probated 4 Jul 1757, Dunstable, MA, Thomas Harwood of Dunstable, N.H., innholder, was appointed guardian of John, Jonathan, Elizabeth, Benjamin, and Lucy, all minors under 14, children of James Whitney, late of Dunstable, deceased, and posted bond with William Angier of Cambridge as surety. On 30 Mar 1778, Dunstable, MA, he gave a receipt to his guardian for his portion of his father's estate.

He was also known as Ens. Benjamin Whitney.

Benjamin5 and Rebecca (Danforth) Whitney had no children.

Child of Benjamin5 and Lois (Brown) Whitney:

i. Benjamin6 Whitney, b. 12 Aug 1798, Dunstable, MA.[9]



Old Dunstable encompassed land on both sides of the Massachusetts-New Hampshire border, including the present town Tyngsborough, the east part of Dunstable, a narrow gore on the east side of Pepperell and a tract in the northeast part of Townsend, all in MA, and the present towns of Litchfield, Hudson, portions of Londonderry, Pelham, and nearly all the present towns of Nashua and Hollis, and parts of Amherst, Milford and Brookline, all in NH. The Massachusetts and New Hampshire parts were separated in 1741. Over time, parts of Dunstable, NH, were set off as new towns, and in 1836 the remainder was renamed Nashua, NH.


1.^  Date calculated from age at death.

2.^  "Benjamin [Whitney], Ens., [died] May 19, 1802, a. 49y. Gravestone record, Little Cemetery, South Nashua, NH," according to Vital Records of Tyngsborough, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (Salem, MA: Essex Institute, 1913), p. 117.

3.^  New Hampshire, Vital Records, Death Index.

4.^  "Benjamin [Whitney], Ens., and Mrs. Rebeca Danforth, b. of Dunstable, N.H., [married] July 1, 1779," according to Vital Records of Dunstable, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (Salem, MA: Essex Institute, 1913). Also, "Benjamin Whitney & Rebecca Danforth, m. 1 Jul 1779, Dunstable, Hillsborough Co., NH," according to Archive:New Hampshire, Vital Records, Marriage Index.

5.^  "Rebecca [Whitney], w. Lt. Benjamin, [died] Feb. 12, 1794, in her 35th y. Gravestone record, Thompson Cemetery," according to Tyngsborough Vital Records, p. 117.

6.^  "Benjamin [Whitney], and Lois Brown, both of Dunstable, N.H., [married] Nov. 16, 1797," according to Dunstable Vital Records.

7.^  Find A Grave memorial #52973862, Lois Turrell.

8.^  "Louis Whitney & Henry Turrel, m. 2 Dec 1804, Hollis, Hillsborough Co., NH," according to New Hampshire, Vital Records, Marriage Index.

9.^  "Benjamin [Whitney], s. Benjamin and Lois, [born] Aug. 12, 1798," according to Dunstable Vital Records. Also New Hampshire, Vital Records, Birth Index.

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