Family:Whitney, Hannah (1707-a1766)

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Hannah4 Whitney (Joseph3, John2, Henry1), daughter of Joseph3 and Hannah (Hoyt) Whitney,[1] was born 5 Nov 1707, Norwalk, CT,[2] and died after 1766.

She married firstly, say 1725, Daniel Keeler, son of John and Hittabel (Rockwell) Keeler. He was born say 1705, Norwalk, CT, and died after 14 Nov 1764. He perhaps married firstly, 14 Aug 1721, Norwalk, CT, Mary St. John.

She married secondly, 2 Jul 1766, New Canaan, CT, Samuel Betts, son of Samuel and Judith (Reynolds) Betts. He was born 28 Oct 1695, Norwalk, CT, and died after 13 Feb 1775, Wilton, CT. He had married firstly, Dorothy -----, born 4 Apr 1699, and died 23 Oct 1764, Wilton, CT.

Phoenix says the following:

Hannah Whitney, b. in Norwalk, Conn., 5 Nov. 1707; married Daniel Keeler, a farmer, of Norwalk, son of John and Hittabel (Rockwell) Keeler, and g. son of Ralph Keeler, an early settler of Norwalk, and of John Rockwell, one of the first settlers of Stamford, Conn. They settled at New Canaan Society, in Norwalk, and were among the constituent members of the Congregational Church at that place, their names being the fourth couple on the list, having been recommended by Rev. Moses Dickinson, pastor of the First Church in Norwalk. His name often appears in the Norwalk Land Records, in the purchase and sale of land, chiefly in New Canaan. His will was made at Norwalk, 14 Nov. 1764, and he died soon after that date. She married (2d), 2 July 1766, at New Canaan, with Samuel Betts, of Wilton, in Norwalk; having made with him, 1 July 1766, a contract, by which, at his death, she and her heirs were to receive all goods which he received with her, and half of the linen and woolen cloth made by them, which should not be already worn or made into clothing. She probably went to Wilton, to dwell at his home.

Children of Daniel and Hannah4 (Whitney) Keeler:

i. Dorothy Keeler, b. say 1726, Norwalk, CT; m. Abrahm Hoyt.
ii. Hannah Keeler, b. say 1728, Norwalk, CT; m. 29 Dec 1748, New Canaan, CT, Benjamin Bolt, who was born in Norwalk, 26 Sept. 1718, son of John and Elizabeth (Clemmons) Bolt, of Norwalk, and g. son of William Clemmons, of Stamford. She was mentioned in her father's will, 14 Nov. 1764, by her Christian name, as having received her portion before that date.
iii. Daniel Keeler, b. ca. 1730, Norwalk, CT; m. Mary -----.
iv. Isaiah Keeler, b. Norwalk, CT; bapt. 5 Oct 1735, New Canaan, CT; m. Melicent -----.
v. Lydia Keeler, b. Norwalk, CT; bapt. 4 Dec 1737, New Canaan, CT; had fourteen pounds in her father's will, 14 Nov. 1764, and witnessed the marriage-contract between her mother and Samuel Betts, Esq., of Wilton, Conn., 1 July 1766.
vi. Jeremiah Keeler, b. ca. 1740, Norwalk, CT; bapt. 13 Apr 1740, New Canaan, CT; m. Elizabeth Weed.
vii. Mary Keeler, b. ca. 1742, Norwalk, CT; bapt. 16 May 1742, New Canaan, CT; m. Joseph Riggs.
viii. Dinah Keeler, b. ca. 1744, Norwalk, CT; bapt. 12 Aug 1744, New Canaan, CT; m. James Canfield.
ix. John Keeler, b. 29 Aug 1746, twin, Norwalk, CT; bapt. 14 Sep 1746, New Canaan, CT; m. Phebe Hoyt.
x. Joseph Keeler, b. 29 Aug 1746, twin, Norwalk, CT; bapt. 14 Sep 1746, New Canaan, CT; had by his father's will, 14 Nov. 1764, £35, and one fourth of the remaining land; and nothing further has been reported of him, beyond the belief that he was unmarried.
xi. Elizabeth Keeler, b. Norwalk, CT; bapt. 25 Dec 1748, New Canaan, CT; m. Samuel Northrup.

Samuel and Hannah4 (Whitney)(Keeler) Betts had no children.


1.^  Her parentage is proven by her birth record.

2.^  "Hannah [Whitney], d. Joseph, b. 5 Nov 1707," according to the Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Norwalk LR4:2.

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