Family:Whitney, Jerusha (1714-b1770)

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Jerusha4 Whitney (Henry3, John2, Henry1), daughter of Henry3 and Elizabeth (Olmstead) Whitney, was born 18 Dec 1713 or 1714, Ridgefield, CT,[1] and died after 5 Feb 1744/5, Ridgefield, CT.

She married, 29 Apr 1736, Ridgefield, CT, Daniel Sherwood, son of Daniel and Ruth (-----) Sherwood. He was born 21 Nov 1714, Ridgefield, CT, and died before 10 Apr 1770, Ridgefield, CT.

Phoenix says the following:

Jerusha Whitney, b. in Ridgefield, Conn., 18 Dec. 1714, according to the town-record, but the true date was, probably, 1713; married, 29 Ap. 1736, at Ridgefield, Daniel Sherwood, a miller, who was born in Ridgefield, 21 Nov. 1714, son of Daniel and Ruth Sherwood, of Ridgefield. She and her husband received her part of her father's estate, £47 11s. 1d., old tenor, 5 Feb. 1744-5. He bought land in Ridgefield, of his brother, Nathan Sherwood, 18 March, 1747. His farm lay in Ridgebury Society, next to the Colony line, and was bounded "east by the brook running through Mopoo's Bog." He sold portions of this land to hsi sons, Henry, Ebenezer, and Daniel, 17 Jan. 1763; ten acres, for £7 each. He died before 10 Ap. 1770.

Children of Daniel and Jerusha4 (Whitney) Sherwood:

i. Daniel Sherwood, b. 21 Jan 1736/7, Ridgefield, CT; lived in Ridgebury Society, and joined his brother Ebenezer in buying land, 31 Mar 1769, and again 22 Feb 1773, which last was the homestead of Jacob and Henry Elias, near the church in Ridgebury. He was there, 23 May 1775. He was loyal in the Revolutionary War, and his estate was confiscated. Being the eldest son, he probably received two portions of his father's estate, which was divided into elevenths, though there were only ten children.
ii. Ebenezer Sherwood, b. 15 Jan 1738/9, Ridgefield, CT; m. Sarah -----, who died in Ridgebury, 21 Sept. 1818, aged 78 years. He died in Ridgebury Society, 17 Nov. 1818, in his 80th year.
iii. Henry Sherwood, b. 18 Nov 1741, Ridgefield, CT. He was living in the State of New York, 25 Feb. 1785, at which date his part, one eleventh, of his father's homestead was taken on execution and set off to the creditor, William Forrester, who was put in possession "by turf and twigg." He was of Catskill, N. Y., 29 March 1787, and was of Coxsackie, "in ye County of Albany," N. Y., 15 Ap. 1791, when he and Lois Sherwood sold to John Lee, of Ridgefield, five and a half acres of land, "being part of Wiliam Lee's Home Lott, late of Ridgefield, Decd." We infer that his wife was Lois Lee.
iv. Elizabeth Sherwood, b. 5 May 1744, Ridgefield, CT.
v. Ruth Sherwood, b. 11 Jun 1746, Ridgefield, CT; seems to have been afflicted with mental incapacity, as Daniel Coley, "conservator of Ruth Sherwood of Ridgefield," sold her land, 24 June 1789. Perhaps she was the Ruth Sherwood of whose death, in Ridgefield, we find a record, under date of 7 Aug. 1792.
vi. Mary Sherwood, b. 8 Nov 1747, Ridgefield, CT; sold her part of her father's estate to her brother Daniel, 10 Ap. 1770.
vii. John Sherwood, b. 4 Dec 1749, Ridgefield, CT; m. 17 Apr 1776, Ridgebury, CT, Ann Rockwell. His part, one eleventh, of his father's homestead was taken on execution, at the suit of William Forrester, and set off to the creditor, 25 Feb. 1785. He was then living in the State of New York. He seems to have died before 29 March, 1787.
viii. Sarah Sherwood, b. 4 Aug 1751, Ridgefield, CT. Her portion of her father's estate was sold by John Lobdell, of North Salem, Westchester Co., N. Y., 2 Jan 1787.
ix. Richard Sherwood, b. 21 Mar 1754, Ridgefield, CT. It was charged that he had "absconded and taken part with the British troops against the United States of America," and by order of the Court, his property, six acres of land in Ridgefield, was sold, 9 Aug. 1787, to pay his debts and for the benefit of the State of Connecticut. A portion of his confiscated estate was sold, 19 March 1787, by the Judge of Probate.
x. Jerusha Sherwood, b. say 1756, Ridgefield, CT; m. Nehemiah Barlow, of Brookfield, CT. They were living there 5 June 1788, when they sold her share of her father's estate in Ridgefield.


1.^  "Whitney, Jerusha, [d. Henry & Elizabeth (Armstead)], b. 18 Dec 1714," according to Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Ridgefield LR1:201.

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