Family:Whitney, John (1778-a1832)

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John6 Whitney (Phineas5, Isaac4, Nathaniel3, Benjamin2, John1), son of Phineas5 and Anna (Morton) Whitney, was born (as "Jonathan"; see notes below) 8 Feb 1778, Gorham, ME,[1] and died after 1832.

Marriage intentions were published 11 Nov 1804, North Yarmouth, ME, for him "Capt." and Mary Walker "of Freeport".[2] He married, 29 Nov 1804, Freeport, ME, Mary Walker. She was born 20 Nov 1784, Freeport, ME, and died 7 Jun 1843, North Yarmouth, ME, aged 58 years.[3]

He lived, 1832, Portland, ME.

Children of John6 and Mary (Walker) Whitney:[4]

i. Mary Ann Whitney, b. 23 Jan 1806, Freeport, ME; m. 13 Mar 1824, Joseph Blake, b. 15 Mar 1801, Paris, ME, d. 28 Oct 1871, Minot, ME; resided Paris, Oxford, and Minot, ME. Children:
a. William Henry Blake, b. 5 Nov 1824; d. 1862, in the army.
b. John Whitney Blake, b. 15 Jun 1826, d. 1 Apr 1841.
c. Emeline Whitney Blake, b. 13 Jan 1829, m. Chas. B. Jacobs.
d. Mary Elizabeth Blake, b. 5 Dec 1831, d. 25 Dec 1831.
e. Jennette Blake, b. 21 Mar 1833, d. 8 Nov 1854.
f. Joseph C. Blake, b. 18 Jun 1834, d. in infancy.
g. George Blake, b. 4 Jun 1837, d. Sep 1837.
h. George Frederick Blake, b. 4 Dec 1838, d. 7 Apr 1842.
ii. Emaline Whitney, b. 3 Feb 1809, North Yarmouth, ME.
iii. John Whitney, b. 11 Apr 1814, Norridgewock, ME.


No record has been found after birth for putative brother Jonathan. In particular, he is not found in the census records of Maine from 1800 through 1850, nor in his father's will. John, known from his father's will, has no recorded birth date. His census records are erratic in the reporting of his age (1810 and 1840 are right, 1820 makes him 3 years too old, and 1830 makes him 3 years too young), but are more or less consistent with a birth date of 1778. As a result, I believe that they are one and the same. Either the birth was recorded incorrectly, or his name was changed, or he chose to use John instead of Jonathan throughout his life.



1.^  "Jonathan [Whitney], s. Phineas and Anna, [born] Feb. 8, 1778," according to Marquis Fayette King, comp., Publishments, marriages, births and deaths from the earlier records of Gorham, Maine (Portland, ME: Maine Genealogical Society, 1897).

2.^  "John [Whitney], Capt. and Polly Walker, of Freeport, int. 11 Nov. 1804," according to Sherman, Ruth Wilder, comp., Vital records of North Yarmouth, Maine to the year 1850 (Rockport, Me.: Picton Press, 1993).

3.^  "Mary [Whitney], w. John, [died] 7 June 1843, a. 58y.," according to Sherman, Ruth Wilder, comp., Vital records of North Yarmouth, Maine to the year 1850 (Rockport, Me.: Picton Press, 1993).

4.^  The children's births are recorded in Pownal vital records 1774-1859, p. 355, although they weren't born there.

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