Family:Whitney, Jonathan (1659-1735)
On 26 Apr 1733, "Jonathan Whittne" of Concord, "alive", was a grantee of land in the Narraganset Townships, laid out by order of the General Court, due to service in the Narragansett Expedition, King Philip's War, 9 Dec 1675. The grants were confirmed April 18, 1735.
On 21 Dec 1702 he was mentioned as son and an heir in the will of his father.
On 14 Mar 1734/5 Jonathan Whitney of Concord wrote his will, mentioning wife Sarah; son Isaac Whitney, land in Sherborn; son Shadrech Whitney; son Jonathan Whitney; son Amos Whitney; son Zacheus Whitney; son Timothy Whitney; daughter Sarah Warrin; daughter Tabitha Parkis; daughter Anna Cuttler; son Daniel Whitney, executor; witnesses, Joseph Peirce, Thomas Wheeler, Timothy Wesson. The will was proved 28 Mar 1735.
In 1996, Smith and Sanborn wrote:
In December 1701, Jonathan Whitney, Hopestill Lealand, Jonathan Fairbanks and Daniel Sheffield of Sherborn, and John Whitney and Benjamin Whitney of Framingham, were ordered to be brought to court for having "with force & arms & strong hands" gone into the dwelling house of Isaac Bowen of Framingham and "riotously assaulted" Bowen (Middlesex County Court files 2X 1701). Although the depositions assert that Jonathan Whitney and Hopestill Lealand went into the house, there are no clues here regarding the reasons for the conflict. The jury hearing the case found the defendants not guilty (Middlesex County General Sessions, 9 December 1701).
It is possible that Jonathan Whitney of Concord, husbandman, was the man whom David Church of Marlborough, weaver, owed £15 and promised to pay in a bond dated 13 March 1715/6 (Middlesex County Court files 247-1715/6). In 1727 Ephraim Sawtell and Samuel Jones sued Jonathan Whitney for a modest debt (Middlesex County Court files F301-1727).
On 24 July 1734 Jonathan Whitney sued in the County court over the failure of the town of Sherborn to acknowledge his inhabitancy and include him in all the division of lands that were his right since 30 May 1681 (Middlesex County Court 1681-1734-103A). He won the first case, heard by the Inferior Court of Common Pleas, but the judgment was appealled (Middlesex County Court 1734-106A-4). To the County court he brought an affidavit that stated that "Jonathan Whitney Junr" had been authorized to "take up his house lot according to Town Grant at Chestnut Brook according to his invoyce, so to take up his Divident on that which was granted to Isaac Learned..." and yet another copy of a town document showing that he was one of the first twenty families to settle in Sherbom (Middlesex County Court files 1734-106A-4). His grants were also recorded as: "twenty acres of upland for a houselot"; "five acres and a half of meadowland"; "eighteen acres and a half" of Divident land (ibid.).
His will was proved in 1735:
- In the Name of god amen the fourteenth Day of March 1734/5 I Jonathan Whitney of Concord in the County of Middx and Province of the Masechusets Bay in New England Husbandman being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto god therefor Cling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is apointed for all men once to Die do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament that is to say: Principally and first of all I give and Recomend my soul into the Hands of god that gave it and my body I Recommend to the Earth to be buried in Decent Christan burial at the Discresion of my Executors nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall Receive the same again by the Mighty Power of god. and as touching such Worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to Bless me in this life I give Demise and Dispose of the same in the following manner and form:
- Imprimis I given and bequeath to Sarah my Dearly beloved wife all my Beds & beding Putter and Brass with all other of my houshold goods also to have annually of my Estate for her maintainance the sum of sixteen pounds in money Dureing her Natural Life and at her Decease a Decent Christian Burial
- Itm I give and bequeath unto my son Isaac Whitney all the bonds and wrightings obligatory that I have from under his hand and seal with all the Rights or tenements of land that I hold in the Town of Sherburn Except those that have been afready sued for in Cort for his portion in full.
- Item I give to my son Shadrach Whitney the sum of Ten pounds in money to be paid at the End of two years after my Decease:
- Item I give to my son Jonathan Whitney the sum of four pounds in money to be paid at the End of one year after my Decease;
- Item I give to my son Amos Whitney the sum of four pounds in money to be paid at the end of one year after my Decease
Item I give to my son Zacheus Whitney the sum of five pounds in money to be paid at the End of one year after my Decease
- Item I give to my son Timothy Whitney the sum of five pounds in money to be paid at the End of one year after my Decease
- Item I give to my Daughter Sarah Warrin the sum of one pound in money to be paid at the End of one year after my Decease
- Item I give to my Daughter Tabitha Parks the sum of one pound in money to be paid at the End of one year after my Decease
- Item I give to my Daughter Anna Cutfier the sum of one pound in money to be paid at the End of one year after my Decease
- Item I give unto my son Daniel Whitney whom I likewise Constitute make and Ordain my Sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament all and singular my lands messuages and Tenements by him freely to be possesed and Injoyed and all other of my Estate both Real and personal I do hereby Reqire my Executor to pay all my Just Debts funeral Charges and Legacies Whatso Ever. And I do hereby utterly disallow Revoke and
Disannal all and Every other former Testaments Wills Legacies and bequests and Executors by me in anny ways before have willed and Bequeathed Ratifying and Confirming this and no other to be my Last will and Testament in Witness Whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and seal the :Day and year above writen
- Signed Sealed published
- and Declared by the same Jonathan Whitney
- Jonathan Whitney as his
- Last Will and Testament
- In presence of us
- Joseph Pefrce
- Thomas Whelor
- Timothy Wesson
- (Proved 28 March 1735)
- To the Honr Jonathan Remington Esqr Judge of Probate for Wills these are to Certifie that Whereas Jonathan Whitney of Concord Deceased my Late Husband Did upon his Deathbed make a Will and Testament bareing Date the fourteenth of this Instant march and there in due order and Dispose of his Whole Estate both Real & Personal that I am fully Satisfied there with and Desire your Honr will proced and Prove the sd Will as Witness my hand Sarah Whitney
- Concord March 28:1735
- (Middlesex Probate 1735 #24691])
- Wheraas Sarah Whitney late of Townshend in the County of Middlesex deceasd Relict of Jonathan Whitney of Concord in the County aforesaid died siezed of sundry Goods & moneys not dispos'd of in her life time whereof Administration is not taken; and the Heirs at law being all of Age, and capacitated to divide the same as hereafter expressed and having mutually and amicably agreed, distributed and seffled the same, being the Estate enumerated, in the Schedule hereunto annexed, The Subscribers being the Children and Heirs as afores'd & Guardians & Rpresentatives of the sd Heirs, vizt Shadrech Whitney, ye Eldest son who appears for himself & the Heirs of Zaccheus Whitney deceased as their Guardian; Jonathan Whitney for himself, Amos Whitney for himself and as Guardian for the Heirs of Timothy Whitney deceased, Daniel Whitney for himself, Sarah Warren widow for herself and Samuel Hunt and Tabitha, his Wife for the sd Tabitha; Ebenezer Cufler & Anna his Wife for the said Anna, being all the Heirs at Law to the Estate afores'd, Do hereby conclude, condescend & agree to divide the same to and among us the said Subscribers, and the parties we appear for as above in equal Shares; and do hereby acknowledge and declare that we have divided and received the same according thereunto Each one respectively his full and whole part as a final Settlement of the same being nine equal Shares in the whole. In Testimony whereof we have hereunto sett our hands and Seals this 10 Day of Octor A:D: 1746
- Shadrach Whitney
- Jonathan Whitney
- Amos Whitney
- Daniel Whitney
- Sarah Warren
- Tabitha her X mark Hunt
- Annah her O mark Cutler
- In the presence of us
- Samuel Taylor
- William Fletcher
- The following Articles is a Schedule or Inventory of all the Estate that Sarah Whitney late deceased mentioned in the within Instrument died seized of, and that is divided to and among her heirs as within mentioned
One Bond 15.11.1 One Bond 6.0.0 One Bond 7.3.6 One Bond 8.0.11 One Bond 5.0.0 Dept Due 5.0.0 more Due 5.2.0 more Due 1.0.0 Dept Due 5.0.0 Dept Due 1.15.5 To Silver Claspts &c 1.5.6 To Cash 0.6.8 To one Grate Bible 3.10.0 One Greate Book 3.10.0 One Book of Nineteen Sermons 0.8.0 One Book of Mr Farwells 0.10.0 One Book of Mr Vincens 0.4.0 One Book of Mr Henrys 0.3.0 To Three Small Books 0.3.0 To One Camblit Gown 6.10.0 To three Low Ditto 3.10.0 To five old Ditto 2.10.0 one old Woollen Blankit 0.15.0 one Cotten Table cloath 1.6.0 To Six Cotten Napkins 2.5.0 To 2 Table cloaths 0.14.3 To three Towels & 3 old Cloaths 0.14.6 To Two Cotten Pillow cloaths 1.4.6 To old Cotten Ditto 0.7.6 To Two Pillow cloaths & 4 old cloths 0.15.0 one old wallet 0.2.6 To five Baskits & Two Boxes 0.14.0 To thj one pound & 3/4 pewter 12.14.0 One Brass Cittle 4.0.0 one Small Brass Ditto 1.0.0 One warming Pan 1.0.0 One Brass Skilllt 1.0.0 One Brass Skimer 0.50. One Iron Kittle 1.6.6 One Box Iron & heaters candle melt stick & fork 0.11.0 one Tramiel 0.10.0 one Rale & Tongues 0.16.0 To Two Earthen Plates and Poringer 0.4.0 To Glasses 0.6.6 To Tin wair 0.2.6 One Chaping knife 0.5.0 To knives & forks 0.6.0 one Earthen pott & Jugg 0.2.2 One chest of Draws 2.5.0 one old Chest & Box 0.16.0 One Table 0.16.0 To four old Chairs 0.16.0 To one Harthell 01.15.0 To one Churn 0.15.0 One Barrill 0.5.0 Scails & Wait 0.5.0 One Tunrel 0.3.0 one Ramel 0.5.0 One Sillicrape Gown 3.0.0 One Drudgit Gown 3.0.0 One Rideing Wood 2.10.0 One old Rieding Wood & Gown 0.10.0 One Quilted Peticoat 3.0.0 One Quilted Coat 1.15.0 Two Stript Ditto 2.0.0 One Pair of old Slays 0.10.0 To Three apperns 0.15.0 Tow Two Wascotts 0.6.0 One Pair of Stockins 0.9.0 Old Stocki Pockits & Garters 0.4.6 One Cotten Shift 1.12.0 To four old Ditto 0.10.0 To one fine Ditto 1.19.0 To Two fine aprons 2.3.0 To one fistion wescoot 1.0.0 one fine Hankerchief 0.15.0 one Silk moslen Ditto 0.8.0 To Two Stript Ditto 0.7.0 one pair of white Gloves 0.9.0 To Three pair old Lather Ditto 0.9.0 one whit Hankerchief 0.4.0 To Caps 2.7.0 One pair of thread Stokins 0.10.0 to bonhits 0.9.0 To Two pair of Shoes 1.1.0 To flax yarn & thread 0.17.9 To cysors kniting nedles & comb 0.8.0 To one Bead bolster & Two Pillers 18.10.0 one Bedstead under Bed & Cord 1.18.0 To Two Dimond Coverlids 5.0.0 one Rugg 1.15.0 one Ragg Coverlid 1.10.0 one flock Bed & Two Pillows 6.8.0 Pair of Curtains & vollence 1.11.3 To her Cotten Sheats 5.0.0 one Pillion 0.12.0 one Pair of Cards 0.3.0 To Two old Wheals spindle & Real 0.18.0 To Black Silk 2.10.0 [untotalled but in old tenor] Dated this 10 day of Octor A.D 1746 Daniel Taylor William Thacher
"This inventory implies a refined and well-educated household.
Children of Jonathan3 and Sarah (Hapgood) Whitney:
i. Sarah4 Whitney, b. 2 Mar 1693, Sherborn, MA; m. Jonathan Warren. ii. Isaac Whitney, b. 27 Sep 1694, Sherborn, MA; unmarried. iii. Tabitha Whitney, b. 22 Aug 1696, Sherborn, MA; m.(1) Jacob Fulham; m.(2) George Parkhurst; m.(3) Samuel Hunt. iv. Shadrach Whitney, b. 12 Oct 1698, Watertown, MA; bapt. 22 Sep 1700, Watertown, MA; m. Prudence (-----) Lawrence. v. Jonathan Whitney, b. 25 Nov 1700, Watertown, MA; bapt. 3 Aug 1700, Watertown, MA; d. after 11 Jul 1747, unmarried. vi. Anna Whitney, b. 24 May 1702, Watertown, MA; bapt. 1 Nov 1702, Watertown, MA; m. Ebenezer Cutler. vii. Amos Whitney, b. 1 May 1705, Watertown, MA; unmarried. viii. Zaccheus Whitney, b. 16 Nov 1707, Sudbury, MA; m Mary Wheeler. ix. Timothy Whitney, b. 20 Feb 1708/9, Concord, MA; m. Submit (Parker) Woods. x. Daniel Whitney, b. 12 Sep 1710, Concord, MA; m. Thankful Allen.
1.^ His parentage is proven by his birth record and his mention in his father's will.
2.^ "Jonnathan Whetny, s. Jonathan & Lydia, b. 20 Oct 1659," according to Watertown Records, Comprising the First and Second Book of Town Proceedings, with the Land Grants and Possessions. Also, the Proprietors' Book, and the First Book of and Supplement of Births, Deaths, and Marriages (Watertown, MA: Historical Society, 1894), vol. 1, p. 21.
3.^ "Jonathan [Whitney], h. of Mrs. Sarah his wife, d. 17 Mar 1734/5 (76y. 4m. 28d.)," according to Concord, Massachusetts. Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1635-1850 (Boston, MA: Todd, 1895), p. 128.
4.^ The date is estimated from her age and the birth of their oldest child.
5.^ Her identity as a daughter of Shadrach Hapgood is just short of proof. Shadrach Hapgood had a daughter Sarah, whose age from his probate records corresponds to the age at death of Jonathan Whitney's widow. Jonathan's brother married Sarah's sister. Jonathan and Sarah named a son Shadrach, a very unusual name, presumably for Sarah's father. The case is circumstantial, but very likely. It was apparently first stated by William Barry, A History of Framingham, Massachusetts, ... (1847), and has been accepted by all authorities since (Bond, Morse, Temple, H. A. Whitney, Savage, W. L. Whitney, Pierce, Torrey, Smith & Sanborn), although some express a minor degree of doubt.
6.^ Dean Crawford Smith and Melinde Lutz Sanborn, The Ancestry of Eva Belle Kempton, 1878-1908, Part I: The Ancestry of Warren Francis Kempton 1817-1879 (Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1996), p. 542.
7.^ "Sarah [Whitney], relict John, "late of Concord", [died] July 26, 1746, in her 75y.", according to Townsend, Massachusetts, Vital Records. p. 348. Of course, she was actually relict of Jonathan, not John.
9.^ Middlesex County, MA, probate file #24,690.
10.^ Middlesex County, MA, probate file #24,691.
12.^ "Sarah [Whitney], d. of Jonathan and Sarah, [born] Mar. 2, 1693," according to Baldwin, Thomas W., ed., Vital Records of Sherborn, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Boston, MA: 1911), pp. 92-94
15.^ "fhedrick Whitny, s. Jonathan & Sarah Whitny, b. 12 Oct 1698," according to Watertown Records, Comprising the Third Book of Town Proceedings and the Second Book of Births, Marriages, and Deaths, to the End of 1737. Also Plan and Register of Burials in Arlington Street Burying Ground (Watertown, MA: Historical Society, 1900), vol. 2, p. 14.
16.^ "p. 133: 22 Sep 1700, Shadrach [Whitney], s. of Jonathan Whitney, bapt.," according to Watertown Records, Comprising the Third Book of Town Proceedings and the Second Book of Births, Marriages, and Deaths, to the End of 1737. Also Plan and Register of Burials in Arlington Street Burying Ground (Watertown, MA: Historical Society, 1900), vol. 4, p. 133.
22.^ "Zacheass [Whitney], s. Jonathan and Sarah, [born] Nov. 16, 1707," according to Vital Records of Sudbury, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1903), p. 151.
23.^ "Timothy [Whittny], s. of Jonathan and his wife Sarah, b. 20 Feb 1708/9," according to Concord, Massachusetts. Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1635-1850 (Boston, MA: Todd, 1895), p. 72.
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