Family:Whitney, Josiah (1753-1827)

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Josiah6 Whitney (Josiah5, Richard4, Richard3, Richard2, John1), son of Josiah5 and Sarah (Farr) Whitney, was born 25 Feb 1753, Harvard, MA,[1] and died 2 Jan 1827, Nelson, NH.

He married, 10 Jan 1776, Harvard, MA, Anna Scollay.[2] She was baptized 18 Apr 1756, and died 8 Mar 1824, Nelson, NH.

Josiah Whitney, son of General Josiah Whitney, was born in Harvard, MA, where he resided until shortly after the Revolutionary war, when he moved to Nelson, NH, where he ever after resided and conducted an extensive farm. "Josiah Whitney, Jr., was a private in the Minute Men from Harvard, MA, at the Lexington alarm, April 19, 1775. Also private in Capt. Manassah Sawyer's company, Colonel Dike's regiment, Massachusetts Militia, 1776, at Dorchester Heights." He resided Harvard, MA, and Nelson, NH.

Children of Josiah6 and Anna (Scollay) Whitney:

i. Nancy7 Whitney, b. 12 Apr 1777, Harvard, MA;[3] d. 23 Mar 1859; m. 17 Dec 1799, Packersfield, NH, Nathaniel Breed,[4] of Nelson. He d. 10 Oct 1837, Alstead, NH. Children:
a. Whitney Breed, b. 27 Apr 1810; m. 26 Oct 1837; Persis B. Hatch, resided Alstead Center, NH.
ii. Sally Whitney, b. 26 Jun 1778; d. 26 Feb 1846; m. 15 Jun 1802, Packersfield, NH, Capt. Pius Upton Burnap.[5] He was born in Reading, MA, 5 Feb 1775; d. 11 Aug 1827; resided Nelson, NH.
a. John Burnap, b. 4 Apr 1803; d. 13 May 1803.
b. Upton Burnap, b. 20 Jun 1804; d. 13 Aug 1854; m. Harriet Batchelder.
c. Josiah Burnap, b. 26 Aug 1805; m. Miranda Adams; d. 1892.
d. Eli Burnap, b. 15 Feb 1807; d. 22 Jan 1837
e. Polly Burnap, b. 20 Sep 1808; d. 1 May 1811
f. Nancy Burnap, b. 13 May 1810; d. 22 Feb 1887; m. 30 Sep 1828, Asa Taft; a dau., Nancy Marietta Taft, resided Keene, NH.
g. Mary Burnap, b. 26 Jun 1812 d. 24 Mar 1869;; m. 5 Mar 1840, Reuel Nims.
h. Lura Burnap, b. 3 Apr 1814; m. 14 Nov 1837, Maynard Wilson.
i. James Burnap, b. 6 Sep 1816; m. 17 Oct 1840, Mary Gilman.
j. George Burnap, b. 15 Jul 1818; m. Susan M. Sherwin, Mary F. Reynolds and Charlotte Harris Atwood
k. Laura Burnap, b. 13 Oct 1819; d. 28 Aug 1822.
l. Lorin Burnap, b. 13 Oct 1819; d. 11 Sep 1822.
iii. Lois Whitney, b. 15 Mar 1781; d. 16 Jan 1859, Sullivan, NH; m. 28 Jan 1800, Packersfield, NH, Ezra Wardwell.[6] They resided Nelson, NH. He d. 3 Jun 1845, Sullivan, NH. The children of Lois Whitney and Ezra Wardwell are all dead; for further information in regard to their descendants reference is given as follows: Those of Lois Wardwell to J. R. Beal, Keene, NH; of I. N. Wardwell, to Mrs. Albert G. Nims, Keene, NH; of Lucy, to W. H. Buckminster, Keene, NH; of Ezra, to Granville Wardwell, Winchester, NH; of Harriet, to Mrs. J. N. Nims, Sullivan, NH; of Granville, to Mrs. Mary L. Campbell, Great Falls, MT. Children:
a. Lois Wardwell, b. 1 Apr 1801; d. 20 Jul 1880.
b. Ichabod Nichols Wardwell, b. 5 Dec 1802; d. Mar 1859
c. Ezekiel Wardwell, b. 18 Aug 1804; m. Mary Cate; d. abt. 1840.
d. Phebe Wardwell, b. 1 Aug 1806; d. in infancy, no date.
e. Lucy Wardwell, b. 30 May 1808; d. 27 Apr 1859
f. Emily Wardwell, b. 8 Apr 1810; d. 3 May 1811
g. Ezra Wardwell, b. 17 Mar 1812; d. 24 Sep 1850.
g. Harriet Wardwell, b. 11 Jun 1814; d. 1874.
h. Hersey Wardwell, b. 4 Feb 1817; d. 1 Aug 1871; m. Sarah M. Emerson; a dau. m. Charles Stay, and resided Greenfield, MA.
i. Granville Wardwell, b. 9 Dec 1819; d. 24 Jun 1858.
j. Wardwell, b.
k. Wardwell, b.
iv. Stephen Whitney, b. 1 Jul 1784; m. Mary A. Burgess.
v. Lucy Whitney, b. -----; d. 16 Jan 1829; m. 4 Jun 1811, NH, Asa Lawrence,[7] b. 21 Aug 1795; d. 8 Oct 1862; resided Nelson, NH. Children:
a. Laura Lawrence, b. 28 Oct 1812; d. 5 Mar 1858; m. Sep 1831, George W. Towns.
b. Lara Lawrence, b. 6 Mar 1815; d. 29 Jul 1818.
c. Justus Lawrence, b. 19 Feb 1817; d. 21 Dec 1872; m. 4 Nov 1852, Caroline E. Trust, of Derby, VT.
d. Loren Woodbury Lawrence, b. 3 May 1819; d. 29 Sep 1855, Honolulu, Sandwich Islands.
e. Lara Lawrence, b. 15 Apr 1822; d. 4 Apr 1825.
f. Josiah Whitney Lawrence, b. 6 Jun 1827; d. 22 Jun 1832.
vi. Josiah Whitney, b. 24 Feb 1782; m. Sarah Emes.
vii. James Whitney, b. 26 Dec 1789; m. Anna Goss.

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Henry Melville
Lydia Whitney, b. 6 Jul 1795; d. 8 Jan 1864; m. 4 Jun 1818, Nelson, NH, Henry Melville,[8] b. -----; d. -----; resided Nelson, NH.
a. Sarah Minot Melville, b. 5 Oct 1818; m. Dr. Leonard French; d. in Ashby, MA, 11 Sep 1849, leaving son Leonard Melville French, b. 26 Jul 1849, who m. ----- Blood, and resided in Manchester, NH.
b. Josiah Henry Melville, b. 18 Dec 1820; m. Nancy Rebecca Nesmith, 15 Oct 1857; d. 19 Mar 1885, Nelson, NH. Children:
1. Henry Melville, b. 25 Aug 1858. Mr. Melville, for four years last past secretary of the Republican Club of the city of New York, and of the Harvard Law School Association, and now one of the non-commissioned officers of Company "B" Seventh Regiment, was graduated at Dartmonth in 1879, and in 1884 took the Master's Degree and LL. B., cum laude at Harvard. He prepared for college at the Rev. Dr. Leach's school at Keene, NH. At Dartmouth he was a member of a well known local society, the Kappa Kappa Kappa, one of the oldest and best in the institution, and, on the completion of his course, was a commencement debater with the Honorable Hiram D. Upton, late speaker of the NH House of Representatives on the question, "Is suffrage a Birthright?" After spending two years as principal of the high school at Winchendon, MA, he entered Harvard, where he remained three years, and was honored by being appointed by the faculty to represent the law school, at the university commencement in 1884, with an oration on the subject of "National Regulation of Inter-State Commerce." Coming from there to New York, he entered the office of James C. Carter, the distinguished leader of the local bar, and was admitted to practice in June, 1885. In December of that year he formed a business association with Senator Roscoe Conkline, which continued till the latter's death in 1888. Later he became a member of a partnership with Honorable Daniel Dougherty and William A. Sweetser (assistant corporation counsel), and also was one of the editorial writers in an edition of "Smith's Leading Cases." He has at all times taken an active interest in public affairs and in the Presidential campaign of 1888 made upward of thirty speeches for Harrison. As a National Guardsman he engages enthusiastically in rifle practice, and has gained some distinction by his shooting in competitions as a member of his company's team. He is a member of the Harvard Club, Republican Club, Bar Association, Phi Beta Kappa Alumni, and Sons of the Revolution. Apropos of the latter, it is interesting to note that no less that eight of his ancestors fought for American independence, viz.: Josiah Melville, Josiah Melville, Jr., Capt. Jonas Minot, James Nesmith, Reuben Gregg, Sergeant Adam Dickey, General Josiah Whitney and Josiah Whitney, Jr. The two Melvilles, two Whitneys and Minot were at Concord, the elder Whitney and Nesmith at Bunker Hill, and Dickey and Gregg at Bennington. Mr. Melville stands well among his contemporaries at the New York bar, and reflects credit upon Dartmouth, his alma mater.
2. Arthur Nesmith Melville, b. 10 Aug 1861; d. 13 Jan 1883.
3. Caroline Lydia Melville, b. 10 Oct 1865; d. 15 Aug 1885, in Nelson, NH.
c. Caroline Lydia Melville, b. 17 Jan 1822; m. Francis W. Wright, of Ashby, MA; d. Ashby, MA, 4 Jan 1864; buried Nelson, NH; 2 ch.,(1) Henry Melville, d. young; (2) Dascomb Francis.
d. Ann Maria Melville, b. 9 Apr 1825; m. Dr. Leonard French (2d wife), d. 6 Jan 1864; one child, Henry Minot, b. 1 Apr 1853; Dr. Leonard d. in Manchester, NH, Feb 1892.
e. Lucy Eveline Melville, b. 12 Dec 1828; d. 5 Feb 1832, in Nelson, NH.
f. Mary Jane Melville, b. 17 Nov 1832; m. Rev. Samuel H. Tolman; d. 31 Aug 1875; buried Nelson, NH; ch., Mary Melville, b. 9 Jun 1858.
g. Edward Howe Melville, b. 30 Apr 1860; d. 14 Mar 1877.
ix. Scollay Whitney, b. 6 Oct 1798; m. Mary Doak.
x. Betsey Whitney, b. 4 Jun 1801; m. 21 or 31 Dec 1822, NH, Capt. Asa Spaulding,[9] resided Nelson. He was b. 14 May 1796.
a. Sylvester Spaulding, b. -----; m. Sarah Searles, of Townsend, MA; resided Keene, NH.
b. Alfred Spaulding, b. -----; m. C. Ann Bromley, of Danby, VT, d. 7 Mar 1869.



1.^  "Joshua [Whitney], s. of Josiah and Sarah, [born] Feb. 25, 1753," according to Thomas W. Baldwin, ed., Vital Records of Harvard, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Boston, MA: Wright & Potter Printing Co., 1917).

2.^  "Josiah [Whitney] Jr. and Anna Scolley, [married] Jan. 10, 1776," according to Harvard Vital Records.

3.^  "Nancy [Whitney], d. of Josiah Jr. and Anna, [born] Apr. 12, 1777," according to Harvard Vital Records.

4.^  "Nancy Whitney & Nathaniel Breed, m. 17 Dec 1799, Packersfield, Cheshire Co., NH," according to New Hampshire, Vital Records, Marriage Index.

5.^  "Sally Whitney & Pius M. Burnard, m. 15 Jun 1802, Packerfield, Cheshire Co., NH," according to New Hampshire, Vital Records, Marriage Index.

6.^  "Lois Whitney & Ezra Wardwell, m. 28 Jan 1800, Packersfield, Cheshire Co., NH," according to New Hampshire, Vital Records, Marriage Index.

7.^  "Lucy Whitney & Asa Lawrence, m. 4 Jun 1811, NH," according to New Hampshire, Vital Records, Marriage Index.

8.^  "Lydia Whitney & Henry Melville, m. 4 Jun 1818, Nelson, Cheshire Co., NH," according to New Hampshire, Vital Records, Marriage Index.

9.^  "Betsey Whitney & Asa Spaulding, m. 21 Dec 1822, NH," according to New Hampshire, Vital Records, Marriage Index.

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