Family:Whitney, Lydia (s1721-1794)

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Lydia4 Whitney ([poss.] Joseph3, Jonathan2, John1), possibly daughter of Joseph3 and Rebecca (Burge) Whitney,[1] was born say 1721, place unknown,[2] and died 29 Feb 1794 [sic], Lancaster MA, in a Shaker community.[3]

She married, 17 Aug 1744, Concord, MA, Samuel Kinney/Kenney/Kenny "both of Dunstable",[4] son of Jonathan and Rebecca (Nurse) Kenny.[5] He was baptized 12 Jun 1720, Salem, MA,[6] and died before his wife. He was buried in the Shaker Burial Ground, Lancaster, MA.[7]

Children of Samuel and Lydia4 (Whitney) Kenney/Kinney:

i. Rebecca Kenney, b. 14 Mar 1745, Dunstable, MA;[8] no further record.
ii. Samuel Kenney, b. 5 Dec 1746, Dunstable, MA;[9] no further record.
iii. Isaac Kenney, b. 16 Apr 1751;[10] "Rev.", m. Anna Adams.
iv. Moses Kenney, b. ca. 1753;[11] m.(1) Elizabeth -----; m.(2) Elisabeth Bemis.
v. Daniel Kenney, b. ca. 1757;[12] no further record.
vi. Lydia Kenney, b. 4 Mar 1759, New Ipswich, NH;[13] no further record.
vii. Jonathan Kenney, b. 20 Apr 1760, New Ipswich, NH;[14] no further record.


1.^  Her parentage is conjectural. The place of her marriage, her age, and the lack of a full record of her putative father's family suggest this placement. Supporting it are the names of her children.

2.^  Her birth date is estimated from that of her husband and those of her children.

3.^  "The following is a Record of the deaths which have happened among the People called Shakers, in their Village in Lancaster, handed in to the Town Clerk's office Feby 21, 1820, by their Elder Mr Brocklebank. Viz. ... Widow Lydia Kenney, Feby. 29, 1794," according to Henry S. Nourse, ed., The Birth, Marriage and Death Register, Church Records and Epitaphs, of Lancaster, Massachusetts, 1643-1850 (Lancaster, MA: 1890), p. 196. She may be the "L. K." buried in the Shaker Burial Ground, Lancaster, MA, as on p. 446.

4.^  "Lydia [Whitney], and Samuel Kinney, both of Dunstable, [married] by Justice Flint, 17 Aug 1744," according to Town of Concord, Concord, Massachusetts. Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1635-1850 (Boston, MA: Todd, 1895), p. 161.

5.^  His parentage is proven by his baptism record.

6.^  "Samuel [Kenny], s. Jonathan, bp. June 12, 1720, CR2," according to Vital Records of Salem, Massachusetts, to the End of Year 1849 (Salem, MA: The Essex Institute, 1916)

7.^  Buried as "S. Kinney," Nourse, op. cit., p. 446.

8.^  "Kenney, Rebecca, d. Samuel and Lydia, [born] Mar. 14, 1744," according to [Vital Records of Dunstable, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (Salem, MA: Essex Institute, 1913)].

9.^  "Kenney, Samuel, s. Samuel and Lydia, [born] Dec. 5, 1746," according to [Vital Records of Dunstable, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (Salem, MA: Essex Institute, 1913)].

10.^  Florence Keeny Robertson, Henry and Ann Kinne Pioneers of Salem Mass., 1947.

11.^  Ibid.

12.^  Ibid.

13.^  L.D.S. International Genealogical Index.

14.^  L.D.S. International Genealogical Index.

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