Family:Whitney, Mary (1694-a1739)

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Mary4 Whitney (Joseph3, John2, John1), daughter of Joseph3 and Martha (Beach) Whitney, was born 21 Apr 1694, Watertown, MA, but circa 1690 (calculated from age "12 and more" at appointment of guardian on 7 Dec 1702).[1]

She "of Watertown" married, 13 Jul 1715, Watertown, MA, John Knapp[2] "of Newtown", son of John and Sarah (Parks) Knapp. He was born 11 Dec 1688, Newton, MA, and died in 1780.

On 7 Dec 1702, Watertown, MA, guardian bond was posted by Martha Whitney of Watertown, widow, with Joseph Whitney and John Whitney of Watertown, sureties, as guardian of Mary Whitney, aged 12 and more, and Sarah Whitney, aged 7 and more, daughters of Joseph Whitney late of Watertown, decd., intestate.

In 1739, Newton, MA, she was made guardian of their children.

Pierce says the following:[3]

MARY [WHITNEY], b. Apr. 21, 1694; m. July 13, 1713, John KNAPP, Jr., of Newton, b. Dec. 11, 1688; d. 1730. Ch.: David, Josiah, Isaac, Bathsheba, Martha and Lydia.

She and a cousin also named Mary Whitney are confused by some sources.

Children of John and Mary4 (Whitney) Knapp:

i. David Knapp, b. 12 Mar 1717, Newton, MA; m. Sarah Bartlett; m. Mehitable Rice.
ii. Martha Knapp, b. 12 Apr 1719, Newton, MA; d. 10 Oct 1721, Newton, MA.
iii. Bathsheba Knapp, b. 13 Sep 1721, Newton, MA; d. 18 Jul 1745, Newton, MA.
iv. Josiah Knapp, b. 1723, Newton, MA; m.(1) Mary Parker; m.(2) Lydia Cheney.
v. Isaac Knapp, b. 1725, Newton, MA.
vi. Jesse Knapp, b. 17 Feb 1725/6, Newton, MA; m. Submit Cook.
vii. Mary Knapp, b. 18 Jul 1728, Newton, MA; m. Elisha Hyde.
viii. Lydia Knapp, b. 12 Jul 1730, Boston, MA; m. Moses Mason.
ix. Amelia Knapp, b. circa 1731, Newton, MA.


1.^  "Mary Whitny, d. Joseph & Martha Whitney, b. 21 Apr 1694," 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), volume 2, page 2.

2.^  "Mary [Whitney] of Watertown, and John Knapp, [married] July 13, 1715, in Watertown.* [Knap, July 14, P.R.1]," according to Vital Records of Newton, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1905).

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