Family:Whitney, Nathan (1726-a1773)

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Nathan5 Whitney (Thomas4, Eleazar3, Thomas2, John1), son of Thomas4 and Hannah (Smith) Whitney,[1] was born 23 Jul 1726, Watertown, MA,[2] baptized 3 Mar 1728, Watertown, MA,[3], and died after 1773.[4]

He "of Spencer-District" married, 20 Feb 1754, Grafton, MA, Abigail Marstass "of Grafton."[5] She was born say 1733.

Children of Nathan5 and Abigail (Marstass) Whitney:

i. John6 Whitney, b. 6 Sep 1754, Spencer, MA;[6] m. Joanna Hamilton.
ii. Nathan Whitney, b. circa 1756; m. Eunice [?Wakefield?].
iii. Eleazer Whitney, b. circa 1758; m. Martha Crozer.
iv. Jonathan Whitney, b. 16 Jul 1761, Spencer, MA;[7] m.(1) Mary Woodard; m.(2) Lucy Woodard.
v. David Whitney, b. 2 Oct 1762, Brookfield, MA; b. 2 Oct 1763, Brookfield, MA;[8] d. 17 Sep 1838, Bolton, MA.
vi. Esther Whitney, b. 26 Jan 1766, Brookfield, MA.[9]
vii. Abigail Whitney, b. 3 Apr 1768, Brookfield, MA;[10] m. 8 Jan 1786, Brookfield, VT, Elijah Wakefield.[11]
viii. Hannah Whitney, b. 28 Apr 1771, Brookfield, MA.[12] She probably d. after 1850, then unmarried, per census record below.
ix. Asa Whitney, b. 30 Mar 1773, Brookfield, MA;[13] d. 13 Nov 1781, Halifax, VT.


279 288 Rufus Stebbins 70 M - Farmer $4000 Mass. Clarissa " 52 F - Vt. Sarah " 26 F - do Christina " 21 F - do William " 17 M - do do Attended school Edwin " 13 M - do Attended school Webster " 9 M - do Attended school Josephine Whitney 12 F - do Attended school Hannah " 77 F - Mass.

This is probably his daughter Hannah, unmarried, together with his great-granddaughter Josephine, daughter of grandson Jonathan, and granddaughter of son Eleazer.


1.^  His parentage is proven by his birth record.

2.^  "Nathan Whitney, s. Thomas & Hannah Whitney, b. 23 Jul 1726," 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 82.

3.^  Henry Bond, Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts, Including Waltham and Weston; to Which is Appended the Early History of the Town. With Illustrations, Maps, and Notes. Volume I, Genealogies (2nd ed., 1860), page 643.

4.^  He seems to have died after the birth of his youngest child.

5.^  "Nathan [Whitney] of Spencer District and Abigail Marstass, [married] Feb. 20, 1754," according to Grafton Vital Records. Also, "Nathan [Whitney] and Abigal Marstass of Grafton, [married] Feb. 20, 1754. In Grafton," according to Franklin P. Rice, ed., Vital Records of Spencer, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (Worcester, Massachusetts: The Systematic History Fund, 1909).

6.^  "John [Whitney], s. Nathan and Abigail, [born] Sept. 6, 1754," according to Spencer Vital Records.

7.^  "Jonathan [Whitney], s. Nathan and Abigail, [born] July 16, 1761," according to Spencer Vital Records.

8.^  "David [Whitney], s. Nathan and Abigail, [born] Oct. 2, 1763," according to Brookfield Vital Records.

9.^  "Esther [Whitney], d. Nathan and Abigail, [born] Jan. 26, 1766," according to Brookfield Vital Records.``

10.^  "Abigail [Whitney], d. Nathan and Abigail, [born] April 3, 1768," according to Franklin P. Rice, ed., Vital Records of Brookfield, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (1909).

11.^  Vermont, Vital Records Index, Marriages.

12.^  "Hannah [Whitney], d. Nathan and Abigail, [born] April 28, 1771," according to Brookfield Vital Records.

13.^  "Asa [Whitney], s. Nathan and Abigail, [born] March 30, 1773," according to Brookfield Vital Records.

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