Family:Whitney, Nicholas (s1505-b1590)

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Nicholas Whitney, parentage unknown, died before 1590.

He married Mary -----.

The will of Mary Whitney, "of Brooke Walden, in the parish of Walden, in the Countie of Essex, widow "--signed 28 Nov. 1590; proved at Chelmsford in the same year-makes various bequests to "Thos. Stuteville, Esquire," to "my daughter Ann, his wife," to her sons Henry, George, Thomas the elder and Thomas the younger (the last two are appointed executors), to her daughters-in-law Elizabeth and Jane Whitney, and to Anne, Thomas and Elizabeth Whitney (her god-daughter), children of "my sonne Thomas the elder"; bequeaths to her son Thomas the younger all her furniture, silver pots and tankards, silver spoons, and "a great chestt bound with Iron and the lynnen therein," to her daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Whitney, "a Kertlett of wrought velvet and my best hoode, to Elizabeth Gardiner, her daughter's daughter, "my best gowne of silke Taffatie"; leaves tokens of remembrance to her neighbour Mary Frith, wife of Robert Frith, and to her maids Elizabeth Blurton and Margaret Porter; gives a sum of money to "the poore of Audley Ende"; and devises the residue of her estate to her son, Thomas Whitney the elder.[1]

Lived in Saffron Walden, Essex.

Children, mentioned in the will of his son Robert Whitney of Thetford, co. Norfolk:[2]

i. Robert Whitney, m. Jane -----.
ii. Henry Whitney; mentioned in his brother Robert's will, 1590.
iii. Thomas Whitney the Elder, b. say 1555; m. Elizabeth Deane.
iv. Thomas Whitney the Younger, mentioned in his brother Robert's will, 1590, and his brother Thomas the elder's will, 1600.
v. George Whitney, mentioned in his brother Robert's will, 1590, and his brother Thomas the elder's will, 1600.
v. Anne Whitney, m. Thomas Stuteville, mentioned in her brother Robert's will, 1590, and her brother Thomas the elder's will, 1600. They had children: Martin Stotevill, Margaret, Anne, and Grissell (The visitations of Suffolk made by Hervey ... 1561, Cooke ... 1577, and Raven ... 1612, with... By William Hervey, Robert Cook)


1.^  S. Whitney Phoenix, The Whitney family of Connecticut, and its affiliations; being an attempt to trace the descendants, as well in the female as the male lines, of Henry Whitney, from 1649 to 1878; to which is prefixed some account of the Whitneys of England (New York : Priv. Print. [Bradford Press] 1878), p. xix.

2.^  Henry Austin Whitney, The First Known Use of Whitney as a Surname: Its Probable Signification, and Other Data (Boston, MA: Henry Austin Whitney, 1875), p. xv.

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