Family:Whitney, Paul (1777-1859)

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Paul6 Whitney (Timothy5, Jonas4, Moses3, Richard2, John1), son of Timothy5 and Alice (Whitney) Whitney, was born 13 Apr 1777 (twin) [Pierce], or 13 Apr 177[torn], Petersham, MA,[1] and died 30 Oct 1859, Bolton Centre, QC.

He married firstly, about 1803, Hinesburg, VT, Dollie Dorwin, daughter of Samuel and Zerviah (Sprague) Dorwin. She was born about 1782, and died 14 Jun 1815, Hinesburg, VT, aged 33 years.[2] Since her death record uses her maiden name, there appears to have been a divorce between 1804 and 1809.

He married secondly, 1 Jan 1809, Berkshire, VT, Lucinda Marsh, both of Dunham, Quebec,[3] daughter of Samuel Jr. and Abigail (Briggs) Marsh. She was born 13 Dec 1786, Hadley, MA, and died 3 Feb 1863.

Paul Whitney, born in Petersham, Worcester County, MA, was known from early manhood as a teacher by profession. During the first years of the century while teaching in Northern Vermont he met and married Miss Dollie Darwin, of Hinesburg, VT, daughter of Samuel Darwin, of Rutland, VT, who was so loyal to King George, over the sea, and the Tories, his lands were confiscated and he removed to Hinesburg. She was a person of acknowledged beauty, and to them was born one son, Samuel D., named for her father. Paul was a twin brother of Barnabas Whitney, also a teacher, and so alike in personal appearance they could exchange places in the schoolroom without being generally observed by the pupils. Both had fine faces, blond in complexion, tall and erect in form, with a dignified and graceful bearing. Paul possessed a poetic nature and gentle disposition, and was in Ma., verse and rhyme, in writing epitaphs, and ever ready with some anecdote or pun, making him a genial companion even in declining years. And though esthetic in taste, he had an admiring eye for fine horses and was very fond of animals and pets, and this characteristic is especially marked in this branch of the family. He spent the greater portion of his life in Dunham, Canada, near the Vermont line, where he removed while still young, and married a second wife. To them were born ten children, all of whom have died but one daughter, Harriet, Mrs. Leavitt, who still resides in the Dominion. The names of the sons were Caius, Marcus, William Wallace, Paul and Barnabas, the youngest. Here he was civil magistrate for more than thirty years, continuing his profession, teaching in the government schools. He was a member of the Church of England. He lived to a good age, his mind clear and active, his body elastic, until prostrated with dropsy of the heart, which continued for some time and of which he died at 82 years. He was one to make friends everywhere and was always a welcome guest. To know him was to love him. He resided Bolton Centre, Canada.

Children of Paul6 and Dollie (Dorwin) Whitney:

i. Samuel Dorwin Whitney, b. 18 Oct 1804; m. Clarissa Read.

Children of Paul6 and Lucinda (Marsh) Whitney:

ii. Caroline7 Whitney, b. 28 May 1809; m. Simon Blake; resided Tamworth, NH. Children:
a. Ira Blake, b. -----.
b. Cyrus Blake, b. -----.
c. Lucinda Blake, b. -----.
iii. Caius Cassius Whitney, b. 2 Dec 1810; m.(1) Mary Ann Austin; m.(2) Abigail H. Leach.
iv. Marcus Tullius Cicero Whitney, b. 25 Oct 1812; m.(1) Hannah Maria Lewis; m.(2) Betsey W. Hall.
v. Phebe Porter Whitney, b. 3 Feb 1815; m.(1) John Cushing; m.(2) Joseph Bailey; d. 16 Mar 1865, Dover, NH; s.p.
vi. William Wallace Whitney, b. 29 Apr 1817; m.(1) Betsey Winter; m.(2) Mrs. Perry; m.(3) Mary Ann (Hildreth) Paine.
vii. Lucinda Whitney, b. 5 May 1819; d. 15 May 1833.
viii. Louisa Whitney, b. 17 Oct 1821; d. 27 Oct 1865; m. David Powell, of Bolton, QC. Children:
a. Oscar F. A. Powell, b. -----.
b. Parker P. Powell, b. -----; res. East Bolton, QC.
c. Delia A. Powell, b. -----.
ix. Paul Whitney, b. 28 Mar 1824; m. Josephine Stow. They d. about same time. He d. 27 Dec 1861, and left one dau., Alice.
x. Harriett Heileman Whitney, b. 7 Jul 1826; m. 17 Aug 1858, Joel Leavitt; resided Bolton Centre, QC. Children:
a. Cynthia Perkins Leavitt, b. 5 Jul 1859; d. 30 Aug 1869.
b. Charles Joel Leavitt, b. 9 Jul 1860; m. 1883, ----- -----; res. Newport, VT.
c. Hiram Paul Leavitt, b. 29 Jan 1862; m. Jul 1885, ----- -----; res. Bolton Centre, QC.
d. Lucinda Marsh Leavitt, b. 11 Aug 1864.
e. James Lincoln Leavitt, b. 21 Jun 1867; d. 21 Jun 1867.
f. Elijah Leavitt, b. 7 Apr 1869; d. 1876.
xi. Barnabas Whitney, b. 27 Aug 1828; m. Emily Bracey.


For a full discussion of his birthdate, see "The Children of Timothy and Alice Whitney: Names and Birthdates, by Willard S. Moore.


  • 1810: not found. Probably in Quebec.
  • 1820: not found. Probably in Quebec.
  • 1825, Dunham, Bedford Co., QC, p. 843: Paul Whitney, 10 total; none absent; 2 0-5; 4 6-13; 2 14-17; 1 married male 40-59; 3 females 0-13; 1 single female 14-44; 1 married female 14-44
  • 1830: not found. Probably in Quebec.
  • 1831, Sutton, Canton Brome-Missisquoi, QC: 1 inhabited house, Concession 10, Paul Whitney, not proprietor of real property, Gentleman, 9 persons, 1 0-4, 4 5-13, 1 single male 14-17, 2 single males 21-29, 1 married male 30-59, 3 females 0-13, 1 married female 14-44, 1 single female 14-44, 9 Church of England, 20 minots of rye, 25 minots of Indian corn, 150 minots of potatoes.
  • 1840: not found. Probably in Quebec.
  • 1842, Lot No. 19, Bolton, Canton Brome-Missisquoi, QC: Paul Whitney, Proprietor, Farmer, 5 persons, 1 absent.
  • 1850: not found. Probably in Quebec.
  • 1851: not found.


1.^  "Paul [Whitney], twin, s. Timothy and Alice, [born] Apr. 13, 177[torn]," according to Franklin P. Rice, ed., Vital Records of Petersham, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (1904).

2.^  Vermont, Vital Records, 1760-1954, at

3.^  Vermont, Vital Records Index, Marriages.

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