Family:Whitney, Silas (1742-1768)

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Silas5 Whitney (Samuel4, Richard3, John2, Henry1), son of Samuel4 and Amy (Northrup) Whitney, was born 16 Jul 1742, Fairfield, CT,[1] baptized 21 Jul 1742, Fairfield, CT, and died before 18 Feb 1768, when his inventory was taken.

He married, 4 Dec 1766, Fairfield, CT, Esther Sherwood,[2] daughter of Daniel and Martha (Hull) Sherwood. She was born 2 Mar 1744/5, Fairfield, CT, baptized 17 Mar 1745, Greenfield, CT, and died 10 Mar 1826, Redding, CT, aged 80 years. She married secondly, 24 Nov 1778, Greenfield, CT, Timothy Sanford,[3] as his second wife, son of Joseph and Katherine (Fairchild) Sanford, born 8 Feb 1733/4, Redding, CT, and died 1784, Redding, CT, aged 50 years. He had married firstly, Mary Sanford. She married thirdly, Josiah Stebbins, as his third wife, son of Benjamin and Sarah (Mead) Stebbins, born 21 Apr 1732, Ridgefield, CT, and died 12 Feb 1794, Redding, CT. He had married firstly, 19 May 1752, Ridgefield, CT, Ruth Rockwell, and secondly, 7 Dec 1761, Ridgefield, CT, Mary Burr.

Phoenix says the following:

Silas Whitney, b. at Fairfield, Conn., "July ye 16th 1742;" bap. at Fairfield, 21 July 1742; married "december ye 4, 1766," Esther Sherwood, who was "born march ye 2, 1745." They settled in North Stratford, Conn., where he died in little more than a year after his marriage, as Daniel Sherwood, of Fairfield, Conn., was appointed administrator of his estate, 23 Feb 1768; and the inventory, dated 18 Feb. 1768, amounting to £151 19s., was presented in Court, 24 Feb. 1768. She married (2d) Timothy Sanford, b. at Reading, Conn., 8 Feb. 1733-4, son of Joseph Sanford; and settled at Umpewaug, in Reading, where he died in 1784, aged 50 years, according to his gravestone in Umpewaug graveyard. During her second widowhood, she applied to the Court for the distribution of her third of the estate of her first husband, Silas Whitney, which was done, 3 Ap. 1786, more than eighteen years after his death. She married (3d) Josiah Stebbins, who died; and she, after a third widowhood of many years, died in Umpewaug, 10 March 1826, and was buried by the family of her second husband. Her gravestone bears his name, calling her age 80 years, though it was really 81 years, lacking 3 days, if her birth-record was made in the old style.

Child of Silas5 and Esther (Sherwood) Whitney:

i. Sherwood6 Whitney, b. 22 Sep 1767, Fairfield or Stratford, CT; m. Abigail Lobdell.


1.^  "Silas [Whitney], s. Sam[ue]ll & Ann, b. 16 Jul 1742," according to Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Fairfield 1:74.

2.^  "Silas Whitney & Esther Sherwood, [married] 4 Dec. 1766," according to Bailey, Frederick W., ed., Early Connecticut Marriages, as Found on Ancient Church Records Prior to 1800 (1896-1906), Fairfield, 7:36.

3.^  "Timothy Sanford & Widow Esther Whitney, [married] 24 Nov. 1778," according to Bailey, Frederick W., ed., Early Connecticut Marriages, as Found on Ancient Church Records Prior to 1800 (1896-1906), Fairfield, 7:37.

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