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Mary Olney (Whipple)

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Dorchester, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in Providence, RI, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Capt. John Whipple and Sarah Whipple
Wife of Joshua Winchester and Epenetus 'Spencer' Olney
Mother of Mary Waterman; James Olney; Sarah Olney; Epenetus Olney, II; John Olney and 3 others
Sister of John Whipple, Jr.; Sarah Arnold, of Dorchester; Samuel Whipple, I; Cornett Whipple; Eleazer Whipple and 6 others
Half sister of Sarah Arnold, of Dorchester

Managed by: Joshua Andrew Walsh
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About Mary Olney (Whipple)

http://www.whipple.org/charles/daughters/ Mary Whipple Olney

The John Whipple and Thomas Olney families witnessed marriages between two of their children: John Junior and Mary Olney and Mary Whipple and Epenetus Olney. Mary Whipple[ 15 ] and Epenetus Olney, who were married 9 March 1665/66, lived in their tavern house in Providence until their deaths in 1698.[ 16 ] Their children were born, married and died in Providence:

   Mary, born 13 Jan 1668; died Bef 19 Jun 1725; married Nathaniel Waterman
   James, born 9 Nov 1670; died 6 Oct 1744; married Hallelujah Brown
   Sarah; born 10 Sep 1672; married Nathan Waterman.
   Epenetus; born 18 Jan 1674; died 18 Sep 1740; married Mary Williams.
   John, born 24 Oct 1678; died 9 Nov 1754; married Rachel Coggeshall.
   Mercy, born 1684
   Thomas, born 18 May 1686; died 28 Jul 1752; married Lydia Barnes.
   Lydia, born 20 Jan 1688/89; died 1728; married Henry Harris.

The Olney family, of which Mary became an early member, was much revered from the earliest days of the colony. "Thomas Olney, the founder of this large and distinguished family, was among the first to take a title to 'Outlands' on the lower reaches of the Moshassuck and Woonasquatucket rivers. He was one of the original members of the First Baptist Church, Providence, of which his son Thomas was minister in 1668. Father and son held town offices from town clerk to assistant to the Governor for one hundred and fourteen years. The family estates extended from 'Observation Hill' on the east to 'Round Hill,' beyond the 'Seven Mile Line,' on the west, and included the section named Olneyville. The Olney name found its way into Smithfield and Glocester, with intermarriages with the Whipples, Sayles, Waterman and Williams families. In the fourth generation of this family, there were sixty of the name and blood."[ 17 ]

"The Olneys were another of Providence's early families. In 1635, Marie Ashton and Thomas Olney, Sr., originally from Hertfordshire, England, came on the ship Planter to Boston, Massachusetts. They had with them two young children: Thomas, Jr., three, and Epenetus.... Their daughters were Mary, who married John Whipple, Jr., son of Capt. John Whipple; and Lydia, who married Joseph Williams, son of Roger and Mary Williams.... In 1659, Thomas established his son, Epenetus and his daughter-in-law, Mary Whipple, the daughter of an innkeeper, in a house adjoining his and next door to that of Gregory Dexter, Pastor of the Baptist Society of Providence. There they established the Olney Tavern that would soon become intertwined with Providence's history; a place where religious and political influences would happily converge. The tavern's traditions were continued by their son, James, and his wife Hallelujah Brown, and then by their son Joseph under whom it became the site of the many festivities that made it famous."[ 18 ]

"Toward the end of the century public houses were becoming more numerous and more commodious. One of these was built by Epenetus Olney, replacing his former tavern, which had been destroyed by the Indians. It stood for many years and was the rendezvous for travelers over the Common Road to Pawtucket. The town stocks were erected on Dexter's lane, adjoining the tavern, and close by a blacksmith shop was established by John Olney in 1699."[ 19 ]

"Olney's Tavern, which shared with Whipple's and Turpin's a celebrity that endured well into the last century...enjoyed a longer life and greater celebrity than either of the other two...The property passed to the descendants of Epenetus Olney through several generations, and saw its rivals die while it continued its successful career as a hostelry well into the last years of the last century...when Joseph Olney dedicated his big elm on the green in front of it as a 'liberty tree.' But in 1803, when the city was drifting away from it and it had seen its best days, Colonel Jere Olney built a house on the green before it, and it was a matter of a few years only before it passed away."[ 20 ]

As noted in the John Whipple Junior chapter, Mary and her husband owned competing taverns with her oldest brother and their father. The Olney tavern was just around the corner and up the hill from the two John Whipple taverns at the northeast corner of Town Street and Olney Lane. Hotel-taverns were places of great importance "before the building of the county court house in 1729. Those of Whipple and Epenetus Olney were famous...."[ 21 ] In 1682, a "competitor entered the field, and a rival hostelry now offered the town-meeting not house-room only, but 'fire roome and fireing and Candle at all their Towne Meeteings and Council meeteings,' nor does it admit of doubt that the inner man might also be warmed and comforted should the necessity arise. This enterprising competitor was no other than John Whipple Junior. John Junior kept a tavern for many years on Mill Street and a brother, Joseph, was also at one time a licensed innkeeper with the town of Providence.[ 22 ] In the late 1690s, the Olney Tavern was the site of the Providence annual fair. Mary's brother-in-law, William Hopkins, was "clarke of the market."[ 23 ]

In addition to serving in the typical civic positions of a man active in town life, such as juryman, constable, fences viewer, etc., as well as buying and selling hundreds of acres of land, Epenetus Olney appears in The Early Records of the Town of Providence (Snow & Farnham, 1892-1915) as a moderator of the town council, and a deputy to the general assembly at Newport (VIII:14 & III:122). He took the Oath of Allegiance the same time as Captain John Whipple (III:101). He was called a "shoemaker" in a land deal of 8 March 1669/70 (IV:254). He took the side of his relatives (John Whipple Junior, William Harris, etc.) in the controversy over Indian lands (VIII:61). He was granted land for a wharf and warehouse (VIII:17-18). On 27 January 1695/96, he joined his in-laws Joseph Whipple, William Hopkins, John Smith Junior, John Dexter, and others in an appeal to build a school house on Whipple property (XI:22). Epenetus Olney died 3 June 1698. His son, James, wrote "Whereas Epenetus Olney...died intestate...if he had, had the opportunitye to have a written will, he would have disposed of his landes amongst his sons...I make over into my said two brothers John and Thomas Olney all of that land...being at the place called caucaunjawalchchuck...140 acres...." Mary Whipple-Olney, relict and widow, was made adminitrix of the estate ((II:216). She died 12 July 1698.

Subsequent to the deaths of his parents, James inherited the tavern, and maintained the business until his death in 1744.[ 24 ] He passed it on to his son Joseph. At his death in 1777, Joseph Junior inherited the business, but closed it down and moved to the state of New York. During the time it was owned by Joseph Senior, the tavern began to be used as a stagecoach depot: "The first stage coach route, maintaining a regular schedule, was instituted... in 1767. It carried passengers every Tuesday morning from Olney's Tavern (North Main and Olney Streets) to Boston and made the return trip on Thursdays."[ 25 ]

Several historians recount the engaging story of Joseph Olney Junior's sister Polly's romance with a Bostonian named William Palfrey. "It was a time (just before the Revolutionary War) when tavern-keepers were typically showmen, and their taverns places where young and old gathered to 'dance the old square dances and minuets'...The Olney inn was no exception.... It was at one of these assemblies at the Olney Inn that William Palfrey from Boston first met Polly Olney, and managed to engage Moses Brown as a go-between in Palfrey's pursuit of her." [Moses Brown was the youngest of the four merchant princes of Providence]. "Polly was the 'charming and strangely facetious daughter of Joseph Olney,' who carried on the favorite Olney Tavern of his parents." Joseph Junior arranged for his sister to meet Palfrey in secret on more than one occasion. A series of letters between Palfrey and Polly through Moses Brown, however, did not result in marriage. Instead, she married another Bostonian named Thomas Greene in 1764 and moved to that city. Moses Brown subsequently married Mary Olney, Polly's cousin. "Mary and Polly... were approximately the same age, their fathers both descendants of the pioneer settler, Thomas Olney, Sr., and both their fathers owned taverns in Providence."[ 26 ]

Joseph Senior's brother, Captain Jonathan Olney, was founder of the town of Olneyville, Rhode Island.[ 27 ] Epenetus Junior and family lived in North Providence on Fruit Hill near the farm of Benjamin Whipple, his mother's brother, and was a founder of the town of Centerdale, Rhode Island.[ 28 ] Mary Whipple-Olney's descendants became some of Rhode Island's and New England's most respected military men, professionals, and statesmen.[ 29 ] The oldest house in Centerdale, Rhode Island, built in 1701, was that of Epenetus Olney Junior.[ 30 ] The destinies of the Whipple and Olney families were intertwined for many years. ______________________________________________

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   ID: I25305
   Name: Mary WHIPPLE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
   Sex: F
   Birth: BEF. 9 APR 1648 in Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts 2 3 16
   Death: 6 MAR 1698 in Providence, Providence, RI 4 5 16
   Burial: MAR 1698 Providence, Providence, RI 16 (Note discrepancy between date given by Dean Crawford in Ancestry of Emily Jane Angell, p.448 "Died after 12 July 1698 when she took her deceased husband's inventory to the Town Council (ERP VI:216) " and date given here. )
   Event: Christened 9 APR 1648 Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts 16
   Reference Number: AN:4HWZ-WL
   Marriage 1 Epenetus OLNEY , Sr. b: BEF. 14 FEB 1634 in Hertford, Hertfordshire, England
   Married: 9 MAR 1666 in Providence, Providence County, RI 17 3 2 4 5 16
   Children
   1. Mary OLNEY b: 13 JUL 1668 in North Providence, Povidence County, Rhode Island
   2. James OLNEY b: 9 NOV 1670 in Civil, Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island
   3. Sarah OLNEY b: 10 SEP 1672 in Civil, Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island
   4. Epenetus OLNEY , Jr. b: 18 JAN 1675 in Civil, Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island
   5. John OLNEY b: 24 OCT 1678 in North Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island
   6. Mercy OLNEY b: 1682 in North Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island
   7. Lydia OLNEY b: 26 JAN 1688 in Civil, Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island
   Sources:
   1.Title: Ancestral File (TM)
   Author: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
   Publication: July 1996 (c), data as of 2 January 1996
   Repository:
   Note: NAME Family History Library
   ADDR 35 N West Temple Street
   CONT Salt Lake City, UT 84150 USA
   Call Number:
   Media: Book
   2.Title: International Genealogical Index (R) - LDS Ancestry File # 4HWZ-WL- GEDCOM Download File -
   OLNEY; 12/1999
   Repository:
   Call Number:
   Media: Electronic
   Text: Date of Import: Nov 8, 1999
   3.Title: International Genealogical Index - GEDCOM download file - Allied.FTW; 12/1999
   Repository:
   Call Number:
   Media: Other
   Text: Date of Import: Nov 8, 1999
   4.Title: World Family Tree Vol 7 - Ed. 1
   Author: Brøderbund Software, Inc.
   Publication: Release date: October 17, 1996
   Note: Customer pedigree.
   Repository:
   Call Number:
   Media: Family Archive CD
   Page: Tree #3182
   Text: Date of Import: Aug 2, 1999
   5.Title: "Genealogy of The Descendants of Thomas Olney 1889" by James H. Olney; Information provided
   by Robert Kluckhohn; 8/2/1999
   Author: James H. Olney
   Publication: originally published in 1889
   Note: family genealogy
   Note: Excellent
   Repository:
   Call Number:
   Media: Book
   Text: Date of Import: Aug 2, 1999
   6.Title: World Family Tree Volume 7 - Edition 1
   Author: Individual Family Tree Contributors
   Publication: Brøderbund Software, Inc., (Release date: October 17, 1996),
   Repository:
   Note: Date of Import: Aug 2, 1999
   Call Number: Tree #3182 "CD-ROM,"
   Media: Family Archive CD
   Page: V705_01
   7.Title: International Genealogical Index (TM)
   Author: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
   Publication: July 1996 (c), data as of 2 January 1996
   Repository:
   Note: NAME Family History Library
   ADDR 35 N West Temple Street
   CONT Salt Lake City, UT 84150 USA
   8.Title: OLNEY-1668.ged
   Repository:
   Call Number:
   Media: Other
   Text: Date of Import: Nov 12, 1999
   9.Title: International Genealogical Index - GEDCOM download file - Allied Births.FTW; 11/26/1999
   Repository:
   Call Number:
   Media: Other
   Text: Date of Import: Nov 26, 1999
   10.Title: "John Cary, Plymouth Pilgrim" by Seth Cary, published 1911, Information provided by Pam Blair -
   sinatra@magiclink.com 12/17/1999
   Author: Seth Cary
   Publication: Published in 1911
   Note: family genealogy and history of Cary Family
   Note: Excellent for Cary Family
   Repository:
   Note: NAME Family History Library
   ADDR 35 N West Temple Street
   CONT Salt Lake City, UT 84150 USA
   Call Number:
   Media: Book
   11.Title: WHIPPLE.ged
   Repository:
   Call Number:
   Media: Other
   Text: Date of Import: Dec 10, 1999
   12.Title: Ancestral File (R)
   Author: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
   Publication: Copyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998
   Repository:
   Note: NAME Family History Library
   ADDR 35 N West Temple Street
   CONT Salt Lake City, UT 84150 USA
   Call Number:
   Media: Book
   13.Title: International Genealogical Index (R) Smith Family Pedigree - LDS GEDCOM Download File -
   SMITH Pedigree.ged; 3/16/2000
   Repository:
   Call Number:
   Media: Other
   Text: Date of Import: Mar 16, 2000
   14.Title: International Genealogical Index (R) - Whipple family Pedigree - LDS GEDCOM Download File -
   WHIPPLE Family.ged; 3/16/2000
   Repository:
   Call Number:
   Media: Other
   Text: Date of Import: Mar 16, 2000
   15.Title: International Genealogical Index (R) Whipple Family Pedigree - LDS GEDCOM Download File -
   WHIPPLE Pedigree.ged; 3/16/2000
   Repository:
   Call Number:
   Media: Other
   Text: Date of Import: Mar 16, 2000
   16.Title: Alice Keene Olney Genealogy.GED
   Repository:
   Call Number:
   Media: Other
   Text: Date of Import: 9 Sep 2000
   17.Title: International Genealogical Index - LDS Ancestry File Olney Family - GEDCOM Download file -
   OLNEY; 12/1999
   Repository:
   Call Number:
   Media: Other
   Text: Date of Import: Nov 8, 1999 

Father: John WHIPPLE b: 1617 in England

Mother: SARAH b: ABT 1624

Marriage 1 Epenetus OLNEY b: BEF 14 FEB 1634 in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England

   * Married: 9 MAR 1666 in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island 1 5

Children

  1. Has Children Mary OLNEY b: 13 JUL 1668 in North Providence, Rhode Island
  2. Has Children James OLNEY b: 9 NOV 1670 in North Providence, Rhode Island
  3. Has No Children Sarah OLNEY b: 10 SEP 1672 in North Providence, Rhode Island
  4. Has Children Epenetus OLNEY b: 18 JAN 1675 in North Providence, Rhode island
  5. Has Children John OLNEY b: 24 OCT 1678 in North Providence, Rhode island
  6. Has No Children Mercy OLNEY b: 1684 in North Providence, Rhode Island
  7. Has Children Thomas OLNEY b: 18 MAY 1686 in North Providence, Rhode Island
  8. Has Children Lydia OLNEY b: 26 JAN 1688 in North Providence, Rhode Island

Sources:

  1. Title: World Family Tree Vol. 7, Ed. 1
     Author: Brøderbund Software, Inc.
     Publication: Release date: October 17, 1996
     Note: Customer pedigree.
     Repository:
     Media: Family Archive CD
     Page: Tree #3182
     Text: Date of Import: Mar 17, 1999
  2. Title: The Ancestry of Emily Jane Angell, 1844--1910; Dean Crawford Smith, edited by Melinde Lutz Sanborn; Boston, NEHGS; 1992
     Page: p. 448
  3. Title: The Ancestry of Emily Jane Angell, 1844--1910; Dean Crawford Smith, edited by Melinde Lutz Sanborn; Boston, NEHGS; 1992
     Page: p. 448
     Text: Dorchester Church Records
  4. Title: The Ancestry of Emily Jane Angell, 1844--1910; Dean Crawford Smith, edited by Melinde Lutz Sanborn; Boston, NEHGS; 1992
     Page: P. 448
     Text: Died after 12 July 1698 when she took her deceased husband's inventory to the Town Council (ERP VI:216)
  5. Title: The Ancestry of Emily Jane Angell, 1844--1910; Dean Crawford Smith, edited by Melinde Lutz Sanborn; Boston, NEHGS; 1992
     Page: P. 448 
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Mary Olney's Timeline

1648
February 9, 1648
Dorchesther, Massachusetts, United States
April 9, 1648
Dorchester, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States
April 9, 1648
Dorchester, Suffolk, MA
April 9, 1648
Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts
April 9, 1648
Dorchester, Suffolk, MA
1654
February 9, 1654
Age 5
Dorchester, , MA
February 9, 1654
Age 5
Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts
1666
March 9, 1666
Age 17
Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States
1668
July 13, 1668
Age 20
North Providence, Rhode Island, United States
1670
November 9, 1670
Age 22
North Providence, Rhode Island, United States