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Henry Quincy

Also Known As: ""the handsomest man in Boston""
Birthplace: Boston, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
Death: May 27, 1780 (53)
Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Edmund Quincy, IV and Elizabeth Quincy
Husband of Mary Quincy and Eunice Quincy
Father of Mary Quincy; Elizabeth Greene; Mary Donnison; William Salter Quincy; Eunice de Valnais and 9 others
Brother of Edmund Quincy, V; Abraham Quincy; Elizabeth Sewall; Katherine Quincy; Dr. Jacob Quincy and 3 others

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About Henry Quincy

Henry Quincy (1727-1780)

Son of Edmund Quincy (1703-1788) and Elizabeth Wendell Quincy (1704-1769); married first in 1748 Mary Salter; married second in 1759 Eunice Newell.

married first probably before 1749 to Mary Salter by whom he had:

  1. Mary Quincy who died in infancy.
  2. Elizabeth who married Dr. Nathaniel Greene.
  3. Mary Quincy (b. December 11, 1752) who married first to Dr. John Stedman by whom she had three sons, and secondly to {Col} William Donnison (or Dennison) by whom she had six children, the youngest of whom was:
  4. Elizabeth Quincy Donnison (b. April 17, 1795) who married {Rev} Richard Manning Hodges, by whom, beside other children, she had: Sarah Hodges. Prof. Salisbury wrote: " Sarah, who married {Rev} Joshua Augustus Swan of Kennebunk, Me., and who now resides, his widow, in Cambridge, Mass., with four children. To this lady I am indebted for most of my record of the descendants of Edmund and Henry sons of Edmund and Elizabeth (Wendell) Quincy . . .."

Henry married secondly on December 31, 1759 to Eunice Newell by whom he had:

  • Eunice Quincy who married M. Joseph Dupas de Valnais, Consul-General of France in the United States from Louis XVI.
  • Henry Quincy who married Sarah Robbins.
  • Ann who died in infancy.
  • Ann (or Nancy) Quincy who died young.
  • Catharine Quincy who died young.
  • Edmund Quincy who married Elizabeth Jarvis.
  • Dorothy Quincy who married first to Charles Clement and secondly to Jabez Bullard.
  • Abraham Quincy who married Elizabeth Murray Casey.
  • William Salter Quincy who married Sally Holland.
  • Nancy (or Ann) Quincy, (b. June 1, 1780) a posthumous child, who married Matthew Stanley Parker of Boston, Mass. Their great X3 grandson is Chris Collman whose records added immensely to this genealogy.

From "Dorothy Quincy, Wife Of John Hancock". 2017. Google Books. Accessed April 4 2017. page 170

The Hancocks were indefatigable in giving pleasure to others; Governor Hancock spared no trouble for his guests, sending even fifty miles for delicacies, despite the rough and slow transportation of that time. In later years they laid in liberal supplies for emergencies, and once had one hundred and fifty live turkeys shut up, which by day were let out to feed in the pasture.

He wrote to Henry Quincy, at Providence, August 30, 1779, that he was expecting " the ambassadors " to dine with him on Wednesday, and said, " I have nothing to give them, from the present prospect of our market. I must beg the favor of you to recommend to my man Harry where he can get chickens, ducks, geese, ham, partridges and mutton, or anything that will save my reputation in a dinner, and by all means some butter." He also asks for " good melons or peaches."10

The guests referred to were probably Chevalier de la Luzerne, Minister from France; M. de Valnais, the French Consul; M. de Chavagnes, captain in the Royal French Navy, and others of distinction, who visited Harvard at this time, September 2, i779.

He concludes his letter: "I am now preparing my house for the celebration of a wedding this night. I have four sets to marry, and propose that they should stand at the four corners of the room and take it all at once; they are willing, but not ready."

Madam Hancock had a pretty refined niece, daughter of Henry Quincy, and in one of Governor Hancock's letters to him he writes: "Miss Eunice was under promise to aid me in the gout, but she has failed me. I shall have another touch in a few days designedly to make her perform her promise; but, to be serious, when Mrs. Quincy can spare her, and Miss Eunice has an inclination to spend two or three weeks at my house, I will send for her. I have a design upon her not to her injury, but she is my favorite, and I intend to get her a good husband. I expect an answer from Miss Eunice, under her own hand; she may write to a married man."

Miss Eunice may have inherited some of the personal attractions of her father, who, when twenty-eight years old, was called " the handsomest man in Boston."

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Henry Quincy's Timeline

January 20, 1727
Boston, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
August 27, 1749
March 25, 1751
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
December 11, 1752
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
March 23, 1762
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
October 9, 1763
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts