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Samuel Whitney

Birthdate: (62)
Birthplace: Weston, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
Death: January 1, 1782 (62)
Westminster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States
Place of Burial: Westminster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Whitney and Martha Whitney
Husband of Abigail Whitney
Father of Abner Whitney; Silas Whitney; Samuel Whitney, Jr.; Phinehas Whitney; Hananiah Whitney and 1 other
Brother of William Whitney; Amity Peirce Graves; Judith Shumway; Judith Whitney and Martha Mossman

Managed by: Judith "Judi" Elaine (McKee) Burns
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About Lieutenant Samuel Whitney

Served in the French and Indian War and recieved the rank of Lieutenant. Served in the Worcester Miltia and was part of the unit with Captain Benjamin Flagg at the Lexington alarm on April 19, 1175.


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Family:Whitney, Samuel (1719-1782) Samuel5 Whitney (William4, Nathaniel3, John2, John1), son of William4 and Martha (Peirce) Whitney,[1] was born 23 May 1719, Weston, MA,[2] baptized 25 Jun 1738, Weston, MA, adult,[3] and died 1 Jan 1782, Westminster, MA.[4]

He "Jr." married, 20 Oct 1741, Weston, MA, Abigail Fletcher,[5] "both of Weston", daughter of John and Mary (Goble) Fletcher. She was born 20 Jul 1720, Concord, MA, and died after 1790.

Samuel Whitney, Jun., was admitted to the church, Weston, MA, 11 Oct 1741, "remov'd".[6] "Abigail Fletcher Whitney, wife of Samuel, was admitted to the church, Weston, MA, 1741, "remov'd".[7]

He was also known as Lt. Samuel Whitney. He was also known as Samuel Whitney Jr. called "Jr." to distinguish him from his cousin, son of uncle Nathaniel. He lived at Westminster, MA.

His father's estate was probated 15 Aug 1720 at Weston, MA. At the time of the probate of the estate of father William Whitney in 1720, Martha Whitney, widow, was appointed guardian of the five minor children of her late husband, vizt. William, in his 14th year, Judith, in her 12th year, Amity, in her 8th year, Martha, in her 5th year, and Samuel, in his 2nd year, and posted bond with Jacob Pierce, husbandman, of Weston, as surety. Church member in Weston in 1741, removed Oct 11 (with his wife), assumedly to the church in Westminster, where they had their children and where he died in 1782. He owned the covenant. He was admitted to the church. He was church member, joined 11 Oct 1741, removed.

Pierce says the following:[8] LIEUT. SAMUEL WHITNEY, b. May 23, 1719; m. Oct. 20, 1741, Abigail FLETCHER. He was a leading man in the settlement of Westminster, and was frequently elected to office. He went from Weston soon after his marriage, probably in 1742. His place of residence in Westminster in 1859 was owned by Mr. HARTWELL. The old cellar is still visible. Samuel was frequently elected selectman and during the Revolutionary war was a lieutenant. The History of Westminster says: "He located on the lot No. 51, near the No. Common, where Leander HARTWELL now lives. The house he built stood a few rods south of the site of the present one. He was a prominent, capable, and much esteemed resident of the township, one of the executive committee of the propriety and selectman three years after incorporation. He also held a commission as lieutenant in the militia of the province. He was a man of wealth and influence, having a large landed estate, which enabled him to give each of his sons a farm, it is said, before or at his decease." The inventory of his estate was made to probate court by his widow, Abigail, in April, 1783. He d. Jan. 1, 1782; res. Weston and Westminster, Mass.

Children of Samuel5 and Abigail (Fletcher)Whitney:

i. Abigail6 Whitney, b. 27 Aug 1742, Westminster, MA.[9]

ii. Mary Whitney, b. 29 May 1744, Westminster, MA;[10] m.(1) 9 Nov 1769, Westminster, MA, Elijah Gibbs;[11] m.(2) 22 Oct 1781, Edward Scott, of Westminster.

iii. Samuel Whitney, b. 11 Feb 1746, Westminster, MA;[12] m. Mrs. Thankfull Wilder.

iv. Abner Whitney, b. 18 May 1748, Weston, MA;[13] bapt. 22 May 1748, Weston, MA;[14] m.(1) Elizabeth Glazier; m.(2) Levina (Glazier) Whittemore.

v. Achsa Whitney, b. 30 Sep 1750, Westminster, MA;[15] d. 14 May 1772, Westminster, MA, in her 22nd year.[16]

vi. Silas Whitney, b. 20 Oct 1752, Westminster, MA;[17] m. Sarah Withington.

vii. Martha Whitney, b. 26 Nov 1755, Westminster, MA;[18] d. 26 Nov 1755, Westminster, MA, aged 1 day.[19]

viii. Elisha Whitney, b. 2 Jul 1757, Westminster, MA;[20] m. Unice Sever.

ix. Alpheus Whitney, b. 25 Feb 1759, Westminster, MA;[21] m. Esther Hartwell.

x. Phinehas Whitney, b. 16 Jan 1761, Westminster, MA;[22] m. Elizabeth Rand.

xi. Hannaniah Whitney, b. 18 Dec 1762, Westminster, MA;[23] m. Azuba Keyes.

xii. Martha Whitney, b. 18 Sep 1764, Westminster, MA;[24] m. 19 Aug 1783, Leominster, MA, Benjamin Sever, both "of Westminster",[25] son of Norman and Sarah (Read) Seaver; m.(2) Isaac Seaver.

xiii. Susanah Whitney, b. 9 Feb 1767, Westminster, MA.[26] [edit] Census

1790, Westminster, Worcester Co., MA: Abigail Whitney, 1 males over 16, 1 males 0-15, and 1 females. This was his widow.

Burial: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=WHIT&GSfn=S&GSpartial=1&GSbyrel=all&GSst=21&GScntry=4&GSsr=521&GRid=88187570&

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1.^ His parentage is proven by his birth record. 2.^ "Samuel [Whitney], s. William and Martha, [born] May 23, 1719. [p. 10]," according to Mary Frances Peirce, Town of Weston. Births, Deaths and Marriages, 1707-1850. 1703--Gravestones--1900. Church Records, 1709-1825. Appendix and Addenda, Cent Society, Gleanings from the Town Files, Bits of Genealogy, Error, Indexes, &c. (Boston, MA: McIncloe Bros., Printers, 1901), page 10. 3.^ "Samuel [Whitney], adult, s. William (dec'd) and Martha, bap. June 25, 1738. [p. 431]," according to Weston Vital Records, page 431. 4.^ "Samuel [Whitney], Lieut., h. Abigail, [died] Jan. 1, 1782," according to Franklin P. Rice, ed., Vital Records of Westminster, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (1915). 5.^ "Samuel [Whitney] Jr. and Abigail Fletcher, b. of Weston, [married] Oct. 20, 1741, by Rev. Wm. Williams. [p. 55]," according to Weston Vital Records, page 55. 6.^ "Samuel [Whitney], Jun., c.m. Oct. 11, 1741, remov'd. [p. 448]," according to Weston Vital Records, pages 438 and 448. 7.^ "Abigail Fletcher [Whitney], c.m. 1741, w. Samuel, remov'd [p. 448]," according to Weston Vital Records, page 448. 8.^ Frederick C. Pierce, The Descendants of John Whitney, Who Came from London, England, to Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1635 (Chicago, IL: The Author, 1895), p. 72. 9.^ "Abigail [Whitney], d. Samuel and Abigail, [born] Aug. 27, 1742," according to Westminster Vital Records. 10.^ "Mary [Whitney], d. Samuel and Abigail, [born] May 29, 1744," according to Westminster Vital Records. 11.^ "Mary [Whitney] and Elijah Gibbs, [married] Nov. 9, 1769," according to Westminster Vital Records. 12.^ "Samuel [Whitney], s. Samuel and Abigail, [born] Feb. 11, 1746," according to Westminster Vital Records. 13.^ "Abner [Whitney], s. Samuel and Abigail, [born] May. 18, 1748. At Weston," according to Westminster Vital Records. 14.^ "Abner [Whitney], s. Samuel and Abigail, b. last w., bap. May 22, 1748. [p. 456]," according to Weston Vital Records, page 456. 15.^ "Achsa [Whitney], d. Samuel and Abigail, [born] Sept. 30, 1750," according to Westminster Vital Records. 16.^ "Achsa, d. Lieut. Samuel and Abigail, [died] May 14, 1772, in 22d year [Whitney]," according to Westminster Vital Records. 17.^ "Silas, s. Samuel and Abigail, [born] Oct. 20, 1752," according to Westminster Vital Records. 18.^ "Martha [Whitney], d. Lieut. Samuel and Abigail, [born] Nov. 26, 1755," according to Westminster Vital Records. 19.^ "Martha [Whitney], d. Lieut. Samuel and Abigail, [died] Nov. 26, 1755, a. 1d.," according to Westminster Vital Records. 20.^ "Elisha [Whitney], s. Lieut. Samuel and Abigail, [born] July 2, 1757," according to Westminster Vital Records. 21.^ "Alpheas [Whitney], s. Samuel and Abigail, [born] Feb. 25, 1759," according to Westminster Vital Records. 22.^ "Pheneas [Whitney], s. Samuel and Abigail, [born] Jan. 16, 1761," according to Westminster Vital Records. 23.^ Hananiah [Whitney], s. Samuel and Abigail, [born] Dec. 18, 1762," according to Westminster Vital Records. 24.^ "Martha [Whitney], d. Samuel and Abigail, [born] Sept. 18, 1764," according to Westminster Vital Records. 25.^ "Martha [Whitney] and Benjamin Sever both of Westminster, [married] Aug. 19, 1783," according to Franklin P. Rice, ed., Vital Records of Leominster, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (n.d.). Also, "Martha [Whitney] and Benjamin Sever, [married] Aug. 19, 1783. In Leominster," according to Westminster Vital Records. 26.^ "Susanah [Whitney], d. Samuel and Abigail, [born] Feb. 9, 1767," according to Westminster Vital Records. Copyright ©1999, 2006-2008, Robert L. Ward and the Whitney Research Group

A biography of Samuel Whitney was published in the book Historic homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of Worcester County, Massachusetts, with a History of Worcester Society of Antiquity. It reads:

"(V) Lieutenant Samuel Whitney, son of William Whitney (4), was born in Weston, Massachusetts, May 23, 1719. He married, October 20, 1741, Abigail Fletcher. He was a leading man in the settlement of the town of Westminster, Massachusetts, and was frequently elected to office. He went there from his native town of Weston probably soon after his marriage, about 1742. The old Whitney homestead there was owned lately by the Hartwell family, only the cellar hole remaining to mark the site of the old house, on Lot 51 near the north common. He was prominent, capable and much esteemed, one of the executive committee of the proprietors and a selectman three years after incorporation. He was a lieutenant in the revolution. He was a man of wealth as well as influence in Westminster, and gave each of his sons a farm. He died January 1, 1782. The children of Samuel and Abigail Whitney: 1. Abigail, born August 27, 1742. probably died young. 2. Mary, born May 29, 1744, married Elijah Gibson and Edward Scott, of Westminster. 3. Samuel, born February 11, 1746, married Thankful Wilder. 4. Abner, see forward. 5. Achsah, born September 30, 1750, died May 14, 1772. 6 Silas, born October 20, 1752, married Sarah Withington. 7. Martha, born November 26, 175S. died young. 8. Elisha, born July 2, 1757, married Eunice Seaver. 9. Alpheus, born February 25, 1759. married Esther Hartwell. 10. Phinehas, born January 16, 1761, married Elizabeth Rand. 11. Hananiah, born December 18, 1762, married Azubah Keyes. 12. Martha, born September 18, 1764, married (first) Benjamin Seaver and (second) Isaac Seaver. 13. Susanna, born February 9, 1767, died young."

The History of Westminster, Massachusetts book by Heywood has this sketch for Samuel Whitney:

"WHITNEY, SAMUEL, another son of William and Martha, was born May 23, 1719. He married October 20, 1741, Abigail Fletcher, and soon after came to this place, locating on lot No. 51, near the North Common, where Leander Hartwell now lives. The house he built stood a few rods south of the site of the present one. He was a prominent, capable, and much esteemed resident of the township, one of the Executive Committee of the Propriety, and Selectman 3 years after incorporation. He also held a commission as Lieutenant in the Militia of the Province. He was a man of wealth and influence, having a large landed estate, which enabled him to give each of his sons a farm, it is said, before or at his decease. He died January 1, 1782. His wife, Abigail (Fletcher), died at an unfound date."

The land records recorded in the Worcester County land record volumes appear incomplete. It is likely that he acquired more land and sold or gave more land than appear in the records listed below.

Samuel Whitney, yeoman of Weston, bought land in Lot 51 in Narragansett No. 2 which was drawn by Benjamin Brown on behalf of John Chadwick of Weston on 14 January 1741 for 150 pounds. The land consisted of a house lot, meadow, upland and swamp (recorded 31 October 1765, Worcester County [MA] Deeds, 54.183, on FHL Microfilm 0,843,182).

Samuel Whitney, husbandman of Weston, bought 62 acres in Lot number 21 in the second division, which was part of lot 51 of the first division in Narragansett No. 2, from Ephraim Wood of Concord for 75 pounds old tenor on 8 March 1747 (Worcester County [MA] Deeds, 27.304, recorded 20 January 1748, on FHL Microfilm 0,843,169).

Samuel Whitney bought 62 acres in Lot 64 of the second division, which was drawn from Lot 116, from Phillip Bemis for 150 pounds old tenor on 12 March 1750 (Worcester County [MA] Deeds, 55.275, recorded 19 October 1765, on FHL Microfilm 0,843,183).

He sold part of second division lot 13 and meadow lot 64, both in Narragansett No. 2, to Jabez Benman of Shrewsbury for 27 pounds old tenor on 27 November 1753 (Worcester County [MA] Deeds, 39.219, recorded 20 May 1757, on FHL Microfilm 0,843,175).

Samuel Whitney bought land from Jabez Bigelow of Narragansett No. 2, consisting of 20 acres on Lot 44 of the first division, for 28 pounds, 17 shillings on 20 February 1759 (Worcester County [MA] Deeds, 54.198, recorded 31 October 1765, on FHL Microfilm 0,843,182).

He sold 60 acres of the house lots 51 and 52 to his son Alpheus Whitney for 300 pounds on 15 November 1781, with Abner Holden and son Abner Whitney as witnesses (Worcester County [MA] Deeds, 86.434, recorded 27 December 1781, on FHL Microfilm 0,843,364.

On the same day he sold to his son Phineas Whitney, for 400 pounds, part of the original house lots 51 and 52, containing 21 acres and 86 rods in Westminster. Witnesses were Abner Holden and son Abner Whitney (Worcester County [MA] Deeds, 89.513, recorded 14 January 1784, on FHL Microfilm 0,843,365).

Samuel Whitney is said to have held a commission as a lieutenant during the Revolutionary War. However, he is not listed in "Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution."

Samuel Whitney died intestate; his probate records are in Worcester County [MA] Probate Records, Probate Packet 65,123 (viewed at Worcester County Courthouse). His widow, Abigail, was appointed administratrix of his estate on 21 February 1783, with bond in the amount of 800 pounds.

An inventory was taken by Abner Holden, Nathan Howard and Thomas Stearns, all of Westminster, on 20 May 1783; the inventory of the personal estate amounted to 83 pounds, 14 shillings and 11 pence; there was no real estate listed.

It is apparent that he gave or sold his land holdings to his children before his death, since the estate had such a small value. Abigail's account was allowed 20 May 1783, with a balance of over 35 pounds. This was ordered distributed, after certain debts were paid, to the children. On 15 June 1785, the heirs submitted a receipt:

"We the subscribers do hereby acknowledge that we have each of us severally and for our selves received of our honoured mother, Abigail Whitney, Adx on the estate of our honoured father - Samuel Whitney late of said Westminster deceased the sum of two pounds three shillings in full of our part of the household furniture belonging to the estate of said deceased and we do severally acquit and discharge the said administratrix for our selves and heirs of all demands or rights or Chalange we or our heirs have or may have to the same & that this shall be a full and final acquittance for our selves and heirs to the above said household furniture forever by these presents. In witness whereof we have hereunto severally set our hands the day and year aforesaid Alpheus Whitney, Elisha Whitney, Benjamin Sever, Hananiah Whitney, Mary Scott, Silas Whitney, Job Whitcomb, Hannah Whitney." (Worcester County [MA] Probate Records, 20.421, on FHL Microfilm 0,856,285).

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Lieutenant Samuel Whitney's Timeline

1719
May 23, 1719
Weston, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
1738
June 25, 1738
Age 19
Weston, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
1746
February 11, 1746
Age 26
Westminster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States
1748
May 18, 1748
Age 28
Weston, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
1752
1752
Age 32
1761
January 16, 1761
Age 41
Westminster, MA
1762
December 18, 1762
Age 43
Westminster, Massachusetts, United States
1764
September 18, 1764
Age 45
Westminster, Worcester County, MA (VR, 99)
1782
January 1, 1782
Age 62
Westminster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States