(2) David MacWithey,
born at Dedham, Massachusetts, 17 April 1678, died 10 June 1756, Preston,
New London County, Connecticut. He married Elizabeth
who died after 3 April 1756 in Preston. Parents of:
(3) Ephraim MacWithey,
born 1709 in East Hampton, Suffolk Co., New York, died 1 March 1753 in
Preston, New London Co., Connecticut. He married on 8 September 1730 Judith
born 1723 in Windham, Windham County, Connecticut, died 14 May 1796 in
Griswold, New London Co., Connecticut. Parents of:
(4) Elijah Withey,
baptized 7 July 1743 in Preston, New London Co., Connecticut, died 7 February
1816 in Griswold, New London Co., Connecticut. He married 13 November 1763,
widow of Azariah Gates. She was daughter of Lewis
daughter of William Green,
married 2 November 1732 in Griswold, New London Co., Connecticut.
In 1775, Elijah was taxed 28-10-0 as a resident of the North Society of Preston, New London Co., Connecticut. Also listed was Lemuel Withey, taxed 80-10-0.
Elijah served in the military throughout the American Revolution: "Elijah Weathy" appears on a muster roll for Captain Edward Mott's Company "for the defence and protection of harbor of New London in the year 1776" along with Henry Weathy, Lemuel Wethy serving as Sergt. of the same company. "Elijah Wethy" appears on a payroll dated 18 July 1782 for Captain Averill's Company entitled "Payroll for his 'Company marching in an alarm to Fort Griswauld on Groton Heiths'" as serving three days beginning 6 June 1781, the same days as Henry Wethy.
In 1791, Elijah was taxed 43-5-6 as a resident of the Second Society of Preston, New London, Co., Connecticut. Also listed was Lemuel Withey, taxed 78-16-6, and Henry Withey, taxed 27-0-0. There is another Elijah Withey listed in the "Additions" section as being taxed 5-17-6.
In the 1800 census of Preston, Elijah Withey was enumerated as over age 45, living with a woman aged over 45. Enumerated 7th and 8th ahead of him respectively were Lemuel Withey and Benjamin Coit (who witnessed a sale of land to Reuben Partridge by Elijah's son-in-law Stephen Washburn in 1790). In this year, Henry Withey appears to have moved with Stephen and Selinda Washburn to Greenbush, Rensselaer Co., New York, where he was enumerated five homes away from them.
In the 1810 census of Preston, Elijah was again enumerated as a man aged over 45 years and living with a woman also aged over 45 years. Enumerated immediately before Elijah Withey that year was Elijah Washburn, listed as a man between ages 16 and 26; Washburn's household included a woman between ages 16 and 26 and a young male under 10 years of age. Because Elijah Withey's daughter has was referred to as "Selandy Washburn" in Elijah Withey's will, and because Elijah Washburn lived in such close proximity to Elijah Withey, it has been widely assumed (and published) that Elijah Washburn was the husband of Elijah Withey's daughter Salinda Withey—however, the known birth of Salinda in 1774, coupled with the age of Elijah Washburn and his wife indicated in this 1810 census, dispell that theory. In fact, Elijah Washburn was the son of Selinda Withey and her husband Stephen Washburn, and he was named after his grandfather. This relationship explains why Elijah Withey and Elijah Washburn lived so near to one another, as shown in the 1810 census.
Elijah Withey died in 7 February 1816 in Preston, New London Co., Connecticut. In his will, Elijah left all of his substantial real estate to his daughter Selinda. The inventory of his estate included a pair of "spectacles."
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