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Lineage: Hannah4, Joseph3, John2, Henry1

  WHITNEY, c.1612-aft.1766
Related Families:  Salmon | Ketcham | Smith | Rogers | Hoyt | Keeler

Migration:  England?>North Carolina>Long Island, NY>Norwalk, CT>Wilton, CT

        (1)  Henry Whitney, parentage, date and place of birth, date and ship of immigration, first wife's name, and date and place of first marriage, are unknown.  He must have immigrated to New England before 1637, because of the following item:
        Thomas Osman gave a deposition in 1658 in which he told the story of he, William Purrier, Thomas Reeve, James Reeve, Thomas Terill, William Salmon, Thomas Benedict, Henry Whitney and others exploring for "sperrits resin" (turpentine) in "ye Chowan country" (North Carolina) in 1636/37. Upon failure of this adventure, these men in the following winter or spring settled on Hashamomuck Neck in the present town of Southold, Long Island.         [A copy of this deposition appears in the Southold Commemorative Book, 1636-1939.]
This would tend to indicate that his first wife and mother of his only known child, John, would have been from one of the earliest families of Southold, possibly a daughter or sister of one of the abovementioned expeditionaries. About 1658 on Long Island, New York, he married Sarah Salmon, died 1673 in Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut, daughter of Christopher Salmon, and sister of the above William Salmon.  Henry and Sarah had no children.  She was the widow of Edward Ketcham with whom she had several children.
        No record of him has been found prior to 8 Oct. 1649, when he was associated with Edward Tredwell and Thomas Benedict in buying three fourths of William Salmon's land at Rashamommock, in Southhold, Long Island. These four men made the following agreement, which is recorded in the town records of Southold, Vol. I, p. 89:
        "Wee whos names are vder written inhabiting vppon the neck of land commonly called Hashamommock considering that our Cumfort and quiett setlement would consist et stand in the inioyoment of good neigbourhood did make this agreement at our first sitting doune that what man soever should desire to remoue and to endeauor to make sale of his accomodacons should put in such a neighbour as the other Inhabitanc liveinge with him should approve of. Entered the 17th of May 1660 William Salmon p me Willm Wells. Henry Whitney Edward Tredwell Thomas Benedick."
Henry removed from Southold as early as 17 August 1658, and became an inhabitant of Huntington, Long Island.  Afterwards he resided in Jamaica, Long Island, before finally settling in Norwalk, Fairfield Co., Connecticut, where he probably died in the autumn of 1673.  Henry Whitney and his unknown first wife was:

        (2)  John Whitney, born about 1642, died before November 1720 in Norwalk, Fairfield Co., Connecticut; married 17 March 1674/1765 in Norwalk, Fairfield Co., Connecticut, Elizabeth Smith, born about 1650 in Norwalk, Fiarfield Co., Connecticut, died after 3 April 1741, daughter of Richard Smith and Bathsheba Rogers.
        John was probably born before his father went to Southold, as the fact that he was of full age before 20 Jan 1665/66, is indicated by the following vote:

        "At the towne meeting held the 20th of Jan. 1665, grante unto John Whitne the sonne of Henry Whitney. . . . . oinse unto his father's home lott extending from the. . . . . .Brow of the hill lying by the hi. . . weigh leading to the. . . . . Rodds. . . . cartpath by the sayd Falls."
He settled, with his father in Norwalk, followed his business of millwright and miller, and then succeeded him in possession of the mill and homestead.


  1. John, born 12 March 1676; married Elizabeth Finch.
  2. Joseph, mentioned below
  3. Henry, born 21 February 1680; married Elizabeth Olmstead.
  4. Elizabeth, born about 1684; married Joseph Keeler.
  5. Richard, born 18 April 1687; married Hannah Darling.
  6. Anne, born about 1691, died 9 May 1773 in Sharon, Litchfield Co., Connecticut, where she is buried; married 13 October 1709 in Ridgefield, Fairfield Co., Connecticut, Matthew St. John.  She joined the Wilton Congregational Church in 1734 and was dismissed 1745.
  7. Eleanor, born 27 January 1693; married Jonathan Fairchild.
  8. Nathan, born about 1695; married Sarah Platt.
  9. Sarah, born about 1697, died 22 October 1720 in Ridgefield, Fairfield Co., Connecticut; married 13 June 1717 in Ridgefield, Fairfield Co., Connecticut, Samuel Smith.
  10. Josiah, born about 1700; married Eunice Hanford.
  11. John, born 4 March 1703.


        (3)  Joseph Whitney, born 1 March 1678 Norwalk, Fairfield Co., Connecticut, died 1741 Norwalk, Fairfield Co., Connecticut.; married 6 July 1704 in Norwalk, Fairfield Co., Connecticut, Hannah Hoyt, born about 1680 probably in Stamford, Fairfield co., Connecticut.


  1. Hezekiah, born 10 April 1705; married Margaret Harris
  2. Hannah, born 5 November 1707, died after 1766 in Wilton, Fairfield Co., Connecticut; married about 1730 in Norwalk, Fairfield Co., Connecticut, Daniel Keeler; married second on 2 July 1766 in Wilton, Fairfield Co., Connecticut, Samuel Betts.
  3. Joseph, born 6 December 1710; married Mary Coit.
  4. Thankful, born 1 March 1713, died New Canaan, Fairfield Co., Connecticut; married Ebenezer Benedict.
  5. Elizabeth, born 1717, died August 1815 in Norwalk, Fairfield Co., Connecticut, at age 96, probably buried in Ridgebury Cemetery; married 26 June 1735 in Stamford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut, Miles Riggs; married second after 1758 David Rockwell
  6. David, born 24 June 1721; married Elizabeth Hyatt

  7. Abraham, born 23 February 1723; married Anne Plumb.

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