Richard WHITNEY, Jr.

Male 1661 - 1723  (62 years)

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  1. 1.  Richard WHITNEY, Jr. was born 13 Jan 1660/1, Watertown, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts (son of Richard WHITNEY and Martha COLDAM); died 25 Dec 1723, Stow, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts.

    Richard married Elizabeth SAWTELL 25 Aug 1691, Watertown, Massachuetts. Elizabeth (daughter of Jonathan SAWTELL and Mary TARBELL) was born 3 Feb 1668, Groton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts; died 24 Nov 1723, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet]

    1. Richard WHITNEY was born 1694, Stow, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts; died 27 Apr 1775, Stow, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Richard WHITNEY was born 1626, England (son of John WHITNEY and Elinor UNKNOWN); died , Massachusetts.


    "Whitney Genealogy": He was admitted freeman May 7, 1651. He was proprietor of Stow June 3, 1680, and probably moved there when it was a part of Concord or belonged to it. His eight children were born in Watertown.
    Apr 7, 1697, Richard Whitney of Stow, being 70 years of age, was released from training by the court.

    Richard married Martha COLDAM 19 Mar 1650. [Group Sheet]

  2. 3.  Martha COLDAM
    1. Moses WHITNEY was born 1 Aug 1655, Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts.
    2. 1. Richard WHITNEY, Jr. was born 13 Jan 1660/1, Watertown, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts; died 25 Dec 1723, Stow, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts.

Generation: 3

  1. 4.  John WHITNEY was born 1589, England; died 1 Jun 1673, Watertown, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts.


    "Whitney Genealogy": The Whitney family is very numerous in America; not only in New England are they abundant, but in nearly every state and territory in the United States. A very large share of those who bear the name are descendants of John and Elinor Whitney of Watertown, in the Massachusetts colony. No relationship is traced between this family and that of Henry Whitney of Norwalk, Conn., who located there in 1685, and the genealogy of whose descendants, both male and female lines, has been published by S. Whitney Phoenix, being the most exhaustive and expensive work of this kind ever published in America. (The Whitney Family of Connecticut and its Affiliations, Being an attempt to trace the Descendants, as well in the Female as the Male lines, of Henry Whitney, from 1649 to 1878)

    John Whitney was born in England in 1589, and dwelt in the Parish of Isleworth-on-the-Thames, opposite Richmond, nine miles from London, from may, 1619, to January, 1623-4. The record "of persons permitted to embark at the port of London after Christmas, 1634," manuscript folio page 35 in Rolls office, Chancery Lane, gives the following names and ages: John Whitney 35, Elinor Whitney 30, John 11, Richard 9, Nathaniel 8, thomas 6, Jonathan 1.....

    They settled in Watertown, in the Massachusetts colony, in June, 1635, where his son Joshua was born the 15th of July following, he being the first of this line born in America. JohnWhitney was admitted freeman 3d of March, 1636, and the following year was for the first time elected by his associates as one of the Select Men of the town. he held the office for many years afterward, until 1655, at which time he was elected town clerk. June 1, 1641, he was appointed constable at Watertown by General Court at their quarter session held in Boston.

    At that time, constables were appointed by the General Court, and besides the duties attached to the office in latter ties, they were required to collect the taxes of the town and the levies by the General Court; to pay the debts of the colony due to individuals in their respective towns; to supply the town with sealed weights and measures; to set or order in those towns where no captain dwelt, and to inflict the punishments ordered by judicial authority, "where there was not another appointed to do it within his own town, unless he can get another to do it." As a badge of his office a constable was required to carry a black staff five or five and a half feet long, with a tip or head five or six inches long.

    His very early admission as a freeman and his election as a Select Man show that he held a respectable social position in the community...

    John — Elinor UNKNOWN. Elinor was born 1599; died 11 May 1659, Watertown, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet]

  2. 5.  Elinor UNKNOWN was born 1599; died 11 May 1659, Watertown, Massachusetts.
    1. John WHITNEY was born 1620, England; died 12 Oct 1692, Watertown, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts.
    2. 2. Richard WHITNEY was born 1626, England; died , Massachusetts.
    3. Joshua WHITNEY was born 5 Jul 1635, Watertown, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts; died 7 Aug 1719, Massachusetts.