Nathaniel Whitney

Male 1646 - 1732  (85 years)

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  • Name Nathaniel Whitney 
    Born 1 Feb 1645/46  Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 7 Jan 1731/32  Weston, Middlesex Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I821  Bishir Family
    Last Modified 19 Aug 2019 

    Father John Whitney,   b. 1620, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Oct 1692, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Mother Ruth Reynolds 
    Married 1642 
    Family ID F460  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah Hagar,   b. 3 Sep 1651,   d. 29 Jul 1722, Weston, Middlesex Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 12 Mar 1672/73 
     1. Samuel Whitney
     2. Hannah Whitney
     3. Mercy Whitney
     4. Nathaniel Whitney Jr.,   b. 5 Mar 1674/75
     5. Sarah Whitney,   b. 12 Feb 1677/78
    +6. William Whitney,   b. 6 May 1683,   d. 24 Jan 1718/19, Weston, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years)
     7. Elizabeth Whitney,   b. 15 Dec 1692
     8. Grace Whitney,   b. 1700
    Last Modified 19 Aug 2019 
    Family ID F454  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
      ABOUT five years ago I rode from Cambridge to Weston in search of any relics I could find there of the WHITNEYs, as I knew that my grandfather, Phineas, was born in Weston. I found there the farm, which had been owned by them through several generations down to about ten years previous to the time of my visit. It is not an especially attractive farm, although there are some beautiful prospects to be had from it and the surrounding country. I should suppose it to be a good grazing farm. Some old apple trees still remain. It is about a mile and a half from the centre village of Weston, on the road to Lexington. On the side hill, and a few rods from the road, is an old cellar and an old well, which mark the sight of the first WHITNEY house, built, probably, by Nathaniel, grandson of John. Nearer the road is a more modern house, built by one of the WHITNEY owners, and afterwards enlarged to accommodate his son. On this farm, and, I think, in the more modern house, was born William WHITNEY, who went to Winchendon in 1769, carrying with him his sons William and Phineas, both born in Weston. By the roadside near the house stands a mammoth elm, which has sprung from a seedling set out by, I think, the mother of William WHITNEY, about 125 years ago. It still stands, sound and stalwart, and bids fair to do so for many years to come. On the opposite side of the road was a large barn, heavily built, to accommodate the agricultural tendencies which the WHITNEYs seem to have carried wherever they settled. From this farm went the WHITNEYs, who did not find room at home, to other towns, near and remote. One, Nathaniel, went to Westborough. He was father of Eli, the inventor of the cotton gin, and one of the WHITNEY ancestors of the compiler of this book. William went to Winchendon. He was the progenitor of the numerous WHITNEYs of that town. Phineas, brother of William, went to Shirley, and from him sprang a numerous family, some of whom went to Boston, where they still reside. At the time of my visit the farm was owned by a Captain Lowe, who had purchased it from a WHITNEY, who was the last of the name to own it. I am informed that Captain LOWE has said it, and that it is now owned by a Dr. BRADBURY, who is building an elegant country residence over the old cellar and well of the first house built there by Nananiel a generation before the Revolution.