65926593. John Whitney was baptized in Westminster, London, England, on Thursday, July 20, 1592. Elinor _____ was born in England in 1604-1605, and died in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on May 11, 1659. They were married in England before 1619. She took the name Elinor Whitney. They had nine children:
|i.||John Whitney was born in London, England, about 1623-4.|
|ii.||Richard Whitney was born in London about 1625-6.|
|iii.||Nathaniel Whitney; b. circa 1625 London. Whitney was born in London about 1626-7. He was not mentioned in his father's will.|
|iv.||Thomas Whitney [#3296]: He was baptized in London in December 10, 1627, and died in Watertown on September 20, 1719.|
|v.||Mary Whitney was baptized in London on December 29, 1629. She Did not emigrate with the family in 1635.|
|vi.||Jonathan Whitney was born in London in 1634. He married first, Jane _____; second Lydia Jones.|
|vii.||Joshua Whitney, (Dea.) was born in Watertown on July 15, 1635. He married first, Mary Buckmaster; second Abigail Tarbell.|
|viii.||Caleb Whitney was born in Watertown on July 12, 1640 Watertown, Middlesex, MA; d. Watertown,, and died in Watertown on July 12, 1640.|
|ix.||Benjamin Whitney was born in Watertown on June 6, 1643. He married first Jane _____; second, Mary Poor.|
His second marriage was to Judah _____ in Watertown on Thursday, September 29, 1659. She took the name Judah Whitney. She died in Watertown on June 1, 1673. They had no children.
Per The Ancestry of John Whitney, John Whitney lived in Isleworth near London. On February 22, 1607, (when he was 7 or 8 years old), he was apprenticed to a tailor, William Pring, of the Old Bailey (from the records of the Merchant Taylor's Company). He was freed of his bond on March 3, 1614. He was apparently a journeyman tailor for at least the next 18 years since on August 11, 1624, he took his youngest brother, Robert, as an apprentice and freed him on January 14, 1632.
In May, 1635, John and his family sailed from Roxbury to Boston on the Elizabeth and Ann, Roger Cooper (or Cowper), Master, as part of her 102 passengers. They were listed as John Whitney, aged 35; wife Ellin, 30; sons John, 11; Richard, 9; Nathaniel, 8; Thomas, 6; and and Jonathan, 1 year. They went directly to Watertown, Massachusetts, where John purchased from John Strickland a 16-acre homestall situated a little north of Belmont Street and east of Common Street.
John was admitted as a freeman on March 3, 1635/36. He was chosen as selectman (town officer) several years between 1638 and 1655 and was elected constable by the Court on June 1, 1641. By 1642, he owned eight other lots, amounting to 212 acres in Watertown. In that year, his homestall was recorded as bounded on the east and south by William Jennison, on the west by Martin Underwood, and on the north by Isaac Mixer. At some point he gave his son, Jonathan, 39 acres of land situated in the Little Plain which had been purchased from Richard Woodward about 1659. On April 5, 1670, John sold to his son, Benjamin, his original 16-acre homestall including the house and barn.
John Whitney's will was dated April 3, 1673. It included son
John Whitny[sic]; son Richard Whitny; son Thomas Whitny;
son Jonathan Whitny; son Joshuah Whitny; son Benjamen Whitny.
Sons John and Joshuah were executors; the overseers were friends
William Bond and Sarah Bond. It was signed by a mark.