John Whitney

21 January 1784–27 September 1852 (Age 68)
Nelson, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States

The Life of John

When John Whitney was born on 21 January 1784, in Nelson, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States, his father, Oliver Whitney, was 39 and his mother, Hannah Chase, was 30. He married Mary Spalding on 9 May 1813, in Ludlow, Windsor, Vermont, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 3 daughters. He died on 27 September 1852, in Ludlow, Windsor, Vermont, United States, at the age of 68.

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John Whitney
Mary Spalding
Marriage: 9 May 1813
Mary Whitney
Granville M. Whitney
John Henry Whitney
Adaline Eliza Whitney
James S. Whitney
Jeptha Denison Whitney
Amanda M. Whitney

Spouse and Children

9 May 1813
Ludlow, Windsor, Vermont, United States


    Mary Whitney


    Granville M. Whitney


    John Henry Whitney


    Adaline Eliza Whitney


    James S. Whitney


+2 More Children

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+7 More Children

World Events (8)

1786 · Shays' Rebellion

Age 2

Caused by war veteran Daniel Shays, Shays' Rebellion was to protest economic and civil rights injustices that he and other farmers were seeing after the Revolutionary War. Because of the Rebellion it opened the eyes of the governing officials that the Articles of Confederation needed a reform. The Rebellion served as a guardrail when helping reform the United States Constitution.
1788 · New Hampshire Helps Ratify the US Constitution

Age 4

On June 21, 1788, New Hampshire became the ninth and final state needed to ratify the US Constitution and make it the official law of the land

Age 19

France sells Louisiana territories to U.S.A.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in Herefordshire, the etymology of which is uncertain. The second element is Old English ēg ‘island’, ‘piece of higher ground in a low-lying area’; the first appears to be hwītan, which is either the genitive singular of an Old English byname Hwīta (meaning ‘white’), or the weak dative case (originally used after a preposition and article) of the adjective hwīt ‘white’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • John Whitney, "United States Census, 1850"
  • John Whitney in entry for Amanda Field, "Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954"
  • John Whitney in entry for Adeline B. Farmer, "Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954"

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