When Oliver Whitney was born on 15 April 1744, in Needham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States, his father, David Whitney, was 28 and his mother, Mehitable Parker, was 25. He married Hannah Chase on 9 June 1779, in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 9 daughters. He died on 29 December 1813, in Cavendish, Windsor, Vermont, United States, at the age of 69, and was buried in Twenty Mile Stream Cemetery, Cavendish, Windsor, Vermont, United States.
English: habitational name from Whitney 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’. The name may also derive from Whitney (now Whitney Wood) in Stevenage (Hertfordshire), probably named from Old English hwītan ‘white’ + (ge)hæge ‘enclosure’.
History: John Whitney came from London, England, to Watertown, MA, in 1635, and had numerous prominent descendents.
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