Oliver Whitney

15 April 1744–29 December 1813 (Age 69)
Needham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Oliver

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 26. 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 Cavendish, Windsor, Vermont, United States.

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Oliver Whitney
Hannah Chase
Marriage: 9 June 1779
Mary Ann Whitney
Hannah Whitney
Betsey Whitney
John Whitney
James Whitney
Sarah Whitney
Mehitable Whitney
Oliver Whitney
Elizabeth Whitney
Prudence Whitney
Lucy Whitney
Olive Whitney

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9 June 1779
Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States


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Age 32

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776 · The Declaration to the King

Age 32

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""
1781 · The First Constitution

Age 37

Serving the newly created United States of America as the first constitution, the Articles of Confederation were an agreement among the 13 original states preserving the independence and sovereignty of the states. But with a limited central government, the Constitutional Convention came together to replace the Articles of Confederation with a more established Constitution and central government on where the states can be represented and voice their concerns and comments to build up the nation.

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)

  • Oliver Whitney, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • Oliver Whitney in entry for Oliver Whitney, "Vermont, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1732-2005"
  • Oliver Whiting in entry for Hannah Sanders, "Vermont, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1732-2005"

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