Oliver Whitney

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

The Life Summary 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 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 Cavendish, Windsor, Vermont, United States.

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Family Time Line

Oliver Whitney
1744–1813
Hannah Chase
1753–1797
Marriage: 9 June 1779
Mary Ann Whitney
1781–1863
Hannah Whitney
1782–1857
Betsey Whitney
1783–1858
John Whitney
1784–1852
James Whitney
1785–
Sarah Whitney
1786–1843
Mehitable Whitney
1788–1863
Oliver Whitney
1789–1865
Elizabeth Whitney
1791–1849
Prudence Whitney
1793–1870
Lucy Whitney
1795–
Olive Whitney
1796–1887

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    9 June 1779Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
  • Children

    (12)

    +7 More Children

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings

    (5)

    World Events (6)

    1776
    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 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.

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

    Possible Related Names

    Witney
    Widney

    Sources (27)

    • Oliver Whitney, "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"
    • 1790 United States Federal Census
    • Massachusetts, Compiled Marriages, 1633-1850

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