Betsey Whitney

Brief Life History of Betsey

When Betsey Whitney was born about 1806, in Springfield, Windsor, Vermont, United States, her father, Benjamin Whitney, was 35 and her mother, Elizabeth “Betsey” Bragg, was 35.

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Benjamin Whitney
1772–1827
Elizabeth “Betsey” Bragg
1772–1857
Alexander Whitney
1798–1859
Philena Whitney
1802–
Betsey Whitney
1806–
Phineas Whitney
1800–1866
Lucius Whitney
1804–1884
Benjamin Franklin Whitney
1810–1879

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    World Events (3)

    1808

    Atlantic slave trade abolished.

    1812

    War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.

    1834 · Vermont Anti-Slavery Society is Formed

    The Anti-Slavery Society of Vermont was established in 1834. 100 people from different towns were at the first meeting, with the intent to abolish slavery. 

    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.

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