Esther Whitney

13 November 1768–
Harvard, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Esther

When Esther Whitney was christened on 13 November 1768, in Harvard, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Phinehas Whitney, was 21 and her mother, Keziah Farnsworth, was 26. She married Edmund Edward Wentworth on 25 February 1786, in Harvard, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States.

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Edmund Edward Wentworth
1760–
Esther Whitney
1768–
Marriage: 25 February 1786

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MARRIAGE
25 February 1786
Harvard, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States

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1776

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

"""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."""""""
1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.

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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  • Esther Whitney, "Massachusetts, Marriages, 1695-1910"

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