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(1) William Sabin was an inhabitant of
Rehoboth, Massachusetts, at the organization
of the town in 1643, ^"f' died there in 1681.
He appears to have been a man of some cul-
ture and considerable means and of benev-
olent character. Many of the sufferers from
Indian depredations in early Massachusetts re-
ceived assistance at his hands, and he was
active in the establishment of education and
the church. His first wife, whose name is un-
known, died after 1660. and he married (sec-
ond), December 22, 1663, Martha, daugh-
ter of James and Anna Allen, of Medfield,
Massachusetts. Children of first wife: Sam-

uel, Elizabeth, Joseph, Benjamin, Nehemiah,
Experience, Mary (died young), Abigail,
Hannah, Patience, Jeremiah, Sarah (died
young). Of the second wife: James, John,
Hezekiah, Noah, Mehitable, Mary, Sarah

(H) John, seventh son of William Sabin
and second child of his second wife, Martha
(Allen) Sabin, was born August 27. 1666. in
Rehoboth, died October 22, 1742, in Pomfret,
Connecticut. He resided in Rehoboth until
i(x)i, when he removed to Pomfret. and in
1698 purchased land of the Indian chief, Owa-
neco. He was an active pioneer, a leader in
military matters, bearing the rank of major,
and retained membership in the church at
Woodstock, Connecticut, until 1715. He mar-
ried, December 3, 1689, in Rehoboth, Sarah,
daughter of Samuel Peck, bom February 2,
1669, died October i, 1738. Children: Judith,
born August 26, 1690; Hezekiah, mentioned
below ; John, January 16, 1695 ; Noah, January
27, 1697. The last three bom in Pomfret.

(III) Hezekiah. eldest son of John and
Sarah (Peck) Sabin. was born November 5,
1692, in Pomfret. and resided in that town.
He married, about 171S, Zerviah, daughter of
Tames and Elizabeth Hosmer. Children:
Sarah, baptized September 27, 1719; Heze-
kiah, September 5, 1720; Hannah, March 18,
1722; Charles, .April 18, 1725; Jesse, January
22, 1727; Jonathan. August 17, 1729; Zerviah,
November 11, 1731 ; Zebediah, mentioned be-

(IV) Zebediah, youngest child of Hezekiah
and Zerviah (Hosmer) Sabin, was baptized
January 23. 1736. in Pomfret, where he sub-
scribed to the freemen's oath. April 7, 1760.
His wife bore the baptismal name of Ann. and
their children were: Charles, mentioned be-
low; Anna, born December 14, 1760; Zebe-
diah, March 20, 1763, died in Williamstown;
Zerviah, February 3, 1765 ; John. December
6. 1767; Timothy, June i, 1770, in New Prov-
idence; Jesse, July 3, 1772.

(V) Charles, eldest child of Zebediah and
Ann Sabin. was baptized November 18, 1758,
in Pomfret, and settled in Williamstown. Mas-
sachusetts, where he died June 25, 1829. He
married (first) about 1780, Martha, daugh-
ter of Uriah Jackson, of Thompson. Connec-
ticut. She died in 1788. He married (sec-
ond"). December 25. 1791, Mchitnhle, daugh-
ter of Rev. Thomas Skinner, of Pine Swamp.



Connecticut. She survived her husband one
year, dying in 1830. Children of first wife:
Anna, born December 25, 1781 ; Hezekiah,
July 2, 1785, died unmarried; Zebediah, men-
tioned below. Children of second wife : Maria,
born 1794; Alice, January 22, 1797; Betsy,
1800; \Villiam, 1802.

(VT) Zebediah (2), second son of Charles
and Martha ( Jackson) Sabin, was born June
9, 1788, in Williamstown, and resided in the
district known as Sabin Heights, where he
was a farmer, and died January 10, 1861.
He was a man of sound judgment, genial
nature and upright character, much esteemed
for his good humor and originality. He mar^
ried, February 19, 1812, Sarah Eaton, born
1789. who was in early life a teacher, a wom-
an of much culture and strong character. Chil-
dren : John, born December 13, 1812, died at
the age of three months and six days ; Mar-
tha Maria, February 25, 1814; Elizabeth Ann,
February 14, 1816; Charles Alpheus, Novem-
ber 8, 1820; Thomas, mentioned below; Cath-
erine Frances, December 25, 1829.

(VH) Thomas, third son of Zebediah (2)
and Sarah (Eaton) Sabin, was born about
1823, in South Williamstown, Massachusetts,
died there October 10, 1897. He owned con-
siderable property and was engaged in agri-
cultural pursuits most of his life. He married
Harriet Cordelia Eldridge, born May 11, 1829,
in Williamstown, Massachusetts, died at North
Adams, Massachusetts, 1907. She was the
daughter of Reuben and Samantha Eldridge,
of the latter place. Reuben Eldridge was a
colonel in the American army of the war of
1812, and the father of General Hamilton N.
Eldridge. who gained distinction in the war of
the rebellion. Children: Caroline W., Alice
E., Charles Hamilton, mentioned below.

(A'HI) Charles Hamilton, son of Thomas
and Harriet Cordelia (Eldridge) Sabin, was
born in Williamstown. Massachusetts, .August
24. tS68. He attended the Greylock Institute
of his native place, graduating in 1885. Shortly
afterward he received an offer to enter the
office of Henry Russell, at Albany, New
York, then doing the largest fiour commission
business of any firm in the state. Here he re-
mained two years, when he began his career
in the field of banking, since which time he
has made steadv progress until becoming as
well and favorablv known as nearly any man
of his age in metropolitan financial circles. He

entered the National Commercial Bank of
Albany as a clerk in 1887; was made teller
of the Park Bank of that city in 1889, and
was its cashier until Jaimary 16, 1898, when
he vyas appointed cashier of the Albany City
National Bank. When this institution was ac-
quired by the National Commercial Bank in
1902, Mr. Sabin returned to the latter as its
vice-president, a position of some moment for
so young a man, as it ranked as the largest
bank of the Capital City. He continued there,
winning many friends in the business world
by his affability, connected with those qual-
ities which stamp a man as banker, until May,
1907, when he was called to the National Cop-
per Bank of New York City to be its presi-
dent. In announcing Mr. Sabin's retirement
from the National Commercial Bank, Presi-
dent Robert C. Pruyn took occasion to state
to the board : "We feel that it is a great com-
pliment that one from our institution should
have been so highly honored, and we feel
heartily glad of his promotion. He has been
a conscientious worker ever since he began
his career, and very justly is one of the most
popular young men of Albany. I tell you
this because I know that Mr. Sabin's natural
modesty will prevent him from saying it." His
advancement to this office in New York was
regarded in banking circles as a fitting testi-
monial to his worth and high abilities ; he is
a fine type of self-made man, winning every
honor that had fallen to him by hard work
and efficiency of the highest order.

In less than a year after his assuming the
presidency of the National Copper Bank, the
progress made by this institution was indeed
remarkable. It was established May i, 1907,
at No. 115 Broadway, and reported at the
close of business on February 14, 1908, or
only nine and a half months after organiza-
tion, a surplus and undivided profits of $2,251,-
082.62, and deposits amounting to $14,026,-
623.83, with cash on hand. $2,803,460.51 ; due
from" banks, $2,282,339.38; United^ States
bonds. $1,150,000, and bonds, securities, etc.,
$1,902,656.80, an exhibition of great strength.
When the National Copper Bank was merged
with the Mechanics ed, so that throughout
four centuries the present form has been the
established one. It also shows on old Eng-
lish records as Witney, Wittney, Witnenie,
Witeney, Witteneye, Wytney, Wyttneye,
Wyteney. Wytteneye, Whiteneye and Wliit-
tenye. The Whitney Arms : Shield, Azure, a
cross chequy or and gules. Crest: A bull's
head couped sable, armed argent, the points
gules. Motto : Magnanimiter crucem sustene ;
"Gallantly uphold the cross." Registered in the
College of Arms, and probably originated dur-
ing the early Crusades, it remained imchanged
up to the time of emigration of John Whit-
ney, in 1635.

Regarding the origin of the family and its
location, as it leads towards the departure
of a member in direct descent, who became
the progenitor of the family in America, there
is much of interest, and it must necessarily be
expressed in brief. At the present dav there
is a tract in England known as "Whitney



Wood," probably identical with the one re-
ferred to in a writ of the seventeenth year of
Henry ill. (1233), wherein sheriff of Here-
ford was commanded to cause a good breach
to be made through the woods of Erdelegh,
Bronilegh and Witteneye, so that there may
be safe passage between the City of Here-
ford and Maud's Castle. This castle was built
by William le Brass, Lord of Brecknock,
about 1216, in the reign of King John, and
so named in honor of his wife. The Doomes-
day Book mentiones Whitney in the year
1086, at which time the land was scarcely
under cultivation, as follows : "In Elsedune
hundred, the King holds Witemie, Aluuard
held it in the time of King Edward, and was
able to go where he pleased. There is half a
hide yielding geld. It was and is waste."

Rolf, or Guy, has the credit of being the
first of whom there is undisputed, authentic
trace. He had a son, Turstin de Wigemore,
the Fleming, who was living in 1086, and mar-
ried Agnes, daughter of Alured de Merle-
berge, of Ewias Castle. Their son was Eus-
tace, who, "at the request of my mother,
Aene=, have given to .St. Peter and the broth-
ers of Gloucester a hide of land in Pencombe,
which is called Suthenhale (Sydnal), free and
clear from any encumbrance ; and through
this deed, I have placed it on the altar of
Saint Peter of Gloucester." Eustace had a
son, also named Eustace de Wytteneye,
Knight, who confirmed this deed of grift, by
f document so signed and delivered to "the
Monks and Lord Reginald. Abbot of Saint
Peter's at Gloucester, and to the convent of
that place." Thus, while there may be no
record showinsr that Eustace, the elder, used
the name in full, his son, in the days of Reg-
inald the Abbot, or 1263-84, wrote himself as
"Eustace de Wytteneye," and it is therefore
proved that he was third in descent from Tur-
stin the Fleming, son of Rolf, who owned
the land on the river Wye, the home of the
Wyfteneyes, later changed to Whitney in rec-

That the Whitney family was reoresented
in the Crusades seems more than likely, for
a cross on a coat-of-arms, which is known pos-
itively to date to that period is quite generally
understood bv the most careful students of
ancient heraldrv to indicate that it once be-
loneed to a crusade, and in the Whitney arms,
the chief, in fact, the only solitary symbol is

a cross. Nearly every writer dealing with the
history of this family has given the following
explanation :

"Sir Randolph de Whitney, the grandson of
Eustace, accompanied Ricliard Cocur de Lion to the
Crusades, and distinguished himself greatly by his
personal strength and great courage. On one oc-
casion he was sent by Richard on a mission to the
French commander and, as he was leaving the Brit-
ish camp the brother of Saladin (whom he had
twice before defeated) followed him with two Sar-
acens in his company, and, riding around a small
hill, made a furious attack upon De Whitney, who
defended himself with the greatest vigor; but his
assailants were gaining upon him, when a furious
Spanish bull, which was feeding near the field of
conflict, was attracted hy the red dresses of the
Saracen.s, and becoming angry at the color tlitling
before him, made so vigorous an attack upon them
that they were diverted from their intended prey,
and sought safety in flight. Sir Randolph soon suc-
ceeded in wounding his single assailant, whom he
left for dead, and then, overtaking the two Saracens,
dispatched them and proceeded upon his mission
from the King."

To carry the entire line, even by name and
date from the time of Turstin, son of Rolf,
in 10S6, to the time of John Whitney, who
emigrated to America in 1635, more than two
and a half centuries ago, would require much
space; but in brief it perfects the family his-
tory. Sir Robert de Whitney, of Whitney,
Knight, living in 1242, had son, Sir Eustace
de Whitney, Knight, who was granted Free
Warren by King Edward I., in 1284, and was
summoned to military service beyond the seas
in 1297, and summoned to the Scotch war in
1301. His son was Sir Eustace de Whitney,
of Whitney, who was knighted by Edward t.,
in 1306, and was member of parliament for
Herefordshire in 1313 and 1352. His son was
Sir Robert de Whitney, Knight, one of two
hundred gentlemen, who in 1368 went to
Milan in the retinue of the Duke of Clarence,
and was member of parliament for Hereford-
shire in 1377-79-80. His son, Robert, was
sent abroad to negotiate a treaty with the
Count of Flanders in 1388; was member of
Parliament in 1 391 : was sent to France to de-
liver the castle and town of Cherbourg to the
King of Navarre in 1393: was Knight Mar-
shall at the Court of Richard II. ; was killed,
with his brother and relatives, at the battle
of Pilleth, in 1402. His son. Sir Robert
Whitney, of Whitney, Knieht. was granted
the Castle of Clifford and lordships of Clifford
and Glashurv, by Henry IV.. in 1404. pn
account of his service; was member of parlia-



ment, 1416-22; fought in the French war un-
der Henry V., was captain of castle and town
of Vire, in 1420, and died March 12, 1441.
His son Eustace de Whitney, Knight, born
141 1, was head of the commission sent to
Wales by Henry VI., in 1455 ! member of
parliament for Herefordshire, 1468; married
Jenett Russell, daughter of Sir Thomas. His
son, Robert, probably also a knight, was an
active participant in the War of the Roses;
attained as a Yorkist by Lancastrain parlia-
ment, in 1459; probably was at battle of Mor-
timer's Cross, in 1461, and was the subject of
a poem by Lewis Glyn Cothi, on his marriage
to Constance, the great-granddaughter of Sir
David Gam. His son. James Whitney, was
appointed receiver of Newport, part of the
estate of the Duke of Buckingham, confis-
cated by Henry VHI., in 1522. His son,
Robert, of Icomb, was placed in charge of
Brecknock, Hay and Huntington, the confis-
cated estates of the Duke of Buckingham, in
1523; was nominated Knight of Bath by
Henry VHI., at coronation of Anne Boleyn,
in 1 53 1, and died in 1541. He furnished forty
men to put down rebellion in 1536. He mar-
ried Margaret, daughter of Robert Wye. of
Gloucestershire. England. His son. Sir Rob-
ert Whitney, Knisfht, was dubbed in October,
1553, the day following Queen Mary's coro-
nation : was summoned before the privy coun-
cil in 155.S-59: member of parliament for
Herefordshire, 1550. and died August 5, 1567.
His son. .Sir James Whitnev, born in 1544,
was knighted by Queen Elizabeth at Windsor,
in i.t;7o; was sheriff of Herefordshire i';74-
86-87: died May 31. 15R7. His brother, Rob-
ert Whitney, married Elizabeth, daughter of
Morean C,rTilIim

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