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(II) Richard, son of John and Eleanor
Whitney, was born in England, 1626, and
came to Watertown, Massachusetts, with his
parents, arriving in June, 1635. He was ad-
mitted freeman, May 7, 1651 ; was proprietor
of .Stow, June 3, 16S0, whither he probably
removed when it was a part of Concord, or
belonged to it. On April 7, 1697, being sev-
enty years of age, he was released from train-
ing by the court. He married, March 19,
1650, Martha Coldam, and their eight chil-
dren were born in Watertown, Massachusetts.
Children: Sarah, born March 17, 1652;
Moses, August i, 1655, married .Sarah Knight;
Johannah, January 6, 1657; Deborah, October

12, 1658; Rebecca, December 15, 1659, died
February, 1660; Richard, see forward; Elisha,
August 26, 1662: Ebenezer, June 30. 1672, at
Concord, Massachusetts, died August i, 1727,
married Anna .

(III) Richard (2), son of Richard (i) and
Martha (Coldam) Whitney, was born at Wa-
tertown. Massachusetts, January 13. 1661,
died at Stow. Massachusetts, December 15,
1723. He had land granted to him at that
place, October 24, 1682, whither he removed
from his native town. He married Elizabeth,
born February 3, 1668 died November 24,
1723. daughter of Jonathan Sawtell, of Gro-
ten, Massachusetts. Children: i. Richard,
see forward. 2. Jonathan, born at Stow, Feb-
ruary 26. 1699. died November 8, 1773; mar-
ried, at Lancaster, Massachusetts. January 20,
1718, Alice Willard, bom December. 1699,
died Februarv lo, 1792, daughter of Simon
Willard. 3. Sarah, born 1703; married. 1723,
Captain Hezekiah Hapsgood. 4. Ruhannah,
born 1705. 5. Joshua, born at Stow, 1706;
married Zerviah — — . 6. Hannah, married
Samuel Farr. 7. Elizabeth, married. Decem-
ber 29, 1722, John Wetherby. 8. Hepzibah,
born 1710; married. October 12, 1732, Seth

(IV) Richard (-?), son of Richard (2) and
Elizabeth (Sawtell) Whitney, was born at
Stow, Massachusetts, in 1604, died .A.nril 27,
T775. He married (first) Hannah, daughter
of Tosiah Whitcomb, of Lancaster. Massachu-
setts, who was born in 1693, died November



17, 1743; married (second) October 26, 1745,
Mrs. Hannah Ayers, born in 1704. died Sep-
tember 27, 1775. Children: i. Mary, born

November 24, 1715; married Gates. 2.

Dorothy, born' April 13, 1718; married

Taylor. 3. Daniel, born February 13, 1720,
died in 1782; married, November 9, 1744,
Dorothy Goss. of Lancaster, Massachusetts.

4. Hannah, born May 29, 1723; married

Wetherbee. 5. Richard, born at Stow, July
31. 1725, died May 4, 1798; married, Sudbury,
December 10, 1747, Mary Perry. 6. Eliza-
beth, born July 23, 1728, died before 1775;
married. April 15, 1748, Joseph Wetherbee.
7. Josiah, see forward. 8. Sarah, married,
December 23, 1769, Captain Hezekiah Whit-
comb, of Harvard, Massachusetts.

(V) Bris^adier-General Josiah Whitney, son
of Richard (3) and Hannah fWhitcomb)
Whitney, was born in Stow. Massachusetts,
October 12, 1731, died in Albany, Massachu-
setts. January 24, 1806. He was the citizen
of Harvard, Massachusetts, who held the
highest military rank during the revolution,
and was at one time the town's most noted
and influential citizen, being the leader in
town politics. His mother was a near relative
of the veteran militarv leaders. Colonel Asa
and General John W'hitcomb. On September
2. 1746. his parents deeded to him land in
Harvard, which he occupied soon after his
marriage, his dwelling standing nearly opDO-
site the almshouse, until torn down in 1869.
He iiiberited a fondness for military' affairs.
and when about his majority he entered upon
what proved a most brilliant military career. In
the spring of 1755 he was a member of thecom-
pany commanded hv Cantnin \\'illiam Pierce,
that marched in Colonel Whitcomb's regiment
against the French and Indians at Crown
Point. He was in the notoriously bloody bat-
tle at Lake George. September 8, I7=;v where
the valiant General Dieskau was defeated bv
the New England yeomanry. From .'Vup'ust
13 to 26. 1757. he was a member of the foot
company commanded bv Captain Israel Tay-
lor that marched on the late alarm for the
relief of Fort Henrv. as far as Sprinfrfield,
and on September 26, 1774. he was chosen
commander of a company. When on Decem-
ber TC), T774. the Continental Resolves were
rend before the town, a committee was ap-
pointed to prepare a covenant to be sifrned bv
the inhabitants, pledging adherence to inde-

pendence, he was one of ten named to inspect
breaches of the covenant. Colonel Asa Whit-
comb, having been authorized to raise a regi-
ment at the time of the provincial congress,
April, 1774, he did so. and on May 25, an-
nounced that Josiah Whitney, of Harvard,
was lieutenant-colonel. That regiment con-
tained five hundred and sixty volunteers, mus-
tered into eleven companies, and was the
largest of the twenty-six Massachusetts regi-
ments before Boston. He was appointed to
take command of a battalion of men raised
by the state. April 10, 1776, and on October
29, wrote from camp at Hull, ''though the
pay of the state was small, yet my zeal for
the liberties of my country was so great that
I cheerfully undertook it." When the conti-
nental army departed for New York, his regi-
ment went with the Massachusetts militia to
the defense of the coast. When General Bur-
goyne was marching toward Albany from the
north, he ordered, on July 27, 1777, a draft
of one-sixth of the training bands and alarm
lists in his regiment to march at once to Ben-
nington and on August 2. ordered one-half of
the militia to follow. On January 13, 1778,
he was made chainnan of a committee which
the town had appointed "to take into consid-
eration the Articles of Confederation and Per-
petual Union of the United States of America
Concerted on by Congress." He was com-
mander of the Second Worcester Regiment
of Militia, as colonel, when it took part in the
operation in Rhode Island, when in .'\ugust
and September, 1778, an attempt was made to
wrest that colony from the others. He was
chosen one of two delegates to be sent to the
convention for the state constitution. He was
made brigadier-general in 1783. hut resigned
the office before the breaking out of Shay's in-
surrection. In T782 the governor appointed him
a justice of the peace in and for the county
of Worcester. In 1783-84-87-88-89 he was a
member of the board of selectmen, and during
this period one of the most popular moder-
ators at the deliberations of the town voters.
He was the delegate from Harvard to the con-
vention held to ratify the federal constitution
in Boston. January 0. 1788. and voted with the
minority in opposition but would support it
nevertheless. He was representative in the
legislature. 1780-81-87-88-80. With church
matters he was nromincntlv identified

He married (first) in Stow. Massachusetts,



September 9, 1751, Sarah Farr, born January
19, 1735, died in Harvard, Massachusetts,
April 21, 1773; married (second) at Harvard,
February 3, 1774, Sarah Dwelly, of Bridge-
water, who died at Whittingham, Vermont,
February 18, 1817. Children: i. Josiah, born
at Harvard, Massachusetts, February 25,
1753, died January 2, 1827; married. Har-
vard, January 10, 1776, Anna Scollay, bap-
tized April 18, 1756, died, Nelson, New
Hampshire, March 8, 1824. 2. Elizabeth, born
May 7, 1755; married, April 28, 1796, Phin-
eas Barnard, he married (second) her sister,
Mrs. Burgess. 3. Stephen, born Harvard,
May I, 1757, died Lynn, Massachusetts; mar-
ried, February 6, 1783, Persis Locke, born
1757, died in Deerfield, June 25, 1806. 4. In-
fant, died June 4, 1761. 5. Infant, died May,
10, 1762. 6. Infant, died March 16, 1763. 7.
Infant, died February, 1766. 8. Infant, died
February 18, 1768. 9. Sarah, born April 11,
1775; married (first) December 14, 1791, La-
•omi Burgess, born March i, 1770; married
(second) September 27, 1827, Phineas Barn-
ard, of Harvard ; she died May 23, i860. 10.
Oliver, born January 9, 1777; reported to
liave died at sea. 11. Artemas Ward, born
November 17, 1778; similar report as on Oli-
ver. 12. Susanna, born October 2, 1780; mar-
ried, November 8, 1803. John Adams, of Ash-
"burnham, and died in North Adams, Massa-
chusetts, May 5, 1866. 13. Dwelly. born Au-
gust 2. 1782; similar report as Oliver. 14.
Lemuel, born Harvard. September 19, 1784,
died July 0, i8S3. Ashburnham, Massachu-
setts ; married, December 4, 1804, Elizabeth
Hall, born February 6. 1788, died April 30,
1852. 15. Daniel, see forward. 16. John
Hancock, born December 13, 1788; married
and resided at Cazenovia, New York. 17.
Moses Gill, born February 4, 1791 ; married
Ann Shields.

(VI) Daniel, son of Brigadier-General
To=inh and Sarah (Farr) Whitney, was born
in Massachusetts, October 25, 1786. died April
18, 1869. He was a master-mason builder,
and moved with his family from Boston, in
1828. on a sloop, with all his goods, and a
family consisting of ten children, to New
York City, the trip consuming one week.
There he resided until he died at the age of
eightv-two. He had presentiments the vear
previous to his death that it was to be his last,
as it p'oved, and accordingly named his pall-

bearers. He was most active in building cir-
cles after the great fire of 1835. tie married,
March 10, 1808, Hannah Shedd, of Waltham.
Massachusetts, where he had resided in
younger days. Children: i. Daniel J., born
February 11, 1809, died in San Francisco,
February 10, 1850. 2. Hannah Maria, born
October 10, 1810, died, unmarried, December
25. 1859. 3. George, born October 30, 1812,
died at sea. 4. Josiah Marshall, Boston, Jan-
uary 19, 1814; married, at Astoria, New York,
May 16, 1839, Mary Jane Ayers, born Sep-
tember 8, 1820. 5. Edward Oliver, born De-
cember 24, 1816; married Eliza Lawrence. 6.
Lucy Jane, born December 16. 1818, died
January 11, 1861 : married, October 19, 1854,
George B. Revere, born January 26, 1823,
died December 11, 1882. 7. Susanna, born
February 24, 1821. 8. Benjamin ShurtlifT,
born November 5, 1822, died August 6, 1850.
9. Abigail, born November 21, 1824; married
Theodore Crowell and removed to Dillsburg,
Pennsylvania. 10. William Minott, see forward.

11. Warren Webster, New York City, March

12, 1829; married, in New York City, Febru-
ary 4, 1856, Jenny A. Bord, born in Troy, New
York, February 10, 1836. 12. Sarah Louisa,
born September 26, 1831, died August 14,

(VII) William Minott, son of Daniel and
Hannah (Shedd) Whitney, was born in Bos-
ton, Massachusetts, January 2. 1827, died at
his residence. No. 156 Washington avenue,
Albany, New York, May, 1905. His par-
ents resided in Boston until they removed
bv boat trip in 182S to New York City. At
the start of his career, he found employment
in a metropolitan dry goods establishment,
and then in a wholesale dry-goods house. He
soon became recognized as an expert in the
buving of goods, and from 1845 to 1859 was
chief buyer for various large houses. The large
store, Nos. 43-45-47-49 North Pearl street, Al-
bany, to which he was to devote the larger
share of his life, was opened in 1859 by Ubs-
dell, Pierson & Company, and in i8fV) he came
to Albany as their manager. In 1R62, when
Tames T. Lenox purchased the business, Mr.
Whitney continued to represent the new man-
agement. In 1865 he formed a partnership
with John G. Myers by the purchase of the
Lenox store, and the place became widely
known as t4ie "New York Store." Its busi-
ness increased until it became the most ex-



tensive of its kind between the metropolis and
Chicago. This arrangement continued until
1870, when Mr. Myers retired, and Mr. Whit-
ney continued the business alone until 1877,
when he admitted William H. Pangburn and
S. M. Van Santwoord as partners. Twelve
years later this firm was dissolved, and Mr.
Whitney continued the business with his son,
William M. Whitney Jr. In 1896 he admitted
his other son, Charles L. A. Whitney, as a
partner, which resulted in its continuation as
one of the most enterprising and successful
concerns in this part of the country. Mr.
Whitney was a Mason, a member of the Uni-
versalist church, and a member of the Fort
Orange and Albany clubs. He was a director
of the First National Bank, and in 1886, by
appointment of the mayor, served as chairman
on the committee of public celebration which
arranged the Bi-Centennial of Albany as a
chartered city. For many years Mr. Whitney
resided in his handsome home, No. 5 Lodge
street, but removed to a larger residence. No.
156 Washington avenue, where he died at
five o'clock on the morning of May 10, 1905,
having sufTcred a stroke of apoplexy the
previous day.

William M. Whitney married, in New York
City, June 16, 1856, Amelia Cook, born in
New York City, January 31, 1831, and in 1910
was living in Albany. Her parents were Wal-
ter and Mary (Munro) Cook. Children of
Mr. and Mrs. Whitney: i. Leila, born in
New York City, May 17, 1857; married. Al-
bany, New York, November 25, 1879, William
Henry Stott, born at Stottville, September 12,
1855. died at Albany, August 22, 1S88, son
of Charles Henry and Catherine (Oakley)
Stott ; children : Leila Vanderbilt, born at
Albany, November 25, 1S80; a son, born and
died at Stottville, Columbia county. New
York, July 3. 1882 ; Helen Munro, Stottville.
New York, June 18, 1883; Jonathan Whitney,
Stottville, May 5, i88q; Whitney, Stottville,
March 20. 1887. 2. William RTinott Jr.. born
in New York City, December 3, 1858, died
there, December 21, 1858. 3. William Minott
Jr., born in New York City, August i, i86t,
died at Albany, February 6, 1899: married,
Stottville, New York, June 0. 1886. Jessie
Douglas Stott ; children : Leila Douglas, at
Albany. May 3, 1887; William Minott, 3rd,
at Albany. June 5, 1888; Prudence, at Albany,
October 15, 1890. 4. Virginia Belle, born in

New York City, January 8, 1865, died there,
December 8, 1865. 5. Charles Lee Anthony,
born at Albany, New York, September 10,
1870. 6. Mabel, born at Albany, December 4,
1874 ; married, Albany, December 29, 1897,
Charles Hamilton Sabin, of New York (see
Sabin VHI).

The surname, Warren, is de-
WARREN rived from Gareme or Gar-

enne, a small river in the old
county of Calilas or Caux, in Normandy,
which gave its name to the neighboring com-
mune, and is only a few miles from Dieppe.
There is at present a village called Garenne
in the same district, and it is here that the
origin of the family has been fixed by his-
torians. On the west side of the river Gar-
enne was the ancient baronial seat of the De
Warrens, and some of the ruins were standing
in 1832. The surname has assumed different
forms at different times — Gareyn, ^^'arreyn,
Waryn, Warin, Waring, Warynge, W'aryng
and Warren. That branch of the family with
which this sketch deals (in Connecticut)
spelled the name Waring until recent genera-

The ancestor of perhaps all the English,
Irish and Scotch families of the name of
Warren is said by one authority to be William
de Warrenne, who went to England with Wil-
liam the Conqueror, and was related to him
both by marriage and descent. He had a con-
siderable command at the battle of Hastings,
where the English were defeated by the Nor-
mans with such lasting results, and on account
of his valor and fidelity obtained immense
grants of land from the Conqueror. He had
Ipnds in Shro])sliirc, Essex, Suffolk, O.xford,
Hants, Cambridgeshire, Rucks, Huntington,
Bedfordshire, Norfolk, Lincoln and Yorks,
amounting in all, according to Hume, to three
hundred lordships. He became the first Earl
of W'arren and Surrey. His wife Gundreda,
daughter of W'illiam d) and descendant of
Charlemagne, died May 27, 1085, and was
buried in the chapter-house of the Priory of
Lewes, county Sussex. Her tombstone is still
in existence. The earl died June 24, 1088.
His epitaph has been preserved, thoutrh the
gravestone is lost or destroyed. In 184s the
coffers containing the bones of the earl and
the countess were disinterred and are now in
the church of St. John the Baptist, Southover.



The history of the Warren family has been
written and is exceeded in interesting an-
tiquity by none in England.

(I) Christopher Warren, progenitor of the
New England branch of the Warrens, is sup-
posed to have had three sons — Sir John, who
came to Boston in 1631 ; one settled in Water-
town, Massachusetts ; Richard, mentioned be-

(II) Richard, son of Christopher Warren,
and the immigrant ancestor of the New Eng-
land family, emigrated in 1664 on the ship
"Endeavor" from southern England to Bos-
ton. The party with v\'hich he came settled
the next year at Brookhaven, Long Island, on
land bought by them from the Setauket tribe
of Indians, for the purchase of which a patent
of confirmation was obtained March 7, 1666.
In 1685-86 he was tenant of one hundred
acres from James Lloyd, of the manor of
Queen's village, Long Island ; later he owned
land at Huntington, Long Island. He had
four sons: Richard Jr., born before 1664;
Michael ; John ; Edmund, mentioned below.

(III) Edmund Waring, youngest son of
Richard Waring or Warren, was born at
Brookhaven or Oyster Bay. Long Island, in
1673. died August 5, 1749. He removed from
Huntington, Long Island, to Norwalk, Con-
necticut, in 1703, and owned a large tract of
land on Roton Hill and Five Mile river. He
built a pier in the harbor of Norwalk, which
leads to the inference that he was engaged in
mercantile pursuits, probably a lumber mer-
chant, as he made large purchases of timber
land. At his death at the age of seventy-six
he was survived by his entire family, wife,
eight sons, and "four loving daughters", to
whom he bequeathed a considerable landed es-
tate. He married, October 6. 1698. Elizabeth
Bouton. born in 1679, daughter of Jean or
John Bouton, a Huguenot, born in France,
161 5, came to America, 1635, died at Norwalk.
Connecticut, in 1704. John Bouton married
(third), January i, 1673, Mary Stevenson,
who bore him four children. Elizabeth being
the third, and the tenth child of her father.
The name Bouton has had various spellings,
namely: Boughton, Bowten. Bowtin, Boutin.
Edmund and Elizabeth (Bouton) Waring had
twelve children, all but the youngest born in
Oyster Bay, Long Island : Edmund, born
September 16, 1700: Isaac, June 13. 1702;
John, December 21, 1704; Solomon, April 24,

1707; Mary, December 22, 1708; Nathan,
F"ebruary 6, 171 1; Jacob, January 15, 1713;
Michael, July 16, 1715, married Elizabeth Sco-
field; Eliakim, mentioned below; Elizabeth,
March 8, 1720; Abigail, April ig, 1723; Han-
nah, born in Norwalk, Connecticut, September
7, 1725. The ancient tombstones of Edmund
and his wife were found at Norwalk, Con-
necticut, in 1862.

(IV) Eliakim, son of Edmund and Eliza-
beth (Bouton) Waring, was born at Oyster
Bay, Long Island, July 8, 1717, died at Nor-
walk, Connecticut, August 5, 1779. He was
probably associated with his father and broth-
ers in business, but the records do not give
any information as to his occupation or busi-
ness. He married, December 7, 1738, Ann,
daughter of John (2) Reed, of Norwalk, and
great-granddaughter of John (i) Reed, an of-
ficer in the army of Cromwell. John (i)
Reed died in New England at the advanced
age of ninety-eight. Children, born in Nor-
walk, Connecticut; Zaccheus, October 19,
1741 ; Jesse, June 14, 1744; Eliakim, men-
tioned below. At a meeting of the Associa-
tion of Western Churches (Congregational)
of Fairfield County, convened at Aliddlesex.
June 6, 1744, Edmund and Eliakim Warren
were the chosen Middlesex delegates, and
their wives were at that time added to the
church by letters of recommendation. A Nor-
walk cousin, Joseph (2), son of Joseph (i),
and great-grandson of Edmund (i), was a
personal friend of Major-General Joseph
Warren, and showed with pride the general's
sword, left in his keeping, calling the revolu-
tionary hero his cousin. This Joseph (2)
Warren was in 1798 the owner of the Norwalk
and New York packet line, which comprised
two sloops. "Grififin" and "Republican".

(V) Eliakim (2) Warren, son of Eliakim
(i) and Ann (Reed) Waring, was born Feb-
ruary Q, 1747. died September 4, 1824. It is
with Eliakim (2) that the Troy history of the
family begins. Eliakim married his neighbor,
Phebe Bouton. daughter of Esaias Bouton,
January 17, 1771. Before his marriage he
had belonged to the Congregational church,
but his wife, Phebe Bouton, was an ardent
Episcopalian, and persuaded him to join that
ihurch. In 1787 he was elected vestryman of
St. Paul's Church. Norwalk. and there is ex-
tant the record of an auction of pews where
he and others tossed pennies for seats. Elia-



kirn had three sons: Esaias, Nathan and
Stephen. On the advice of Esaias they de-
cided to remove to Troy, a thriving village at
the head of navigation on the Hudson river.
The Warren family sailed out of Norwalk
harbor in May, 1798, and made the entire trip
to Troy by water. They had just had a sail-
ing vessel built for them at Rowayton, a sloop
named "The Three Brothers". It was fifty
feet keel, twenty feet beam, and sixteen feet
hold, and rated at sixty-four tons. In 1796
Esaias, the eldest son, had purchased a lot on
East River street, between First and Albany
streets. Troy, and there erected a two-story
wooden building for a dwelling and a store.
Eliakim and Esaias, with the second son,
Nathan, engaged in merchandising under the
firm name of Esaias Warren & Company. In
1799 the firm removed their business to the
west side of River street (now No. 217), and
began a retail and wholesale business in dry
goods, groceries and hardware. A feature of
their business was the purchase and shipping
of wheat and country produce. They safely
invested their profits in real estate. After
three years residence in Troy, April 6, 1801,
Eliakim sold out the old Norwalk property
and employed the proceeds in his sons' inter-
ests. Esaias being the eldest and then twenty-
seven years of age took the lead in all matters,
and their early prosperity was largely due to
his enterprise and sagacity. Troy at this
period contained three hundred houses, and
one thousand, eight hundred and two inhabi-
tants. In due time Eliakim Warren retired
from the firm and his place was taken by his
third son, Stephen. Eliakim Warren was a
devout Christian, and believed that a share of
his fortune should be devoted to the service
of God. This was one of his articles of faith
and he so told his sons. In Troy he found nn
Episcopal church. For two years, however,
Sunday services had been held according to
the Book of Common Prayer. Philander
Chase, a young graduate at Dartmouth Col-
lege, (later Bishop of Ohio) had been sent
up regularlv from Albany by Dr. Ellison, the
rector of St. Peter's parish and an English-
man, to minister to the little band of Episco-
palians. But Phebe Warren was a noble wo-
man, and owing to her initiative and perse-
vering eflfort, St. Paul's Church was built in
1804 on the northwest corner of Third and
Congress streets, and according to her wish

was modelled exactly after St. Paul's Church
at Norwalk. Trinity Church, New York City,
contributed two thoiv-^and dollars to its erec-
tion. The Rev. David Butler, of Reading,
Connecticut, was chosen rector by the vestry,
and in his letter of acceptance, he said : "I
shall endeavor to make myself ready to re-
move with my family whenever it may be con-
venient for Air. Warren to come down with
his vessel". Dr. Butler in his youth had
served as a soldier in the revolutionary war.
He was a man of learning and ability, and sat
as deputy from the diocese of New York
state in the general convention of 1820, and in
several succeeding conventions. He was a
man of commanding presence and aristocratic
manner, and wore until the close of his life
the small clothes, buckles shoes and long
skirted coat of the earlier period. He served
his people faithfully for thirty years. One
part of St. Paul's Church was quaintly de-
nominated "Norwalk". as there sat the War-
rens, Boutons. Kelloggs, Crafts and Cannons.
The Warren family prayer book was on the
altar. At the first recorded administration of
the Holy Communion, three lav members par-
took thereof, Eliakim and Phebe Warren, and
Lemuel Hawley. In 1813 the number of reg-
ular communicants had increased to eighty-
four, and in 1824 a new and larger church,
(the present St. Paul's) was erected on the
northeast corner of Third and State streets.

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