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Rev Aaron Whitney
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Birth: Mar. 14, 1714
Littleton
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Sep. 8, 1779
Petersham
Worcester County
Massachusetts, USA

Son of Moses and Lydia Whitney, he was ordained the first minister of Petersham church in Dec., 1738. He was an uncompromising Tory. His congregation could not accept his beliefs and in 1774, he was dismissed from his parish, but refused to accept his dismissal. The town voted to have Peter Gore, who was half Indian, to stand at the meeting house (where church was held) door to prevent Rev. Whitney from entering. As a result, he held church at his home and preached to sympathizers of his cause. He claimed to be the minister of the town up to the time of his death in 1779.

He married (1) Alice Baker of Phillipston on July 12, 1739, and (2) Mrs. Ruth (Hubbard) Stearns, daughter of Jonathan Hubbard, of Lunenberg, and widow of Rev. David Stearns, on Nov. 6, 1768.

Children of Rev. Aaron Whitney and his first wife, Alice:
1. Abel b. July 7, 1740, d. March 15, 1756 while attending Harvard college.
2. Charles b. May 14, 1742
3. Peter b. Sept. 6, 1744, d. Feb. 19, 1816
4. Aaron b. Sept. 5, 1746, m. (1) Hannah Stearns, (2) Hannah Willard
5. Alice b. Sept. 23, 1748, m. Ensign Mann
6. Lucy b. April 9, 1751, m. Rev. Samuel Kendall
7. Paul b. March 23, 1753, m. Charlotte Clapp
8. Abel b. March 15, 1756, m. Clarissa Dwight
9. Richard b. Feb. 23, 1757. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Moses Whitney (1689 - 1778)
  Lydia Taylor Whitney (1686 - 1744)
 
 Spouses:
  Alice Baker Whitney (1717 - 1767)*
  Ruth Hubbard Whitney (1717 - 1788)*
 
 Children:
  Abel Aaron Whitney (1740 - 1756)*
  Peter Whitney (1744 - 1816)*
  Alice Whitney Mann (1748 - 1806)*
 
 Sibling:
  Salmon Whitney (1711 - 1759)*
  Aaron Whitney (1714 - 1779)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Petersham Center Cemetery
Petersham
Worcester County
Massachusetts, USA
 
Created by: Nareen, et al
Record added: Feb 01, 2011
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Rev Aaron Whitney
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