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John Whitney. of Watertown, Massachusetts, was born in England. died at Watertown, June 1, 1673, aged eighty-four years. His first wife Elinor died at Watertown, May 11, 1619, aged fifty-four years. He married (second), September 29, 1659, Judith Clement, who died before her husband. Although the Whitney family is quite numerous in this country, a very large share of them are descendants of John and Elinor Whitney of Watertown. John Whitney was third son of Thomas Whitney. “gentleman,” and dwelt for several years in the parish of Isleworth, near London, England. He was baptized in the parish church of Saint Margaret, July 20, 1592. At Watertown, he was a highly respected citizen and shared with the schoolmaster and the minister the highly esteemed title of “Mr.” He served the town as town clerk, selectman and constable for many years, being the first town clerk to be elected by the town. He owned extensive lots of land, on one of which he resided. His will, dated April 3. 1673, left a large property to his family. Children of the first wife: Mary, baptized at Isleworth, May 23, 161g, died young; John, born in England, 1624; Richard, born in England, 1626; Nathaniel, born in England, 1627, died young; Thomas, born in England, 1629: Jonathan, born in England, 1634; Joshua, born in Watertown, July 15, 1635; Caleb, born in Watertown, buried July 12, 1640; Benjamin, mentioned elsewhere.

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