The birth record:
The transcription of the birth record is:
" B Nathanell whetny the Sonn of
John & Ruth whetny borne the
1 d - 12 m"
Note that "1646" is at the top of the page. February was the 12th month, so Nathaniel was born 1 February 1646/7. Note also the old-style "h" which is fairly unique - in "Nathanell," "Ruth," "the." But not in "John" or "whetny" for some reason.
The source citation for this record is:
Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 July 2014), "Watertown Births, Marriages and Deaths," page 19 (image 128 of 3991), Nathanell Whetny birth entry; citing original data from Massachusetts town and city clerk records in Jay and Delene Holbrook, Massachusetts Vital and Town Records (Provo, Utah : Holbrook Research Institute), Microfiche collection.
Nathaniel Whitney was the third child and second son of John Whitney (1621-1692) and Ruth Reynolds (1623-1706). He married Sarah Hagar (1651-1722) in Watertown in 1674, and they had 8 children between 1676 and 1700. I am descended from their son, William Whitney (1683-1719).
Nathaniel and Sarah (Hagar) Whitney are my 7th great-grandparents.