Thursday, January 14, 2016

Treasure Chest Thursday Post 296: 1741 Marriage Record of Samuel Whitney and Abigail Fletcher in Weston, Mass.

It's Treasure Chest Thursday - time to look in my digital image files to see what treasures I can find for my family history and genealogy musings.

The treasure today is the  1741 marriage record of Samuel Whitney (1719-1782) and Abigail Fletcher (1720-1783) in Weston, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

The marriage record for Samuel and Abigail is:

The transcription of this record is:

"M  Sam'l Whitney jun'r & Abigail Fletcher both of Weston were
         Married in Sd Town Oct'r 20'th 1741    W'm. Williams Min-
         ist'r of the Gospel there."

The source citation for this record is:

Mary Frances Peirce, Town of Weston. Births, Deaths and Marriages, 1707-1850. Gravestones-, 1703-1900. Church Records, 1709-1825. Appendix and Addenda, Centennial Society (Boston, Mass. : McIncloe Bros., Printers, 1901), page 55, Samuel Whitney and Abigail Fletcher entry.

The "M" in the record is for "Marriage."  The Weston vital record book has births, marriages and deaths in one sequence rather than separated into birth, marriage and death sections.  

The record says "Samuel Whitney jun'r."  Samuel's father was William Whitney (1683-1720).  The Whitney name was very numerous in the Weston and Watertown area in the mid-1700s - my Samuel was probably the second oldest of that name in the town of Weston, hence the "jun'r" designation.

Samuel and Abigail (Fletcher) Whitney are my 5th great-grandparents.  They had 13 children between 1743 and 1767.  Their 12th child, daughter Martha Whitney (1764-1832) married Benjamin Seaver (1757-1816) in 1783.

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