William Whitney, in 1728 became one of the first white Settlers on Land known as the Shrewsbury Leg, which includes the present day Oakdale, and West Sterling, (Worester Co.) MA.
William Whitney (wife unknown) is thought to be from LEXINGTON, MA. The General Court in Boston appointed a commitee to settle the Town of Shrewsbury and granted it 1500 acres. William was deeded 600 acres of this grant with the requirment that "He fell the Trees, build a house, and Farm the land, within 2 years ". For the first 2 years He lived in a hollow of a Log according to Family Tradition. Today this cabin is part of a House which is still in my wife's family.
Wm Whitney had 3 daughters: 1.Sarah (1751-1791) m. 8 Oct 1772 Samuel Mason (1749-1839) 2. Mary (ca.1745-1801) m. Joseph Whitaker (b.1746) 3. Esther (1743-1831) m. William Thomas. Esther became the step-mother of Robert B. Thomas (1766- 1846) mathamatician and publisher of the Noted Old Farmers Almanac of 1793. (Esther is buried at the Leg Cem.Sterling, MA )
William Whitney was still living in 1792 as he deeded his son-in-law land.
William Thomas married in 1782, Esther Whitney, who survived him and died in 1831, aged 88. Her mother (Mrs. Whitney), who died 22 Feb. 1768, kept an Almanac. The above dates were on this old Almanac. The Almanac also stated that 4 May "Timothy Whitney came to work for me." Also - June of 1769 "Whitney cow calved
Can anyone Help with this Family; Does anyone KNOW the PARENTS of this William Whitney of Shrewsbury, MA ?