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Desire Whitney

Female 1749 - 1778  (28 years)


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  • Name Desire Whitney 
    Born 31 Oct 1749  Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Gender Female 
    Married To 9 Mar 1769  Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
    Edward Ward, the son of Timothy and Margaret (Woodward) Ward. He was born on 12 January 1743/44 in Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He and Desire Whitney filed marriage intentions on 18 February 1769 in Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts. He moved after 1772 to Warwick, now Orange, Franklin County, Massachusetts, as his name appears on a jury list in Newton that year. He did soon build a home in what is now North Orange. After Desire's death, on 26 November 1778 Edward, at age 34, married Dorothy Twichell, in Athol, Worcester County, Massachusetts. On 1 January 1781, in Benjamin Mayo's house, a committee met, which agreed to build a meeting house, more close to them. At the meeting were Benjamin Mayo; Nathan Goddard; Nehemiah Ward, serving as clerk; John Stow; Edward Ward; and Ebenezer Foskett. To this document they added the words, "Moreover, the subscribers do covenant, promise and agree that the said Meeting House is build and intended for a Congregational Church and Society to worship in; nevertheless, we do hereby covenant, promise and agree that whenever there shall be a Town, District or Parish set off by the General Court in this place then the said House shall be free for all the inhabitants thereof to hold all their legal, Town, District, or Parish meetings in." From this meeting house grew the Town of Orange, Massachusetts. The Meeting House was dedicated 31 March 1782. Orange remained a "District" until 1810 because the Massachusetts General Court wanted to limit membership.9 He served in 1788 in the District of Orange, Franklin County, Massachusetts, as a Selectman. He appeared on the Census of 1790 in Orange, Franklin County, Massachusetts. The following notice appears in the town records: "Taken up in my encloser a black cow with a white face 7 or 8 years old. Edward Ward, March 22, 1798.." He died on Tuesday 2 September 1817 in Orange, Franklin County, Massachusetts. Edward's gravestone inscription in North Orange Cemetery, Orange, Franklin County, Massachusetts, reads:
    Mr. Edward Ward
    d 2 Sept. 1817
    . 73

    Issue:
    1. Amos Ward (1769-1840)
    2. Sarah Ward (1771-____)
    3. Molly Ward (1773-____) 
    Died 23 Jun 1778  Warwick now Orange, Franklin County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 4, 8, 10
    Buried North Orange Cemetery, North Orange, Franklin County, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • Mrs. Desiah,
      wife of Mr. Edward Ward
      d. 23 June, 1778
      . 26
    Person ID I14850  Roy Family Genealogy
    Last Modified 12 Jun 2018 

    Father Jonas Whitney,   b. Abt 1709 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Sarah Perry,   b. 16 Feb 1716, Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 8 May 1735  Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 7, 16
    Family ID F487  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 31 Oct 1749 - Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried To - Edward Ward, the son of Timothy and Margaret (Woodward) Ward. He was born on 12 January 1743/44 in Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He and Desire Whitney filed marriage intentions on 18 February 1769 in Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts. He moved after 1772 to Warwick, now Orange, Franklin County, Massachusetts, as his name appears on a jury list in Newton that year. He did soon build a home in what is now North Orange. After Desire's death, on 26 November 1778 Edward, at age 34, married Dorothy Twichell, in Athol, Worcester County, Massachusetts. On 1 January 1781, in Benjamin Mayo's house, a committee met, which agreed to build a meeting house, more close to them. At the meeting were Benjamin Mayo; Nathan Goddard; Nehemiah Ward, serving as clerk; John Stow; Edward Ward; and Ebenezer Foskett. To this document they added the words, "Moreover, the subscribers do covenant, promise and agree that the said Meeting House is build and intended for a Congregational Church and Society to worship in; nevertheless, we do hereby covenant, promise and agree that whenever there shall be a Town, District or Parish set off by the General Court in this place then the said House shall be free for all the inhabitants thereof to hold all their legal, Town, District, or Parish meetings in." From this meeting house grew the Town of Orange, Massachusetts. The Meeting House was dedicated 31 March 1782. Orange remained a "District" until 1810 because the Massachusetts General Court wanted to limit membership.9 He served in 1788 in the District of Orange, Franklin County, Massachusetts, as a Selectman. He appeared on the Census of 1790 in Orange, Franklin County, Massachusetts. The following notice appears in the town records: "Taken up in my encloser a black cow with a white face 7 or 8 years old. Edward Ward, March 22, 1798.." He died on Tuesday 2 September 1817 in Orange, Franklin County, Massachusetts. Edward's gravestone inscription in North Orange Cemetery, Orange, Franklin County, Massachusetts, reads:
    Mr. Edward Ward d 2 Sept. 1817 . 73
    Issue: 1. Amos Ward (1769-1840) 2. Sarah Ward (1771-____) 3. Molly Ward (1773-____) - 9 Mar 1769 - Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
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    Link to Google MapsDied - 23 Jun 1778 - Warwick now Orange, Franklin County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - North Orange Cemetery, North Orange, Franklin County, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
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    2. [S457] Ward, Andrew Henshaw. Ward Family: Descendants of William Ward, (Boston: Samuel G. Drake, 1851).

    3. [S974] Systematic History Fund. Vital Records of Roxbury, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849 volume 1 - Births , (Salem, Massachusetts: The Essex Institute, 1911).

    4. [S972] Pierce, Frederick Clifton. The Descendants of John Whitney, Who Came From London, England, to Watertown, Massachusetts in 1635 , (Chicago: Press of W. B. Conkey Company, 1895).

    5. [S962] Baldwin, Thomas W. Vital Records of Natick, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 , (Boston: Stanhope Press, 1910).

    6. [S458] Eldredg, Ruth DeFonda, compiler. Transcription of Early Handwritten Records of Orange, Franklin County, Massachusetts Volume 1, (Wheat Ridge, Colorado: Search and Reserach Publishing Corp, 2001).

    7. [S975] Systematic History Fund. Vital Records of Roxbury, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849 volume 2 Marriages and Deaths, (Salem, Massachusetts: The Essex Institute, 1911).

    8. [S460] Fiske, Arthur D. Cemetery Records of Orange, Franklin Co., Mass., (Seattle, Washington: Seattle Genealogical Society, 1963).

    9. [S960] Hanson, Robert Brand. The Vital Records of Dedham, Massachusetts. volume 1: Births and Baptisms, (Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, 1989).

    10. [S456] Jackson, Francis. A History of the Early Settlement of Newton, County of Middlesex, Massachusetts, from 1639 to 1800, Reprint of 1854 Original, (Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, Inc., 1987).

    11. [S455] Systematic History Fund. Vital Records of Athol, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849, (Worcester, Massachusetts: Franklin P. Rice, 1910).

    12. [S849] 1790 U.S. Census - Massachusetts, (Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010).

    13. [S466] Ward, Martha E. History of North Orange, Massachusetts, (Orange, Massachusetts: North Orange Reunion Association & Enterprise and Journal, 1924).

    14. [S665] Woods, Henry Ernest. Vital Records of Newton, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, (Boston: New England Historic-Genealogical Society, 1905).

    15. [S452] Woodward, Norma Slater. Descendants of Richard Woodward New England 1589-1982, (Baltimore: Gateway Press, 1982).

    16. [S976] Whitney, Henry Austin. "The Descendants of John and Elinor Whitney, of Watertown, Mass", (Boston: The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, volume XI-1857).