Sarah Widney

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Sarah Widney
Born 1753[1] or 1757[2]
County Tyrone (?), Ireland[3]
Died Feb. 18, 1810[4]
Resting place Concord Methodist Episcopal Church Cemetery[5][6], Concord (Franklin County), PA (also known as Concord Union Cemetery[7])
Residence Concord, PA (1784–1810) «Did not recognize date. Try slightly modifying the date in the first parameter.–Did not recognize date. Try slightly modifying the date in the first parameter.»"Marriage: Concord, PA to Sarah Widney" Location: (linkback:[8]
Spouse Hugh Linn (m. 1777) «Did not recognize date. Try slightly modifying the date in the first parameter.»"Marriage: Hugh Linn to Sarah Widney" Location: (linkback:[9]
Children John Linn
William Linn
Hugh Linn II
Sarah Linn
Margaret Linn
James Linn
Jane Linn
Nancy Linn (1801)[10]
Parents James Widney (1728)
Mary Wilson [11]
Relatives Col. John Widney (great-grandfather)[12]
James Widney (1753) (Eldest brother)
See map of Sarah Widney's descendents and ancestors


[edit] Accuracy of Widney Ancestry

This page relies on sections from Dr. George Wilds Linn's The Clan Linn, published in 1905. It also quotes from Roger Linn's The Clan Linn in the Twentieth Century, published in 1993, but which relied solely on the earlier The Clan Linn for its material on Sarah Widney. The accuracy of Dr. Linn's account is, therefore, critical to our understanding of Sarah. Unfortunately, research by Loretta Lynn (User:annlynn9) raised doubts about key portions of it.

As Dr. Linn wrote, "The data on which this book rests are to be found in a series of notes made by the author more than forty years ago as they were dictated to him by his grandparents, Hugh Linn [2nd] and his wife, Ann (Widney) Linn, both of them at that time eighty years of age. Additional notes were also made as dictated by his great aunt, Miss Jane Widney, about the same time.” [George Wilds Linn, p. 11]. While the Widneys may have descended from a Colonel Widney who fought at the 1690 Battle of the Boyne, substantial evidence has been discovered which suggests that Dr. Linn and/or his above-mentioned elders merely inferred from that historic event that the Widneys were Dutch. The fact is that the army of William of Orange of Holland was supported at the Boyne by two regiments of Ulster Scots as well as other Scots, English, and French. Furthermore, the Widneys were in Ulster at least 69 years prior to the Boyne. See [1].

[edit] Clan Linn in the Twentieth Century Entry

Sarah was "an Irish girl of Dutch descent whose family owned an estate in County Tyrone."[13]

"Sarah's great-grandfather was Col. John Widney, who in 1688 accompanied William of Orange of Holland to Britain to support him in his war against James II. John Widney had loaned money to Prince William, presumably to help finance the war. Again in 1690 John Widney fought for William in Ireland at the Batter of the Boyne. Afterward he was given an estate in County Tyrone. Sarah Widney Linn and all of her sisters and brothers honored him by naming their firstborn sons 'John.'"[14]

[edit] The Clan Linn Entry Regarding the Widneys

Colonel Widney's grandson James, whom we shall call James Widney 1st, married Mary Wilson, of Ballybay, County Monaghan, about the year 1750, and had six children who grew to maturity. James Widney 2d, brother of Sarah (Widney) Linn, was the eldest and, according that the law of primogeniture, inherited the ancestral estate. He was known as a country gentleman or Squire, not have any taxes to pay except to the crown. Being of an enterprising spirit he determined to case his fortune with the newly born country across the sea, and when thirty-one years of age sold the ancestral property and with all his brothers and sisters, Sarah excepted, emigrated to America.

They sailed to Londonderry on the U.S. Ship of War "Congress" (Captain Knox), which had been fitted for passenger traffic, and landed in Philadelphia Septer 17, 1784. James Widney bought six hundred acres of land in Path Valley, Franklin (then Cumberland) County, Pennsylvania, and lived there until his decease in 1835, at the age of eight-two years.[15]

James Widney 2d, great-grandson of Colonel Widney, married in the year 1775, Ann Erwin, whose father was a minister of the Established Church of England at Aughnacloy, County Tyrone, and Hugh Linn married, 1777, Sarah Widney, a sister of James Widney. Thus we see the blood of the Linns and Widneys mingled in one family and that of the Widneys and Erwins in another. Subsequently a son of Hugh Linn (Hugh Linn 2d) married Ann Widney, a daughter of James Widney 2d and Ann (Erwin) Widney, she being his full cousin, and in that branch of the family of which the writer George Wilds Linn is a member is mingled the blood of the Linns, Widneys and Erwins.[16]

[edit] Photos

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[edit] Notes

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