Hi Joe, This is the WHINNERY FAMILY HISTORY as compiled by Mary Whinnery-Sprague and her cousin William Payette.
Patric Whinnery lived in "the north of Ireland" probably prior to 1700.From our research on the subject, we believe he was "Anglo-Irish," that is, his family had migrated to Ireland from England.They were protestants, holding to the Quaker faith. The book of family crests in England lists a crest for the Whinnery family.It consists of a sailing ship, with the motto "Salus en Solo Deus," meaning "Safety is in God Alone."Patrick Whinnery and his two sons, Patrick Jr., and Robert, left Ireland and came to the Colony of Delaware in 1738, leaving his wife and younger children in Ireland.Finding life in the colonies to his liking, he returned to Ireland for the rest of his family, but died at sea.This left his widow and younger children in Ireland, and his two sons in America.Young Patrick is listed on the tax records in Marlborough Twp., in 1754, and after this he went to the Carolinas, where records show he was also a member of the "Friends" (Quakers) and settled in a Quaker colony there.Further record of Patrick Whinnery can not be found.
Robert Whinnery was married in Wilmington Delaware, in 1740, by a Presbyterian minister, but remained a member of the Friends group.He moved to Warrington, PA, (just north of Philadelphia) as there is a record listing him as a memeber of the Warrington monthly meeting in 1750.The court records of York Co, PA show that Robert made his will in Jan. of 1785, and it was probated in Sept. of 1791, which is probably the year of his death.His son, William, was the executer.Robert's widow, Isabella lived several years after her husbands death, and delighted in relating the story of her immigration, how not having means to pay her way, she had taken the risk of hiring herself out on landing, to someone who would pay the ship captain for her passage.Evidently her risk paid off, as she was hired, and then wedded to Robert Whinnery.Robert & Isabella's children are listed in the will as Thomas, Catherine, William and Hannah.He also mentions a granddaughter, Sarah McCreary. (I have a copy of said will) I often wonder what happened to Patrick's wife and children left back in Ireland.
There is much more information about various Whinnery's, if you wish to have more.