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Sarah Whitman Hooker house.

Sarah Whitman (February 27, 1747 - January 5, 1837) was the owner of the Sarah Whitman Hooker house in West Hartford. She was a descendant of William Pantry, one of the founders of Hartford, and became famous for harboring two British prisoners during the American Revolution.

Whitman was born in Farmington, Connecticut, on February 27, 1747 as the daughter of John Whitman and Abigail Pantry. She grew up in the area and married at the age of 22 in 1769. In the spring of 1773, she and her husband bought the Sarah Whitman Hooker house in West Hartford, Connecticut, which had been known as the "Mills place," situated on the south side of New Britain Avenue and South Main Street. After her husband died near Boston during the Revolutionary War in 1775, she held two British prisoners in the house on the hill. In one peculiar instance, militiamen gathered across the street to attack the prisoners after the American loss at Quebec, but Sarah Whitman shooed them away. After the war, Whitman continued to manage the farm and house with the assistance of former slave Bristow, who was an agriculturalist of some local renown. He had earned 60 pounds to purchase his freedom by selling his labor when his daily work had been completed. In 1794, she sold the homestead to her children for "love, affection, and one dollar." Her children sold the house to her brother-in-law, Charles Seymour, youngest son of Ensign Timothy Seymour, who had built the house.

Whitman died on January 5, 1837 in Pennsylvania, seven years after removing from West Hartford.


Whitman married Thomas Hart Hooker on February 1, 1769. The couple moved to West Hartford, Connecticut, four years later.

  • Abigail Hooker - m. Samuel Talcott
  • Thomas Hart Hooker, Jr. - m. Betsey Mills