Oliver Whitney was born in Needham, Massachusetts in 1744. He responded to the Lexington alarm from Natick on April 19, 1775 and served a short enlistment afterwards. He married Hanna Chase and moved to Swansea. The couple moved to Packersfield with two young children in time to have Betsey who was born here March 2, 1783. They had six more children here before selling their farm to Amos Richardson in 1793. They moved to Cavendish, Vermont.
Amos probably lived in the home until his death in 1815. His wife, Mehitable, may have lived there until her death in 1835. The place was abandoned about then.