Archive:Bible Record of Chester Hopkins and Laura Eliza (Geer) Whitney
From Leslie Workman.
This is information from Laura's Bible dated January 1863, Oswego, NY. There are five printed Whitney newspaper obituaries glued to the inside front and back covers of the Bible. Text of each of them follows.
Death of Chester H. Whitney
Chester H. Whitney, a farmer, well known to many Oswego people, died one morning at his home in Scriba from old age. He was born eighty-five years ago on the same farm which was his home at the time of his death. He was esteemed and respected by his many acquaintances who regret to hear of his demise. His widow survives as do two daughters, Mrs. J. B. V. Hoyle and Mrs. F. X. Mudd of Chicago.
Mrs. Laura E. Whitney
Sunday, Sept. 11th, Laura E., widow of Chester H. Whitney, died at her home in Scriba in her 89th year. Her great age and failing strength for some time past had foreshadowed the end which came in peace. The deceased was born in Utica and in 1839, as the wife of Mr. Whitney, came to Scriba where she has resided continuously to the time of her death. Mr. Whitney died ten years ago. Mrs. Whitney was a life-long member of the Baptist church and was much esteemed always by its membership for her consistent Christian spirit and neighborly acts of kindness. She made and held many friendships to the last and she will be truly mourned and sweetly remembered by all who knew her and her unvarying goodness of heart. The deceased is survived by her two daughters, Mrs. J. V. B. Hoyle, of Scriba, and Mrs. Frank X. Mudd, of Chicago, and by two granddaughters, Miss Nellie and Miss Olive Whitney, both of Chicago, and daughters of the late John Whitney. Awaiting the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Mudd in Chicago, the hour for the funeral has not been set at this writing.
DIED, Feb. 21, Herbert C. Whitney, in the 28th year of his age.
The death of Herbert C. Whitney deserves more than a passing notice, holding business position extraordinary for one so young. When only 21 years of age he received his diploma of the New York College of Pharmacy; soon after bought out and kept the drug store on Bridge street, near the bridge, which was destroyed by fire shortly after. He then fitted up and started the store No. 53 Bridge street, now owned by A. Baltis, when soon after he accepted a position with Caswell, Hasard & Co., the largest druggists and chemists in the United States, as manager of one of their immense stores, stationed at Newport, R.I., which he did successfully for the last five years. By over exertion he was stricken down with the fatal disease consumption. He was advised by his doctor in December to come to his home, or to his father's, C. H. Whitney in the town of Scriba, where he continually grew worse. In February his friends and his doctor thought it advisable to move him into the city to his sister's house, Mrs. W. T. Norrish's, who had lately moved from Casenovia, N.Y., to their home, 70 East 5th Street, but of no avail, he only lived two weeks. He passed off very quietly on the evening of the 21st, without a struggle, receiving the comforting assistance of his friends. His funeral took place on the 24th from the Church of the Evangelists with Masonic honors, being a member of the AEonian lodge. He was a young man of sterling ability and extraordinary business capacity. A large circle of friends greatly mourn his loss.
DIED NORRISH -- In this city, November 11th, 1895, Ellen M., wife of William T. Norrish and daughter of C. H. and L. E. Whitney. Funeral Thursday from her late home, East 5th, between Bridge and Oneida streets, at 1:30 and at the Church of the Evangelists at 2 o'clock. Friends are invited.
WHITNEY -- April 29th, 1895, John Raymond, son of C. H. and L. E. Whitney in his 41st year.
Note: John Raymond Whitney married Florence Tupper. They had 3 children: Nellie Whitney, Olive Estelle Whitney (my ancestor, 4-15-1890 to 9-1-1971) and Raymond Whitney, who from what I have been able to gather, died at a young age. I don’t know what happened to Nellie Whitney, but from my mother’s notes I gathered she died in the 1930s. Olive married Fred B. Duncan, and had 3 sons and a daughter (my mother, who died last year). One son is still living, age 93. I’d be interested in any information you may come across about Nellie or Raymond Whitney, or anything about Florence Tupper.