Archive:Civil War Pension File, Eben B. Whitney
Civil War Pension File of Eben B. Whitney
Widow: Adelia A. Whitney
Widow Applic. # 774192 Cert. # 562237
National Archives Building, Washington, D.C.
His ancestry is unknown. From the information, I can deduce that he was born in Bowdoin, Maine, the son of Mary Whitney. Eben's father must have died not long after his birth, and Mary remarried to someone whose last name is Brimijion. With him she had two children: Caroline and Joseph. Eben can be found in the Wayne, Kennebec Co., Maine census of 1860 with his wife Helen (Nellie) and his half-brother Joseph (listed as Whitney instead of Brimijion). Also living in town are two other Whitney families headed by George C. and Calvin C. Whitney. I do not know if Eben is closely related to them. If at any time someone is able to help identify Eben B. Whitney, I would appreciate hearing from you.
Co. B. 15th Maine Infantry
Eben enlisted at Augusta, Maine 14 December 1861 for 3 years. He was born in Bowdoin, Maine, was 5 foot, nine inches tall, with blue eyes and brown hair. He was a carpenter and ship carpenter before enlistment. He served at Camp Parafieo [sic--should be Camp Parapet], 9 miles above New Orleans, and contraced chronic diarrhea, fever and ague on board the ship Great Republic, bound from Portland, Me., to Ship Island in the spring of 1862. He suffered the diarrhea the rest of his life, and it was the disability for which he was granted a pension. He was discharged at Augusta, Maine 21 October 1863, age 29 years.
After discharge, he lived 2 years in Deer Isle, 2-3 years in Lisbon, 8-9 years in Lewiston (1869-1880), until April of 1880, when he removed to Omaha, Nebraska. He first married Nellie Hill, who died at Oceanville, Deer Isle, Hancock Co., Maine in June of 1866 from effects of childbirth. They had one son, Elwood C. Whitney, b. 19 March 1861. Elwood came to Omaha in 1889 from Deer Isle.
Eben married second on 14 May 1867, Adelia Anna Eaton. They were married in Lisbon, Maine by Isaac Lord, Minister of the Gospel. Eben and Adelia moved to Omaha, Nebraska in 1880, and lived at 4354 Charles Street. Eben worked in the shops of the Union Pacific Railroad in Omaha since 1880.
Eben died 17 November 1902 in Omaha of chronic diarrhea. He was buried 19 November 1902 in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Omaha, NE. The only child under 16 years old who was living at the time of his death was daughter Dora. Adelia died 9 December 1931. The children of Eben B. and Adelia Whitney were:
- Hattie May, b. Sept 1868
- Etta L., b. May 1871
- Walter W., b. July 1873
- Daniel O., b. Aug 1875
- David H., b. Aug 1881
- Pearly Charles, b. Oct 1886
- Dora E., b. January 29, 1890
Adelia's brother is Charles W. Eaton of Belton, Cass Co., Missouri. Eben's 1/2 sister is Mrs. Caroline Jumper, 103 Wood St., Lewiston, Maine (1902). His sister-in-law is Mrs. Mary Brimijion of Stonington, Hancock Co., Maine., the wife of Joseph.
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