Archive:Civil War Pension File, Jesse Coolidge Whitney
Civil War Pension File of Jesse Coolidge Whitney
Widow: Paulina G. Whitney
Invalid Applic. # 137309 Cert. # 1045862
Widow Applic. # 1021914 Cert. # 772969
National Archives Building, Washington, D.C.
Jessie Coolidge Whitney enlisted as a Private in Co. H, 14th Maine Infantry in Augusta, Maine on 5 December 1861 under the name Coolidge Whitney. He was discharged in New Orleans, LA 30 June 1862 on disability for chronic bronchitis. Jessie was born in Jay, Franklin Co., Maine May 6, 1841. After discharge from the Army, Jessie lived in East Readfield, Maine from 1862 to 1866. He then lived in Beverly, NJ (sic.? MA) for one year and Salem, NJ (sic. ?MA) for 3 years. In 1870, he moved to Auburn, Androscoggin Co., Maine. He had lived in Fayette, Maine, and was a farmer, before enlistment.
Jessie's marriage certificate indicates that he married Paulina G. Farmer in Lowell, Essex Co., MA on 6 May 1868. Each of them was a resident of Lewiston, Maine at the time of the marriage. Jessie was a 26 year old barber, and Paulina was 24 years old. Jessie was born in Jay, Maine, the son of Asa and Rhoda Whitney. Paulina was born in Temple, Maine, the daughter of Isaac and Louisa D. Farmer. They were married by Rev. F. R. Morse.
Jessie filed an Invalid pension claim from Auburn, Maine 11 July 1901. A physical examination of him on 9 August 1901 reveals that he was 5 feet, 8 inches tall, weighed 160 pounds, blue eyes, brown hair, light complexion. Children alive on 9 August 1901 are: Estella E. Bryant, b. 2 September 1872, and Harvey D. Whitney, b. 16 August 1878.
Jessie's death certificate indicates he died in Auburn, ME on 27 January 1914, age 71 years, 6 mo., 20 days of uremic poisoning. His occupation was farmer. His father was Abraham Whitney (sic), born Maine (sic), farmer. His mother was Rhoda Blaisdell, born Maine.
Paulina Whitney filed a widow's claim for Jessie's pension 4 February 1914. She lived at RR5, Auburn, Maine. She listed two sisters: S. Myra Sturtevant, 80 years old of Hebron, Oxford Co., Maine; and Abby H. Guild, age 83, of Farmington, Franklin Co., ME. Paulina was born 27 November 1844 in Temple, Franklin Co., Maine. She died July 8, 1921 in Auburn, Maine.
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