Archive:Kentucky Genealogy and Biography, Volume 2
Perrin, William Henry, J. H. Battle, G. C. Kniffin, Kentucky Genealogy and Biography: Sketches from Allen, Monroe, Metcalfe ..., vol. 2 (1971).
Dr. Marcellus Whitney was born February 6, 1854, near Pageville, Barren Co., Ky. In 1859 he removed with his parents to Warren County, and in 1870 he located in the northern part of Allen County, where he has since resided. His father, James E. Whitney, a native of Barren County, born in 1825, is a farmer, and lost about fifteen slaves by the war. He is the son of Thomas Whitney, a native of South Carolina, who was a planter and died in Warren County, in 1860, aged seventy-six years. His father was a soldier in the Revolutionary war. James E. Whitney, in 1853, married Jemima F., daughter of John and Agnes (Whitney) Martin, of Barren County, and their offspring are Dr. Marcellus, Katherine A. and Mattie (deceased). Dr. Whitney was favored with a good English education. He married, December 26, 1883, Margaret E., daughter of George W. and Nancy (Stark) Jewell, of Barren County, Ky. (born December 28, 1858), and one daughter - Nancy Jewell - has blessed this union. George W. Jewell was born June 7, 1825, and died March 25, 1884. Nancy J. Jewell was born January 5, 1839; died September 13, 1881, and to them were born Margaret E., America F. (Oliver), Virginia T. (deceased), George D. and Merene. In 1878 Dr. Whitney commenced the study of medicine with Dr. H. Fitzpatrick, of Gainesville, and the same year attended lectures at the medical department of the Vanderbilt University of Nashville, where he graduated in 1880. He then returned to Gainesville and engaged in the practice of his profession, in which his efforts have been crowned with success. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity; is not connected with any Christian denomination, and in politics is a Democrat.