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The Descendants of John Whitney, Who Came from London, England, to Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1635, by Frederick Clifton Pierce (Chicago: 1895)

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172 WHITNEY GENEALOGY.

New Marlboro, under the name of Laflin, Steavens & Co. This business was continued for some years, and he finally sold out to Mr. STEAVENS, his partner. He then became connected as special partner in the firm of C. Yale, Jr., & Co., in importation of silks. This business arrangement ceased somewhere about 1849, at which time he removed to Westfield in order to be near his father, who still lived in Southwick. In the fall of 1851 Mr. LAFLIN purchased the interest of Alexander JESSUP in the Woro- noco Mills for his son, G. L. LAFLIN, when the well known, suc- cessful and popular firm of Jessup & Laflin was organized. Since going to Westfield, Mr. LAFLIN has never engaged in any active business. He was also one of the founders of the West- field Savings Bank, in which he was for a long time a prominent and an active director. In 1864 he withdrew from the Old Westfield Bank, and in company with Mr. JESSUP and his brother Heman LAFLIN, now of New Haven, and his son, Geo. L. LAFLIN, established the First National Bank of Westfield in the room now occupied by the Westfield Savings Bank. After a successful existence of two years the capital stock was increased from $100,000 to $250,000, and the Westfield Bank merged into it. He was always the largest stockholder of the bank, and as a director he was something more than a figure-head. He always and wisely, too, dictated the policy of the bank, and in him Mr. HOOKER, the trusted and efficient cashier, always found a sound and reliable adviser. In 1871 the Hon. William G. BATES resigned the presidency of the bank and Mr. LAFLIN was then elected the president, a position which he held up to the time of his death. Mr. LAFLIN was also the chairman of the finance committee of the Westfield Savings Bank, whose interest he guarded with jealous care. In all transactions he was a man of integrity, upright in all his dealings. Occupation of Cutler LAFLIN, paper manufacturer; religion of both, Protestant. Ch.: Geo. Lester, oldest child, b. at Lee, Mar. 8, 1828; m. June 20, 1865, Martha M. CLARK of Newark, N.J., at Westfield, Mass.; res. Westfield; 8 ch., Geo. Lester, b. Oct. 25, 1866; d. Jan. 18, 1867; Geo. Lester, b. Nov. 19, 1867; d. Oct. 21, 1870; Mary Frances, b. Feb. 4, 1869; Charles Walter, b. June 26, 1870; Ger- trude, b. Dec. 8, 1872; Cutler, b. Mar. 9, 1874; Jere Horton, b. Feb. 19, 1876; Catherine Eldredge, b. Mar. 27, 1879. Mary Frances, 2d child, b. at Lee, Nov. 19, 1829; d. at Westfield, unm., Aug. 7, 1862; Adelaide, 3d child, b. at Lee, Jan. 11, 1836; d. at Lee, Mar. 11, 1839. Politics of Cutler, Whig and Repub- lican. 2351. v. CLARISSA SMITH, b. Aug. 15, 1804; m. in Cayuga, Dec. 17, 1823, William FOOTE. She d. Dansville, N.Y., 1846. He was b. Dec. 8, 1802; d. June 22, 1877; was a farmer, later a grain dealer. Ch.: Elizabeth Coe, b. Jan. 16, 1825; m. Sept. 27, 1843, Olney Bryant MAXWELL; res. Oakland, Cal.; 2 ch.; Julia Louisa, b. May 18, 1826; m. May, 1846, Henry KINGSBURY; d. Feb. 13, 1870. They had one dau., b. Rochester, N.Y., July 12, 1847. Is now matron of Wells College, Aurora, N.Y.; Mary Adaline, b. June 3, 1828; m. 1856, Isaac O. ADAMS. She d. Chicago, May, 1869, leaving 3 ch., Harry F., Harriett M., and Norman; Harriett Amelia, b. Aug. 9, 1831; m. Howard PHILLIPS. She d. Chicago, May 25, 1870; 2 ch., Howard M. and Louise H.; Almeda Cornelia, b. Sept. 30, 1839; d. Jan. 13, 1846. 2352. vi. FANNIE, b. Nov. 7, 1812; m. Sept. 2, 1833, Dr. John A. THOMPSON. She d. Mar. 2, 1892. He was b. May 30, 1810; d. Feb. 17, 1879; res. Auburn, N.Y. Ch.: Charles DeWitt, b. Cayuga, July 16, 1834; m. Mary E. COMSTOCK of Chicago, Ill., Feb. 17, 1866; d. in New York, Aug. 3, 1890; Harriett Lettitia, b. Mar. 20, 1842; m. Valorus SOUTHWORTH, June 4, 1872, who d. Sept. 22, 1882; m. 2d to Homer P. BENDER, Dec. 27, 1883, who d. Mar. 6, 1889; address 140 E. 48th St., New York; George Edwin, b. May 10, 1844; d. in New Orleans, Jan. 11, 1879; Mary Frances, b. June 11, 1849;

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