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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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WHITNEY GENEALOGY. 245

3723. i. ABIGAIL H., b. in 1804; m. ----- GAY. She d. Feb. 9, 1880. 3724. ii. JOHN H., b. Mar. 8, 1808; m. Sarah SKINNER. 3725. iii. SARAH, b. Dec. 25, 1811; unm., res. W. Roxbury. 3726. iv. WILLIAM H., b. Jan. 25, 1810; unm., d. Jan. 27, 1842. 3727. v. CAROLINE, b. Jan. 16, 1814; unm. 3728. vi. NATHANIEL DAVIS, b. Dec. 11, 1816; m. Laura A. LANGTON. 1770. ASA WHITNEY (Elisha, Elijah, Daniel, John, John, John), b. in Boston, Mass., May 18, 1782; m. in Pomfret, Conn., Dec. 31, 1805, Mary HAMMOND; b. Dec. 7, 1787; d. 1845. He d. Mar. 4, 1826; res. Pomfret, Conn., Roxbury, Cambridge, and Boston, Mass. 3730. i. BENJ. DUICK, b. Nov. 6, 1807; m. Elizabeth WILLIAMS and Char- lotte GENALLA. 3731. ii. DANIEL H., b. Oct. 7, 1809; d. Oct. 6, 1817. 3732. iii. SARAH HAMMOND, b. May 2w3, 1812; d. June 23, 1817. 3733. iv. MARY, b. May 5, 1815; m. Prof. Cornelius C. FELTON, of Har. Univ. FELTON, Cornelius Conway, scholar, b. in West Newbury, Mass., Nov. 6, 1807; d. in Chester, Pa., Feb. 26, 1862. He was gradu- ated at Harvard in 1827, having partially supported himself through his course by teaching in Concord and Boston, and at the round Hill school in Northampton, Mass. In his senior year he was one of the conductors of the "Harvard Register," a students' periodical. After teaching for two years in Geneseo, N.Y., he was appointed Latin tutor at Harvard in 1829, became Greek tutor in 1830, college professor of Greek in 1832, and in 1834 was given the Eliot professorship of Greek literature. He was also for many years regent of the college. In 1853-54 he revisited Europe, studying the various collections of art and antiquities, and spent five months in Greece, where he devoted himself not only to the topography of the country and the remains of ancient art, there, but to its present language and literature, to which he attached great importance. He was an enthusiastic defender of the modern Greeks, by whom he was known, during his stay among them, as the "American pro- fessor." He visited Europe a second time in 1858, and in 1860 was elected president of Harvard college, which office he held until his death. President FELTON was a member of the Massa- chusetts board of education, and one of the regents of the Smithsonian Institute. His literary labors were extended and he was one of the most profound and enthusiastic classical scholars in the country. Besides making large contributions to current literature, he published a translation of Menzel's "Ger- man Literature." (3 vols., 1840, in George RIPLEY'S "Specimens of Foreign Literature"); "Classical Studies," original and translated *selections, in connection with Prof. SEARS and EDWARDS (1843); a translation of Prof. Arnold GUYOT'S lectures on "The Earth and Man" (1849); a selection from the writings of Prof. POPKIN, with a memoir(1852); "Life of William EATON," in Sparks' " American Biographies" (New York, 1853); a revised edition of SMITH'S "History of Greece," with a continuation from the Roman conquest to the present time (1855); and "Selections From Modern Greek Writers" (1856). After his death appeared "Familiar Letters from Europe," giving an account of his last trip (Boston, 1864), and "Greece, Ancient and Modern," his most important work, composed chiefly of his lectures before the Lowell Institute (2vols., Boston, 1867). He was also the author of several Greek test books, including an edition of Homer, with Flaxman's illustrations (1833). 3734. v. EMILY, b. Sept. 27, 1817; m. Sept. 27, 1841, Dr. Joseph SARGENT, of Worcester. He was born in Leicester, Dec. 31, 1815, the son of Col. Henry. He entered Harvard University in 1830, and grad- uated in 1834. Studied medicine with Dr. Edward FLINT, of Leicester, and Dr. James JACKSON, in Boston, and attended med- ical lectures in the latter city and Philadelphia. He took his

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