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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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258 WHITNEY GENEALOGY.

band. In politics a Whig, a Freesoiler, an Anti-slavery man, and had he lived would have been a Republican, for he was always open to conviction and ever heralded all measures of reform with enthusiasm. He d. Feb. 18, 1856; res. Marlboro and Whit- ingham, Vt. 3894. i. EMILY, b. Oct. 6, 1806; m. June 1, 1830, Henry CLOSSON, b. Feb. 1 1799, in Springfield, Vt., d. April 24, 1880. Hon. Henry CLOSSON was born in Springfield, Vt., Feb. 1, 1799, and was the youngest son of a family of 9 children. His father, Ichabod CLOSSON, was a farmer, his land lying on what is now known as "Parker's Hill." He died May 9, 1808, of quick consumption, brought on by exposure in clearing land. At his father's death Henry CLOSSON was taken in charge by his maternal uncle, Noah SAFFORD, likewise of Springfield. Under him, much against his own will, he learned the carpenter's trade. In the summer of 1817 Mr. Safford went to Rochester, N. Y., to fulfill a contract he had obtained, taking his prentice with him. At the end of the sum- mer, however, he finally yielded to the prayers of his nephew, and bestowed on him his freedom and $10 besides. With this amount Henry CLOSSON set out on foot from Rochester for Springfield. The last day's journey brought him from Man- chester, Vt., to Springfield, with his capital stock reduced to $1.50. He studied during the rest of the fall in Isaac HOLTON's law office; the same now occupied by J. W. PIERCE. In the win- ter he taught school, as he did for several years after. The ordinary pay for a 12 weeks' term was $36; once he received $40. In 1818 he attended Chester academy for three terms. In his twentieth year he commenced the study of law in the office of Judge Asa KEYS, then of Putney, Vt., and continued with him until admitted to the bar at Newfane, Vt., March term, 1824. The same year he began practice at Mr. Clemens, Mich. There he remained till 1826, when he moved to Lodi, N. Y., where he practiced for the next two years. He then removed to Whit- ingham, Vt., where he remained five years. During this time he married, June 1, 1830, Miss Emily WHITNEY, of Marlboro, Vt. In 1835 he returned to Springfield, and there remained through life in the practice of his profession. He was town clerk from 1836 to 1844, and state's attorney for the county in 1830-32. In July, 1856, at the death of Judge DUTTON, he was appointed by Gov. FLETCHER probate judge for the district of Windsor. At the next election he was elected to the office, and annually thereafter for twelve years, till 1868. He was a member of the legislature in 1839 and 40, and a member of the constitutional convention of 1870, and a delegate to different nominating conventions of his party. For many years previous to his death he had been clerk of the Congregational society of Springfield. He died April 26, 1880, aged 81 years 2 months 26 days. Ch.: Henry Whitney, b. June 6, 1832; m. Olivia Burk; d. June, 21, 1866; m. 2d, Julia Wardsworth TERRY; res. Fort McPherson, Atlanta, Ga.; Colonel U. S. A.; Emily SAFFORD, b. Sept. 26, 1833; m. Albert Melvin FELLOWS, res. Parsons, Kan.; Sarah Jane, b. Nov. 26, 1844; m. Henry Martyn ARMS, res. Springfield, Vt.; Gershon Lyman, b. Apr. 20, 1838; m. May 21, 1862, Lina Wells LOVELAND; cashier First National Bank, Springfield, Vt. 3895. ii. DIANA, b. Feb. 20, 1808, d. s. p. Dec. 20, 1812. 3896. iii. ELECTA, b. May 31, 1812; m. June 21, 1831, Enoch JACOBS, b. June 30, 1809. She d. Nov. 27, 1887. There are four children living, viz.: Electa, b. Feb. 19, 1833, single; Enoch George, b. Nov. 24, 1839, widower; Chas. Edward, b. Aug. 20, 1845, carpenter, wife and six children; Emily, b. July 6, 1851; m. to Prof. FALKINBURG, in 1872, teacher; 3 boys and 1 girl; res. Mount Airy, O. Mr. JACOBS, was born in Marlboro, and went to Brooklyn, N. Y., in 1827; moved to Cincinnati, O., in 1843. He engaged in the man- ufacture of iron mostly for southern trade and when the war broke out lost heavily. He went into the army as correspondent for the Cincinnati Commercial and gave the first published

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