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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. 295

Was deacon of the First Church, Unitarian, of Cambridge from 18 until his death in 1853. He d. Feb. 22, 1853; res. Cambridge, Mass. 4442. i. WILLIAM L., b. Mar. 11, 1811; m. Lucy Ann JONES and Rebecca Richardson BRACKETT 4443. ii. AUGUSTUS A., b. Dec. 4, 1812; m. and died s.p. July 29, 1891. He was deacon of the First Church in Cambridge from 1853 to his death. 4444. iii. BENJAMIN W., b. Aug. 9, 1815; m. and died Dec. 19, 1879. He was a lawyer and gr. from H.C., 1838. 4445. iv. SUSAN E., b. Feb. 20, 1817; m. Jan. 31 1856, James BRACKETT; res. s.p. Cambridge, Mass. 4446. v. ABIGAIL W., b. Apr. 10, 1827; m. Moses G. HOWE; res. Cam- bridge, Mass., s.p. 2189. JOHN WHITNEY (Peter, Aaron, Moses, Moses, Richard, John), b. in North- boro Mass., Sept. 29, 1785; m. Sophia VINAL, of Scituate, Mass. He was a teacher and merchant. He d. Jan. 2, 1850; res. Quincy, Mass., s.p. 2191. COL. WILLIAM WHITNEY (Peter, Aaron, Moses, Moses, Richard, John), b. Northboro, Mass., Dec. 14, 1776; m. in Northboro, Zilpah EAGER, of Northboro. Col. William WHITNEY was born in Northboro, Mass., where he always resided. He was a prominent and well to do citizen; was often in town office, and for a while was colonel in the Massachusetts militia. He d. July 24, 1834; res. Northboro, Mass. 4447. i. ADAMS, b. Jan. 4, 1826; m. Susanna Channel BURRELL. 4448. ii. PETER LAMBERT, b. Nov. 23, 1818; m. Mary H SMITH. 4449. iii. HARRISON OTIS, b. Apr. 7, 1822; m. Ann E MARSH. 4450. iv. JOHN MARTYN, b. Oct. 14, 1816; m. Susan Maria CAMBELL; and Elizabeth Nancy CHIPMAN. 2197. HENRY WHITNEY (Paul, Aaron, Moses, Moses, Richard, John), b. Apr. 18, 1786, in Westfield, Mass.; m. Oct. 28, 1816, Nabby FULLAR; b. Aug. 16 1788. Henry WHITNEY was born Apr. 18, 1786, at Westfield, Mass., where he passed the years of his early childhood and youth. He was the son of Dr. Paul WHITNEY who was a practicing physician, and also for many years a teacher in the schools of Westfield. When quite a young man, the subject of this sketch removed to Wiscas- sett. Me., where he engaged in mercantile business and shipbuilding. He was also for many years captain of the "Washington Light Infantry company," and conse- quently known, during his residence there, as Capt WHITNEY. On Oct. 28, 1816, he was married to a daughter of the Rev. Martin FULLAR, of Royalton, Vt. To them, eight children were born - five sons and three daughters; four of whom are still liv- ing. In the year 1824 he was solicited by the board of directors of the New Eng- land Glass Manufactory of East Cambridge, Mass. to become their general manager, a position which he accepted and filled for nineteen years with very satisfactory results. In the summer of 1843, realizing that advancing years would soon make it necessary for him to engage in some less confining employment, he resigned his position with this company, receiving from them the most flattering testimonials of their esteem and appreciation for his services. For many months his attention had been turned toward the great and growing west, and, becoming finally convinced that this new section of country presented unusual advantages to a man with a large family of sons and daughters, he decided upon Racine, Wis., as the place for his future home, where he arrived in the fall of the same year. He remained in Racine and vicinity for many years engaged in mercantile and manufacturing business, until in 1852 he removed to La Crosse, Wis., where a married daughter had already preceded him, and where he died suddenly, of apoplexy, June 27, 1859, in the seventy- fourth year of his age. Mr. WHITNEY was an ardent patriot, ever maintaining the deepest interest in everything relating to the welfare of his country. In politics he was formerly one of the "old line Whigs," and in after years, a very loyal Republican. Regarding his religious beliefs, he held views peculiar to himself. He had never united with any Christian sect, but was a life-long and constant attendant at the Con- gregational church until the day before his death. He was a man of strict integrity of character, combined with marked refinement and cultivation, constantly revealing itself in a most intense "love of the beautiful" in nature and in art. He was also a man of fine personal presence, and in the record of La Crosse Co., we find mention of him as "one who is to-day remembered as the finest representative and type of the gentlemen of the olden school," who had ever resided in the city. He d. June 27, 1859; res. Wiscassett, Me., East Cambridge, Mass.

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