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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)

Transcribed by the Whitney Research Group, 1999.

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Do they, in happy life above, Forget their ministry of love? Though years on years of silence fall Since they have answered to my call, Their coming footsteps still I hear (And stretch my arms to draw them near). Their garments rustle on the stair, Their tender accents thrill the air, So close they seem, so calm, so bright, The lonely way is touched with light, Like afterglow in Eastern lands, That flushes all the desert sands! She d. Nov. 10, 1881; res. "Silver Spring," Orange, N. J.: 4467. iv. HENRY MARTYN, b. June 25, 1826; m. Emma Jane MERRILL. 4468. v. EMERY STONE, b. Feb 25, 1828; d. Oct. 10, 1846. 4469. vi. CHARLOTTE CLAPP, b. Nov. 1, 1831; d. Mar. 7, 1854. 2203. JOSIAH DWIGHT WHITNEY (Abel, Aaron, Moses, Moses, Richard, John), b. Westfield, Mass., July 9, 1786; m. Dec. 4, 1818, Sarah WILLISTON; m. 2d, Oct. 13, 1834, Clarissa JAMES, b. May 16, 1801; d. Aug 15, 1876. Josiah Dwight WHITNEY was born at Westfield, Mass., July 9, 1786. In Decem- ber, 1799, with his possessions in a handkerchief hung over his shoulder, he walked to Springfield and went into the store of Jona. Dwight & Son. In 1807 (October) he began business in Northampton as a general merchant, with the firm name of J. D. WHITNEY & Co. In 1830 he became a broker and private banker, adding to this a trade in flour, etc. In 1833 he helped to organize the Edwards church. In the same year he became cashier of the Northampton Bank, serving till 1850, then president one year, and director for three years longer. He was a justice of the peace and notary public for many years. In 1813, soon after the war of 1812 broke out, he was sent to England by the Dwights to buy goods; he sailed in July on a neutral vessel, and landed at Cork. He spent two years in England, mostly in Manchester. The vessel on which he returned brought the first news of the battle of Waterloo; it was published in Hale's paper in Boston as brought by him. Samuel Bowles wrote of him: "Wise, prudent, faithful, pious, he was a representative specimen of the New England village business gentleman of a generation ago." His neighbor, Hon. Erastus Hopkins, wrote of him: "As a friend and neighbor he will be ever remem- bered for all the qualities which make such relations endearing and perfect. His benevolence and charities were unostentatious, but extensive and constant. His dis- bursements in these directions, when considered in proportion to his means, give him a place among the foremost of benefactors. "But the more permanent excellence of his character is witnessed in his devotion and unwavering fidelity to the church of Christ. Many children of other than his own household rise up and call him blessed." He d. Jan. 29, 1869; res. Northampton, Mass. 4470. i. JOSIAH DWIGHT, b. Nov. 23, 1819; m. Louisa GODDARD. 4471. ii. ELIZABETH NOBLE, b. Mar. 30, 1822; m. June 13, 1848, Samuel Osgood PUTNAM; res. San Francisco, Cal.; res. 1012 Washing- ton St.; is cashier of the California Steamboat Co., of San F.; b. Aug. 17, 1818. She d. Jun. 3, 1863, at San Francisco. Ch.: Katharine Muzzy, b. May 2, 1849; m. Aug. 26, 1868, John D. HOOKER; res. 325 W. Adams St., Los Angeles, Cal.; ch., Lau- rence Whitney, b. June 14, 1873; Marian Osgood, b. July 15, 1875; Mary Elliot, b. July 14, 1854; res. 1223 Pine St., San Francisco, Cal.; Caroline Rankin, b. Dec. 12, 1855; res. 1223 Pine St., San Francisco, Cal.; Elizabeth Whitney, b. Dec. 25, 1858; res. 1223 Pine St., San Francisco, Cal.; Osgood, b. July 24, 1860; attorney- at-law; res. 1012 Washington St., San Francisco, Cal.; Edward Williston, b. Apr. 18, 1863; res. 1012 Washington St., San Fran- cisco, Cal. 4472. iii. SARAH BIRDSEYE, b. Feb. 11, 1824; m. Jan. 19, 1848, Rev. Robert Coit LEARNED. He graduated at Yale Coll. in 1837 and at N. H. Theo. Sem. in 1841; settled at Twinsburgh, O., and later at Can- terbury, Berlin, and Plymouth, Conn.; b. Aug. 31, 1817; d. Apr. 19, 1867. She d. July 9, 1864, at Plymouth, Conn.; res. North- ampton, Mass. Ch.: Dwight Whitney, b. Oct. 12, 1848; m. Florence H. REHARD at Kidder, Mo., July 7, 1875; gr. Yale in 1870, and Ph.D. in 1873; res. Kyoto, Japan; Edward, b. Aug. 14, 1851; res. 211 Tremont St., Boston, Mass.; Grace Hallam, b.

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