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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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bility and influence. No one was more honored by his fellow-citizens; his opinion was looked for with interest on all occasions. A man of ardent feelings, positive opinions and marked idiosyncrasies, he was one to be felt and to be influential in any society. A person of inquiring mind, proving all things and holding fast that which seemed good; never believing simply because others did, nor yet desirous of dif- fering from others for the sake of peculiarity. No opposition or dissent of others prevented his thinking and acting out his own convictions. He was ever ready to aid others by advice or otherwise; the poor remember him with the warmest regard. He was long known as an advocate of the rights of the slave; when even in Massachusetts to be an abolitionist was odious and unpopular he had no hesita- tion in standing up in behalf of the poor bondman. In the church of which he was a consistent member and with which he had been connected longer than any now living member, he had been a deacon for almost twenty years. He was truly a pillar in the church and in the state. May his mantle rest on one worthy to wear it. He d. in S.: s. p.; res. Stockbridge, Mass. 2332. Richard WHITNEY (Timothy, Timothy, Jonas, Moses, Richard, John), b. Lanesborough, Mass., Aug. 2, 1800; m. at Waterville, N.Y., Oct., 1826, Clarissa TOWER, b. Paris, N.Y., Mar. 2, 1802; d. Sept. 8, 1887. He was born in Lanesborough, Mass., where his father was one of the most prom- inent citizens, and where he always resided. He was a merchant, postmaster, and register of deeds for Berkshire County all his life. He was a small man, bald, with black eyes, very amiable and never had an enemy, and was much respected and beloved. He was a member of the Congregational church, and sung in the choir all his life. He d. Mar. 24, 1869; res. Lanesborough and Pittsfield, Mass. 4650. i. CHARLES B., b. Oct. 6, 1827; m. Laura L. SHERMAN and Abbie G. POPE. 4651. ii. SILAS F., b. Sept. 29, 1830; d. Nov. 23, 1853. 4652. iii. ELIZA A., b. Oct. 4, 1835; m. May 28, 1862, Almon H. HARRISON; res. Pittsfield, Mass. He was b. Dec. 4, 1834. Is a merchant. Ch.: Mary W., b. Apr. 12, 1865; Frank W., b. Feb. 7, 1869. 4653. iv. HENRY F., b. July 24, 1841; d. Dec. 31, 1853. 2337. Paul WHITNEY (Hezekiah, Timothy, Jonas, Moses, Richard, John), b. Otis, Mass., Jan. 18, 1793; m. Tolland, Mass., Mar. 26, 1812, Rebecca Desire FREEMAN, b. Cape Cod, Nov. 8, 1795; d. Sandisfield, Mass., Sept. 7, 1847; m. 2d, Oct. 5, 1848, Mrs. Harriett (WHEELER) ROBERTS. He was a farmer and conducted an iron foundry and blast furnace. From 1814 to 1844 he resided at Salisbury, Conn., after which he moved to Sandisfield, Mass., where his wife died and where he married again. In 1861 he went to live with his son Isaac, and died at his home in Groveland, Ill. Paul WHITNEY was drafted during the war of 1812, and went as far as Lenox with others who were drafted from his native town. He, with a few others, was lodged at the house of a widow, poor but energetic. Next morning, seeing her cutting wood to cook breakfast for the prospective soldiers, he took the ax from her and in splitting the fuel was so lamed by the ax glancing one side and cutting off two toes from his left foot, that he was obliged to return home. Before the wound was healed the war ended. He d. Feb., 5, 1868; res. Otis, Mass., Salisbury, Conn., and Sandisfield, Mass. 4654. iii. ISAAC SPARROW, b. Dec. 17, 1816; m. Belle ALLEN; res. Groveland, Ill. 4655. i. THANKFUL FREEMAN, b. Oct. 31, 1813; m. Nov., 1842, Benajah CAMP. She d. near Hartford, Conn., July 15, 1870. Ch.: Harriett Eliza; m. Geo. T. CHIPMAN; res. Collinsville, Conn.; Ann Amelia, m. Deloss W. TEED; res. Somers, N.Y. Herman Lorenzo CAMP, son of Thankful Freeman WHITNEY, was, during the late war, drummer in the 162d Reg. N.Y.S. volunteers for one year. Only 13 years old, a prey to long illness in winter and constitutionally a coward, he left his home, which had been with his aunt, Mrs. HALLOCK, for six years, and unknown to any one he went alone in a dark night and on foot to Peekskill, N.Y., thirteen miles distant. There worked his passage on a freight boat to N.Y. city; induced a policeman to enlist him, giving him for the service part of his bounty money. The most careful search failed to give any clue to him. His frequently expressed wish to drum in the army and tottooing the milk pails pointed to his probable position. When his regiment had left New
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