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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. 335

mental in procuring school teachers, and conducted church serves himself when the people were not able to employ a minister. His death was occasioned by a fall from a tree while cutting timber preparatory to building himself a new house. There were many regrets at the untimely death of Squire WHITNEY. He was held in high esteem by the entire community. He d. Jan. 12, 1816; res. Shelburne, Mass., and Con- stantia. N.Y. 5025. i. PHILENA, b. Nov. 19, 1796; m. 1816, William PATTERSON. He died and she m. 2d Thomas BEEBE, who d. s. p. Ch.: Christiana Emily C., Whitney, and Jeannette. She d. Mar. 25, 1866. 5026. ii. STEBBINS, b. Apr. 9, 1799; d. Apr. 20, 1810; fell from a tree. 5027. iii. JOSEPH, b. Dec. 17, 1801; d. unm. Mar. 31, 1831. 5028. iv. LUCIUS B., b. July 13, 1804; d. May 7, 1823, at Lockport, N.Y. 5029. v. JAMES H., b. Aug. 4, 1808; m. L. Marie SOUTHWORTH. 5030. vi. MARTHA STEBBINS, b. Sept. 20, 1811. Lyman MUNGER and Mar- tha Stebbins WHITNEY were married at Clarendon, N.Y., June 23, 1836, the the log house of the Presbyterian minister, the Rev. Mr. CHEESEMAN, who performed the ceremony. Lyman MUNGER was the son of Gaius and Abigail BUTTON MUGNER, and was born in Agawam, West Springfield, Mass., Sept. 22, 1811. He in- herited a love of liberty and hatred of oppression from his grandfather and great-grandfather, both of whom served in the Revolutionary was and fought at Bunker Hill. He early became an abolitionist, assisting in the escape of fugitive slaves, and rejoiced greatly when the emancipation proclamation was is- sued. In temperance matters he also had a lively concern, en- deavoring as far as he could to lessen the evils of the drink traffic. He followed intelligently by the intellectual movements of his time, and by the consistency of his life won and held the esteem of his fellow townsmen in the communities where he lived. Mrs. MUNGER, also was of New England parentage, and her ancestors, certain of whom settled at Deerfield, Mass., prior to Philip's war, took an active and honorable part in the early history of Massachusetts, and suffered much at the hands of the Indians in the hostilities of 1675 and 1704. Martha WHITNEY's independence of character and domestic virtues make her a worthy descendant of her Puritan ancestors, amoung whom there could not have been a more notable housewife or more devoted mother. A son and daughter were born to Mr. and Mrs. MUNGER in Bergen, N.Y., and with these, they moved in 1839, to Penn Yan, Yates County, N.Y., where six other children were born. One of these, a daughter, died in infancy. Three of the four daughters attended Oberlin college. The two older sons served in the civil war, the other brother, eleven years of age, being too young to serve. In 1866 Mr. and Mrs. MUNGER moved to Galva, Ill., and here in 1886, was celebrated their golden wed- ding, seven married children with their families coming to honor the occasion. In 1891, they moved to Denver, Col., the home of their oldest daughter, Mrs. John R. HANNA, with whom they now reside. In 1893, not deterred by her fourscore years and over, Mrs. MUNGER went to the polls and cast her first ballot, assisting to elect her daughter (Mrs. Hanna) as a member of the school board, the first woman to hold this office in Denver. That this aged couple are now (1895) in excellent health, at the age of eighty-three, shows a physical endowment which has been to them and their children a valuable possession. Gental, kind- hearted, and true, their lives have been a benediction to those who have come under their influence, and with Christian faith they calmly await the transition to a higher and better life; res. 500 14th St., Denver; Geo. Merrick, b. Jan. 17, 1839; m. May 2, 1865, Susan B. OWENS; res. Eureka, Kan.; 3ch.; Agnes Almeda, b. Aug. 9, 1841; m. Jan. 29, 1867, Oliver Perry STODDARD; res. Galva; Orett Lyman, b. July 7, 1843; m. Jan. 28, 1868, Marcia J. BOOTH, b. Feb. 4, 1843; d. Oct. 26, 1882, leaving 3 ch., one having

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