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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. 347

2729. SYLVESTER WHITNEY (Elnathan, Elnathan, Elnathan, Eleazer, Thomas, John), b. Feb. 29, 1816; m. Sept. 21, 1842, Ann M PALMER; b. -----. He was born in Goffstown, N.H., and resided on the farm until eightenn years of age, when his health being poor he traveled, selling goods. At the age of twenty-one he moved to Lowell, Mass., where he was a painter. He later moved to Boston, and finally to Chelsea, where he died. he d. Jan. 15, 1890; res. Lowell, Boston and Chelsea, Mass. 5221. i. CLARENCE S., b. -----; res. 18 Wash. Ave., Chelsea, Mass. 2734. ELNATHAN WHITNEY (Elnathan, Elnathan, Elnathan, Eleazer, Thomas, John), Apr. 16, 1822; m. Nov. 20, 1851, Sylena F. HENRY; b. Oct. 29, 1827. Elnathan WHITNEY was born in Goffstown, on the farm., When young he went to school like other boys, and worked for and with his father on the farm. In 1849 he made one among the many who went to the Pacific coast, not by way of the Isthmus, or across the western plains, but around the southern cape, experiencing nearly all the various scenes attending a long voyage; spent some days in the city of Rio Janeiro, and fifteen days in a blow off the cape; also made a stop in Valparaiso, and after sailing in the "sweet Pacific breeze" he arrived in San Francisco, after a voyage of one hun- dred and ninety days. Was absent from home about 2 years, since then has remained in Goffstown; was married soon after he returned. The farm has been divided up somewhat since his grandfather's time; res. Goffstown Center, N.H. 5222. i. MARY FRANCENA, b. Dec. 19, 1855; m. Feb. 6, 1884, Fred K. HAZEN; res. G. He was b. June 23, 1861. 5223. ii. GEO. EARNEST, b. Jan. 23, 1861; m. Adonelle EATON. 2736. MOSES WHITNEY (Moses, Jacob, Jonas, Eleazer, Thomas, John), b. Mil- ton, Mass., Oct. 7, 1802; m. Oct. 18, 1829, Elizabeth G. SANDERSON; b. Sept. 3, 1807; d. Aug. 13, 1887. He was a man of strong mental powers, and had he given himself to literature as an occupation rather than an amusement, he would have attained a dis- tinguished rank among the authors of the present day. He has written much but his performances have always been casual and desultory. His writings display a masculine and vigorous understanding, much acuteness of observation, and a quick sense of humor. The salient points of his character indicate much originality of genius. His style was conspicuous for its terseness and correct finish, free from mannerism and affectation, which corrupt the language of so much of what is now offered to us in the name of literature. Long will his memory be cherished by his friends, for the strong features of his character leave an impression upon us not easily effaced. He was sincere, kind-hearted, honorable and void of pretension, with much of that unconsciousness of his powers, which is the characteristic of true genius. He was of an uncommonly nervous temperament which at times, almost ran into eccentricity. This characteristic, however, far from being offensive, gave a charm and an interest to his conduct and his conversation which made his presence always desireable and agreeable. He was sincere and open and ingenious, in his whole de- portment, He was senstive to any wrong, whether done to himself or others. He had a cultivated and highly intelligent mind, a quick and acute perception, a sharp and ready wit and a personal bearing that inspired an uncommon attachment to him, in those who enjoyed the benefit of his society. He was highly and sensitively honor- able in all his thoughts and dealings. He d. Oct. 18, 1844; res. Boston, Mass. 5224. i. REBECCA HANNAH, b. Sept. 2, 1830; m. Apr. 4, 1850, George K. GANNETT; b. Dec. 27, 1829, farmer; res. Milton. Ch.: George S., b. Jan. 25, 1857; d. Dec. 6, 1862; Charles E., b. Oct. 27, 1861; d. Aug. 30, 1866. 5225. ii. EUGENE B., b. Dec. 29, 1835; d. Feb. 25, 1858. 2738. SETH DUNBAR WHITNEY (Moses, Jacob, Jonas, Eleazer, Thomas, John), b. in Milton, Mass., Sept. 13, 1897; m. at Dorchester, Nov. 7, 1843, Adeline Dutton TRAIN; b. Sept. 15, 1824. Adeline Dutton Train WHITNEY, author, born in Boston, Mass., Sept. 15, 1824. She is the daughter of Enoch TRAIN, founder of a line of packet ships be- tween Boston and Liverpool, and a sister of Geo. Francis TRAIN. She was educated chiefly in Boston, and at the age of 19 married Seth D. WHITNEY, of Milton, Mass. Mrs. WHITNEY has patented a set of "Alphabet Blocks" which are now in general use. Besides contributing to magazines for the young, she is the author of "Fottsteps on the Seas,"a poem (Boston, 1857); "Mother Goose for Grown Folks" (New York, 1860, revised eds. Boston, 1870 and 1882); "Boys at Chequasset" (Boston, 1862); "Faith Gartney's Girlhood" (1863); "The Gayworthys" (1865); " A Summer

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