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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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418 WHITNEY GENEALOGY.

3616. DR. DAVID WHITNEY (Jonathan, David, Jonathan, Jonathan, Benjamin, John), b. Conway, Mass., Jan 29, 1803; m. at No. Hadley, Mass., Dec 2, 1824 Eliza- beth Smith GRANGER; b. at Sullivan, NY, Jan 6,1807; d. Apr 19, 1884. Dr. David WHITNEY was born in Conway, Mass., Jan 29, 1803, was reared on a farm and married Dec 2, 1824. He studied medicine at Watertown college, Watertown, Me., taking the degree of M.D., May 30, 1832. Moved to western New York, then a very new country, living first at Hornellsville and afterward at Canisteo, Steuben Co., when his practice extended several miles into what was then a wilderness, and where he became an invalid through life from exposure. School facilities being very slight there, he afterwards moved to Nunda, Allegany Co. (now Livingston Co.), NY where were excellent high schools - then called academies - in one of which he became lecturer on physiology and hygiene. In the spring of 1845 he moved to Madison, Ind., going to Olean, NY in a sleigh, and on appearance of the spring rise, floating down Olean creek and the Allegheny river in a shanty built on a lumber raft - a most delightful trip as his son remembers it - though it would seem rather slow now. >From Pittsburgh the journey was made by steamboat. During his residence in Madison, Ind., his failing health being unequal to the demands of a general medical practice, he commenced the practice of dentistry, then in its infancy, which he continued dur- ing the rest of his active life. In the fall of 1856 he moved to Beardstown, Ill., where he remained till the death of his wife in April, 1884, when he went to live with his son and died at his home, April 7, 1885. He d. at D.C., April 7, 1885; res. Con- way and Shelburne, Mass., Beardstown, Ill., and Kansas City, Mo. 6443. i. CORNELIA ELIZABETH, b. Nov 6, 1825; m. Sept 31, 1843, Sherlock A. WALSWORTH; res. Marshaltown, Iowa, 412 W. Boone St. He is a cabinet maker and furniture dealer, b. Jan 12, 1820. Ch.: David Whitney, b. June 17, 1844; d. Mar 17, 1846; Arthur Avery, b. Aug 29, 1845; address, Tempe, Ariz. 6444. ii. ELLEN BRUCE, b. Mar 11, 1827; unm. res. Beardstown, Ill. 6445. iii. ELIZABETH SMITH, b. Feb 29, 1829; m. Rev J.S. BARWICK. She d. July 22, 1893, s.p. He is dead. 6446. iv. BENJAMIN R., b. Apr 27, 1832; m. Mary Anne CONRAD. 6447. v. [[Family:Whitney, David Victory (1838-1882)|DAVID VICTORY, b. May 5, 1838; m. Ellen RALSTON. 6448. vi. Two other ch. d. young. 3629. ELIAS WHITNEY (Jonathan, Elias, Elias, Jonathan, Benjamin, John), b. Feb 7, 1811; m. Mar 17, 1833, Zelona Semira CARPENTER; b. Sept 5, 1811; d. Sept 8, 1876; m. 2d, Mar 20, 1878, Fannie P. LELAND, b. Dec 7, 1815. Elias WHITNEY purchased the farm near the junction of Beaver and Mt. Pleasant Sts., Milford, now owned by the present Elias, Jun 12, 1764. That Elias was then said to be of Framingham; and he bought said farm of James HEYWARD, a grandson of "Great Meadow" Jonathan HEYWARD. The farm has remained in the possession of the first Elias WHITNEY's descendants ever since, being one of the few that have re- mained so long in the same lineage. Elias WHITNEY is a much-trusted man in town affairs, especially in the oversight of the poor. He has been the leading overseer of the poor for some 231 years, and for more than a year has had charge of the asylum. He has also held various other responsible positions. He was buried by Montgom- ery lodge A.F.& A.M., Sept 30, 1888, with Masonic honors. He joined Montgomery lodge A.F. & A.M., Aug, 1860, and held several offices in same. He d. Sept. 28, 1888; res. Milford, Mass. 6449. i. CHARLES EDWARD, b. Oct 24, 1836; m. Mary Elizabeth ONION. 3630. CHARLES BARNES WHITNEY (Jonathan, Elias, Elias, Jonathan, Benjamin, John), b. Milford, Apr 16, 1814; m. Apr 9, 1837, in Medway, Mary Ann CARY; b. Jan 8, 1813. He was born in Milford, one of eleven children of Jonathan and Lavina. He attended school in Milford during winters, and summers worked on his father's farm. He early manifested a predilection for business, trade and traffic. At the age of 18 he purchased his time of his father, for which he paid $100. In an old-fashioned building near his father's house, with his brother-in-law, Joseph WELCH, he began the manufacture of boots on contract. In 1830 he went to Medway, Mass., and manu- factured on a larger scale. About the time of his marriage he moved to Philadel- phia and started a commission business for the sale of boots and shoes for Boston firms; also for the sale of manufactured straw goods. Desiring to increase his capi- tal, he took a partner who proved treacherous and dishonest, and he found himself in debt eight thousand dollars. Closing out his business in Philadelphia he went to

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