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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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460 WHITNEY GENEALOGY.

prestige enjoyed by none of his predecessors. When he entered upon his labors there he was in the prime of life, and took up the work he found to do with great earnestness, carrying it forward with energy and persevering zeal. Of scholarly attainments and good address, with more than average oratorical power and skill, he awakened fresh interest in the church and its officers, renewing the prosperity of former days. Under his administration somewhat extensive improvements were made in the church edifice, and considerable increase of attendance was secured. Strongly denominational in his convictions and tastes, his preaching reached and influenced his hearers for good, chiefly through the doctrines and ideas of his denomination. His subsequent places of settlement were at Quincy, Adams and Wakefield. He mar- ried Mandana, daughter of Rev. Benjamin WHITTEMORE, of Lancaster, by whom he had children. She died some years since, and he has been residing more recently at Cambridge, holding no regular pastorate, but supplying vacant pulpits from time to time as opportunity offered; res. Lancaster and Cambridge, Mass. 7355. i. ELVIRA MANDANA, b. Aug. 20, 1849, in Camb. 7356. ii. ANNIE B., b. Jan. 1, 1854; m. Gerard CHURCHILL; res. Loyal, Kan. 4108. REV. WILLIAM WHITNEY (William, Silas, Samuel, William, Nathaniel, John, John), b. July 22,1809; m. May 7, 1840, Julia Emerson; d. Nov. 10, 1864; m. 2d, Apr. 19, 1866, Mrs. Catherine H. COURTNEY. Rev. William WHITNEY was born in Ashburnham. He attended the public schools of that town and the academy in South Reading. At the age of 21 he trav- eled by stage, canal and steamboat to the west. At that time it required six weeks to reach the western part of Illinois. He continued his studies at Rock Spring sem- inary, Alton, Ill., and at Granville seminary, Oberlin, O. He was licensed to preach in 1833, but soon entered upon a continued and useful career as a teacher. He was an instructor four years in Granville, six in Lancaster and eleven in other places in Ohio. In 1865 Mr. Whitney was appointed financial agent of Denison university, and 1870 treasurer of the Baptist Educational Society. He has been an officer in several other religious and educational organizations, and in each position to which he has been summoned has been efficient and faithful in the discharge of duty; res. Granville, O. 4115. JASON WHITNEY (Ohio, Silas, Samuel, William, Nathaniel, John, John), b. Feb. 10, 1811; m. May 4, 1836, Elizabeth L. SAMPSON; b. -----; d. Sept. 5, 1841; m 2d, Aug. 16, 1842, Susan E. BARRETT, b. May 2, 1816; d. Apr. 1, 1857; m. 2d, Nov. 14, 1859, Esther BALL, b. Sept. 20, 1821; d. Dec. 7, 1877. He d. May 16, 1880; res. Wesminster, Mass. 7357. i. SARAH B., b. July 29, 1837; m. May 18, 1858, Henry E. THOMAS. Was killed at battle of Cold Harbor in 21st N.H. Regt. June 2, 1864. She d. Aug. 2, 1858. 7358. ii. EMMA E., b. Jan. 17, 1830; m. July 3, 1861, Geo. A. STONE; res. Fitz. 7359. iii. CHAS. W., b. Dec. 7, 1840; m. Ruana BARRELL. 7360. iv. MARIA S., b. Apr. 20, 1843; m. Henry L. SMITH; res. West. 7361. v. FRANKLIN, b. Apr. 20, 1845; d. Mar. 15, 1849. 7362. vi. MARY C., b. Nov. 5, 1847; d. Oct. 1, 1848. 7363. vii. JASON W., b. June 18, 1849; d. Sept. 11, 1849. 7364. viii. ABBIE E., b. 1851; d. -----. 7365. ix. FERDINAND, b. Aug. 29, 1854; m. 1876, Elmira S. GLEASON, res. Fitchburg. 4116. HON. OHIO WHITNEY (Ohio, Silas, Samuel, William, Nathaniel, John, John), b. June 9, 1813; m. Apr. 11, 1839, Mary R. BROOKS; b. Oct. 1, 1818. He was the son of Ohio WHITNEY and Mary (BOLTON) WHITNEY, and was born in Ashburnham, Mass. In early life he was a contractor and builder. He was engaged at many different times in many business enterprises, and especially those in which the prosperity of the town was immediately involved. But he was best known in the annals of his native town as a public-spirited, loyal citizen. In the affairs of the town he was much employed. For about 20 years he presided over the annual meetings of the town, and was frequently elected to the boards of selectmen, asses- sor, town treasurer, etc. He was also director and trustee in various banks and cor- porations, and at his death was the treasurer of the Cushing academy. But such enumeration of public service fails to suggest the characteristics of the man. In this direction others have equal honors, but few have served the public with equal

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