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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. 481

with his father began practice in South Framingham. Later he located at West Newton and served with great distinction during the war; was surgeon of the 13th Regt. Mass. Vols. and later brevet colonel. He was one of the best brigade sur- geons in the Army of the Potomac and passed many a dolorous day in Libby prison. He it was who rented the fair members of the Culpepper Female Seminary out of their beds on the night after the battle of Cedar Mountain in order that the mangled hundreds of his wounded soldiers might have their comfortable nests. In 1881 he joined his old comrades; he d. Nov. 11, 1881; res. West Newton, Mass. 7649. i. CHARLES SIMON, b. June 21, 1865; m. Mar. 8, 1886, Elinor APPLETON; b. July 15, 1861; he res. s.p. Boston, Mass; add. 400 Wash- ington St. 4419. JOHN HENRY WHITNEY (George P., William C., Joshua, Daniel, Benjamin, John, John), b. Oxford. Me., Oct. 16, 1851; m. Apr. 30, 1890 Lulu F. GOHLER; b., May 7, 1864; res. 26 Lisbon St. Lewiston, Me. s.p. 4421. GEORGE PIERCE WHITNEY (George P., William C., Joshua, Daniel, Ben-, jamin, John, John), b. Oxford, Me., Dec. 28m 1862. m. Oct. 28, 1886, at Gorham, N. H., Stella E. MILLETT; b. Jan. 10, 1861; res. 249 D. St., So. Boston, Mass. 7650. i. D. JOHN, b. Aug. 18, 1891 4437. REV. GEORGE WHITNEY (Peter, Peter, Aaron, Moses, Moses, Richard, John), b. in Quincy, Mass., Apr. 2, 1804; m. Dec. 15, 1829. Anne Greenough GRAY, only Dau. of Rev. Dr. GRAY, b. Jan 5, 1800; d. Aug. 20, 1873. He was born in Quincy, Mass. educated there, graduated at college, studied theology and was settled in West Roxbury over Theodore PARKER's Church, the First Parish Church of West Roxbury, more popularly known as Theodore PARKER's church. It is a relic of ante-revolutionary times, is now past its days of service and remains as an historic landmark. The society was organized in 1712 and in 1773 the church was built, being the second Unitarian church of Boston, the first one having stood for some years previous in Roxbury. During the twenties and the early thirties the congregation was served by Mr. WHITNEY, and he is described as bright and pleasing, fond of children, and a good preacher; he quite won the heart of the child of one of his parishioners, who is now (1894) a white-haired old lady, by giving her free access to his library, with permission to use any book it contained. It is almost the only memory she retains of him, but it still brings a glow to her cheek when she peaks of it, for in those days when books were few and not easily obtained, such a privilege was rare and accordingly appreciated. When Mr. WHITNEY resigned his pastorate to go as assistant to his father-in-law, Rev. Dr. GRAY, a minister in Jamaica Plain, his congregation deeply regretted it, for in their church he had been ordained, and they had been his first charge, The few remaining members of that old congregation remember him kindly, but around the name of Theodore PARKER cluster the sweetest flowers of their memories, of him they speak most tenderly and with tearful eyes. To them he was an ideal man. He was Mr. WHITNEY's immediate successor, coming in the summer of 1837. He d. Apr. 2, 1842 in Jamaica Plain, Mass. 7651. i. ELIZABETH EUSTIS, b. Sept., 1830; d. Mar., 1834. 7652. ii. ANNE Gray, b. June 14, 1832, m. Nov. 9, 1859. Paschal W. TURNEY. He d. Oct. 23, 1875. Mr. TURNEY was born in New York City, being almost the youngest child of a family of eleven children. At the age of fourteen he went to work as an office boy in the law office of Graham, Hoffman & Bosworth. The business of this firm was carried on through many changes of name, until before his death Mr. TURNEY found himself the lead- ing member. Through perseverance and hard work he won a high reputation in the legal profession, and was looked upon as an authority on all real estate matters. He had the care of large estates as trustee, and was a conservative investor. Mr. TURNEY was a very quiet man of domestic habits and very fond of his friends and his friends of him. He also was of a benevolent disposition and there were many recipients of his charity. He was a great reader and collected quite a large library of standard works. He himself has said that he read all the books in his father's house (a small book-case full) before he was thirteen years old. He received a good common school education, and though he never attended college, was consid-

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