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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. 483

afterward with George H. Gray & Co., hardware dealers, subsequently filling in suc- cession the positions of secretary and president of the Franklin Insurance Company. The deceased was universally esteemed by those who met him in all the relations of life for his admirable qualities and character. Mr. WHITNEY was a man of unblem- ished character and highest moral convictions. His life, though uneventful, was full of deeds of kindness and affection." Not half enough could ever be said of his loveliness of character and manner to all persons and at all times. He d. Feb. 14, 1884; res. Boston and Jamaica Plain, Mass. 7656. i. GEORGE EDMUND, b. Feb. 3, 1855; d. Sept. 5, 1864 7657. ii. FRANCES A., b. Oct. 10, 1843; m. at Jamaica Plain, Feb. 8, 1872, Jabez Silas HOLMES, from Bristol, R. I., b. Oct. 30, 1844; d. Sept. 13, 1884, s.p. She res. 67 Elm St., J. P. As a counselor he was known to his clients and to his antagonists by his assiduous achieving industry, his concentrated devotion, his hearty energy in attack, his steady courage under fire. To his pro- fessional brethren he had strongly commended himself by his clearness of mental vision, his more of carefully selected and well digested learning and his scrupulous regard for his word. Circumstance had decreed that the larger part of his legal work should be devoted to parents; but very few either of the lawyers or laymen who met him in the United States courts could have guessed that he began his studies profoundly igno- rant of every kind of machinery and with something like a native antipathy to investigation in the mechanical arts. With all his noble endowment in intellect Mr. HOLMES prime distinc- tion was after all, in his moral quality which was singularly high and fine. Hundreds of persons who had n acquaintance with Mr. HOLMES and perhaps did not know his name, have been struck by the singular distinction of his appearance and bearing, in which a certain swift, decisive grace of movement was well matched with the fineness of his sharply cut features, the deep brilliancy of his large gray eyes and the premature beauty of his whitening hair. Top his acquaintances he was most charming, with a charm to which the easy elegance of his manners, the refinement of his tastes, the responsive vivacity and shrewdness of his talk alive contributed. 4442. WILLIAM LAMBERT WHITNEY (Abel, Peter, Aaron, Moses, Moses, Rich- ard, John), b. Cambridge, Mass., Mar. 11, 1811; m. there Oct. 18, 1886, Lucy Ann JONES, b. June 9, 1812; d. Aug. 10, 1838; m. 2d at Quincy, July 28, 1840, Rebecca Richardson BRACKEN, b. Mar. 26, 1803; d. Dec. 8, 1881. He was in the furniture business in Cambridge from 1833 to 1856 when he sold out; treasure of the Cambdrige Savings Bank from 1857 to 1866, when he resigned. In the city government he was a member of common council in 1816-47; alderman in 1848, again in 1871-72 and 1874-75, declined to run in 1879; justice of the peace four terms of 7 years each; chairman and clerk board of assessors 1850-51-52; director in Harvard Branch railroad from its beginning in 1849 till discontinued in 1855; director in the American Unitarian Association about ten years and resigned in Oct., 1888; res. 31 Hawthorn St., Cambridge, Mass. 7658. i. LUCY ANN, b. Aug. 14, 1841; unm. 7659. ii. WM. L., b. Feb 1, 1844; m. Alpha Matilda NUTT. 7660. iii. JULIA ANN, b. Aug. 1, 1847; m. Oct. 4, 1876, Rev. J. Edward WRIGHT; res. 19 Baldwin St., Montpelier, VT. He was b. July 9, 1839; graduated at Harvard College in 1861, and at Andover Theological seminary in 1885. Served as private and sergeant in Co. F. 44th Massachusetts (a nine months' regiment) from Aug. 29, 1862, to June 18, 1863; was ordained a minister of Jesus Christ in Henry, Marshall Co., Ill., July 24, 1866. Had charge of a church of the Christian connection in Jacksonville, Ill. from about that date in Jan., 1869. Has been minister of the Church of the Messiah in Montpelier since Sept., 1869. This church is popularly known as the Unitarian church. Ch.: Ches- ter Whitney, b. May 27, 1870; Rebecca Whitney, b. July 11, 1880; Sibyl, b. Aug. 12, 1883.

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