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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)

Transcribed by the Whitney Research Group, 1999.

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THE WHITNEY FAMILY. [WRITTEN FOR FRED'K C. PIERCE.] From a little English hamlet From Whitney-on-the-Wye, Where the hawthornes bud and blossom Underneath an English sky, Came a stalwart, sturdy Whitney Four long centuries ago, Like the hawthorne spread and blossomed In the sunshine and the snow. All about him grew the forests Trees of maples and of oak, And the pine trees bent to listen To the words the river spoke; While the war whoops of the red men Rent the silence far and near In the wilds of Massachusetts But the settlers knew no fear. Grew a family up around him As the swift years drifted by, While about his old log cabin Fell God's blessings from the sky; And the family name took root there, Spread its branches far and wide, Till they reached from York to Frisco Sunrise gate to evening tide. Some there were for that Union Wore the tattered army blue, Some the grey, and then forgot it When the old became the new; One the cotton gin invented 'Twas his own peculiar plan, And where'er you find a Whitney You will find an honest man. RICHARD L. CAREY

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