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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. 501

cuse. Not long after he was appointed president of the New York and Pennsylvania conferences of Seventh-day Adventists, with which body he had long been connected This office he held for ten years, until in 1883 he received an appointment to the mission of this denomination in Basle, Switzerland. The death of the director of this mission soon left the local responsibility of the work upon Mr. WHITNEY. During his connection with the mission a large publishing house was built and equipped, the work of publication which had previously been conducted only in the French lan- guage was extended to the German, Italian and Roumanian languages, and the work of the mission otherwise enlarged and organized. All this involved not only the care of the work at home, but almost constant travel through the various coun- tries of Europe in the interests of the work, from the Scandinavian countries to southern Italy and from England to the borders of Russia, and across the Atlantic to the homeland. His health failed after a little more than four years abroad and he returned with his family to America, and died at Battle Creek, April 9, 1888. Mr. Whitney was an indefatigable worker, an earnest Christian, a genial and constant friend, and a devoted husband and father. He was a man of large, generous nature, quick sympathy and ready tact, which with an unswerving integrity of character, won and held for him many friends, both in social and business relations. His death in the prime of manhood seemed untimely to the many who mourned him; but the triumph with which he met the "last enemy" and the peace in which he fell asleep were a fitting close to a life of earnest Christian activity. He d. Apr. 9, 1888; res. Battle Creek, Mich. 7793. i. JEANNE C., b. Feb. 26, 1872; res. Battle Creek, Mich. 7794. ii. LAURA E., b. Aug. 1, 1873; res. Battle Creek, Mich. 4594. REV. EDWARD WILBUR WHITNEY (Sealand, Israel, Jonas, Jonas, Moses, Richard, John), b. North Hero, Vt., Oct. 1, 1850; m. Ridge Road, N. Y., Lizzie E. TAYLOR; b. Oct. 26, 1853; res. Boulder, Col. 7795. i. LIZZIE WILBERTA, b. Jan. 11, 1877. 7796. ii. LEON P., b. Aug. 19, 1878. 7797. iii. GARY M., b. Feb. 14, 1893. 4598. COL. GEORGE WHITNEY (Amos, Levi, Jonas, Jonas, Moses, Richard, John), b. Royalston, Mass., Sept. 21, 1817; m. Apr. 20, 1842, Eliza Jane SIMPSON; b. Sept. 26, 1823; d. Dec. 31, 1884; m. 2d, Aug. 21, 1890, Mary Evelyn CARTER; b. June 17, 1849. Col. George WHITNEY is one of the most enterprising and successful business men of Worcester county. He has achieved success. He was brought up on a farm, and drove a team on the highway for ten years. In 1858, soon after the death of Rufus Bullock, he bought the woolen mill at South Royalston, although he already owned a chair shop, and had been engaged in the manufacture of chairs since the year 1848. He thus became the head of two important manufacturing interests. He employs more than one hundred hands in both factories, and during the past years of depression and widespread "panic" has moved steadily on, keeping the full quota of help in both the mill and chair shop. Col. WHITNEY has held the position of depot- agent continuosly since the establishment of a depot at South Royalston; has represented his town in the legislature, both in the house and senate. He has been a member of the governor's council for the years 1873-74-75-76, and 1877, five consecutive years, when he declined to stand longer as a candidate for the office. The vote at the election in 1875, to serve in 1876, as recorded in the office of the secretary of state is; George WHITNEY, 24,318; scattering, 7. The vote at the election in 1876, to serve in 1877, recorded as above is; Geo. WHITNEY, 33,354, and no vote against him. We venture to say that no other public man in the commonwealth has a like record of unanimity at any election where 30,000 or more ballots have been cast; res. Royalston, Mass. 7798. i. SOPHIA ELIZABETH, b. May 2, 1844; d. July 15, 1844. 7799. ii. CHARLES, b. Dec. 28, 1845; d. Sept. 17, 1861. 7800. iii. MARY ELIZA, b. Oct. 11, 1847; d. Oct. 27, 1865. 7801. iv. GEORGE ELLIS, b. Jan. 30, 1864; m. Dec. 14, 1889, Elizabeth Clark ESTERBROOK; res. s. p. West Fitchburg, Mass. 4601. GEORGE FREDERICK WHITNEY (Samuel, Lemuel, Ephraim, Jonas, Moses, Richard, John), b. Brattleboro, Vt., Dec. 24, 1821; m. in Woodstock, Jan. 7, 1849, Augusta P. EATON; b. July 21, 1826. He was born in Brattleboro, Vt., but his early manhood was passed in Wood-

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