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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. 527

He was educated in the public and select schools of Montague, afterward tak- ing a commercial course at Wilbraham academy, from which school he received his diploma in 1869. He learned the tailor's trade of his father and followed that occu- pation most of the time until 1875. Two years later he took a contract with the Miller's Falls company, remaining with them until 1889, when he received an offer to go to Boston to superintend the work of a new company just starting. Later he was cashier and book-keeper for other companies until March 1894, when, with others, he purchased the New England Mantel company, in which business he was quite successful, and which he afterward disposed of to his associates. He united with the Baptist church but later joined the Congregational denomination. For many years he has been actively engaged in Sunday-school work, and held many responsible positions. For the past eighteen years he has been musical director, and given many concerts and cantatas; res. Beechmont, Revere, Mass. 8129. i. ERNEST A., b. Sept. 16, 1873; with Oliver Ditson Co., the well known music publishers of Boston. 8130. ii. PRENTICE M., b. Sept. 4, 1880; d. July 17, 1881. 5013. HENRY S. WHITNEY (William, Enoch, David, Thomas, Thomas, Thomas, John), b. Harvard, Mass., June 1, 1808; m. at Lunenburg, Nov. 27, 1832, Susan WHITNEY, b. Harvard, Jan, 23, 1811. (See.) The subject of this sketch was born in Harvard, Mass., June 1, 1808, being the oldest son of William and Betsy (FARNSWORTH) WHITNEY. At the early age of ten years, having had but a limited chance for "schoolin," he went to live with his mother's brother, ----- FARNSWORTH (first name not known). at Crown Point, N. Y. He remained there several years attending school, working on the uncle's farm, or at brickmaking as he chose, and when he left there he went to follow the latter business at Cambridge, Mass. Later he found employment in Lowell, and there he met Susan WHITNEY, whom he married Nov. 27, 1832. They lived on a farm in Lunen- burg, Mass., near her father's, for three years, then returned to Lowell for a brief time, and from there they moved to Manchester, N. H., to grow up with the prospec- tive city. Their goods were sent by canal boat, while they, with their two-year old little girl Augusta, traveled in the stage coach. Here Henry became superintendent of the Land and Water Power company, and his training in the brick yards had well prepared him for the selection of brick for the mills built, and the knowledge gained on the farm served him in choosing suitable trees to decorate the streets of the cor- poration property, now the city streets and parks. This position he held until July, 1852, when he engaged in the plumbing business for himself, following it ever after- wards. In Manchester the other five children, George, Susan, William, Augustus, and Nellie, were born, and there are buried all of the children except William and Nellie. Politically he was a Whig, and the change of name to Republican party did not alter his opinions. In 1842 he united with the Methodist church and was always a great worker in its interests while health allowed. The last two years of his life he was much of an invalid. He died Feb. 28, 1888; res. Manchester, N. H. 8131. i. AUGUSTA M., b. Oct. 27, 1834; d. Aug. 2, 1846 8132. ii. GEO. H., b. Dec. 22, 1836; d. Oct. 13, 1838. 8133. iii. SUSAN M., b. May 1, 1839; d. Sept. 4, 1841. 8134. iv. WM. H. H., b. Apr. 11, 1841; m. Alberta S. McGOWAN. 8135. v. AUGUSTUS O., b. Apr. 26, 1848; d. Nov. 24, 1863. 8136. vi. NELLIE M., b. Dec. 6, 1852; unm. res., 151 Worcester St. Boston, Mass. 5015a. EBENEZER WHITNEY (Ebenezer, Ebenezer, Ebenezer, Ezekiel, Eben- ezer, Richard, John), b. Millbury, Mass., May 16, 1818; m. in New York City, Eliza Ann ROBINSON, b. sept. 20, 1820, Ebenezer WHITNEY united with the First Congre- gational church. New Britain, Conn., June 5, 1853. Acted as chorister in our choir for several years with good success. He also taught singing in the reform school, Meriden, Conn., and later, in 1861, was connected with the reform school in Provi- dence, R. I.; res. Patchogue, L. I. 8137a. i. GEORGE HENRY, b. ----- ; d. aged 15 months. 5021. EDWARD C. WHITNEY (David, Isaac, David, Thomas, Thomas, Thomas, John), b. New Ipswich, N. H., Oct. 28, 1828; m. at Barnet, Vt., Sept. 5, 1855. Mary Jane WINN, b. Sept. 12, 1832; res. Ashby, Mass. 8137. i. ETTA JANE, b. Feb. 5, 1865; m. Sept. 8, 1886, ----- BUGBEE; res. W. Fitchburg, Mass.

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