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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. 569

greatly in need of money, she preferred obtaining judgment against the city to taking harsh measures. With this view she steadily declined several tempting offers of money from those who would have shown little mercy to the innocent holders of the disputed property. Although wealthy at the time of Gen. GAINES' death, his widow spent her entire fortune in the effort to free her mother's name from stain, and secure the millions that were finally decided to be rightfully hers. See WALLACE's "Cases Argued and Adjudged in the Supreme Court of the United States." Gen. Edmund Pendleton GAINES, soldier, b. in Culpepper county, Va., March 20, 1777; died in New Orleans, La., June 6, 1849. James GAINES, his father, commanded a company in the revolutionary war; was a member of the North Carolina legisla- ture, and took part in the convention that ratified the Federal constitution. Edmund early showed a preference for a military life. Having joined the U. S. army he was appointed second lieutenant of the 6th Infantry on Jan. 10, 1799, and in April, 1802, was promoted to first lieutenant. He was for many years actively employed on the frontier, and was instrumental in procuring the arrest of Aaron BURR. He was collector of the port of Mobile in 1805, and was promoted to captain in 1807. About 1811 here- signed from the army intending to become a lawyer, but at the beginning of the war of 1812 returned, and became Major on March 24. He became colonel in 1813 and at Chryslor's field on Nov. 11, covered with his regiment the retreat of the American forces. Later in the same year he was made adjutant-general, with the rank of colonel. He was promoted to brigader general March 9, 1814, and for gallant con- duct in the defense of Fort Erie, in August, 1814, where he was severely wounded, "repelling with great slaughter the attack of a British veteran army superior in num- ber;" he was brevetted major-general, and received the thanks of congress, with a gold medal. Similar honor was done him by the states of Virginia, of Tennessee and of New York. He was appointed in 1816 one of the commissioners to treat with the Creek Indians. He was in command of the southern military district in 1817, when the Creeks and Seminoles began to commit depredations on the frontiers of Georgia and Alabama, and having moved against them was in desperate straits, when he was joined by Gen. JACKSON, a circumstance which may be regarded as the initiative of those measures which in 1820 added Florida to the United States. In the troubles which arose with the Seminoles in 1836, and which cost Gen. THOMPSON his life, he was again engaged and was severely wounded at Ointhlacoochie. When the Mexican war began, some ten years later, he made himself trouble with the government by assuming the liberty of calling out a number of the southern militia without orders, and was tried by court-martial, but not censured. He was a man of simplicity and integrity of character. He d. Sept. 13, 1837; res. New York, N. Y., and New Orleans, La. 8638. i. JAMES G., b. -----; he was murdered by his brother-in-law, James Y. CHRISTMAS, in 1882. 5822. JOSHUA WHITNEY (Thomas, Joshua, Thomas, William, William, Joshua, John), b. Whitney's Point, N. Y., July 16, 1810; m. Mar. 13, 1838, Elizabeth M. BELL, b. Dec. 17, 1819; res. Atlanta, Ga. 8639. i. MARY FRANCES, b. Dec. 25, 1828. 8640. ii. JULIA ELIZABETH, b. Mar. 21, 1842; d. Ga., Feb. 21, 1871. 5824. HENRY THOMAS WHITNEY (Thomas, Joshua, Thomas, William, William, Joshua, John), b. June 21, 1815; m. Feb. 14, 1950, Elizabeth PARK, b. Aug. 20, 1819; res. Whitney's Point, N. Y. 8641. i. CHARLOTTE ELIZABETH, b. Mar. 28, 1852. 8642. ii. THOMAS HENRY, b. June 3, 1854; d. Sept. 20, 1863. 8643. iii. JENNIE FRANCES, b. Apr. 10, 1857. 5835. CHARLES SNOW WHITNEY (Wolcott, Joseph, Elijah, John, William, Joshua, John), b. Oswego Co., N. Y., 1830; m. at Northfield, O., Apr. 2, 1854; b. Apr. 8, 1832. He d. Feb. 11, 1891; res. Akron, O. 8644. i. W. W., b. Dec. 5, 1855; res. Cleveland, O. 8645. ii. DANIEL L., b. Nov. 27, 1860; m. Lillie V. CARIHER. 8646. iii. NELLIE V., b. Mar. 22, 1878; res. Akron. 5838. ORLA H. WHITNEY (Norman K., Joseph, Elijah, John, William, Joshua, John), b. Scriba, N. Y., Dec. 24, 1839; m. Nov., 1860, at Downer's Grove, Ill., Elvira EDGERLY, b. June 30, 1837. He is a broker; res. 11 Fairfield Ave., Chicago, Ill. 8647. i. NORMAN KNOX, b. Dec. 31, 1861; m. Eunice KELLEY. 37

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