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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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Rev. war and was at Saratoga when Gen. BURGOYNE was cap- tured in 1777. Ch.: Lucy WILDER, b. Oct. 8, 1778: m. Benjamin RANDALL; Alice, b. June 15, 1780 [NOTE]; m. ----- McCLELLAN; Simon, b. May 7, 1782 [NOTE]; d. abt. 1807, unm.; Abel, b. Sept. 1, 1783 [NOTE]; m. Asenath SMITH, of Barre, Jan. 19, 1808; d. 1869; Sally, b. Sept. 1, 1784; m. Uriel SMITH (my uncle), Dec. 25, 1803; d. at Euclid, O., abt. 1845; Nathaniel, b. Nov. 11, 1785; m. Mrs. MANN; d. abt. 1850; Abigail, b. June 21, 1787; d. abt. 1800, unm.; Paul, b. June 28, 1789; m. Katharine -----; d. abt. 1855; Lydia, b. Aug. 2, 1791; m. Ephraim HOWE; d. early; Relief, b. Oct. 2, 1792; m. Ephraim HOWE, d. 1843; Silas Whitney WILDER, b. May 21, 1795; m. ----- -----, also Lucy JOHNSON; d. -----; Barnabas, b. Oct. 22, 1796; d. 1816, unm.; Polly, b. Jan. 30, 1799; m. Phin- eas WHEELOCK, of Barre, abt. 1820; d. Feb. 7, 1885; one son, Austin G. WHEELOCK, res. at Barre, and for some years was post- master; he resides with his sister; Joel, b. June 27, 1802; m. Clarinda CHENEY; d. Feb. 12, 1872. Abel WILDER (Jr.) was born at Petersham, Mass., Sept. 1, 1783. He grew up on his father's farm, a little away from "the common." He was duly baptized under the "Half-way Covenant." He married Asenath SMITH Jan. 19, 1808. They first made their home at St. Albans, Vt., where his brother Paul and brother-in-law, Uriel SMITH, also had emigrated. It was a "new country." There three children were born. The war of 1812 ruined markets in Vermont, and so he left in 1813 and came to Verona, Oneida county, N.Y., where his wife's father was living with a second wife, three sons, and two daughters. Here he made his home till 1853, on a farm of ninety acres. The family increased to ten. All are dead but Alexander and Judge Barnabas H. WILDER, of Laddonia, Mo. They were all reared in the Congregational church. He was first a Federalist, then a "National Republican," Anti-ma- son, Whig, and Republican. He was chiefly characterized by promptitude in business, over-cautiousness in financial adven- ture, great aptitude for traffic. But WILDERS, though good assistants, seldom aspire to lead. In 1853 he removed to Ches- ter, Geauga Co., O., and made his home with his oldest son till his death. Abel's son Alexander was an apt scholar: at 14 he was master of all the common-school branches, and began Latin, rhetoric, natural philosopby, botany, and chemistry. Next year he taught, and went to school no more. Since that he has been his own teacher as well as pupil. He worked at farming, principally, till 1850, when he became a teacher of medicine and practicing physician. In 1852 he became associ- ate editor of the Syracuse Star with Mr. S. Corning JUDD, and two years later he served in the same capacity with Hon. Andrew SHUMAN. His political career perhaps now began. In 1854 he became a clerk in the State Department of Public Instruction, and at the request of the superintendent, Mr. Victor M. RICE, editor of the New York Leader, he spent six weeks in 1857 at Springfield, Ill., where he drafted the bill to establish the Nor- mal University. Gen. HOVEY tells me that it never requested an amendment. John A. LOGAN and Norman B. JUDD were its champions. Returning east, he became a member of the staff of the Evening Post in 1858, and continued there till 1871. He was its legislative correspondent, and procured the passage of three laws incorporating the Eclectic Medical College, State Medical Society, and the National E. M. Association. He was the person who was permitted to copy Mr. LINCOLN's letter in 1863 to the Illinois Young Men's Convention, under a solemn pledge that it should not be printed prematurely, and Mr. Charles NORDHOFF, then editor, violated the promise. In 1871 he was elected alderman of New York on the anti-Tweed ticket, receiving the largest vote ever given a Republican, and going out of office poor. Weary of politics and admonished by two attacks of pneumonia, he made his home in Newark.
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