Family:Whitney, Josiah Dwight (1786-1869)

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Josiah Dwight7 Whitney (Abel6, Aaron5, Moses4, Moses3, Richard2, John1), son of Abel6 and Clarissa (Dwight) Whitney, was born 9 Jul 1786, Westfield, MA,[1] was baptized 14 Jul 1786, Westfield, MA,[2] and died 29 Jan 1869, Northampton, MA, aged 82 years 20 days, of old age.[3]

He married firstly, 4 Dec 1818, Easthampton, MA, Sarah Williston.[4] She was born about 1800, and died 1 Jul 1833, aged 33 years, Northampton, MA.[5]

He married secondly, 13 Oct 1834, Clarissa James, daughter of Malachi and Elizabeth (Lyman) James. She was born 16 May 1801, Goshen, MA, and died 15 Aug 1876, Northampton, MA, aged 75 years 3 months, of paresis.[6]

Josiah Dwight Whitney was born at Westfield, MA, 9 Jul 1786. In December, 1799, with his possessions in a handkerchief hung over his shoulder, he walked to Springfield and went into the store of Jona. Dwight & Son. In 1807 (October) he began business in Northampton as a general merchant, with the firm name of J. D. Whitney & County. In 1830 he became a broker and private banker, adding to this a trade in flour, etc. In 1833 he helped to organize the Edwards church. In the same year he became cashier of the Northampton Bank, serving till 1850, then president one year, and director for three years longer. He was a justice of the peace and notary public for many years. In 1813, soon after the war of 1812 broke out, he was sent to England by the Dwights to buy goods; he sailed in July on a neutral vessel, and landed at Cork. He spent two years in England, mostly in Manchester. The vessel on which he returned brought the first news of the battle of Waterloo; it was published in Hale's paper in Boston as brought by him. Samuel Bowles wrote of him: "Wise, prudent, faithful, pious, he was a representative specimen of the New England village business gentleman of a generation ago." His neighbor, Hon. Erastus Hopkins, wrote of him: "As a friend and neighbor he will be ever remembered for all the qualities which make such relations endearing and perfect. His benevolence and charities were unostentatious, but extensive and constant. His disbursements in these directions, when considered in proportion to his means, give him a place among the foremost of benefactors. "But the more permanent excellence of his character is witnessed in his devotion and unwavering fidelity to the church of Christ. Many children of other than his own household rise up and call him blessed." He resided Northampton, MA.

Children of Josiah Dwight7 and Sarah (Williston) Whitney:

i. Josiah Dwight8 Whitney, b. 23 Nov 1819; m. Louisa Goddard.
ii. Elizabeth Noble Whitney, b. 30 Mar 1822; d. 3 Jun 1863, San Francisco, CA; m. 13 Jun 1848, Northampton, MA, Samuel Osgood Putnam;[7] res. San Francisco, CA; resided 1012 Washington St.; is cashier of the California Steamboat County, of San Francisco; b. 17 Aug 1818. Children:
a. Katharine Muzzy Putnam, b. 2 May 1849; m. 26 Aug 1868, John D. Hooker; res. 325 W. Adams St., Los Angeles, CA. Children:
1. Laurence Whitney Hooker, b. 14 Jun 1873.
2. Marian Osgood Hooker, b. 15 Jul 1875.
b. Mary Elliot Putnam, b. 14 Jul 1854; res. 1223 Pine St., San Francisco, CA.
c. Caroline Rankin Putnam, b. 12 Dec 1855; res. 1223 Pine St., San Francisco, CA.
d. Elizabeth Whitney Putnam, b. 25 Dec 1858; res. 1223 Pine St., San Francisco, CA.
e. Osgood Putnam, b. 24 Jul 1860; attorney-at-law; res. 1012 Washington St., San Francisco, CA.
f. Edward Williston Putnam, b. 18 Apr 1863; res. 1012 Washington St., San Francisco, CA.
iii. Sarah Birdseye Whitney, b. 11 Feb 1824; d. 9 Jul 1864, Plymouth, CT; m. 19 Jan 1848, Rev. Robert Coit Learned. He graduated at Yale College in 1837 and at New Hampshire Theological Seminary in 1841; settled at Twinsburgh, OH, and later at Canterbury, Berlin, and Plymouth, CT; b. 31 Aug 1817; d. 19 Apr 1867; resided Northampton, MA. Children:
a. Dwight Whitney Learned, b. 12 Oct 1848; m. 7 Jul 1875, Kidder, MO, Florence H. Rehard; gr. Yale in 1870, and Ph.D. in 1873; res. Kyoto, Japan.
b. Edward Learned, b. 14 Aug 1851; res. 211 Tremont St., Boston, MA.
c. Grace Hallam Learned, b. 14 Mar 1854; res. New London, CT.
d. Margaret Williston Learned, b. 25 Sep 1857; d. 4 Dec 1857.
e. Anna Coit Learned, b. 8 Jul 1859; res. New London, CT.
f. Sarah Whitney Learned, b. 25 Jun 1864; res. New London, CT.
iv. William Dwight Whitney, b. 11 Feb 1826; d. 3 Apr 1826, Northampton, MA, aged 7 weeks.[8]
v. William Dwight Whitney, b. 9 Feb 1827; m. Elizabeth W. Baldwin.
vi. Margaret Whitney, b. 12 Mar 1829; d. 23 Jun 1836, Northampton, MA, aged 7 years.[9]
vii. Maria Whitney, b. 12 Nov 1830, Northampton, MA; d. 19 Jan 1910, Cambridge, MA, aged 79 years 2 months 5 days, of pneumonia;[10] unmarried; resided Northampton. Was involved with The Children's Aid Society. She was a good friend to Emily Dickinson; see various "Letters of Emily Dickinson". She taught French and German at Smith College 1876-1880.
viii. Edward Payson Whitney, b. 22 May 1833; gr. at Yale in 1854; d. -----, 1858.

Children of Josiah Dwight7 and Clarissa (James) Whitney:

ix. James Lyman8 Whitney, b. 28 Nov 1835, Northampton, MA; d. 25 Sep 1900, Cambridge, MA, aged 74 years 9 months 29 days, of right hemiplegia;[11] unmarried. He graduated at Yale college in 1856, where he remained from 1856 to 1857 as Berkeley scholar of the house. While in college he was librarian of the Brothers in Unity library. From 1858 to 1868 he was a bookseller in Springfield, MA, in which business he retained an interest until 1887. In 1868 he was an assistant librarian of the Cincinnati public library. In 1869 he entered the service of the Boston public library, where he still remains. He is in charge of the catalogue department of the library, and is the editor of many of the catalogues and other publications of the library. Mr. Whitney was chairman of the school committee of Concord, MA, from 1879 to 1887; has been secretary of the library committee of the free public library of Concord; chairman of the book committee of the Bostonian society, and treasurer of the American library association and chairman of its finance committee. He is appreciatively known for his valuable work in the library circles of the country.
x. Alice Clarissa Whitney, b. 26 Sep 1839; d. 25 Mar 1840, Northampton, MA, aged 6 months.[12]
xi. Alice Lincoln Whitney, b. 17 Dec 1840, Northampton, MA; d. 11 Jun 1900, Cambridge, MA, aged 59 years 5 months 25 days, of influenza, cardiac hypertrophy, interstitial nephritis;[13] unmarried.
xii. Henry Mitchell Whitney, b. 16 Jan 1843, Northampton, MA;[14] m. Frances Wurts.
xiii. Ellen Douglass Whitney, b. 9 Feb 1845, Northampton, MA;[15] d. 27 Jul 1846, Northampton, MA, aged 13 months.[16]

Census

247 311 Josiah D. Whitney 64 M - None $9100 Mass. Clarissa J. " 49 F - " Clarissa " 60 F - " Elizabeth " 65 F - " J. D. " 30 M - U.S. Geologist " Maria " 19 F - " Edward P. " 17 M - Student " Attended school James L. " 14 M - " Attended school Alice D. " 9 M - " Attended school Henry M. " 7 M - " Elizabeth Putnam 28 F - " Catherine " 1 F - Wis. Margaret Dagley 25 F - Ireland Illiterate Eliza Hunt 14 F - Mass.

156 191 Josiah D. Whitney 69 M - Gentleman Mass. Clarissa J. " 54 F - " Maria " 24 F - " Edward " 22 M - Teacher " James L. " 19 M - Scholar " Alice " 14 F - " Henry M. Whitney 12 M - Mass. Mary Bentley 40 F - Ireland Mary Ann " 10 F - Canada Joseph " 5 M - " Elisabeth B. Whitney 70 F - Mass.

691 696 Josiah D. Whitney 74 M - banker $10000 $40000 Mass. Clarissa " 59 F - " Henry " 17 M - Student at Col. " Alice " 19 F - " Edward A. " 17 M - Clerk in Bank " Attended school John Unknown 23 M - Domestic Ireland Wm. Storrs 13 M - At School N.J. Attended school Note: Josiah's occupation is difficult to read. Although it looks like it could be "pauper", the fact that he appears to be fairly wealthy and his son was a bank clerk leads me to believe it is "banker". In 1850, his occupation was listed as "none".

3259 3587 [Hampden Hotel] ... J. L. Whitney 24 M - Book Seller &c Mass. ...

529 649 Isiah D. Whitney 79 M - Mass. M Gentleman - - 1 1 - Clarrissa J. Whitney 64 F - " M Mistress - - - - - Alice Whitney 24 F - " - Student - - 1 1 - Henry Whitney 22 M - " - - - - - - Ann Murphy 35 F - Ireland W 1 - - - - Anna Murphy 14 F - " - - - - - -

369 369 Whitney, Clarisa 69 F W Keeping house $12000 $60000 Mass. -----, Alice 29 F W At home Mass. Welch, Ellen 24 F W Domestic Ireland Parents foreign born

Frances J.H. PRICHARD 63 Self F S W MA Keep House NH MA Amelia M. PRICHARD 55 Sis F S W MA Keep House NH MA Fanny M. WHALER 24 Niec F S W MA ENG MA Norvelle WHALER 22 Niec F S W MA ENG MA James L. WHITNEY 43 Oth M S W MA Asst. Boston Library MA MA Mary SWEENEY 19 Oth F S W IRE Dom. Servant IRE IRE

77 90 Whitney, James L. Head W M Nov 1839 60 Single Massachusetts Massachusetts Massachusetts Libarian, Rents house -----, Alice L. Sist W F Dec 1844 55 Single Massachusetts Massachusetts Massachusetts Chisholm, Annie Srvt W F Aug 1860 39 Single Canada Eng. Canada Eng. Canada Eng. Servant, Immig. 1888 Stokes, Margaret Srvt W F Apr 1854 46 Single Ireland Ireland Ireland Servant, Immig. 1865

References

1.^  Holbrook, Jay Mack, Massachusetts Vital Records, Westfield, Holbrook Research Institute, Oxford, MA, 1987.

2.^  "Josiah Dwight [Whitney], s. Abel and Clarissa, bap. 16 Jul 1786," according to Westfield Vital Records.

3.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 221, page 61.

4.^  "Josiah D. [Whitney], and Sarah Williston, m. 2 Dec 1818," according to the L.D.S. International Genealogical Index, Batch #M502502.

5.^  "Sarah Williston [Whitney], wf. of Josiah D., d. 1 Jul 1833, aged 33," according to Northampton Vital Records.

6.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 284, page 21.

7.^  "Elizabeth N. [Whitney], and Samuel Osgood Putnam, m. 10 Jun 1848," according to L.D.S. International Genealogical Index, Batch Number M502572.

8.^  "William Dwight [Whitney], of Josiah D., aged 7 weeks, at Northampton, April 3, 1826," according to Rhode Island, Vital Records.

9.^  "Margarett [Whitney], dau. of J. D., d. 23 Jun 1836, aged 7," according to Northampton Vital Records.

10.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 1910/25 (death), p. 298:

11.^  "Alice C. [Whitney], dau. of J. D., d. 25 Mar 1840, aged 6," according to Northampton Vital Records. This seems to be an error for aged 6 months.

12.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 1910/28 (death), page 110.

13.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 505, page 388.

14.^  "Henry [Whitney], s. of J. D. and Clarissa (Janes), b. 16 Jan 1843," according to Northampton Vital Records. Also, "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 2, page 193.

15.^  "Ellen [Whitney], d. of J. D. & Clarissa (James), b. 9 Feb 1845," according to Northampton Vital Records. Also, "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 10, page 217.

16.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 26, page 190.


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