Family:Whitney, Ammi Ruhamah (1802-1851)
Ammi Ruhamah Whitney (James, [poss.] Isaac4, Nathaniel3, Benjamin2, John1), son of James and Deborah (Murch) Whitney, was born 7 Dec 1802, Falmouth (or possibly Cumberland and recorded in Falmouth), ME, and died 14 Dec 1851, Falmouth, ME.
He married, 23 Dec 1827, Cumberland, ME, Hannah Hall, daughter of Robert Hall. She was born 22 Mar 1810, ME, and died 2 August 1869, Falmouth, ME. Marriage intentions were published 11 Dec 1858, Falmouth, ME, for her "Miss" [sic] and "Mr." John Noyes, "both of Falmouth".
They moved to Falmouth, ME, in 1833.
Children of Ammi R. and Hannah (Hall) Whitney:
i. Robert H. Whitney, b. 4 Aug 1829, Falmouth, ME; d. after 1880, then unmarried. ii. Granville Whitney, b. 23 Feb 1831, Falmouth, ME; m. Matilda A. Clayton. iii. Ammi Whitney, b. 13 Feb 1833, Falmouth, ME; m. Emily S. Haskell. iv. James H. Whitney, b. 1 Jan 1835, Falmouth, ME; m. Rosa Anderson. v. Ervin T. Whitney, b. 10 Feb 1837, Falmouth, ME; m. Zulima A. Jones. vi. Susan P. Whitney, b. 8 Jan 1838, Falmouth, ME; d. after 1880; "of Falmouth" m. (int. 20 Dec 1872, Falmouth, ME) 8 Jan 1873, Falmouth, ME, John B. Curtis "of Portland"; divorced before 1880; son Roscoe W. Curtis, b. ca. 1874, ME. vii. Gorham R. Whitney, b. 26 Sep 1840, Falmouth, ME; m. Elizabeth Lambert Leighton. viii. Mary E. Whitney, b. 13 Sep 1832, Falmouth, ME; m. (int. 29 Oct 1860, Falmouth, ME) 8 Nov 1860, Falmouth, ME, John H. Watts, "both of Falmouth".
Biography of Ammi Whitney (Jr.)
Biography of Ammi Whitney
Biographical Review, Cumberland County, Maine (Boston, MA: Biographical Review Publishing Company, 1896), pp. 331-332.
Ammi Whitney, senior member of the firm of Kendall & Whitney, one of the oldest and best-known firms of Portland, was born in Cumberland, Me., February 13, 1833, son of Ammi R. and Hannah (Hall) Whitney. Ammi R. Whitney also was a native of Cumberland, where he likewise grew to maturity. He moved to Falmouth in 1833, and was there engaged in agricultural pursuits up to the time of his death, December 14, 1851. His wife, who was a daughter of Robert Hall, one of the early farmers of Cumberland, died August 2, 1869. Mr. and Mrs. Whitney were members of the Baptist church. They reared the following children: Robert H., a farmer now living on the homestead at Falmouth, formerly a member of the well-known firm Grenville, Griswold, Whitney & Co. of Boston, now Whitney & Clough; Ammi, whose name heads this article; James H., a farmer in Falmouth; Ervin T., in business at the Suffolk Market, Boston; Susan P. Curtis (deceased), who was the wife of Gorham R., a farmer in Falmouth; and Mary E., wife of K. Watts, of Falmouth.
Ammi Whitney was an infant of six weeks when his parents removed to Falmouth. He remained on the farm until twenty years of age, in the mean time acquiring a fair education in the common schools of the town. He then went to Boston and entered the employ of the old firm of Parker & White, dealers in seeds and other agricultural goods. He spent nearly six years in this employment, returning to Portland in 1858, and forming a partnership with Hosea Kendall in the same kind of business. The firm bought the remains of the old agricultural warehouse of James E. Robinson, which had been in the receiver's hands, and first opened a place of business under the old City Hall, occupying two stores. Their trade increased to such an extent that within a short time they were using all the space under the City Hall, comprising five stores. In 1888 Mr. Whitney erected a brick block at the corner of Temple and Federal Street, one hundred and thirty-seven feet by one hundred, and three stories high. Of this block the firm now uses a part of the ground floor, measuring seventy-five feet by one hundred, and all the rooms above. Established in 1858, the firm of Kendall & Whitney is one of the oldest and most reliable in Portland, and has the most extensive business of the kind east of Boston. For the past twenty-five years Mr. Whitney has also owned and operated a large plant for the manufacture of tubs and woodenware at "Duck Pond," Westbrook, which gives constant employment to fifty men. He is a Director of the Casco Bank, one of the most solid financial institutions of Portland; a Trustee of the Old Men's Home; Vice-President of the Governing Board of the Eye and Ear Infirmary, in which he has been actively interested since its establishment; and an extensive owner of real estate, both business and residential. Essentially a self-made man, he has attained prosperity by the exercise of natural business talent, a conservative judgment, and a scrupulous probity in business as well as in all other relations.
On October 10, 1860, Mr. Whitney was united in marriage with Emily S., daughter of Samuel Haskell, one of the leading hotel men of early Portland. Mr. Haskell was the proprietor of the Elm House, which formerly stood on the site of the present store of Kendall & Whitney, and in which Mrs. Whitney was born. He was afterward host of the American House. Toward the close of his life he retired from business, and died at Cape Elizabeth. Five children blessed the union of Mr. and Mrs. Whitney. They were: Alice P.; Kate D.; Samuel H., now in business with his father; Joseph W; and Emma H., who died in infancy.
Politically, Mr. Whitney favors the Democratic party. He attends the Unitarian church. His home, one of the handsomest residences in the city, built by him in 1878, is situated at the corner of Neal and Spring Streets.
- 1830, Cumberland, Cumberland Co., ME: Ammie R Whitney, 1 male 20-29, 1 male 0-9, 1 female 60-69, and 1 female 20-29.
- 1840, Falmouth, Cumberland Co., ME: Amie R Whitney, 1 male 30-39, 1 male 10-14, 3 males 5-9, 1 male 0-4, 1 female 30-39, 1 female 15-19, and 1 female 0-4; 4 engaged in agriculture.
- 1850, Falmouth, Cumberland Co., ME:
30 31 Ammi R. Whitney 48 M - Farmer $2600 Maine Hannah " 40 F - Maine Robert H. " 20 M - Farmer Maine Attended school Granville " 19 M - Farmer Maine Attended school Ammi " 17 M - Farmer Maine Attended school James H. " 15 M - Farmer Maine Attended school Ervin T. " 13 M - Maine Attended school Susan " 11 F - Maine Attended school Gorham R. " 9 M - Maine Attended school Mary L. " 7 F - Maine Attended school
368 401 Robert H. Whitney 30 M - Farmer $2500 $600 " James H. Whitney 25 M - Farm laborer " Susan " 21 F - " Gorham R. Whitney 19 M - Farm laborer Maine Attended school Mary E. " 17 F - " Attended school
241 262 Whitney, Robt. H. 40 M W Farmer $3500 $4000 Maine Male citizen over 21 -----, Susan P. 31 F " Keeping House " -----, Andrew J. 37 M " $1000 " Male citizen over 21 Noyes, Arthur S. 17 " " " Attended school Fields, Eben C. 63 " " Farm Laborer " Male citizen over 21 -----, Sarah P. 47 F " Keeping House " -----, George S. 9 M " " Attended school
Andrew is Robert and Susan's cousin.
Robert H. WHITNEY 50 Self M S W ME Farmer ME ME Susan P. CURTIS 41 Sis F D W ME Keeping House ME ME Roscoe W. CURTIS 6 Neph M S W ME ME ME Williard FIELD 20 Oth M S W ME Farm Laborer ME ME Benjamin O'BRION 20 Oth M S W NS Farm Laborer NS NS
45 45 Whitney, Robert H. Head W M Aug 1829 70 sgl Maine Maine Maine N.G., Owns free farm Ross, Delia M. Srvt W F Nov 1869 30 wid 1ch 1liv Maine Maine Maine Housekeeper -----, Inez G. Brdr W F Aug 1893 6 sgl Maine Nova Scotia Maine At school Marston, John E. Srvt W M Jan 1875 24 sgl Maine Maine Maine Farm laborer Ross, Eugene W. Srvt W M Dec 1882 17 sgl Maine Maine Maine Farm laborer
11.^ "Jan. 8, 1873, John B. CURTIS of Portland & Susan P. WHITNEY of Falmouth; by W. H. HASKELL, pastor 2nd Congregational Church, Falmouth (D:87)," according to Kelley, Judith Holbrook, ed. and transcr., Clayton Rand Adams, ed., Marriage Returns of Cumberland County, Maine, Prior to 1892, Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication No. 29 (Rockport, ME: Picton Press, 1998), p. 674.
15.^ "Nov. 8, 1860, John H. WATTS & Mary E. WHITNEY, b. of Falmouth; by John C. ADAMS, M.G., Falmouth (C:434)," according to Kelley, Judith Holbrook, ed. and transcr., Clayton Rand Adams, ed., Marriage Returns of Cumberland County, Maine, Prior to 1892, Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication No. 29 (Rockport, ME: Picton Press, 1998), p. 599. Also "Nov. 8, 1860, John K. WATTS & Mary E. WHITNEY, b. of Falmouth, by Rev. John C. ADAMS, Falmouth (C:475)," ibid., p. 623.