Family:Whitney, Asa Clark (1785-1824)

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Asa Clark7 Whitney (Elisha6, Joshua5, Nathaniel4, Nathaniel3, John2, John1), son of Elisha6 and Esther (Clark) Whitney, was born 5 May 1785, Stockbridge, MA, and died 10 Dec 1824, Kingston, PA.

He married firstly, ca. 1805, Luzerne Co., PA, Elizabeth Dorrance, daughter of Col. Benjamin and Nancy Ann (Buckingham) Dorrance, of Wilkes-Barre.

He married secondly, ca. 1814, Luzerne Co., PA, Susan Inman, of Plymouth, PA, daughter of Edward and Jerusha (Dilley) Inman. She was born about 1794, Hanover Twp., Luzerne Co., PA, and died after 1860.

"Dr. Asa Clark, who was a physician of great ability, was the first resident physician of Kingston. In 1810 he was commissioned a justice of the peace for Burlington and Wysox, and in 1820 was elected register and recorder of Luzerne county. He married first a daughter of Col. Benj. Dorrance and had children, Benjamin, Mary and Nancy; married 2nd Susan Inman and had daughters, Elizabeth and Jerusha."[1]
"Asa Clark, married for his first wife, a daughter of Col. Benjamin Dorrance, of Wilkes-Barre. He was a physician of great ability, and practiced throughout the Wyoming valley and vicinity. By his first wife he had three children, (3) Benjamin, a soldier in the War of the Rebellion, in an Illinois regiment; (3) Mary and (3) Nancy, all residing in Byron, Ogle Co., Ill. Dr. Whitney's second wife was Susan Inman, of Plymouth, Pa., by whom he had two daughters, (3) Elizabeth and (3) Jerusha. (2) Asa C. Whitney died Dec. 10, 1824."[2]

Children of Asa Clark7 and Elizabeth (Dorrance) Whitney:

i. Benjamin F.8 Whitney, b. say 1808, Luzerne Co., PA; a Civil War soldier in an Illinois regiment; resided Byron, Ogle Co., IL; enlisted as a Private on 14 August 1862, in Company B, 92nd Infantry Regiment Illinois; discharged from Company B, 92nd Infantry Regiment Illinois on 1 Apr 1863.
ii. Mary Whitney, b. say 1811, Luzerne Co., PA; resided Ogle Co., IL.
iii. Nancy Whitney, b. say 1814, Luzerne Co., PA; resided Ogle Co., IL.
iv. Charlott Whitney, b. ca. Jul 1817; d. 30 Oct 1825, Wysox, PA, aged 8 years 3 months. Buried Wysox Cemetery, Wysox, PA.

Children of Asa Clark7 and Susan (Inman) Whitney:

v. Elizabeth8 Whitney, b. say 1822, Luzerne Co., PA; d. probably before 1860; m. bef. 1848, Angelo Jackson.
vi. Jerusha Whitney, b. ca. 1824, Luzerne Co., PA; d. after 1870.


25 25 Susan Whitney 59 F - $5000 Pa. Jerusha " 25 F - " Hester Root 13 F - " Attended school Angelo Jackson 28 M - Lawyer " Elizabeth " 27 F - " Earnest " 2 M - "

1860 U.S. Census, Pennsylvania, Luzerne Co., Wilkes Barre, p. 2/947: 12 12 Susan Whitney 66 F W $5000 $16000 Penna. A. Jackson 39 M " Lawyer $2500 New York Jerusha Whitney 36 F " Penna. Earnest Jackson 12 M " " Attended school Eugene " 6 F " " [sic] Arthur " 2 M " " Margaret Williams 14 F " Servant Conn.

378 378 Whitney, Jerusha 46 F W Keeping House $15000 $18000 Penn. Illiterate Jackson, Ernest 21 M " Lawyer Penn. Illiterate, Male citizen over 21 -----, Susan E. 15 F " Penn. Attended school, Illiterate -----, Arthur W. 11 M " Penn. Attended school, Illiterate Snyder, Elizabeth 40 F " Domestic Servant Penn. Illiterate NOTE: Apparently the enumerator marked the literacy columns for those who could read, instead of those who couldn't.


1.^  Heverly, Clement F., Pioneer & Patriot Families of Bradford County PA 1800-1825, vol. II, pages 211-212 (extracted from Tri-Counties Genealogy & History, by Joyce M. Tice).

2.^  Rev. David Craft, History of Bradford County, Pennsylvania with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of its Prominient Men and Pioneers (Philadelphia: L. H. Everts & Co., 1878).

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