Family:Whitney, Benjamin (1802-1874)

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Benjamin Whitney, parentage unknown, was born 14 Nov 1806, Vermont, and died 8 Feb 1874, Yates County, NY, of heart disease. He is buried in Brookside Cemetery, Shortville, NY. Here's a photograph of his gravestone.

He married 15 Oct 1837, Caroline Elizabeth (Eliza) Hall, (Vermont, Vital Records, 1720-1908), daughter of Thomas and Annie (Ralston) Hall. She was born 27 Feb 1815, Steuben County, NY, and died July 1897, Mt. Pleasant, MI

Leaving Vermont at the age of 13, he spent some time in Batavia, NY, and then went to Ohio and lived in Rainsville [sic: should be Painesville] several years. He then settled in Ontario Co., NY, where he followed blacksmithing and farming, and for a time was employed in driving stage for his father.

Mr. Whitney enlisted 17 Feb 1864, in Co. E, Eighth Mich. Vol. Inf., and served 18 months. He fought at the Wilderness, Cold Harbor and in numerous other engagements; and while in a skirmish near Petersburg he was shot through the left hand by a minie ball. With other wounded and disabled men, he walked ten miles to City Point, VA, where his wound was dressed and he was sent to Washington, DC, and afterwards to Philadelphia. He was assigned to the invalid corps, where he remained till 7 Aug 1865, when he was discharged and returned to his home.[1]

Children of Benjamin and Caroline Elizabeth (Hall) Whitney, all born Ontario Co., NY:

i. Clarissa Elizabeth Whitney, b. 1834; m.(1) Chauncey Slayton Dunton; m.(2) Charles P. Hiltz.
ii. Emily J. Whitney, b. ca. 1837; m. Lorenzo W. Dunton.
iii. William T. Whitney, b. 17 Dec 1838, Hopewell, NY; m.(1) Salinda M. Fry; m.(2) Fanzina Margaret (French) Case.
iv. Hiram B. Whitney, b. ca. 1840; d. 18 Mar 1864, Yorktown, VA; unmarried. Here's a photograph of his gravestone.
v. Charles C. Whitney, b. 15 Jun 1844, Hopewell, NY; m. Dora E. Howk.
vi. George G. Whitney, b. 4 Oct 1845; m. Mary Ann Jackson.
vii. Albert M. Whitney, b. Jul 1847; m. Eliza J. Taylor.
viii. Rensselaer Gardman Whitney, b. 12 Feb 1850, Richmond, NY; m.(1) Sarah L. Beadon; m.(2) Mary R. Schuyler.
ix. Mary C. Whitney, b. ca. 1852, Richmond, NY; m. John Francis.

Notes

His father, name unknown, apparently moved from Vermont to either Batavia, Genesee Co., or Ontario Co., NY, about 1815.

Although he was in Hopewell, NY, he appears to not be related to Jonas Whitney, one of the early settlers of Hopewell, NY. Our record of Jonas's children doesn't include a Benjamin, nor do the families of his brothers.

Although the Benjamin Whitney, son of Family:Whitney, Samuel (s1775-1808) appears to be accounted for by a descendant, this Samuel was known to have moved from VT to Ontario Co., NY. However, this appears to have been in 1802, earlier than the 1815 that this Benjamin appears to have moved. This family could be related.

He could be the son of Benjamin6 Whitney, aged 0-9 in the 1810 census of Tunbridge, VT, and 18-25 in the 1820 census of Rush, Ontario Co., NY. His family is not fully known, so there is no proof.

Census

27 27 Benjamin Whitney 44 M - Farmer Vt. Eliza C. " 25 F - N.Y. Clarrissa E. " 16 F - " Attended school Emily J. " 13 " - " Attended school Wm. T. " 11 M - " Attended school Hiram " 10 " - " Attended school Charles " 7 " - " Geo. G. " 6 " - " Albert M. " 3 " - " Ransaleas " 9/12 " - "

118 Frame $250 122 Benjamin Whitney 46 M - - Vt. - - 2 Teamster 1 - - - - 1 - Eliza C. Whitney 40 F - Wife Stuben - - 2 - - - - - - - - Emily I. Whitney 19 F - Dau - - - 2 - - - - - - - - William T. Whitney 16 M - Son - - - 2 Farmer - - - - - - - Hiram B. Whitney 14 M - Son - - - 2 - - - - - - - - Charles C. Whitney 11 M - Son - - - 2 - - - - - - - - George T. Whitney 8 M - Son - - - 2 - - - - - - - - Albert M. Whitney 6 M - Son - - - 2 - - - - - - - - Renslaer G. Whitney 5 M - Son - - - 2 - - - - - - - - Mary C. Whitney 3 F - Dau - - - 2 - - - - - - - -

59 63 Benj. Whitney 51 M - Farmer $2000 $100 Vermont Caroline E. " 44 F - New York George T. " 14 M - " Attended school Albert L. " 11 M - " Attended school Renssalaer G. " 10 M - " Attended school Mary C. " 8 F - " Attended school

  • 1865 New York State Census, Manchester, Ontario Co., NY, p. 21:

153 Benjamin Whitney Caroline E. Whitney Charles C. Whitney George G. Whitney Albert N. Whitney Rensselaer G. Whitney Mary G. Whitney

565 586 Whitney, Benjamin 63 M W Farm Laborer Vermont Male citizen over 21 -----, Caroline 52 F W Keeping House New York -----, Albert 23 M W Farm Laborer " Male citizen over 21 Francis, John 20 M W Farm Laborer " -----, Mary C. 18 F W Keeping House "

57 57 Kingsley, Joseph 44 M W Farmer $7200 $1350 New York Male citizen over 21 Orrissa A. 35 F W Wife " Whitney, Albert M. 22 M W Farm Labor "

269 274 Kingsley, George W. 23 M W Farmer $9000 $1200 New York Male citizen over 21 Olive 19 F W Wife " Whitney, Albert 24 M W Farm laborer " Male citizen over 21

These last two appear to be duplicate enumerations of his son Albert.

239 Framed $800 245 Albert Whitney 26 M - ---- Ontario m House Carpenter - 1 - - - - Jane Whitney 21 F - Wife Wayne m - Caroline Whitney 60 F - Moth Steuben w Seamstress - - - - 1 -

References

1.^  Portrait and Biographical Album of Isabella County, Mich., Containing Portraits and Biographical Sketches of ... Citizens ... Also Containing a Complete History of the County, from Its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time (Chicago, IL: Chapman Brothers, 1884), p. 520.


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