Family:Whitney, Edmund Carter (1835-1897)

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Capt. Edmund Carter8 Whitney (William Dexter7, Stephen6, Stephen5, John4, Benjamin3, John2, John1), son of William Dexter7 and Harriet (Hawks) Whitney, was born 28 Dec 1835, Boston, MA, and died 3 Jun 1897, Lexington, MA, aged 61 years 5 months 5 days, of Bright's disease, myocarditis, and arteriosclerosis.[1]

He married, 26 or 27 Feb 1861, Nashua, NH, Cornelia Frances Shepherd,[2] daughter of Samuel Shepherd. She was born 13 Jun 1836.

Capt. E. C. Whitney, junior vice commander, Department of Massachusetts, formerly of Post 43, Marlboro, now of Post 68, Dorchester, and cashier of the Lincoln National Bank, of this city, is a Boston boy, having been born on the spot where Brigham's Creamery now stands, near the junction of Tremont and Castle streets. He was educated in the grammar and Franklin schools, and at the New England Normal institute, then at Lancaster. In 1854 he changed his plans of entering college, and taking a preparatory commercial course, entered the Lancaster bank, where he served as assistant cashier until 1862. He married in February of that year Cornelia Frances, daughter of Samuel Shepherd, of Nashua, NH. The war broke out in April. He remained at home assisting volunteers until September, when, after refusing a lieutenant's commission tendered him by Governor Andrew because of his lack of knowledge of military matters, enlisted as private in Company I, 53d Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Militia. On the arrival of the regiment at New York as infectious disease having broken out, he, with others, was detailed in the quartermaster's department and sent to the ship Montibello. Five trips were made from New York to southern ports with stores and troops. When on arriving at the Mississippi river he was ordered to duty in the same department at quarantine, and then at New Orleans under General Butler, the regiment meanwhile being stationed at Carrolton. When the 53d took the field Captain Whitney retired from that department and joined the troops in the first Red River campaign under General Banks, followed by the long siege of forty-five days and investment of Port Hudson, during the whole campaign he served as sergeant, sergeant-major, and by appointment of Colonel (acting brigadier-general) J. W. Kimball, as lieutenant. During all the battles before Port Hudson he served on the staff of General Kimball, and in the memorable assault upon the works of Sunday, 14 Jun 1863, lasting from 3 A.M. to 9 P.M. he had eight minie-balls through his clothing and was shot in the right arm. In this battle, though wounded, Captain Whitney, with knife blades, probed for and extracted a round ball from the head of Sergeant Hitchcock of Fitchburg (General Kimball's orderly) which had entered at the right eye, and both remained on the field until night, and later, with his swollen arm, wrote out an official report of the battle, forwarding it before morning with a ship load of wounded to New Orleans and the North. His acting adjutant's report of the morning showed 165 men in eight companies who reported for duty, of whom 86 were killed or severely wounded, there being but one unharmed commissioned officer to lead the regiment from the field. After the surrender of Port Hudson the regiment campaigned at Baton Rouge and a part at Fort Butler. At the latter place Captain Whitney, having been prostrated by sunstroke, was attached with malarial fever. He was hurried North and succeeded in staving off the disease until he arrived at his home, when at the first meeting with his family he was instantly seized with fever and delirium, followed by six weeks of dreadful sickness, and afterwards a whole year of fever and ague. On his recovery, the war being nearly over, Captain Whitney surrendered his wish to re-enlist and accepted a call to Marlboro to assume charge of the savings bank and organize a national bank. He served as cashier and treasurer for nineteen years when he was called to Boston. In Marlboro he was commander of Post 43 six years, Captain of Company E, 6th Regiment five years; was chief engineer of the Fire Department three years; was selectman, and as a side issue to fill up chinks of time was local agent of sixteen fire insurance companies, carrying risks amounting to $3,000,000. He is Knight Templar of Trinity Lodge of Masons and has during the administrations of Horace Binney Sargent and Colonel Sibley held the offices of inspector, chief mustering officer, member of the council of administration, and commander of a brigade, Middlesex County division. At the last annual encampment he was elected junior vicecommander. Comrade Whitney is a true and consistent advocate of Grand Army principles and a forcible and indefatigable assistant in the labors attending the advancement of all worthy objects relating to the welfare of the veteran. His social and mental worth is recognized by a large circle of warm friends in and out of the Grand Army, while his superior business qualities have always been highly appreciated by the commercial public. His earnest and successful efforts in behalf of raising funds for the erection of the elegant new hall of Post 68, G. A. R., Dorchester, should endear him to every comrade of that post. It is safe to say that the junior vice commander will do his full duty, cheerfully and devotedly, at all times; resided Boston, MA; address 178 Devonshire street.

Children of Edmund Carter8 and Cornelia Frances (Shepherd) Whitney:

i. Lawrence Symmes9 Whitney, b. 14 Sep 1864; d. 14 Sep 1864;
ii. Edmund Heber Whitney, b. 21 May 1867, Marlborough, MA;[3] d. 21 Aug 1867, Marlborough, MA, aged 3 months 2 days.[4]
iii. Lilian Hemans Whitney, b. 13 Jun 1868, Marlborough, MA;[5] m. 29 Apr 1894, Lexington, MA [recorded Revere, MA], Francis Moran/Marion Babcock, "of Revere", b. ca. 1864-1867, Dartmouth, NS, son of James and Mary Agnes (Fowler) Babcock.[6]
iv. Agnes Elizabeth Whitney, b. 19 May 1876, Marlborough, MA;[7] d. 8 Aug 1877, Marlborough, MA, aged 1 year 2 months 20 days, of hydrocephalus.[8]
v. Rose Lancaster Whitney, b. 5 Jun 1879, Marlborough, MA; m. 18 Jun 1903, Lexington, MA, George F. Smith, b. ca. 1879, Lexington, MA, son of Charles F. and Harriett W. (Hagar) Smith.[9]
vi. Ralph Hadley Shepard Whitney, b. 16 Jan 1881, Marlborough, MA.[10]

Census

56 57 C. T. Symms 38 M - Cashier B. " Nancy B. " 36 F - " Edmund Whitney 20 M - Clerk " Catharine Fullin 18 F - Ireland

1107 1147 Caleb C. Symes 43 M - Cashier of Bank $3000 $1500 Mass. Nancy R. " 41 F - $600 " Edmund C. Whitney 23 M - Bank Clerk $500 "

190 296 Edmund C. Whitney 29 M - Massachusetts M Cashier - - 1 1 - Cornelia F. Whitney 29 F - New Hampshire M - - - - - Ellen Harley 30 F - Ireland S - - - - -

884 1054 Whitney, Edward C. 32 M W Bank Cashier $6000 $200 " Male citizen over 21 " Cornelia 30 F W Keeping House New Hampshire " Lilliam 2 F W At Home Mass. Riley, Margaret 27 F W Domestic Servant Ireland Parents foreign born Johnson, Jane 23 F W Domestic Servant " Parents foreign born

Edmund WHITNEY 44 Self M M W MA. Bamk Cashier MA. MA. Cornelia F. WHITNEY 43 Wife F M W NH. Keeping House NH. MA. Lillian A. WHITNEY 12 Dau F S W MA. At School MA. NH. Rose L. WHITNEY 1 Dau F S W MA. MA. NH. Carrie D. ROBERTS 19 Oth F S W MA. Domestic MA. NH.

230 238 Gillooly, Lizzie Head W F Dec 1854 45 sgl Massachusetts Ireland Ireland Mer??, Owns free house Gragg, Charles C. Ldgr W M Feb 1827 73 wid Massachusetts Massachusetts Massachusetts Loewe, Adolphus C. Ldgr W M Jan 1875 25 sgl Massachusetts Crinica, Austria Berlin, Germany Druggist-Retail Hill, Eugene M. Ldgr W M Jul 1875 24 sgl Connecticut Connecticut Connecticut Brakeman (RR) Buck, Loula A. H. Ldgr W F May 1874 26 sgl Maine Maine Maine Teacher (Public School) Grant, Beatrice A. Ldgr W F Aug 1876 25 sgl Massachusetts Canada Eng. Canada Eng. Teacher (Public School) Whittemore, Nellie M. Ldgr W F Jun 1840 59 wid 1ch 1liv Massachusetts Massachusetts Massachusetts -----, Lewis D. Ldgr W M Jul 1872 27 sgl Massachusetts Massachusetts Massachusetts Clerk (RR General Freight) Whitney, Cornelia Ldgr W F Jun 1843 56 wid 3ch 3liv New Hampshire Massachusetts Massachusetts -----, Rose Ldgr W F Jun 1879 20 sgl Massachusetts Massachusetts New Hampshire Student

References

  • Census records.

1.^  "Edmund C. [Whitney], 61y. 5m. 5d. [Boston], s. of Wm. D. and Harriet (Hawks), m., June 3, 1897," according to Lexington, Massachusetts. Record of Births, Marriages and Deaths to January 1, 1898 (Boston, MA: Wright and Potter, 1898). Also, "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 473, page 217.

2.^  "Edmund C. Whitney & Cornelia F. Shepherd, m. 26 Feb 1861, Nashua, Hillsborough Co., NH," according to New Hampshire, Vital Records, Marriage Index.

3.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 197, page 200.

4.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 203, page 154.

5.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 206, page 208.

6.^  "Lillian H. [Whitney], 25, of Lexington, b. in Marboro, d. of Edmund C., and Cornelia F. (Shepard), m. Francis Moran Babcock, 29, of Revere, b. in Dartmouth, N.S., s. of Jas. and Mary Agnes (Fowler), Apr. 29, 1894," according to Lexington 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 443, page 179, also volume 444, page 329.

7.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 278, page 143.

8.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 293, page 128.

9.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 537, page 419.

10.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 323, page 163.


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