Family:Whitney, George Clarkson (1842-1915)

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George Clarkson8 Whitney (John7, John6, Nathan5, David4, Benjamin3, John2, John1), son of John7 and Lydia (Allen) Whitney, was born 19 Sep 1842, Westminster, MA,[1] and died 7 Nov 1915, Worcester, MA, aged 73 years 1 month 19 days, of myelitis.[2]

Marriage intentions were publishd 27 and 30 May 1870, Calais, ME, for him "of Worcester, Mass." and Amy Ellen Whidden "of Calais".[3] He married, 1 Jun 1870, Calais, ME, Amy Ella Whidden. She was born 22 May 1846, Beverly, MA, and died after 1910.

We learn from high authority that "An honest tale speeds best being plainly told." We add, on our own responsibility, that the sum of a well spent life is not reckoned by years. George C. Whitney has not yet reached the veteran stage, as his portrait in this volume will attest; and, thought the hand of time has dealt gently with him, he has also been "good to himself," as the phrase runs, having practiced lifelong habits of temperance and right living. In the business circles of Worcester, he ranks among the young, active and successful forces of to-day, and enjoys many well deserved marks of public esteem and confidence. * * * His great-grandfather, Nathan Whitney, born in New England, 12 Mar 1727, came from Watertown to Waltham, MA, early in life, and, later, settled in Westminster. Nathan held a commission as captain under King George III., but resigned just before the war of 1774-78 and became an ardent patriot. During the war of 1776 he had charge of a squad of Dutch (British) prisoners, who were quartered for the season in the old homestead in Westminster. George Attended the district schools in Westminster and Worcester until 1856, when he was admitted to the Worcester academy. He enlisted as a private in Company F, 51st Regiment Massachusetts volunteers, and served a part of the time as clerk in the provost-marshal's office at Beaufort, NC, and was honorably discharged at the expiration of his term of service. The regiment was in active service in Virginia and North Carolina. He began business in 1866 in a single room, manufacturing valentines and fancy articles from imported stock. Three years after, he bought out the stock and good will of Berlin & Jones, the largest manufacturers in this line in New York, and moved the whole business to Worcester. The house now employs over two hundred workmen and workwomen, and has its own departments for printing, box making and shipping, besides the designing and manufacture of the artistic features of the various publications by skilled workmen. The product is sold direct to jobbers in all parts of the Union, with branch offices at Chicago, New York and Boston. Besides these business activities, Mr. Whitney has found time and enthusiasm for much private and public usefulness and philanthropy in the exercise of higher aims in life than mere money getting. He united with the First Baptist church of Worcester in June 1865, and has been the superintendent of its Sabbath-school since 1871. He has been an active member of the Young Men's Christian Association since 1864, and president of that organization in this city for four years, 1872-73 and 1885-86. He also served as a member of the International Sunday-school Committee from 1879 to 1883; on the State Executive Committee of the Y. M. C. A. from 1876 to 1883, and is a charter member of the Worcester Baptist City Mission Board, and has been its president since 1886. In the department of education he has, for ten or thirteen years, been a trustee of the Worcester academy, is the secretary of the board and member of the executive and investment committees. Always a straight Republican, of strong anti-saloon, no license convictions, he has been modestly but earnestly identified with the cause of temperance reform, both as a citizen and a member of the city government. He was in the city council in 1883 and 1884, on the board of aldermen in 1888 and 1889 (also in 1890 and 1891). He has been for several years a trustee of the Home for Aged Women {Hist. of Worc. County}; resided 74 Elm St., Worcester, MA.

Children of George Clarkson8 and Amy Ella (Whidden) Whitney:

i. Mila Frances9 Whitney, b. 6 Apr 1871, Worcester, MA;[4] d. 27 Apr 1902, Worcester, MA, aged 31 years 21 days, of valvular heart disease;[5] m. 2 Jun 1892, Worcester, MA, Dr. Ray Woodville Green/Greene, b. ca. 1858, Yarmouth, ME, son of Alvin and Maria (-----) Green/Greene;[6] physician; resided 105 Pleasant St., Worcester, MA.
ii. Florence Allen Whitney, b. 4 Sep 1878, Worcester, MA; m. 16 Aug 1904, Worcester, MA, Harry Emerson Fosdick, b. ca. 1878, Buffalo, NY, son of Frank S. and Amie I. (Weaver) Fosdick.[7]
iii. Warren Appleton Whitney, b. 16 Apr 1883, Worcester, MA;[8] m. 22 Apr 1909, Beverly, MA [also recorded Worcester, MA], Eleanor Hinkley Brown, b. ca. 1884, Beverly, MA, dau. of George P. and Mary W. (Hinkley) Brown.[9] Children:
a. George C.10 Whitney, "2nd" b. 28 Sep 1910, Worcester, MA.[10]

Census

57 66 Dadman, Harriet 38 F W Keeping House $45000 $3000 Mass. -----, Mary L. 4 F W At home " Whitney, George C. 28 M W Manufacturer of Fancy Goods $15000 " Male citizen over 21 -----, Amy E. 24 F W No occupation Maine Lysaught, Mary 24 F W Domestic Servant Ireland Parents foreign born

Geo. C. WHITNEY 37 Self M M W MA Mfg. Of Fancy Paper Goods MA MA Annie E. WHITNEY 34 Wife F M W ME Keeps House ME MA Mila WHITNEY 9 Dau F S W ME At School MA ME Florence A. WHITNEY 2 Dau F S W ME At Home MA ME Mary HAYES 18 Oth F S W N. B. Servant N. B. N. B. Mary OLNAN 26 Oth F S MassachusettsIRE Servant IRE IRE

... Whitney, Warren A. Brdr W M Apr 1883 17 sgl Massachusetts Massachusetts Maine At school ...

  • 1910, Worcester Ward 1, Worcester Co., MA: George C. Whitney, 66, wife Amy, 59, and two servants.

References

  • Census records.

1.^  "George Clarkson [Whitney], s. John and Lydia, [born] Sept. 19, 1842," according to Franklin P. Rice, ed., Vital Records of Westminster, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (1915).

2.^  Massachusetts, Deaths, 1841-1915, at FamilySearch.org.

3.^  "George Clarkson [Whitney], of Worcester, Mass., and Amy Ellen Whidden, of Calais, int. 27 May 1870 and 30 May 1870," according to Howland, Sharon D., Vital Records of Calais to the Year 1892'' (Rockport, ME: Picton Press, 1999, 2000, 2001), p. 339.

4.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 234, page 344.

5.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 530, page 507.

6.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 426, page 561.

7.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 548, page 482.

8.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 342, page 414.

9.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 586, page 393, and volume 592, page 562.

10.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 592, page 562.


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