Family:Whitney, George F. (1836-1905)

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George F.8 Whitney (Nathan7, Timothy6, Thomas5, Thomas4, Eleazer3, Thomas2, John1), son of Nathan7 and Sina (Wheeler) Whitney, was born 1 Jun 1836, Bennington, VT, and died 8 Feb 1905, Ionia, MI, aged 68 years 9 months 7 days, of exhaustion, dropsy, and paralysis. He was buried in Highland Park Cemetery, Ionia, MI.[1]

He married, 29 Apr 1858, Oberlin, OH, Mary Jane Van Valkinburg, daughter of Amos and Jane (Scott) Van Valkinburg. She was born 27 Jun 1839, OH, and died 5 Sep 1916, Ionia, MI, of mitral insufficiency. She was buried in Highland Park Cemetery, Ionia, MI.[2]

Ionia Daily Sentinel, 8 Feb 1905:

"George F. Whitney

"Passed Across the Dark River this Morning.

"George F. Whitney, for over fifteen years a prominent business man of this city, died this morning at 8:40, after a painful illness lasting four years.

"Mr. Whitney was born in Bennington, Vt., June 1, 1836, and was therefore 68 years old on June 1, last. He was the youngest of ten children.

"His family moved to Pittsfield, Ohio, when he was about one year old.

"He was married to Mary J. VanValkinburg, at Oberlin, O., April 29, 1858. Four children were born to them, three of whom are living: Mrs. Ida Gardner of Fredericktown, Ohio, and Mrs. A. F. Clark and Fred J. Whitney of this city.

"Mr. Whitney enlisted in the 41st Ohio infantry, and was severely wounded at Shiloh, disabling him for further service.

"He came to Michigan in 1868, living for a time at Hillsdale, and then at Big Rapids. He came to Ionia in 1885, and opened a store in Union block, continuing in trade here until about the time he was taken down.

"Mr. Whitney was of a jovial disposition, honorable in his business methods, and was highly esteemed by citizens generally. He was a member of the M.E. church since September 3, 1871. He was a member of Borden post, and of the Masonic order.

"He has been rarely conscious for several weeks, since his last stroke, but on Friday he woke to full consciousness, and talked tenderly to the members of the family, bidding them all good-bye. He relapsed into a comatose condition, and was never again free from mental cloudiness. He suffered greatly, especially on the last night.

"Funeral services at family residence on Friday, at 3 p.m. Interment in Highland Park."[3]

The Ionia Daily Standard, Wednesday, September 6, 1916

"Mrs. Mary J. Whitney, 77 years old, died at 7:00 o'clock Tuesday night at her home on West Main street.

"She was the mother of Mrs. Emma Clark and Fred. J. Whitney, both of this city, and the widow of George F. Whitney, who died in 1905.

"She also leaves three sisters, Mrs. Dora Adams of Sheridan, Wyoming, Mrs. Julia C. Dennis of Grand Rapids, Wis., and Mrs. Bessie Gilson of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

"Mr. and Mrs. Whitney were pioneer residents of Ionia.

"The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock at the residence. Friends are asked to omit flowers."[4]

Children of George F.8 and Mary Jane (Van Valkinburg) Whitney:

i. Ida Lucinda9 Whitney, b. 16 Mar 1860, OH; d. 2 Mar 1910, Fredericktown, OH; bur. Forest Cemetery, Frederickstown, OH;[5] m.(1) 30 Dec 1880, Mecosta Co., MI, Franklin Hamilton Ridenour; m.(2) ca. 1899, John Henry Gardner; of Frederickstown, OH.
ii. Levie Whitney, b. 1861; d. [ ] A[pr] 1861, aged [ ]; bur. East Pittsfield Cemetery, Pittsfield, OH.[6]
iii. Frederick J. Whitney, b. 3 Dec 1864, Oberlin, OH; d. 1 Apr 1952; bur. Highland Park Cemetery, Ionia, MI;[7] m. 24 Jun 1891, Greenville, MI, Addie L. (Stevenson) Merrett.
iv. Emma L. Whitney, b. Oct 1866, OH; d. after 1920; m. 3 Jul 1887, Ionia, MI, Alexander F. Clark.


246 268 George F. Whitney 24 M - Lawyer $800 $350 Vermont Mary J. " 21 F - Ohio Ida L. " 3/12 F - " Helen Vandenberg 18 F - Domestic " Attended school

He lived adjacent to his brother Nathan H. Whitney.

36 36 Whitney, George 35 M W Stone Mason Ohio Male citizen over 21 -----, Jane 33 F " Keeping house $600 $100 " -----, Ida 11 F " " Attended school -----, Fred 6 M " " Attended school -----, Emma 3 F " Mich.

George E. WHITNEY 43 Self M M W VT Laborer VT MA Mary WHITNEY 40 Wife F M W OH Keep House NY SCOT Ida WHITNEY 20 Dau F S W OH At College VT OH Fredrick J. WHITNEY 15 Son M S W OH At Home VT OH Emma L. WHITNEY 13 Dau F S W OH At Home VT OH

154 154 Whitney, George F. Head W M Jun 1836 63 mar 42 Vermont Vermont Vermont Dealer dry goods, owns free house -----, Mary Wife W F Jun 1841 58 mar 42 4ch 3lv Ohio New York Scotland Maloche, Laura Srvt W F Jun 1878 21 sgl Canada Eng Canada Eng Canada Eng Domestic

  • 1910, 692 W. Main St., Ionia Ward 2, Ionia Co., MI, p. 4B:

102 111 Whitney, Mary J. Head F W 69 wid -- 4ch 2lv Ohio New York Scotland Own income, owns free house 112 Klug, George M. Head M W 29 mar2 0 Indiana Indiana Indiana Foreman furniture factory, rents house -----, Mary H. Wife F W 24 mar1 0 Michigan Germany Canada Eng None


  • Census records.

1.^  Find A Grave memorial #79888144, George F. Whitney.

2.^  Find A Grave memorial #79888251, Mary J. Van Valkinburg Whitney.

3.^  Find A Grave memorial #79888144, George F. Whitney.

4.^  Find A Grave memorial #79888251, Mary J. Van Valkinburg Whitney.

5.^  Find A Grave memorial #79780131, Ida Lucinda Whitney Gardner.

6.^  Find A Grave memorial #27846039, Levie Whitney. "LEVIE son of G. F. & M. WHITNEY." Tombstone difficult to read.

7.^  Find A Grave memorial #79888228, Fred J. Whitney.

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