Family:Whitney, George Gordon (1852-1920)

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George Gordon Whitney (Erastus L., Levi, Lemuel), son of Erastus L. and Sarah Anna (Sheldon) Whitney, was born 8 Dec 1852, Adams, MA,[1] and died 15 Sep 1920, Milford, NY. He was buried in Milford Cemetery, Milford, NY.[2]

He married, 12 Jul 1883, Milford, NY, Matilda Moore Yates, daughter of Everett Erastus and Josephine (Moore) Yates. She was born 24 Dec 1858, Morris, NY, and died 11 Dec 1932, Port Washington, NY.

His obituary:

"Again we have to record the sudden death of a prominent citizen of Milford. George Gordon Whitney died on Wednesday morning, September 15th. Mr. Whitney had been in poor health for some time, and owing to his condition had resigned his position as bookkeeper in the Milford National Bank, about two weeks previous. He had been on the street, Tuesday, apparently as well as usual. Wednesday morning he was getting ready to go to the postoffice to mail some letters, when Mrs. Whitney, hearing an unusual noise went in the room and found him lying on the bed, and before medical aid could be secured he had breathed his last. Heart disease was the immediate cause.
"George Whitney came to Milford from Morris in 1886, having been a merchant for some years. He with the late J. P. Kenyon of Morris opened a general mercantile store in the Wilber block under the firm name of Kenyon & Whitney, which was continued until about twelve years ago, when he retired from active business. Later he accepted the position in the Bank which he helped to found and of which he was a director. Mr. Whitney enjoyed the respect of the people. He was a good citizen. He was born December 8, 1852, and was married June 12, 1883 to Miss Matilda Yates of Morris, who with three daughters, Mrs. Nellis Bronner of Little Falls, Mrs. Paul Schreiber of Port Washington and Miss Josphine Whitney of Brooklyn are left to mourn a kind husband and father. The funeral was heald at the house Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock, the Rev. N. B. Ripley offiating. Burial in our village cemetery."[3]

Children of George Gordon and Matilda Moore (Yates) Whitney:

i. Edith Yates Whitney, b. 24 Oct 1886, Milford, NY; m. 6 Aug 1913, Nellis Bronner.
ii. Annie Josephine Whitney, b. 5 Jul 1896, Milford, NY; m. 14 Feb 1923, Milford, NY, Joseph Patof.
ii. Agnes Dorothy Whitney, b. 10 May 1898, Milford, NY; m. 2 Apr 1918, Milford, NY, Paul D. Schreiber.


182 188 Leonard, Wm. F. 45 M W Cotton Manuf. $30000 -- Mass. Male citizen over 21 -----, Lucinda 43 F W Keep house " -----, Caroline 22 F W At home N.Y. -----, Charles 13 M W " Attended school -----, Ida 13 F W " Attended school -----, Myrtia 6 F W " Attended school -----, Jane 35 F W At home Mass. Whitney, Geo. 17 M W Clerk in Dry Goos Store " Jennings, Helen 22 F W Domes. Servant Germany Parents foreign born

Franklin LEONARD 55 Self M M W MA General Sup. Of Factory MA MA Lurana LEONARD 53 Wife F M W MA Keeping House MA MA Jame LEONARD 45 Sis F S W MA At Home MA MA Charles LEONARD 23 Son M S W NY Clerk In Store MA MA Ida LEONARD 23 Dau F S W NY At Home MA MA Myrtee LEONARD 16 Dau F S W NY At School MA MA George WHITNEY 27 Neph M S W MA Propretor Of Cotton Factory MA VT Clark BUYNTEN 21 Othe M S W NY Clerk In Store NY NY Stella MC INTYRE 17 Othe F S W NY House Keeper NY NY Carrie MANA 33 Othe F S W NY Seamstress NY NY


  • Census records.

1.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 63, page 28.

2.^  Find A Grave memorial #66083703, George Gordon Whitney.

3.^  Find A Grave memorial #66083703, George Gordon Whitney.

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