Family:Whitney, Harrison Gray (1812-1890)

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Harrison Gray7 Whitney (Jonas6, Jonas5, David4, Benjamin3, John2, John1), son of Jonas6 and Elizabeth (Raymond) Whitney, was born 2 Jan 1812, Westminster, MA,[1] and died 17 [Pierce] or 19 Jan 1890, Westminster, MA. aged 78 years 15 days, of bronchial pneumonia.[2]

He married firstly, 18 May 1837, Westminster, MA, Laura Louisa Carpenter,[3] daughter of Alanson and Avis (-----) Carpenter [Pierce] of Aron and Anna (-----) Carpenter. She was born 1816, Peru, MA, and died 12 Nov 1854, Westminster, MA, aged 39 years 10 months 12 days, of consumption.[4]

He, of Westminster, married secondly, 25 Dec 1855, Brimfield, MA, Eliza Ann Solander, of Brimfield,[5] daughter of Cheney and Mary (-----) Solander. She was born about 14 Mar 1820, Brimfield, MA, and died 25 Jun 1889 [Pierce] or 13 May 1889, Westminster, MA, aged 69 years 2 months 29 days, of cerebral hemorrhage.[6]

Harrison G. Whitney, youngest son of Jonas and Betsey, married 1st Laura L. Carpenter, daughter of Alanson and Avis, of Keene, New Hampshire. He married 2d Eliza Ann, daughter of Cheney and Mary Solander of Brimfield, Massachusetts. For many years Mr. Whitney, was a merchant in the Central village, but later in life he purchased the bakery and carried on a while the manufacture of the celebrated "Westminster Bread." Was also engaged somewhat at last in probate and insurance business. Possessing many of the qualities which distinguished his father, he also shared to a large degree the regard and confidence of the public. He held all the important offices in the gift of his fellow-citizens, including that of representative to the general court for two successive terms. He was a public-spirited citizen, lending his sympathy and co-operation to whatever was deemed by him conducive to the general welfare. A thorough-going temperance man, his influence was on the right side of that beneficent reform. Hostile to the system of American slavery, he joined the so-called Free Soil party of 1848, and its lineal successor, the Republican party of 1850, remaining its devoted adherent to the last. Having considerable natural musical ability, improved by training and practice, he was for many years the efficient leader of the Congregational church choir. His useful and honorable life came to its close at the ripe age of 78. His second wife, an estimable woman, passed away a few months before. He died 17 Jan 1890; resided Westminster, MA.

Heywood says the following:[7]

"Whitney, Harrison G.7, youngest s. of Jonas6 and Betsey, m. (1) May 18, 1837, Laura L. Carpenter, dau. of Alanson and Avis of Keene, N. H. She d. Nov. 12, 1854, a. 39, and he m. (2) Eliza Ann, dau. of Cheney and Mary Solander of Brimfield, Dec. 25, 1855. For many years Mr. Whitney was a merchant in the Central village, but later in life he purchased the bakery and carried on awhile the manufacture of the celebrated "Westminster Bread." Was also engaged somewhat at last in probate and insurance business.
"Possessing many of the qualities which distinguished his f., he also shared to a large degree the regard and confidence of the public. He held all the important offices in the gift of his fellow-citizens, including that of Rep. to the Gen. Ct. for two successive terms. He was a public spirited citizen, lending his sympathy and co-operation to whatever was deemed by him conducive to the general welfare. A thorough-going temperance man, his influence was on the right side of that beneficent reform. Hostile to the system of Am. Slavery, he joined the so-called Free Soil party of 1848, and its lineal successor, the Republican party of 1856, remaining its devoted adherent to the last. Having considerable natural musical ability, improved by training and practice, he was for many years the efficient leader of the Congregational Chh. choir. His useful and honorable life came to its close Jan. 19, 1890, at the ripe age of 78. His second w., an estimable woman, passed away a few months before, June 25, 1889, a. 69."

Children of Harrison G.7 and Laura Louisa (Carpenter) Whitney:

i. Harrison Bigelow8 Whitney, b. 24 Feb 1841, Westminster, MA;[8] m. Francilla Spaulding.
ii. Ellen L. Whitney, b. 3 May 1844, Westminster, MA;[9] m. 9 Aug 1864, or 13 Aug 1865, Westminster, MA, John B. Day, b. ca. 1828, Chesterfield, NH, d. Jan 1890, son of Joseph and Phebe (-----) Day;[10] res. 54 Appleton St., Boston, MA. Children:
a. Hattie Day, b. 7 May 1867; address, Leominster, MA.
b. Jennie Day, b. -----; address, 54 Appleton St. Boston, MA.
c. Avis Day, b. 1873; address, 54 Appleton St., Boston, MA.
d. Ellen Day, b. Apr 1875; address 54 Appleton St. Boston, MA.
iii. Jane Adelia Whitney, b. 15 Oct 1847, Westminster, MA,[11] or 15 Oct 1846, Westminster, MA;[12] m.(1) 6 Jun 1867, Westminster, MA, Loring, b. ca. 1845, Ashburnham, MA, son of Ivers and Mary (-----) Burgess;[13] divorced; m.(2) 29 Oct 1887, Boston, MA [recorded Leominster, MA], Hon. John H. Lockey, b. ca. 1822, St. John, NB, son of Thomas and Ann (-----) Lockey.[14] He d. 1890. Children:
a. Mary E. Burgess, b. 1881; d. 23 Jul 1889; Smith college, Northampton, MA.

Children of Harrison G.7 and Eliza Ann (Solander) Whitney:

iv. Charles Solander Whitney, b. 25 Jul 1861 [Pierce] or 24 Jul 1861, Westminster, MA;[15] m. 20 Jun 1883 [Pierce] or 28 Jun 1883, Fitchburg, MA, Flora A. Davis, b. 6 Jan 1858, Fitchburg, MA, dau. of Charles and Jane H. (-----) Davis.[16] He resided s.p. Westminster, MA.

Notes

He was named after Harrison Gray (1711–1794), a wealthy merchant, as well as Treasurer and Receiver-General for the Province of Massachusetts Bay. and also a prominent Loyalist during the American Revolution.

Census

132 161 Harrison G. Whitney 36 M - Trader $1500 [Massachusetts] Louisa " 35 F - New Hampshire Harrison B. " 9 M - Massachusetts Attended school Ellen L. " 6 F - [Massachusetts] Attended school Jane A. " 3 F - [Massachusetts] 162 Asaph Wood 65 M - Chairmaker [Massachusetts] Sukey " 64 F - [Massachusetts] 163 Thomas Eaton 26 M - Turner $200 [Massachusetts] Lydia " 27 F - [Massachusetts] Emerett L. " 2 F - [Massachusetts]

24 31 Whitney, Harrison G. 43 M - Baker Mass. " , Harrison B. 14 M - " " , Ellen L. 11 F - " " , Jane A. 8 F - " " , Mary E. 26 F - " Richardson, Lydia 22 F - " Brown, Elbridge 43 M - Baker " Patch, Stephen P. 37 M - Bread Pedlar " Davis, Charles W. 29 M - " " "

317 341 Harrison G. Whitney 48 M - Baker $1200 $4000 Massachusetts Eliza Whitny 40 F - " Harrison B. " 19 M - Baker " Ellen L. " 16 F - " Attended school Jane A. " 13 F - " Attended school Merick Puffer 24 M - Brad Puller "

199 221 Harrison G. Whitney 53 M - Westminster, Mass. M Baker - - 1 1 - Eliza A. Whitney 45 F - Brimfield, " M Housekeeper - - - - - Harrison B. Whitney 24 M - Westminster, " S Baker - - 1 1 - Ellen L. Whitney 21 F - " " S Schoolteacher - - - - - Jennie A. Whitney 18 F - " " S " - - - - - Charles S. Whitney 4 M - " " - - - - - - Davie B. Barnes 19 M - " " S Baker - - - - - Lorin Burgess 21 M - Ashburnham, Mass. S Pedlar - - 1 1 -

90 110 Whitney, Harrison G. 58 M W Retired Manufacturer Mass. Male citizen over 21 " Eliza A. 50 F W Keeping house " " Charles S. 8 M W Attends School " Attended school

Harrison G. WHITNEY 68 Self M M W MA Conveyancer MA MA Eliza A. WHITNEY 60 Wife F M W MA Keeping House MA MA Mary E. BURGESS 9 GDau F S W MA MA MA

References

1.^  "Harrison Gray [Whitney], s. Jonas and Elizabeth, [born] Jan. 2, 1812," according to Franklin P. Rice, ed., Vital Records of Westminster, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (1915).

2.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 411, page 578.

3.^  "Harrison G. [Whitney] and Louisa L. Carpenter, [married] May 17, 1837," according to Westminster Vital Records.

4.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 86, page 185.

5.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 87, page 276.

6.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 411, page 578.

7.^  William Sweetzer Heywood, History of Westminster, Massashusetts (First named Narragansett No. 2), From the date of the original grant of the township to the present time, 1728-1893, with a Biographic-Genealogical Register of its Principal Families, (Vox Populi Press: S.W. Huse & Co., Lowell, Mass.: 1893), p. 929.

8.^  "Harrison Bigelow [Whitney], s. Harrison G. and Louisa L., [born] Feb. 24, 1841," according to Westminster Vital Records.

9.^  "Ellen L. [Whitney], d. Harrison G. and Louisa L., [born] May 3, 1844," according to Westminster 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 3, page 229.

10.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 182, page 270.

11.^  "Jane Adelia [Whitney], d. Harrison G. and Louisa, [born] Oct. 15, 1846," according to Westminster Vital Records.

12.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 29, page 258.

13.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 201, page 289.

14.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 381, page 363.

15.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 143, page 291.

16.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 345, page 285.


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