Family:Whitney, James Foster (1843-a1900)
He married, 20 Nov 1865, Mattoon, IL, Alice Hamblen. She was born 14 Jun 1846.
James F. Whitney, born near Charleston, IL, 4 Sep 1843; lived with his parents in Coles and Edgar Counties, IL, until spring 1851, when his grandfather, Lemuel Whitney, took him to Pendleton County, KY; lived near Foster, KY, until April, 1861, when he went to live near Mattoon, IL, to his step-father, Rufus Pierce; stayed with his step-father (Rufus Pierce was born near Milton, MA), until 31 Jul 1861 when he enlisted as a private in Company D, 41st Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry; was shot in right temple at Fort Donelson, TN, 15 Feb 1862; taken home by his step-father; stayed until 25 Mar 1862, when he rejoined his regiment at Shiloh, TN. At the battle of Shiloh, or Pittsburg Landing, he was shot through right thigh and through left leg, about four inches below knee, and a flesh wound, calf of right leg; lay in hospital at Savannah, TN, until May, when he was taken to hospital at Quincy, IL; left hospital on furlough some time last of May, and stayed with his step-father until Sep 1862, when he rejoined his regiment at Bolivar, TN, was discharged from the army on 10 Nov 1862, by reason of said wounds disabling him from service; stayed with the army as clerk in sutler store, in 62d and 54th Illinois Regiments until Oct 1865. Married Alice Hamblen, of Mattoon, IL, 20 Nov 1865; farmed his step-father's farm (Mr. Pierce died Apr 1864), until Jan 1870; went to Texas, and tried to raise cotton until Jan 1874; returned to Charleston; stayed in Charleston until 29 Mar 1874; started west; landed in Larned, KS, 3 Apr 1874; took a homestead twelve miles north of Larned; elected register of deeds of Pawnee County, KS, Nov 1875; served one term; went back to farm Jan 1878; in Nov 1879, was elected county clerk, which position he has held to date, having been nominated at the Republican conventions, and elected for the eighth term in Nov 1893; resided Mattoon, IL; Larned, KS.
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Children of James Foster8 and Alice (Hamblen) Whitney:
i. Walter H.9 Whitney, b. 26 Aug 1866; resided unmarried at Alva, OK. ii. Ruby Whitney, b. 1 Aug 1868; m. 7 Oct 1893, Claude Rinker; resided Nevada, MO. He was b. 1862; s. p. iii. James F. Whitney, b. 10 Apr 1871; m. ca. 1898, Alice C. -----. iv. Mary P. Whitney, b. 16 Aug 1873. v. Jerry T. Whitney, b. 23 Aug 1875. vi. Bessie Whitney, b. 24 Mar 1879; d. 23 Mar 1880, Larned, KS, aged 1 year of scarlet fever. vii. Alberta Whitney, b. 23 Apr 1884. viii. George Gould Whitney, b. 26 Dec 1889.
- 1860: not found.
- 1870, Subdivision Number 4, Refugio Co., TX:
101 101 Whitney, James F. 26 M W Farmer Illinois Male citizen over 21 Alice 24 F W Keeping House Kentucky Walter 4 M W Illinois Ruby 2 M W Illinois Charles 21 M W Farm laborer Illinois Male citizen over 21 Warner, Davis 21 M W Farm Laborer Texas Male citizen over 21
Foster WHITNEY 36 Self M M W IL County Clerk MA KY Alice WHITNEY 32 Wife F M W KY Keeping House VA VA Walter WHITNEY 13 Son M S W IL KY IL Rubie WHITNEY 11 Dau F S W IL IL KY James F. WHITNEY 9 Son M S W TX IL KY Mary P. WHITNEY 6 Dau F S W IL IL KY Jerry WHITNEY 4 Son M S W KS IL KY
63 63 Whitney, James F. Head W M Sep 1843 56 mar 34 Illinois Massachusetts Kentucky Farmer, Rents house -----, Alice M. Wife W F Jun 1847 52 mar 34 8ch 7liv Kentucky Virginia Virginia -----, Jerry T. Son W M Aug 1875 24 sgl Kansas Illinois Kentucky Farmer, Rents farm -----, Alberta H. Dau W F Apr 1884 16 sgl Kansas Illinois Kentucky At school 9 mos. -----, George G. Son W M Dec 1889 10 sgl Kansas Illinois Kentucky At school 9 mos. Zutanan, Charles SiL W M Nov 1872 27 mar 5 Ohio Ohio Ohio Commercial traveler -----, Mary P. Dau W F Aug 1873 28 mar 5 1ch 1liv Illinois Illinois Kentucky -----, Ruby A. GDau W F May 1898 2 sgl Kansas Illinois Ohio
383 389 Whitney, James Head W M Apr 1873 27 m1 Texas Illinois Kentucky -----, Alice C. Wife W F Aug 1877 22 m1 1ch 1lv Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky -----, J. Foster Son W M Aug 1899 9/12 sgl Kensas Texas Kentucky
- All data imported from Frederick Clifton Pierce, The Descendants of John Whitney, Who Came from London, England, to Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1635, (Chicago: 1895), p. 435.