Family:Whitney, Jason (c1808-b1850)

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Jason Whitney's Republic of Texas Land Grant, 1839

Jason6 Whitney (Isaac5, Jason4, Mark3, Benjamin2, John1), son of Isaac5 and Susanna (Dornbach)(Hall) Whitney, was born about 1808, Middlesex, New York (Pennsylvania according to census records), and died before 1850, Texas, probably in Lamar County; resided Alabama and Texas.

Sometime before 1829, Jason Whitney had moved from his home state to Alabama.

He married about 1828, probably in Alabama, Adaline Revere. She was born about 1808, Virginia, the daughter of John W. Revere.

Sometime about 1834 or 1835, they moved from Alabama to Tennessee.

Sometime between 1838 and 1839, they moved from Tennessee to Lamar County, Texas.

Children of Jason and Adaline (Revere) Whitney:

i. (child)7 Whitney, born -----.
ii. Napoleon Whitney, born -----. He served in the Mexican war and was killed.
iii. Jason W. Whitney, born about 1829, Alabama, probably Baldwin County; married Sarah Morton.
iv. Elizabeth Whitney, born about 1834, Alabama; married before 1860, Hardee Holloway, b. 1830, North Carolina.
v. Samuel Edmond Whitney, born about 1835, Tennessee; married Sarah Holloway.
vi. Mary E. Whitney, born about 1838, Tennessee.

Census Records

  • 1810: not found.
  • 1820: not found.
  • 1830, Baldwin County, AL: Jason Whitney, 1 male 30-39, 1 male 20-29, 1 male 15-19, 1 male 0-4, 1 female 20-29, and 2 females 15-19.
  • 1840: No census for the Republic of Texas exists. Jason does not appear in the tax list substitute.
  • 1850, Precinct 8, Lamar Co., TX:

461 461 Adaline Whitney 41 F 1400 Virginia --- Jason W. Whitney 21 M Virginia --- Elizabeth Whitney 16 F Virginia --- Samuel E. Whitney 15 M Tenn --- Mary E. Whitney 12 F Tenn ---

266 266 Adelaide Whitney 45 F Farmer 450 1890 Georgia Samuel 24 M Ala Hardy Holloway 30 M Carpenter 150 NC Elizabeth 26 F Ala

Misc Information

The following information is from Archive:Whitney Whistler, Volume 7, Number 3:

"... and Adalaide H. (Adeline, Adaline) Whitney came to Red River Co., Tx., between October 2, 1837 and January 1, 1840 when the Third Class Headright land grant was in effect. Hobson Whitley applied for this grant of 660 acres. We wonder if the Whitley should have been Whitney, because in 1866, Jason W. Whitney applied for his 660 acres grant as having entered Tx. before Jan., 1, 1840. Also, one of Jason's sons was named Hobson.

In 1850 Lamar Co., Tx., census, Adalaide H. Whitney is head of the household with children born in Alabama: Jason N. Whitney, born 1829; married Sarah Morton in 1853. Elizabeth, born 1835; married Hardee Holloway. Samuel Edmond, born about 1836, married Sarah Holloway. Mary E. was born in 1838.

In the 1880 Red River Co. census for Samuel E. Whitney, he stated his father was born in Pennsylvania, and his Mother in Va.

We have found in the Baldwin Co., Al., 1830 census, a Jason Whitney with a male that is of an age to be Adalaide's husband, with a male that would be the age of our Jason W. Whitney. So far we have not been able to find anything about this family, and have not been able to find a marriage record for our Whitney and Adalaide. There should be a marriage record in Al. for this couple.

The Whitney family probably came to the Republic of Tx. because of the land grants. Between March 2, 1836, and October 1, 1837, grants were available for 1,280 acres. However, between October 2, 1837 and Jan. 1, 1840, a grant of 640 acres was available. Hobson Whitley applied for a grant of 640 acres. There is a possibility that the name on the application should have been Hobson Whitney, for the reasons we have given here. One of Jason Whitney's grandsons was named Hobson. No record has been found to identify Jason's father.

In the 1850 Lamar Co. Census, the head of the household is Adalaide H. Whitney, with children born in Al. The children we have given. In the 1860 census, Adalaide (Adaline) and her family were in Red River Co.

In the 1850's William and Mary Jane Morton moved to Red River Co. from Tn. Their children were: Mary Ellen; Sarah; Martha, who married John Atkins; Malissa who married Michael Depue; Emily; Eliza who married James Spiva; Caladonia; and James. The oldest child, Mary Ellen, first married John Sutton in 1851, and moved to Ar. In 1865, as a widow with 2 children, married Dr. William Watt Reese. The 2nd daughter married Jason Whitney in 1853.

Jason and Sarah Whitney's children were: William, who never married; Sophia, married George Rucker; Mary, married Henry Freer; John Robert, married Susan Mittie Keyes; Charles Napoleon, married Mary Elizabeth Reese.

Jason and Samuel Whitney joined the Confederate States Army at Pine Creek, June 29, 1861. Both brothers were in the 34th Texas Cavalry, and fought in the Indian Territory, Arkansas, Missouri, and Louisiana. While in Louisiana, Samuel was wounded, captured, and sent to Elmira, N.Y. Jason was wounded by a rifle shot and hospitalized at Shreveport, Louisiana. In 1865, he was released from duty at Jefferson, Tx. In 1867 he had taken a load of cotton to Jefferson, and on the journey home, fell ill and spent the night by the side of the road. He later died from that illness.

The family historian, Lois MCoin, 635 Fairway, Paris, Texas, learned from an uncle that Jason Whitney was buried in the McCrury Cemetary, in southeastern Lamar Co. A descendant of Jason's son, John Robert, knew the location of the grave. In 1983 a group of descendants placed a military marker to replace the vois d arc post that had marked his grave for 115 years.

Jason's widow married John Thompson and they are buried at the old Mt. Pleasant Cemetary, Deport, Texas.

It was after his mother died that Charles Napoleon Whitney, the youngest son of Jason and Sarah, traveled to Arkansas to visit his Mother's sister, Mary Ellen Morton Sutton Reese. It was while there he and her daughter, Mary Elizabeth, were married, in 1889. his closely related family of Whitney and Morton lived at Center Point, Arkansas for 20 years. It was there their children; Ellen, Mittie, Houston, Henry, Reese, Albert, and Robert were born. In 1908 Charley Whitney, with his three oldest children; Ellen, Mittie, and Houston, left Arkansas to return to Lamar Co., where he had lived his first 18 or 19 years. He packed a wagon with household belongings; a few chickens; tied the cow to the wagon, and the four of them started out for Texas. They would walk during the day, rotating turns as driver. As they followed the established route to Texas, would camp by the trail at night. With the camp fire burning, people from the area would come to hear the news of Arkansas, and hear the singing of the 2 girls. His wife, Mary Elizabeth, with her mother and small children, journeyed by train to Deport. In Texas, 2 more children, Knox and Gladys were born.

Little is known of the Morton family, other than the marriage records of some of the sisters of Mary Ellen and Sarah."

--Lois Malone McCoin, 635 Fairway, Paris, Texas,75460

References

1. Some basic data imported from Frederick Clifton Pierce, The Descendants of John Whitney, Who Came from London, England, to Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1635, (Chicago: 1895), p. 239.

2. Much additional information from other sources.


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