Family:Whitney, John (1805-1881)
John7 Whitney (Simon6, Timothy5, Jonas4, Moses3, Richard2, John1), son of Simon6 and Lucy (Hammond) Whitney, was born 11 Dec 1805, Petersham, MA, and died 25 Apr 1881, Grafton, MA, aged 75 years 4 months 13 days, of diabetes.
He married, 1 Jan 1838, Grafton, MA, Harriet Fay Bruce, daughter of Joseph and Harriet (Fay) Bruce. She was born 3 Aug 1819, Grafton, MA, and died 6 Mar 1907, Grafton, MA, aged 87 years 7 months, of general debility and old age.
John Whitney, Esq., generally known as "Honest John Whitney", died Monday after a long and painful illness. Mr. Whitney was a native of Petersham, in this county, where he was born 11 Dec 1805, and was consequently in his 76th year. He had, however, been a resident of this town for many years, having been prominently identified with the leather business from 1836 to 1870. His business career was marked by the strictest integrity, his course in all his dealings with others having always been dictated by a nice sense of honor and a sincerity of purpose. An obligation made by him was considered sacred, and its conditions, whether the obligation was pecuniary or otherwise, were always sure to be fulfilled; his honesty, faithfullness, and unswerving integrity winning for him the name of "Honest John Whitney." He was a member of the legislature in 1849, and had repeatedly filled local positions of honor and responsibility. He married a daughter of the Hon. Joseph Bruce, of Grafton, and his wife and one daughter survive him. He died Apr. 25, 1881; resided Grafton, MA.
Children of John7 and Harriet Fay (Bruce) Whitney:
i. Helen Bruce8 Whitney, b. 13 Oct 1838, Grafton, MA; d. 4 May 1873; m. 8 Jun 1859, Grafton, MA, Cyrus D. Aldrich, b. ca. 1829, Grafton, son of Charles and Eliza (-----) Aldrich; resided Grafton. Children: a. May Aldrich, b. -----. ii. Lucy Hammond Whitney, b. 27 May 1841, Grafton, MA; d. after 1900; unmarried; resided Grafton.
- 1840, Grafton, Worcester Co., MA: John Whitney, 1 male 30-39, 1 female 20-29, and 1 female 0-4; 1 engaged in manufacture or trades.
- 1850, Grafton, Worcester Co., MA:
413 496 John Whitney 44 M - Currier $3000 Massachusetts Harriet F. " 31 F - Do Hellen B. " 11 F - Do Attended school Lucy H. " 9 F - Do Attended school
394 476 John Whitney 49 M - Currier & Leather Dealer Mastts. Harriet F. Whitney 36 F - Do Hellen B. Whitney 16 F - Do Lucy H. Whitney 14 F - Do
1272 1432 John Whitney 54 M - Leather Dealer $3500 $1500 Massachusetts Harriet F. " 41 F - " Lucy H. " 19 F - "
109 140 John Whitney 59 M - Petersham, Mass. M Currier - - 1 1 - Harriet F. Whitney 45 F - Grafton, Mass. M Housekeeper - - - - - Lucy H. Whitney 23 F - Grafton, Mass. S " - - - - - Cyrus D. Aldrich 26 M - Grafton, Mass. M Merchant - - 1 1 - Hellen B. Aldrich 26 F - Grafton, Mass. M Lady - - - - - Marrion W. Aldrich 4 F - Grafton, Mass. S - - - - -
363 471 Whitney, John 64 M W Currier $5000 $3000 Mass. Male citizen over 21 -----, Harriet F. 51 F W Keeping House Mass. -----, Lucy H. 29 F W No Occupation Mass. Carr, Mary 23 F W Domestic Servant Ireland Parents foreign born Aldrich, C. D. 41 M W Trader Mass. Male citizen over 21 -----, Hellen 31 F W Keeping House Mass. -----, Marion W. 9 F W At School Mass.
John WHITNEY 74 Self M M W MA Farmer MA MA Harriet WHITNEY 60 Wife F M W MA Keeping House MA MA Lucy W. WHITNEY 39 Dau F S W MA At Home MA MA Cyrus D. ALDRICH 51 SonL M W W MA Flour & Grain Dealer MA MA Marion ALDRICH 19 GDau F S W MA At Home MA MA Charles F. ALDRICH 9 GSon M S W MA MA MA
360 413 Whitney, Harriet F. Head W F Aug 1818 81 wid 2ch 1liv Massachusetts Massachusetts Massachusetts Capitalist, Owns free house -----, Lucy H. Dau W F May 1841 59 sgl Massachusetts Massachusetts Massachusetts
- 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. 310.
1.^ "John [Whitney], s. Simon and Lucy, [born] Dec. 11, 1805," according to Franklin P. Rice, ed., Vital Records of Petersham, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (1904).
3.^ "John [Whitney] and Harriot F. Bruce, [married] Jan 1, 1838," according to Franklin P. Rice, ed., Vital Records of Grafton, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (Worcester, MA: The Systematic History Fund, 1906).
4.^ "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 1907/46 (death), page 278.