Family:Whitney, John (5 May 1795-1869)
He married, Nancy Van Tuyl, daughter of John and Isabel (McVickar) Van Tuyl. She was born 1801, and died Feb 1883.
John Whitney was born in Massachusetts and went to western New York in 1815; he was an extensive contractor. In 1826 he was implicated in the abduction of the celebrated William Morgan, at the time of the anti-Masonic agitation in central New York. Morgan was a Mason who had written a book exposing Masonry and soon after mysteriously disappeared. Whitney admitted he was with Morgan in a carriage on the night he was abducted and also afterwards at Niagara. The Craftsman of Jun 1829, says: "Of the character of John Whitney through his career in life thus far, it is almost irrelevant to speak, for the voice of the community, the unwilling testimony even of those who for purposes best known to themselves have seen fit to persecute him, is lifted up in his praise. He was the useful citizen, the kind neighbor, the generous friend, the industrious mechanic, the faithful husband and the fond father." Nancy Van Tuyl was the daughter of John Van Tuyl, who was born 12 Jan 1767, and died 9 Oct 1836, and Isabel Mcvickar, who was born 1 Apr 1762. He resided Rochester, NY, and Chicago, IL.
Children of John7 and Nancy (Van Tuyl) Whitney:
i. Adaline8 Whitney, b. 26 Dec 1820; d. 10 Jan 1864; m. Frank Parmelee. For more than 40 years the transfer and baggage express business of Chicago has been controlled by one man, Franklin Parmelee. He started the first regular omnibus in that city 9 May 1853. The original outfit was six omnibuses and thirty horses, and required the work of a dozen men. At present he employs 80 omnibuses, 70 baggage-wagons, 250 horses, and over 200 men. His eldest son is in charge of the city office. He married a second wife, and resides at the Palmer House, Chicago, IL. Children: a. John Whitney Parmelee, b. -----; unmarried; res. Chicago, IL. b. Frank Parmelee Jr., b. -----; unmarried; res. Chicago, IL. c. Charles K. Parmelee, b. -----; unmarried; res. Chicago, IL. d. Adaline W. Parmelee, b. -----; m. Charles Wheeler; res. Auditorium hotel, Chicago, IL. ii. Harriett Jane Whitney, b. 14 Apr 1822; m. 9 Jun 1841, Charles A. Harrington; res. Albion, NY. He was b. 19 Aug 1815; d. 11 Oct 1878. Charles A. Harrington was an ardent anti-slavery Whig and Republican, a warm supporter of Seward in the months preceding the war, and one of the strongest supporters of government throughout war times; was largely engaged in contracts on canals and railroads in this country and Canada from 1850 to 1870; went to New York in 1875 and took contracts on Southern boulevard, and was engaged in these and other contracts and in furnishing supplies for such contracts until his death in 1878; was one of the organizers and strongest supporters of Episcopal church in Albion, of which he was always vestryman or warden, and one of most active and energetic promoters of all public enterprises for benefit of town or country. She d. 22 Dec 1878. Children: a. Clara Harrington, b. -----; m. Henry Harrington; res. Denver, CO. b. Belle W. Harrington, b. -----; G. H. Lockley, Jr.; res. Buffalo, NY. c. Rollin Whitney Harrington, b. -----; d. infancy. d. Emma Harrington, b. -----; res. Albion, NY. e. Adeline Harrington, b. -----; res. Albion, NY. f. Harriett W. Harrington, b. -----; res. Albion, NY. iii. John B. Whitney, b. 13 Jun 1823; m. ----- -----; res. Kendall, IL. iv. Henry W. Whitney, b. 26 Jul 1829; m. Margaret (-----) Burgess. v. Charles Whitney, b. 4 May 1835; drowned 30 Apr 1839, in the Erie canal, NY. vi. Uriah Whitney, b. 4 Aug 1838; accidentally shot at Calumet by Vincent Bell, while hunting, 1 Apr 1856.
- 1830: not found.
- 1840: not found.
- 1850: not found. None found but John B., below.
- 1850, Plainfield, Will Co., IL:
135 135 Frank Parmellee 34 M - Merchant $800 N.Y. Adeline " 30 F - " Adline " 9 " - " Attended school John W. " 6 M - " Attended school Frank " 3 " - " Wm. Jones 24 " - Merchant England John B. Whitney 18 " - Clerk N.Y. Attended school
1091 954 Frank Parmelee 44 M - Horse RR Brkr 75000 50000 N.Y. Adaline " 40 F - " Adaline " 18 " - Ohio John W. " 15 M - N.Y. Frank Jr. " 13 " - " Chas. K. " 3 " - Ohio John Whitney 65 " - Mass. Nancy " 61 F - N.Y. John B. " 24 M - Mercht. 1000 " Harry " 18 " - " Wm. Hoyt 22 " - Servant " Bridgt. Haney 23 F - Servant Ireland Margt. Lyons 21 " - " "
476 473 Harrington, Charles 54 M W Contractor $4000 New York Male citizen over 21 Harriet 48 F " " Emma 24 " " " Addie 22 " " " Hattie 20 " " " Attended school Bell 14 " " " Attended school Harrington, Clara 27 F " " Charles 2 M " " Infant 2/12 " " " Born Mar McMaines, Ann 22 F " Ireland Parents foreign born Whiting, Nancy 74 " " New York
John P. WHITNEY 48 Self M S W NY Farmer MA NY Nancy WHITNEY 82 Moth F W W NY Keeping House NJ NJ Charles BURGESS 22 Neph M S W MD Farm Laborer --- PA Lizzie KELLY 21 Oth F S W IL Domestic Servant IRE IRE
- All data imported from Frederick Clifton Pierce, The Descendants of John Whitney, Who Came from London, England, to Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1635, (Chicago: 1895), pp. 264-265.