Family:Whitney, John (c1798-1866)

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John Whitney, parentage unknown, was born about 18 May 1798 (from death record) or 16 May 1797 (from gravestone), MA, and died 29 Jan 1866, Lowell, MA, aged 67 years 8 months 11 days.[1] He is buried in the Lowell Cemetery.

He married, 24 Apr 1823, Waltham, MA, Jane Gilson,[2] daughter of Peter and Rachel (Dunn) Gilson, granddaughter of Solomon and Mary (-----) Gilson, great-granddaughter of John and Mary (Shattuck) Gilson, and thus a Whitney descendant, too. She was born 1 Aug 1797, Dunstable, MA (but death record says Derry, NH), and died 12 Jan 1888, Revere, MA, aged 90 years 5 months 12 days, of morphritis.[3]

His obituary says he was born in Vermont, but the census records say Massachusetts. His death record leaves his birthplace and parents names blank.

His obituary:

Monday, January 29, 1866 Death of an old citizen. Died in this city, on Saturday, 27th inst., of lung fever, Mr. John Whitney, aged sixty-eight years. The deceased was a native of Vermont, and came to Lowell about thirty-seven years ago, and had been always been employed by the Appleton Corporation. For more than thirty years he was the overseer in No. 1 Card-Room. He was known to a large circle as a quiet, worthy citizen, and was highly esteemed for his many genial qual- ities and nobleness of character. He was for many years a member of the First Baptist Church, and walked in all the ways of a Christian. An affectionate husband a kind father, a good neighbor and was an up- right citizen, he leaves behind not an en- emy, but many mourners. He was always in the enjoyment of good health up to within a short time. He was confined to his house since last Monday, but no great danger was apprehended until Friday night, when he suddenly grew worse, and died Saturday noon. He leaves a widow and four adult children, to mourn their loss. Funeral from his late residence, No. 33 South Street, tomorrow (Tuesday), at 10 o'clock A.M.

They lived in Chester, VT, Nashua, NH, and Lowell, MA.

Children of John and Jane (Gilson) Whitney:

i. Martin Luther Whitney, b. ca. 1825, MA; m. Mary R. Pollard.
ii. William M. Whitney, b. ca. 1825, Chester, VT; m. Ann M. Carrigin.
iii. John L. Whitney, b. ca. 1827, Nashua, NH; m.(1) Sarah L. Morse; m.(2) Louisa F. Smith.
iv. Norman Whitney, b. ca. 1829, Keene, NH; m. Eliza Ann Demick.
v. George Whitney,, b. -----; d. 17 Jan 1831, Lowell, MA.[4]
vi. Mary Jane Whitney, b. ca. 1832, Lowell, MA; m. 5 Jun 1851, Mason, NH, William A. Short.[5]
vii. Martha A. Whitney, b. ca. 1834, MA; d. 7 Jul 1894, Revere, MA, aged 60 years, of diabetes;[6] m. 26 Feb 1853, Lowell, MA, Benjamin F. Hanscom.[7]
viii. Albert H. Whitney, b. -----; d. 6 Mar 1840, Lowell, MA.[8]
ix. Benjamin Whitney, b. -----; d. 13 Mar 1841, Lowell, MA.[9]
x. Rosalind Whitney, b. ca. 2 Mar 1843; d. 27 Nov 1846, Lowell, MA, aged 3 years 8 months, 25 days, of croup.[10]

Census

2741 3493 John Whitney 52 M - Manufacturer $3000 Mass. Norman Whitney 21 " - Operative N.H. Jane Whitney 53 F - Mass. Mary J. Whitney 18 " - " Martha A. Whitney 16 " - " George B. Whitney 6 M - " John L. Whitney 24 " - Printer N.H. Sarah L. Whitney 23 F - " Daniel Dix 23 M - Operative Mass. Mary Prescott 75 F - " 3494 William Whitney 25 M - " Vt. Ann M. Whitney 30 F - Ireland Charles F. Whitney 5 M - Mass. Henrietta S. Whitney 3 F - " Julia Huse 27 " - Ireland Elizabeth Carrigan 25 " - " Maria Hines 23 " - "

1 1 John Whitney 50-59 M - Manufacturer Mass. Jane Whitney 50-59 F - " Mary J. Whitney 20-29 F - Vt. Naomi Whitney 20-29 F - " John Whitney 20-29 M - Blacksmith " Martha Whitney 20-29 F - " Ann Whitney 20-29 F - N.H. Lucetta Gilson 40-49 F - " Morton Hanscomb 0-4 M - Mass. Eliza " 0-4 F - " Geo. B. " 10-14 M - " B. F. Hanscomb 20-29 M - Laborer Me. Caroline A. Short 0-4 F - Mass.

2010 2711 Thomas Mencha 36 M - Laborer $20 Ireland Mary " 24 F - Wife " Lizzie " 1 " - Mass. 2712 William Pullen 50 M - Saw Filer $300 Me. Rebecca " 46 F - Wife " Loraine " 28 " - Spinster " Weston " 26 M - Meat Market $500 " Diana " 23 F - Seamstress " Cyrus " 17 M - Clerk " (twins) Mary " 15 F - " Martha " 15 F - " 2713 John Whitney 61 M - Mill hand $3000 $1000 Mass. Jane " 63 F - Wife " William M. " 36 M - Mill hand " George B. " 15 " - " Attended school Charles F. " 13 " - " Attended school Lizzie J. " 7 F - " Attended school

Lizzie was his granddaughter, daughter of son Norman.

303 350 John Whitney 67 M - Massachusetts M Operative - - 1 1 - Jane Whitney 68 F - Massachusetts M House Keeper - - - - - Lizzie I. " 11 F - Massachusetts S - - - - - Martha E. Harrison 11 M - Massachusetts S - - - - -

Lizzie was his granddaughter, daughter of son Norman.

163 340-1/2 Whitney, Jane 73 F W Keeps House - $2500 Mass. 163 340-1/2 Whitney, John L. 44 M W Printer New Hampshire Male citizen over 21 -------, Elizabeth J. 17 F W Keeps House Mass. Attended school Smith, Louisa 28 F W Tailoress England Parents foreign Scott, Anna 40 F W Tailoress England Parents foreign

Elizabeth J. was his granddaughter, daughter of son Norman.

282 322 Hanscom, Martha A. W F 45 wid Hotel Keeper Mass. Maine Maine -------, Martin P. W M 25 Son sgl At Home Mass. Maine Mass. Whitney, Jane W F 83 Moth wid Boarding Maine Maine Maine Disabled Gleason, Charles W M 44 sgl Bar Tender Mass. Mass. Mass. Johnson, Bethia D. W F 43 HsKp mar House Keeper R.I. Conn. Mass. Conley, Joanna W F 22 Cook sgl Cook Mass. Ireland Ireland Conley, Nellie W F 23 Srvt sgl Servant Ireland Ireland Ireland Illiterate Mead, William E. W M 23 Brdr sgl Printer Mass. Mass. Mass. Dunbar, Nelson W M 30 Hslr gls Hostler N.S. N.S. N.S.

References

1.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 193, page 136.

2.^  "John [Whitney] and Jane Gilson, [narried] Apr. 24, 1823," according to Vital Records of Waltham, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1904).

3.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 393, page 455.

4.^  "George [Whitney], s. John and Jane, [died] Jan. 17, 1831. GR-5," according to Lowell Vital Records.

5.^  "Mary Jane [Whitney], first, 19, Lowell, (John and Jane) and William A. Short, married in Mason, N.H., [married] June 5, 1851," according to Walter A. Davis, comp., Old Records of the Town of Fitchburg, Massachusetts (Fitchburg, MA: Fitchburg City Council, 1898-1913), vol. 8, p. 136. Also, "Mary Jane Whitney (b. Lowell, MA) & William A. Short, m. 5 Jun 1851, NH," according to New Hampshire, Vital Records, Marriage Index.

6.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 447, page 544.

7.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 70, page 131.

8.^  "Albert H. [Whitney], s. John and Jane, [died] Mar. 6, 1840. GR-5," according to Lowell Vital Records.

9.^  "Benjamin [Whitney], s. John and Jane, [died] Mar. 13, 1841. GR-5," according to Lowell Vital Records.

10.^  "Rosalind [Whitney], d. John and Jane, croup, [died] Nov. 27, 1846, a. 3y. 8m. 25d.," according to Lowell 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 27, page 44.


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