Family:Whitney, John Russell (1813-1880)

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Dea. John Russell8 Whitney (John7, Lemuel6, Joshua5, Nathaniel4, Nathaniel3, John2, John1), son of John7 and Elizabeth Safford (Rowley) Whitney, was born 18 Apr 1813, Wadhams Mills, NY, and died 23 Jul 1880, Wadhams Mills, NY.

He married, 3 Mar 1840, Waitsfield, VT, Elmina Eliza Fisk,[1] daughter of Deacon Moses and Hannah (Batchellor) Fisk, of Waitsfield, VT. She was born 20 Aug 1811, Waitsfield, VT, and died 22 Apr 1892, Westport, NY.

John R. Whitney was born, 18 Apr 1813, on the farm, owned and occupied by him till his death, about one mile north of Wadhams Mills. His father, John Whitney, was one of the pioneers who settled that region early in the present century, coming about 1808. Among these settlers were Benjamin Whitney and Daniel Safford, who married Sally Whitney. John was a shoemaker by trade. He was one of the pioneers in the temperance cause, and his house, still standing, was the first building in that region raised without intoxicating liquor (1829). He, with others responded to the call for the militia in 1812-14, but arrived at Plattsburg too late to participate in the fight. Taken away in the prime of life, 1834, he left an honored name to his family. After the death of his father, John Russell Whitney was obliged to assume the care of the home, and lived with his widowed mother several years. He was married, 3 Mar 1840, to Elmina E. Fisk, daughter of Dea. Moses Fisk, of Waitsfield, VT. Having been deprived of educational privileges in his younger days, he was determined to give his family every possible advantage, often making great sacrifices to secure school privileges to his children; for several winters he had a family school. He was deeply interested in the Congregational church at Wadhams Mills, of which he became a member at the early age of fourteen. He was elected deacon about 1863, to fill a vacancy caused by the death of the senior deacon, and held this office till his death in 1880. He was especially active in all church affairs, and did much for the maintenance of public service. Enjoying the advantages provided for them, his children, sought to improve themselves, and have all honored the name and memory of their parents. Dea. Whitney passed away after a severe and painful illness of heart disease. He resided Wadhams Mills, NY.

Children of John Russell8 and Elmina Eliza (Fisk) Whitney:

i. Elizabeth Hannah9 Whitney, b. 11 Jan 1841; d. 11 Mar 1865.
ii. Marietta Thankful Whitney, b. 2 Feb 1842; m. 3 Oct 1866, Rev. A. T. Clarke; res. Shelby, AL. Children:
a. Almon Taylor Clarke, b. 7 Oct 1867; m. Elizabeth Perry; res. Parishville, NY.
b. Susan Elmira Clarke, b. 17 Dec 1872.
c. Maud Elizabeth Clarke, b. 10 Nov 1875.
d. John Paul Clarke, b. 17 Oct 1880.
e. Harvey Fisk Clarke, b. 13 May 1883.
f. Lena M. Clarke, b. 1 Mar 1886.
iii. Joel Fisk Whitney, b. 30 Mar 1843; m. Louisa M. Bailey.
iv. Sarah L. Whitney, b. 4 Sep 1844; m. 4 Sep 1873, Edward D. Sturtevant, and d. 1 Apr 1874, s.p.
v. John R. Whitney, b. 29 Jul 1847; m. Lena Groll.
vi. Moses Fisk Whitney, b. 18 Apr 1849; m. Ella Burt.
vii. Lemuel Whitney, b. 12 Dec 1850; resided Wadhams Mills, NY.
viii. Rosabelle Whitney, b. 15 May 1853; m. 6 Oct 1877, Dudley, MA, Rev. William H. Wolcott, b. ca. 1843, "Shorland" [?Shoreham?], Vt., son of Almon and Lucy (Wells) Wolcott;[2] resided Moreno, CA. Children:
a. Lucy Wolcott, b. 1878.
b. Sarah A. Wolcott, b. 1881.
c. Vernon H. Wolcott, b. 1882.
ix. Elmira Eliza Whitney, b. 7 Sep 1855; resided Wadhams Mills, NY.

Census

1172 1214 John R. WHitney 37 M - Farmer $4000 N.Y. Elmira 38 F - Vt. Elizabeth 9 F - N.Y. Attended school Marietta 8 F - [N.Y.] Attended school Joel 7 M - [N.Y.] Attended school Sarah 5 F - [N.Y.] Attended school John 3 M - [N.Y.] Moses 1 F - [N.Y.] Elizabeth 75 F - Mass. Sally 40 F - Vt. Calvin Rice 27 M - Laborer N.Y.

178 Frame $500 212 John R. Whitney 41 M - - Essex 1 - 41 Farmer 1 - - - - 1 - Almona Whitney 43 F - Wife Vermont 1 - 15 - - - - - - - - Elisebeth H. Whitney 14 F - Dau Essex - - 14 - - - - - - - - Margett Whitney 13 F - Dau Essex - - 13 - - - - - - - - J* Whitney 12 M - Son Essex - - 12 - - - - - - - - Sarah Whitney 10 F - Dau Essex - - 10 - - - - - - - - John R. Whitney 7 M - Son Essex - - 7 - - - - - - - - Moses Whitney 6 M - Son Essex - - 6 - - - - - - - - Lemuel Whitney 4 M - Son Essex - - 4 - - - - - - - - Rosebell Whitney 2 F - Dau Essex - - 2 - - - - - - - -

568 548 John N. Whitney 47 M - Farmer $4600 $1200 New York Almira " 48 F - Vermont Elizabeth " 19 F - New York Marrietta T. " 18 F - do Attended school Sarah L. " 16 F - do Attended school John R. " 12 M - do Attended school Moses F. " 11 M - do Attended school Lemuel " 9 M - do Attended school Rosabell " 6 F - do Attended school Almira E. " 4 F - do Attended school

Hotel 565 545 Joel F. Whitney 49 M - Merchant $1500 $8000 New York Eunice C. " 42 F - New Hampshire Thomas Hadley 63 M - Farmer Massachusetts Thankfull " 56 F - Vermont Victoria " 9 F - New York Attended school Elizabeth Cairns 17 F - Domestic Canada Boarders Collins Ballou 53 M - Farmer Rhode Island George Smith 27 M - Watch Maker New York Herbert S. Cady 26 M - Merchant $150 $3500 do Attended school Lucy " 23 F - do Attended school B. Albert Barrett 33 M - Stone Cutter do Joel F. Whitney 2d 17 M - Clerk do

183 188 Whitney, Russel 57 M - Farmer $8000 $1700 New York Male citizen over 21 " Elmira 58 F - Keeping House Vermont " Joel F. 2d 27 M - Student New York Attended school, Male citizen over 21 " Morres F. 21 M - Farmer " Male citizen over 21 " Lemuel 19 M - " " Attended school " Rosabell 17 F - Attending School " Attended school " Elmira E. 14 F - At Home " Clark, Maretta 28 F - Teacher of Painting " " Junior 2 M - " Bailey, Louisa 26 F - School Teacher " Hanchett, Sarah 17 F - Domestic "

John R. WHITNEY 64 Self M M W NY Farmer MA CT Almena WHITNEY 42 Wife F M W VT Keeping House MA MA Lemuel WHITNEY 29 Son M S W NY Laborer NY VT Minnie E. WHITNEY 24 Dau F S W NY At Home NY VT George W. WHITNEY 15 Neph M S W NY Laborer NY NY Lucy REYNOLD 16 Othe F S W NY Servant NY NY

  • 1880, Joel not found.

References

1.^  Vermont, Vital Records Index, Marriages.

2.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 291, page 196.


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