Family:Whitney, Lafayette J. (1827-1895)

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Lafayette J.8 Whitney (Thomas7, Phinehas6, Samuel5, William4, Nathaniel3, John2, John1), son of Thomas7 and Hannah (Preston) Whitney, was born 21 Apr 1827, Washington County, Ohio, and died 18 Apr 1895, Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana.

He married, 21 Apr 1858, Delaware County, Indiana, Mary Matilda Snyder, daughter of Jesse and Catherine (McGlaughlin) Snyder. She was born 5 Apr 1841, West Virginia, and died 8 Nov 1912, Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana.

When Lafayette married Mary, he adopted her brother Uriah Snyder, born 1851, Indiana.

LAFAYETTE WHITNEY. -- The gentleman whose name introduces this sketch is one of the excellent farmers and business men of Perry Township, Delaware County, Indiana, and was born in Washington County, Ohio, April 21, 1827, a son of Thomas Whitney and Hannah (Preston) Whitney, the former a native of Vermont, of Scotch descent, and the latter a native of Pennsylvania, of German lineage. They married in Washington County, Ohio, and reared a family of eight children, namely: Lafayette, Mordecai, Nancy, Phineas, Artimesia, William, David and Franklin, the last three deceased. These three were soldiers in the late war and died while in the heroic performance of duty, William losing his life at Winchester, Va., David dying in Salisbury prison, and Franklin being killed in the battle of the Wilderness.
In 1834, Thomas Whitney brought his family to Delaware county, Indiana, and entered eighty acres of land in Liberty township and lived thereon for eight years, then sold it and bought 240 acres, which he improved and lived upon until his death, which occurred July 4, 1881, his wife having preceded him to the grave November 27, 1870. According to his wish, their remains were interred in the dooryard at the old home.
Lafayette Whitney was reared on his father's farm and received practically no education while at home. After he became of age he learned the carpenter trade under the supervision of his uncle, Louis Smith, and after learning proficient in the same, worked with him for two years, at the end of which time he began taking contracts and continued working at this trade for about twelve years. Mr. Whitney was married, April 21, 1858, to Miss Mary M. Snyder, a daughter of Jesse and Catherine (McGlaughlin) Snyder, the former of German descent and the latter of Irish, and both natives of Virginia, who came to Delaware county in 1848. Mrs. Whitney was born April 5, 1841, and was one of a family of eleven children. Her father was a farmer by occupation, and his death occurred in 1858. Mr. and Mrs. Whitney became the parents of five children, namely: Minerva A., born January 12, 1859, the wife of Dr. William A. Spurgeon, of Muncie; Nancy E., born January 18, 1860, the wife of William Compton, of Muncie; John L., born January 3, 1861, married Clara B. Lindville, and follows farming; Laura J., born May 8, 1862, the wife of Malachi Swift, and resident of Smithfield; and Nellie B., born August 22, 1865 the wife of William E. Martin, a resident and prominent farmer of Mount Pleasant Township.
After his marriage Mr. Whitney bought eighty acres of land in Centre township, and remained thereon nearly a year, and in connection with agricultural pursuits also carried on the harness making trade, and one set of harness which came from his hands was sold to the government and was used in the Indian war in Minnesota. Mr. and Mrs. Whitney are devoted members of the Christian church, and have had the pleasure of seeing four of their children unite with the same denomination. Socially, Mr. Whitney is a member of the Masonic order, belonging to Whitney lodge No. 228, at New Burlington. In his politics, he is a Republican, and is one of the most respected citizens of the county.

Children of Lafayette J.8 and Mary Matilda (Snyder) Whitney:

John Lincoln9 Whitney
i. Minerva Ann9 Whitney, b. 12 Jan 1859, Delaware County, Indiana; d. 11 Aug 1940, Delaware County, Indiana; m. 29 Aug 1883, Delaware County, Indiana, Dr. William A. Spurgeon. He was son of Wiley and Mary Frances (McKinney) Spurgeon, b. 1 Feb 1855, and d. 21 Oct 1940. He was president of Muncie Gear Works.
ii. Nancy Emma Whitney, b. 18 Jan 1860, Delaware County, Indiana; m. 27 Jan 1882, Delaware County, Indiana, William Leonard Compton.
iii. John Lincoln Whitney, b. 3 Jan 1861, Delaware Co., IN; m. Clara Bell Linville.
iv. Laura Jane Whitney, b. 6 May 1862, Delaware County, Indiana; m. 3 Sep 1890, Delaware County, Indiana; m. 3 Sep 1890, Delaware County, Indiana, Malachi Swift. He was son of John and Mary (-----) Swift, b. 1862.
v. Nellie Beecher Stowe Whitney, b. 22 Aug 1865, Delaware County, Indiana; d. 30 Apr 1900, Delaware County, Indiana; m. 25 Aug 1889, William Ellis Martin. He was son of Andrew and Mariemna (Knott) Martin, b. 8 Oct 1861.


889 889 Lafayette Whitney 33 M - Farmer $5000 $1800 Ohio Mary M. " 19 F - Virginia Mary Ann " 1 F - Indiana Nancy E. " 7/12 F - do Uriah Snider 9 M - Adopted do Attended school William Cooper 19 M - Laborer do 890 890 Thomas Whitney 65 M - Farmer $5720 $1170 Massachusetts Hannah " 54 F - Penna. Franklin " 17 M - Carpenter Indiana Elizabeth " 19 F - Ohio David " 21 M - Indiana

210 210 Whitney, Lafayette 43 M W Farmer $8820 $1500 Ohio Male citizen over 21 -----, Mary M. 29 F W Keeping House Virginia -----, Minerva A. 11 F W Indiana Attended school -----, Nancy E. 10 F W Indiana Attended school -----, John L. 9 M W Indiana Attended school -----, Laura J. 7 F W Indiana Attended school -----, Nellie B. 5 F W Indiana Woods, William L. 18 M W Indiana

Lafayette WHITNEY 53 Self M M W VA Farmer VT OH Mary WHITNEY 40 Wife F M W IN Keeping House VT VA Minerva WHITNEY 21 Dau F S W IN Dress Making VA VA Emma WHITNEY 20 Dau F S W IN At Home OH VA Lincoln WHITNEY 19 Son M S W IN Works On Farm OH IN Jane WHITNEY 18 Dau F S W KY Dress Making IN IN Nellie WHITNEY 14 Dau F S W OH At Home IN IN William ELLIOT 20 Oth M S W IN Farm Laborer IN KY

It's hard to explain the birthplaces in this record, of both the people and their parents.

245 248 Whitney, Mary M. Head W F Apr 1841 59 wid 5ch 4liv West Virginia West Virginia West Virginia Rents house


Almost all information from the research of Lynne Alber, on this web page:

  1. "Online Family Tree, by", family group sheet of Thomas and Hannah (Preston) Whitney.

Also, Portrait and Biographical Record of Delaware County, Indiana (Chicago, IL: A. W. Bowen & Co., 1894).

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