Family:Whitney, Moses (1802-1844)
He married, 18 Oct 1829, Milton, MA, Elizabeth G. Sanderson, daughter of Isaac and Betsey (Gill) Sanderson. She was born 3 Sep 1807, Milton, MA, and died 13 Aug 1887, Sherborn, MA, aged 79 years 11 months 10 days, of cholera morbus.
He was a man of strong mental powers, and had he given himself to literature as an occupation rather than an amusement, he would have attained a distinguished rank among the authors of the present day. He has written much but his performances have always been casual and desultory. His writings display a masculine and vigorous understanding, much acuteness of observation, and a quick sense of humor. The salient points of his character indicate much originality of genius. His style was conspicuous for its terseness and correct finish, free from mannerism and affectation, which corrupt the language of so much of what is now offered to us in the name of literature. Long will his memory be cherished by his friends, for the strong features of his character leave an impression upon us not easily effaced. He was sincere, kind-hearted, honorable and void of pretension, with much of that unconsciousness of his powers, which is the characteristic of true genius. He was of an uncommonly nervous temperament which at times, almost ran into eccentricity. This characteristic, however, far from being offensive, gave a charm and an interest to his conduct and his conversation which made his presence always desireable and agreeable. He was sincere and open and ingenious, in his whole deportment. He was senstive to any wrong, whether done to himself or others. He had a cultivated and highly intelligent mind, a quick and acute perception, a sharp and ready wit and a personal bearing that inspired an uncommon attachment to him, in those who enjoyed the benefit of his society. He was highly and sensitively honorable in all his thoughts and dealings. He resided Boston, MA.
Children of Moses7 and Elizabeth G. (Sanderson) Whitney:
i. Rebecca Hannah8 Whitney, b. 2 Sep 1830, Boston, MA; m. 4 Apr 1850, Milton, MA, George K. Gannett, b. 27 Dec 1829, Cohasset, MA, son of Joy and Mary K. (-----) Gannett; farmer; resided Milton. Children: a. George S. Gannett, b. 25 Jan 1857; d. 6 Dec 1862. b. Charles E. Gannett, b. 27 Oct 1861; d. 30 Aug 1866. ii. Eugene B. Whitney, b. 29 Dec 1835; d. 25 Feb 1858, Milton, MA, aged 22 years 1 month 27 days, of consumption.
- 1830, Boston Ward 12, Suffolk Co., MA: Moses Whitney, Jr., 1 male 20-29 and 2 females 20-29.
- 1840: not found. Possibly living with his parents.
- 1850, Milton, Norfolk Co., MA:
263 342 Seth D. Whitney 42 M - Leather Manufacturer $5000 Mass. Adaline D. T. Whitney 25 F - Mass. Mary A. Whitney 5 F - Mass. Attended school Theodore T. Whitney 4 M - Mass. Elizabeth G. Whitney 42 F - Mass. Eugene B. Whitney 15 M - None Mass. Attended school Patrick Bennett 25 M - Laborer Ireland Rose McShelamy 20 F - Ireland Mary Byrnes 28 F - Ireland
40 80 Joy Gannett 57 M - Miller Mass. Mary K. Gannett 52 F - Mass. Mary R. Gannett 22 F - Mass. Samuel Gannett 20 M - Clerk Mass. John Bennett 30 M - Miller England 81 George K. Gannett 26 M - Meal Dealer Mass. Rebecca H. W. Gannett 23 F - Mass. Elizabeth Whitney 47 F - Mass.
627 2456 George O. Wilson 43 M - Machinist Mass. Ruth " 46 F - " Lewis Vinal 25 M - Clerk " Abby " 26 F - " George W. " 8 M - " Susan Child 86 F - Me. Rachael Glover 47 F - Mass. Elijah Chandler 26 M - Clerk Me. Bella T. Sprague 18 M - " Mass. Samuel Rice 20 M - " " George Souther 22 M - " " Eugiene Whitney 19 M - " " Andrew Drake 43 M - N. Clerk " Joanna McCorliff 26 F - British Provences Elizabeth Bean 35 F - " "
1084 1376 George K. Gannitt 31 M - Grain Dealer $2500 Mass. Rebecca H. Gannett 29 F - " George S. " 3 M - " Elizebeth G. Whiting 52 F - " Sarah Gallagher 19 F - Domestic Ireland John Eaton 13 M - Mass. Attended school Samuel Gannett 25 M - Grain Dealer $500 "
52 59 George K. Gannett 37 M - Mass. M Farmer - - 1 1 - Rebecca H. W. Gannett 35 F - Mass. M - - - - - Charles E. Gannett 3 M - " - - - - - - Elizabeth G. Whitney 55 F - Mass. W - - - - - Ann Tracy 36 F - Ireland S Servant - - - - -
407 485 Gannett, George K. 41 M W Lumber Dealer $18000 $10000 Mass. Male citizen over 21 -----, Rebecca H. W. 40 F W Keeping House Mass. Haley, Margaret 40 F W Domestic Servant Ireland Parents foreign born, Illiterate Whitney, Elizabeth G. 63 F W No Occupation Mass.
George K. GANNETT 51 Self M M W MA Farmer MA MA Rebecca H. W. GANNETT 49 Wife F M W MA Keeps House MA MA Elizabeth WHITNEY 73 MotL F W W MA MA MA Julia MC CARTHY 25 Oth F S W IRE 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), p. 347.
1.^ "Moses [Whitney], s. Moses and Rebecca, [born] Oct. 7, 1802," according to Milton Records. Birth, Marriages and Deaths, 1662-1843, Alphabetically and Chronologically Arranged (Boston, MA: Mudge, 1900).