Family:Whitney, Moses Allis (1802-1848)

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Moses Allis8 Whitney (Moses7, Samuel6, Samuel5, Nathaniel4, Nathaniel3, John2, John1), son of Moses7 and Bernice (Locke) Whitney, was born 11 Jun 1802, Marlboro, VT,[1] and died 19 Sep 1848, West Troy, IL.

He married firstly, 30 Aug 1833 or 4 Sep 1833, Marlboro, VT, Amanda Morgan.[2] She was born 23 Aug 1794, and died 25 Oct 1837.

He married secondly, 18 Mar 1842, Cuyahoga Co., OH, Louisa L. Fletcher.[3] She was born 17 Nov 1823, and died after 1870. She married secondly, 19 Dec 1860, Will Co., IL, Daniel M. Thomas.[4]

He resided Strongsville, OH.

Moses Allis Whitney was born upon the side of one of those beautiful Vermont hills where the eye reaches over hill and valley until it rests upon the distant White Mountain range of new Hampshire. His boyhood until ten years of age was like that of other wide-awake Green Mountain boys. At that time it entered his busy brain to build, with the help of a mate, a dam across one of those icy cold dashing streams which everywhere find their way down the hillside, and use the water for a swimming pond. This sport was followed up so vigorously, that before his parents comprehended the danger, he was down with inflammatory rheumatism. This was the beginning of a life-long trouble, which caused him to walk with crutch and cane. From the time he was first taken until nearly 25 years of age, he was released from his bed but a short season at a time, when his old enemy would bring him down again. At about this time, he thought himself well enough to go into business in Pennsylvania. But he was soon brought back to his father's house, and his mother's tender care, and again spent years of great suffering. When well enough to try again he opened a small store in his native town. The general crash of '37 reached him, and he had to close his doors. He then took his wife and two sons, Locke and John, 2 and 1 year old, and started for northern Ohio. After leaving Albany, they traveled by canal boat to Buffalo. At Lockport they were detained for some weeks on account of a break in the locks, when his wife was taken sick with a fever, from which she died some time after reaching their destination. The bereaved father took his motherless boys back to his friends in Vermont, but he returned and opened a store in Strongsville, OH. Here, after several years, he married Miss Louisa Fletcher, and the boys were brought back from Vermont. Fearing the influence of the town upon the character of his growing family of boys, he made another move westward, this time settling upon a farm in northern Illinois. It was at a time when malaria was almost universal in that state, and it took hold upon him with fearful effect. It brought upon him again the trouble of his earlier manhood, which after a long and Painful illness, finally laid him to rest. He was a man of many sterling qualities, and always took a high place in the esteem of all who knew him. Though not having thorough school advantages, he was a natural scholar, and devoted much of the enforced idleness of his youth and earlier manhood to the study of ancient and modern languages, the higher mathematics, etc. His church relations were with the Congregationalists. From an old time Whig he very early espoused the cause of the slave, and as his earnest and warm friend was known as an abolitionist. As husband and father he attained the highest ideal. He resided West Troy, IL.

Children of Moses Allis8 and Amanda (Morgan) Whitney:

i. Allis Locke9 Whitney, b. 26 Sep 1834, VT; d. 1 Sep 1856.
ii. John Morgan Whitney, b. 1 Oct 1835, VT; m. Mary S. Rice.

Children of Moses Allis8 and Louisa L. (Fletcher) Whitney:

iii. Clifton F. Whitney, b. 10 May 1843, OH; d. between 1850 and 1860.
iv. Louisa Eddell Whitney, b. 22 Sep 1844, OH; m. about 1858, Charles H. Foote; resided Cedar Rapids, IA.
v. Jane Ray Whitney, b. 27 Dec 1846, IL; d. after 1860.
vi. Guilford M. Whitney, b. 9 Mar 1849, IL; m. Mary C. Harrison.

Census

12 12 Louisa L. Whitney 27 F - N.Y. Jemima Welch 73 " - N.H. Lock Whitney 15 M - Vt. Attended school John " 14 " - " Attended school Clifton " 7 " - O. Attended school Eststelle " 5 F - " Attended school Jane " 3 " - Ill. Attended school Guilford " 1 M - "

  • 1860, Aux Sable, Grundy Co., IL:

1851 1777 Daniel Thomas 50 M - Farmer $2740 $863 O. Louisa 37 F - N.Y. Adel 15 F - Help O. Attended school Jane 13 F - Ill. Attended school Gilford 11 M - " Attended school Myron 7 M - " Attended school Eliza 4 F - " Attie 2 F - " Frank Hahn 21 M - farmhand Prussia

The oldest three children were by Louisa's first husband, and should have the surname "Whitney", not "Thomas".

References

1.^  Vermont, Vital Records Index, All Births.

2.^  Vermont, Vital Records Index, Marriages.

3.^  Ohio Marriage Records, 1789-1850.

4.^  Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900.


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