Family:Whitney, Myron William (1836-1910)

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Myron William8 Whitney (William7, Josiah6, Josiah5, David4, Benjamin3, John2, John1), son of William7 and Fanny (Lincoln) Whitney, was born 6 Sep 1836, Ashby, MA.[1] and died 17 Sep 1910, Sandwich, MA.[2]

He married, 4 May 1859, Boston, MA, Eleanor Breasha, of Boston, daughter of John and Phebe (Lamos)(Lang) Breasha. She was born 4 Nov 1841, Chelsea, MA, and died 20 Dec 1910, Sandwich, MA.[3]

As an oratorio singer he stands for many years in the foremost ranks, and his reputation is spread all over the musical world. He was born in Ashby, MA, 6 Sep 1836. The meager musical resources of his native place furnished but a circumscribed field for the growth and improvement of his powers, and he sought a new and more extended sphere in Boston, MA, in the year 1854, and placed himself under the training of E. H. Frost, a teacher of considerable ability. He remained with this gentleman for some years, studying and making rapid progress. While pursuing his studies he filled the position of leading basso in the then celebrated choir of Tremont Temple, which enjoyed an excellent reputation, and attracted a large congregation to the temple. During the three of four years of his connection with Mr. Frost, the choir, which also included several of the leading vocalists of the day, gave concerts in Boston and vicinity. The debut of Mr. Whitney in oratorio was made in the "Messiah" on Christmas day, 1858. Mr. Whitney sang, "Why do the nations," so effectively as to win for himself the commendations of the press of the city, although at the same time the Handel and Haydn Society were presenting the same work. His position was immediately established, and his name and fame spread rapidly. His first appearance before the Handel and Haydn Society was at the Christmas oratorio of the "Messiah" in 1861, when he secured the favor of the public so firmly, that he has ever since been retained for the annual Christmas concert. In 1868 Mr. Whitney went to Florence for the purpose of completing his musical education, under Vannucini, the celebrated master of the Royal Opera. This eminent musician, it will be remembered, was the pupil of Romani, whose name is become a synonym for all that is great and honorable in the world of song. In the summer of 1871, partly for the sake of travel and recreation, and partly for professional purposes, Mr. Whitney went to London, and was absent about one year, returning in season for the Christmas oratorio of 1872. During a greater portion of this time he was under an engagement to Mr. Mapleson, of Covent Garden Theater, under whose auspices he appeared in London and the provinces. The engagement opened with a season of seven weeks at Covent Garden, during which he appeared every evening. At the close of this engagement Mr. Whitney had the honor of singing in "Elijah" at the great Birmingham Festival. The peculiar interest of this occasion was that he sang from the same stage as that occupied by Mendelssohn, when he directed the first production of his immortal work in 1848. Several of the eldest of the choristers, who had assisted in the first performance under Mendelssohn, came forward at the close of the oratorio and congratulated Mr. Whitney upon his eminent success in the role of "Elijah." He appeared at Oxford university in Handel's "Acis and Galatea," in which he created a furor in the arduous role of "Polyphemus," the music of which is seldom sung as originally written, as Handel composed it for an exceptional bass voice. But our basso required no favors in the score, and treated our English cousins to a hearing of this music in the original key, and with all the elaborate fiorituri with which Handel embellished it. At the Cincinnati Musical Festival of 1873, Mr. Whitney'S already glorious reputation may be said to have culminated, and at its close he stood before our entire people hailed and acknowledged as the greatest living basso speaking and singing in English. This popular verdict has since been affirmed and reaffirmed, and is entirely just and well deserved. Mr. Whitney'S reappearance in the west during the early summer of 1874, in Cincinnati and Indianapolis, secured for him still warmer regard. In 1876 he was the principal solo singer at the opening exercises of the Centennial exhibition in Philadelphia. Since that year he has sung in his native country, and has appeared in nearly all the May festivals held in different cities of the Union. For several years he was a member of the Boston Ideal Opera Company. He possesses a fine bass voice of nearly three octaves compass, and is especially noted as an oratorio singer. No man has more friends, both in and out of his profession, and few are more deserving; resided Watertown, MA, "Hillside ", Palfrey street.

Children of Myron William8 and Eleanor (Breasha) Whitney:

i. William Lincoln9 Whitney, b. 11 Jan 1861, Boston, MA;[4] m. Florence J. Roberts.
ii. Lizzie Gertrude Whitney, b. 18 Jul 1862, Boston, MA;[5] m. 11 Jul 1889, Watertown, MA, Waldo D. Hadsell, b. ca. 1865, Monterey, MA, son of John K. and Martha J. (-----) Hadsell.[6]
Ch.: Duane Whitney, b. 30 Sep 1890; Eleanor Gertrude, b. 2 May 1891; Irving Whitney, b. 14 May 1892.
iii. Myron W. Whitney, Jr., b. 15 Jan 1873, Boston, MA.[7] He was given an excellent common school education and prepared for college. He graduated at Chauncey Hall school, Boston, with the highest honors as best boy, taking the gold medal for scholarship and conduct. He is at present (1894) in the senior class at Harvard university, and has already begun his musical career. He has a magnificent bass voice, and is destined to make a name and fame for himself. At present he sings in Dr. Miner'S church on Columbus Ave., and at the close of his college course will make music his profession.

Census

794 2844 John E. Hoyt 25 M - Printer N.H. George N. Mason 21 M - Carpenter Mass. James D. Horne 18 M - Printer N.H. Myron W. Whitney 21 M - Mason Mass. . . .

1124 1629 John Hill 25 M - Servant England Charlott " 24 F - Vermont Harriet " 2 F - Mass. John Henry " 2/12 M - " 1630 Rachel Dodge 54 F - Washerwoman Maine Benjn. F. " 26 M - Tin Smith " Mary Florence 16 F - " 1631 James Smith 36 M - Machinist Ireland Sarah " 34 F - Mass. Maria J. " 13 F - " Attended school Sarah J. " 3 F - " Ella J. " 8/12 F - " Agnes " 18 F - Cape Maker " Ellen " 16 F - " " 1632 Cathn. Fitzpatrick 34 F - Tailoress " Francis H. " 12 M - Canada Attended school John B. " 10 M - " Attended school Jane Connor 75 M - Scotland 1633 Eben Cambell 28 M - Carpenter Mass. Margaret " 26 F - " Edgar " 4 M - " Franklin " 1 M - " Amelia Scott 16 F - Novascotia Mary " 18 F - Tailoress " 1634 Arthur Fessenden 35 M - Box Maker Canada Mary " 21 F - Dress Maker Mass. Arthur " 1 M - " 1635 Mary Tisgher 66 F - " George " 34 M - Varnisher " 1636 Abigail P. Harrington 60 F - N.Hampsr. Harriet M. " 37 F - Milliner Mass. 1637 Amelia Long 57 F - Newfoundland Elizabeth A. " 22 F - " Mary F. K. " 14 F - Newfoundland Attended school 1638 Richard Cooney 22 M - Blacksmith Ireland Married in year Elizabeth 23 F - " Married in year 1639 Myron W. Whitney 24 M - Teacher of Musick Mass. Nelly " 19 F - " 1640 Albert G. Stearns 45 M - Clerk " Mary E. " 36 F - " Emely J. " 11 F - Penn. Attended school Josaphine E. " 8 F - Mass. Attended school 1641 John M. Culver 51 M - Porter N. Hampshire Susan " 45 F - Vermont Anne " 14 F - " Attended school 1642 Alex Moore 31 M - Harnessmaker N. York Ruth " 26 F - Vermont Ann E. " 1 F - Mass. James R. M. Loman 28 M - Gas fitter Vermont 1643 Robert Nelson 33 M - Carpenter N.York Manerva " 23 F - Vermont 1644 Wm. Kendall 37 M - Police officer " Achesah " 42 F - N. Hampsr. Georgiana " 11 F - Vermont Attended school Henry H. " 9 M - " Attended school Julia A. Can 23 F - Milliner N. Hampsr. 1645 Samuel Griggs 50 M - Carpenter Mass. Mary " 50 F - " 1646 John Allis 22 M - Segar Maker Prussia Martha " 20 F - Maine William H. " 6/12 M - Mass.

1117 1999 John Watson 39 M - Me. M Auctioneer - - 1 1 - Abby " 28 F - Mass. " - - - - - John " 17 M - " S Clerk - - - - - David Wilkins 74 " - Ger. M None - - 1 - - Amelia " 65 F - Conn. " - - - - - 2000 James Chase 21 M - Mass. " Tinsmith - - 1 1 - Emma " 17 F - " " - - - - - 2001 Mary Lynch 62 " - " W Washing - - - - - Anna " 22 " - " S None - - - - - 2002 Henry Cummings 30 M - " M Gas fitter - - 1 1 - Kate M. Cummings 28 F - Mass. M - - - - - Lucy A. " 5 " - " S - - - - - George Lamb 20 M - N.Y. " Gas fitter - - 1 - - 2003 Myron W. Whitney 29 M - Mass. M Musician - - 1 1 - Elenora B. " 24 F - " " - - - - - Willie L. " 4 M - " S - - - - - Lizzie G. " 2 F - " " - - - - - 2004 Augustus Clark 43 M - N.H. M Carpenter - - 1 1 - Almira L. " 42 F - Mass. " - - - - - Frank " 16 M - " S Clerk - - - - - Lawrence L. " 11 " - " " - - - - -

731 1188 Whitney, Myron W. 34 M W Music Teacher Mass. Male citizen over 21 -----, Elnora B. 29 F W Keeping House " -----, Willie 9 M W Attends School " Attended school -----, Gertrude 8 F W Attends School " Attended school Cummings, Henry 36 M W Gas Fitter " Male citizen over 21 -----, Catharine M. 34 F W At Home " -----, Lucy A. 10 F W Attends School " Attended school Cressey, John J. 28 M W Book Keeper " Male citizen over 21 -----, John T. 30 M W Clerk in Store " Male citizen over 21 Lamb, George 26 M W Gas Fitter New York Male citizen over 21 Skinner, Addie A. 32 F W Music Teacher Mass. Marshall, Leonard 50 M W Glass Ware Dealer N. Hampshire Male citizen over 21 Kitteridge, John 19 M W Clerk in Store " Johnson, James 20 M W Clerk in Store " Casey, Bridget 22 F W Domestic Servant Ireland Parents foreign born, Illiterate

Continued from JOHN KENNEDY Amanda MILTON 24 Oth F S W NB Tailoress NB NB Charles HANSON 28 Oth M S W MA Printer MA MA John LEWIS 25 Oth M W W ME Frank Maker ME ME Charles BLAKE 21 Oth M S W ME Machinist ME ME Marion WHITNEY 43 Oth M M W MA Vocalist MA MA Elenora WHITNEY 39 Oth F M W MA Keeping House CURASOE NH William WHITNEY 19 Oth M S W MA MA MA Gertrude WHITNEY 18 Oth F S W MA MA MA Marion J.W. WHITNEY 7 Oth M S W MA At School MA MA Johanan CASEY 22 Oth F S W IRELAND Servant IRELAND IRELAND Henry WALKER 45 Oth M S W MA Lawyer MA MA Maria WALKER 43 Oth F S W MA MA MA William ALLEN 40 Oth M S W MA Marble Designer --- --- Robert NASON 28 Oth M S W ME Lawyer ME ME Elizabeth DROWNE 38 Oth F S W RI School Teacher VA CT Bernice DEMERRITT 37 Oth F S W NH School Teacher NH NH

References

1.^  "Myron W. [Whitney], s. William and Fanny, [born] Sep. 6, 1835," according to Jeannette D. Pingrey, comp., Birth, Marriage, and Death Records in the Town of Ashby, Massachusetts, from 1754 to 1890 (Decorah, IA: Anundsen Publishing Company, c. 1989), pp. 89-90.

2.^  Arthur Luke Collier, A Family Sketch (1951).

3.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 90, page 204. Also, Arthur Luke Collier, A Family Sketch (1951).

4.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 8, page 61 (amended).

5.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 152, page 114.

6.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 398, page 301.

7.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 252, page 149.


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