Family:Whitney, Phebe Jane (1842-1923)

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Phebe Jane8 Whitney (William W.7, Samuel6, Isaac5, Isaac4, Nathaniel3, Benjamin2, John1), daughter of William W.7 and Elizabeth A. (Maxfield) Whitney, was born 18 Apr 1842, Farmington, ME, and died 9 Apr 1923, St. Albans, ME.

She married 6 Oct 1860, Farmington, ME, Christopher Orr, Jr., both of Farmington. He was born 1 Sep 1827, Berlin (now Phillips), ME, and died 9 Apr 1923, St. Albans, ME.

Both Christopher and Phebe are buried in the Elmwood Cemetery, Methuen, MA.

From an Application Working Sheet for the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution (it was never completed or sent, and was started in the 1950's):

"Phoebe Jane WHITNEY was born 1843 in Farmington, ME. She was the daughter of William W. WHITNEY born 1816 at Gorham,ME. He died 1886. Her mother/his wife was Elizabeth MAXFIELD born 1822 at Cumberland, ME. She died in Farmington, ME in 1898. They had married 1838."

Obituary of Phebe Whitney Orr:

Phoebe [WHITNEY] ORR died on Monday April 9 1923, at the home of her sister, Mrs W. W. HARTWELL, St. Albans. She had been in feeble health for many years, but passed away rather suddenly at the age of nearly 81. She was born April 18, 1842 in Farmington, where she spent her girlhood. In 1864 she married Christopher ORR and she and her husband were among the pioneer settlers of Aroostook County. Five children were born to them all of whom survive.
Mrs ORR lived on the Aroostook farm about eighteen years ago, when she went to St Albans to live with her sister.
She was a woman of noble Christian character with a sweet and generous personality, beloved by all with whom she came in contact. She is survived by a brother, William WHITNEY, at Farmington, and a sister Mrs. W. W. HARTWELL of St. Albans, two daughters, Mrs Elizabeth WAKEFIELD of Skowhegan and Mrs. Annie NEWBEGIN of Woodland: three sons, Daniel E., Suzazier and Oscar, all of Methuen, Massachusetts, also seventeen grandchildren, twenty-three great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. At the time of her death, Mrs. Orr enjoyed the distinction of forming the oldest link in a chain of five generations.
Funeral services were held at her sister's house in St. Albans on Thursday afternoon, the officiating clergyman being the Rev. Charles JOHONETT. Floral Tributes sent by loving relatives showed the esteem they held for the deceased. The body was _____________ in Methuen, Mass where it will rest beside that of her husband at Elmwood Cemetery.

Father William Whitney, Mother Elizabeth Maxwell birth unknown. Doctor Moulton signed death certificate. Phoebe died at 80 years 11 months and 27 days.

Children of Christopher, Jr. and Phebe Jane (Whitney) Orr:

i. Sarah E. Orr, b. ca. 1862, ME.
ii. Daniel E. Orr, b. ca. 1864, ME.
iii. Annie Orr, b. ca. 1872, ME.
iv. Suzazier Orr, b. ca. 1878, ME.
v. Oscar Orr.


  • 1870: Woodland, Aroostook Co., ME; farmer.
  • 1880: Woodland, Aroostook Co., ME; farmer.
  • 1910: Phebe resided in St. Albans, ME with relatives.
  • 1920: Phebe resided in St. Albans, ME with relatives.


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