Family:Whitney, Rufus Hayden (1826-1911)

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Rufus Hayden8 Whitney (David7, Elijah6, Thomas5, Thomas4, Eleazer3, Thomas2, John1), son of David7 and Samaria (Wheeler) Whitney, was born 24 Jan 1826, Westborough, MA,[1] and died 24 Nov 1911, Philadelphia, PA, aged 71 years 11 months [sic].

He married, 7 Apr 1844, Thompsonville, CT, Emily Burton Stevens, daughter of James and Martha Varnum (Barron) Stevens. She was born about May 1828, North Chelmsford, MA, and died after 1900.

He was born in Westborough, MA, and remained on a farm until thirteen years of age, then went into a provision and grocery store until seventeen, when he went to Boston with J. W. Blodget & Company, importers and wholesale dry goods jobbers. Remained with them four years, then went with White, Brown, Davis & Company; worked on a salary for four years, then was taken in as a partner, and remained for six years, then went into business with two other gentlemen; name of firm, Whitney, Crain & Marr. They did the importing and jobbing business of dry goods and made lots of money and after that they lost heavily by the advance of gold and hard debts, and were obliged to compromise with their creditors. He then went with A. Hamilton & Company at a salary of $8,000 per year as buyer both in Europe and here; in two years was taken in as partner. The big fire came and the loss was large and they lost all. After settling with their creditors, he went into his present business of commission broker and has done very well; has been in since 1879. He has always called Boston his home since 1849, still his family lived in Europe for several years and in New York for about two years, but his business has been in Boston all the time; resided Boston, MA, address 75 State St.

Children of Rufus Hayden8 and Emily Burton (Stevens) Whitney:

i. Harry Francis9 Whitney, b. 8 Aug 1846, Grafton, MA;[2] d. 20 Dec 1891, Bainbridge, GA.
ii. Henrietta Elizabeth Whitney, b. 13 Dec 1849, Lowell, MA;[3] "Lizzie H." m. 6 Jun 1877, Brookline, MA, Edward Elbridge Floyd, as his second wife, son of Daniel and Catherine (Poore) Floyd, b. ca. 1834, Charlestown, MA.[4]
iii. Helen Marion Whitney, b. 16 Aug 1855, Boston, MA;[5] d. 28 Nov 1906, Great Barrington, MA, aged 51 years 3 months 12 days, of Hodgkins disease; unmarried; resided New York, NY.[6]
iv. Kate Varnum Whitney, b. 21 Sep 1857, Boston, MA;[7] m. 6 Feb 1883, Church of the Transfiguration, New York, NY, William Beals Kendall.
v. Charles Hamilton Whitney, b. ca. Sep 1862, Brookline, MA; d. 27 Jun 1862, Brookline, MA, aged 9 months, of whooping cough.[8]

Census

222 248 M. H. Cochran 24 M - Trader Canada A. M. Cochran 22 F - Maine Mary Cochran 50 F - England 249 R. H. Whitney 35 M - Clerk Mass. Emily Whitney 27 F - " Frank Whitney 4 M - " H. E. Whitney 6/12 F - "

2095 2923 R. H. Whitney 34 M - Dry Goods $30000 Mass. E. B. Whitney 32 F - " Harry S. " 13 M - " Attended school Lizzie H. " 11 F - " Attended school Helen M. " 5 F - " Kate V. " 3 F - " E. M. Pike 40 F - Widow " Margaret Dolan 20 F - Domestic Ireland Cannot read or write

456 953 Thomas C. Nichol 40 M - Mass. M Hotel Keeper - - 1 1 - Mrs. " 33 F - " " - - - - - Margaret " 20 " - " S Housekeeper - - - - - Rufus Whitney 39 M - " M Merchant - - 1 1 - Emily B. " 35 F - " " - - - - - ...

788 1029 Whitney, Rufus H. 44 M W Wholesale Dry Goods Merct. $5000 Mass. Male citizen over 1 -----, Emily B. 43 F W Keeps House $1000 Mass. -----, Elisabeth H. 20 F W At Home Mass. -----, Helen M. 14 F W At School Mass. Attended school -----, Cate V. 12 F W At School Mass. Attended school Brady, Cate 28 F W Dom. Servt. Ireland Parents foreign born McLaughlin, Patrick 18 M W Laborer Ireland Parents foreign born

30 667 Floyd, Edward E. Head W M Jan 1834 66 mar 23 Massachusetts Massachusetts Massachusetts Comm.-merchant, Owns free house -----, Lizzie H. Wife W F Dec 1849 50 mar 23 1ch 1liv Massachusetts Massachusetts Massachusetts -----, Charles H. Son W M Sep 1878 21 sgl Massachusetts Massachusetts Massachusetts Student Whitney, Emily B. MiL W F May 1822 78 wid Massachusetts Massachusetts Massachusetts Griffin, Cora Srvt W F Sep 1861 30 sgl New Hampshire Ireland Ireland Servant Harrington, Helena Srvt W F Dec 1866 33 sgl Ireland Ireland Ireland Servant, Immig.1891 O'Brien, Catherine Srvt W F Jan 1855 45 sgl Ireland Ireland Ireland Servant, Immig. 1884 Caragher, James Srvt W M Sep 1871 28 sgl Ireland Ireland Ireland Servant O'Neil, Robert Srvt W M Apr 1867 33 sgl Ireland Ireland Ireland Servant, Immig. 1880, Nat.

References

  • Census records.

1.^  "Rufus Hayden [Whitney], s. David and Semaria, [born] Jan. 24, 1826," according to Franklin P. Rice, ed., Vital Records of Westborough, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (1903).

2.^  "Francis H. [Whitney], s. Rufus H. and Emely B., [born] Aug. 8, 1846," according to Franklin P. Rice, ed., Vital Records of Grafton, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (Worcester, MA: The Systematic History Fund, 1906). Also, "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 23, page 211.

3.^  "Henrietta C. [Whitney], d. Rufus, trader, b. Westborough, and Emily B., b. N[orth] Chelmsford, [born] Dec. 13, 1849," according to Vital Records of Lowell, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (Salem, MA: Essex Institute, 1930). Also, "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 35, page 225.

4.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 290, page 210.

5.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 92, page 126.

6.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 1906/42 (death), page 538.

7.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 107, page 119.

8.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 157, page 260.


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