Family:Whitney, Salmon (c1801-1858)

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Salmon Whitney, parentage unknown (but see Notes below), was born circa 29 Jul 1801, NY and died 29 Jan 1855, Inland, Cedar Co., IA, aged 53 years 6 months. He was buried in Inland Cemetery, Bennett, IA.[1]

He married Bathsheba [?West?]. She was born circa 1802, NY and died 21 Apr 1862, Inland, IA.[2]

On 13 Apr 1838, "Salmon Whitney", "Bathsheba Whitney", and "Bathsheba West" were among the organizing members of the Congregational Church of Guilford.[3]

Children of Salmon and Bathsheba (?West?) Whitney:

i. Minerva Whitney, b. 2 Dec 1823, Staten Island, NY; d. 19 Mar 1873, Cedar Co., IA; m. 15 Jan 1845, Medina Co., OH, George R. Willey.
Willey, George R., farmer, Post Office Inland; born June 28, 1819, in Ashtabula County, Ohio; removed with his parents to Medina County, in 1833. At the age of 26 he married Minerva Whitney, oldest daughter of Solomon Whitney, of the same county; she was a devoted wife and loving mother, respected and beloved for her amiable and charitable disposition; came to this county in the Fall of 1850, where she cheerfully endured the hardships and privations of a pioneer life; she was born December 2, 1823, and died March 19, 1873, leaving husband, four sons and two daughters to mourn her loss. Harriet F., born February 24, 1846; Charles D., born July 5, 1847; Franklin E., born June 18, 1849; Edwin G., born December 7, 1853; Harmon G., born December 17, 1856; Jennie E., born August 24, 1863. Mr. Willey is a man of strong constitution and strict integrity, and by his close application to business, he has acquired a fair competency of this world's goods. A staunch Republican; an earnest worker in the Sabbath School and liberal supporter of the Gospel. He was married the second time to Alice Timberlake, October 22, 1874; she was born January 7, 1836, in Noble County, Ohio. To them was born one son--Freddie L., January 17, 1876, and who died February 3, 1876. Owns a farm of 356 acres.[4]
a. Freddie L. Willey, b. 17 Jan 1876; d. 3 Feb 1876.
ii. Heman W. Whitney, b. ca. 1827, NY; m.(1) Sophia Howe; m.(2) Sarah J. Sillet.
iii. Lucy Whitney, b. ca. 1833, NY; living 1850.
iv. Levi Franklin Whitney, b. 20 Aug 1835, Guilford, Medina Co., OH; m.(1) Susanna S. Burkett; m.(2) Caroline Rutherford; m.(3) Augusta Amilia Durand.
v. Ellen Whitney, b. ca. 1840, OH, probably Guilford, Medina Co.; living 1850.
vi. Josephine Whitney, b. ca. 1842, OH, probably Guilford, Medina Co.; living 1860.


Linda B. Hansen at her "Up A Tree" database on says that he was a son of Isaac5 and Phebe (Gould) Whitney of Granville, NY. This seems possible, but I have seen no evidence proving this identification. He was listed in Castile, Genesee Co., NY, in 1830, as were Isaac6 Whitney and Joseph Whitney. If the former was a brother, that would establish the above connection. Conceivable Joseph could be another brother, otherwise not listed among Isaac5's children.


627 635 Salmon Whitney 49 M - Farmer N.Y. Bathsheba 48 F - N.Y. Heman W. 23 M - Laborer N.Y. Lucy 17 F - N.Y. Attended school Franklin 14 M - O. Attended school Ellen 10 F - O. Attended school Josephine 8 F - O. Attended school

606 615 George R. Willey 41 M - Farmer $6000 $850 Ohio Minerva " 36 F - New York Harriet F. " 14 F - Ohio Attended school Charles D. " 12 M - " Attended school Franklin E. " 11 M - " Attended school Edwin E. " 8 M - Iowa Attended school Harrison G. " 3 M - " Bashaly Whitney 58 F - New York Josephine " 18 F - Ohio Franklin F. " 23 M - "


  • Census records

1.^  Find A Grave Memorial #94072218, Salmon Whitney.

2.^  Find A Grave Memorial #94072371, Basheba Whitney.

3.^  History of Medina County and Ohio: containing a history of the state of Ohio, p. 480.

4.^  History of Cedar County, Iowa, 1878.

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