Family:Whitney, Samuel (1790-1864)

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Samuel Whitney, parentage unknown, was born 27 Aug 1790, Canada, and died 25 Mar 1864, Hammond, NY.

He married before 1837, Eliza White, parentage unknown. She was born 4 May 1810, Canada, and died 25 Jan 1894, Hammond, NY.

Children of Samuel and Eliza (White) Whitney (probably incomplete):

i. Royal James Whitney, b. 25 Apr 1837, Hammond, NY; m. Amelia Ann Rogers.
ii. Samuel Milton Whitney, b. 16 Nov 1842, Hammond, NY; d. 21 Dec 1861, Arlington, VA.
iii. Dettie E. Whitney, b. 19 May 1845, Hammond, NY; d. 4 Apr 1921, Wilmington, IL; m. ca. 1866, Erastus A. Thomas.
iv. Vincent Baldwin Whitney, b. 28 Nov 1847, Hammond, NY; d. 16 Jun 1901, Helena, MT; m. ca. 1871, Nellie Fowler?
Children: Winnifred G. Whitney b. 1872, NY; d. 17 Aug 1892, Helena, MT; m. 1891, William H. Godfrey.


The 1840 census suggests that Samuel had more children than those listed above. An 1850 census record for Samuel has not been located which could shed additional light on other children. Some of the older individuals listed in 1840 may have been nonrelated farm laborers. If they are his children, it would suggest that he had been married previously as Eliza would not have been of child bearing age to have them. Since an 1830 matching U.S. census has not been found; one possible scenario is that his first wife died in Canada, he remarried the much young Eliza and removed with the family to Hammond. However, no records have been found yet that supports this theory.

There is some confusion as to the given name of Samuel's daughter Dettie. The 1860 census record indicates her given name as Justina E., but records after this date show a given name of Dettie E. These records include census records as well as the Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947. Her death record lists Samuel and Eliza as her parents and a birth location of Hammond, NY that leads one to conclude the Justina and Dettie are the same individual. It is unknown if her given name at birth was Justina and she went by Dettie later in life or if the 1860 census listed her name as Justina in error.


323 320 Samuel Whitney 69 M - Farmer $2380 $768 Canada Eliza Whitney 50 F - Do Royal J. " 23 M - Farm laborer New York Attended school Samuel M. " 18 M - Do Do Attended school Justina E. " 14 F - Do Attended school Vincent D. " 12 M - Do Attended school Charles Leech 2 M - Indiana

1870 U.S. Census, New York, Saint Lawrence County, Hammond, page 5/254: 32 32 Whitney, V. B. 22 M W Farmer $2200 $600 New York Parents foreign born, Male citizen over 21 " Eliza 61 F W House Keeper Canada " Jane 39 F W Hired Girl New York Parents foreign born Leach, Charles 12 M W At Home Indiana Father foreign born

Eliza WHITNEY 70 Self F W W CAN Keeping House CAN CAN Norman SOPER 42 Othe M S W CAN Farm Laborer VT CAN


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