Family:Whitney, Samuel (c1812-a1870)
Samuel Whitney, parentage unknown (but see Notes below), was born about 1812, ME, and died after 1870.
He married firstly, 17 Feb 1840, Bowdoinham, ME, Elizabeth Merryman. She was born about 1821, ME, and died between 1850 and 1851.
Intentions of marriage were published 20 Dec 1851, Durham ME, for him and Louisa Jordan, both of Durham. He married secondly, 8 Jun 1852, Durham, ME, Louisa Jordan, both of Durham. She was born about 1818, ME, and died after 1870. She was probably the Louisa Jordan, daughter of Benjamin Allen and Betsey (Adams) Jordan, who was born 7 May 1819, Gorham, ME.
They lived in Durham and Lewiston, ME, where he was a farmer.
Children of Samuel and Elizabeth (Merryman) Whitney:
i. Jane Whitney, b. ca. 1841, ME; d. aft. 1850; no further record found. ii. Nathan Whitney, b. ca. 1845, ME; d. aft. 1850; no further record found. iii. Dianna Whitney, b. ca. 1847, ME; d. aft. 1850; no further record found.
Children of Samuel and Louisa (Jordan) Whitney:
iv. William F. Whitney, b. ca. 1855, ME; m.(1) Isabella A. Sherman; m.(2) Lauretta (Kelly) Fletcher.
He may be a son of Benjamin5 and Mary/Polly (Varnum) Whitney, who had a son Samuel6 Whitney, b. 1801, who may have died soon. If so, there could be a second Samuel, b. ca. 1812. In the 1850 census, the latter is living with a Susan Whitney, b. ca. 1821, likely his sister-in-law Susan (Trufant) Whitney, and a Mary Whitney, b. ca. 1776, likely his mother Mary/Polly (Varnum) Whitney. The fact that that Samuel named a daughter Diana seems significant, as that was the name of a putative sister.
88 99 Samuel Whitney 36 M - Farmer $800 Maine Elizabeth " 29 F - " Mary " 74 F - " Jane " 9 F - " Attended school Nathan " 5 M - " Attended school Dianna " 3 F - " Susan " 29 F - "
See Notes above.
144 154 Samuel Whitney 48 M - Laborer $400 -- Maine Louisa do 42 F - do Willie do 5 M - do
105 114 Whitney, Samuel 58 M W Laborer $1500 -- Maine Male citizen over 21 -----, Louisa 50 F W Keeping House " -----, William 15 M W At Home " Attended school
- 1880: not found.
- Census records.
3.^ Kelley, Judith Holbrook, ed. and transcr., Clayton Rand Adams, ed., Marriage Returns of Cumberland County, Maine, Prior to 1892, Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication No. 29 (Rockport, ME: Picton Press, 1998), p. 400.