Family:Whitney, Samuel Elihu (1828-1919)

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Samuel Elihu7 Whitney (Jonathan Rasselas6, Samuel Platt5, Uriah4, Nathan3, John2, Henry1), son of Jonathan Rasselas6 and Maria Louise (Moore) Whitney, was born 2 Oct 1828, Montville, OH, and died 16 Mar 1919, Portland, MI. He was buried in Portland Cemetery, Portland, OH.[1]

He married, 22 Jan 1851, Chardon, OH, Amanda Elizabeth Allen, daughter of John and Fanny Lucretia (Bartlett) Allen. She was born 6 Aug 1828, Madison, OH, and died 19 Mar 1876, Portland, MI. She was buried in Portland Cemetery, Portland, MI.[2]

He married secondly, 3 Feb 1877, Muir, MI, Julia A. Sturdevant,[3] daughter of Edward and Zuba (Cooley) Sturdevant. She was born about 1840, Sheffield, OH, and died 24 Apr 1900, Ionia Co., MI, aged 59 years.[4] She was buried in Portland Cemetery, Portland, MI.[5]

He married thirdly, 6 Jun 1901, Portland, MI, Mary H. (Brown) Udell, daughter of Asa Brown.[6] She was born 1863, Rochester, NY, and died 1950. She was buried in Portland Cemetery, Portland, MI.[7]

Phoenix says the following:

". . . a manufacturer of boots and shoes . . . . They dwelt at Windsor, Ohio, till Aug. 1852; at Garrettsville, Ohio, till 1 Jan. 1866; at New Lisbon, Ohio, till Sept. 1869; and then settled at Portland, Mich., where they were living in 1874."

Newspaper article:

"At Nearly 83 Samuel E. Whitney
Says He is Just Beginning to
Enjoy Life.
"Coming to Portland in 1869 He Has
Watched Village Grow from a Small
Settlement in the Forest.
"In Samuel E. Whitney, Portland has an unusually remarkable citizen. On the second day of next October this gentleman will have attained the age of 83 years, but for all that, he is still exceedingly active. For many years Mr. Whitney was engaged in the shoemaking and cobbling business, but of late years he has devoted most of his time to the cultivation of berries. This aged gentleman works in his field from morning until night with the spirit and vigor of youth. He is tried when evening comes, but he sleeps as quietly as a child and in the morning arises and spends most of the day in the field again.
"Mr. Whitney, accompanied by his wife, had the pleasure of taking an extended trip through the west last ..."[8]

Children of Samuel Elihu7 and Amanda Elizabeth (Allen) Whitney, both born Garrettsville, OH:

i. Charles Alphonso8 Whitney, b. 15 May 1854; m. Carrie Altana Rood.
ii. Fannie Edith Whitney, b. 12 May 1865; d. 25 Feb 1956, Mount Vernon, WA; bur. Union Cemetery, Sedro-Woolley, WA;[9] m. John Gust Anderson.

Children of Samuel Elihu7 and Amanda Elizabeth (Allen) Whitney, both born Garrettsville, OH:

iii. Lovella8 Whitney, b. ca. 1873, MI.

Samuel Elihu7 and Mary (Brown)(Udell) Whitney had no children.


681 685 Samuel E. Whitney 31 M - Boot & Shoe Maker $600 $75 Pennsylvania Amanda E. " 31 F - Do Charlie E. " 6 M - Do Attended school Watson C. " 32 M - Boot & Shoe Maker $50 Do

196 202 Whitney, Samuel 41 M W Shoe Maker $800 $200 Ohio Male citizen over 21 " Amanda 41 F W Keeping house Do " Charles 16 M W Printer Do " Fanny 5 F W Do

1880 U.S. Census, Yorkville, Kendall County, Illinois, T9-0219, p. 341A Samuel E. WHITNEY 50 Self M M W OH Keeps Hotel MA CT Julia A. WHITNEY 39 Wife F M W OH Keeping House OH OH Lovella WHITNEY 7 Dau F S W MI OH OH Henry STRASSMAN 32 Oth M M W GER Clerk GER GER Myron HOPKINS 48 Oth M S W IL Physician VT VT Randall COSSUN 28 Oth M S W IL Lawyer NOR NOR Thomas MORLEY 37 Oth M W W NY Clerk In Store ENG ENG Charles E. JOURDAN 32 Oth M M W MA Clerk In Store CT MA Oscar COSSUN 21 Oth M S W IL NOR NOR John T. HOPKINS 30 Oth M S W OH Life Insurance Agent OH OH F. FLATCHER 29 Oth M S W NH Carpenter --- --- James STAKES 50 Oth M S W ENG Painter ENG ENG Albert CRANDEL 47 Oth M M W NY Blacksmith --- --- Joseph BRASSEL 21 Oth M S W IL Blacksmith PA PA Leverett CHILLENDON 50 Oth M D W VT Farmer VT VT Dugles CHILLENDON 17 Oth M S W IL Laborer VT VT Charles LAPORAN 1 Oth M S W IL FRA FRA

Chas. A. WHITNEY 26 Self M M W OH Printer NY NY Carrie A. WHITNEY 21 Wife F M W IL Keeps Variety Store IL NY Grace WHITNEY 3 Dau F S W IL At Home OH IL Edith WHITNEY 1 Dau F S W IL At Home OH IL Mabel WHITNEY 1M Dau F S W IL At Home OH IL Fannie E. WHITNEY 15 Sis F S W OH At Home NY NY

510 524 Whitney, Samuel E. Head W M Oct 1828 71 wid Ohio Massachusetts Massachusetts Shoemaker For[ ]t G., Owns free farm

  • 1910, Portland, Ionia Co., MI:

610 639 Whitney, Samuel Head M W 81 m3,8 Ohio Massachusetts Massachusetts Shoe cobbler, Owns free house -----, Mary Wife F W 45 m2,8 0ch 0lv New York New York New York None

  • 1920, Maynard Road, Portland, Ionia Co., MI:

548 567 Whitney, Mary Head F W 55 wid New York New York New York Bean picker elevator, Owns free property

  • 1930, Mary not found.


1.^  Find A Grave Memorial #77204318, Samuel Elihu Whitney.

2.^  Find A Grave Memorial #77204744, Amanda Elizabeth Allen Whitney.

3.^  Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925, from

4.^  Michigan Deaths and Burials, 1800-1995, from

5.^  Find A Grave Memorial #77204260, Julia Sturdavant Whitney.

6.^  Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925, from

7.^  Find A Grave Memorial #77204440, Mary H. Brown Whitney.

8.^  Find A Grave Memorial #77204318, Samuel Elihu Whitney.

9.^  Find A Grave Memorial #27236590, Fannie Elizabeh Whitney Anderson.

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