Family:Whitney, Seymour Bangs (1837-1920)
Rev. Seymour Bangs8 Whitney (Sealand7, Israel6, Jonas5, Jonas4, Moses3, Richard2, John1), son of Sealand7 and Sybil (Landon) Whitney, was born 5 Jun 1837, North Hero, VT, and died 7 Aug 1920, Keene, NY. He was buried in Norton Cemetery, Keene, NY.
He married firstly, 2 Sep 1862, Buck's Bridge, NY, Calista M. Coburn, daughter of Thomas and Almira (Stone) Coburn. She was born 31 Oct 1836, VT, and died 16 Apr 1889. She was buried in Rasmussen Cemetery, Bridgewater, SD.
He married secondly, May 1890, Keene, NY, Jenette "Nettie" M. Holt, daughter of Harvey and Maria J. (Chase) Holt. She was born 19 Apr 1849, Keene Valley, NY, and died 21 Sep 1929, Syracuse, NY. She was buried in Norton Cemetery, Keene, NY.
He resided Battle Creek, MI, Potsdam and Frankfort, NY, Bridgewater, SD, Oswego, KS.
Obituary from: Atlantic Union Gleaner (So. Lancaster, Mass.), vol. 19, no. 34 (25 Aug 1920), p. 6.:
- "WHITNEY.--Elder Seymour Bangs Whitney was born in North Hero, Vermont, June 5, 1837, and died in Keene, New York, August 8, 1920. In the year 1862, he was united in marriage to Calisto Coburn, who died April 16, 1889. To this union were born two sons, Milo, who resides in Syracuse, New York, and Seymour Jay, who ks at present preceptor of Pacific Union College. In the month of May, 1890, he married Nettie Holt, of Keene, who survives him.
- "Elder Whitney seemed as well as usual the morning of his death. He went out after breakfast to put the spray on the lawn, and after a short time Sister Whitney went to the door to speak to him, and there he lay on the grass in front of the door as if he had lain down to rest. His life had passed out, leaving no visible sign of any pain or struggle. From his youth he was of a religious turn of mind, and was a class-leader in the Methodist church when he was in his teens. At the age of twenty he, with his father's family, moved to Malone, New York, and shortly after that they became interested in the Advent message. He at once decided to enter the ministry, and began to preach the message at the age of twenty-one. Two of his brothers also entered the ministry, Elder Buel E. Whitney, one of our first missionaries to Switzerland, who died some years ago, and Wilbur Whitney who is still living in California. The family were all well educated, one of his brothers being a lawyer and another a teacher. Elder Whitney received his first experience in the ministry while he was laboring as tent-master for Elder J. N. Loughborough, in the State of New York. He also received further training in Battle Creek, Michigan, and lived in the home of Elder James White for a time. In 1878 he went to Dakota, where he labored for fifteen years. Following that, he labored for about two years in Kansas and Arkansas,and then, because of ill health, he was compelled to take a rest and returned to New York, where he soon regained his health and was in active service again. Since then he has labored in the eastern part of the State, and for several years was pastor of the Syracuse church. About ten years ago it became necessary for him to live a more retired life, so he decided to locate near one of our small churches in the Adirondack mountains, where he has continued to serve the cause holding meetings from time to time as his strength would permit. The day before his death, he conducted the regular Sabbath service.
- "It was the privilege of the writer to visit him recently, and he expressed his abiding trust in God. He told of how he enjoyed his home and it seemed to him that God had made his last days the most joyful of all his life. As he retired at night, the scripture would come to his mind, 'I will both lay me edown in peace, and sleep; for thou Lord, only makest me to dwell in safety,' and his sleep was scarcely ever broken. As he wakened, his first thought was of God, and he would exclaim with the Psalmist, 'I laid me down and slept; I awaked: for the Lord sustained me.' As I left him, he said, 'If any one should inquire about me, tell them that my confidence in th third angel's message was never firmer than it is now.'
- "The funeral was held in the Methodist church near his home, where were gathered a large circle of friends and relatives. The writer, assisted by the pastors of the Methodist and Congregationalist churches, conducted the service, and his body was laid to rest in the Valley cemetery, Keene, New York, August 10, 1920. 'Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them.'
- "F. C. WEBSTER."
Obituary from: Atlantic Union Gleaner (So. Lancaster, Mass.), vol. 28, no. 40 (9 Oct 1929), pp. 6-7. NOTE: newspaper death notices at the time place her sudden death in a Syracuse hospital, not Middletown:
- "WHITNEY.--Nettie Holt Whitney was born April 19, 1849 in Keene Valley, N.Y., and died of shock September 21, 1929 at Middletown, N.Y. Sister Whitney began teaching school when fifteen years of age and continued in public school work for 26 years. When 21 years of age she attended a series of lectures given by Elder S. B. Whitney and accepted the Sabbath and associated truths. Twenty years later, after the death of his wife, she united in marriage with Elder Whitney, for whom she made a very worthy companion in his service for others. Leaving the mountains and valleys where she had spent more than forty years of her life, she went with him to South Dakota where he was laboring at the time of their marriage. In turn they labored in the Black Hills and in Kansas, finally returning to New York State, where, for seven years, they were stationed in Syracuse. After a short stay in Vienna, N.Y., they returned to Keene Village in the Adirondacks, where he laid down his burdens, and where for ten more years Sister Whitney kept burning brightly the fire of love that had illuminated her efforts for others during a long and helpful life. At the funeral, held in the home of her niece and namesake, Mrs. Nettie Morrison, at Keene Valley, many expressions of love and reverent memory were heard from those who had been her pupils more than half a century ago. We laid her to rest beside her husband on a beautiful knoll between towering mountains, where, together, they rest in the hope of the resurrection at the soon coming of Jesus. Remarks by the writer were based on Psa. 116:15 and Rev. 14:13.
- "Wm. W. Rice."
Children of Seymour Bangs8 and Calisa M. (Coburn) Whitney:
i. Milo S.9 Whitney, b. 25 Apr 1864. ii. Seymour Jay Whitney, b. 14 Jul 1869.
53 49 John N. Loughborough 28 M - 2d Advent Clergyman $600 $100 New York Mary J. Do 27 F - Do Martha C. Byington 26 F - Housework Do Seymour Whitney 23 M - Farmer Vermont
1160 1149 Whitney, Seymore 33 M W Advent Preacher $700 $300 Vt. Male citizen over 21 Calista M. 33 F W Keepint House " Milo S. 6 M W N.Y. Seymore Jr. 1 M W " Coburn, Thomas 79 M W Farm Labor N.H. Male citizen over 21
Seymour B. WHITNEY 43 Self M M W VT Minister VT VT Calista M. WHITNEY 43 Wife F M W VT Keeping House NH NH Milo F. WHITNEY 16 Son M S W NY At Home VT VT Seymour J. WHITNEY 10 Son M S W NY At School VT VT
- All data imported from Frederick Clifton Pierce, The Descendants of John Whitney, Who Came from London, England, to Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1635, (Chicago: 1895), p. 500.