Family:Whitney, Simeon (1802-1870)

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Simeon7 Whitney (Daniel Hobbs6, Joshua5, Joshua4, Joshua3, Benjamin2, John1), son of Daniel Hobbs6 and Irene (Morse) Whitney, was born 22 Jan 1802 (twin), Medway, MA, and died 6 Dec 1870, Boston, MA, aged 69 years 10 months 16 days, of phthisis, laborer, married.[1]

He married, 16 Jan 1825, Dover, MA, Eliza Newell, daughter of Nathan and Dorcas (-----) Newell.[2] She was born about 10 Mar 1804, Needham, MA, and died 25 Aug 1877, Sterling, MA, aged 73 years 5 months 15 days, of disease of the heart, widowed.[3]

Children of Simeon6 and Eliza (Newell) Whitney, probably incomplete:

i. Mary E.8 Whitney, b. ca. 1828; d. 4 Oct 1898, Newton, MA; m. 17 Jun or 5 May 1847, Needham, MA, Francis Jones, both of Needham, b. ca. 1823, son of Lewis and Martha (-----) Jones;[4] res. Newton, MA.
ii. Louisa Whitney, b. ca. 1831; d. 25 Apr 1836, Natick, MA, aged 4 years.[5]
iii. Ellen L. Whitney, b. ca. 1837; "of Needham" m. 1 Jul 1855, Dover, MA, Orrin Beard of Newton.[6]
iv. Emma Frances Whitney, b. Mar 1844, Dover, MA;[7] d. 20 Mar 1884, Sterling, MA, aged 40 years, of phthisis;[8] m.(1) bef. 1870, [?Henry/Edward/Simeon F.?] Whitney, b. ca. 1842, MA, d. aft. 1870; of Sterling, m.(2) 27 Sep 1874, Clinton, MA, or Sterling, MA, Samuel H. Seaver, b. ca. 1825, Brattleboro, VT, son of Joseph and Persis (Howe) Seaver.[9]

Notes

No couple Nathan and Dorcas (-----) Newell who would fit the above data has been found.

The following confusing records may apply to his daughter Emma Frances Whitney:

  • Children: Albert A. and Alice A. Whitney, twins, born 5 Feb 1868, Dorchester, MA, parents Simeon F. and Emma F. (Whitney), born Needham and Dover, respectively.[10] This says that Emma was married to Simeon F. Whitney, who cannot be found in any other records. Notice that Simeon was her father's given name.
  • 1870, Boston Ward 13, Suffolk Co., MA:

228 279 Whitney, Henry 28 M W Teamster Mass. Male citizen over 21 -----, Emma 26 F W Keeping House " -----, Albert 2 M W At Home " -----, Alice 2 F W At Home " 280 Baker, Henry 26 M W Floor Layer Nova Scotia Parents foreign born -----, Nancy 23 F W Keeping House " Parents foreign born -----, Isaac 7/12 M W At Home " Parents foreign born, Born in Oct 281 Buchanan, Robert 47 M W Farm Laborer $1500 $300 Ireland Parents foreign born, Male citizen over 21 -----, Jane 37 F W Keeping House " Parents foreign born -----, John H. 13 M W Attending school Mass. Parents foreign born, Attended school -----, Helen E. 9 F W At Home " Parents foreign born, Attended school

This implies that Emma's husband was a certain Henry Whitney, who cannot be found in any other record.

Joseph W. ALDRICH 51 Self M M W CT Painter CT CT Emma F. ALDRICH 35 Wife F M W MA Keeping House MA MA Alice A. WHITNEY 12 SDau F S W MA MA MA Albert A. WHITNEY 12 SSon M S W MA MA MA

This implies a marriage for Emma for which no record has been found. If so, then Emma must have divorced Samuel Seaver. She cannot be found in 1880 under the surname Seaver. Her death record in 1884 calls her Emma Seaver, however, not Emma Aldrich.

  • 1880, Leominster, Worcester Co., MA: Samuel Seaver, 54, married, b. VT, farm hand, boarder in the family of Persis H. Buss and her son Elliott Jones.
  • Brunell Family Tree, a public tree at Ancestry.com. This says that the above 1880 census records pertain to an Emma Frances Aldrich, born 22 Sep 1845, Attleborough, MA, daughter of Silas Edwin and Siloma Niles (Foster) Aldrich. This seems unlikely, given the other records above. It does reveal that Joseph William Aldrich and his wife Emma had another daughter, Rosella Francis Aldrich, born 12 Aug 1880, Sterling, MA, and died 28 Jan 1970, East Haven, CT, who married about 1897, William Henry Kent.
  • Son Albert A. Whitney married, 15 Dec 1891, Leominster, MA, Mary S. Grimshaw, b. ca. 1882, Sterling, MA, daughter of Edward and Abbie (-----) Grimshaw.[11] In the marriage record, his parents are given as Edward and Emma F. (Newell) Whitney. Notice that Newell was Emma's mother's maiden name. They had a son Albert Whitney, b. 26 Feb 1893, Worcester, MA.[12]

212 259 Whitney, Albert Head W M Feb 1867 33 mar 9 Massachusetts Massachusetts Massachusetts Band saw box mfg., Rents house -----, Mary S. Wife W F Apr 1875 25 mar 9 1ch 1liv Massachusetts England Ireland -----, Albert Son W M Feb 1893 7 sgl Massachusetts Massachusetts Massachusetts At sch.

  • Daughter Alice A. Whitney has not been found after the 1880 census.

So, was her Whitney husband named Simeon F., Henry, or Edward? Or were the twins illegitimate, paternity unknown, and these records attempts to suppress that information?

Census

115 133 Simeon Whitney 53 M - Laborer Mass. Eliza Whitney 50 F - " Ellen L. Whitney 18 F - " Emma F. Whitney 11 F - " Martha Mills 40 F - "

1774 2055 Simeon Whitney 57 M - Farmer $600 -- Eliza " 55 F - -- Emma " 17 F - -- Jane Turner 21 F - Servant Ireland

30 51 Isaac Smith 47 M - Mass. M Carpenter - - 1 1 - Adeline C. Smith 44 F - Vt. M - - - - - Harley A. Smith 10 M - Mass. - - - - - - Alson A. Smith 6 M - " - - - - - - 52 Dorothy Smith 77 F - " W - - - - - 53 Simeon Whitney 63 M - " M Farmer - - 1 1 - Eliza Whitney 62 F - " M - - - - - Emma Whitney 19 F - " S - - - - -

2081 2193 Jones, Francis 48 M W Express Man $6000 $6000 Mass. Male citizen over 21 -----, Mary 42 F W Housekeeping Mass. -----, Ellen E. 18 F W No Occupation Mass. -----, Edwin A. 12 M W At School Mass. -----, Carrie L. 6 F W At School Mass. -----, Frank J. 2 F W At Home Mass. Whitney, Simeon 68 M W No Occupation Mass. Male citizen over 21

  • 1870, wife Eliza and daughter Emma not found.

References

  • Census records.

1.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 231, page 206.

2.^  "Simeon [Whitney] and Eliza Newell, [married] Jan. 16, 1825," according to Vital Records of Dover, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1908).

3.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 294, page 367.

4.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 31, page 151.

5.^  "Louisa [Whitney], d. of Simeon, [died] Apr. 25, 1836, a. 4y.," according to Thomas W. Baldwin, ed., Vital Records of Natick, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Boston, MA: 1910).

6.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 88, page 183.

7.^  "Emily [Whitney], d. Simeon, laborer, and Eliza, [born] Mar. __, 1844," according to Dover Vital Records. Also, "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 5 page 123.

8.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 357, page 453.

9.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 264, pages 258 and 320.

10.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 206, page 297.

11.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 417, page 425.

12.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 432, page 581.


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