Family:Whitney, William (1798-1894)
William7 Whitney (Josiah6, Josiah5, David4, Benjamin3, John2, John1) son of Josiah6 and Mary (Barrett) Whitney, was born 20 Jul 1798, Lincoln, MA, was baptized 29 Jul 1798, Lincoln, MA, and died 3 Sep 1894, Ashby, MA, aged 96 years 1 month 13 days, of hemiplegia.
He married, 3 Dec 1823, Ashby, MA, Fanny Lincoln, daughter of William and Jael (Cushing) Lincoln. She was born 26 Sep 1803, Marlborough, NH, and died 5 Aug 1888, Ashby, MA, aged 84 years 10 months 10 days, of partial paralysis.
William Whitney, Ashby's oldest townsman and the most aged man who ever resided there, passed away 4 Sep 1894, quietly and painlessly, after a short illness, at the advanced age of 96 years, his birthday having been celebrated within a few weeks, when he was able to be about and join heartily with story and anecdote in the jollity of the occasion. He was always exceedingly fond of hunting, trapping and fishing, and his anecdotes of experiences while enjoying the sport have been a source of pleasure to young hearers many a time. Mr. Whitney was a man of sterling integrity, upright, straightforward and sincere. As a neighbor, friend and townsman, a landmark almost (for the like old mountain near which he lived so long he had come to be a part of Ashby, known to and esteemed by every citizen), he will be missed. His race has been noted for its longevity, one of his sisters, Mrs. Oliver Kendall, having lived to be 97, and another Mrs Oliver Wheeler, reached the age of 93. He was born in Lincoln and when he was about seven years old, his parents moved to Ashby and located on a farm in the extreme western part of the town, under the shades of Watatic mountain. Some of his land extended to the summit of the mountain. William was the fifth of a family of seven children, there being three boys and four girls. He is the last of that family. In his boyhood days his father used to drive into Boston once a year, in the fall. It would take a day to make the journey, then one day would be spent in Boston marketing, etc., and the third day the return trip would be made. Most of Mr. Whitney's life has been spent in Ashby. He worked on his father's farm until he was 21. Then he learned the trade of shoemaking in New Ipswich, and worked for several years in the South Village. He afterward bought a farm, but has long resided in a neat, cosy-looking white cottage in the South Village, a short distance from the residence of the town clerk, Alonzo A. Carr, a son-in-law. His son, Myron W. Whitney, has long been regarded as the best bass singer in the world, and it is natural for Myron to have taste for music. He must have inherited it from his father, who led the singing in the Ashby Congregational church for a number of years. Long before the society bought an organ, Mr. Whitney played a bass viol in the church. Until recently he has often played on the harmonica at church sociables. His musical education was obtained at the village singing school, which held sessions during the winter. Mr. Whitney had to walk four miles to the school-eight miles in all-every time he attended. His memory was remarkable and he remembered seeing the troops march through the east end of the town on the way from Boston to Canada, during the war of 1812. Myron followed somewhat in his father's footsteps as regards his early musical training, the foundation being obtained at the village singing school. He resided Ashby, MA.
Children of William7 and Fanny (Lincoln) Whitney:
i. Myron W.8 Whitney, b. 11 Jan 1825, Ashby, MA; d. 28 Oct 1826, Ashby, MA. ii. Harriett Frances Whitney, b. 15 Sep 1827, Ashby, MA; d. 27 Nov 1841, Ashby, MA. iii. John Putnam Whitney, b. 6 Mar 1831, Ashby, MA; m. 1 Jan 1857, Urana Stearns; resided Ashby. iv. Myron William Whitney, b. 6 Sep 1836, Ashby, MA; m. Eleanor Breasha. v. Harriett Maria Whitney, b. 27 Oct 1845, Ashby, MA; m. 12 Jan 1870, Ashby, MA, Alonzo A. Carr, b. ca. 1837, Hudson, MA, son of John and Sophronia L. (-----) Carr; resided Ashby, MA. He was b. in Hudson, MA, 7 Jun 1836. Is town clerk. Children: a. Blanche L. Carr, b. 9 Nov 1870. b. Bertha G. Carr, b. 12 Nov 1872. c. Helen F. Carr, b. 27 Aug 1874. d. Lawrence W. Carr, b. 23 Aug 1876. e. Arthur W. Carr, b. 30 Sep 1879. f. Myron A. Carr, b. 20 Jul 1886; d. 11 Oct 1891.
- 1830, Ashby, Middlesex Co., MA: William Whitney, 1 male 30-39, 1 female 20-29, and 1 female 0-4.
- 1840, Ashby, Middlesex Co., MA: William Whitney, 1 male 40-49, 1 male 5-9, 1 male 0-4, 1 female 30-39, and 1 female 10-14; 4 engaged in agriculture.
- 1850, Ashby, Middlesex Co., MA:
62 66 William Whitney 51 M - Farmer $1600 Massachusetts Fanny " 46 F - New Hampshire John P. " 19 M - Farmer Massachusetts Attended school Miron W. " 14 M - " Attended school Harriet M. " 4 F - "
117 117 William Whitney 57 M - Farmer Mass. Tonny Whitney 52 F - Mass. John P. Whitney 23 M - Mass. Miron Whitney 19 M - Mason Mass. Hariet M. Whitney 9 F - Mass. Polly C. Colman 65 F - N.H. Henry Colman 15 M - Student Mass.
1528 1503 William Whitney 62 M - Farmer $2300 $2500 Mass. Fanny 57 F - N.H. Harriet M. 14 F - Mass. Attended school
134 151 William Whitney 66 M - Massachusetts M Farmer - - 1 1 - Fanny Whitney 61 F - New Hampshire M - - - - - Hattie M. Whitney 19 F - Massachusetts S - - - - -
187 187 Whitney, William 71 M W Farmer $2500 $1200 Mass. Male citizen over 21 -----, Fanny 65 F W Keeping House New Hampshire
William WHITNEY 81 Self M M W MA Farmer MA MA Fanny L. WHITNEY 76 Wife F M W NH Housekeeper MA MA
- All data imported from Frederick Clifton Pierce, The Descendants of John Whitney, Who Came from London, England, to Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1635, (Chicago: 1895), pp. 288-289.
1.^ "William [Whitney], s. Josiah and Polly, at Lincoln, [born] July 20, 1798," according to Jeannette D. Pingrey, comp., Birth, Marriage, and Death Records in the Town of Ashby, Massachusetts, from 1754 to 1890 (Decorah, IA: Anundsen Publishing Company, c. 1989), pp. 89-90.
2.^ "William [Whitney], s. Josiah and w., bp. July 29, 1798. C.R.1," according to Vital Records of Lincoln, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1908).
5.^ "Fanny [Whitney], married, b. Marlborough, NH, w. William, d. William and Jael Lincoln, of partial paralysis, [died] Aug. 5, 1888, a. 84y. 10m. 10d.," according to Pingrey, op. cit., pp. 246-247. Also, "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 392, page 46.
13.^ "Hattie M. [Whitney], a. 24y., d. William and Fannie, and Alonzo A. Carr, a. 33y., manufacturer, s. John and Sophronia, [married] Jan. 12, 1870," according to Pingrey, op. cit., pp. 183-184. Also, "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 227, page 110.