Family:Whitney, William Beaumont (1832-1906)
He married firstly, 21 Nov 1854, Laura Margaret Clewell, of Piqua, OH. She was born 2 Sep 1830, and died 4 May 1884.
He married secondly, 23 Nov 1886, Emma Graham Varian, daughter of Edward and Margaretta (Jones)(Pearce) Varian. She was born 1 Aug 1851.
He was born April 4, 1832, in Green Bay, WI, and in what was then known as the town of Navarino, which is opposite to Fort Howard, and he was named after the resident army surgeon (who was the sole physician of the settlement), William Beaumont. A silver snuff box was presented to his father for him by Pierre Grignon, (in token of the first white child born on the claim), who owned the French claim, transferred to his father, upon which he located the town of Navarino. (John Jacob Astor located the town of Astor on an adjoining French claim which he had purchased). He lived in Green Bay, attending school whenever the opportunity offered, until about 15 years of age, when he went to Piqua, Miami county, OH, where he spent some years in getting an education; then returned for about two years to Green Bay, spending part of the time at Sheboygan looking after his father's property and assisting his brothers at Kaukauna, where they conducted a forwarding business with their cousin, Daniel M. Whitney. He then moved, in the winter of 1851-2, to the city of Cincinnati where he filled the position of assistant book-keeper and book-keeper in several concerns, till the year 1859. During this residence in Cincinnati he was married to Miss Clewell, of Piqua, OH, and filled very pleasantly the office of superintendent of the Sunday-school of Christ Church, Cincinnati for five or six years, residing part of the time at Newport, KY, across the Ohio river, where they lost their first child. On 30 Sep 1859, he arrived in Philadelphia and began immediate employment as book-keeper for the firm of Sharpe, Leisenring & Company, with whom he remained a few years and then was appointed manager of the coal department of the Lehigh Coal & Navigation Company, which position he filled, together with the office of purchasing agent, and secretary and treasurer of one or two of the allied companies, until 1 Sep 1870, when he began business as a commission dealer in coal, having for his partners Mahlon S. Kemmerer and George D. McCreary, the firm being Whitney, McCreary & Kemmerer. This has Continued from that time to this with the change that Mr. George D. McCreary sold his interest to his partners in 1879. Upon arriving in Philadelphia he connected himself with St. Andrew's P. E. church under the rectorship of William Bacon Stevens, D.D., subsequently bishop of the diocese, and was appointed by him superintendent of the Sunday-school, which position he filled for five or six years, till moving to the suburb of Germantown made it impossible for him longer to retain that position. Upon leaving, the teachers of the Sunday-school connected with that church presented him with a very handsome gold watch inscribed "Easter, 1868." He served several years as member of the Diocesan Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church of Pennsylvania; also as warden of the Church of the Crucifixion for more than twenty-six years, and has been for a number of years a vestryman of Christ Church, Germantown, as well as treasurer of the Bishop White Prayer Book Society; add. Philadelphia, PA, 137 S. Second St.
Children of William Beaumont8 and Laura Margaret (Clewell) Whitney:
i. Mary Clewell9 Whitney, b. 4 Nov 1855; d. 28 Aug 1857, at Newport, KY. ii. Helen Clewell Whitney, b. 15 Nov 1863; m. 9 Nov 1888, Francis Sedgwick Bangs; resided Philadelphia, PA.
- Ch.: Francis Nathan, b. 18 Aug 1889; Mary Whitney, b. 6 Aug 1890; Whitney, b. 5 Jun 1892; d. Aug 1892.
iii. Mary Douglass Whitney, b. 29 Oct 1865; m. 19 Nov 1891, George M. Henderson; resided Philadelphia, PA.
Children of William Beaumont8 and Emma Graham (Varian) Whitney:
iv. Margaretta Varian Whitney, b. 15 Mar 1892.
708 708 Chauncy W. Fitch 49 M - Ep. Minister N. York Catharine B. " 34 F - D. C. Julia A. " 38 " - N. York William B. Whitney 18 M - Student Wisconsin Attended school Frances J. Fitch 16 F - Ohio Attended school Julian R. " 12 M - " Attended school Danile Honsum 17 " - Clerk Penn.
- 1860: not found.
- 1870, Philadelphia Ward 22, Philadelphia Co., PA:
1014 1038 Whitney, Wm. B. 38 M W Lehigh Coal & N. Co. Agt. $8000 $1500 Wisconsin Male citizen over 21 Laura M. 39 F W Penna. Helen C. 7 F W At school " Attended school Mary D. 5 F W " Clewell, Maria P. 64 F W New York Can, Margaret 24 F W Domestic Servant Ireland Parents foreign born, Illiterate
Price Street 202 -- Witney, William 39 M - " Lorra 40 F - Whitney, Hellen 7 F - Whitney, Mary 3 F -
80 95 Whitney, Wm. B. W M 47 mar Coal Dealer Wisconsin New Hampshire Vermont -----, Laura M. W F 48 Wife mar Keeping House Pennsylvania Pennsylvania New York -----, Hellen C. W F 16 Dau sgl At Home Pennsylvania Wisconsin Pennsylvania Attended school -----, Mary D. W F 14 Dau sgl Pennsylvania Wisconsin Pennsylvania Attended school Clewell, Maria W F 72 MiL wid At Home New York New York Connecticut Hurst, Nickolina W F 43 Srvt sgl Servant Ireland Ireland Ireland Cumming, Martha W F 40 Srvt sgl Servant Ireland Ireland Ireland
140 141 Whitney, Wm. B. Head W M Apr 1832 68 mar 14 Wisconsin New Hampshire Vermont Coal Merchant, Owns mortgaged house -----, Emma V. Wife W F Aug 1851 48 mar 14 1ch 1liv Ohio New York Penna. -----, Margaretta V. Dau W F Mar 1892 8 sgl Penna. Wisconsin Ohio Hearst, Nicolina Srvt W F Oct 1835 64 sgl Ireland Ireland Ireland Servant, Immigrated 1854 Gillen, Bridget Srvt W F Mar 1862 38 sgl Ireland Ireland Ireland Servant, Immigrated 1883
- 1910, 146 Walnut Lane, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., PA:
10 11 Whitney, Emma V. Head F W 57 wid 1ch 1lv Ohio New York Pennsylvania None, Owns free house -----, Margaret V. Dau F W 18 sgl Pennsylvania Wisconsin Ohio None Brennen, Rose Srvt F W 24 sgl Ireland Ireland Ireland Maid Powers, Marjorie Srvt F W 21 sgl Ireland Ireland Ireland Maid O'Connor, Jennie Srvt F W 40 wid Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Cook
- 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. 432-433.