Family:Whitney, William Dexter (1803-1855)

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William Dexter7 Whitney (Stephen6, Stephen5, John4, Benjamin3, John2, John1), son of Stephen6 and Sally (Dexter) Whitney; born 20 Jul 1803, Lunenburg, MA,[1] and died 26 [per Pierce] or 27 Oct 1855, Lancaster, MA, aged 52 years, of dropsy.[2]

He "Mr." "of Southbridge" married, 16 Oct 1824, Lancaster, MA, "Miss" Harriet Hawks,[3] daughter of John and Alice (Allen) Hawks. She was born 18 Nov 1803, Lancaster, MA, and died 9 Feb 1882, Holliston, MA, aged 78 years 2 months 13 days, of pneumonia.[4]

William D. Whitney was a remarkably reserved and quiet man. He served an apprenticeship of seven years at cabinet-making at Lancaster, MA. He married and began business on his own account at Southbridge, where four children were born. Later he moved to Boston and worked at his trade. At Boston he was employed by Chickering & Sons on work in ivory. Did not hold public office, and never sought preferment of that sort. Had a wonderfully fine musical taste and talent, and was a leader of musical bodies. This talent all his children inherited. He resided Lancaster and Boston, MA.

Mrs. Harriet Whitney was admitted to the church in Lancaster, 1845.[5]

Children of William Dexter7 and Harriet (Hawks) Whitney:

i. William Stephens8 Whitney, b. 28 Nov 1825, Southbridge, MA;[6] d. 16 Jul 1827, Southbridge, MA.[7]
ii. Maria Antoinette Whitney, b. 18 Oct 1827, Southbridge, MA; m. 2 Dec 1846, Lancaster, MA, Francis P. Pratt, b. ca. 1820, son of Nathan and Clarissa (-----) Pratt;[8] resided Southbridge. She d. 3 Oct 1859. Children:
a. William Francis Pratt, b. -----; res. Herman St., Winthrop, MA.
iii. Stephen William Whitney, b. 15 Feb 1829, Southbridge, MA; d. 30 Sep 1831, Southbridge, MA, aged 1 year 6 months.[9]
iv. Sarah Ellen Whitney, b. 9 Mar 1831, Southbridge, MA; d. 18 [per Pierce] or 20 Sep 1854, Lancaster, MA, aged 23 years, of consumption.[10]
v. John Dexter Whitney, b. 29 Nov 1833; d., it is thought, in 1862 in Rebel army. Went from Memphis, TN.
vi. Edmund C. Whitney, b. 28 Dec 1835; m. Cornelia F. Shepherd.
vii. William Sidney Whitney, b. 21 Mar 1838; d. 15 Sep 1840.
viii. Harriet Francis Whitney, b. 19 Nov 1840; d. 6 Dec 1841.
ix. Georgiana Freeman Whitney, b. 6 Feb 1843, Lancaster, MA; d. 13 Oct 1903, Marlborough, MA, aged 61 years 7 months 2 days, of dysentery;[11] m. 9 Jul 1862, Holliston, MA, Joseph S. French, b. 12 Jun 1840, Westbrook, ME, son of Joseph and Catherine (-----) French;[12] res. 86 Union Ave. South Framingham, MA. He d. s. p. 30 May 1881.
x. Marietta Isabell Whitney, b. 31 Aug 1845, Lancaster, MA; m.(1) 4 May 1866, Holliston, MA, Charles A. Adams,[13] and had one child; (as Etta I. Whitney) m.(2) 4 Sep 1872, Marlborough, MA, Charles L. Flint, b. ca. 1842, So. Andover, MA, son of James and Martha E. (Case) Flint;[14] m.(3) 22 May 1878, Marlborough, MA, Levi O. Cunningham; b. 21 Oct 1838, Marlborough, MA, son of Simeon and Mary (Sanborn) Whitney;[15] resided 24 Main St., Marlborough, MA. Children:
a. Grace Frances Adams, b. 27 Mar 1867, Holliston, MA, m. L. A. Mabee, and resided East Carlton, Orleans County, NY.
b. Alice Isabel Flint, b. 24 Aug 1873, Marlborough, MA, d. 8 Aug 1874, Marlborough, MA.
c. Charles Edmund Flint, b. 30 Nov 1874, Marlborough, MA, d. 28 Jun 1878, Marlborough, MA.
d. George Wm. Cunningham, b. 23 Aug 1880.
e. Myrtie Winnifred Cunningham, b. 8 Jan 1879; d. 30 Mar 1884.
f. M. Maude Cunningham, b. 16 Aug 1885.
xi. Francis Herbert Whitney, b. 23 Jun 1849, Lancaster, MA; m. Lucy M. Howe.

Census

282 299 William D. Whitney 47 M - Cabinet Maker $6000 Mass. Harriet " 47 F - " Sarah E. " 18 F - " Attended school John D. " 16 M - " Attended school Edmund C. " 14 M - Laborer " Attended school Georgianna F. " 7 F - " Attended school Marietta J. " 5 F - " Attended school Francis H. " 1 M - " Mary Gohory 21 F - Ireland

29 34 William D. Whitney 52 M - Piano-Forte Maker Mass. Harriet H. Whitney 52 F - " Georgiana F. Whitney 12 F - " Marietta E. Whitney 10 F - " Francis H. Whitney 6 M - "

270 453 Esther A. Patridge 54 F - Widow $2500 $1500 Maine Lucy F. " 17 F - Mass. Sarah Adams 27 F - Bonnet Maker Maine 454 Harriet Whitney 56 F - Widow Mass. Georgianna F. " 17 F - Bonnet Maker " Marietta " 14 F - " Attended school Herbert " 11 M - " Attended school

11 10 Samuel Fariss 29 M - Farmer $1200 $50 Kentucky Nancy E. " 24 F - Housewife " Jno. B. " 7 M - " Corrilla Arebella " 4 F - " P. C. " 8/12 M - " J. D. Whitney 28 M - Carpenter $1500 $000 Massachusetts

168 191 Wm. B. Graves 31 M - Vermont M Teacher - - 1 1 - Luranah H. Graves 30 F - Mass. M Teacher - - - - - 192 Harriet Whitney 60 F - " W Housekeeper - - - - - May I. Whitney 19 F - " S Strawsewer - - - - -

883 1052 Whitney, Harriet 65 F W Keeping House $1200 -- Mass. 883 1053 Adams, Mariette I. 24 F W Keeping House " Whitney, Frank 21 M W Works in Shoe Shop " Male citizen over 21 Adams, Grace F. 3 F W At Home "

Joseph I. FRENCH 40 Self M M W ME Works In But. Shop ME ME Georgina F. FRENCH 27 Wife F M W MA Housekeeping MA MA Harriet WHITNEY 75 MotL F W W MA MA MA

References

1.^  "William Dexter [Whitney], s. Stephen, Junr., and Salley, [born] July 20, 1803," according to Walter A. Davis, comp., Early Records of the Town of Lunenburg, Massachusetts, Including That Part Which is Now Fitchburg, 1719-1764 (Fitchburg, MA: Fitchburg City Council, 1896), volume 3, page 273.

2.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 95, page 127.

3.^  "William D. [Whitney], Mr., of Southbridge and Miss Harriet Hawks, [married] Oct. 19, 1824. T.R.3," according to Henry S. Nourse, ed., The Birth, Marriage and Death Register, Church Records and Epitaphs, of Lancaster, Massachusetts, 1643-1850 (Lancaster, MA: 1890), p. 235.

4.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 338, page 90.

5.^  "Harriet [Whitney], Mrs., adm. chh. ___ __, 1845. C.R.3," according to Lancaster Vital Records, p. 394.

6.^  "William Stephens [Whitney], s. Wm. D. and Harriot, [born] 28 Nov 1825," according to Jay Mack Holbrook, Southbridge, Massachusetts, Vital Records to 1850 (Oxford, MA: Holbrook Research Institute, 1981); pp. 285-286.

7.^  "William [Whitney], [died] 16 Jul 1827," according to Southbridge Vital Records.

8.^  "Maria A. [Whitney], 19, and Francis P. Pratt, 26, of Southbridge, [married] Dec. 2, 1846. T.R.4," according to Lancaster Vital Records, p. 255. Also, "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 25, page 170.

9.^  "_____, s. Wm. D., d. 30 Sep 1830, a. 1y. 6m.," according to Southbridge Vital Records.

10.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 86, page 136.

11.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 1903/36 (Death), page 109.

12.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 154, page 134

13.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 190, page 162.

14.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 245, page 261.

15.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 299, page 133.


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