Family:Whitney, William Wallace (1817-1883)
Dr. William Wallace7 Whitney (Paul6, Timothy5, Jonas4, Moses3, Richard2, John1), son of Paul6 and Lucinda (Marsh) Whitney, was born 29 Apr 1817, Cowansville, QC [per Pierce], or Lanesborough, MA, or Springfield, MA, or VT, and died 10 May 1883, Springfield, MA, aged 66 years 11 days, of erysipelas. In the death record, his birthplace is given as Springfield, MA, and his parents as Paul (b. Otis) and Lucinda (b. Hadley), and his occupation as veterinary surgeon. He was buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Springfield, MA.
He married firstly, 1 Jan 1837, Middlesex, VT, Betsey T. Winter, of Montpelier, VT, daughter of Nathaniel and Betsey (Wentworth) Winter. She was born about 1819, Berlin, VT, and died 1853, Hamilton, Hamilton Co., ON. Apparently there was a divorce. She "Mrs." "of Montpelier" married secondly, 19 Jun 1852, Montpelier, VT, L. S. Humphrey, of Hamilton, W. Canada.
He married secondly, between 1840 and 1843, Sarah Marie Eaton, daughter of John and Persis (Joy) Eaton. She was born 2 Apr 1821, Brunswick, ME, and died 21 May 1901, Brunswick, ME, aged 80 years, of cerebral apoplexy. Apparently there was another divorce, after 1861. On 28 Jun 1900, a notice in the Ticonderoga Sentinel reports that in White Church, Crown Point, NY, "Mrs. Whitney of Maine is a guest of her son Carlos, whom she has not seen before since he was eleven years of age, a period of perhaps 40 years." Another source calls her Martha Jane Eaton, daughter of Jubal H. and Martha (Bryant) Eaton. In 1879-1881 she was living with son George on River Street, Cowansville, QC, called "widow of William".
He married thirdly, Mrs. Perry. No record of her has been found, and her existence is stated only by Pierce. Possibly she is the same as the preceding or following. Alternatively, she may be the wife "Caroline" from the 1871 census.
He married fourthly, between 1860 and 1869, possibly in Nashua, NH, Mary A. (Hildreth) Paine, daughter of Jotham and Abigail (Converse) Hildreth. She was born about 1836, Amherst, NH, and died 26 Oct 1899, Springfield, MA, aged 63 years, of chronic rheumatic arthritis, multiple anthrax. She had married firstly, 25 Sep 1856, Worcester, MA, George A. Paine, son of Rufus Paine, born about 1829, either he died or they were divorced before 1860. She was buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Springfield, MA.
Pierce says: ":He learned the shoemaking trade when a boy, but not liking it, studied medicine and veterinary surgery, and was considered one of the best veterinary surgeons in that section. He also farmed several years, and at his death, in 1884, was running a drug store in Springfield, MA. He died from erysipelas. I believe he was an Episcopalian in belief. He resided Atkinson, NH, and Springfield, MA."
Child of William Wallace7 and Betsey T. (Winter) Whitney:
i. Marcella Adelia8 Whitney, b. ca. 1840, VT; d. 24 Jun 1899, Carleton, ON; m. 25 Dec 1856, Montpelier, VT, William Grannis Parmelee, both of Montpelier. She appears in the 1850 census Montpelier, VT. Benj. Bemis and his brother are shoe makers, as was WWW. In 1860 they were in Essex, VT, and in 1871 they were in Waterloo, Shefford Co., QC.
Child of L. S. and Betsey T. (Winter)(Whitney) Humphrey:
i. John Humphrey, b. 1853, Hamilton, ON.
Children of William Wallace7 and Sarah Marie (Eaton) Whitney:
ii. Robert Henry8 Whitney, b. 6 Aug 1843, Boston, MA; d. 23 May 1921, Montpelier, VT; m. ca. 1869, Ruth N. Fisher, b. 1845, VT, d. 1925; both bur. Green Mount Cemetery, Montpelier, VT; no childen. iii. Phebe Whitney, b. ca. 1843, U.S. iv. Angeline R. Whitney, b. about 1845; d. ae. 12; not in 1852 census. v. Harriet Augusta Whitney, b. 20 May 1847, Dover, NH; bapt. 1865, Cowansville, QC; d. 15 Jan 1900, Washington, DC; bur. Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA; m.(1) ca. 1869, Dr. Albert Read8 Whitney, q.v.; m.(2) 16 Feb 1874, New Orleans, LA, General Dennis T. Kirby; poss. m.(3) ----- Curtis. vi. Carlos Franklin Whitney, b. 1848, or Apr 1850, Roxbury, VT; d. 23 Sep 1917, Sherburne, NY; m. ca. 1866, Eliza S. Marsh. vii. Lucinda Ellen Whitney, b. 21 Oct 1848, Atkinson, NH; bapt. 1865, Cowansville, QC; d. 28 Dec 1895, Washington, DC; m. 14 Aug 1875, Montpelier, VT, Charles R. Baldwin, of Lebanon, IL, son of Zera ahd Mary (Wetmore) Baldwin, b. 11 Feb 1830. Res. Minneapolis, MN, in 1900. He is a retired farmer: resided 1307 R. St. N.W., Washington, DC. Children: a. Marian Ernestine Baldwin, b. 12 May 1876. viii. George M. Whitney, b. ca. 1851, Lower Canada (QC); d. 1852, Missisquoi Co., Canada East (QC). ix. William Clarence Whitney, b. 21 Oct 1858. QC; m. Mary Lyde Marks. x. Charles Alfred Whitney, b. Apr 1860, QC, or ca. 1858, Brunswick, ME; m. 12 Jun 1879, Fairlee, VT, Katie Anna Moore, dau. of Wilbur and Alvina (Aldrich) Moore. He resided with his brother Carlos Whitney in 1900. xi. George Albert Whitney, b. Apr 1862, Dunham, QC; m. 29 Nov 1883, Manchester, NH, Mary A. Gemmell, b. ca. 1860, Manchester, NH, d. 3 Aug 1896, Manchester, NH, aged 36 years, dau. of William and Catherine (Lauson) Gemmell; was a lawyer in TN.
Child of George A. and Mary A. (Hildreth) Paine:
i. Franklin E. Paine, b. Oct 1857, NH; d. 26 Sep 1925; bur. Oak Grove Cemetery, Springfield, MA. He appears in the 1870 and 1880 census with surname Whitney, his stepfather's. He was single in 1900 and 1910 censuses of Springfield, MA.
Children of William Wallace7 and Mary A. (Hildreth) Whitney:
xii. Clarence W.8 Whitney, b. 8 May 1869, Nashua, NH. xiii. Lillian May Whitney, b. ca. 1871, Nashua, NH; m. 6 Jun 1900, Springfield, MA, Henry Sumner Thompson, b. ca. 1863, Middlefield, MA, son of Charles C. and Clara A. (Smith) Thompson. xiv. Florence C. Whitney, b. 25 Mar 1874, Springfield, MA; d. 25 Mar 1921; bur. Oak Grove Cemetery, Springfield, MA; m. 24 Nov 1898, Springfield, MA [also recorded at Warren, MA], Ephraim M. Switzer, b. ca. 1838, Warren, MA, son of Almon and Susan E. (Olds) Switzer. xv. Mary Louisa Whitney, b. 15 Mar 1878, Springfield, MA; m. 20 Sep 1905, Springfield, MA, Charles Grafton Thompson, b. ca. 1856, Middlefield, MA, son of Charles C. and Clarissa (Smith) Thompson.
The Florence C. and Mary Louisa's birth records both indicate that William W. Whitney was born in Lanesborough, MA, not in Cowansville, QC. The 1870 census indicates his birth in Vermont. The 1880 census gives his birth in MA. His death record gives his birth as in Springfield, MA. None of the known Lanesborough Whitney families has a son William who could be this man.
William Wallace was a heroic character from the historical novel The Scottish Chiefs, by Jane Porter (1810).
The 1851 census information below fits the little information handed down through Carlos Whitney's family: That Carlos' family came from Conn. (Mass.?), went up to Canada, then Carlos ended up being a guide in the Adirondacks. Also family notes has Carlos' daughter Harriet Whitney Bigalow recalling that Carlos had a brother Robert in VT and a brother George a lawyer in TN.
The border between Vermont and Canada was very "fluid'--a lot of coming a going, and few/no records keeping track. (This situation existed right up to 9/11/2001).
A biography of Clarence Petty has Carlos in the NY Adirondacks in the 1850's, so the family must have migrated south soon after 1852. There was a lot of trade and movement up and down the Champlain Valley between Canada and the States due to a large lumber trade.
Also interesting is that Carlos' married Elisa Marsh in Crown Point, NY, a possible relative?
Was Caroline (in the 1871 census) a later marriage after Sarah Eaton? If so, then William and Sarah divorced, because a notice in the Ticonderoga Sentinel (NY) newspaper has Carlos traveling to his mother's funeral in Maine, in the early 1900's. More likely "Caroline" is an error for "Sarah". Interestingly there was also a notice once of Carlos' mother visiting Carlos, and remarking that Carlos had not seen his mother since he was 11 years old (he was in his fifties at the time of her visit, so she was very old at that time).
- 1850: not found.
- 1850, Montpelier, Washington Co., VT:
164 164 Benjamin Bemis 20 M - Shoemaker New Hampshire Married in year Lucy " 19 F - Vermont Cynthia Winter 12 F - Vermont Attended school Marsilla Whitney 10 F - Vermont Attended school
Marsilla was living with her mother's two sisters, Lucy (Winter) Bemis and Cynthia Winter.
- 1851, Canada East, Missisquoi, 223 Dunham township p. 21d,22a (43):
Witney, William W., shoemaker, born: lower Canada, Episcopalian age 34. Witney, Sarah M., United States, " " 31. Witney, Robert H., " " " " 10. Witney, Phebe M., " " " " 8. Witney, Hariet A., " " " 6. Whitney, Lucinda E., " " " 4. Withney, Carlos F., " " " 3. Witney, George W., Canada " 1.
The above surname spellings are as given in the census.
- 1852, Missisquoi County, Canada East (Quebec), Canada: Age 35.
- 1860: not found.
- 1860, Worcester Ward 6, Worcester Co., MA:
1744 2565 E. A. Prescott 37 M - Armorer $1700 $100 Me. Rebecca " 26 F - Mass. Wm. " 13 M - " Idiotic George Whitney 13 M - " Attended school Warren Tarbell 14 M - " Mary Paine 24 F - Seamstress " Frank " 2 M - "
This was undoubtedly Mary A. (Hildreth) Paine and her son Frank. Rebecca Prescott and George Whitney were children of Levi Thaxter7 Whitney, William's first cousin.
- 1861, Bolton, Brome, Canada East, Canada: Age 44; visiting brother Paul and family, and mother Lucinda in household. "Dunham" is listed as his residence.
- 1861 Census, Dunham, Missisquoi Co., PQ, p. 15:
W. W. Whitney M 43 L. Canada mar W. Methodist S. M. Whitney F 37 U. States mar C. England H. A. Whitney F 15 U. States sgl C. England Lucinda Whitney F 14 U. States sgl C. England C. F. Whitney M 12 U. States sgl C. England W. T. Whitney M 6 L. Canada sgl C. England C. A. Whitney M 3 L. Canada sgl C. England G. A. Whitney M 1 L. Canada sgl C. England
- 1861 Census, Quebec, Missisquoi Co., Dunham, p. 14:
Robert Whitney M 18 U. States sgl N.c. Methodist
338 477 Whitney, William W. 50 M W Physician $1000 Vermont Male citizen over 21 -----, Mary 34 F W Keeping house N.H. -----, Franklin P. 12 M W N.H. Attended school -----, Clarence 1 M W N.H.'
Franklin was Mary's son by her previous husband.
- 1871, Dunham, Missisquoi Co., PQ:
William Whitney 60 PQ, shoemaker Caroline 45 US William, 15 PQ Charles, 13 PQ George, 10 PQ
William W. WHITNEY 62 Self M M W MA Doctor MA MA Mary A. WHITNEY 43 Wife F M W NH Keeping House NH MA Frank E. WHITNEY 22 Son M S W NH Doctor MA NH Clarance W. WHITNEY 11 Son M S W NH At School MA NH Lillian M. WHITNEY 9 Dau F S W NH At School MA NH Florance E. WHITNEY 6 Dau F S W MA At School MA NH Mary L. WHITNEY 2 Dau F S W MA At Home MA NH
- 1881, Dunham, Missisquoi Co., PQ:
Sarah Whitney F 55 U.S.A. widowed -- --- Ch. of Eng. George Whitney M 21 Quebec -- Printer Canadian Ch. of Eng.
- 1900, 6 Cottage St., South Portland, Cumberland Co., ME: Sarah Whitney, b. Apr 1821, ME, age 79, widowed, 11 children, 5 living, parents b. ME and CAN; aunt in family of Charles W. and Sarah E. Bartlett.
- 1900, 85 Atwater Terrace, Springfield Ward 1, Hampden Co., MA:
38 197 Atwater, George M. Head W M Oct 1812 87 wid Connecticut Connecticut Connecticut Randholler, Owns free farm Harris, Sarah Srvt W F Dec 1873 26 sgl Scotland England Scotland Servant, Immig. 1898 Whitney, Frank E. Nurs W M Oct 1857 42 sgl New Hampshire Massachusetts New Hampshire Zartman, Alwine Srvt W F Nov 1854 45 sgl Germany Germany Germany Servant, Immig. 1895 Harris, Hannah Srvt W F Sep 1868 31 sgl Scotland England Scotland Servant, Immig. 1891
75 88 Whitney, Frank E. Head W M Oct 1858 41 sgl New Hampshire New Hampshire New Hampshire Nurse, Owns free house -----, Lillian M. Sist W F Feb 1871 29 sgl New Hampshire New Hampshire New Hampshire -----, Mary L. Sist W F Mar 1878 22 sgl Massachusetts New Hampshire New Hampshire
- 1900, Crown Point
- 1900, 95 East State, Montpelier, Washington Co., VT:
253 272 Whitney, Robert H. Head W M Aug 1843 56 mar 31 Massachusetts England Maine Pin maker, Owns mortgaged house -----, Ruth N. Wife W F Dec 1855 54 mar 31 0ch 0liv Vermont New Hampshire New Hampshire
- Census records.
- 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. 317-318.
- Bigalow Family Tree, a public tree at Ancestry.com.
12.^ "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 501, pages 91 and 158.
15.^ "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 478, page 686, and volume 480, page 527.