Mailing List:2002-08-13 01, Re: Hello!, by Allan E. Green

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Mailing List Archives > 2002-08-13 01, Re: Hello!, by Allan E. Green

From: ALLAGREEN -at- Subject: Re: [WHITNEY-L] Hello! Date: Tue, 13 Aug 2002 00:32:33 EDT Chris: I'd like to answer your question about the book entitled "The Ancestry of John Whitney" This seems to refer to the book published in 1895 by Henry Melville. I am one of the few in the WRG who actually owns a copy. In this book, the history of the Whitney family of Whitney on Wye in Hereford is discussed and described. The one major problem with it is that it contains a link between Thomas Whitney, gentleman, of Westminster, father of the immigrant John Whitney, and a man named Robert Whitney, for whom the linkage back to the others is reasonably well shown. However, both Donald Lines Jacobus (many years ago) and a modern day genealogical professional named Paul C. Reed have very cogently demonstrated that it is not possible for our Thomas Whitney to be the third son of that Robert. Mr. Robert Ward, another professional genealogist among our membership did an outstanding presentation about this matter just this past weekend at our (first?) Whitney Research Group reunion. So, in essence, you can take the Melville as a decent book up to the father-son link between Robert Whitney and Thomas Whitney, and fairly good from Thomas on down to John and his migration. The first part is very interesting historically, the latter useful for present day genealogical purposes. Happy Hunting. Allan E. Green

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