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From: "Greg Nickels" <gjnickels -at-> Subject: Re: Nathan Whitney, War of 1812 Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2006 20:09:55 -0800 References: <001601c64af2$98457e30$52012c42@Whitneycomp> Thank you for the 1812 pension file information, Ken! Col. Nathan Whitney (Nathan/Olive, Jonathan/Jesse, Jonathan, Jonathan, Benjamin, John) was my great - great grandfather. His parents, Nathan and Olive, were both Whitney's (and cousins) and resided in Conway, Massachusetts until shortly after his birth, when they moved to Seneca Castle, New York. Nathan's parent's Whitney stock was strong. Col. Nathan lived to 100 and his brothers Luther 95 years, Theodore 7 years (killed by a falling tree), Otis 98 years, Cheeney 90 years and Jonathan 76 years. Poor Theodore! That tree cost him 80 - 90 years! Talk about being in the wrong place ... According to Pierce: Col. Nathan opened a farm near Albion, New York, and another at Elba, New York. He visited Lee County, Illinois, in 1835, 1836 and 1837, his family following in 1838. He was one of the commissioners to organize the county of Lee, and held the office of county commissioner. His nursery was the first north of the Illinois river. From De Witt Clinton, Governor of New York, he received three military commissions, those of captain, lieutenant-colonel and colonel. At the time of his death he was the oldest Mason in the "Northwest". During the Morgan excitement he was among the "faithless faithful found." Colonel Nathan WHITNEY was tendered a reception in January 22, 1891, by his Masonic bothers at his home in Franklin Grove, it being the one hundredth anniversary of his birth, and prominent Masons from Chicago, Dixon, Ashton, Creston, Amboy, De Kalb and Sterling were present. A.B. Fich, in behalf of Nathan Whitey Chapter, No. 129, Royal Arch Masons, named in h! onor of Father Whitney, presented him with a solid silver platter suitably inscribed. Letters and telegrams of congratulation poured in upon Father WHITNEY all day. Over two hundred guests and four generations sat down to a bounteous repast. He served in the war of 1812 and was mentioned for brave service in the battle at Fort Erie. He was one of the oldest Masons in the state at the time of his death, having received his first degree in 1817. He died June 11, 1891; a resident of Albion, New York, and Franklin Grove, Illinois. According to the Lee County Historical Society: Whitney brought with him many seeds of fruit trees for planting. By 1843 he had a large orchard and in 1847 began selling fine apples and other fruit. He also perfected new varieties by grafting and he had developed numerous types of apples. One that was well known was the "Whitney #20 Crabapple." He shipped fruit and nursery stock all over the country and helped to establish other orchards. The March 7, 1891 Scientific American noted his one hundredth birthday. His home and orchard in Franklin Grove (1620 Whitney Road) is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been recently restored. Best wishes -- Greg Nickels Seattle, Washington ----- Original Message ----- From: Ken and Carol Whitney To: Whitney Research Group Cc: Greg Nickels Sent: Saturday, March 18, 2006 5:15 PM Subject: Nathan Whitney, War of 1812 WRG and Greg Nickels, Two days ago I PHOTOCOPIED pages from the War of 1812 pension file of Nathan Whitney of New York and Illinois. He is an ancestor of Greg Nickels of the WRG. I do not know his ancestry line, but perhaps Greg will fill us in. Below you will find my extract of information from the file. Greg, if you give me your address, I will mail you the photocopies. Enjoy! From the War of 1812 Pension File of Nathan Whitney Corporal, Captain A. Haskell's Co., NY Militia S.O. 33633 S.C. 23932 National Archives Building, Washington, D.C. Nathan Whitney filed a claim for a service pension from the War of 1812 from Lee County, Illinois on 12 July 1878. Nathan testifies that he is eighty-seven years old and a resident of Franklin Grove, Lee County, Illinois. He testifies he was a non-commissioned officer in Captain Aritus Haskell's Company, Colonel Crosby's Regiment of Western New York Militia, organized under the state laws of New York. The regiment was called out enmass for service at the taking of the batteries at Fort Erie in the War of 1812. Nathan volunteered at Buffalo, New York to go to Fort Erie five days before the battle in 1814 for the relief of the fort. He continued in actual service for a term of "nearly one month, only lacking a few days". His company was disbanded at Eleven Mile Creek a few days after the battle, and he returned to the regular militia. Nathan further testifies that after his discharge, he resided as follows: 1814 to 1827 near Albion, NY; 1827 to 1831 in the Town of (Elby?), NY; 1831 to 1836 in Unionville, Ohio; 1836 to 1878 at Franklin Grove, Illinois. Nathan testifies that at the time of his enlistment, he describes himself as 23 years old; 5 feet, 8 ½ inches tall; black hair; dark gray eyes. He also declares that subsequent to his service he received a bounty land warrant No. 4832 in 1855. Patent date was March 10, 1859, Book 59432, No. of Receipt 10567. Nathan's pension was $8.00 monthly, and was paid to March 4, 1891. It was dropped by the U.S. Pension agency at Chicago, Illinois on Sept. 23, 1893, due to his death. (Date of death is not mentioned in the file.) Ken Whitney Silver Spring, MD

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