Mailing List:2006-09-25 01, Whitney Families of Kirkland, Maine, by Kenneth Whitney

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From: "Ken Whitney" <ken.whitney -at- comcast.net> Subject: [WHITNEY] Whitney Families of Kirkland, Maine Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 13:49:01 -0400 WRG: This is the first of eight consecutive postings concerning the Whitney families who resided in Kirkland, Penobscot County, Maine in the federal censuses of 1840 and 1850. It should be noted that the Town of Kirkland changed its name to Hudson in 1854. Any future reference to a record involving Kirkland after 1853 will be designated as Hudson, Penobscot County, Maine. The 1840 census reveals three Whitney families residing in Kirkland. They are headed by Amos, Humphrey, and Sewel (Suel, Sewall). All three Whitneys are brothers. They are the sons of Jonathan 2nd and Deborah (Hegins) Whitney of Lisbon, Maine. Their births are recorded there. Their ancestry is: John1, Benjamin2, John3, Samuel4, Jonathan5, Jonathan6. Amos Whitney's household in 1840 contains 1 male child born between 1835 and 1840, 1 male born between 1830 and 1835, 2 males born between 1825 and 1830, 1 male born between 1820 and 1825, 1 male born between 1790 and 1800, 2 females born between 1835 and 1840, 2 females born between 1830 and 1835, and 1 female born between 1800 and 1810. The 1840 family of Amos' brother Humphrey is next door. It contains 1 male born between 1835 and 1840, 1 male between 1830 and 1835, 1 male between 1825 and 1830, 1 male between 1820 and 1825, 1 male between 1800 and 1810, 1 female between 1830 and 1835, 1 female between 1825 and 1830, and 1 female born between 1800 and 1810. Two doors from Humphrey in 1840 is his brother Sewel (Suel, Sewall). His household contains two males born between 1830 and 1835, 2 males born between 1825 and 1850, 1 male born between 1810 and 1820, 1 male born between 1790 and 1800, 1 female born between 1835 and 1840, 2 females born between 1820 and 1825, and 1 female born between 1800 and 1810. The 1850 Federal Census for Kirkland allows names and ages to be placed in these families: Amos' Family: Amos, b. ca. 1794 Hannah, b. ca. 1801 Acsah, b. ca. 1828 **Ingerson, b. ca. 1823 Hezekiah, b. ca. 1829 *Prince E., b. ca. 1830 Mary E., b. ca. 1832 Matilda J., b. ca. 1835 William R., b. ca. 1839 Humphrey's Family: Humphrey, b. ca. 1801 Almira, b. ca. 1803 **Charles H., b. ca. 1826 Angeline, b. ca. 1830 Mary A., b. ca. 1832 **William A., b. ca. 1834 Albert, b. ca. 1839 Humphrey, Jr., b. ca. 1843 Sewall's (Suel) Family: Suel, b. ca. 1809 Lucinda, b. ca. 1804 George H., b. ca. 1830 **Jonathan S., b. ca. 1830 **Alonzo, b. ca. 1832 Harrison W., b. ca. 1835 Lorany M., b. ca. 1838 Metta E., b. ca. 1840 Franklin L., b. ca. 1843 Lucinda A., b. ca. 1845 William W., b. ca. 1849 The family of Timothy Whitney is also living in Kirkland in 1850. They are: **Timothy, b. ca. 1821 Avis, b. ca. 1824 Helen, b. ca. 1845 Uriah, b. ca. 1847 Franklin, b. ca. 1849 Note: In 1850 Humphrey's son George T. Whitney resides in Lewiston, Androscoggin Co., Maine. He has three children by then. **George T. and **George H., his son, also served in the Civil War and received pensions. * Civil War soldier ** Civil War soldier with pension The inclusion in 1850 Kirkland of the family of Timothy Whitney raises the question of his identity. Does he belong to one of the 1840 families, and if so, which one? There is much circumstantial evidence that can lead one to Timothy's place in a family. However, that evidence is not needed because "smoking gun" evidence has been found. It came to light due to the efforts of Bertie Williams, a genealogical researcher in LaGrange, Maine. She volunteered her time to try to find evidence of Timothy's identity. She succeeded in identifying Timothy and added much to my knowledge of these families as well. Timothy Whitney is placed in the Amos Whitney family from the Probate Records of Penobscot Co., Maine. The will of Amos Whitney was proved in May 1864 and recorded in Volume 86, page 1. It contains the following statement: "I wish to withdraw my petition for my appointment as administratrix of the estate of my husband, Amos Whitney, as I am aged and infirm and not able to do the business; and I wish you to appoint Timothy Whitney, my son, who is the oldest son, as administrator in my place, the same man I petitioned for at the first." Hudson, December 5, 1862 Anar Whitney" (Her name was signed at her request by Newell Bean) At least nine members of these families were Civil War soldiers, and eight of the families received pension benefits. These family members are marked with asterisks as mentioned above. They fought in regiments from four different states: Maine, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. I have posted a Civil War pension file abstract for Ingerson Whitney in the past. Prince E. Whitney became known as "Price" Whitney and was a private in Company A, 1st Michigan Engineers and Mechanics Regiment. As far as I can tell, he did not apply for a pension. Following this posting will be seven consecutive abstracts of the Civil War pension files of the remaining soldiers in these families. Enjoy! Ken Whitney Silver Spring, MD


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