Reunion 2002, Robert Croxton Whitney, Mississippi and Southern Whitneys
Two Southern Whitney Lines
by Robert Croxton Whitney
[Presented 10 Aug 2002]
Both of these lines come from John & Elinor Whitney.
The first one to be presented is my line. The migrant to Mississippi is one James Rix5 Whitney [Caleb4, William3, Joshua2, John1] who was b. 16 Oct. 1760 in Middletown, CT, and d. 4 Feb. 1822, Washington, MS. There is a problem with James' middle name. The Daughters of the American Revolution named one of their chapters after him as "James Rex Whitney." This has, thus far, never been corrected. The southern drawl being what it is, possibly turned the Rix into Rex and James probably liking the regal sound of the mispronouncing of Rix, never insisted on correcting this mistake.
James has an interesting history before Mississippi. He was first in the land service, in Captain Lowrey's company of New York Militia. Afterward, he went to Boston, and entered the Navy. He went to sea on a cutter, and was captured by two British vessels. Paul Jones sighted these vessels, pursued them, made fight and captured them, together with the cutter and her crew. Thereupon, he joined Paul Jones' Squadron, and was with him when he landed upon the estate of Lord Selkirk, on the coast of Scotland.
It is probable safe to say that most of the Whitneys of Mississippi are from James.
Big thanks to Jeanne Truly Davis for all of these notes.
If you go to Mystic Port Museum, there is a preserved, converted three masts sailing vessel called the "Charles W. Morgan." This is the son of one Charles Morgan, b. 21 April 1795 in Clinton, Middlesex Co., CT, self made multi-millionaire. A ship-builder, shipper (cargo and passenger), and railroad magnate based in New York and New Orleans, established several steamboat lines. At one time had a shipping partnership with Cornelius Vanderbilt. Was third cousin, three generations removed, to John Pierpont Morgan.
There was a clerk in one of Charles Morgan's offices by the name of Charles A.8 Whitney [August A.7 & Harriet (Fuller), William6 & Lucy (Larabee), Moses5 & Elizabeth (Hutchins), Jonas4 & Margaret (Stratton), Moses3 & Sarah (Knight), Richard2 & Martha (Coldam), John1]. Whitney realized the wish-dream of some office clerks. He married the boss's daughter, Marie Louise, b. 22 March 1832. Charles Whitney died before he could execute a plan to open up a bank in New Orleans. His widow, Marie Louise, sons Morgan and Quintard et al. opened up the Whitney Bank in 1882. The Whitneys coming up with the most capital had the bank named after them. Today, the bank has branches in other parts of Louisiana, some in Texas and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Thanks to Theola Baker for most of these notes.
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