User:Down-easter/Whitney, Robert (c1822-1896)

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From the Civil War Pension File of Robert Whitney Private, Co. A, 28th Maine Infantry Invalid Claim Application # 568583 Certificate # 478696 National Archives Building, Washington, D.C.

Robert Whitney enrolled at Chesterville, Maine in Company A of the 28th Regiment of the Maine Volunteer Infantry commanded by Seth M. Hutchins on 10 September 1862. His enrollment was for a period of 9 months. He was honorably discharged at Augusta, Maine on 31 August 1863. He signed a Declaration for an Original Invalid Pension 25 January 1886. He was then living in Lincoln, Penobscot Co., Maine.

At the time of his declaration, Robert is described as 67 years old; height 5 feet, 9 inches; dark complexion; dark hair; gray eyes. In various physical examinations between 1886 and 1892, he weighed between 145 and 161 pounds. He declares that while in the line of duty at Memphis, Tennessee in the summer of 1863, he contracted fever, ague, and rheumatism caused by climate and exposure. Levi Pleurrier, a soldier in Robert’s company, testifies that Robert was often excused from duty because of the symptoms of his illness, and he was doctored by the regimental surgeon for the symptoms. He was eventually diagnosed with malarial poisoning and resulting heart disease. On the return trip to Maine, Robert first went to Boston to be treated, and than he returned to Chesterville before being discharged at Augusta, Maine. He is now totally disabled. His occupation is farmer, and since leaving the service he has resided in the towns of Chesterville, Lowell, and Lincoln, Maine. Testimony reveals that he was a farmer after the war, and worked in the woods when able.

Robert Whitney received a pension. A communication to Hon. D.L. Murphy, Commissioner of Pensions, reveals that Robert was last paid $14.00 to 4 March 1896, and was dropped from the pension roll because of death on 12 May 1896. The advice of his death was received 28 August 1896, and the commissioner was advised 2 September 1896.

Commentary: The following cemetery records are contributed by Larry Tracy of Kennebunkport, Maine:


  • Robert Whitney, Company A, 20th Maine Infantry (no dates on stone),
  • Mary E., his wife died June 3, 1887, age 60 years, 4 months, 1 day, section F, row 20. (town clerk death compilation states 60 years, 3 months, 1 day)

Source: Lincoln Maine Historical Society, burial records.

The following for Tim Doyle: find Robert Whitney enumerated in Lincoln in 1870 as follows:

Robert Whitney, age 48, Farmer, b. Maine Wife Mary E., age 45, b. Maine Children (all b. ME): Louisa, 21; Horace, 19; Alfred, 18; Granville, 16; Augusta, 14; Flora, 12; Edward, 9

In 1860, the family is in Chesterville, Franklin Co., ME as follows:

Robert Whitney, 39, Farmer, b. Maine Wife Mary E, 33, b. Maine Children (all b. ME): Alice, 12; Louisa, 11; Horace, 9; Alford, 8; Grandvill, 6; Augusta, 4; Flora V., 3; L. Adelia, 11 months.

In 1850, the family is in Falmouth, Cumberland Co., ME as follows:

Robert Whitney, 27, Farmer, b. Maine Wife Mary E, 23, b. Maine Children (all b. ME): Alice, 3; Louisa, 1 Also in the house: Mercy Bennett, age 54, b. Maine

Two doors away was:

John Whitney, age 53, Farmer, b. Maine Mary, age 49, b. Maine Children: Edward Whitney Jr, 26; Charles W., 23; Nancy E., 21; Jerusha J., 16. Also in the house: Edward Whitney, 93 John Grant, 75 Dorcas Savage, 61

In 1830, John and Edward Whitney were enumerated next door to each other in Falmouth.

In 1820, John and Edward 'Whitten' were enumerated next door to each other in Falmouth.

In 1810, Edward Whitney was enumerated in Falmouth.

In 1800, Abel, Edward, and Samuel Whitney were enumerated in Falmouth.

 Samuel Whitney 10110-30010, making Samuel b. 1755-1774

In 1790, Samuel Whitney is enumerated in Falmouth with 1 male over 16, 4 males under 16, and 1 female.

My guess as to Robert Whitney's lineage:

Edward Whitney, b. ca. 1757

 John Whitney, b. ca. 1797
   Robert Whitney, b. ca. 1823

Edward possibly had a brother Samuel Whitney of Falmouth, b. 1755-1774

Can anyone verify this tentative lineage and place this Edward Whitney?

From Larry Tracy:

Robert Whitney:

"His death certificate says he died in Lincoln, Maine on May 12, 1896 of heart disease.  His parents were John Whitney and Mary E. Twitchell.  No place of

birth given for any of them, nor his age or date of birth."

From Lisa Cozzens: Robert Whitney was my great great great great grandfather. His son was Granville Whitney who was my great great great grandfather. Granville's daughter was Grace Whitney who was was my great great grandmother. She married Jesse Whitney (yes, same last name, different family line). They had several daughters, one of which was Lila Whitney, born 1904. She was my great grandmother. She died in 1925 from influenza along with 2 of her children. My grandmother was the only child to have survived.

So it goes Robert -- Granville -- Grace -- married Jesse -- had Lila (great grandmother) -- had my grandmother Lisa Cozzens

From Jan Whitaker: Samuel in Falmouth is the son of Abner and Sarah (Hilton) Whitney

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