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John H. Whitney
Thank you for the additional information on the page for Family:Whitney, John H. (c1855-a1880). I've changed the date format back to match the Family Group Record Format that we have developed for the site. We do a lot of automated script processing on the site - automatically pulling data from the pages for index page updates, etc., so it is important that the format is consistent across all pages for that to work properly. I hope doing this doesn't discourage you from further edits as we really do appreciate your input!
Father of John H. Whitney
It occurred to me that if Nancy Whitney had a son aged 1 year old in 1860, and her husband was not listed with the family, that he could have been listed in the 1860 Archive:1860 Census Extracts, Arkansas, Mortality Schedules. These mortality schedules listed each peron who had died within the 12 months preceding the census. Sure enough, he appears to be there!
Whitney, W. Sevier Co., AR 1860 M MO 33 Mar Rising
So, although not proven, it appears that the husband of Nancy was a "W. Whitney", aged 33, born in Missouri, died March 1860, Sevier Co., AR. He died due to "Rising", which, according to Rudy's List of Archaic Medical Terms was an "abscess" or "a popular term for any inflammatory swelling; also for any morbid subjective sensation of something moving from the periphery toward the brain".
It looks as though you probably descend from Joseph and Elizabeth (-----) Whitney. This couple supposedly originated in North or South Carolina, came through Tennessee, and settled in Howard Co., Missouri.
We would LOVE to know which of the main Whitney lines they actually came from, and there's a way we can find out! I would like to urge you to participate in our DNA study project. Basically you order a kit, swab the inside of your cheek, and they test to see which line you connect to. This would then really affect further efforts to find Joseph's ancestry. Each of the main Whitney branches (John of Watertown, Henry of Connecticut, and Samuel of Bermuda & the American South) have different "signature" results. Are you interested in learning more?