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The Descendants of John Whitney, Who Came from London, England, to Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1635, by Frederick Clifton Pierce (Chicago: 1895)

Transcribed by the Whitney Research Group, 1999.

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1883. JOHN WHITNEY (Lemuel, Joshua, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John), b. Oct. 20, 1774 at Spencer, Mass.; m. at Springfield, Vt., Nov. 16, 1797, Elizabeth SAFFORD ROWLEY, b. Jan. 29, 1775; d. Westport N.Y., July 15, 1852. John WHITNEY married Elizabeth SAFFORD, in Springfield Vt., and about 1810 moved to Westport, N.Y., bought a farm adjoining his brother Benjamin's on the Bouquet river, one mile above Wadham's Mills. The town line between Westport and Essex ran between the houses of John and Benjamin. They were both farmers. John spent much time in trying to perfect a reaping machine, which he invented probably about 1815. His life was uneventful, was highly esteemed by his neigh- bors; was a member of the Congregational church, and his homestead is now occu- pied by his grandchildren, Lemuel WHITNEY and Elminer Eliza. He d. April 30, 1834. Res. Springfield, Vt., Wadham's Mills, N.Y. 3928. i. ABIGAIL S., b. Oct. 28, 1799; m. Feb. 19, 1823, Oliver H. BARRETT, She d. Jan. 2, 1834. He was b. Oct. 26, 1794; d. Apr. 3, 1842. She d. at Westport, N. Y. Ch.: John Whitney, b. Dec. 21, 1823. 1st m. -----; 2d m. -----; res. 232 Monticello Ave. Chicago, Ill.; Benjamin Albert, b. Dec. 6, 1825; bachelor; res. 1000 Kansas Ave. N. Topeka, Kan.; Oliver Dana, b. Sept. 28, 1828; m. Feb. 14, 1861; res. Washington Loan & Trust Build- ing, Washington, D.C. He was born in Westport, Sept. 28, 1828, on his father's farm one mile west of Wadham's Mill. At the age of five his mother died and then he went to live with Daniel SAFFORD, the husband of his grandaunt, Sallie WHITNEY. She was the "Little Sallie" that figured so prominently in an interesting work published by Luthera WHITNEY, entitled, "Days and Ways of a Hundred Years Ago." Daniel SAFFORD was a brother of his grandmother, Elizabeth WHITNEY, nee SAFFORD. He lived with his granduncle and aunt until Oct., 1842. The next year he lived with his uncle, Joel F. WHITNEY on the home- stead of his grandfather, John WHITNEY, and the year following, he resided in Cambridge, Vt. He finally entered the University of Vermont, and graduated in 1854. He then accepted the

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professorship of Greek and mathemat- ics in the Valley Seminary, Fulton, N. Y. Subsequently he accepted the prin- cipalship of the West Randolph Class- ical Academy of Vermont. On the 14th of Feb., 1861, he married Mrs. Sallie SUTTON, nee CURRIE; went to Washing- ton, D. C., the next day, and has resided there ever since. There he was admit- ted to the bar and for several years was associated in the practice of law with the Hon. Caleb CUSHING, and that asso- ciation continued until he accepted the position of counsel in the Geneva Ar- bitration cases. About 1878 he became associated in the practice of law with General Benj. F. BUTLER, and that asso- ciation continued to the day of BUTLER'S death, January 11, 1892, and he is now practicing law in Washington, D.C.; Henry SAFFORD, b. Oct. 30, 1831; res. Thom- son, Ill. 3929. ii. LEMUEL, b. Nov. 24, 1802; m. Roxannia -----, and d.s.p. Nov. 24, 1838. 3930. iii. DANIEL, b. Feb. 21, 1812; d. Mar., 1812. 3931. iv. THANKFUL G., b. Jan. 21, 1804; m. Thomas HADLEY. She d. s. p. June 2, 1868. 3932. v. SALLY, b. Sept. 27, 1806; d. unm. at Westport, Sept. 17, 1854. 3933. vii. CAROLINE, b. Jan. 3, 1815; m. Laertius TUTTLE; res. Westport, N. Y. She d. 1862. 3934. viii. JOEL F., b. Oct. 14, 1817; m. Eunice BOUTWELL and Emily J. DANIELS. 3935. ix. JOHN R., b. Apr. 18, 1813; m. Elmira E. FISK.

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