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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)

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ent, and was a leader of musical bodies. This talent all his children inherited. He died of dropsy at Lancaster. He d. Oct. 26, 1855; res. Lancaster and Boston, Mass. 4280. i. WILLIAM STEPHEN, b. Nov. 28, 1825; d. July 16, 1827. 4281. ii. MARIA ANTOINETTE, b. Oct. 18, 1827; m. Dec. 9, 1846, Francis PRATT; res. Southbridge. She d. Oct. 3, 1859. Ch.: Wm. Francis: res. Herman St., Winthrop, Mass. 4282. iii. STEPHEN WILLIAM, b. Feb. 15, 1829; d. Sept. 30, 1831. 4283. iv. SARAH ELLEN, b. Mar. 9, 1831; d. Sept. 18, 1854. 4284. v. JOHN DEXTER, b. Nov. 29, 1833; d., it is thought, in 1862 in Rebel army. Went from Memphis, Tenn. 4285. vi. EDMUND C., b. Dec. 28, 1835; m. Cornelia F. SHEPHERD. 4286. vii. WM. SIDNEY, b. Mar. 21, 1838; d. Sept. 15, 1840. 4287. viii. HARRIET FRANCIS, b. Nov. 19, 1840; d. Dec. 6, 1841. 4288. ix. GEORGIANA FREEMAN, b. Feb. 6, 1843; m. July 9, 1862, Joseph S. FRENCH; res, 86 Union Ave. So. Framingham, Mass. He was b. June 12, 1840; d. s. p. May 30, 1881. 4289. x. MARIETTA ISABELL, b. Aug. 31, 1845; m. May 22, 1878, Mr. CUNNINGHAM; b. Oct. 21, 1838; res. 24 Main St., Marlboro, Mass. She was previously married to a Mr. ADAMS, and had one child. GRACE FRANCIS, b. Mar. 27, 1866; who m. L. A. MABEE, and res. East Carlton, Orleans Co., N. Y. Ch. by second m.; Geo. Wm., b. Aug 23, 1880; Myrtie Winnifred, b. Jan. 8. 1879; d. Mar. 30, 1884; M. Maude, b. Aug. 16, 1885. 4290. xi. FRANCIS HERBERT, b. June 23, 1849; res. Howes Court, Marl- boro, Mass. 2042. BENJAMIN HERD WHITNEY (Abijah, Stephen, John, Benjamin, John, John), b. Oct. 15, 1813; m. May 1836, Mary BUTTERS, b. in 1815; d. Oct. 3, 1840; m. 2d, Nov. 1844, Sarah PHELPS. Benjamin H. WHITNEY, son of Abijah, and Betsey WHITNEY of Lunenburg, went to Westminster ab. 1836, and established the wheelwright business in the shop which stood near the site of the Baptist meetinghouse, his place of residence being on Bacon Street, wher Israel DICKINSON now lives. He m. 2d, Sarah PHELPS of Lunen- burg. Res. Westminster and Lunenburg, Mass. 4291. i. EMMA, b. -----, (Adopted.) 2046. FRANCIS WOLFE WHITNEY (Abijah, Stephen, John, Benjamin, John, John), b. Lunenburg, Mass., July 15, 1825; m. in Phillipston, Huldah B. FROST; b. 1830. He was born in Lunenburg, Mass., and remained with his parents until nine- teen years of age, assisting his father on his farm and working in his slaughter house; but not liking the latter work left home to learn the carriage and wheelwright trade with his brother. He was paid $40 a year and worked twelve hours a day; at the end of the year he had managed to save $18 of this sum to which he add $7 which his father had paid him, and this amount he place at interest. After being away from home for two years his father was disabled so that it was necessary for him to return and carry on the farm, which was finally sold. He then left to find a place at Worcester to work at his trade. He stopped on his way at Leominster to visit his sister and while there waiting for the slave he went into a piano shop, the first he had ever seen. The proprietor wanted to hire him, as he very much needed a man on one kind of work, and after showing him what it was he agreed to go to work for him the next week. He worked for him ten years. till his employer gave up the business on account of ill-health and losses, etc. Being out of business he thought he would try his hand at making children's carriages, and after deciding the matter he proposed to his cousin, F. A. WHITNEY, who had worked for him one year at piano work, to go in company with him, he accepted the offer. They had but little capital, but began in a small way and were making some headway when the shop was burned and they lost all their machinery, stock, etc., as there was no insur- ance. After they had secured money from friends they erected a small shop on leased land and began business again, which after thirty-five years has become one of the most important in Leominster, employing from 150 to 200 hands and turning out nearly 40,000 carriages a year. For the past few years Mr. WHITNEY has not taken any active part in the business, owing to poor health. When able to work he spends his time in his garden, which is well stocked with all kinds of fruits and ber- ries. He also has an extensive vegetable garden and one of the most pleasantly located homes in that beautiful New England town. Indirectly there has grown out

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