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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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Buffalo, N. Y., in 1847, and to St. Louis, Mo., in 1854. He en- tered the service as captain, Compary E, Eighth, Missouri Volunteer Infantry, June 25, 1861. Served in Missouri and Ken- tucky to Feb., 1862. He was promoted lieutenant-colonel Aug. 3, 1863. He was mustered out with regiment July 7, 1864; com- missioned colonel and aide-de-camp on the staff of Gov. W. P. HALL, of Missouri, and colonel of Fifth Regiment St. Louis City Guard, Oct., 1, 1864; lieutenant-colonel Twenty-Seventh Missouri Volunteer Infantry, Oct. 6, 1864, and at once detailed as chief picket officer of the Seventeenth Army Corps, on the staff of Major General Frank P. BLAIR, commanding. He was on the march to the sea Nov. 16 to Dec. 13. He was brevetted colonel and brigadier-general for gallant and meritorious services during the war, to date from Nov. 13, 1863; and present at the surren- der of General Joseph JOHNSTON, and in the grand review at Washington, May 24. Mustard out June 13, 1863, He was appointed captain of Company E, Thirty-Ninth U. S. A. In- fantry, July 28, 1866, brevetted major for gallant conduct at Cickasaw Bayou, lieutenant-colonel for gallant conduct in the assaults on Vicksburg, and colonel U. S. A. for gallant and meritorious conduct at Cickamauga (Creek, Ga., Mission Ridge, Tenn., and Bivers Bridge, S. C. He served in the reg- ular army until the fall of 1868, when his services ended. He now resides in Washington, D. C. Ch.: Wm. Tommas, b. Apr. 10, 1875; Martha Wynona, b. June 19, 1880; Wallace Whitney, b. Sept., 17, 1881. 4707. iv LUCINDA ELLEN, b. Oct, 21, 1848; m. Aug. 14, 1875, Charles R. BALDWIN; b. Feb 11, 1830. He is a retired farmer: res. 1307 R. St. N.W., Washington, D. C. Ch.: Marian Ernestine, b. May 12, 1876. 4708. v. CARLOS FRANKLIN, b. Apr., 1850. 4709. vi. WM. CLARENCE, b. Oct. 21, 1858: m. Mary Lyde MARKS. 4710. vii. CHAS. ALFRED, b. Apr., 1860 4711. viii. GEO. ALBERT, b. Apr., 1862: res. Manchester, N. H. 2368. MAJOR SAMUEL DARWIN WHITNEY (Paul, Timothy, Jonas, Moses, Rich- ard, John), b. Hinesburgh, Vt., Oct. 18, 1804; m. At Shelburne. Vt. In 1828, Clarissa READ, b. 1804; d. 1874. She was a very ambitious woman in the education of her children, and all attended academies, seminaries or colleges. She emulated her father who was a liberal patron of both churches and schools; he was a farmer. Samuel Darwin (b. Oct. 18, 1804; d. May 8, 1852). The eldest son of Paul and only child of his first wife who was married at an early age and died while he was still a little boy. Her father having died also, the boy, Samuel was left in the care of a younger brother, Lyman Darwin, of Hinesburgh, Vt., where he was educated and with whom he made his home until his marriage in 1828 with Clarissa READ, daughter of Joshua READ, of Shelburne, Vt. They then went to Williston to begin life on the old Murray farm, three miles south of the village. To them were born eight children, four sons and four daughters, three of whom survive, one son and two daughters, the eldest and the youngest. Unlike his father he had large black eyes, the finest of glossy black hair combined with a soft white skin. He was of medium height, with a tend- ency to corpulence, and though rather heavy in form, quick and light in movement; consequently he excelled in the light fantastic step and was very fond of the terpsi- chorean art. He was very efficient in military tactics, for which he had a natural fit- ness, his ardor and enthusiasm evident to all, whether on drill or dress parade. He was major in the Eighth regiment of Vermont militia. He had imbibed the martial spirit of the times of his childhood, and now that the wars were over and the country at peace he still longed for the active engagement of a soldier. As his tastes were not suited to a quiet life of the farm he never extended his possessions, like his grandson who recovered new lands after the confiscation act. He was very fond of his children, especially of his two little girls, Martha and Franc, and enjoyed taking them with him when going to town or city. In politics he was a Whig. About four years before his decease he was taken with hemorrhage from the nostrils, which occurred occasionally until his last sick- ness which baffled all physicians, but by post mortem proved to be dropsy of the chest. He was buried in the village cemetery, at Williston, more than forty years ago, but
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