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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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5724. i. JOHN W., b. Aug. 6, 1851; m. Julia D. GRAHAM. 5725. ii. EUGENE M., b. Aug. 6, 1853, Morris, Ill. He was born in Belvi- dere, was educated at the public schools, and when eighteen years of age was united with the Wesleyan Methodist church. He began teaching in 1875, and has been engaged in that pro- fession ever since; is at present teaching in Morris, Grundy Co., Ill. 5726. iii. OLIVE EMMA, b. Mar. 19, 1860; res. Brookville, Kan. 5727. iv. ALMA ISABELLA, b. Apr. 22, 1848; m. John BRAGGINS; res. Beau- mont, Cal. He was b. in England, Sept, 19, 1844; s. p. 5728. v. OSCAR L., b. Mar. 29, 1847; m. Ann M. RILEY. 5728a. vi. ARTEMAS LEMUEL, b. Dec. 7, 1855; res., unm., Topeka, Kan. 5729a. vii. ADELBERT GODDARD, b. Aug. 8, 1868; res. Marshall, Wis. 3061. CHARLES OSCAR WHITNEY (Luke, John, Joseph, Joseph, Jonathan, John). b. Troy, N.H., May 4, 1838; m. Nov. 27, 1862, at Keene, Frances Flora BENT; b. Oct. 27, 1838, at Fitzwilliam. Mr. WHITNEY's father dying when he was but three years old, and the family being in humble circumstnaces, he went to live with his uncle, Ira GODDING, of Troy, N.H.,

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where he resided until he was about twelve years old, when he was thrown upon his own resources by the death of Mr. and Mrs. GODDING. Now commenced his hard struggle with the world for a living, and for the next few years he made his home in any family where his labors would suffice for his board and clothes. With all these adverse circumstances he had but little time or oppor- tunity for education except a few weeks in the winter at the district school. At the age of seventeen he went to work in a saw and grist mill and afterward to Gardner, Mass., where he worked for some time in a chair manu- factory. At the breaking out of the war, when the demand for firearms was largely increased, he went to Springfield, Mass., and worked for the United States government making muskets, where he remained nearly two years. But Mr. WHITNEY had conceived the plan of furthering his business interests, and his early life of labor had taught him prudence and economy, so he now determined to start business for himself. Accordingly returning to South Gardner and taking into partnership his brother-in- law, under the firm title of Whitney & Bent, he began chair manufacturing, which was carried on for several years with a fair percentage of profit for the capital invested. In 1866 Mr. WHITNEY disposed of his interest in the business and removed to Marlborough, N.H., where he now resides. The same year he in company with several other gentlemen formed a copartnership under the name of the Marlborough Manufacturing Company, and in the following spring made the first horse blankets manufactured in this town, thus developing a most im- portant branch of industry, which added much to the prosperity and growth of the town. Mr. WHITNEY afterwards withdrew from this company, purchased land, erected a building, and creating a new water-power, resumed chair manufacturing. Subsequently he, with Mr. Warren H. CLARK, formed what is now known as the Cheshire Blanket Company and fitted up the mill in which Mr. WHITNEY formerly made chairs for the manufacture of blankets. These enterprising men from time to time enlarged their manufacturing facilities until they now have seven sets of machinery. They have a capital stock of $40,000 and can produce five hundred blankets a day. This firm also manufactures satinets and produce as many as twenty- five thousand yards per month, and the annual production when running full time is three thousand bales. Politically Mr. WHITNEY is a Republican, and has served the town as selectman and has for some time been a member of the school board. He is a man of great industry, perseverance and pluck, and though his early man- hood was one of hard toil, yet by persevering efforts, from humble beginnings, un- aided, he has acquired competency, and stands well in the esteem of his fellow towns- men and is a good type of the self-made men of the Granite State; res. Marlboro, N.H. 5729. i. FRANK RUSSELL, b. Aug. 29, 1866; d. in Marlboro. 5730. ii. CHAS WINNEFRED, b. Aug. 4, 1877. 5731. iii. ROBERT, L., b. Sept. 10, 1880.

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