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The Whitney Family of Connecticut

by S. Whitney Phoenix
(New York: 1878)

Transcribed by Robert L. Ward.

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Whitney Family.
Autumn of 1828, moved to Ancaster; and thence, in 1830, to Hamilton, U. C., where he established the business which is still conducted by the well-known firm of D. Moore and Co. He was also a partner in extensive firms at Chicago, Ill., and at Toronto, Port Hope, and London, in Ontario, Canada. He was one of the earliest directors of the Gore Bank, the first established at Hamilton, and gave a willing and effective support to every effort for the advancement of the city. He joined the Wesleyan Church in 1833, and remained an active and consistent member till his death, which took place at his residence in Maiden Lane, Hamilton, Ont., on Sunday, 14 July 1872. She died, 5 May 1875, at Hamilton, and was buried there with her husband. A volume, published at the Methodist Book Room, Toronto, Ont., in 1876, entitled Memorials of the Life of Edward and Lydia Ann Jackson, shows more fully than can here be done the story of their well-spent lives, and their faithful labors in the cause of Christ and Christian education, resulting in their giving fifty thousand dollars, near the close of life, for the endowment of a chair of theology in Victoria College, and for other benevolent purposes. It says: "His integrity and veracity were of the highest order. Every man who dealt with him knew how safely he might rely on his conscientious regard for the rights of others. His power of directing others made him acknowledged leader wherever he appeared, and was, doubtless, one important cause of his success in life. . . . . She was a woman of great energy and tireless industry. Excellent taste, a keen sense of propriety, and a knowledge of human nature, which almost infallibly discerned the motives of those with whom she had to deal, combined to guide her own works to almost invariable success, and to make her the most valuable friend in counsel we have ever known. . . . . She was a woman of the deepest domestic affections, and of the most kindly social disposition. . . . . She had inherited all the stern morality of her Puritan ancestors, and to her, duty was inviolable law. Such a nature, so strong, earnest, active, and yet womanly, we seldom find."

Chil. of Nicholas and Hephzibah (Whitney) Wilson. 155

646 I. Elizabeth Wilson, b. at Hempstead Harbor, N. Y., 23 Aug. 1780; died at Au Sable Forks, N. Y., in 1863; married in 1800, at Hempstead Harbor, John Van Ranst, a paper-maker, born in New York City, son of Peter and Ida (Beekman) Van Ranst.1 He died at Sacket's Harbor, N. Y., in 1814, while a soldier in the U. S. service. 2215
  1 Peter Van Ranst was born 24 July 1736; his wife Ida, 10 Sept. 1737. They were married, 15 May 1757, in the Dutch Ref. church, New York.
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