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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.
acquaintances, many of whom still live to remember and mourn for her. To an ardent and generous temperament, a singularly unselfish and self-sacrificing disposition, and a mind and heart of transparent truthfulness and integrity, she united a talent of keen observation and lively powers of description, which among friends who knew her intimately, gave great zest and vivacity to her conversation. But it is as a true and warm-hearted friend, a tender wife and mother, and a sympathizing benefactor to the neglected and the needy, that she will be especially held in affectionate and grateful remembrance. As a Christian, her life of humble and undoubting faith was crowned by a death of signal triumph. Leaving a pleasant home, a husband and six affectionate children, she could yet say, 'It is not such a terrible thing to die!' As the scenes of time faded, her faith lit up the dark valley with the bright presence of her Saviour, until 'the shadow of death was turned into the morning,' the morning of an unending day."
She was buried in Canandaigua, the day after her death, from the Congregational Church (Dr. Dagget's), of which she had been a member for more than twenty years.
He was married (2d), by Rev. Mr. Bushnell, at Fremont, Ohio, 7 Aug. 1862, to Anna Roosevelt MacEnally, born at New York City, 8 Nov. 1835, dau. of James and Caroline (Roosevelt) MacEnally,1 and g. dau. of Cornelius L. and Ann (Lockwood) Roosevelt. After his death, she returned to Canandaigua, and was living there in 1868.
The following, from The Advertiser and Tribune, of Detroit, 28 June 1867, shows the principal facts of his life:
"Almost equally as startling as the announcement of the death of Judge Witherell on Wednesday, was that of the demise of George L. Whitney, Esq., yesterday forenoon. Mr. Whitney had been quite unwell all Winter and, only a week or two since, was seriously meditating a trip to Europe as the only possible hope of restoration. He was then quite feeble. Last week he was taken to St. Luke's hospital, from which time he continued to fail till about 10 o'clock yesterday morning, when he ceased to breathe. His family, who have for the past year been residing at Pontiac, were with him at the time of his decease. His remains it is intended to remove to Canandaigua, N. Y., for interment.
"George L. Whitney was born in 1808, consequently was 59 at the time of his death. He learned the printer's trade and was employed in a New York office. In 1829 the only newspaper published in Detroit was the old Detroit Gazette, the Democratic organ. The Whigs needed a mouth-piece, and, in the year mentioned, the late Oliver Newberry, in their behalf, visited New York for the purpose of securing the material for an office, and a printer to take charge of it. Mr. Whitney was recommended to him as a young man worthy and competent. With his assistance a font of type and presses were bought, all the funds being supplied by Mr. Newberry
1 James McEnally and wife were living at Canandaigua in 1868.
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