Family:Whitney, Abel (1813-a1877)
Abel7 Whitney (James6, Benjamin5, Daniel4, Henry3, John2, Henry1), son of James6 and Mary (Frisbie) Whitney, was born 26 Jul 1813, Romulus, NY, and died died 18 Oct 1899, at the age of 86.
He married, 27 Oct 1836, Adrian, MI, Sarah Ann Budlong, daughter of Daniel and Martha (Campbell) Budlong. She was born 21 Feb 1812, Utica, NY, and died 17 Jul 1896, at the age of 84.
Phoenix says the following:
- ". . . a banker . . . . They settled in Adrian, where he had lived since Jun 1828; and were living there in Jun 1877. She has been, for more than forty years, a member of the Presbyterian Church; and he, a zealous and liberal supporter of the same sect. He was postmaster of Adrian from 1843 till 1848. He bought, in 1848, the land for Oakwood Cemetery, at Adrian, and for fifteen years had the entire charge of it. He has taken an interest in all that pertained to the improvement of Adrian; and was, in 1875, president of the Union Hall Association, vice-president of the Michigan State Insurance Company, the oldest in the State, and vice-president of the First National Bank of Adrian. He was, from 1859 to 1868, a member of the School Board (most of the time its president), and, during that time, aided in building three of the finest school-buildings in Michigan. He was, for a long time, one of the trustees of Adrian College, assisting it largely with his means. He was a delegate to the Democratic Convention at Baltimore, 1-5 June 1852, which nominated Franklin Pierce for the presidency. During the war of 1861, he aided largely in obtaining recruits to fill the quota of Adrian, advancing to the city large sums of money, fourteen thousand dollars at one time, determined that no one should be forced from his home by a draft, while money could be raised to pay those willing to go for the bounty. He and his brother, William Augustus Whitney, are among the oldest inhabitants of Adrian, having lived there since 1828. In early life he showed the usual versatility of western pioneers, being successively grocer, land-speculator, dry-goods merchant, railway-contractor, dealer in country produce, and banker."
Child of Abel7 and Sarah Ann (Budlong) Whitney:
i. Augustus Harvey8 Whitney, b. 4 Jan 1841, Adrian, MI; d. 10 May 1859, Adrian, MI, where he was buried in Oakwood Cemetery.
- 1840, Adrian, Lenawee Co., MI: Abel Whitney, 1 male 20-29 and 2 females 20-29.
- 1850, Adrian, Lenawee Co., MI:
1174 1185 Abel Whitney 37 M - Forwarding Merchant $3000 N.Y. Sarah A. " 39 F - " Augustus H. " 9 M - Mich. Attended school Almira M. Budlong 36 F - N.Y.
823 845 Able Whitney 46 M - Banker $10000 $3000 N.Y. Sarah " 45 F - " Almira Budlong 43 F - " Marg. Elsinbeinger 19 F - Servant Germany
375 385 Whilney, Abel 57 M W Retired Banker $19000 $13000 N.Y. Male citizen over 21 " Sarah A. 58 F W Keeping house " Budlong, Anna 57 F W At home "
Abel WHITNEY 65 Self M M W NY Retired Banker NY NY Sarah A. WHITNEY 66 Wife F M W NY Housekeeping CT RI Almira M. BUDLONG 64 SisL F S W NY RI CT
- All data imported from Stephen Whitney Phoenix, The Whitney family of Connecticut, and its affiliations; being an attempt to trace the descendants, as well in the female as the male lines, of Henry Whitney, from 1649 to 1878; to which is prefixed some account of the Whitneys of England. (New York : Priv. Print. [Bradford Press] 1878), pp. 498-499 and p. 1180.
- Dates of death from the family headstone inscription: Abel Whitney, Born July 28, 1813, Died Oct. 18, 1899; Sarah Ann Budlong, Wife of Abel Whitney, Born Feb. 21, 1812, Died July 17, 1896; Augustus Harvey, Son of Abel & Sarah A. Whitney, Died May 10, 1859, Aged 18 yrs. 4 mo. 6 ds. Buried at Oakwood Cemetery, Adrian, Lenawee County, Michigan, USA. See Find A Grave Memorials 63460018 (Abel), 63460036 (Sarah), and 63460007 (Augustus).
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