Family:Whitney, Alva Lewis (1826-1906)

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Alva Lewis Whitney (Horace Selden), son of Horace Selden and Lucinda (Cole) Whitney), was born 4 Jun 1826, Erie, PA, and died 21 Mar 1906, Plover, IA. He was buried in Powhatan Cemetery, Plover, IA.[1]

He married firstly, say 1859, Lucy Colby. She was born about 1840, and died 1864, Green Co., WI.

He married secondly, 1 Jul 1866, Attica, WI, Mary Emily Kelley alias Smith, daughter of David and Mary Merinda (Pratt) Kelley, stepdaughter of Joel Smith. She was born 4 May 1846, Salisbury, NY, and died 28 Jan 1938, Plover, IA. She was buried in Powhatan Cemetery, Plover, IA.[2]

He served as a Private in Co. E, 8th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry.[3] He also served as a Corporal in Co. K, 42nd Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry.[4] On 18 Jun 1878, from Wisconsin, he applied for a pension based on service in Co. E, 8th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry.[5]

Children of Alva Lewis and Lucy (Colby) Whitney:

i. Emmet Julian Whitney, b. Feb 1864, WI; m. Dora (Krouse) Abt.

Children of Alva Lewis and Mary Emily (Kelley)(Smith) Whitney, if any, unknown.


Alva L. WHITNEY 53 Self M M W PA Laborer VT VT Mary E. WHITNEY 36 Wife F M W NY Keeping House NY NY

36 36 Alva L. Whitney 93 32 15 NW SE 54 M W m Farmer Penn. Mary E. " " 38 F W m - N.Y. Lucinda " " 78 F W m - Vermont

131 134 Whitney, Alva L. 66 M W m Pennsylvania [Far]mer Presbyterian Voter, Co. E, 8th Wis. Vol., H.P. " Mary E. 56 F W m New York [Keepi]ng house " Smith, Mary M. 74 F W s " " - Methodist

1900, Jackson Street, Powhatan Township, Pocahontas Co., IA, p. 1B: 22 22 Whitney, Alva L. Head W M Jun 1826 73 mar 34 Pennsylvania Vermont Vermont Owns free house Whitney, Mary E. Wife W F May 1846 54 mar 34 2ch 0liv New York New York New York Smith, Mary N. MiL W F Aug 1820 79 wid 4ch 3liv New York Massachusetts New York

  • 1915 State, Pocahontas Co., IA.
  • 1920, Powhatan, Pocahontas Co., IA.
  • 1925 State: Plover, Pocahontas Co., IA: Emmet J., Dorah, and Mary E.
  • 1930, Plover, Powhatan Township, Pocahontas Co., IA.


  • Census records.

1.^  FindAGrave Memorial #30715580, Alva L. Whitney.

2.^  FindAGrave Memorial #30715581, Mary E. Whitney.

3.^  United States Civil War Soldiers Index, 1861-1865, at

4.^  United States Civil War Soldiers Index, 1861-1865, at

5.^  United States Civil War and Later Pension Index, 1861-1917, at

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