Family:Whitney, Amos (1832-a1900)

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Amos8 Whitney (Aaron7, Aaron6, Levi5, Daniel4, Jonathan3, Jonathan2, John1), son of Aaron7 and Rebecca (Perkins) Whitney, was born 8 Oct 1832, Biddeford, ME,[1] and died after 1880.

He married, 8 Sep 1856, Laura Johnson, daughter of John and Sally (Cheney) Johnson. She was born 9 Nov 1837.

He was born in Biddeford, ME. Some of his younger years were spent in Saccarappa, where he was educated in the common schools. At the age of twelve years he moved to Exeter, NH, where he remained until he was fourteen. He then entered the employ of the Essex Machine Company, in Lawrence, MA, and learned the machinist's trade. He went to Hartford when he was about nineteen years of age and was employed by the Colts Fire Arms Company for a few years, and for a number of years he was in the employ of the Phoenix Iron Works. In 1860, with Francis A. Pratt, he founded in a small way what is now Pratt & Whitney Co., manufacturers of machinist's tools, special machinery, etc., now one of the largest concerns of kind in this country. It is well known in this country and abroad. He is a stanch Republican in politics, but being of a very retiring disposition never takes an active part in public affairs; resided 231 Lawrence St. Hartford, CT.

Children of Amos8 and Laura (Johnson) Whitney:

i. Nellie Hortense9 Whitney, b. 5 Oct 1860; d. 8 Jun 1865.
ii. Nettie Louise Whitney, b. 8 Nov 1865.
iii. Clarence Edgar Whitney, b. 26 Nov 1869.


641 690 Amos Whitney 28 M - Machinist $1000 Maine Laura " 22 F - N. Hampshire Kate Corrigan 22 F - Servant Ireland

120 221 Whitney, Amos 37 M W General Machinist $45000 Maine Illiterate, Male citizen over 21 -----, Laura J. 32 F W Keeping house New Hampshire Illiterate -----, Nettie L. 4 F W Connecticut -----, Clarence E. 6/12 M W " Born in Dec -----, Sarah J. 39 F W At home Maine Illiterate Quackenbush, Fanny 24 F W " " " Illiterate Dyer, Bridget 30 F W Domestic Ireland Parents foreign born

Sarah J. was Amos's sister. Apparently the census taker reversed the meaning of the columns about literacy, marking those who could read and write, instead of those who couldn't.

Amos WHITNEY 47 Self M M W ME Super Manufactury Co ME ME Laura J. WHITNEY 42 Oth F M W NH Keeps House MA MA Nettie L. WHITNEY 14 Dau F S W CT At School ME NH Clarence E. WHITNEY 10 Son M S W CT At School ME NH George F. WHITNEY 34 Bro M M W ME Contractor ME ME Emma F. WHITNEY 34 SisL F M W MA Keeps House MA MA Sallie C. JOHNSON 67 MotL F W W MA MA MA

40 41 Whitney, Amos Head W M Oct 1832 67 mar 43 Maine Maine Maine Manufacturer small tools, Owns house -----, Laura J. Wife W F Nov 1837 62 mar 43 3ch 2liv New Hampshire Massachusetts Massachusetts -----, Nettie L. Dau W F Nov 1865 24 sgl Connecticut Maine Massachusetts -----, Clarence E. Son W M Nov 1869 30 mar 0 Connecticut Maine New Hampshire Mfr. small tools -----, Nellie DiL W F Nov 1877 22 mar 0 0ch 0liv Connecticut Connecticut Connecticut -----, Geo. F. BiL W M Apr 1846 54 mar 26 Maine Maine Maine Machinist -----, Emma F. SiL W F Jan 1846 54 mar 26 0ch 0liv Massachusetts Massachusetts Massachusetts Johnson, Sally C. MiL W F Sep 1812 87 wid 3ch 2liv Massachusetts Massachusetts Massachusetts Long, Mary M. Srvt W F Apr 1875 25 sgl Connecticut Sweden Sweden Servant Blomberg, Susana Srvt W F Dec 1869 30 sgl Sweden Sweden Sweden Servant, Immig. 1887


George F. Whitney above (1880 Census) was George Farnham Whitney, Amos's first cousin, and not Amos's brother George Quimby Whitney. Emma F. Whitney above was Emma Francelia (Johnson) Whitney, sister of Laura, thus explaining the relationships as stated. Here first cousins married sisters.


1.^  "Amos [Whitney], s. of Aaron and Rebecca, b. Oct. 8, 1832," according to Beatty, John D., ed., Vital Records of Biddeford, Prior to 1856; Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication No. 28 (Rockport, ME: Picton Press, 1998), p. 243.

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