Family:Whitney, Cephas Newhall (1869-1961)

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Cephas Newhall9 Whitney (Cephas Newhall8, Amos Newhall7, Peter6, Jonas5, Jonas4, Moses3, Richard2, John1), son of Cephas Newhall8 and Cyrena Abigail (Patch) Whitney, was born 25 May 1869, DuQoin, IL, died abt 1961, Georgetown, Guyana.

Cephas N. grew up in and around Illinois and spent about a year (or less) in Washington D.C. around 1890. He became a dentist, graduating from the Baltimore Dental College in 1889. Shortly after this time, he went to Jamaica and spent 11 years there.

He m. 9 Sep 1893, New York City, NY, Caroline Blanche Penny, b. 23 Sep 1857, Spanish Town, Jamaica, poss. d. abt 1912, Guyana. She was the daughter of John Woolfries Penny and Eliza Walter Packer, of Spanish Town, Jamaica.

In 1899, Cephas Whitney and Alfred Constantine Lazarus, both of Kingston, Jamaica, received a U.S. Patent for a new and improved bicycle gear. In 1899, Cephas Whitney of Kingston, Jamaica, received a U.S. Patent for an artificial tooth-crown and backing for artificial teeth.

Then he moved to British Guyana. Cephas traveled with his wife, Caroline B. and a daughter, Hilda, about 1903; possibly had a son, Newton, b. abt 1904 in Demerara, British Guyana.

He m. abt 1915, Guilhermina d'Silva, had a son, George Cephas Whitney, b. 1 Apr 1916, Georgetown, British Guyana, d. 15 Jul 2000, Trinidad & Tobago.

He m. abt 1920, Julie Seca, in British Guyana, birth and death unknown. Three sons were born of this union, Ivan S. Whitney, Robert Whitney, Martin Whitney.

He m. abt 1929, Rona Philpot, b. 1913, British Guyana and d. 21 Mar 1936, Georgetown, British Guyana, shot by her lover in her Georgetown home after a three month affair. Cephas and Rona had one daughter, Gloria Magdalen Whitney, b. 22 Jul 1931, British Guyana, m. Roland Sinson, d. May 2000, Oxfordshire, England.

The 1940 U.S. Census shows that on 2 Apr 1940, he had returned to the United States and lived in Los Angeles, CA near his niece, Lucile Eslinger. According to Lucile, Cephas was working on a patent for a dental device that could measure the center of a mouth which could be used to make dentures. According to her, he was working in the office of Dr. Curtis Beauchamp, a colleague, who later created the Western Dental Centers in Southern California. Supposedly, Cephas sold his patent rights to Dr. Beauchamp for the device he invented.

In the 1940's, Cephas was the first President of the British Guiana Weightlifting Association in the country's pursuit of Olympic participation in the sport. He died at the age of 92 in abt 1961 in Guyana.

Children of Cephas Newhall9 and Caroline Blanche (Penny) Whitney:

i. Hilda9 Whitney, b. poss. Feb 1895, Jamaica, Caribbean.
ii. poss. Newton Whitney, b. poss. 2 Jul 1904, Demerara, Guyana.

Children of Cephas Newhall9 and Guilhermina (d'Silva) Whitney:

iii. George Cephas Whitney, b. 1 Apr 1916, Georgetown, British Guyana; d. 15 Jul 2000, Trinidad & Tobago, Caribbean.

Children of Cephas Newhall9 and Julia (Seca) Whitney:

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iv. Ivan S. Whitney, b. 28 Mar 1921, Georgetown, British Guyana; d. 9 Nov 1999, St. Petersburg, FL.
Robert Whitney, b. unknown, Georgetown, Guyana.
Martin Whitney, b. unknown, Georgetown, Guyana.