Family:Whitney, Charles Edgar (1845-1923)

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Charles Edgar9 Whitney (Ezra8, Zerah7, James6, Samuel5, Samuel4, Nathaniel3, John2, John1), son of Ezra8 and Hannah Hodges (DePuy) Whitney, was born 27 Jan 1845, Cascade, MI, and died 9 Dec 1923, Grand Rapids, MI, aged 79 years.[1]

He married, 24 Dec 1869, Muskegon, MI, Melissa "Mittie" D. Rowe, both of Hopkins, MI,[2] daughter of Gilbert and Margaret (Van Tassell) Rowe. She was born about Jul 1850, Warren Co., PA.

He was a soldier in the war of 1861; resided Bradley, MI.

Charles Edgar9 and Melissa "Mittie" D. (Rowe) Whitney had no children. They adopted:

i. (adopted) Ethel Rowe10 Whitney, b. Feb 1891, IL; parents b. MI and IL; m. 24 Sep 1913, Plainwell, MI, Dygal E. McKellan, b. ca. 1892, Canada.[3]


262 264 Whitney, Ezra 54 M W Farmer $5000 $1200 N. York Male citizen over 21 Hannah 49 F W Keeps House " Charles 25 M W Farm Laborer $800 Mich. Married in Dec, Male citizen over 21 Melissa 18 F W Penna. Married in Dec Fred 12 M W Mich. Attended school Frank 12 M W " Attended school Carrie 10 F W " Attended school Zerah 85 M W Connt. Male citizen over 21

Charles E. WHITNEY 35 Self M M W MI Farmer NY NY Melissa D. WHITNEY 28 Wife F M W PA Keeping House PA PA Charles VANTASSELL 24 Oth M S W MI Farm Laborer PA PA

1900, Plainwell, Allegan Co., MI, pp. 22B-23A: Whitney, Charley Head W M 54 mar Michigan Hotel keeper -----, Melissa D. Wife W F 48 mar Pennsylvania -----, Ethel R. ADay W F 9 sgl Illinois -----, Ida M. Brdr W F 38 Michigan -----, Harry F. Brdr W M 12 sgl Michigan Remington, Celia Brdr W F 19 sgl Michigan Bell, Anna Srvt W F 19 sgl Illinois Mover, Cora Srvt W F 24 sgl Michigan Honeysett, John Hird W M 60 England Anson, William Srvt W N 59 New York Richason, Adell Srvt W F 35 New York

  • 1910, Gunplain, Allegan Co., MI: Charles E. Whitney, 65, b. MI; wife Melissa D. Whitney, 58, b. PA; adopted daughter Ethel Whitney, 19, b. IL; servant John Honeysett, 70, b. England.


  • Census records.

1.^  Michigan Death Certificates, 1921-1952, at

2.^  Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925, at

3.^  Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925, at

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