Family:Whitney, Dewey (1796-1856)

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Rev. Dewey7 Whitney (Jonas6, Samuel5, Nathaniel4, Nathaniel3, John2, John1), son of Dea. Jonas6 and Tamar (Houghton) Whitney; was born 3 or 8 Oct 1796, Marlboro, VT,[1] and died 1856, Yazoo Co., MS.

He married, 28 Aug 1827, KY, Mildred Rootes Thornton, daughter of William and Judith Presley (Thornton) Thornton. She was born 30 Jul 1809, Montgomery Co., KY, and died 17 Jun 1871, St. Louis, MO. She resided 212 South 21st Street, St. Louis, MO, at death.

"In 1834, the William Thornton family of Caroline County, Virginia, as well as the family of his son-in-law, Rev. Dewey Whitney, had come to Sangamon County from Kentucky. They stopped a short while in what later became Woodside township and, in 1835, moved to land Mr. Thornton had previously entered, in what later became the town of Chatham, Illinois."[2]

"MILDRED R. [Thornton], married in Kentucky to Rev. Dewey Whitney. They came to Sangamon county with her parents, and had two children. Mr. Whitney was pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church in Springfield a few years, when he abandoned the ministry in consequence of failing health, studied medicine, and after practicing at different places in New York, moved to Yazoo county, Mississippi, where he was killed by a fall from a horse in 1856. Their daughter, JULIA O., married George O. Allen and lives in St. Louis, Missouri. WILLIAM D., married in Brandon, Mississippi, to Mrs. Rebecca Carroll, whose maiden name was Calhoun. They both died leaving one child. Mrs. Mildred R. Whitney died June 17, 1871, at the house of her daughter, Mrs. Allen, in St. Louis, Missouri."[3]

He was listed in some records as "Rev. Duly Whitney".

Children of Dewey7 and Mildred Rootes (Thornton) Whitney:

i. Julia Olds8 Whitney, b. ca. 1828, KY, d. bef. 1876. She was named after her Aunt Julia (Thornton) Olds. She m. George Otis Allen.


a. Lyman Whitney Allen, b. 19 Nov 1854, St. Louis, MO. For more information, see his biography.
ii. William Dewey Whitney, b. 6 Oct 1830, KY; d. Jan 1860, Brandon, MS; m. 7 Sep 1853, Brandon, MS, Rebecca (Calhoun) Carroll. One child.


362 362 William Thornton 61 M - Farmer $2800 Virginia Judeth Thornton 62 F - do Elizabeth Thornton 30 F - Kentucky Judeth Thornton 24 F - Attended school Sarah Thornton 11 F - Attended school Wm. Lewis Thornton 8 M - Illinois Attended school Mildrid Whitney 41 M - Kentucky William Whitney 19 M - do Julia Whitney 22 F - do Currey Bunick 14 F - Germany William Bunick 15 M - do Christian Bunick 12 M - do

1042 1042 Letty Earnest 51 F - Kentucky William Earnest 20 M - Farmer Illinois Henrietta Earnest 18 F - do Eliza Earnest 14 F - do Attended school Thomas Earnest 13 M - do Attended school Rachel Earnest 10 F - do Attended school Julia Whitney 21 F - Kentucky Wm. D. Whitney 20 M - Farmer do William Ball 23 M - do do

Julia and William were apparently double counted in 1850, being with their mother as well as in the household of Letty Earnest.

1766 2533 George O. Allen 31 M - Builder $2000 $1000 Mass. Julia " 31 F - Ky. Lyman " 6 M - Mo. Sarah " 3 F - Mo. Mildred Whitney 31 F - Ky. Walter Ransom 40 M - Tinner $12000 $500 "

Mildred's age of 31 must be an error for 51. She is living with her daughter Julia.

44 42 Allen, Geo. O. 40 M W Architect & Builder $1000 $500 Massachusetts Male citizen over 21 -----, Julia O. 41 F W Kentucky -----, Lyman 15 M W At school Missouri Attended school Whitney, Wm. T. 15 M W Do Mississippi Attended school -----, Sarah E. 13 F W Do Missouri Attended school Allen, Lucy 9 F B Mississippi

This was their daughter Julia. William would seem to be her nephew, son of Julia's brother William. If so, William would be William Thornton. Sarah was apparently Sarah E. Allen, not Whitney.


  • Census Records

1.^  Vermont, Vital Records Index, All Births.

2.^  Chatham Presbyterian Church History

3.^  History of the early settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois (published 1876), p. 714.

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