Family:Whitney, Edwin Henderson (1826-a1900)

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Edwin Henderson7 Whitney (Dennis6, Samuel5, Eliakim4, Nathan3, John2, Henry1), son of Dennis6 and Elizabeth Betsey (Henderson) Whitney, was born 5 Aug 1826 (twin), Allen's Hill, Richmond, NY, and died after 1872.

He married firstly, 15 Oct 1855, St. Paul, MN, Olive Susan Ford, daughter of David and Sarah (Buttson) Ford. She was born 1 Jan 1833, and died 29 Dec 1857, Utica, MI.

He married secondly, 17 May 1859, Ypsilanti, MI, Jennie Dodge, daughter of David Billings and Susan (Markell) Dodge. She was born 15 Jul 1838, Fayette, NY, and died after 1910.

Phoenix says the following:

". . . a hardware-merchant . . . . He lived at Pontiac, Mich., from Oct 1844 to Mar 1852; at Lansing, Mich., till Mar 1857; at Detroit, Mich., till Mar 1861; and since that time at Lansing."

EDWIN H. WHITNEY is Grand Scribe of the Grand Encampment of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and is also the Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of the same society. This position he has held continuously since 1874, at which time the membership numbered eleven thousand two hundred and eighty, there being sixty-one encampments and one hundred and eighty-seven lodges. There are now four hundred and six lodges and a membership of twenty-two thousand.

Mr. Whitney was born in Ontario County, N.Y., August 5, 1827. His father was Dennis Whitney, who was a farmer and until twelve years of age our subject lived on the home place. Then the family moved to Niagara County, N.Y., and there the original of our sketch received his education, first attending the Allen's Hill (Ontario County) Academy, and later the Royalton Center Academy of Niagara County. After that he remained until 1845 at Royalton Center when he came alone to Pontiac, Mich.

Soon after his advent into this State Mr. Whitney was fortunate enough to secure a position in the office of the County Treasurer. He remained there for two years and then went into the County Registrar's office, where he remained for four years, after which he came to Lansing in 1851, and this city has ever since been his home. On coming here he secured a position in the State Treasurer's office and later in the State Land Office until 1857.

In 1857 the gentleman of whom we are writing went to Detroit and for three years was engaged in the United States Custom House and for one year was United States Marshal, sharing the office with R. W. Davis, who was at that time Marshal. In 1861 Mr. Whitney returned to Lansing and transferred his interests from State work to merchandise, dealing in the hardware business until 1877 when he sold out. Three years previous to the sale of his hardware interests he had been elected to his present offices and since that time he has been giving his attention exclusively to this. The city bears a very different aspect now from what it did when the subject of this sketch made his entrance here. At that time it was but partially cleared and presented for the most part a dreary waste of stumps, there being logs in every street. He purchased land, however, which he was wise enough to hold and now has a valuable tract and a very pleasant home.

For four years Mr. Whitney was a member of the Common Council, representing the Fourth Ward. He has also been on the Board of Education for the same length, of time and representing the same ward. Although such an enthusiastic member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows our subject is also a Knight Templar. In church relations he is an Episcopalian, having been a Vestryman for some time. He was so elected on the first Board in 1855 and with the exception of the time of his absence in Detroit he has been in service for twenty years.

Feeling that it was not good for man to live, alone Mr. Whitney was united in marriage, to Miss Jennie Dodge, of Ypsilanti, their marriage being solemnized May 17, 1959. Since that time three children have come to them. They have now reached the estate of manhood and womanhood and are respected and honored citizens. The eldest is Edwin D., now a resident of Portland, Ore.; Jennie E. is the wife of' W. K. Pruden and has a delightful home in this city; Lewis D. is also a resident of this city.[1]

Edwin Henderson7 and Olive Susan (Ford) Whitney had no children.

Children of Edwin Henderson7 and Jennie (Dodge) Whitney:

i. Edwin Dodge Whitney, b. 19 Mar 1860, Ypsilanti, MI; m. Kate M. Latimer.
ii. Jennie Elizabeth Whitney, b. 2 Jan 1864, Lansing, MI; m. 2 Jan 1883, Ingham Co., MI, William Keith Prudden.
iii. Louis Dennis Whitney, b. 15 Apr 1872, Lansing, MI; m. Lora Winifred Myers.


877 876 David B. Dodge 53 M - C. House Officer $5000 $10000 N. York Susan " 53 F - Do Stephen " 27 M - P.O. Road Agent P.M. $2500 $2000 Do 877 Edwin H. Whitney 32 M - C. House Officer $8000 $2200 Do Jamie D. " 21 F - Do Edwin S. " 3/12 M - Mich. Margaret Donoly 22 F - Domestic Ireland

67 77 Whitney, Edwin H. 43 M W Hardware merchant, Wh. & Ret. $10000 $4000 New York Male citizen over 21 -----, Jennie D. 33 F W Keeping house " -----, Edwin D. 10 M W Attending school Michigan Attended school -----, Jennie E. 6 F W " Egbertson, Anna C. 35 F W $4000 New York Whitney, Emily 23 F W New York

Emily was his niece, son of brother Chancy.

Edwin H. WHITNEY 52 Self M M W NY Secty I.O.O.F NY NY Jennie M. WHITNEY 39 Wife F M W NY Keeping House PA PA Edwin D. WHITNEY 20 Son M S W MI Traveling Agent NY NY Jennie E. WHITNEY 16 Dau F S W MI At Home NY NY Louis D. WHITNEY 8 Son M S W MI At School NY NY Rosa CURREY 21 Oth F S W MI Servant IRE IRE

153 156 Whitney, Edwin H. Head W M Aug 1827 72 mar 31 New York New York Pennsylvania Sec. G. Lodge I.O.O.F, Owns free house -----, Jennie Wife W F Jul 1838 61 mar 31 3ch 3liv New York New York Pennsylvania -----, Louis D. Son W M Apr 1872 28 sgl Michigan New York New York Office Clerk Lipkie, Emma B. Srvt W F Dec 1876 23 sgl Germany Germany Germany Servant

  • 1910, 417 Seymour Street, Lansing Ward 4, Ingham Co., MI:

11 11 Whitney, Louis D. Head M W 38 m1 Michigan New York New York Jeweler, Owns free house -----, Winefred Wife F W 33 m1 Michigan Germany Michigan None -----, Jennie D. Moth F W 73 wid 3ch 3lv New York Pennsylvania New York None Oaks, Harry E. Brdr M W 19 sgl Michigan Michigan Michigan Engraver jewelry store


1.^  Portrait and Biographical Album, Ingham & Livingston Counties, Michigan

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