Family:Whitney, George (1804-1842)

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Rev. George8 Whitney (Peter7, Peter6, Aaron5, Moses4, Moses3, Richard2, John1), born in Quincy, Massachusetts, 2 Apr 1804; married 15 Dec 1829. Anne Greenough Gray, only Dau. of Rev. Dr. Gray, born Jan 5, 1800; died 20 Aug 1873.

He was born in Quincy, Massachusetts educated there, graduated at college, studied theology and was settled in West Roxbury over Theodore Parker's Church, the First Parish Church of West Roxbury, more popularly known as Theodore Parker's church. It is a relic of ante-revolutionary times, is now past its days of service and remains as an historic landmark. The society was organized in 1712 and in 1773 the church was built, being the second Unitarian church of Boston, the first one having stood for some years previous in Roxbury. During the twenties and the early thirties the congregation was served by Mr. Whitney, and he is described as bright and pleasing, fond of children, and a good preacher; he quite won the heart of the child of one of his parishioners, who is now (1894) a white-haired old lady, by giving her free access to his library, with permission to use any book it contained. It is almost the only memory she retains of him, but it still brings a glow to her cheek when she peaks of it, for in those days when books were few and not easily obtained, such a privilege was rare and accordingly appreciated. When Mr. Whitney resigned his pastorate to go as assistant to his father-in-law, Rev. Dr. Gray, a minister in Jamaica Plain, his congregation deeply regretted it, for in their church he had been ordained, and they had been his first charge, The few remaining members of that old congregation remember him kindly, but around the name of Theodore Parker cluster the sweetest flowers of their memories, of him they speak most tenderly and with tearful eyes. To them he was an ideal man. He was Mr. Whitney's immediate successor, coming in the summer of 1837. He died 2 Apr 1842 in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.

Children of George8 Whitney:

i. Elizabeth Eustis9 Whitney, born Sept., 1830; died Mar., 1834.
ii. Anne Gray Whitney, born 14 Jun 1832, married 9 Nov 1859. Paschal W. Turney. He died 23 Oct 1875. Mr. Turney was born in New York City, being almost the youngest child of a family of eleven children. At the age of fourteen he went to work as an office boy in the law office of Graham, Hoffman & Bosworth. The business of this firm was carried on through many changes of name, until before his death Mr. Turney found himself the leading member. Through perseverance and hard work he won a high reputation in the legal profession, and was looked upon as an authority on all real estate matters. He had the care of large estates as trustee, and was a conservative investor. Mr. Turney was a very quiet man of domestic habits and very fond of his friends and his friends of him. He also was of a benevolent disposition and there were many recipients of his charity. He was a great reader and collected quite a large library of standard works. He himself has said that he read all the books in his father's house (a small book-case full) before he was thirteen years old. He received a good common school education, and though he never attended college, was considered a well educated man. He always felt the loss of a college education, though, and the thorough training it gives. In his later years he traveled extensively in Europe. He had the air of a man of the world combined with quite gentlemanly habits. He was one of the founders of the Century club of New York. Mr. Turney lived in New York City in his younger days, going at the age of fourteen to live in Mr. Graham's house, the senior member of the firm he was with. He mar- [Photo] ried late in life and continued to live in New York for a year or two, when he moved to Astoria, Long Island, where his children were born and his wife died. As a widower with one child he continued to live in the house in Astoria until his death. She died 4 Jan 1864. Ch: Winthrop, born 12 Dec 1864, address 55 Liberty St., N.Y.C., was Paschal W. Turney born in Astoria, Long Island, in the house in which he at present resides. He studied under governesses until he was thirteen, when he was sent away to school and college. He graduated from Yale college in 1888, and from the Yale law school in 1890. After serving a clerkship in Syracuse, New York, with the law firm of Stone, Gannon, & Petit, he opened an office for himself in New York City, where he is now practicing law at 119 and 121 Nassau St.; Ahee Gray, born 18 Aug 1863; died same day.
iii. George H. Whitney, born 22 May 1835; married Lucinda Chapman Collins
iv. Caroline Baker Whitney, born 8 Apr 2838; married 8 Nov 1862, Wm. Furness Cabot, born 17 Jan 1835; died 12 Nov 1891; dry goods commission merchant, s.p.; resided Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.
v. Edward H. Whitney, born 14 Sep 1841; married Annie H. Fairbanks and Jennie R. Robinson.


1. All data imported from Frederick Clifton Pierce, The Descendants of John Whitney, Who Came from London, England, to Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1635, (Chicago: 1895), pp. 481-482.

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