Family:Whitney, George G. (1845-1916)

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George G. Whitney (Benjamin), son of Benjamin and Caroline Elizabeth (Hall) Whitney, was born 4 Oct 1845, probably Hopewell, Ontario County, NY, and died 1 Jun 1916, Mount Pleasant, MI, of cancer of the throat.[1]

He married, 19 Nov 1865, Cambria Mills, MI, Mary Ann Jackson, daughter of Zachariah and Charlotte (-----) Jackson. She was born 19 Mar 1848, Wheatland, Hillsdale County, MI, and died after 9 Jan 1938, Mount Pleasant, MI.[2]

He was of the firm of Whitney Bros., liverymen at Mt. Pleasant.

At the age of 11 years he was apprenticed to the Empire Drill Company, of Shortsville, NY, to learn wood and carpenter work on their machines. He remained in their service until he was 16 years old, when he enlisted. The civil war had broken out a few months previous, and he yielded to the influence which ruled all classes and conditions of men in the North. He enrolled at Canandaigua, in Co. L, 24th N. Y. Vol. Cav., as bugler, and served two years. He was with his regiment in the engagements of the Wilderness, at North Anna River, Cold Harbor, Spottsylvania Court-House, and on the 17th and 18th of June, 1864, in front of Petersburg. They were again engaged in the siege of that city Sept. 30, 1864, and afterwards at Hopper's Farm, Farmville, Appomattox Court-House, Stony Creek, and in numberless skirmishes of minor importance. At the storming of Petersburg, June 17, 1864, he was slightly wounded in the head by a piece of shell, otherwise escaping unharmed throughout the entire period of his service. He was discharged June 11, 1865, at Cloud's Mills, VA. In the month following he cam to Michigan and located at Cambria Mills, Hillsdale County, where he pursued the business of a carpenter. In the spring of 1881 he came to Mt. Pleasant, where he was similarly engaged a year. In the spring of 1882 he entered into association with his brother, in which they are now operating with gratifying results.[3]

Children of George G. and Mary Ann (Jackson) Whitney:

i. Clara R. Whitney, b. 30 Aug 1866, Cambria, MI; d. between 1889 and 1900; m. 1 Jun 1887, Shepard, MI, Edward Charles Tuckey.[4] Daughter Nina, b. Aug 1889, MI; living with aunt Viettie Schmidt in 1900.
ii. Vettie Whitney, b. 24 Oct 1869, Cambria, MI; m. 10 Jul 1891, Isabella Co., MI, Frank A. Schmidt. No children in 1900.
iii. Charles B. Whitney, b. 8 Aug 1872, Cambria, MI; m. Edna Pearl Bartlett.
iv. Everett Whitney, b. 20 May 1874, Cambria, MI; killed at Isabella City, 25 Aug 1883, by being thrown from a horse he was riding. His foot caught in the stirrup and he was dragged some distance, receiving injuries from which he died.
v. Arthur Zachariah Whitney, b. Apr 1888, Mount Pleasant, MI; d. 1965, Oil City, MI; m. Julia A. Runyan, b. 1894, d. 1975. Son Albert Benjamin Whitney, b. 8 Aug 1914, Oil City, MI.


294 295 Whitney, George 24 M W Carpenter $400 $400 New York Male citizen over 21 -----, Mary 22 F W Keeping House Michigan -----, Clara 3 F W At Home " -----, Hittie 8/12 F W " " Born in Oct Jackson, Zachariah 52 M W Farmer New York Male citizen over 21 -----, Charlotte 47 F W Keeping House " -----, Lydia 19 F W At Home Michigan -----, Frank 16 M W At School " Attended school

Zack JACKSON 62 Self M M W NY Farmer NJ NY Lottie JACKSON 57 Wife F M W NY Keeping House RI NJ Mary Ann WHITNEY 30 Dau F M W MI NY NY Frank JACKSON 22 Son M S W MI NY NY George WHITNEY 34 SonL M M W NY Carpenter NY NY Clara WHITNEY 13 Dau F S W MI NY NY Vietta WHITNEY 10 Dau F S W MI NY NY Chas. WHITNEY 8 Son M S W MI NY NY Everets WHITNEY 6 Son M S W MI NY NY

181 194 Whitney, George G. Bugler L 24 NY Cav 11 Dec 1863 23 Jun 1865 1y 6m 19d Mt. Pleasant, MI

16 17 Whitney, George G. Head W M Oct 1845 54 mar 36 New York Vermont New York Carpenter, owns free house -----, Mary A. Wife W F Mar 1848 52 mar 36 5ch 3liv Michigan New York New York -----, Arthur C. Son W M Apr 1888 12 sgl Michigan New York Michigan At School

  • 1910, 709 Broadway, Mount Pleasant, Isabella Co., MI:

224 242 Whitney, George G. Head M W 66 m1 44 New York Can French Can French Carpenter House Owns free house -------, Mary Ann Wife F W 63 m1 44 5/3 Michigan New York New York none -------, Arthur Son M W 22 sgl Michigan New York Michigan Painter Carriage


1.^  1916 Isabella County Death Index.

2.^  Obituary, Isabella County Times-News, 13 Jan 1938, page 15, column 5.

3.^  Portrait and Biographical Album of Isabella County, Mich., Containing Portraits and Biographical Sketches of ... Citizens ... Also Containing a Complete History of the County, from Its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time (Chicago, IL: Chapman Brothers, 1884), p. 205-206.

4.^  L.D.S. International Index, Batch # M518483.

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