Family:Whitney, Henry (1786-1859)

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Henry7 Whitney (Paul6, Aaron5, Moses4, Moses3, Richard2, John1), son of Paul6 and Charlotte (Clapp) Whitney, was born 18 Apr 1786, Westfield, MA,[1] was baptized 4 Jun 1786, Westfield, MA,[2] and died 27 Jun 1859, La Crosse, WI [Pierce] or Feb 1860, La Crosse, WI, aged 73 years of apoplexy.[3]

He married, 28 Oct 1816, Royalton, VT, Nabby Tullar,[4] daughter of Rev. Martin and Mary (Brown) Tullar. She was born 16 Aug 1788, CT, or Royalton, VT, and died Mar 1870, Barre, WI, aged 80 years of cancer of the stomach.[5] She was his step-sister, since his widowed mother married secondly, as his second wife, her widowed father.

Henry Whitney was born 18 Apr 1786, at Westfield, MA, where he passed the years of his early childhood and youth. He was the son of Dr. Paul Whitney who was a practicing physician, and also for many years a teacher in the schools of Westfield. When quite a young man, the subject of this sketch removed to Wiscasset, ME, where he engaged in mercantile business and shipbuilding. He was also for many years captain of the "Washington Light Infantry company," and consequently known, during his residence there, as Captain Whitney. On 28 Oct 1816, he was married to a daughter of the Rev. Martin Fullar, of Royalton, VT. To them, eight children were born - five sons and three daughters; four of whom are still living. In the year 1824 he was solicited by the board of directors of the New England Glass Manufactory of East Cambridge, MA, to become their general manager, a position which he accepted and filled for nineteen years with very satisfactory results. In the summer of 1843, realizing that advancing years would soon make it necessary for him to engage in some less confining employment, he resigned his position with this company, receiving from them the most flattering testimonials of their esteem and appreciation for his services. For many months his attention had been turned toward the great and growing west, and, becoming finally convinced that this new section of country presented unusual advantages to a man with a large family of sons and daughters, he decided upon Racine, WI, as the place for his future home, where he arrived in the fall of the same year. He remained in Racine and vicinity for many years engaged in mercantile and manufacturing business, until in 1852 he removed to La Crosse, WI, where a married daughter had already preceded him, and where he died suddenly, of apoplexy, 27 Jun 1859, in the seventy-fourth year of his age. Mr. Whitney was an ardent patriot, ever maintaining the deepest interest in everything relating to the welfare of his country. In politics he was formerly one of the "old line Whigs," and in after years, a very loyal Republican. Regarding his religious beliefs, he held views peculiar to himself. He had never united with any Christian sect, but was a life-long and constant attendant at the Congregational church until the day before his death. He was a man of strict integrity of character, combined with marked refinement and cultivation, constantly revealing itself in a most intense "love of the beautiful" in nature and in art. He was also a man of fine personal presence, and in the record of La Crosse County, we find mention of him as "one who is to-day remembered as the finest representative and type of the gentlemen of the olden school," who had ever resided in the city. He resided Wiscasset, ME, East Cambridge, MA.

Children of Henry7 and Nabby (Tullar) Whitney:

i. Sarah8 Whitney, b. 24 Nov 1817, Wiscasset, ME;[6] d. 24 Oct 1859; m.(1) 21 Jan 1845, Francis M. Rublee of Racine; left one son, F. M.; resided North Loup, NE; m.(2) Joseph Haye.
ii. Susan Whitney, b. 24 Nov 1817, Wiscasset, ME;[7] d. 4 Sep 1857; m. 3 Dec 1846, Sidney A. Sage of Racine; left four children.
iii. Charles Frederick Whitney, b. 13 Nov 1819; d. 28 Jan 1880; unmarried .
iv. Henry Whitney, b. 5 Apr 1821; m.(1) Martha R. Hastings; m.(2) Francina A. Hastings.
v. Joseph Whitney, b. 10 Apr 1823; m. Louisa Nudd.
vi. Thomas Whitney, b. 1 Oct 1825; m. Mary L. Clark.
vii. James Whitney, b. 27 Jan 1828; unmarried; resided San Francisco, CA. He has resided in California for nearly forty-three years, having gone there in July 1851, and has been one of the most generous of sons. He has been closely identified with one of the largest wholesale establishments in San Francisco for nearly forty years, that of Holbrook, Merrill & Stetson, at Market and Beale streets, which is of itself a sufficient endorsement of his ability and faithfulness. He is a most indefatigable worker, few men having applied themselves so unremittingly to business for a term of fifty years.
viii. Abby Whitney, b. 20 Aug 1830; m. 17 Sep 1854, Walter Brown; resided La Crosse, WI. He is a merchant and was born 9 Jan 1829. Had two children, both died in infancy. Mrs. Brown is an authoress of considerable merit and ability, and her work "Can She Atone?" is an honor to the author. Mr. Brown's book on "Mitylene," a tale of New England and the tropics, is a highly meritorious work. Mr. Brown was assisted in the latter literary effort by his wife.


434 453 F. M. Rublee 34 M - Farmer $2500 N.Y. Sarah Rublee 32 F - Maine Berry S. Rublee 8/12 M - Wis. Henry Whitney 54 M - Merchant $4400 Mass. Carup Leonard 23 F - N.Y. Abbey Whitney 62 F - Conn. Chas. F. Whitney 30 M - Farmer Mass. Abbey Whitney 20 F - "

1219 1239 [Hotel] [61 apparently unrelated individuals] James Whitney 22 M - Bookeeper Mass. [36 more apparently unrelated individuals]

135 117 Abby Whitney 71 F - $100 Conn. Charles F. Whitney 40 M - Maine

192 201 Haye, Joseph 58 M W Cong. Minister $1600 $200 New York Male citizen over 21 -----, Sarah W. 52 F W Keeping house Maine Rublee, Francis 14 M W Wisconsin Whitney, Charles 50 M W Maine Male citizen over 21

Samuel SAMPLE 46 Self M M W PA Liquor Dealer PA PA Delia SAMPLE 34 Wife F M W ME Keeping House --- IRE Samuel SAMPLE 18 Son M S W CA Clerk In Liquor Store PA ME Elisabeth SAMPLE 12 Dau F S W CA At School PA ME John ROONEY 24 Oth M S W NY Clerk In Liquor Store NY NY William MOODY 38 Oth M S W OH Dealer In Wool --- IRE James WHITNEY 52 Oth M S W MA Book Keeper MA CT Amelia SWANSON 31 Oth F W W PRUSSIA Dress Maker PRUSSIA PRUSSIA Alfred HOLLANDER 39 Oth M M W HUNGARY Druggists Clerk HUNGARY HUNGARY William HERZOG 19 Oth M S W CA Porter In Drug Store PRUSSIA PRUSSIA


1.^  Holbrook, Jay Mack, Massachusetts Vital Records, Westfield, Holbrook Research Institute, Oxford, MA, 1987.

2.^  "Henry [Whitney], s. Paul and Charlotte, bap. 4 Jun 1786," according to Westfield Vital Records.

3.^  1860 Mortality Schedule.

4.^  Vermont, Vital Records Index, Marriages.

5.^  1870 Mortality Schedule.

6.^  "Sarah [Whitney], in Wiscasset, Me., [born] Nov. 24, 1817. C.R.11," according to Vital Records of Cambridge, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Boston, MA: 1914-1915). Also, "Sarah [Whitney], d/o Henry & Nabby, b. 24 Nov 1817," according to Wiscasset, Maine, Vital Records.

7.^  "Susan [Whitney], in Wiscasset, Me., [born] Nov. 24, 1817. C.R.11," according to Cambridge Vital Records. Also, "Susan [Whitney], d/o Henry & Nabby, b. 24 Nov 1817," according to Wiscasset, Maine, Vital Records.

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