Family:Whitney, Henry (c1820-a1900)

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Henry Whitney, parentage unknown but perhaps the son of William Whitney of Jefferson Co., MS and one of his slaves, born May 1817 or about 1820, MS, and died after 1900.

He married, perhaps about 1856, Dolly or Dody -----. She was born Apr 1840 or about 1843, MS, and died after 1900.

He was a farmer.

Henry and his family were all listed as 'black' in the 1870 and 1880 census. At least one descendant has been DNA tested and is a match for the immigrant Henry Whitney.

The 1900 census shows Henry and Dolly residing in Red Lick Precinct, Jefferson Co., MS. She was listed as having had 13 children, 5 of whom were still living. Also living with the family were Mariah Whitney, b. Jan 1877, MS, granddaughter, and Allene Watts, b. Feb 1884, MS, granddaughter.

Children of Henry and Dolly (-----) Whitney: y

i. Antny Whitney, born ca. 1857, MS; d. aft. 1870.
ii. Isac Whitney, born ca. 1866, MS.
iii. Hannah Whitney, born ca. 1868, MS; d. aft. 1880.
iv. Henry Whitney, born May 1870, MS; d. aft. 1880.
v. Harry Whitney, born ca. 1872, MS; d. aft. 1880.
vi. Harriet Whitney, b. ca. 1876, MS; d. aft. 1880.


10 10 Whitny, Henry 50 M B Farm labor Miss. Illiterate, Male citizen over 21 -----, Dody 26 F B " Illiterate -----, Antny 13 F B " Illiterate -----, June 4 M B " -----, Hannah 2 F B " -----, Henry 3/12 M B " Born in May

Henry WHITNEY 60 Self M M B MS Farm Laborer MS MS Dolly WHITNEY 38 Wife F M B MS MS MS Isac WHITNEY 14 Son M S B MS MS MS Hannah WHITNEY 12 Dau F S B MS MS MS Henry WHITNEY 10 Son M S B MS MS MS Harry WHITNEY 8 Son M S B MS MS MS Harriet WHITNEY 4 Dau F S B MS MS MS Mariah CURTIS 3 GDau F S B MS MS MS Paulene DONALDSON 17 GDau F S B MS MS MS Bingman BROWN 1 GSon M S B MS MS MS

Dollie GRIER 46 Self F W B TN Keeping House --- --- Starling GRIER 23 Son M S MU AR Farmer --- --- Lizzia WHITNEY 18 Dau F M MU AR Works On Farm --- TN Mariah WHITNEY 3 GDau F S MU AR AR TN

378 Henry Whitney Head B M 83 mar XX Mississippi Mississippi Mississippi Farmer Dolley Wife B F 60 mar XX Xch Xliv Mississippi Mississippi Mississippi Mariah GDau B F 23 sgl Mississippi Mississippi Mississippi Farm laborer Ollene Watts GDau B F 16 sgl Mississippi Mississippi Mississippi Farm laborer


There was just one Whitney family in Jefferson County, Mississippi in 1820, about the time that Henry Whitney was born, as follows:

1820 U.S. Census, Jefferson Co., MS, p. 59
William Whitney 100021-20020-0200-4000-0110
William, aged 45+
2 males, aged 26-44
2 females, aged 26-44
1 male, aged 0-9
2 females, aged 0-9
2 engaged in agriculture
1 black female, aged 26-44
1 black female, aged 14-25
4 black males, aged 0-13


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