Family:Whitney, Henry Mason (1806-1878)

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Henry Mason8 Whitney (David7, Silas6, David5, Benjamin4, Thomas3, Thomas2, John1), son of David7 and Sarah (Wilson) Whitney, was born 19 Jan 1807, Clarendon, VT, and died 12 Nov 1878, Hampden, OH, aged 71 years. He was buried in Hambden Township Cemetery, Hambden, OH.[1]

He married, 4 Jul 1837, Rochester, NY, Maria A. Wood, daughter of John Wood. She was born 31 Dec 1812, and died after 1900.

He was born at Clarendon, Rutland County, VT. In his early life he learned the shoemaker's trade, which he followed for about thirty years, when he took up farming and left his trade, it being too confining; moved to Schroon, Essex County, NY, where he lived a number of years; thence, he came to Rochester, NY, where he married, and for a time lived at Erie, PA, also Painesville, OH, and Chardon, OH, and finally purchased a farm in Hampden, Geauga County, OH, where he lived for many years and died at the age of 71 years, 12 Nov 1878. He was a man of marked integrity, temperate and modest in his habits, and liberal to a fault in the alleviation of the sufferings of mankind. He owned his own home at his death and left surviving a widow and five children. He resided Hampden, OH.

Children of Henry Mason8 and Maria A. (Wood) Whitney:

i. Sarah Maria9 Whitney, b. 1 Apr 1836, OH; m. Zelotes Converse Sisson.
ii. Orin Henry Whitney, b. 19 Apr 1839, OH; d. 31 Mar 1862; unmarried in the Civil war; bur. Hambden Township Cemetery, Hambden, OH.[2] Orin H. Whitney served in the 41st OH Infantry, Co. G. shows someone filed for a pension in Orrin's name on 24 Mar 1880.
iii. Emily L. Whitney, b. 18 May 1851, OH; m. 3 Dec 1872, Richard G. Welford, b. 15 Dec 1850; res. Jefferson, IA. Children:
a. F. Hollis Welford, b. 27 Apr 1876; d. 6 Nov 1887.
b. Claude E. Welford, b. 12 Dec 1882; d. 27 Aug 1890.
c. Ray G. Welford, b. 25 Jan 1887; d. 16 Aug 1887.
d. Roy G. Welford, b. 25 Jan 1887; d. 22 Aug 1887.
e. Nellie E. Welford, b. 15 Sep 1878.
iv. Albert Emmet Whitney, b. 19 Jul 1853, OH; m.(1) Mary Cathrine Cochran; m.(2) Ella S. Bittlemeyer.
v. Riley W. Whitney, b. Oct 1855, OH; m. Wealthy J. Alderman.
vi. Abbie P. Whitney, b. 30 Aug 1857; d. Apr 1859; bur. Hambden Township Cemetery, Hambden, OH.[3]


165 178 H. M. Whitney 41 M - Farmer $600 Vt. Maria Whitney 36 F - N.Y. Sarah Whitney 14 F - O. Attended school Orrin Whitney 11 M - O. Attended school John Wood 64 M - Farmer N.Y.

628 588 Henry M. Whiting 53 M - Farmer $400 $141 Vt. Maria A. " 46 F - N.Y. Sarah M. Whitney 24 F - O. Orin H. " 21 M - " Attended school Emily L. 9 F - " Attended school Albert E. 7 M - " Attended school Riley 5 M - " Attended school John Wood 78 M - N.Y. Illiterate

135 140 Whitney, Henry 62 M W Farmer $1250 $515 Vt. Male citizen over 21 -----, Maria 58 F W Keeping House N.Y. -----, Albert 17 M W Farm Laborer O. Attended school -----, Riley 14 M W O. Attended school

31 31 Whitney, Henry M. 62 M W Farmer $1250 $525 New York Male citizen over 21 -----, Maria 58 F W Keeping House Ohio -----, Albert 17 M W Ohio Attended school -----, Emma 19 F W Ohio -----, Riley 14 M W Onio Attended school

This and the previous entry are clearly duplicates of the same family. Notice the discrepancy in birth states for the parents!

R. W. WHITNEY 24 Self M M W OH Farmer VT NY W. J. WHITNEY 20 Wife F M W OH Keeping House OH OH Maria WHITNEY 68 Moth F W W NY NY NY Albert WHITNEY 26 Bro M S W OH Student VT NY

Whitney, Maria Inmt W F Dec 1812 87 wid 6ch 4liv New York New York New York

Her birth month and year with a location of New York all fit, as do the number of living and deceased children. Son Riley was about 110 miles northwest of Wilmington in Rockton, Winnebago Co., IL.


  • Information from Gar Watson.

1.^  Find A Grave memorial #73966351, Henry Mason Whitney.

3.^  Find A Grave memorial #73966352, Orin Henry Whitney.

4.^  Find A Grave memorial #73966350, Abbie P. Whitney.

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