Family:Whitney, Henry S. (1808-1888)

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Henry S.8 Whitney (William7, Enoch6, David5, Thomas4, Thomas3, Thomas2, John1), son of William W.7 and Betsey (Farnsworth) Whitney, was born 1 Jun 1808, Harvard, MA, and died 28 Feb 1888, Manchester, NH.

Marriage intentions were published, 27 Nov 1833 [sic--should be 1832], Lunenburg, MA, for him and Susan Whitney, "both of Lunenburg".[1] He married, 29 Nov 1832, Lunenburg, MA, 27 Nov 1832, Susan7 Whitney, "both of Lunenburg",[2] daughter of Oliver6 and Mercy (Whitcomb) Whitney. She was born 23 Jan 1811, Harvard, MA, and died 24 May 1902, Manchester, NH (recorded at Boston, MA), aged 91 year 4 months 1 day, of heart failure and rheumatism.[3]

The subject of this sketch was born in Harvard, MA, 1 Jun 1808, being the oldest son of William and Betsy (Farnsworth) Whitney. At the early age of ten years, having had but a limited chance for "schoolin," he went to live with his mother's brother, ----- Farnsworth (first name not known), at Crown Point, NY. He remained there several years attending school, working on the uncle's farm, or at brickmaking as he chose, and when he left there he went to follow the latter business at Cambridge, MA. Later he found employment in Lowell, and there he met Susan Whitney, whom he married 27 Nov 1832. They lived on a farm in Lunenburg, MA, near her father's, for three years, then returned to Lowell for a brief time, and from there they moved to Manchester, NH, to grow up with the prospective city. Their goods were sent by canal boat, while they, with their two-year old little girl Augusta, traveled in the stage coach. Here Henry became superintendent of the Land and Water Power company, and his training in the brick yards had well prepared him for the selection of brick for the mills built, and the knowledge gained on the farm served him in choosing suitable trees to decorate the streets of the corporation property, now the city streets and parks. This position he held until Jul 1852, when he engaged in the plumbing business for himself, following it ever afterwards. In Manchester the other five children, George, Susan, William, Augustus, and Nellie, were born, and there are buried all of the children except William and Nellie. Politically he was a Whig, and the change of name to Republican party did not alter his opinions. In 1842 he united with the Methodist church and was always a great worker in its interests while health allowed. The last two years of his life he was much of an invalid. He resided Manchester, NH.

Children of Henry S.8 and Susan7 (Whitney) Whitney:

i. Augusta M.9 Whitney, b. 27 Oct 1834; d. 2 Aug 1846
ii. George H. Whitney, b. 22 Dec 1836; d. 13 Oct 1838.
iii. Susan M. Whitney, b. 1 May 1839; d. 4 Sep 1841.
iv. William H. H. Whitney, b. 11 Apr 1841; m. Alberta S. McGowan.
v. Augustus O. Whitney, b. 26 Apr 1848; d. 24 Nov 1863.
vi. Nellie M. Whitney, b. 6 Dec 1852; unmarried, resided 151 Worcester St., Boston, MA.


1258 1408 Henry S. Whitney 42 M - Laborer $1000 Mass. Susan " 39 F - " William H. " 9 M - N.H. Attended school Augustus O. " 2 M - "

1324 1705 Henry S. Whitney 56 M - Plumer $1500 $100 Mass. Susan " 49 F - " Wm. H. " 19 M - Gentleman N.H. Attended school Ella M. " 7 F - " Attended school

695 836 Whitney, Henry S. 62 M W Pumps Repairing $3000 $1000 Massachusetts Male citizen over 21 -----, Susan 58 F W Keeping House Massachusetts Tok, Mary H. 58 F W Without N.H. Whitney, Ella M. 17 F W At Home N.H.

Henry S. WHITNEY 72 Self M M W MA Plumber MA MA Susan WHITNEY 70 Wife F M W MA Keeping House MA MA

Daniel C. STILLSON 50 Self M M W NH Machinist NH NH Ellen R. STILLSON 48 Wife F M W NH Keeping House NH NH Hellen E. STILLSON 23 Dau F S W NH At Home NH NH Cora J. STILLSON 19 Dau F S W MA At Home NH NH Nellie M. WHITNEY 27 Oth F S W NH School Teacher NH NH

8 41 Burnham, Mary J. Head W F Sep 1842 57 wid 1ch 1liv Maine Maine Maine Capitalist, Rents house Libby, Thomas GSon W M Mar 1882 18 sgl Maine Maine Maine Elevator-boy 42 Kelly, Frances M. Head W F Feb 1846 54 mar 37 3ch 0liv New York New York New York Capitalist, Rents house McAllister, Sarah Moth W F Jul 1819 80 wid 1ch 1liv New York New York Connecticut Verdon, Mary Ldgr W F Aug 1852 47 mar 25 2ch 2liv New York New York New York Capitalist 8 43 Whitney, Nellie M. Head W F Dec 1853 46 sgl New Hampshire Massachusetts Vermont School-teacher, Rents house Whitney, Susan Moth W F Jan 1821 79 wid 5ch 1liv Massachusetts Massachusetts Massachusetts

Susan was actually 89, not 79, and Nellie was 47, not 46.


  • Census records.

1.^  "Henry S. [Whitney], Mr., and Miss Susan Whitney, b. of Lunenburg, int. Nov. 17, 1833 (should be 1832). (3:95)," according to Walter A. Davis, comp., Early Records of the Town of Lunenburg, Massachusetts, Including That Part Which is Now Fitchburg, 1719-1764 (Fitchburg, MA: Fitchburg City Council, 1896).

2.^  "Henry S. [Whitney], and Susan Whitney, b. of Lunenburg, [married] Nov. 29, 1832, by Rev. Sanford Benton (3:184)," according to Lunenburg Vital Records.

3.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 531, page 180.

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