Family:Whitney, James Orne (1823-1895)

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Dr. James Orne8 Whitney (Martin7, James6, Benjamin5, James4, John3, Jonathan2, John1), son of Martin7 and Nancy (Orne) Whitney, was born 2 Mar 1823, Attleborough, MA, and died 24 Jan 1895, Pawtucket, RI.

He married, 20 Apr 1850, Lincoln or North Providence, RI, Elisabeth Slack Miller.[1] She was born 29 Jan 1816, and died after 1900.

Dr. Whitney was born in Attleborough. When a boy 12 years of age and exceedingly active and athletic he went skating one day, but overdid to such an extent that hip disease set in, partially disabling him for life. He was attended during this trouble by Dr. Thaddeus Phelps of Attleboro[ugh], and from that time he adopted the study of medicine as his life work. Later he studied under Dr. Phelps and in 1845 graduated from the medical academy at Berkshire. He commenced practice in that village, but in a few years removed to Pawtucket where he resided. About fourteen years ago, after an unusually happy and prosperous summer he broke down from overwork. About five years ago an abscess which had formed in his side some years before was lanced, and since that time he has been out of his house but very little. Dr. Whitney was a strong alopathic supporter, and was regarded by physicians as an exceptionally acute diagnostician, his judgement in this regard being well nigh infallible. He was one of the founders and the first physician of the Pawtucket dispensary, and a member of the Rhode Island and Massachusetts Medical societies. At the time of the war he endeavored to enter the service as hospital surgeon at Washington, but was not admitted, owing to his infirmity. He was, however, examining surgeon under the draft act. He was a member of the Rhode Island Historical Society, a stanch supporter of Trinity church, where he was vestryman for a number of years, and a member of Union Lodge, A.F. & A.M. He has written a number of articles for medical journals throughout the country, and has introduced a number of original surgical appliances into the profession. He died 24 Jan 1895; resided Pawtucket, RI.

Children of James Orne8 and Elisabeth Slack (Miller) Whitney:

i. Anna Russell9 Whitney, b. 8 Feb 1851; d. aft. 1900, then umarried; resided Pawtucket, RI.
ii. Mary Whitney, b. 28 Nov 1852; m. 1 Mar 1887, Dr. Charles Crawford Carter; resided Rock Island, IL. He is a well-known physician at Rock Island, IL, is a surgeon in the Third Brigade Illinois Militia.
Ch.: James Orne, b. 6 Feb 1888; d. 12 Dec 1889; Charles Crawford, b. 5 Sep 1889; lived only three weeks; Richard Whitney, b. 14 Aug 1890.
iii. Sylvie Whitney, b. 31 Dec 1854; m. 18 Feb 1881, Fall River, MA, Winthrop Carver Durfee, b. ca. 1857, Fall River, MA, son of Walter C. and June T. (-----) Durfee;[2] resided Jamaica Plains, MA.
Ch.: Walter Chaloner, b. 29 Jan 1883; Pauline Elizabeth, b. 11 Feb 1885; Philip Sherwood, b. 11 Jun 1891.
iv. James Orne Whitney, b. 18 Aug 1860; d. 11 Aug 1861.


198 356 James O. Whitney 28 M - Physician Mass. Married in year Elizabeth " 30 F - R.I. Married in year Ann P. Rawson 66 F - Penna. Bridget Finn 17 F - Ireland Illiterate

725 1028 James O. Whitney 37 M - Doctor $4000 $500 Mass. Elizabeth S. " 43 F - R.I. Anna R. " 9 F - " Attended school Mary " 7 F - " Attended school Sybil " 5 F - " Attended school Anna Stanley 15 F - Mass. Attended school

148 264 Whitney, James O. 47 M W Doctor $6500 $1500 Massachusetts Male citizen over 21 -----, Elizabeth S. 50 F W Keeping House Rhode Island -----, Annie R. 19 F W At School Rhode Island Attended school -----, Mary 17 F W do Rhode Island Attended school Whitney, Sylvia 15 F W At School Rhode Island Attended school

James O. WHITNEY 55 Self M M W MA Physician MA RI Elizabeth L. WHITNEY 56 Wife F M W RI Keeping House RI RI Anna WHITNEY 29 Dau F S W RI At Home MA RI Mary WHITNEY 27 Dau F S W RI At Home MA RI Sylvia WHITNEY 25 Dau F S W RI At Home MA RI

146 227 Whitney, Elizabeth S. Head W F Jan 1816 84 wid 4ch 3liv Rhode Island Rhode Island Rhode Island Owns free house -----, Anna A. Dau W F Feb 1859 49 sgl Rhode Island Massachusetts Rhode Island


1.^  "MILLER, Elizabeth Hack, and Dr. James Orne Whitney, April 24, 1850," from Rhode Island, Vital Records.

2.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 325, page 121.

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