Family:Whitney, Joseph Benjamin (1847-1908)

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Joseph Benjamin8 Whitney (Aaron7, [prob.] Aaron6, Ezekiel5, John4, Benjamin3, John2, John1), son of Aaron7 and Deziah (Dillingham) Whitney, was born 30 Nov 1847, Fairfield, ME, and died 26 April 1908, Canaan, ME, aged 60 years 4 months 4 days, of pulmonary tuberculosis.

The death certificate in the pension file says that Joseph B. Whitney died in Canaan, Maine 26 Apr 1908, age 60 years, 4 months, 4 days. (This means he was 15 years old when he enlisted.) He was born in Fairfield, Maine, where he was a farmer. His father was Aaron Whitney, a farmer, and his mother's maiden name was Deziah Dillingham. The cause of Joseph's death was pulmonary tuberculosis.

He married, 21 May 1869, Fairfield, ME, Ida Emma Wyman, daughter of John and Olive (Wiggins) Wyman. She was born Sep 1852, or about Jun 1850, Skowhegan, ME, and died 10 Sep 1927, Guilford, ME, aged 77 years 3 months.[1]

Joseph Whitney enlisted as a Private, Co. B, 2nd Maine Cavalry, 16 Nov 1863, was mustered in 30 Dec 1863, and was discharged 6 Dec 1865. He lived in Fairfield, Somerset Co., ME, at the time of enlistment.

Joseph Whitney and Ida E. Wyman were married in Fairfield, ME, on 21 May 1869 by A. P. Fuller, Trial Justice. A copy of the birth certificate of their daughter, Grace M. Whitney, says that she was born 29 Dec 1893 in Canaan, ME. (Another reference to her birth in the file says 1883.) Her father's name was Joseph Whitney, birthplace Fairfield, ME, color white, residence Canaan, ME, occupation farmer. Her mother's maiden name was Ida E. Wyman, birthplace Skowhegan, ME, color white, occupation housekeeper.

In May of 1908, the widow Ida Whitney's address is RD2, Skowhegan, Somerset Co., ME.

At some point after the death of Joseph, Ida was declared incompetent, and a guardian, Basil B. Ames, was appointed so that she could collect Joseph's pension. On 7 Sep 1926, Ida was said to be 77 years old. Ida died 10 Sep 1927.

Children of Joseph Benjamin8 and Ida Emma (Wyman) Whitney:

i. George Everett9 Whitney, b. 20 Mar 1870, Fairfield, ME; m. 27 Apr 1892, Framingham, MA, Nellie Louise Anneth, b. ca. 1871, Framingham, MA, dau. of Moses and Louisa (Nichols) Anneth.[2] Listed as "Walter E." in the 1870 census. Children:
a. (son)10 Whitney, b. 28 Jan 1899 [given name omitted], Framingham, MA;[3] d. 28 Jan 1899, Framingham, MA, stillborn.[4]
ii. Charles Edwin Whitney, b. 19 Feb 1872, Fairfield, ME; m. 15 Sep 1896, Harmony, ME, Sadie Lizzie Ames; res. Cornville, ME
iii. Ervin Whitney, b. 17 Nov 1874, Fairfield, ME; d. 2 May 1877, Fairfield, ME.
iv. Walter Whitney, b. 5 Mar 1876, Fairfield, ME; d. 7 May 1877, Fairfield, ME.
v. Harry Whitney, b. 18 Jul 1878, Fairfield, ME; d. 20 Sep 1881, Fairfield, ME.
vi. Henrietta Whitney, b. 6 Nov 1880, Fairfield, ME; m. 15 May 1897, Cornville, ME, Alfred G. Hurd.
vii. Richard Whitney, b. 11 Feb 1883, Canaan, ME; m. 9 Sep 1914, Canaan, ME, Rose Crocker.
viii. Mida Bell Whitney, b. 13 Dec 1884, Fairfield, ME; m. 19 Sep 1903, Skowhegan, ME, William B. Austin.
ix. Mattie Whitney, b. 31 Jan 1887, Fairfield, ME; d. 28 Feb 1971, ME; m. 19 Sep 1903, Cornville, ME, Elijah Herrin Ames.
x. Frederick Ernest Whitney, b. 20 May 1888, Canaan, ME; m. 26 Jan 1924, Canaan, ME, Helen M. Jepson.
xi. William Whitney, b. 29 Aug 1891, Canaan, ME; d. after 1910, when living with mother in Canaan, ME.
xii. Grace May Whitney, b. 19 Dec 1893, Canaan, ME; d. 12 Jan 1979, Skowhegan, ME; m. Ashley Robinson.


246 263 Whitney, Joseph B. 22 M W Keeping house Maine Male citizen over 21 -----, Ida 17 F W Maine -----, Walter E. 3/12 M W Maine Born in Mar

Joseph WHITNEY 30 Self M M W ME Laborer --- --- Ida WHITNEY 29 Wife F M W ME Keeping House --- --- George WHITNEY 9 Son M S W ME At Home --- --- Charles WHITNEY 8 Son M S W ME At Home --- --- Harry WHITNEY 1 Son M S W ME At Home --- ---

199 108 Joseph Whitney Private B 2 ME Cav 30 Nov 1863 6 Dec 1865 2y 6d Canaan, ME Heart trouble

Whitney, Joseph P. Head W M Nov 1847 52 mar XX Maine -----, Ida E. Wife W F Sep 1852 47 mar XX Xch Xliv Maine -----, Richard Son W M Feb 1883 17 sgl Maine -----, Mattie Dau W F Jan 1887 13 sgl Maine -----, Fred E. Son W M May 1889 11 sgl Maine -----, William Son W M Aug 1891 8 sgl Maine -----, Grace M. Dau W F Dec 1893 6 sgl Maine

169 195 Whitney, Geo. Head W M Mar 1870 30 mar 8 Maine Maine Maine Wood box maker, Rents house -----, Nellie Wife W F Aug 1870 29 mar 8 1ch 0liv Massachusetts England England Stoddard, Nellie Brdr W F --- ---- 19 sgl Vermont Vermont Vermont Paper box maker -----, Mable Brdr W F --- ---- 23 sgl Vermont Vermont Vermont Paper box maker


  • Census records.

1.^  Guilford, Maine, 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 425, page 162.

3.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 485, page 405.

4.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 493, page 429.

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