Family:Whitney, Joseph H. (1832-1897)

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Joseph H.7 Whitney (Stephen6, Stephen5, Isaac4, Nathaniel3, Benjamin2, John1), son of Stephen6 and Abigail (Mayberry) Whitney, was born 7 Apr 1832, Mechanic Falls, ME, and died 4 Jan 1897, New Haven, CT, of nephritis.

He married firstly, 6 Jul 1851, Hannah Caswell Montfort, daughter of Amos and Sarah (Field) Montfort. She was born 30 Mar 1831, Lisbon, ME, and died 7 Oct 1871, South Meriden, CT.

He married secondly, 8 Mar 1873, Eliza R. (-----) Cornwall. She was born about 1827, CT, and died about 1883. She had married firstly, XXXXX, Edward Cornwall, born about 1810, and died 26 May 1858, CT.

Willoughby relates:

"Joseph H. Whitney (1832-1897) was born on April 7, 1832 (Whitney Family Bible), probably at Mechanic Falls, Maine. His early life was spent in agricultural pursuits, but there may also have been some contact with small village industry; a daguerreotype ,still extant, shows him at about age 25 in working clothes appropriate to those worn by a blacksmith. He was married in 1851 at 19 to Hannah Mountfort of Lisbon, age 20, whom he had probably met at some social affair in Lewiston, a gathering-place at that time for the young people of the surrounding area. During the first part of their marriage they lived in Mechanic Falls, and their first two children were born there.
"When he was in his mid-twenties, Joseph followed his next older brother to Connecticut to seek work in a factory in that more highly industrialized part of New England. He settled his young family in South Meriden, and it was there that his last two children were born. When he was 39 years old, his wife died shortly after the birth of their fourth child, a son who himself died at the age of two weeks. The death of the wife broke up the home; it was at this point that Imogene, the only child still living with the father, was sent to Maine to live with relatives of her late mother. Two years after his wife's death Joseph was married on March 8, 1873, to Eliza R. Cornwall, a native of Connecticut; she died ten years later, leaving no children.
"Joseph then went to New Haven, where his older daughter was living with her hushand, and secured work at a factory there, remaining in the same job for several years. At first he boarded out, but from about the age of 60 he maintained a home, probably with a housekeeper. His son Edwin and possibly his daughter Imogene lived there with him for short periods of time.
"During his later years Joseph joined a number of lodges and fraternal orders, largely for the insurance and death benefits; however, two of these organizations collapsed, taking a substantial share of his savings and leaving his children to absorb part of the loss. The fact that the children received anything at all upon his death was due to the fact that they kept up the insurance payments after their father had become unable to do so. He was not quite 65 when he died of nephritis in a New Haven hospital on January 4, 1897 (Whitney Bible)."

Children of Joseph H.7 and Hannah Caswell (Montfort) Whitney:

i. Sarah Ella8 Whitney, b. Jun 1852, (prob. Westbrook), ME; m. Charles Lyman Wright.
ii. Edwin L. Whitney, b. ca. 1855, (prob. Westbrook), ME; m. 9 Aug 1880, Gorham, NH, Hattie M. Bonnie/Bonne/Bonney;[1] "the marriage was a failure and there was a separation. He became something of a wanderer with his whereabouts chronically unknown." She m.(2) 1891, Frank Lewis Conklin.
iii. Imogene Whitney, b. 19 Dec 1862, South Meriden, CT; m. Raymond Howard Willoughby.
ii. Arthur C. Whitney, b. 1871, Meriden, CT; d. 1871, "a couple of weeks after birth", Meriden, CT.

Joseph H.7 and Eliza R. (-----)(Cornwall) Whitney had no children.


267 290 Joseph H. Whitney 29 M - Mechanic Maine Hannah C. " 29 F - " Sarah E. " 8 F - " Attended school Edwin L. " 5 M - " Attended school

1380 1919 Whitney, J. H. 39 M W Cutler $300 Maine Male citizen over 21 -----, H. C. 39 F W Keeping House Maine -----, Edwin L. 15 M W At Home Maine -----, Emma J. 7 F W Conn. 1920 Wright, Chas. 23 M W Carpenter Mass. Married in Aug, Male citizen over 21 -----, Ella S. 18 F W Keeping House Maine Married in Aug 1921 Young, Frank 35 M W Cutler Canada Parents foreign born, Nonvote -----, Celia 32 F W Keeping House Canada Parents foreign born -----, Jos. 9 M W Conn. Parents foreign born, Attended school -----, Celia 15 F W At Home Conn. Parents foreign born -----, Emma 7 F W Conn. Parents foreign born

Frederic H. CARTER 34 Self M M W RI Painter ENG ENG Adella CARTER 28 Wife F M W CT Keep House CT CT Eva A. CARTER 9 Dau F S W CT School RI CT Willie H. CARTER 7 Son M S W CT School RI CT Biola CARTER 5 Dau F S W PA RI CT Jessie CARTER 2 Dau F S W CT RI CT Eliza R. WHITNEY 53 Oth F W W CT Doctress NJ NJ

Isaah BONNE 69 Self M M W ME Laborer ME ME Hannah R. BONNE 57 Wife F M W ME Keeping House ME ME Hellen F. BONNE 22 Dau F S W ME Works In Shoe Shop ME ME Augustus L. BONNE 19 Son M S W ME Laborer ME ME Harriet BONNE 17 Dau F S W ME Works In Paper Mill ME ME Edwin WHITNEY 26 Oth M S W ME Works In Paper Mill ME ME


  • D.A.R. Genealogy Library, Washington, D.C.: G.R.C. 1986; S2, V55.2, The American Ancestry of Imogene Whitney

1.^  Find A Grave Memorial #173652089, Sarah E. Wright.

2.^  New Hampshire Marriages, 1720-1920, from

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