Family:Whitney, Leonard Arthur (1844-1900)

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Leonard Arthur Whitney (Alfred), son of Alfred and Phebe (Hammond) Whitney, was born 1 Jan 1844, Delaware Co., NY, and died 1900, Johnson City, NY. He was buried in Floral Park Cemetery, Johnson City, NY.[1]

He married, winter 1867, Armitta Charlotte Bogart, daughter of Michael Coen and Mary (Jones) Bogart. She was born 31 Jan 1848 or 1846, Ulster Co., NY, and died 1926. She was buried in Floral Park Cemetery, Johnson City, NY.[2]

He served in the Civil War as a Private, Co. A, 20th New York Infantry, and as a Private, Co. A, 80th New York Infantry. On 11 Jun 1900, his widow Armetta Whitney applied for a pension based on his service, Application #721,213, Certificate #503132.

"LEONARD WHITNEY, the efficient Superintendent of the County Farm at Binghamton, N.Y., was born in Roxbury, Delaware County, N.Y., June 1, 1844. His father, Alfred Whitney, a native of Putnam County, New York, and a blacksmith by trade, was a soldier in the Mexican War and served through all the campaigns. Returning to Roxbury after the war, he went from there to Greene County, where he spent the remainder of his days. He married Miss Phoebe, daughter of Jonathan Howard, whose family were all originally from Roxbury, N.Y. Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Whitney reared eleven children; namely, Amasa S., Walter B., Edgar, Margaret, Leonard, Jonathan, Mertie, Hosea, Elizabeth, Ninian, and Ely. The father was sixty years of age when he died, in 1867; and the mother was seventy-six at her death, which occurred January 16, 1893.
"At the youthful age of ten years Leonard Whitney started out to work on a farm, in which employment he continued until he enlisted on January 8, 1864, as a private, in the One Hundred and Twentieth New York Regiment, to serve in the Civil War, being then nearly six months less than twenty years of age. January 8, 1866, he was honorably discharged, after having passed through all the different battles in which his regiment took part, from Portsmouth to the final capture of Richmond, making in all eleven engagements, and never receiving a wound. His brother Jonathan enlisted about the same time that he did in the One Hundred and Eighty-eighth New York Regiment. Amasa, another brother, was in the One Hundred and Ninth New York Regiment, and was badly wounded in the knee. After the close of the war, Mr. Whitney stayed a year in Roxbury, N.Y., and then went to Greene County, where he bought a farm. In the winter of 1867 he married Miss Armitta C., daughter of Michael and Mary Bogart, of Olean, N.Y., and about two years later came with her to Broome County, and settled on a farm near Binghamton, where he followed gardening besides the trade of butcher. A few years ago he was appointed Keeper of the County Farm, which consists of about one hundred and thirty acres, upon which are kept twenty-seven cows, besides swine and poultry. This farm supports one hundred inmates, and requires the services of five hired men and one engineer.
"Mr. and Mrs. Whitney are members of the Methodist Episcopal church of Binghamton. They have one daughter, Minnie B., wife of George Gaffney, of Binghamton, N.Y.; and one grandchild, Maud W., the offspring of Mr. and Mrs. Gaffney.
"Mr. Whitney performs the duties of his responsible position with scrupulous fidelity, and has won the highest encomiums from the citizens of Binghamton for his strict attention to his work. he invariably votes the Republican party ticket.
"His sunny, genial, and obliging disposition has gained for him many friends; and he is always looked upon as a whole-souled, jolly companion in any gathering, either social or political, where he is met. He is devoted to the interest of the veteran soldiers, and is an active member of Walton Dwight Post of Binghamton. The unfortunate comrade who through stress of poverty is forced to find his way to the County Farm for help is always received by the keeper with special regard, and treated with the tenderest care, and soon feels that it is not a 'poor-house,' but a home that he has gained. Mr. Whitney's charity is proverbial, and no better man could be found for the position he holds."[3]

Children of Leonard Arthur and Armitta Charlotte (Bogart) Whitney:

i. Minnie B. Whitney, b. 1869, Greene Co., NY; d. 1915; bur. Floral Park Cemetery, Johnson City, NY;[4] m. George D. Gaffney, b. 1868, d. Apr 1951, Sandy Pond, NY, bur. Floral Park Cemetery, Johnson City, NY.[5]


62 Frame $200 70 Leonard Whitney 29 M - ---- Delaware m Farmer - 1 - - - - Arnietta Whitney 26 F - Wife Ulster m - Minnie B. Whitney 6 F - Dau Greene - -

Lenard WHITNEY 36 Self M M W NY Peddles Milk NY NY Arremetta WHITNEY 32 Wife F M W NY Keeping House NY NY Minnie WHITNEY 11 Dau F S W NY Goes To School NY NY

307 418 Leonard Whitney [Binghamton, NY] Could not find his Papers

Leonard Whitney M 47 - U.S. C. Butcher Aumetta Whitney F 45 - U.S. C.

44 103 Whitney, L., Mrs. Head W F Jan 1849 51 wid 1ch 1liv New York New York New York Owns mortgaged house Gaffney, Maude GDau W F Oct 1888 11 sgl New York New York New York


  • Census records.

1.^  FindAGrave Memorial #56875718, Leonard Whitney.

2.^  FindAGrave Memorial #56875730, Armitta C. Bogart Whitney.

3.^  [[Archive:Biographical Review of Broome County, New York|Biographical Review ... of Broome County, New York], pp. 105-106.

4.^  FindAGrave Memorial #56876074, Minnie B. Whitney Gaffney.

5.^  FindAGrave Memorial #56876061, George D. Whitney.

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