Family:Whitney, Moses H. (c1839-1864)

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Moses H.8 Whitney (Sedate7, John6, John5, (poss.) Samuel4, John3, Benjamin2, John1), son of Sedate7 and Dolly (Heal) Whitney, was born about 1839, Lincolnville, ME, and died Oct 1864, Florence, SC, in a Confederate prison.

He married, 10 Aug 1861, Ellsworth, ME, Paulina Zephine Wood, both "of Ellsworth",[1] daughter of Capt. Emery Newell and Emma Annil (Garland) Wood. She was born May 1846, Surry, ME, and died 1931, Gladys, Campbell Co., VA. Buried in Evergreen cemetery in Biddeford, ME, near the graves of her son, Charles, and her granddaughters, Harriet, Irene and Gladys.

Company G, 8th Maine Regiment, Civil War.

Moses enlisted as a private in the 8th Regiment, Maine Infantry on 29 February 1864 in Ellsworth, Maine. He must have gone directly to the southern battle area for a scant four months later, 18 June 1864, he was reported, "missing in action". A subsequent record from the Andersonville Prisoner of War Camp in Georgia reported him as being "captured" in Petersburg, Virginia on 18 June 1864. There is no information about his capture, or the seriousness of any injuries he might have suffered. There are no further records of Moses life or death. One must then assume that Moses was one of the thousands of Union soldiers that suffered and died at Andersonville and then were buried in unmarked graves. I was told that the commander of that POW Camp was hanged after the war for his inhumanities and violations of accepted treatment of POWs. The Maine Adjutant Generals Report, 1864-65 lists the above information up to and including the missing in action date but nothing on his capture, imprisonment or subsequent death.

Children of Moses H.8 and Paulina Z. (Wood) Whitney:

i. Charles Emery9 Whitney, b. 18 Aug 1863, Ellsworth, ME; d. 1 Jul 1901, Biddeford, ME; m. 1884, Biddeford, ME, Statira Ildefons Bowden.


135 135 Wood, Emery N. 52 M W Mariner $500 -- Maine Male citizen over 21 " Annie 52 F W Keeping House Maine " Etta 10 F W Maine Attended school Whitney, Philena 23 F W Maine " Charles 7 M W Maine Attended school Garland, Sally 84 F W Maine " David 84 M W Laborer Maine Male citizen over 21

Emery WOOD 62 Self M M W ME Works In Cotton Mill ME ME Emma WOOD 61 Wife F M W ME Keeping House ME ME Lena W. WHITNEY 34 Dau F S W ME Work In Cotton Mill ME ME Etta WOOD 20 Dau F S W ME Work In Cotton Mill ME ME Charles WHITNEY 17 GSon M S W ME Work In Cotton Mill ME ME

40 45 Lena Whitney widow of Moses H. Whitney Private - 8 ME Inf Biddeford, ME

54 139 Proctor, Frank Head W M Mar 1870 30 mar 3 Maine Maine Maine Brick mason, Rents house -----, Christiana Wife W F Aug 1857 42 mar 24 3ch 2liv Maine Maine Maine -----, Andrew J. Son W M Oct 1881 8 sgl Maine Maine Maine At school 140 Whitney, Lena Head W F May 1846 54 wid 1ch 1liv Maine Maine Maine Cotton weaver, Rents house Emmond, Emma Brdr W F Nov 1869 30 sgl Maine Maine Maine Cotton weaver

<247 354 Whitney, Charles E. Head W M Aug 1863 36 mar 16 Maine Maine Maine Slasher man, Owns mortgaged house -----, Fern B. Wife W F Jan 1867 33 mar 16 5ch 4liv Maine Maine Maine -----, Harriet L. Dau W F Oct 1885 14 sgl Maine Maine Maine At school -----, Alice H. Dau W F Aug 1886 13 sgl Maine Maine Maine At school -----, Rena P. Dau W F Feb 1889 11 sgl Maine Maine Maine At school -----, Gladys G. Dau W F Feb 1894 6 sgl Maine Maine Maine At school

  • 1910, Biddeford, York Co., ME: Paulina Whitney, boarder.
  • 1920, Lawrence, Essex Co., MA: Pauline Whitney, living with niece.
  • 1930, Alton, Belknap Co., NH: Pauline Whitney, living with granddaughter.


1.^  "ELLSWORTH - Moses H. Whitney of Ellsworth & Paulena F. Wood of same m. 10 Aug 1861 by S. Waterhouse," according to Alice MacDonald Long, Marriage Returns of Hancock County, Maine, Prior to 1892, Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication No. 9 (Camden, ME: Picton Press, 1992), p. 222.

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