Family:Whitney, Richard Graves (1857-1940)

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Richard Graves & Jane Paralee (Shepherd) Whitney
ca. 1935, Fayette, AL

Richard Graves Whitney (Isaac Marion, Hiram C.,...Samuel1), son of Isaac Marion and Elizabeth Ann (Baker) Whitney, was born 1 Jan 1857, Walker County, AL, and died Jan 1940, Fayette, Fayette County, AL.

He married 22 Dec 1890, Paragould, Greene County, AR, Jane Paralee Shepherd. She was born 21 Apr 1871, Walker County, AL, and died 4 Mar 1952, Fayette, Fayette County, AL.

The following excerpt describes The Whitney House in Fayette:

"Yet another early house in Fayette was the Caine House, which later became the Whitney House. Originally a only a six room house, an addition was made because Mr. Caine was the sheriff and so many people spent the night with him when they had to come into town to attend court. The house was built sometime prior to 1884 and still had the 'Caine' name on the glass transom above the front door when it became necessary that it be torn down sometime in the early 1980's. R.G. Whitney bought the house from Marion Caine in December of 1906. He moved in on January 1,1907, and turned it into a Bed & Breakfast. Mr. Whitney served meals to the train travelers, as trains played an important role in that day, as the only mode of transportation. He was notified about two hours in advance of how many lunches would be necessary and the busy hotel proprietor was right on the dot with a swinging basket of hot country ham and homemade biscuit lunches on his arm. Mrs. Whitney's good food was well known from Birmingham, Alabama to Columbus, Mississippi. The only price at the Whitney House was 25 cents for the bed and 75 cents for the three meals served daily. Some 56 years after the Whitney's purchased the house Mrs. Trammell took over the operation of the boarding house in 1962 after the death of her mother Mrs. Whitney. Some of Fayette's older residents still remember it fondly."[1]

Children of Richard Graves and Jane Paralee (Shepherd) Whitney:

i. Ruby Whitney, b. 23 Sep 1892, Newtonville, Fayette County, AL; d. 15 Apr 1967, Fayette, Fayette County, AL.
ii. Aubrey Whitney, b. 18 Dec 1895, Newtonville, Fayette County, AL; d. Nov 1983, Charleston, Charleston County, SC.


74 76 Whitney, Isaac 40 M W Farmer $500 $500 Alabama Male citizen over 21 -----, Nancy 32 F W Keeping House Alabama -----, Richard E. 14 M W Work on farm Alabama -----, Minervy C. 12 F W Work in house Alabama -----, Francis M. 9 M W At home Alabama -----, Olius H. 6 M W At home Alabama -----, Yula L. 3 F W At home Alabama -----, William W. 3/12 M W At home Alabama Born in Apr Warren, Sarah 25 F W Work in house South Carolina Cannot write Baker, Francis 64 M W Mechanich $500 $195 North Carolina Male citizen over 21

Isaac M. WHITNEY 49 Self M M W AL Farmer TN AL Elisabeth A. WHITNEY 42 Wife F M W AL Keeping House NC AL Richard G. WHITNEY 22 Son M S W AL Labors On Farm AL AL Frances F. M. WHITNEY 6 Son M S W AL Labors On Farm AL AL Olius H. WHITNEY 14 Son M S W AL Labors On Farm AL AL

3 3 Richard G Whitney W M Jan 1857 43 M 10 AL AL AL Farmer Paralee J W F Apr 1871 29 M 10 AL AL AL Rubie W F Sep 1892 7 S AL AL AL Aubrey W M Dec 1896 3 S AL AL AL

46 Richard G. Whitney Head M W 43 M 20 AL AL AL English Hotel Keeper Parilee Wife F W 37 M 20 2 2 AL AL AL English Ruby Daug F W 17 S AL AL AL Aubrey Son M W 13 S AL AL AL Margaret C. Minton mil F W 64 W AL AL AL

Richard G. Whitney Head M W 63 M AL AL AL Boarding house Paralee Wife F W 48 M AL AL AL Housekeeper Ruby Trammell Daug F W 27 M AL AL AL Housekeeper Charley SIL M W 29 M AL AL AL Brickman Francis Gdau F W 6M S AL AL AL Margaret C. Minton MIL F W 75 W AL AL GA

403 405 Richard G. Whitney Head M W 73 M 43 AL AL AL Manager Boarding house Parilee Wife F W 57 M 20 AL AL AL Margaret Minton Moinlaw F W 87 W AL AL AL Charlie Trammell Soninlaw M W 37 M 30 AL AL EN Brick mason Ruby Dau F W 37 M 30 AL AL AL Frances Gdau F W 11 S AL AL AL Jeane Gdau F W 8 S AL AL AL

660 Paralee Whitney Head F W 68 W AL Same House Charlie Trammell Son-in-law M W 48 M AL Same House Ruby Trammell Daughter F W 47 M AL Same House Frances Trammell Granddaughter F W 20 S AL Same House Jeane Trammell Granddaughter F W 18 S AL Same House Mildred Whitney Niece F W 39 D AR Same House Sybil Whitney Grandniece F W 18 S AL Same House


For further details about The Whitney House, see Fayette County, Alabama: ~ The Whitney House ~, Ina Jeane Lockart-Neilon, 2003.


1. ^  An Early History of Fayette County].

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