Family:Whitney, Roswell Orvis (1838-a1920)

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Roswell Orvis8 Whitney (Calvin7, Daniel6, James5, [prob.] James4, Eleazer3, Thomas2, John1), son of Calvin7and Roxana (Wheelock) Whitney, was born 29 Aug 1838, Plymouth, VT, and died after 1920.

He married firstly, 11 Aug 1859, New Bedford or Taunton, MA, Phoebe B. Reynolds, daughter of Alden and Jane (-----) Reynolds.[1] She was born 1839, Westport, MA, and died 1878.

He married secondly, 11 Apr 1883, Providence, RI, Ruth Frances Buker, daughter of Dr. David Perry and Frances L. (Wilkinson) Buker.[2] She was born Sep 1846, RI, and died 28 Oct 1935, Providence, RI, aged 89 years.[3]

He is a mason by trade, but of late years has been in the real estate business; resided Providence, RI.

Children of Roswell Orvis8 and Phoebe B. (Reynolds) Whitney:

i. Alfred R.9 Whitney, b. May 1861 (per Pierce) or 1860 (per census), MA; m. 10 Nov 1877, Johnston, RI, Julia E. Mathewson, b. ca. 1860, VT.
ii. Elmore Alden Whitney, b. 18 Dec 1866, North Providence, RI;[4]
iii. Elmore Alden Whitney, b. 18 Oct 1867, North Providence, RI;[5] m. Minnie Augusta Pollard.


397 495 Alden Reynolds 45 M - Clerk Mass. Jane " 42 F - " Philia G. Whiting 19 M - " Roswell " 22 M - Laborer Vt. Alfred M. " 5 M - Mass. Frank Reynolds 1/12 M - "

282 412 Whitney, Roswell O. 31 M W Mason $2000 $400 Vermont Male citizen over 21 -----, Phebe B. 29 F W Keeping house Massachusetts -----, Alfred L. 10 M W At School Massachusetts Attended school -----, Elmore A. 3 M W -- Rhode Island

Roswell WHITNEY 42 Self M W W VT Brickmason VT VT Elmore WHITNEY 13 Son M S W RI Office Boy VT MA Nancy B. GLOVER 77 Oth F W W MA Housekeeper ME MA

Frederick WHITNEY 20 Self M M W RI Paint & Tar Roofer VT RI Julia WHITNEY 20 Wife F M W VT Keeping House VT VT

293 485 Whitney, Roswell O. Head W M Aug 1838 61 mar 15 Vermont Vermont Vermont Real estate broker, Owns mortgaged house -----, Ruth Wife W F Sep 1846 53 mar 15 0ch 0liv Rhode Island Maine Rhode Island Buker, Frances L. MiL W F Oct 1820 79 wid 2ch 1liv Rhode Island Rhode Island Rhode Island

  • 1910, 1327 Sixth Street, Ocean Park, Ballona, Los Angeles Co., CA, p. 2B:

40 40 Whitney, Roswell O. Head M W 65 wid Vermont United States United States Carpenter house, Owns mortgaged house -----, Violet J. Dau F W 15 sgl Rhode Island Vermont England None Golden, Helen Hskp F W 34 div 0ch 0liv Nebraska Vermont New York Housekeeper family

  • 1920, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., CA: Roswell O. Whitney, 81, widower, b. VT, and three roomers.


1.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 126, page 117.

2.^  Rhode Island, Marriages, 1724-1916, at

3.^  Rhode Island, Deaths and Burials, 1802-1950, at

4.^  Rhode Island, Births and Christenings, 1600-1914, at

5.^  Rhode Island, Births and Christenings, 1600-1914, at

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