Family:Whitney, Scudder Valentine (1821-1907)

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Scudder Valentine Whitney (1821-1907)

Scudder Valentine7 Whitney (Daniel6, Darling5, Daniel4, Richard3, John2, Henry1), son of Daniel6 and Nancy (Valentine) Whitney, was born 11 Mar 1821, East Woods, now Woodbury, Oyster Bay, L.I., NY, and died 15 Jan 1907, Woodbury, NY. He was buried in Huntington Rural Cemetery, Huntington, NY.[1]

He married, 19 Apr 1849, 34 Henry Street, Brooklyn, NY, Elizabeth Titus, daughter of Henry and Phebe (Titus) Titus. She was born 23 Sep 1829 [although Phoenix says 1849], Glen Cove, L.I., NY, and died 28 Jul 1912, Woodbury, NY. She was buried in Huntington Rural Cemetery, Huntington, NY.[2]

Phoenix says the following:

". . . a farmer, land-surveyor, and teacher . . . . He has been three times elected trustee of the "Jones Fund" for the support of the poor of the towns of Oyster Bay and North Hempstead; has held numerous town-offices; and has reached the rank of lieutenant in the N. Y. State Militia. He lived on the farm where he was born, in 1874."

"This youngest son was born at the homestead where he now resides, at Woodbury (a part of the East Woods tract) on the 11th of March 1821, and here on his father's farm his early days were spent. The foundation of his education was laid in the common schools, but in a seat of learning by the family fireside, with Scudder V. Whitney as his tutor, he acquired most of that mental discipline which fitted him for the place he was destined to fill. Nor was his education all that he began in the old country school- house; for here as a pupil he won the confidence of the people so far that in the winter when he was but eighteen years of age he was invited to become the teacher in the school where he had hitherto been a pupil. He taught here two terms, and his success in this his that school was high proof of his executive ability and good judgment. Subsequently he attended the Oyster Bay Academy, under the Rev. Marmaduke Earle, where he learned surveying, a science which he has since quite extensively practiced as an art. In this capacity he has frequently served the highway commissioners, and in 1873 the board of supervisors appointed him to act in behalf of Queens county to settle with Suffolk county the division line between the two. Mr. Whitney in politics is one of those Democrats who, like poets, are born, not made; for he inherits his views and principles from at least two generations of his ancestors. He was elected superintendent of common schools in 1845 by this party, and has since been repeatedly elected to positions of trust in his native town, having served six years as trustee of the Jones fund, fifteen years as assessor, and finally at the town election in 1881 he was chosen supervisor of Oyster Bay by a majority of 413 votes in a total of 1,843, and had a majority in each election district in the town.

"Although this is his first year in the board of supervisors his well known ability and experience in other public duties secured his appointment on some of the principal committees, where he is ably vindicating the judgment of his townsmen who have called him to administer this important trust.

"Mr. Whitney has for twenty years been a director in the Glen Cove Mutual Insurance Company, and had served as trustee in his school district for a like period when he resigned the latter position to qualify as supervisor.

"As peacemaker among men he has rendered valuable service to his friends and neighbors in a large number of cases in the community. It has frequently fallen in the line of his duty to administer upon the estates of his deceased neighbors or to execute their last wills, and, although not an attorney, he has been very frequently called upon as a careful conveyancer to write deeds, draft wills and prepare similar legal papers for his friends.

"His marriage to Elizabeth Titus, youngest daughter of Henry Titus and sister of Daniel D. Whitney's wife, took place April 9th 1849. They have reared a family of three promising children- Phebe T., born January 26th 1852: Daniel S., born November 4th 1855; and Henry C., born May 31st 1867."[3]

Children of Scudder Valentine7 and Elizabeth (Titus) Whitney, all born Woodbury, L.I., NY:

i. Phebe Titus8 Whitney, b. 26 Jan 1852; d. 31 May 1937, Ozone Park, NY; bur. Huntington Rural Cemetery, Huntington, NY.[4]
ii. Daniel Scudder Whitney, b. 4 Nov 1855; m. ca. 1894, Maria Van Sise.
iii. Henry Clawson Whitney, b. 31 May 1867; m. ca. 1892, Frances P. Gilman.


95 111 Samuel V. Whitney 28 M - Farmer $6000 [N.Y.] Elizabeth T. Whitney 20 F - [N.Y.] Samuel Whitney 13 M B [N.Y.] Attended school

928 928 Scudder V. Whitney 39 M - Farmer $7000 $2300 N.Y. Elizth. " 30 F - do Phoebe S. " 8 F - do Danl. S. " 4 M - do

1 1 Whitney, Scudder V. 49 M W Farmer $10000 $7000 N.Y. Male citizen over 21 Elizabeth T. 40 F W Keeping House $700 N.Y. Phebe T. 18 F W At Home Do Attended school Daniel S. 15 M W Do Do Attended school Henry C. 3 M W Do Do

Scudder WHITNEY 59 Self M M W NY Farmer NY NY Elizabeth WHITNEY 52 Wife F M W NY NY NY Phebe WHITNEY 27 Dau F S W NY At Home NY NY Daniel WHITNEY 25 Son M S W NY Farmer NY NY Henry C. WHITNEY 13 Son M S W NY NY NY

85 87 Whitney, Scudder V. Head W M Mar 1821 79 mar 51 New York New York New York Surveyor, Owns free farm -----, Elizabeth T. Wife W F Sep 1829 70 mar 51 3ch 3liv New York New York New York -----, Phoeby Dau W F Jan 1852 48 sgl New York New York New York

  • 1910, Woodbury, Oyster Bay, Nassau Co., NY:

10 11 Whitney, Danial S. Head M W 54 m16 1ch 1lv New York New York New York Farmer, Owns free house Whitney, Maria Wife F W 45 m16 1ch 1lv New York New York New York None Whitney, Elizabeth D. Moth F W 80 wid 3ch 3lv New York New York New York None Whitney, Phebe Dau F W 57 sgl New York New York New York Lusk, Harret Brdr F W 62 wid 3ch 1lv New York New York New York House keeper


1.^  FindAGrave Memorial #111488847, Scudder Valentine Whitney.

2.^  FindAGrave Memorial #139730547, Elizabeth Titus Whitney.

3.^  FindAGrave Memorial #111488847, Scudder Valentine Whitney.

4.^  FindAGrave Memorial #139732621, Phebe T. Whitney.

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