Family:Whitney, Solon Franklin (1831-1917)
Solon Franklin8 Whitney (Benjamin Franklin7, Cyrus6, Isaiah5, Isaiah4, Isaiah3, Thomas2, John1), son of Benjamin Franklin7 and Louisa (Lawrence) Whitney, was born 22 Aug 1831, Harvard, MA,, and died 29 Nov 1917, Watertown, MA, aged 86 years 3 months 7 days, of chronic prostatitis. He was buried in Harvard, MA.
He married, 1 Sep 1859, Harvard, MA, Charlotte Corday Wilder, daughter of George and Charlotte C. (Young) Wilder. She was born 2 Sep 1832, Stow, MA, and died 29 Mar 1898, Watertown, MA, aged 65 years 6 months 27 days, of heart disease. She was buried in Harvard Cemetery, Harvard, MA. Charlotte C. Wilder is granddaughter of Mrs. Dr. Samuel Young, whose maiden name was Pierce. Mrs. Sarephina Young's father, Joseph Pierce was in the Revolutionary war in a Worcester company, under command of Colonel Timothy Bigelow. She was born in Athol, MA, 20 Mar 1786, and died 28 Dec 1871, Harvard, leaving a son and a daughter, now dead.
Solon was born in Harvard, where he lived with his parents about five years, then moved with them to Seneca Falls, New York, residing there nearly ten years, where most of his schooling was obtained. He fitted nearly for college at the village academy, and at the private school of Rev. Mr. Ackley, an Episcopal clergyman. Returning to his native town in 1845 for a season, he then served an apprenticeship in the village stores at Acton and Littleton. He had always assisted in his father's store in Seneca Falls, had taken care of district school library, of which his father was librarian, and had wandered widely in travel, history, and philosophy. While in a store serving his employers, he spent three or four years learning the carpenter's, then the woodcarver's trade. Having accumulated some money, he decided to spend it in bettering his education. Spent two years at a normal school, and one in teaching as assistant in the Fall River High school, fitting for college in the meantime; entered Brown University in Sep 1855, graduating in 1859 with the degree of A.M., and election of Phi Beta Kappa of the Brown Chapter. Accepted position of first assistant in the Brookline High school, then in 1862 as assistant in the Bridgewater Normal school; left this in 1866 to take charge of the Watertown High school. In 1872-85 he was one of the sub-masters of the Cambridge High school. In 1872 he entered Harvard college as a special student in chemistry with Louis Agassiz. While teaching in Cambridge he continued to reside in Watertown, where he had taken great interest in helping start and manage the free public library, of which he has had continuous charge for 25 years. His best thought and life has gone into this little village library; it has been his dream by night, his work in vacations and spare moments until now it has absorbed for the last ten years much of his time and strength. It is large and successful for so small a town--the books on the shelves show an average use of each twice in the year for every man, woman, and child in the town; a lot and a building worth 45,000, with about 21,500 volumes, and 27,000 pamphlets and papers, which they are now rapidly putting into binding. He was one of the originators of the Historical Society of Watertown, of which he was the first secretary and treasurer, and of which he is now librarian and custodian. Is member of Boston Society of Natural History, of the Applachian Club, of the American Library Association. Was member for ten years of American Association for Advancement of Science; resided Watertown, MA.
Children of Solon Franklin8 and Charlotte Corday (Wilder) Whitney:
i. (daughter)9 Whitney, b. ca. 30 Jun 1860, Harvard, MA; d. 1 Jul 1860, Harvard, MA, aged 1 day, of imperfect development. ii. Lottie Louise Whitney, b. 22 Jul 1861, Brookline, MA, or Harvard, MA; m. 28 Jan 1897, Watertown, MA, Lewis Bancroft Tarlton, b. ca. 1861, Rye, NH, son of Lewis and Susan G. P. (Ford) Tarlton. iii. Margarett Blanchard Whitney, b. 30 May 1872, Watertown, MA; m. 31 Dec 1896, Watertown, MA, Robert Gilkey Horne, b. ca. 1863, Watertown, MA, son of Robert F. and Deborah (Gilkey) Horne.
Charlotte Corday, after whom Solon's wife was named, was an historical figure of the French Revolution.
- 1850: not found.
- 1860, Brookline, Norfolk Co., MA:
399 483 John E. How 31 M - Teacher Vermont Ann B. " 27 F - " David B. " 5 M - Mass. Attended school Frederic A. " 3 " - " Solon F. Whitney 28 " - Teacher " Charlotte W. " 27 F - " Rosa Harold 35 " - Servant Ireland
474 535 Bethiah Holmes 65 F - Mass. W House Keeper - - - - - Bethiah A. Holmes 40 F - " S Lady - - - - - Henry Holmes 30 M - " S Engineer - - 1 1 - 536 Solon F. Whitney 33 M - " M Teacher - - 1 1 - Lottie C. Whitney 32 F - " M House Keeper - - - - - Lottie L. Whitney 3 F - " S - - - - -
243 338 Whitney, Solon F. 38 M W School Teacher $3500 Mass. Male citizen over 21 -----, Carlotte L. 37 F W Keeping House Mass. -----, Lottie L. 8 F W At School Mass. Attended school
Salon F. WHITNEY 48 Self M M W MA School Teacher MA MA Charrlotte C. WHITNEY 47 Wife F M W MA Keeping House MA MA Lotte L. WHITNEY 18 Dau F S W MA At School MA MA Margaret B. WHITNEY 8 Dau F S W MA At School MA MA Mary CONLER 16 Oth F S W MA Servant ENGLAND CANADA
187 215 Whitney, Solon F. Head W M May 1841 59 wid Massachusetts Massachusetts Massachusetts Librarian, Owns free house Horne, Robert G. SiL W M Mar 1873 27 mar 3 Massachusetts Massachusetts Maine Dentist -----, Margaret B. Dau W F May 1872 28 mar 3 2ch 2liv Massachusetts Massachusetts Massachusetts -----, Margaret GDau W F Jul 1897 2 sgl Massachusetts Massachusetts Massachusetts -----, Robert W. GSon W M Oct 1898 1 sgl Massachusetts Massachusetts Massachusetts Decourey, Annie Srvt W F Mar 1875 25 sgl England England England Housework, Immig. 1892 Greengrass, Sarah Srvt W F Jan 1874 26 sgl England England England Housework, Immig. 1895
- Census records.
- All data imported from Frederick Clifton Pierce, The Descendants of John Whitney, Who Came from London, England, to Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1635, (Chicago: 1895), pp. 543-544.
1.^ "Solan Franklin [Whitney], s. of Benjamin F. and Louisa, [born] Aug. 22, 1831," according to Thomas W. Baldwin, ed., Vital Records of Harvard, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Boston, MA: Wright & Potter Printing Co., 1917).