Family:Whitney, Thomas (1795-1881)

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Thomas7 Whitney (Phinehas6, Samuel5, William4, Nathaniel3, John2, John1), son of Phinehas6 and Elizabeth (Rand) Whitney, was born 18 Mar 1795, Westminster, Massachusetts, and died 4 Jul 1881, Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana, aged 86 years 3 months 18 days.. Buried Mount Tabor Cemetery, Liberty Township, Delaware County, Indiana.

He married firstly, 21 Oct 1820, Washington County, Ohio, Artimacy Preston, possibly daughter of Horace and Permillia "Patty" (Culver) Preston. She was born 6 Mar 1801, and died 1 Sep 1823, Ohio, aged 23 years. She was buried Waterford Cemetery, Washington County, Ohio.

He married secondly, 13 Jul 1826, Waterford, Washington County, Ohio, Hannah Preston, probably daughter of Horace and Permillia "Patty" (Culver) Preston. She was born 10 Oct 1805, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, and died 27 Nov 1870, Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana. She was buried Mount Tabor Cemetery, Liberty Township, Delaware County, Indiana.

Thomas and Hannah (Preston) Whitney
Thomas Whitney and Hannah Preston marriage certificate
Thomas Whitney and Hannah Preston home
LAFAYETTE WHITNEY. -- The gentleman whose name introduces this sketch is one of the excellent farmers and business men of Perry Township, Delaware County, Indiana, and was born in Washington County, Ohio, April 21, 1827, a son of Thomas Whitney and Hannah (Preston) Whitney, the former a native of Vermont, of Scotch descent, and the latter a native of Pennsylvania, of German lineage. They married in Washington County, Ohio, and reared a family of eight children, namely: Lafayette, Mordecai, Nancy, Phineas, Artimesia, William, David and Franklin, the last three deceased. These three were soldiers in the late war and died while in the heroic performance of duty, William losing his life at Winchester, Va., David dying in Salisbury prison, and Franklin being killed in the battle of the Wilderness.
In 1831, Thomas Whitney brought his family to Delaware county, Indiana, and entered eighty acres of land in Liberty township and lived thereon for eight years, then sold it and bought 240 acres, which he improved and lived upon until his death, which occurred July 4, 1881, his wife having preceded him to the grave November 27, 1870. According to his wish, their remains were interred in the dooryard at the old home.
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"In the same year [1832], Thomas Whitney settled in the north part of the township, where he still resides. His life has been marked by uprightness and honesty, and he has ever possessed the confidence and esteem of all with whom he has been associated. A neat marble shaft in his door-yard reminds the passer-by of the fate of his two [sic--should be three!] brave sons, who fell in defense of the Union during the war of the rebellion."
"Free and Accepted Masons, Whitney Lodge, No. 299.--The meeting for organization was held March 4, 1857, at the office of Dr. S. V. Jump. Of those present at this meeting, the following became charter members of the lodge: Thomas Whitney, John S. Hutchings, Abel Gibson, William Quigley, B. G. Cunningham, Samuel Weidner, and S. V. Jump, M.D., all from the lodge at Muncie, and Jonas Harris, of Hagarstown Lodge, No. 49. Thomas Whitney, John S. Hutchings, and Dr. S. V. Jump were appointed a committee to procure a suitable lodge-room, and petition the Grand Lodge for a dispensation. At the second meeting, June 13, 1857, this committee reported having discharged the duties assigned them, and handed to the proper persons a dispensation given under the hand of Solomon D. Bayless, Most Worthy Master of the Grand Lodge of Indiana.
"In May, 1858 the membership was between twenty and thirty, and steps were taken to secure a more commodious hall and a permanent place of meeting. Their charter came to hand in June of that year, signed by Solomon D. Bayless, G. M.; Frank Emerson, D. G. M.; M. D. Manson, S. G. W.; and John R. Coffroth, J. G. W. The officers named in this charter were: Samuel V. Jumb, W. M.; Jonas Harris, S. W.; and Thomas Whitney, J. W. The last step toward organization was not completed, and the indiviual interest manifested by the bretren was of itself a guaranty of the permanence of the lodge, and they felt warranted in errecting a building of their own. A lot was purchased, and upon this, in 1859, they erected the two-story frame building, in which the regular meetings are now held, on Saturday evening, on or before each full moon.
"The lower story is occupied as a store, and the entire upper floor devoted to the

lodge-room and its appointments.

"From this lodge have gone the charter members of various Masonic Lodges in this jurisdiction, and its membership, which was at one time bordering closely upon 100, has suffered materially by their withdrawal. The lodge, however, is still in a flourishing condition, and financially prosperous. The officers for the present term are: John Linville, W. M.; Jacomiah S. Hutchings, S. W.; Marion Cunningham, J. W.; Wellington Rees, Secretary; and George Shroyer, Treasurer."

His death notice from the 5 Jul 1881 issue of the Muncie Daily Times:

"Thomas Whitney, an old and esteemed farmer of Washington Township, died at his residence last night. Mr. Whitney was 86 years of age and had been a resident of this county for 49 years."

Estate of Thomas Whitney:

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Child of Thomas7 and Artimacy (Preston) Whitney:

i. Horace8 Whitney, b. 13 Mar 1822, Ohio; d. 14 Sep 1823, Washington County, Ohio, aged 1 year 6 months 1 day; buried Waterford Cemetery, Washington County, Ohio.

Children of Thomas7 and Hannah (Preston) Whitney:

ii. Lafayette J.8 Whitney, b. 21 Apr 1827, Washington County, Ohio; m. Mary Matilda Snyder.
iii. Mordecai Whitney, b. 21 Dec 1829, Washington County, Ohio; m. Eliza Ann Orr.
iv. Nancie Whitney, b. Oct 1832, Indiana; m. William M. Johnson.
v. Phineas Whitney, b. 1834, Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana; m. Sarah Amanda Murray.
vi. Artemesia Whitney, b. 3 May 1836, Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana; m. William Price.
vii. William Whitney, b. 1838, Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana; d. 23 Mar 1862, in the Battle of Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia, serving in Company F, 13th Indiana Volunteer Infantry, Civil War; buried Lot 86, Winchester National Cemetery, on Jacob Baker's Farm, then in Frederick County (now in the City of Winchester), Virginia.
viii. David Whitney, b. 27 Apr 1840, Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana; died 19 Jan 1865, Salisbury, North Carolina, aged 24 years 8 months 22 days. He enlisted as a Private on 20 Jul 1861, at the age of 21, into Company K, 19th Regiment, Indiana Infantry, and re-enlisted 1 Jan 1864. He was wounded on 6 May 1864 at Wilderness, Virginia, during the battle. He was sent to Salisbury Prison, and died there 19 Jan 1865. He is buried in the cemetery across from the prison in an unmarked grave. His brother Franklin was in the same company and fighting with him when he was captured. Franklin died in the next battle, on 9 May 1864.
ix. Franklin Whitney, b. [29 Apr] 1843, Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana; died 9 May 1864, Laurel Hill, Virginia, aged 21 years 11 days. He served in Company K, 19th Regiment, Indiana Infantry, and was killed in the Battle of Laurel Hill, in the Civil War.


132 132 Thomas Whitney 55 M - Farmer $3000 Massa. Hannah 45 F - Penn. Cordia 20 M - Farmer Ohio Attended school Nancy 17 F - Ind. Attended school Phineas 16 M - Farmer Ind. Attended school Artymasa 14 F - Ind. William 12 M - Ind. Attended school David Whitney 10 M - Ind. Attended school Franklin " 7 M - Ind.

889 889 Lafayette Whitney 33 M - Farmer $5000 $1800 Ohio Mary M. " 19 F - Virginia Mary Ann " 1 F - Indiana Nancy E. " 7/12 F - do Uriah Snider 9 M - Adopted do Attended school William Cooper 19 M - Laborer do 890 890 Thomas Whitney 65 M - Farmer $5720 $1170 Massachusetts Hannah " 54 F - Penna. Franklin " 17 M - Carpenter Indiana Elizabeth " 19 F - Ohio David " 21 M - Indiana

208 208 Whitney, Thomas 75 M W Retired Farmer $1800 Massachusetts Male citizen over 21 -----, Hannah 65 F W Keeping House $1300 Pennsyvlania

Phineas WHITNEY 46 Self M M W OH Farmer VT OH Sarah WHITNEY 50 Wife F M W IN Keeping PA PA Caroline WHITNEY 20 Dau F S W IN IN OH Franklin WHITNEY 16 Son M S W IN Works On Farm IN IN William WHITNEY 14 Son M S W IN Works On Farm IN IN Theodore WHITNEY 12 Son M S W VT Works On Farm IN IN Thomas WHITNEY 85 Fat M W W OH IN VT


Almost all information from the research of Lynne Alber, on this web page:

  1. "Online Family Tree, by", family group sheet of Thomas and Hannah (Preston) Whitney.

Also, Portrait and Biographical Record of Delaware County, Indiana (Chicago, IL: A. W. Bowen & Co., 1894).

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