Family:Whitney, Timothy Watts (1827-1904)

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Timothy Watts8 Whitney (Jacob7, Richard6, Richard5, Israel4, Ebenezer3, Richard2, John1), son of Jacob7 and Polly (Watts) Whitney, was born 5 Dec 1827, Weston, VT, and died 29 Feb 1904, Waterford, PA.

He, of Nashua, married 15 Nov 1849, Amherst, NH, Hannah Francis Knight , of Amherst,[1] daughter of Jonathan and Lucy Adeline (Putnam) Knight. She was born 15 Apr 1830, Amherst, NH, and died 1916, Waterford, PA.

After Timothy’s father, Jacob, died in 1833, it is most likely he went to live with his grandparents Richard and Sarah Whitney until he was 16.

Then he went to Nashua, NH, to work in a cotton mill where he became an overseer.

Sometime during 1851, Timothy, Hannah and Emma moved to Waterford, PA, to join Timothy’s brother, Hugh Henry Whitney.

In 1854, they bought a farm at Lake Pleasant, PA, where he had a sawmill and made lumber and ship timbers for sale in Erie.

They lived on the farm until 1865 when Timothy moved them back into Waterford for his children's education.

In 1870, he went into the grocery business, which he continued until just before he died. His business suffered two fires, in 1881 and 1895, and each time he rebuilt and continued.

Timothy Watts Whitney died on 29 Feb 1904, Waterford, PA, after a long illness. Timothy and Hannah are buried in Waterford Cemetery.

Children of Timothy Watts and Hannah Francis (Knight) Whitney:

i. Emma9 Whitney, b. Sep 1850, Nashua, NH, m. Anson H. Woodard; d. after 1920, Waterford, PA
ii. Frederick Putnam Whitney, b. 8 Aug 1853, Waterford, PA; m. Lucy Valentine.
iii. John Patten Whitney, b. Jul 1856, Venango Co., PA; d. 18 Mar 1933, Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada.
iv. George Manasion Whitney, b. 30 Oct 1857, Erie, PA; d. 14 Oct 1927, Wichita, KS.


642 716 Lona Bacon 39 M - Manufacturer $1500 Maine Mary B. " 36 F - Vermont Mary W. C. " 16 F - New Hampshire Attended school Charles R. " 8 M - " Attended school 717 Timothy W. Whitney 21 M - Manufacturer Vermont Frances H. " 20 F - New Hampshire

  • The family should have been in Lake Pleasant, Venango Co., PA. We presume that the following family is the correct one, with Timothy's first name recorded incorrectly.
  • 1860, Venango, Erie Co., PA:

969 9 Phineas Whitney 32 M - Farmer $4000 $1000 Vt. Francis " 29 F - N.H. Emma " 8 " - " Attended school Fred " 7 M - Pa. Attended school John " 5 " - " Attended school George " 2 " - " Salamin Dewy 27 " - Laborer " Wm. Foster 19 " - " " Attended school Henry Gardener 19 " - " " Attended school

42 42 Whitney, Timothy W. 42 M W Merchant $2500 $5000 Vermont Male citizen over 21 -----, Hannah F. 40 F W Keeps House New Hampshire -----, Emma 20 F W At Home N.H. Attended school -----, Frederick P. 16 M W Prentice in Tin Shop Penna. -----, John 14 M W At Home Penna. Attended school -----, George 11 M W At Home Penna. Attended school

Timathy W. WHITNEY 53 Self M M W VT Grocer VT VT Hannah F. WHITNEY 50 Wife F M W NH Keeping House NH NH

Hugh H. WHITNEY 57 Self M S W VT Stock Raiser VT VT John WHITNEY 25 Neph M S W PA Stock Raiser VT NH David WEALLIAMSON 23 Oth M S W PA Herder IRE IRE David H. MILLER 20 Oth M S W CT Herder CT CT John CUDDY 32 Oth M S W IL Herder IL IL

William GARVY 33 Self M M W OH Station Agent IRELAND IRE Maggie GARVY 19 Wife F M W PA PA WALES Nancy WELBURN 13 Oth F S B MO Servant MO MO Minnie LONG 19 Oth F S W IL Servant GERMANY GER George WHITNEY 22 Oth M S W PA Telegraph Operator PA PA


  • Obituary of Timothy W. Whitney, Erie Daily Times Saturday, March 5 1904.
  • Genealogies of the Early Settlers of Weston, Vermont
  • Secomb, Daniel F. History of the town of Amherst, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
  • History of Erie County, Pennsylvania 1884 by Samuel P. Bates
  • Pictures of headstone, Old Mission Cemetery, Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas

1.^  "Timothy W. Whitney, of Nashua, NH, & Frances H. Knight, of Amherst, NH, m. 15 Nov 1849, Amherst, Hillsborough Co., NH," according to New Hampshire, Vital Records, Marriage Index.

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