Family:Whitney, Washington (1837-1915)

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Washington8 Whitney (Isaac Amsden7, Ami6, Jonathan5, Jonathan4, Jonathan3, Benjamin2, John1), son of Isaac Amsden7 and Jane (Moore) Whitney, was born 25 Jan 1837, NY, and died 13 Jan 1915, Camden, MI. He was buried in West Woodbridge Cemetery, Camden, MI.[1]

He married, Jun 1858, Julia A. Tuttle, daughter of Aaron and Jemima (Burt) Tuttle. She was born 30 Apr 1839, Alabama, NY, and died after 1920. She was buried in West Woodbridge Cemetery, Camden, MI.[2]

He resided Cambria Mills, MI.

"WASHINGTON WHITNEY, who is prosperously engaged in the hardware business in Cambria, in company with William Divine, was for many years a prominent and successful farmer of Woodbridge Township, where he owns one of the finest farms in that locality. He is descended from a stanch New England ancestry, who settled in that part of that country before the Revolution, coming originally from England. He is himself, however, a native of New York State, having been born in Alabama Township, Genesee County, Jan. 25, 1827. His father, Isaac Whitney, was a native of Ontario County, N. Y., and was a son of Ami Whitney, a native of Connecticut, of New England parentage, and of English ancestry. ....
"Washington Whitney, our subject, grew to maturity in the home of his birth in Alabama Township, Genesee Co., N. Y., and was there united in marriage with Miss Julia A. Tuttle, June 18, 1858. Mrs. Whitney, also a native of Alabama Township, was born April 30, 1839, and is the eldest daughter of Aaron and Jemima (Burt) Tuttle, who were natives of Orange County, N. Y., where they were reared and married. Her father was a son of Edward Tuttle, a native of Connecticut, who, coming to New York in early manhood, was married, in the Black River country, to Urania Orvis, who was of Welsh descent. After marriage they lived for some years in Livingston County, N. Y., locating on a new farm very early in the history of that section. The parents of Mrs. Whitney located in Genesee County, and there their entire married life was passed, the mother dying in 1866, at the age of fifty years, and the father in 1885, at the age of seventy-one. They were honest, hard-working people, valued members of the Baptist Church, and were greatly respected. In his political views Mr. Tuttle was a sound Republican. Mrs. Whitney is one of seven children born to her parents. She was well educated in her native State, and taught school for some years before marriage. To her and her husband have been born seven children, two of whom are deceased, an infant and Alice. Those living are: Metta, the wife of Robert Moore, Jr.; George B.; Ida, the wife of Frank Hewitt, all occupying farms in Woodbridge Township; and Frank and Carrie, who live at home with their parents.
"After marriage Mr. and Mrs. Whitney continued to live in their native State for two years. They then came to Michigan and have since made their home in this State. Mr. W. purchased 164 acres of good land in Woodbridge Township. It was in a wild state when he came into possession of it, but by his energetic and incessant toil he improved it into a very valuable farm.
"Shortly after becoming a citizen of Michigan our subject, laying aside all personal considerations, resolved to go to the aid of his country on Southern battle-fields. He enlisted, in August, 1862, as a member of Company B, 11th Michigan Infantry, a regiment which was noted for the coolness and bravery of its men while under fire, and the efficient service rendered by them on many a hotly contested field. The regiment, under the command of Col. William L. Stoughton, joined the Army of the Cumberland under Gen. Rosecrans, and it also fought under Gens. Thomas, Sherman and Grant. Mr.

[p. 580] Whitney took part in every engagement in which his regiment was involved, from the battle of Chickamauga to the taking of Atlanta. At one time he was captured and held in durance for four months, being released on parole. He served honorably until the war closed, receiving his discharge in June, 1865, retiring from the service with the rank of Orderly Sergeant, which title he won for meritorious conduct.

"After his return from the South Mr. Whitney quietly resumed his occupation as a farmer in Woodbridge Township, and aided by his wife gathered together a competency, by which they are now enabled to pass their days in comparative retirement from active labor at their pleasant home in the village of Cambria, to which they came in 1885. They occupy a high social position here, their genial dispositions and open-hearted liberality making them very' popular. Mr. Whitney is prominently identified with the Republican party of this place, and is an esteemed member of the G. A. R., C. J. Dickson Post No. 6, at Hillsdale."[3]

Children of Washington8 and Julia A. (Tuttle) Whitney:

i. Metta T.9 Whitney, b. 15 Jun 1859, York, NY; m. aft. 1880, Robert Moore.
ii. George Burt Whitney, b. 15 Oct 1861, Camden, MI; m. Edith Adelia Eldridge.
iii. Mary Ida Whitney, b. 25 Sep 1866, Camden, MI; d. after 1920, then unmarried; m. 7 Nov 1886, Hillsdale, MI, Frank M. Hewitt.
iv. Frank L. Whitney, b. 3 Aug 1868, Camden, MI; d. after 1880, then unmarried.
v. (son) Whitney, b. 25 Jul 1870; d. 31 Aug 1870, Camden, MI; bur. West Woodbridge Cemetery, Camden, MI.[4]
vi. Alice I. Whitney, b. 9 Mar 1872; d. 6 Nov 1872, Camden, MI; bur. West Woodbridge Cemetery, Camden, MI.[5]
vii. Carrie E. Whitney, b. 13 Dec 1874, MI; d. after 1900; m. 7 Dec 1898, Adrian, MI, C. H. Moran.


1110 1098 Washington Whitney 23 M - F. $600 $100 N.Y. Julian 21 F - do Mette 1 F - do Jane 17 F - Student do Attended school

113 114 Whitney, Washington 33 M W Farmer $1000 $800 New York Male citizen over 21 -----, Julia A. 37 F W Keeping House " -----, Nettie F. 11 F W At School " Attended school -----, George B. 9 M W " Michigan Attended school -----, Mary 4 F W At Home " -----, Frank 2 M W " "

Washington WHITNEY 43 Self M M W NY Farmer NY NY Julia WHITNEY 41 Wife F M W NY Keeping House CT NY Metta WHITNEY 20 Dau F S W NY Work At Home NY NY George WHITNEY 18 Son M S W MI Work At Home NY NY Ida WHITNEY 13 Dau F S W MI Work At Home NY NY Frank WHITNEY 11 Son M S W MI Work At Home NY NY Carrie WHITNEY 5 Dau F S W MI NY NY

Whitney, Washington Head W M Jan 1837 63 mar 42 New York -----, Julia A. Wife W F Apr 1839 61 mar 42 7ch 5liv Moran, Carrie Dau W F Dec 1874 25 mar 1

  • 1910, Cambria, Hillsdale Co., MI: Washington Whitney, 73; wife Julianer, 70, married 51 years, 7 children 4 living.
  • 1920, Cambria, Hillsdale Co., MI: Julia Whitney, 80, widow; daughter Ida M. Whitney, 53, single.


  • Census records.

1.^  Find A Grave memorial #36018916, Washington Whitney.

2.^  Find A Grave memorial #36018915, Julia A. Whitney.

3.^  Portrait and biographical album of Hillsdale County, Mich. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1888), pp. 578-580.

4.^  Find A Grave memorial #36018912, Alice I. Whitney.

5.^  Find A Grave memorial #36018914, infant Whitney.

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