Family:Whitney, Willard Adolphus (1843-1917)

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Willard Adolphus8 Whitney (Willard Southwick7, John6, Matthias5, Joshua4, Cornelius3, Joshua2, John1), son of Willard Southwick7 and Mary Ann (Whiting) Whitney, was born 14 Dec 1843, Clifton, NY, and died 1917, Big Rapids, MI.

He married, 1 Nov 1874, Big Rapids, MI, Lizzie E. Clark, daughter of Alfred L. and Fannie M. (-----) Clark. She was born 16 Mar 1854, Oswego, NY.

He was a physician, resided Big Rapids.

"WILLARD A. WHITNEY, M.D., Big Rapids, was born at Clifton, Monroe Co., N.Y., Dec. 14, 1844, a son of Willard S. and Mary A. (Whiting) Whitney. He was kept in steady attendance at school until about the time of the Southern Rebellion, when, his interest having become fully aroused by the element of patriotism which pervaded the whole land, he enlisted at Buffalo, enrolling Nov. 22, 1861, in the 24th N.Y. Light Artillery, Capt. Lee, and was in the service until July 25, 1865. During his long period of military life he participated in numerous encounters with the rebels, of greater or less moment; among them the battles of Newbern, Kingston, Whitehall, Goldsboro, etc., etc.
"In the fall following his discharge he went to Lansing, Mich., and was in a private academy under the instructions of Prof. Olds, where he remained 18 months. His father being a physician, the studious boy and youth had gathered a considerable fund of medical information and had, whenever opportunity offered, read medicine systematically. In 1868 he matriculated at Cleveland Homeopathic College, and was graduated in 1870. He began the practice of his profession at Lansing, and went thence to Lockport, N.Y., where he remained about a twelve-month, and came to Big Rapids in the fall of 1873, where his father, Dr. W.S. Whitney, was already established. Their business interests were conducted jointly about one year, when Dr. Whitney of this sketch opened an office alone. He has a satisfactory business as physician and surgeon, and is now County physician, a post he has held since 1875, with the exception of the year 1882. He is examining physician for the A.O.U.W., and also for the Order of Chosen Friends; is Surgeon of Post French, G.A.R., Clerk of the Board of Education of Big Rapids; and President of the Northern Michigan Homeopathic Association.
"Dr. Whitney was married at Big Rapids, Nov. 1, 1874, to Lizzie E., daughter of Alfred L. and Fannie M. Clark, born at Oswego, N.Y., May 16, 1854. Dr. and Mrs. Whitney have one child - Fannie M., born at Big Rapids, Mich., Sept. 25, 1875."[1]

Children of Willard Adolphus8 and Lizzie E. (Clark) Whitney:

i. Fannie M.9 Whitney, b. 25 Sep 1875, Big Rapids, MI.


85 86 Raynor, Lydia 38 F W Seamstress $200 Michigan Chapel, Bettie 29 F W Works in Book Binding Michigan Raynor, Leonora 18 F W Attended School Michigan Attended school -----, Estella 16 F W Attended School Michigan Attended school -----, May 10 F W Attended School Michigan Attended school Whitney, Willard A. 25 M W Physician $1000 New York Male citizen over 21

Willard A. WHITNEY 34 Self M M W NY Physician NY NY Lizzie E. WHITNEY 26 Wife F M W NY Keep House NY NY Fannie N. WHITNEY 5 Dau F S W MI At School NY NY


  • Census records.

1.^  1883 Portrait & Biographical Album of Mecosta Co., Michigan, p. 572.

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