Family:Whitney, William (1790-1837)

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William Whitney's Locations

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William Whitney, parentage unknown, but based upon DNA evidence, a descendant of John and Elinor (-----) Whitney, was born 1790, perhaps in Lexington, Fayette Co., KY,[1] and died 24 Aug 1837, Little Caillou, Terrebonne Parish, LA.[2]

He married, 1818, Sarah Compton,[3] daughter of Joseph and Anna (Vendoosan) Compton from New York. She was born about 1792, possibly NY (another source says 1794, Warren Co., OH), and died about 1840, Terrebonne Parish, LA. She may possibly be buried under the name "Sarah Brown" in the Ellender Tomb of Dugas Cemetery in Montegut, Terrebonne Parish, LA.[4]

Sarah Compton was born 1794, Warren Co., OH. She married three times, 1st to Joseph Ellender, 2nd to William Whitney, 3rd to Willis Brown.

Sarah Compton's first husband was Joseph Alinger (a.k.a. Ellender), married, 1811, Warren County, OH. Her third husband was Willis E. Brown, married 11 Mar 1840, Terrebonne Parish, LA.[5]

Family of 3 = 2 boys + 1 girl.

Children of William and Sarah (Compton) Whitney:

i. George Washington Alexis Whitney, b. 18 Oct 1819, possibly KY, bp. (as an adult) 18 Oct 1841, Thibedeaux, LA;[6][7][8] murdered 6 Nov 1851, Little Caillou, Terrebonne Parish, LA, just one year after the death of his brother-in-law, Tydens James Simpson, and following a running feud with the Daspit Family in Terrebonne.[9]
ii. Louise Whitney, b. ca. 1820, possibly KY;[10][11] d. 11 Feb 1873, Terrebonne Parish, LA.[12]
iii. William Whitney, b. ca. 1825, possibly Lexington, KY;[13][14][15] d. 15 Aug 1870; m. 9 Jul 1847, Azelie Eulalie Gauthreaux.


  • 1820: not found.
  • 1830: not found.
  • 1840: not found.
  • 1840, Terrebonne Parish, LA: Will Brown, 1 male 30-39, 1 male 5-9, and 1 female 40-49.
  • 1850, Terrebonne Parish, LA:

287 287 Washington Whitney 35 M - Farmer 400 Louisiana Artemise Whitney 23 F - do George Whitney 9 M - do Julia Whitney 7 F - do William Whitney 4 M - do Angelina Whitney 5/12 F - do Louise Simpson 25 F - do Sarah Simpson 10 F - Louisiana Attended school Betty Simpson 8 F - do Attended school Washington Simpson 4 M - do Minerva Simpson 3 F - do John J. Simpson 5/12 M - do Charles White 30 M - Labourer Ohio Matt Simmons 35 M - Vitcher Ireland Sarah Whitney 58 F - Louisiana


1.^  Source of birth.

2.^  Terrebonne Parish Courthouse Unpublished Records, Terrebonne Parish Library, Houma, LA, Page 8. "William Whitney died at his residence in the Petit Caillou, Parish of Terrebonne, State of Louisiana, on the 24th of August 1837."

3.^  Source of marriage.

4.^  Terrebonne Life Lines, Volume 1 Number 4 Page 29 (Winter 1982), published by Terrebonne Genealogical Society, Houma, LA.

5.^  Source of her third marriage.

6.^  Father Donald J. Hebert, South Louisiana Records, volume 2, page 401: WHITNEY, Alexis Washington (William and Saley COMPTON) b. 18 Oct 1841 (Thib Ch.: v. 3, #3217)

7.^  St. Joseph Catholic Church Records, Thibodaux, Lafourche Parish, LA, Volume 3, Number 3217.

8.^  Certified and Abstracted Birth-Baptismal Record, Alexis Washington Whitney, 1819 & 1842 (Alexis Washington Whitney, baptismal name, son of William Whitney and Sarah Compton), Archives of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, Audubon Drive, Thibodaux, LA. (Baptised as an adult at the time of his marriage.)

9.^  Terrebonne Life Lines, Volume 4 Number 4 Page 69 (Winter 1985), published by Terrebonne Genealogical Society, Houma, LA. (He was murdered by gunshot wounds to the head as he was outside the home of the Daspits along Bayou Little Caillou.)

10.^  1840 U.S. Census for Terrebonne Parish, LA.

11.^  Attakapas Gazette, Volume XVI Number 1 Page 34 (Spring 1981), Attakapas Historical Society. (Can be found at the Center for Louisiana Studies, University of Southwestern Louisiana, P.O. Box 40831 USL, Lafayette, LA 70504.)

12.^  Succession of Louise Whitney dated March 20, 1874 (Succession Number 642, Terrebonne Parish, LA), Terrebonne Parish Clerk of Court's Office, Courthouse Building, Houma, LA.

13.^  1850 U.S. Census with Annotations for Terrebonne Parish, LA, Page 88 Family 315, compiled by Dorotha Horvath, published by Terrebonne Genealogical Society, Houma, LA. (Can be found at the Terrebonne Parish Library, Main Branch, Houma, LA)

14.^  South Louisiana Records, Volume 2 Pages 162 and 401, Father Donald Hebert, Hebert Publishing Company, LA.

15.^  Marriage License of William Whitney and Azelie Gautreaux, Marriage Volume 2 Number 247, Terrebonne Parish Clerk of Court, Courthouse Building, Houma, LA. (Gives his birthplace as "Of Kentucky.")

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