Family:Whitney, William (1816-1887)

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William Whitney (Haynes), son of Haynes and Jane (Robinson) Whitney), was born 29 Oct 1816, and died Feb 1887, Thomaston, ME.

He married firstly, 16 or 20 Sep 1839, Thomaston, ME, Eliza Brown, "both of Thomaston".[1] She was born about 1823, ME, and died before 1860.

He married secondly, 24 Apr 1862, Thomaston, ME, Elizabeth H. Jordan, daughter of Ephraim and Sarah (Copeland) Jordan. She was born 21 Oct 1822, Thomaston, ME, and died after 1880.

He was a farmer. He resided Thomaston, ME.

The will of William Whitney is provided by Ann Foss, who heads historical societies in and around Palmyra, ME:

William Whitney 1816-1887

Knox Vol. 35-37, 1876-1896

p. 360

I William Whitney of Thomaston in the county of Knox and State of Maine not being in my ordinary health but of sound and despairing mind and being aware that life is at all times uncertain do hereby declare this to be my last will and testament.

First: I give and bequeath to the daughter of my son Oliver H. Whitney whose name I believe is Olive Whitney and who is supposed to reside in Gainsville in the State of Mississippi the sum of one hundred dollars.

Second: I give and bequeath to my daughter Eliza Jane Leach the sum of two hundred dollars.

Third: I give and devise to my son Charles G. Whitney his heirs and assigns forever the homestead farm at Beech Wood whereon he now resides with all the buildings thereon and also give and bequeath to him all the stock farming utensels and appurtenances and in addition thereto the sum of three hundred and fifty dollars also my two shares of the stock of the Knox & Lincoln Railroad.

Fourth: I give and devise to my wife Elizabeth Whitney the house and lot whereon I now reside to her, her heirs and assigns forever. I also give and bequeath to her all the household furniture contained therein; my one sixty-fourth part of the ship Joseph S Spinney of Thomaston also my one sixteenth part of schooner Ada F. Whitney of Thomaston.

Fifth: I hereby appoint my said son Charles G. Whitney and my brother Charles R. Whitney to be executors of this my last will and testament and hereby authorize them to convey if needed by bill of sale or otherwise so much of my personal estate as may be necessary to pay the several bequests heretofore mentioned, debts and funeral expenses also to pay over to said legatees the several sums bequeath as herein provided and I hereby direct that the residue of my estate after the payment of said bequests be given to my wife Elizabeth Whitney.

p. 361

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my and seal in the presence of these witnesses and at my request this 15th day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty-five.

Signed published and declared by the said William Whitney to be his last will and testament in presence of us who at this request in his presence subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.

[signed] Wm Whitney

Witnessed by: J. B. Wothen

Henry Maxey

Matthew C. Webb

State of Maine Knox County `` Probate Office

Received and filed on the third Tuesday of March A. D 1887. Advise ordered in the Rockland Free Press. Allowed on the third Tuesday of April A D 1887


A. A. Beaton Register

A true Record Attest.

A. A. Beaton, Register

Children of William7 and Eliza (Brown) Whitney:

i. Francis I.8 Whitney, b. 12 Sep 1842, ME; d. 18 Jun 1848, ME.
ii. Eliza Jane Whitney, b. 1845, ME; "Jennie E." m.(1) 30 Dec 1871, Thomaston, ME, Silas D. Leach;[2] m.(2) 31 Dec 1892, Haverhill, MA, Samuel O. Wood, b. ca. 1856, Albnay, NY, son of James and Elizabeth (Sherwood) Wood.[3]
iii. Oliver H. Whitney, b. ca. 16 Dec 1846, Thomaston, ME; m. Malinda Marson.
iv. Charles G. Whitney, b. Oct 1850, Thomaston, ME; m. Emma B. Hyler.
v. Ada F. Whitney, b. 17 Mar 1857, Thomaston, ME; d. after 1880; m. 21 Sep 1873, Boston, MA, William Ludwig Fernald, b. ca. 1850, Thomaston, ME, son of Oliver J. and Susan F. (-----) Fernald.[4]


154 189 Wm. Whitney 34 M - Farmer $1800 Me. Eliza " 27 F - Me. Oliver H. " 4 M - Me. Attended school Eliza J. " 6 F - Me. Attended school

542 599 William Whitney 44 M - Farmer $2000 $300 Maine Eliza J. " 15 F - do Attended school Olena " 13 F - do Attended school Charles G. " 8 M - do Attended school Andrew F. " 4 M - do Attended school Rose Hooper 20 F - Servant do

513 536 Whitney, William 54 M W Lime Burner $2640 $15500 Maine Male citizen over 21 -----, Eliza 40 F W Keeping house " -----, Oliver H. 23 M W Mariner " Male citizen over 21 -----, Charles G. 19 M W Laborer " -----, Ada F. 15 F W Attending school " Attended school

William WHITNEY 65 Self M M W ME Retired Lime Mfg. ME ME Elibeth WHITNEY 57 Wife F M W ME Keeping House ME ME Ada FERNALD 25 Dau F M W ME ME ME Fannie B. FERNALD 6 GDau F S W ME ME ME Celia O. FERNALD 4 GDau F S W ME ME ME Susan P. WINSLOW 55 SisL F S W ME Keeps House ME ME

  • 1880, daughter Eliza and son Oliver not found.


  • Census records.

1.^  "Sept. 20, 1839, Mr. William Whitney & Miss Eliza Brown, both of Thomaston, by Francis W. Baxter," according to Judith Holbrook Kelley and Clayton Rand Adams, comps. and eds., Marriage Returns of Lincoln County, Maine. Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication No. 39 (Rockport, ME: Picton Press, [2002]), p. 90.

2.^  Maine Marriages, 1771-1907, at

3.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 424, page 360.

4.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 255, page 138.

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