Family:Whitney, William John (1845-1919)

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William John8 Whitney (William7, Charles6, Samuel5, Abraham4, Joseph3, John2, Henry1), son of William7 and Mary (Mitchell) Whitney, was born Apr 1845, St. John, NB, and died 12 Sep 1919, Freeport, NY. He was buried in Union Cemetery, North Smithfield, RI.[1]

He married, 1870, Rosaline A. Jennings, daughter of Richard and Nancy (Horton) Jennings. She was born 16 Aug 1842, Riverhead, NY, and died 26 Nov 1917, Brooklyn, NY. She was buried in Union Cemetery, North Smithfield, RI.[2]

He was living in New York, NY, in 1874.


"Obituary - William J. Whitney Dies - William J. Whitney, 74 years old, of 1092 Prospect Place, a retired buyer and salesman for the Devoe & Reynolds Paint Co., died suddenly of apoplexy on Friday at Freeport, L.I. The funeral services will be held at his late home in Brooklyn on Monday evening at 8 o'clock and interment will be in the Union Cemetery at Woonsocket, R.I. Mr. Whitney came to Brooklyn about 45 years ago from Buffalo, where in his younger days he was an intimate friend of the late President Grover Cleveland, and he was active in Democratic politics in that city as well as Brooklyn. He had been connected with Devoe & Reynolds Co. for about 40 years, retiring from business five years ago. Mr. Whitney was well known at Hempstead and Long Beach, where he owned several cottages. He was formerly president of the old Rod and Gun Club of Long Beach for five years. He was known as a very kindly man, a philanthropist connected with several charitable organizations and nearly every child in the neighborhood of his home knew him as an ardent friend and grown-up playmate."[3]
(The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York), Sunday, September 14, 1919, page 18)

Children of William John8 and Rosa (Jennings) Whitney:

i. Frank Richard9 Whitney, b. 24 Jun 1870, Long Island, NY; d. 20 Jan 1916, Boston, MA; m. Mary Estelle Cook Simmons.


159 297 Denscher, Theodore 34 M W Store clerk $2500 France Parents foreign born, Male citizen over 21 -----, Bridget 35 F W Keeping house Ireland Parents foreign born -----, Mary 8 F W N.Y. Parents foreign born, Attended school -----, Henry 7 M W N.Y. Parents foreign born, Attended school -----, Theodor 3/12 M W N.Y. Parents foreign born, Born in Mar Walsh, Ann 25 F W Cook Ireland Parents foreign born Mitchy, Maggie 37 F W Nurse Ireland Parents foreign born Mclain, William 33 M W Travelling Salesman Md. Male citizen over 21 -----, Celinire 24 F W Mo. Whitney, William 25 M W Store Clerk $1000 $800 N.B. Male citizen over 21 -----, Rose 24 F W N.Y. Jennings, Nancy 65 F W N.Y.

William J. WHITNEY 33 Self M M W HALLIFAX N S Sales Man ENG ENG Rosa WHITNEY 31 Wife F M W NY Keeping House NY NY Frank R. WHITNEY 10 Son M S W NY HALLIFAX NY

  • 1900: not found.


  • Census records.

1.^  FindAGrave Memorial #61863732, William John Whitney.

2.^  FindAGrave Memorial #61863730, Rosaline A. "Rose" Jennings Whitney.

3.^  FindAGrave Memorial #61863732, William John Whitney.

4.^  FindAGrave Memorial #61863727, Frank Richard Whitney.

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