Family:Whitney, William T. (1838-1899)

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William T. Whitney (Benjamin), son of Benjamin and Caroline Elizabeth (Hall) Whitney, was born 17 Dec 1838, Hopewell, NY, and died 24 Apr 1899, Mount Pleasant, MI.

He married firstly, 2 Sep 1858, Farmington, NY, Salinda Mason Fry, daughter of Obediah Samuel and Luna H. (Mecham) Fry. She was born 17 Jan 1841, Allegany County, NY, and died in 1913. There must have been a divorce, because they both remarried. She married secondly, 30 May 1895, Mount Pleasant, MI, Flavel R. Palmer.

He married secondly, 4 Mar 1894, Ithaca, MI, Fanzina Margaret (French) Case, daughter of Edmund/Edwin and Urana (Larowe) French. She was born Dec 1852, MI, and died 14 May 1943, San Diego, CA. She had married firstly, 10 Oct 1872, Cambridge, MI, Ovid N. Case.

He was of the firm of Russell and Whitney, at Mount Pleasant, MI, and Superintendent of the Poor.

Mr. Whitney was brought up on his father's farm, and in 1858 he and his uncle, John F. Hall, bought a saw-mill in Middlesex, Yates Co., NY. After continuing the management of this for two years, they sold out and Mr. Whitney went to Mason Co., IL, where he operated six months as a farm assistant. Afterwards he went to Cambria Township, Hillsdale Co., MI, and engaged as a builder until the second call for troops in the war of the Rebellion. He enlisted Aug. 6, 1862, in Co. D, 18th Mich. Vol. Inf., Capt. C. B. Van Valer. Mr. Whitney served with his regiment in all the service for which it was detailed and was in action in several skirmishes. He was in the detachment which left Decatur Sept. 24, 1864, to reinforce the garrison at Athens. The command included 231 officers and men. When within two miles of Athens they were attacked by a rebel force under Gen. Forrest, and, after five hours' desperate fighting and pushing toward the fortifications at Athens, they surrendered, as the fort was in the possession of the rebels. A few of the command escaped, the remainder were captured, killed, or wounded. Mr. Whitney was among the latter and received four gunshot wounds,--in his right leg, abdomen, right fore-arm and left lower leg. He was wholly disabled and was finally discharged from Harper's Hospital, Detroit, May 2, 1865, when he returned to Hillsdale County.

In the spring of 1866 Mr. Whitney came to Mt. Pleasant, where, in company with his brother, C. C. Whitney, he engaged as a builder until 1870. After that date he was variously occupied. He was the proprietor of the Whitney Exchange Hotel in 1882-3 and has since operated in insurance and other light business. In January, 1884, he formed his present association with F. Russell, and the firm are transacting insurance business. Mr. Whitney has never recovered from the severity of his injuries received in his country's service. Besides the duties of his official trust as Superintendent of the Poor, he is discharging the oblications of the offices of Secretary of the Village Board, Village Clerk, and Clerk of Union Township. He was Township Treasurer in 1879-80. He is a member of Lodge No. 217, I.O.O.F., at Mt. Pleasant, and belongs to Wabon Lodge, No. 305, Chapter No. 111, R.A.M., and member of Wabon Post, No. 250, G.A.R.[1]

Children of William T. and Salinda M. (Fry) Whitney:

i. Isabel Whitney, b. ca. 1859, NY; d. before 1870.
ii. William Benjamin Whitney, b. Sep 1862, Cambria, MI; d. 1 Mar 1923, Toronto, ON; a printer in Coburg, ON, in 1884; m. 3 May 1883, Mt. Pleasant, MI, Ellen M. McCann.[2]
iii. Hiram B. Whitney, b. 16 Nov 1866, Union, MI; d. 28 Sep 1867, Vernon, MI.
iv. Irving E. A. Whitney. b. 6 Jun 1874, Clare, MI; at home in 1884; d. 26 Sep 1940, Douglas, MI; m.(1) ca. 1895, Nettie Bowers; m.(2) 30 Apr 1918, Ithaca, MI, Maude (Hopkins) David.
v. Wallace Hays Whitney, b. 25 Jan 1877 (twin), Mt. Pleasant, MI; d. Apr 1877, Mt. Pleasant, MI.
vi. Walter Tilden Whitney, b. 25 Jan 1877 (twin), Mt. Pleasant, MI; m. Lula E. Moore.

Children of William T. and Fanzina Margaret (French) Whitney, if any, unknown.


311 291 Wm. Whitney 21 M - Sawyer $200 New York Salinda 19 F - " Isabella 1 F - "

23 23 Whitney, William T. 31 M W Farmer $1200 $300 New York Male citizen over 21 -------, Salinda N. 29 F W Keeping House New York -------, Willie B. 7 M W Michigan Attended school

59 60 Whitney, Wm. T. W M 41 mar Boarding House N York Vermont NY -------, Salinda W F 39 Wife mar Land Lady N York Vermont Vermont -------, Willie B. W M 17 Son sgl At School Michigan N York N York Attended school -------, Irving E. A. W M 9 Son sgl Michigan N York N York Attended school -------, W. Tilden W M 3 Son sgl Michigan N York N York Attended school Wilson, Eugine W M 25 Brdr sgl Principal of High School Michigan Mich Mich Peck, George W M 19 Brdr sgl Clerk in Drug Store N York N York N York Doughty, Frank W M 32 Brdr wid Hardware Store New York New York New York Smith, Levi N. W M 32 Brdr sgl Hardware Store N York N York N York McIntyre, Irving W M 20 Brdr sgl Clerk in Store Ohio Ohio NY Peck, Ophelier W F 21 Brdr sgl Clerk in Store N York N York N York Bennett, Herbert W M 23 Brdr sgl Sewing Machine Agent Mich Not known Not Known

315 336 Whitney, William T. Private D 18 MI Inf 6 Aug 1862 2 May 1865 2y 8m 26d Mt. Pleasant, MI 4 Gun Shot wounds, Right Leg Abd., Right forearm & Left Leg Was Discharged from Hospital

  • 1890 Veterans Schedule, Mount Pleasant, Isabella Co., MI:

House 315, Family 336; Whitney, William T.; Private, Co. D, 18th Mich Inf.; enlisted 6 Aug 1862; discharged 2 May 1865; length of service 2 years 8 months 26 days; 4 gun shot wounds, right leg, abdomen, right forearm & left leg; was discharged from Hospital.

  • 1900, Belfast, Allegany Co., NY:

209 110 Palmer, Flavel R. Head W M Dec 1831 68 mar 6 Newyork Newyork Connecticut Owns mortgaged farm -----, Salinda M. Wife W F Jan 1821 69 mar 6 0ch 0liv Newyork Massachusetts Vermont -----, Hattie M. Dau W F Dec 1884 15 sgl Michigan Newyork Newyork

162 171 Whitney, Fannie N. Head W F Dec 1852 47 wid 3ch 3liv Michigan New York New York Owns free house Case, Galusha L. Son W M Dec 1876 23 sgl Michigan Ohio Michigan Type Writer ----, Ralph W. Son W M Jun 1879 19 sgl Michigan Ohio Michigan At School Whitney, W. Tilden SSon W M Jan 1877 22 sgl Michigan New York New York Cigar Maker


1.^  Portrait and Biographical Album of Isabella County, Mich., Containing Portraits and Biographical Sketches of ... Citizens ... Also Containing a Complete History of the County, from Its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time (Chicago, IL: Chapman Brothers, 1884), pp. 468-470.

2.^  L.D.S. International Genealogical Index, Batch # M518483.

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