Family:Whitney, Williston Herbert (1850-1929)

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Williston Herbert8 Whitney (James Marshal7, Asaph6, Jonathan5, Benjamin4, Benjamin3, Benjamin2, John1), son of James Marshal7 and Mary E. (Huntley) Whitney, was born 2 Jul 1850, Amboy Center, NY, and died 21 Oct 1929, Marion County, Indianapolis, IN.

Williston had a union at Plano, Illinois, with Laura Augusta Strader.[1] She was born Sep 1852, Illinois, and died 6 Mar 1946, Minnehaha County, South Dakota. They lived at Plano, Illinois and had 3 natural children. Laura left the 3 children with Williston, remarried Winfield Scott Roberts and they moved to South Dakota and had 3 more children.

Williston married Sophia A. Schiebner, 2 Jun 1883, Montgomery Co., Indiana. She was born Indiana, 1859, and died 12 Jun 1937, Indianapolis, Marion County, IN. Williston and Sophia had no children and are both buried at Section 5, Lot 26, Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana.[2]

Children of Williston Herbert8 Whitney and Laura Agusta Strader:

i. Ralph Herbert9 Whitney, b. June 2, 1874, Plano, Kendall County, Illinois; d. June 14, 1928, Soldiers Home, Sawtelle, Los Angeles County, California, and buried Los Angeles National Cemetery, Section 39, Row B, Site 21. (Los Angeles County Death Certificate # 28-030040)
ii. William M. Whitney, b. 11 May 1876, Plano, Kendall County, Illinois; d. 26 Jun 1940, Marion County, Indianapolis, Indiana, and was buried Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana.
iii. Bertram Earl Whitney Norris, b. 6 Feb 1880, Plano, Kendall County, Illinois; d. 6 Mar 1947, Indianapolis, Indiana, and was buried Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana; m. Clara Margaret Sophia Hillman.[3] on 16 Sep 1903, Marion County, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Williston Herbert8 and Sophia A. (Schiebner) Whitney bore no children.


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1.^  Miss Laura Agusta Strader is listed on Bertram's (Kendall County, IL) birth certificate along with father Williston. It is unclear whether Williston was ever married to Laura as no Marriage Certificate has ever been found. Convention of the county at the time seems to suggest usage of the term "Miss" on the birth certificate suggests that they were not married upon the birth of their third child.

2.^  Find A Grave Memorial #46047518, Williston Herbert Whitney.

3.^  Bertram was adopted out to Robert B. and Mary Norris on 22 Oct 1883 by way of a hand-written declaration signed by Williston. This adoption was formalized by written Order of the local court at Marion County, IN, on 5 May 1884. Robert & Mary raised Bertram at Indianapolis, IN, where he later married Clara Margaret Sophia Hillman on 16 Sep 1903 at St. Paul's Church, Marion County, Indianapolis, IN. They had one child, Vera Catherine Norris on 3 Feb 1909.

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