Archive:Mexican War Pension File, David Whitney (1827-1900)
From the Mexican War Pension File of David Whitney
Invalid's Application #21269, Certificate #17919
National Archives Building, Washington, D.C.
He is another of my Unknown Soldiers, as I am unable to connect him to the family. Any help would be appreciated.
Hook's Company (Company E), 1st Illinois Volunteers
On 13 Feb 1889 from the City and County of San Francisco, CA, David Whitney signed a Declaration of Survivor for Pension, Mexican War. He resides at 435 Franklin Street in San Francisco. He had served as a private in the company commanded by Captain George W. Hook in the 1st Regiment of Illinois Volunteers commanded by Colonel E. W. B. Newby. He enlisted at Otowa, IL, in Mar 1848 for the duration of the war. He was honorably discharged at Alton, IL, in Oct 1848. After enlistment he proceeded with a detachment of recruits across the plains to Santa Fe, NM, where he was assigned to Captain Hook's Company. He served with it until after the close of the war, when they were mustered out and disbanded. He is sixty-two years old, having been born at Cincinnati, OH, on 3 Feb 1827. The maiden name of his first wife was Eliza A. Welsh, nee Gambee. They were married at Marysville, CA, on 13 Mar 1862, and she died 12 Feb 1880 at Downieville, CA. The name of his present wife is Mary E. Whitney. He had received a Bounty Land Warrant #55176, which he located on the northwest quarter of section 35, T. 20 N. of R 11 E in the district of lands subject to sale of Dixon, IL. Since his discharge he has resided since 1850 in California, principally in Sierra County. The last fourteen months he has resided in San Francisco. The declaration is witnessed by John Kirkpatrick and H. Warner.
David received a pension of eight dollars per month commencing 3 Feb 1889. The Survivors Brief says he enlisted in 11 Mar 1848 and was discharged 14 Oct 1848. His Bounty Land Claim number is 55176.160.47. On 20 Mar 1900 the Commissioner of Pensions was notified that David Whitney was last paid at eight dollars per month to 4 Nov 1899, and was dropped from the rolls due to his reported death on 1 Jan 1900.
The 1830 census of Cincinnati, OH, reveals the large family of a William Whitney. David could qualify as one of the children of this family. A William Whitney family also resides there in Ward 6 in the census of 1840. Nancy Whitney, age 60, born in New Hampshire resides in Ward 6 in Cincinnati with two children in 1850.
The 1860 Census of Township No. 9, Sierra Co., CA, reveals one B. L. Whitney, age 33, born in Ohio residing in the family of H. L. Whitney, age 39, born in New York.
The 1870 census of Downieville, Sierra Co., CA, reveals:
- D. L. Whitney, male, 43, merchant, born in Ohio
- E. A. Whitney, female, 43, born in New York
- S. G. Whitney, male, 19, born in New York
- D. A. Whitney, female, 5, born in California
The 1880 Census of Downieville, Sierra Co., CA, reveals (difficult to interpret):
- David L. Whitney, male, 53, saw mill worker, born in New York, parents both born in New York.
Cemetery Record, Downieville Cemetery: Whitney, Elisa, d. 2-12-1880, 54 years old, wife of D.L. Whitney