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The Descendants of John Whitney, Who Came from London, England, to Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1635, by Frederick Clifton Pierce (Chicago: 1895)

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24, 1857, Rev. Milan H. HITCHCOCK; res. Hubbardston, Mass.; Charles Jenkins, b. July 2, 1883; m. Sarah M. CUMMINGS, s.p.; d. May 3, 1892; Mrs. Lucy (WHITNEY) RICE, now in her 94th year, resides in Winchendon. 4011. iv. WM. BARRETT, b. June 14, 1801; m. Lois STONE. 4012. v. MARY, b. Mar. 17, 1803; m. Jan. 22, 1828, Dr. Alvah GODDING; b. Nov. 5, 1796; d. Jan. 11, 1875. She d. Nov. 15, 1870; res. Win- chendon, Mass. Dr. Alvah GODDING was b. in Troy, N. H., Nov. 5, 1796. He d. at Winchendon, Mas.., Jan. 11, 1875, aged 78 years, 2 months and 6 days. Dr. Alvah GODDING studied medicine with Dr. Amos TWITCHELL, of Keene, N. H., and was graduated in medicine from Bowdoin Medical college, Maine, in 1825. He practiced his profession for a short time at Royal- ston, Mass., as a partner of Dr. Stephen BATCHELDOR, and subse- quently removed to Winchendon, Mass., where he continued to successfully practice his profession until his death in Jan., 1875, a period of nearly half a century, and was greatly beloved by all who knew him. For several years he was member of the general court. Ch.: William Whitney, b. May 5, 1831; m. Dec. 4, 1860, Ellen R. MURDOCK, Supt. National Insane Asylum, Washington. D. C. Dr. William Whitney GODDING was pre- pared for college at Winchendon academy, Winchendon, Mass.,

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and at Phillips academy, Andover, Mass He entered Dartmouth college, Hanover, N. H., and was graduated in the class of 1854. He studied medi- cine with his father, attended lectures at the College of Physicians and Sur- geons, New York City, and at the Castleton Medical College, Vermont, and was graduated from the latter institution in the class of 1857. After his graduation he practiced his pro- fession with his father until 1859, when he was appointed assistant physician at the New Hampshire Asylum for the Insane, Concord, N. H. In 1862 he resigned his position in the New Hampshire Insane Asylum and went into private practice at Fitchburg, Mass. In the autumn of 1863 he was appointed assistant physician of the Government Hospital for the Insane, at Washington, D. C. In 1870 he was appointed superintendent of the State Lunatic Asylum at Taunton, Mass., where he remained until the sum- mer of 1877, when he was appointed superintendent of the Gov- ernment Hospital for the Insane at Washington, which position he now holds. He has spent the greater part of his professional life among the insane, and has made the study and treatment of the diseases of the unfortunate class a specialty, and he is to-day recognized and admitted to be one of the highest authori ties in the country on the subject of insanity and the treatment of the insane. In 1882 Dr. GODDING published a small volume entitled "The Hard Cases: Sketches from a Physician's Port- folio." 4013. vi. PHINEHAS, b. May, 1806. He d. Mar. 5, 1809. 4014. vii. NELSON, b. May, 1808; d. Mar. 5, 1809. 4015. viii. SARAH A., b. Jan. 1809; m. Aug. 28, 1832, Jesiah BROWN, b. 1801; d. Sept. 29, 1836; m. 2d. April 23, 1839, Charles Wm. BIGELOW. Ch.: George R. Brown, b. May 5, 1835; d. Nov. 5, 1838. Chas. Wm. Bigelow, b. Jan. 15, 1810; d. Jan. 6, 1880. She d. Jan. 24, 1884; ch., Charles E., b. Winchendon, Mass, Mar. 18, 1843; m. Jennie M. Robbins. He grad. Williams Coll., and has charge of the N. Y. house of the Knowles Steam Pump works.

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