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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)
Transcribed by the Whitney Research Group, 1999.
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large force of cavalry, was committing depredations on our railroad and telegraph lines and destroying our communications, and Col. Whitney was not defeated in a single contest with that noted rebel leader, though he had many fights and skirmishes, and succeeded in driving him away. Thence he went to Missouri with his com- mand and was engaged against Gen. PRICE in 1864, During his service he partici- pated in twelve great battles and forty skirmishes, and was wounded twice. As an evidence of the appreciation of his bravery, and of the esteem in which he was held as an officer and a man, his officers and men presented him with an elegant sword, case of pistols and a field glass. The sword, blood-stained, is still retained as a reminder of the great conflict. In 1866. when returning from Washington, where he had been to settle his accounts, he became acquainted with Miss Mary MUNSON, who was on her way home from college, and a year later married her. After leaving the service he settled at Chicago in the practice of his profession, and has been success- ful, standing well at the bar as an honorable and faithful attorney and counselor. In 1875 he went to Topeka, Kan., and while there wrote a compendium of Kansas Reports, making an octavo volume of nine hundred pages, which added to his reputa- tion as an able and thorough lawyer. He was solicited to run for congress while there, but declined and returned to Chicago in 1877, and renewed the practice of the law, and is now (1895) so engaged. Of Col. WHITNEY the Bench and Bar of Chicago says: "He is a stalwart Republican, a fluent, ready, graceful speaker, and his voice is heard in advocacy of the principles and platform of that party in all important campaigns. He has a commanding presence, is six feet two inches in height, the regulation height of a regular Buckeye, and is one who, even on first sight, leaves the impression of being more than an ordinary man in all respects. He stands well in the community and has the confidence and esteem of all who know him inti- mately. He is yet a young man, but his life work up to the present time, in so far as it is known and read of men, is to his credit." In July, 1882, he presided at the Cook county convention which elected delegates to the Republican state convention, and in the following fall was nominated for the legislature from the twelfth ward, but declined to be a candidate, although he received the largest majority of any one ever nomi- nated in that ward. Col. WHITNEY is prominent in Grand Army circles, and is a true friend of every worthy cause: res. Chicago, Ill; ad. 125 Clark St., r. 38. 6520. ii. LILLIAN, b. Oct. 20, 1871; m. Aug. 17, 1891, Morris HERRIMAN; res. River Forest, Ill. 6521. iii. MABEL, b. May 22, 1876; res. At home. 6522. i. EVA, b. Jan. 28, 1859; m. Apr. 1, 1889, I. BAXTER; res. Shell City, Mo. 1 ch. Joseph W. 3685. SAMUEL D. WHITNEY (James W., Fisher, Jason, Mark, Benjamin, John), b. Berlin, O., Oct. 26, 1836; m. in Belvidere, Ill., Apr. 2, 1857, Harriett VAIL; b. June 5, 1837; res. Kingston, Ill. 6523. i. IVA L., b. Jan. 27, 1860; m. June 5, 1888, Thomas J. FOSTER; res. K. Ch.; Martha A., b. Mar. 20, 1889; Whitney F., b. Oct. 8, 1890. 6524. ii. LORENZO H., b. Mar. 28, 1863; m. Maggie REITZEL. 6525. iii. CHARLES L., b. Feb. 28, 1867; m. Carrie THURSTON. 6526. iv. JAMES WM., b. May 13, 1870; res. K. 6527. v. GERTRUDE, b. Aug. 18, 1877; res. K. 6528. vi. HARRISON HARPER, b. Jan. 9, 1880; res. K. 3687. SERGT. WILLIAM H. WHITNEY (James W., Fisher, Jason, Mark, Benja- min, John), b. Oct. 26, 1844; m. in Ohio, Marcy HAMER; d. Feb. 1, 1879, in Denver, Col. He was a mason by trade, enlisted in the war and served in the 8th. Ill. Cavalry. He d. in Denver, Col., Apr. 11, 1872; res. Webster City, Ia., and Chicago, Ill. 6529. i. WILLIAM H., b. Oct. 26, 1870; is clerk in Chicago P. O.; res. 611 60th St.; d. June 12, 1894. 6530. ii. NELLIE, b. Dec. 2, 1867; m. Joseph KLINE and d. s. p. Norwalk, Ohio, Apr. 18, 1885. 3691. GEORGE HENRY WHITNEY (David M., George, Jason, Mark, Benjamin, John), b. Sept. 18, 1830, in Natick, Mass.; m. Sept. 14, 1853, at Bedford, Mich., Mary Jane HUBBARD; b. Oct. 21, 1835. He is a locomotive engineer; res. 3326 Market St., Denver, Col. 6531. i. HARLAN H., b. Sept. 26, 1854; m. ----- -----, Denver, Col. 6532. ii. HATTIE, b. Aug. 20, 1856; m. May 18, 1875; res. Marengo, Kan. 6533. iii. DAVID H., b. Dec. 14, 1858; res. Marengo, Kan. 6534. iv. EDWARD H., b. Feb. 27, 1861; res. at home.
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