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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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work. Prof. WHITNEY was a brother of the late Prof. W. D. WHITNEY, of Yale, and of Prof. J. D. WHITNEY, of Harvard; res. Beloit, Wis. 7699. i. ALBERT WURTS, b. June 20, 1870; res. Beloit. 7700. ii. EDWARD PAYSON, b. June 27, 1872; d. Aug. 13, 1873. 7701. iii. CLARISSA JAMES, b. Nov. 5, 1874; d. Oct., 1879. 7702. iv. ELIZABETH BARNES, b. Nov. 21, 1876. 7703. v. JOSIAH DWIGHT, b. Nov. 11, 1878. 7704. vi. JAMES LYMAN, b. Apr. 21, 1881. 7705. vii. WILLIAM DWIGHT, b. June 17, 1883; d. Mar. 22, 1891. 4483. JAMES DWIGHT WHITNEY (Robert, Abel, Aaron, Moses, Moses, Richard, John), b. in Westfield, Mass., Aug. 19, 1821; m. Jan. 6, 1846, Sophia Abigail STEELE, b. Nov. 23, 1824. He was cashier of a bank at Norwalk, O., 1844-49; engaged in for- warding and wholesale trade at Sandusky, 1850-70, and from 1865-71 he was national bank examiner for Ohio and West Virginia; res. at Oberlin, O., and is exam- iner for the insurance department of Ohio. 7706. i. JAMES, b. Mar. 26, 1847; d. same day. 7708. ii. MARY DWIGHT, b. Sept. 23, 1848; m. Nov. 10, 1869, Julius L. HENDERSON, b. Oct. 1, 1844. Ch.: DeWitt C., b. July 9, 1871; d. Aug. 7, 1871; res. Youngstown, O. He is in the Atlanta & Great West R. R. office. 7709. iii. GEO. D., b. Oct. 10, 1850. 7710. iv. ELIZABETH, b. Oct. 17, 1853. 7711. v. ROBERT S., b. May 9, 1860. 7712. vi. JAMES STEELE, b. Jan. 11, 1864; d. Denver, Col., Apr., 1891. 4497. ERASTUS HUBBARD WHITNEY (William H., Aaron, Aaron, Moses, Moses, Richard, John), b. Nov. 18, 1818, at Champion, N. Y.; m. Feb. 7, 1850, Lucy Cordelia PIERCE or PERCY, b. Sept. 15, 1827; she res. 1024 Church St., Evanston, Ill. He had the appearance of a good liver, and the term well-nourished would apply most appropriately to him. Until his 30th year he weighed 135 lbs., but in

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late life as high as 175 lbs. In height he measured about 5 ft. 8 in., and was of an athletic development, with shoulders powerful and slightly rounded, arms and legs muscular, and abdomen somewhat aldermanic. He had a reputation for strength and agility as a young man. His skin was white and clear, without blemish whatsoever; his features regular and well proportioned, forehead high, lips firm, chin square, ears handsome, wrists and ankles not large; hair soft, of dark brown color, slightly bald at vertex at last, and whiskers sandy. He possessed a voice deep and sonorous, and yet he couldn't sing three notes of the scale, although he professed to enjoy music and sing- ing. His expression was frank, cordial, and assuring; temperament nervous and sanguine; walk measured. Af- fectation and dissimulation were absolutely foreign to his nature. In dress he was plain. In 1846, in company with his brother David, he boarded a steamer at Buffalo, N. Y., disembarking off Milwaukee, Wis., being carried ashore by some small craft, as the harbor was not then navigable. There were about a thousand on board. Chicago was next visited, and the country from there to Lake Pepin, Minn., traversed by wagon. Their first break- down occurred just before reaching the Des Plaines river, west of Chicago. This was a tour of inspection simply. In 1850 he married Lucy Cordelia PERCY, by whom he had one daughter, who died young, and three sons, one dying in childhood. and two, Eugene Wolcott and Duane Percy, surviving him. He was a man of keen and accurate observation, and clear and definite ideas. In conversation he was spirited and enthusiastic. On all subjects he possessed an opinion of his own which he presented without reserve. If it were well-founded, in his own belief, he clung to it tenaciously. Firmness bordering on obstinacy was a leading characteristic; he could, however, be convinced. He was easier coaxed than driven. Whatever his position was on any subject it was always clearly defined, and people knew just where to find him. His frankness and candor, although sometimes lacking policy in their expression, were always admittedly sincere and genuine. As a host he was hospitable and cordial. His life was singularly pure and upright. He had abso-

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