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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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4609. ELIAS BEMIS WHITNEY (Edward W., Samuel W., Ephraim, Jonas, Moses, Richard, John), b. Bangor, Franklin Co., N. Y., Dec. 2, 1821; m. at Ridgebury, Conn., Kate CRAFT; d. June 1860; m. 2d at Brookfield, N. H., June 1, 1861, Rhoda S. BURLEIGH. He is a furrier at 16 Milk St.; res. Boston, Mass.; 24 Apple- ton St. 7811. i. HARRY ELIAS, b. July 17, 1874; res. 24 Appleton St., Boston. 7812. ii. ELIZABETH, d. ae. 13. 7813. iii. THREE CHILDREN died young. 4622a. EPHRAIM WHITNEY (Ephraim, John, Ephraim, Jonas, Moses, Richard, John), b. Oct. 31, 1835; m. ----- -----; res. in Vermont. 7818a. i. CORA LIZZIE, b. June 12, 1868; d. July 12, 1883. 7814a. ii. ANNIE L., b. 1870; res. Bartonsville, Vt. 4623. HON. GILES HENRY WHITNEY (Abel, NOTE Abel, Timothy, Jonas, Moses, Richard, John), b. Boston, Mass., Jan. 18, 1818; m. Nov., 1850, Lydia Ann DAVIS; b. Northboro, Feb. 16, 1825; d. Dec. 28, 1891. Giles Henry WHITNEY, the son of Abel and Abigail H.(TOWNSEND) WHITNEY, of Lancaster, Mass., was born in Boston, Jan. 18, 1818. His father kept for many years a popular and successful private school for boys in that city. His mother died when her son Giles was only five years old, and in his record in the classbook he deplores the loss of her guiding influence. He entered the Latin school when he was nine years of age, remaining there till he was thirteen, and there finished his preparation for college under Mr. Frederic P. LEVERETT. "That one year's instruction was worth all I have received in college." His health in his younger days was such he tells us, that school was no place for him, for he was incapacitated for hard study, and he carried this indisposition to severe intellectual labor to college with him." Wherever the prescribed studies were difficult I neglected them and con- tented myself with the idea that I could do without them." He frankly acknowl- edges his mistake and his regret at not having pursued a more studious course; not because he failed like many others to obtain college honors, but on account of the mental discipline and training he had missed. He had much to learn like the rest of us, before he could shape his course to his entire satisfaction, but his subsequent career has shown us that our confidence in his general ability and our respect for his manly independence and integrity of purpose was not misplaced. He studied law in the office of George F. FARLEY, of Groton, and Washburn & Hartshorn of Worcester, and also in the law school at Cambridge. He was admitted to the bar in September, 1842, and commenced practice in Westminster, Mass., where he remained till April, 1846, when he removed to Templeton. In June, 1855, he went to Winchendon, where he has lived ever since. Mr. WHITNEY was a member of the Massachusetts senate in 1851 and of the house in 1864, 1866 and 1881. His sight began to fail him two years before his last election to the house, and since then he has been unable to read or write. He was married to Lydia A. DAVIS, daughter of Capt. Joseph DAVIS, of Baldwinsville (Templeton). By this marriage he has had six children, two of whom are still living, [Memorials of the class of 1837 of Harvard college.] He d. Jan. 12, 1888; res. Westminster and Winchendon, Mass. 7814. i. ABBY L., b. Templeton, Jan. 28, 1852; d. Aug. 18, 1853. 7815. ii. ELIZABETH W., b. Templeton, Apr. 7, 1854; unm.; res. W. 7816. iii. ALFRED H., b. Winchenton, Oct. 1, 1855; unm.; res.W. 7816. iv. ANDREW J., b. Sept. 25, 1857; d. May 15, 1863. 7818. v. ELLA A., b. T., Jan. 10, 1853; d. T., Aug. 18, 1853. 7819. vi. MARY D., b. Apr. 1860; d. Mar. 31, 1877. 4625. GEORGE TIMOTHY WHITNEY (Timothy, Simon, Timothy, Jonas, Moses, Richard, John), b. Essex, Vt., Apr. 4, 1819; m. in Lowell July 4, 1847, Charlotte Maria BRIGHAM, b. Mar. 23, 1822; res. 309 Bridge street, Lowell, Mass. 7820. i. LOTTIE J., b. Apr. 19, 1850; m. ----- FITTS; res. 17 Pleasent Ave., Somerville. 7821. ii. GEORGE B., b. Feb. 13, 1853; res. 224 Avon street, St. Paul. 7822. iii. ADALINE S., b. Jan. 14, 1856; m. ----- PATTERSON; res. 24 W. 6th St., Lowell. 4627. GEORGE REDDINGTON WHITNEY (Simon, Simon, Timothy, Jonas, Moses, Richard, John), b. Duxbury, Mass., May 27, 1829; m. in Provincetown, June 27, 1852, Pauline Brown HILLIARD, b. Feb. 28, 1833, dentist and music dealer; res. No. Bridge- water and Haverhill, Mass., Washington street.
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