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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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then the woodcarver's trade. Having accumulated some money, he decided to spend it in bettering his education. Spent two years at a normal school, and one in teaching as assistant in the Fall River High school, fitting for college in the meantime; entered Brown University in Sept. 1855, graduating in 1859 with the degree of A.M., and election of O. B. K. of the Brown Chapter. Accepted position of first assistant in the Brookline High school, then in 1862 as assistant in the Bridge- water Normal school; left this in 1866 to take charge of the Watertonw High school. In 1872-85 he was one of the sub-masters of the Cambridge High school. In 1872 he entered Harvard college as a special student in chemistry with Louis AGASSIZ. While teaching in Cambridge he continued to reside in Water- town, where he had taken great interest in helping start and manage the free public library, of which he has had continuous charge for 25 years. His best thought and life has gone into this little village library; it has been his dream by night, his work in vacations and spare moments until now it has absorbed for the last ten years much of his time and strength. It is large and successful for so small a town- the books on the shelves show an average use of each twice in the year for every man, woman, and child in the town; a lot and a building worth 45,000, with about 21,500 volumes, and 27,000 pamphlets and papers, which they are now rapidly put- ting into binding. He was one of the originators of the Historical Society of Watertown, of which he was the first secretary and treasurer, and of which he is now librarian and custodian. Is member of Boston Society of Natural History, of the Applachian Club, of the American Library Association. Was member for ten years of American Association for Advancement of Science; res. Watertown, Mass. 8352. i. LOTTIE LOUISE, b. July 22, 1861. 8353. ii. MARGARETT BLANCHARD, b. May 30, 1872. 5306. JAMES HARRIS WHITNEY (Benjamin F., Cyrus, Isaiah, Isaiah, Isaiah, Thomas, John), b. in Harvard, Mass., Aug. 16, 1835; m. Apr. 11, 1860, Addie THOMAS of Boston; d. of consumption Dec. 31, 1864. James H., went to Seneca Falls, N. Y., when an infant in 1836, returned to Action, Mass., in 1845, and to Harvard in 1848. He spent a portion of his boyhood, 1845-49, with his father farming; in 1949 in Wor- cester, 1850-1853 in a store in Shirley, Mass.; 1853-54 at Normal Institute, Lancaster, charge of upholster department at Stewart's and afterwards at Arnold, Constable & Co.'s in New York City. During these 30 years he had occasion to cross the ocean to and from Europe many times (nearly 90) to buy goods, traveling over a large part of Europe in search of the finest goods known to the trade. Since 1891 he has returned to Harvard and for a time at least, is quietly cultivating his paternal acres, as a gen- tleman farmer; res. Harvard, Mass. 8354. i. GEORGE CLARENCE, b. Nov. 5, 1861; d. Oct. 3, 1888. He lived most of his life and was educated in New York City, spent two years in Colombia College, went into the oil broker's business, had a seat in Exchange, traveled in Europe for his health, but returned not much improved, went as far west as Minneapolis, but failing rapidly returned to New York City, to die of con- sumption, which he probably inherited of his mother. 8355. ii. MINNIE, b. 1863; d. 1864 of consumption. 5311. WILLIAM ELLERY CHANNING WHITNEY (Benjamin F., Cyrus, Isaiah, Isaiah, Isaiah, Thomas, John), b. in Harvard, Mass., Apr. 11, 1851; m. Oct. 6, 1881, Alma C. WALKER, b. Jan. 22, 1854. He was graduated at the Massachusetts Agricultural college in the class of 1872. Studied architecture in Boston until 1877, when he went to Minneapolis, where he has since resided practicing his profession; res. Minneapolis, Minn. 8356. i. MARION, b. Aug. 19, 1882. 8357. ii. KATHERINE, b. Mar. 16, 1888. 5320. HON. EDWARD LIVINGSTON WHITNEY (Richard H., Cyrus, Isaiah, Isaiah, Isaiah, Thomas, John), b. Adrian, Mich., Sept. 7, 1840; m. May 2, 1864, at Natchez, Miss., Eliza J. CURRY, b. Dec. 26, 1846. Edward Livingston WHITNEY, born at Adrian, Mich., Sept. 7, 1840; in 1860 he went to Madison, Wis., and organized what was known as the Madison Hardee Cadets, a military organization of great merit of which he was captain. In 1862 he enlisted in the 12th Wisconsin Regiment as a private, participated in the battle of Shiloh; went to Holly Springs and Vicksburg with Grant, and was appointed captain and

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