Family:Whitney, Anson (1811-1888)

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Anson7 Whitney (Dempsey6, Ebenezer5, Elnathan4, Eleazar3, Thomas2, John1), son of Dempsey6 and Sarah (Hoogen) Whitney, was born 12 Mar 1811, Randolph Co., NC, and died 30 Apr 1888, Hardin Co., IA. He was buried in Hauser Cemetery, Whitten, IA.[1]

He married 1 Feb 1837, Warren Coo., IN, Mary Huffman, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Geary) Huffman. She was born 31 Mar 1811, Newberrry District, SC, and died 18 Jan 1902, Eldora, IA. She was buried in Hauser Cemetery, Whitten, IA.[2]

"Anson Whitney resides on section 35. Mr. Whitney's advent in Hardin county dates back to 54. He is a native of Randolph county, N. C., where he was born March 12, 1811. Mr. Whitney, in his youth, had not opportunity for acquiring even the simplest rudiments of an education; and up to the age of twenty-one years, when he left his native State, he had never had a day's schooling, and was unable to 'read or write.' When twenty-one years old, he went to Morgan county, Ind., where he enjoyed his first opportunity for attending school. Here, he enjoyed one school term of four months. He then went to Hendrix county, and from there to Park county, in that State, where he worked and attended school for some time. The manner in which he improved the limited opportunities of those days for acquiring an education may be inferred from the fact that he taught a successful term of school, about this time, in Warren county, Ind. Mr. Whitney, when twenty-five years of age, was married in Warren county, to Miss Mary Huffan, born February 1, 1837, in South Carolina, who removed with her parents, when five years of age, to Ohio, and from that State to Indiana. In 1846, Mr. Whitney removed with his family to Vermilion county, Ill., where he lived till 1854, when he came to Hardin county. He settled on his present farm in 1856. He has 217 acres, 120 of which he entered as Government land. Mr. and Mrs. Whitney have had ten children, none of whom were born in Hardin county. Six of their children--two sons and four daughters--are still living, viz: Thomas J., Anie, Wm. R., M. Jennie, Rachel M. and Laura A. The names of the deceased children are: Mrs. Sarah E. Betts, John R., Mary M. Strean and James H. Mr. Whitney is one of the well known early settlers of Hardin county. He is a man of much general intelligence, and possesses a good memory. He came to Hardin county poor, and with a large family, and, by industry and economy, has acquired a competence."

Children of Anson7 and Mary (Huffman) Whitney:

i. Sarah E.8 Whitney, b. 22 Sep 1837, IN; d. 16 Sep 1869; bur. Hauser Cemetery, Whitten, IA;[3] m. 17 Aug 1856, Hardin Co., IA, Putman Betts.[4]
ii. Joseph Thomas Whitney, b. 18 Aug 1839, Warren, Co., IN; d. 3 Oct 1915; bur. Wallace Cemetery, Jewell, KS;[5] m. 18 Apr 1883, Jackson Co., IA, Fairozina Mason.[6]
iii. Nancy Ann Whitney, b. ca. 1841 (Mar 1840 per 1900 census), Warren Co., IN; d. Dec 1917; bur. Yukon Cemetery, Yukon, OK;[7] m. 29 Sep 1861, Eldora, IA, Sydnor Bailey Brown.
iv. John R. Whitney, b. 25 Oct 1842; d. 26 Jan 1865; bur. Hauser Cemetery, Whitten, IA.[8]
v. Mary M. Whitney, b. 19 Mar 1845; d. 21 May 1866; bur. Hauser Cemetery, Whitten, IA;[9] m. 2 Sep 1865, Hardin Co., IA, Joseph Stream.[10]
vi. James Herron Whitney, b. 18 Sep 1846; d. 9 Oct 1846; bur. Hauser Cemetery, Whitten, IA.[11]
vii. William Riley Whitney, b. ca. 1847, Vermilion Co., IL; d. 27 Apr 1932, Jewell Co., KS; bur. Wallace Cemetery, Jewell, KS;[12] m. 2 Jan 1870, Hardin Co., IA, Frances M. Fannon.[13]
viii. Jennie Mahala Whitney, b. 22 Nov 1849, Vermilion Co., IL; d. 2 Jun 1907, Hardin Co., IA; bur. Eldora City Cemetery, Eldora, IA.[14]
ix. Rachel Melissa Whitney, b. ca. 1851; d. 1938; bur. Plankinton Cemetery, Plankinton, SD;[15] m. 10 Feb 1876, Hardin Co., IA, William T. Underwood.[16]
x. Laura Alice Whitney, b. 18 May 1853, Vermilion Co., IL; d. 23 Apr 1946, Eldora?, Hardin Co., IA; bur. Eldora City Cemetery, Eldora, IA;[17] m.(1) 10 Oct 1869, Hardin Co., IA, James R. Springer;[18] m.(2) 27 Feb 1884, Hardin Co., IA, David F. Ingraham.


1 1 Anson Whitney 40 M - Farmer none N.C. Mary 40 F - S.C. Sarah 12 " - Ind. Attended school Joseph 11 M - " Attended school Nancy 9 F - " Attended school John 8 M - " Attended school Mary 6 F - " Wm. R. 3 M - Ill. Mahala 8/12 F - "

280 269 A. Whitney 49 M - Farmer $1400 $945 N.C. M. do 50 F - S.C. J. S. do 20 M - Ind. Attended school N. A. do 19 F - " Attended school J. R. do 17 M - " Attended school M. M. do 15 F - " Attended school W. R. do 12 M - Ills. Attended school M. J. Whitney 11 F - Ills. Attended school R. M. do 9 F - " Attended school L. A. do 7 F - " Attended school

421 418 Whitney, Anson 59 M W Farmer $5300 $1350 N. Carolina Male citizen over 21 " Mary 60 F W Keeping house S. Car. Illiterate " William 22 M W Works on farm Illinois Male citizen over 21 " Henrita 18 F W Works in house Mo. " Jennie 20 F W " " Illinois Attended school " R. M. 19 F W " " Ill. Betts, Frank 11 M W Going to School Iowa Attended school " M. M. 9 M W " " Iowa Attended school " Anther 2 M W Iowa

Anson WHITNEY 69 Self M M W NC Farmer NC NC Mary WHITNEY 70 Wife F M W NC Keeping House SC SC Joseph T. WHITNEY 39 Son M S W IN Farm Laborer NC SC Jennie M. WHITNEY 28 Dau F S W IL At Home NC SC Laura A. SPRINGER 26 Dau F M W IL At Home NC SC Anna M. SPRINGER 8 GDau F S W DA At Home IL IL Mimselta G. SPRINGER 6 GDau F S W DA At Home IL IL John E. SPRINGER 3 GSon M S W DA At Home IL IL Benjamin F. GAINES 19 Oth M S W IL Farm Laborer CT NY

Whitney, Anson 87 19 35 SW NW 73 M W m Farmer N.C. Voter " , Mrs. " " 74 F " " S.C. " , Jennie " 34 " " s Illinois Springer, Mary " 13 " " " Dakota

12 12 Mary Whitney 84 F W w S. Carolina - Christian Jennie " 43 F W s Ill. [???] house " John E. Springer 18 M W s Hardin Ia. - - Military Wallace Sanders 27 M W s Marion Ia. Laborer - Military, Voter

624 640 Whitney, Jennie M. Head W F Nov 1849 51 sgl Illinois North Carolina South Carolina Farmer, Owns free farm -----, Mary Moth W F Mar 1810 90 wid 10ch 6liv South Carolina South Carolina South Carolina Ingram, Mary Niec W F Jan 1893 7 sgl Kansas Indiana Illinois At school Petithory, Charles Labr W M Sep 1864 36 sgl Ohio France France Laborer - farm


  • Census records.

1.^  FindAGrave Memorial #26824625, Anson Whitney.

2.^  FindAGrave Memorial #26824652, Mary Whitney.

3.^  FindAGrave Memorial #70259514, Sarah E. Whitney Betts.

4.^  Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934, at

5.^  FindAGrave Memorial #42045668, Joseph Thomas Whitney.

6.^  Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934, at

7.^  FindAGrave Memorial #11201867, Nancy Ann Whitney Brown.

8.^  FindAGrave Memorial #70261832, John R. Whitney.

9.^  FindAGrave Memorial #103323412, Mary M. Whitney.

10.^  Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934, at

11.^  FindAGrave Memorial #70261079, James Herron Whitney.

12.^  FindAGrave Memorial #42045670, William Riley Whitney.

13.^  Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934, at

14.^  FindAGrave Memorial #122675549, Jennie Mahala Whitney.

15.^  FindAGrave Memorial #133330069, Rachel Melissa Whitney Underwood.

16.^  Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934, at

17.^  FindAGrave Memorial #115013460, Laura Alice Whitney Ingraham.

18.^  Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934, at

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