Family:Whitney, Barney Cook (c1824-1892)

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Barney Cook Whitney (James), son of James and Hannah (Bruce) Whitney, was born about 1824, NY, and died 2 Dec 1892, Athens, IL.

He married, 23 Dec 1848, Menard Co., IL, Mary N. Francis, daughter of Calvin and Abigail (Deming) Francis. She was born 21 Jan 1828, Buffalo, NY.

Children of Barney Cook and Mary N. (Francis) Whitney:

i. Charles Francis Whitney, b. 29 Apr 1857, IL; m. Anna Eliza Hall.
ii. John Calvin Whitney, b. 8 May 1860, IL; m. 27 Nov 1887, Menard Co., IL, Rose Clinton.
iii. Grace May Whitney, b. 24 Feb 1865, Athens, IL; m. 8 May 1883, Menard Co., IL, Thomas Edward Cantrall.


172 180 B. C. Whitney 26 M - Tailor $500 N.Y. M. N. " 22 F - " Calvin Francis 48 M - Carpenter $500 Conn. A. D. " 48 F - "

  • 1855, Illinois State Census, Mechanicsburg, Sangamon Co.: Barney Whitney, 1 male 30-39, 1 female 20-29, and 1 female 0-9.
  • 1860, Chatham, Sangamon Co., IL:

361 347 B. C. Whitney 35 M - Tailor 1500 150 N.Y. M. F. " 31 F - " C. " 3 M - Ill. J. C. " 3/12 " - " A. Frances 58 F - Conn.

162 154 Whitney, Barney C. 46 M W Farmer $3000 $1000 New York Male citizen over 21 -----, Mary F. 41 F " K. House " -----, Charles F. 13 M " Illinois Attended school -----, John C. 10 M " " Attended school -----, Grace M. 5 F " "

Barney WHITNEY 56 Self M M W NY Farmer NY NY Mary F. WHITNEY 52 Wife F M W NY Keeping House CT CT Charles F. WHITNEY 23 Son M S W IL Teaching School NY NY John C. WHITNEY 20 Son M S W IL Farmer NY NY Grace M. WHITNEY 15 Dau F S W IL At School NY NY

202 239 Whitney, Charles Head W M Apr 1857 43 mar 20 Illinois Connecticut Connecticut Asst. Med. Ref. Pens., Owns mortgaged house -----, Anne E. Wife W F Mar 1856 44 mar 20 6ch 3liv Illinois Virginia Kentucky -----, Ellen M. Dau W F Mar 1883 17 sgl Illinois Illinois Illinois At school -----, Charles E. Son W M Aug 1889 10 sgl Illinois Illinois Illinois At school -----, Harold B. Son W M Jul 1897 2 sgl Illinois Illinois Illinois


Obituary, Daily Illinois State Journal, Springfield, Illinois, Sunday, September 4, 1892

An Old Citizen of Athens and a Veteran Soldier Passes Away
ATHENS, Ill., Sept. 3. – [Special] – Mr. Barney C. Whitney, a prominent citizen of this city, died yesterday afternoon of dropsy of the heart, aged 63 years, 3 months and 6 days.

He was born in the state of New York and came to Illinois at the age of 21 years, settling in Menard county. After a residence of six years here, he removed to Chatham, Sangamon county, and after a residence of about nineteen years there returned to this county in 1872, since which time he has resided in this city.

About two years after coming from New York he was married to Mary Francis, daughter of Calvin Francis, one of the early settlers of Springfield and at one time connected with THE STATE JOURNAL. Of this union six children were born, three of whom died in infancy. Three children and his wife survive him. The surviving children are Dr. Charles F. Whitney of Washington D. C., O. J. Whitney and Mrs. T. E. Cantrall of this city.
Mr. Whitney was a veteran of the civil war and at the time of his death was chaplain of Pollock Post, No. 200, G. A. R., a position which he held since the organization of the post. He joined the Presbyterian church at Chatham, Ill., in 1865 and after his return to this county identified himself with the North Sangamon church. He has been honored with responsible official positions in that church since 1873 all of which he filled with credit to himself and honor to the church. He gave liberally of his means for the support of the gospel and various benevolent institutions. In his death this community has lost an honored citizen, the church a devout member, the G. A. R. a worthy officer, the wife a loving husband, the children a kind indulgent father.
The funeral will take place from the Athens M. E. church Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock. Rev. D. G. Carson, pastor of the North Sangamon church, will preach the funeral discourse. The services will be in accordance with the G. A. R. ritual and will be under the auspices of Pollock post The interment will take place at Hall’s cemetery.

Newspaper reference to B.C. Whitney, Oct 24, 1888 Daily Illinois State Register (Springfield, Illinois) pg4.

B. C. Whitney and wife, of Athens, have gone home, accompanied by his sister, Mrs. Abbie Hewitt, who will make a short visit with them.
  • Census records.

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