Family:Whitney, Charles H. (1841-1871)

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Charles H.8 Whitney (David7, Isaac6, Abner5, Jonas4, Eleazer3, Thomas2, John1), son of David7 and Chloe H. (Farrington) Whitney, was born about May 1841, Brookline, MA, and died 31 Jan 1871, Brookline, MA, aged 29 years 8 months, of a bullet wound causing pulmonary consumption.[1]

He did not marry, but had a liaison with, Mary Ann Banks, daughter of William L. and Matilda (-----) Banks, of Hanover Co., VA.

He is listed in "Compiled Military Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served with the United States Colored Troops: Infantry Organizations, 36th through 40th (NARA Publications #M1933): Charles H. Whitney, age 22.

He is listed in "Individual Muster-In Roll of Co. --, 3rd Regiment North Carolina Colored Infantry." Aged 22 years, at Fortress Monroe, VA, 2 Jan 1864. "Joined for duty and enrolled Dec. 24, 1863, Norfolk, VA, 3 years." On the Company Muster-Out Roll, dated 11 Feb 1867, Raleigh, NC, in remarks: "Enlisted as Pvt, 1st M. V. at Boston Mass. May 23/61. [NOTE: The 3rd Regiment of N.C.C.T. was another name for the 37th Regiment of U.S.C.T.[2]]

He enlisted 24 Dec 1863 as Captain, Co. D, 37th Infantry U.S. Colored Troops, in the Civil War. Promoted to Brevet Major on 13 Mar 1865. Mustered out on 11 Feb 1867.[3] He was stationed in Fort Caswell, NC, in 1865.

He did not apply for a pension based on this service.

This record applies to him:

Name: Charles H Whitney Residence: Brookline, Massachusetts Occupation: Carriage Driver Age at enlistment: 20 Enlistment Date: 23 May 1861 Rank at enlistment: Private Enlistment Place: Brookline, MA State Served: Massachusetts Was Wounded?: Yes Survived the War?: Yes Service Record: Enlisted in Company A, Massachusetts 1st Infantry Regiment on 23 May 1861. Mustered out on 15 Jun 1863. Transferred to Company 2nd, U.S. Veteran Reserve Corps 2nd Co 2nd Infantry Company on 15 Jun 1863. Mustered out on 23 May 1864. Birth Date: abt 1841 Sources: Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors and Marines in the Civil War GAR Dept of Massachusetts 1866-1947 (Sargent)[4]

Charles H. Whitney applied 31 Mar 1870 for a pension as an invalid on service in Co. A., 1st Massachusetts Infantry, application #154,485, certificate #105,250.

He recruited William L. Banks, Mary Ann's father, into his company.

Child of Charles H.8 Whitney and Mary Ann Banks:

i. Charles Henry9 Whitney, b. 4 Sep 1864, Hanover Co., VA; d. 1948, Clearwater Beach, FL; m. several times.


He was not the same person as Charles Howard8 Whitney.

In 1998 his great-grandson gave his middle name as Henry.[5]


24 24 David Whitney 36 M - Farmer $1500 Vt. Chloe " 31 F - Mass. David " 13 M - " Attended school Charles " 9 M - " Attended school George " 4 M - " Attended school Aaron " 1 M - " 25 25 Isaac " 69 M - Farmer N.H. Polly " 65 F - "

  • 1860: not found.
  • 1860, St. Paul's Parish, Hanover Co., VA, p. 65/387:

478 478 W. Banks 61 M M Farmer $400 $300 Virginia Matilda " 40 F M " M. A. " 16 F M " Elizabeth " 14 F M " Rob. " 14 M M " Tho. " 4/12 M M " John Stevenson 48 M - Ditcher Ireland

"M. A." was Mary Ann Banks

659 902 Paige, John S. 52 M W Clerk in Saloon $500 New Hamp. Male citizen over 21 -----, Hannah A. 50 F W Keeps house Mass. -----, Albert S. 24 M W Clerk in Provision store Mass. Male citizen over 21 Whitney, Charles A. 30 M W Saloon Keeper Vermont Male citizen over 21 -----, Aaron D. 20 M W Clerk in Law Office Vermont -----, William H. 22 M W Clerk in Stable Mass. Male citizen over 21 Hartnett, May 18 F W Dom. Servt. Mass. Hobart, David J. 24 M W Machinist New Hamp. Male citizen over 21

Charles "A." Whitney was actually Charles H. Whitney. He was born in Brookline, MA, not Vermont, however.

Matilda BANKS 63 Self F W MU VA Keeping House VA VA Robt. BANKS 33 Son M D MU VA Farmer VA VA Charlie WHITNEY 15 GSon M MU VA At Home VA VA

This was his son.


  • Information from Marguerite Ann Gee, descendant of Charles Henry Whitney, 15 Aug 2011: "He fathered my Grandfather Charles Henry Whitney in 1864 with Mary Ann Banks in Hanover County Va. Where he recruited Mary Ann Banks father William L Banks for the USCT and he is my Great Grandfather (William Banks) Charles Henry Whitney (my grandfather) born in Hanover County Va on 4 Sept 1864 and died in 1948 in Clearwater Beach Pinellas Florida and is buried in the Military Cemetery."

1.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 239, page 266.

2.^  History of Company D, 37th U. S. Colored Troops.

3.^  Official Army Register of the Volunteer Force 1861-1865, Index to Compiled Military Service Records.

4.^  U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles,

5.^  E-mail 4 Jan 1998 from John Casey.

Copyright © 2011, Robert L. Ward and the Whitney Research Group.

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