Family:Whitney, David Victory (1838-1882)

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Dr. David Victory8 Whitney (David7, Jonathan6, David5, Jonathan4, Jonathan3, Benjamin2, John1), son of David7 and Elizabeth Smith (Granger) Whitney, was born 5 May 1838, Canisteo, NY, and died 17 Sep 1882, Saint Edward, NE.

He married 19 Apr 1877, Carbon Co., WY Territory, Ellen M. Ralston. She was born about 1846, PA, and died after 1880.

Dr. David V. Whitney was born in Canisteo, NY, 5 May 1838. He read medicine with Dr. C. E. Parker, of Beardstown, IL, and took the degree of M.D. in St. Louis early in 1862. Immediately on receiving his degree he was appointed assistant surgeon in the Missouri state militia - a body of troops in the service of the United States government in the state of Missouri - and about three months afterward was promoted to surgeon of the regiment commanded by Colonel George H. Hall, of Saint Joseph, now of Deadwood, SD. This regiment participated in the second battle of Springfield, MO, and Dr. Whitney was director of the Central General hospital of Missouri, located at that place. In 1863 he accompanied his regiment to Sedalia, MO, and while there resigned his commission in the army and was appointed assistant surgeon in the U.S. Navy. After serving about three years, mostly in the gulf ports, he left the service of the government. A natural disposition to roam, increased by his government service took him west, and in 1886 he went to Helena, MT, with a mule train, starting from Atchison, KS. After various adventures there he started alone down the Missouri river, making short stops in the scattered settlements and among the different tribes of Indians then living in those regions, and reached Kansas City in the summer of 1868. After practicing medicine for the next two years in Marmaton and Sedgewick, KS, he again went west and lived a life of adventure in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah, as miner, prospector, deputy U.S. marshal, and whatever else fell in with his roving inclinations. He finally settled down to the practice of his profession in Wyoming; was appointed physician to the company operating the coal mines of the Union Pacific Rail Road, and was elected member of the Wyoming legislature. He married here and in 1878 moved to St. Edward, NE, where he established himself in the practice of medicine, and died there 17 Sep 1882. He was a man of brilliant natural endowments and excellent acquirements, but of eccentric habits; resided St. Edward, NE.

Children or stepchildren of David Victory8 Whitney, full parentage unknown:

i. Violet E.9 Whitney, b. ca. 1870, PA.
ii. Carrie M. Whitney, b. ca. 1873, NE.

Children of David Victory8 and Ellen (Ralston) Whitney:

iii. Elizabeth Bessie Whitney, b. ca. 1878, WY Terr.; resided Columbus, NE.
iv. David R. Whitney, b. Jan 1880, NE.

Census

1617 1617 Charles E. Parker 48 M - Physician 5000 5000 New Hampshire Ann R. " 34 F - Mich. Catharine " 13 " - Mass. Attended school William E. " 9 M - " Attended school D. Vic Whitney 22 " - Student N.H.

44 43 David V. Whitney 30 M W Physician $500 Illinois Male citizen over 21

David W. WHITNEY 42 Self M M W NY Physician MA MA Ella M. WHITNEY 34 Wife F M W PA Keeps House PA PA Violet E. WHITNEY 10 Dau F S W PA At Home NY PA Carrie M. WHITNEY 7 Dau F S W NE At Home NY PA Elizabeth E. WHITNEY 2 Dau F S W WY T. At Home NY PA David R. WHITNEY 5M Son M S W NE At Home NY PA Samuel DAVIS 22 Oth M S W WI Clerk In Drug & Shoe Store IL IL James MUNGER 27 Oth M S W WI Hardwareman NY SCO

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