Family:Whitney, Geordie Z. (c1855-1889)

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Geordie Z.9 Whitney (Aaron T.8, Joseph7, Elisha6, Samuel5, William4, Nathaniel3, John2, John1), son of Aaron T.8 and Philistia (Wheeler) Whitney, was born about 1855, Lorain Co., OH, and died May 1889, Springfield, MO.

He, "of Springfield, MO," married, 14 Apr 1886, Boston, MA, Victoria Geraldine Conkling, of St. Louis, MO, daughter of David and Cynthia A. (Hill) Conkling.[1] She was born about 1857, Havana, NY, and died 25 Jan 1926, New York, NY, aged 80 years. The marriage was also recorded 20 Aug 1885, St. Paul, MN.[2]

His will left his entire estate to his wife, who was made executor.

University of Missouri School of Mines, Catalogue 1883/1884: "Geordie Z. Whitney, A. M., LL. B. (Univ. Mich.), Professor of Mathematics, and Secretary of the Faculty. Victoria G. Conkling, Assistant in Preparatory Department, and Recording Secretary. Prof. Geordie Z. Whitney, Librarian."

Ann Gordon, ed., The Selected Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, p. 20:

"Victoria Geraldine Congking Whitney (c.1857-?), a delegate from the Missouri Equal Suffrage Association and a member of the Resolutions Committee, would soon be at the center of dispute between rival suffrage associations in the state. She was brought to Missouri from Ohio by her widowed mother in the 1870s. An early start as a teacher culminated in a year as a professor at the Missouri School of Mines in Rolla. There she met Professor Geordie Z. Whitney, a graduate of Oberlin College and the University of Michigan. After their marriage in Boston in 1886 and several cross-country trips in search of good health, the Whitneys settled in Springfield, Missouri, just before G. Z. Whitney's death in May 1889. In her widowhood, Victoria Whitney trained for the law, helped by older brothers who practiced law in Missouri and Kansas. By one account, she was first admitted to the bar in Kingman, Kansas, where Lucius Conkling practiced. Reports of her birth vary widely; the year given here is derived from her marriage registration that gives her age as twenty-nine. (Anne Andre Johnson, Notable Women of St. Louis, 1914 [St. Louis, 1914]; The History of Pettis County, Missouri, Including an Authentic History of Sedalia [N.p., 1882], 581; Rolla New Era, 1, 22 September 1883, 28 March 1885, 19 May 1888; Registration of marriage, Boston, April 1886, vol. 372, p. 50, Massachusetts Archives; Will of Geordie Z. Whitney, Greene County Archives and Records Center, Springfield, Mo.; St. Louis city directory, 1896; with research assistance from Melody Lloyd and Sherry Mahnken, Missouri University of Science and Technology.)"

She was admitted to the Bar of Kansas in 1892. She was a practicing member of the Bar in Missouri, and lived in St. Louis from 1899 through 1920. She was an advocate of female suffrage as early as 1896.

Children of Geordie Z.9 and Victoria Geraldine (Conkling) Whitney, if any, unknown.

Census

Aaron WHITNEY 65 Self M M W VERMONT Farmer --- --- Phylista WHITNEY 50 Wife F M W NEW YORK Keeping House VT VT Mikaill C. WHITNEY 29 Son M S W OHIO Student VT N.Y. Geordie Z. WHITNEY 23 Son M S W OHIO Student VT N.Y.

  • 1910, St. Louis Ward 17, MO: V. Alden Whitney, sister, 43, b. OH, attorney at law; in family of Thomas H. Conkling.
  • 1920, St. Louis Ward 23, MO: Victoria G. Whitney, sister, 45, b. OH, lawyer, general practice; in family of Thomas H. Conkling.

References

  • Census records.

1.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 372, page 50.

2.^  Minnesota, Marriages, 1849-1950, at FamilySearch.org.


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