Family:Whitney, Horace Kimball (1823-1884)
Horace Kimball9 Whitney (Newel Kimball8, Samuel7, Samuel6, Samuel5, Nathaniel4, Nathaniel3, John2, John1), son of Newel Kimball8 and Elizabeth Ann (Smith) Kimball. was born 25 Jul 1823, Kirtland, OH, and died 22 Nov 1884, Salt Lake City, UT.
He married firstly, 3 Feb 1846, Nauvoo, IL, Helen Mar Kimball. She was born 20 Aug 1828.
He married secondly, Oct 1850, Salt Lake City, UT, Lucy Bloxam. She was born 1832, and died Sep 1851.
He married thirdly, 1 Dec 1856, Mary Cravath. She was born 8 Sep 1838.
The subject of this sketch was the eldest child of Newel K. and Elizabeth Ann Whitney, and was born at Kirtland, Geauga County, OH, on the 25th of July, 1823. He early evinced a great love for books, and throughout his life was an almost incessant reader. His parents being well to do and desirous that their children should learn, he had ample opportunity to gratify his taste for reading, and even in his boyhood became quite a prodigy among his mates, owing to his scholarly attainments. His anxious father, fearful that his son might injure his health by excessive study, would often take the light from his room at night, lest he should read after retiring. Horace at such times, with a Henry Kirke White persistency, would open his window, and thrusting his head and book out into the moonlight read on by Luna's pale beams until tired nature insisted upon repose. When Joseph Smith, the Mormon leader, founded at Kirtland schools for the study of ancient languages and science, Horace K. Whitney was in the front rank of pupils enrolled, and being an apt grammarian, with a prodigious memory and a quick intellect, soon acquired a proficient knowledge of Hebrew, Greek and Latin. He was also an expert mathematician. "Ask Horace," became a by-word among his companions in later years, whenever information was desired. They styled him "the walking dictionary." He was not only literary, but musical in his tastes. He sang melodiously, and played the flute like a master. Horace, in his early years, was very fond of manly sports; particularly swimming. Among his schoolmates was a larger boy who often played the bully, and was especially hard upon young Whitney, owing perhaps to his proficiency at school, which would naturally make him a favorite with his teacher, and consequently an object of dislike to envious companions. One day the boys were "in swimming," and Mr. Bully dove and did not come up again. General alarm prevailed, when Horace, who was an expert in the water, plunged in and rescued the drowning lad, whose head he found entangled in some ugly roots at the bottom of the deep millpond. It is perhaps needless to add that the gratitude of the rescued boy knew no bounds, and that he was the firm friend thereafter of the youth who had saved his life. Horace removed with his parents from Kirtland in the fall of 1838, and spent the ensuing winter at Carrolton, Greene County, IL; their journey to Missouri, whether the main body of their people had preceded them, being intercepted by the news of the expulsion of the Mormons from that state. In order to help support the family Horace applied to the trustees of the school district in which he resided for a situation as teacher. A mature age--say over twenty-one--was required in an applicant. He was in his sixteenth year, but was large of his age, and appeared somewhat older. Having answered every question satisfactorily to the examiners the chairman remarked, "I should take you to be about twenty-three, Mr. Whitney." "You needn't guess again," was the shrewd answer, and the young scholar was forthwith engaged. At Nauvoo, after the family removed to Illinois, Horace learned the printers' trade, and in Salt Lake Valley was among the force of compositors who, in 1850, set the first type for the Deseret News, which still lives, the oldest newspaper in the Rocky Mountains. Horace, as stated elsewhere, was with his people in their exodus from Nauvoo into the western wilderness. He was one of the original Mormon pioneers, who, on the 24th of July, 1847, entered the valley of the Great Salt Lake and founded on its desolate shores, since redeemed and made to blossom like an Eden in the desert, what is universally regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. His life here was peaceful and comparatively uneventful. He was a great lover of the drama, and for many years a member of the Deseret Dramatic Association, playing, on the local stage, purely for amusement, various parts, with recognized ability. He subsequently performed for several years in the Salt Lake theater orchestra. During almost his entire life in Utah he was a bookkeeper in the office of President Brigham Young, a situation which he held at the time of his death. He never aspired to official life, and as he grew older his love of quietude and distaste for publicity of any kind became more and more apparent. He was never so contented as when seated in his arm chair, devouring with eager mind Bulwer, Scott, Cooper, Dickens, Thackeray, or any of the great masters of literature, or applauding at the Temple of Thespis the efforts of genius before the footlights. Horace Kimball Whitney, an honest man, and a brilliant, though unassuming and unambitious spirit, died at Salt Lake City, UT, on the 22d of November, 1884; resided Nauvoo, IL, and Salt Lake City, UT.
Children of Horace Kimball9 and Helen Mar (Kimball) Whitney:
i. Helen Rosabell10 Whitney, b. 6 May 1847; d. 6 May 1847. ii. William Howard Whitney, b. 17 Aug 1848; d. 23 Aug 1848. iii. Horace Kimball Whitney, b. 1 Sep 1849; d. 1 Sep 1849. iv. Vilate Murray Whitney, b. 2 Jun 1853; d. 5 Feb 1870, Salt Lake City, UT, aged 16 years of lung fever. v. Orson Ferguson Whitney, b. 1 Jul 1855; m.(1) Zina Beal Smoot. vi. Elizabeth Ann Whitney, b. 27 Nov 1857; m. 9 Nov 1886, Robert T. Paton; resided 285 C St., Salt Lake City, UT.
- Ch.: Joseph Whitney, b. 24 May 1888; d. 13 Jul 1889.
vii. Ella Eliza Whitney, b. 22 Mar 1859; m. 14 Jan 1878, R. V. Decker, b. 4 Sep 1848; resided 18 E. No. Temple St., Salt Lake City, UT.
- Ch.: R. LeRoy, b. 5 Dec 1878; Mary G., b. 30 May 1886.
viii. Genevieve Whitney, b. 13 Mar 1860; m. 29 Dec 1886, Edward Lee Talbot, b. 25 Dec 1862; resided 285 C St., Salt Lake City, UT.
- Ch.: Edward Lee, b. 4 Dec 1887; Florence, b. 28 May 1890.
ix. Helen Kimball Whitney, b. 24 Mar 1862; m. 30 Oct 1863, George Taysum Bourne, b. 1 Sep 1857; resided Salt Lake City.
- Ch.: Helen Vilate, b. 15 Aug 1884; George Bradford, b. 30 Sep 1886; Genevieve, b. 27 Dec 1888; Horace K., b. 14 Jun 1891.
x. Charles Spaulding Whitney, b. 21 Nov 1864; d. 4 Aug 1886. xi. Florence Marian Whitney, b. 4 Apr 1867; m. 21 Sep 1887, Henry M. Dimoody, b. 4 Mar 1866; resided 326 S. 1st West St., Salt Lake City, UT; s. p. xii. Phebe Isabel Whitney, b. 24 Sep 1869; d. 23 Jul 1874.
Children of Horace Kimball9 and Lucy (Bloxam) Whitney:
xiii. Newell Kimball Whitney, b. 7 Sep 1851; d. 22 Sep 1851.
Children of Horace Kimball9 and Mary (Cravath) Whitney:
xiv. Horace Gibson Whitney, b. 6 Jan 1858; m. Marion M. Beatie. xv. Ella Eliza Whitney, b. 22 Mar 1859; m. Reuhe V. Decker. xvi. Emmaretta Smith Whitney, b. 23 Mar 1861; m. 24 Sep 1884, George D. Pyper, b. 21 Nov 1860; resided Salt Lake City.
- Ch.: Emmaretta, b. 3 Nov 1885; George Whitney, b. 6 Jul 1887.
xvii. Joshua Rodolphus Whitney, b. 8 Mar 1864; m. Emeline L. World. xviii. Laura Maria Whitney, b. 2 Dec 1865; m. 30 Apr 1888, William George Rynders, b. 26 Feb 1866; resided 26 E. No. Temple St., Salt Lake City.
- Ch.: Whitney, b. 13 Mar 1890.
xix. Lucy Helen Whitney, b. 4 Mar 1867; unmarried; resided Salt Lake City. xx. Elizabeth Sikes Whitney, b. 20 Dec 1870; d. 3 Aug 1872. xxi. Mary Linda Whitney, b. 17 Aug 1872; unmarried; resided Salt Lake City. xxii. Clark Lyman Whitney, b. 10 Jun 1874; unmarried; resided Salt Lake City. xxiii. Samuel Austin Whitney, b. 12 Feb 1877. xxiv. George Washington Whitney, b. 4 Jul 1878; d. 4 Sep 1878. xxv. Lafayette Talbot Whitney, b. 4 Jul 1878. xxvi. Harriett Whitney, b. 14 Apr 1883.
His son Samuel Austin Whitney may have been named for Samuel Austin, a religious poet of the 17th century.
8 8 Horace Whitney 27 M - Printer 150 Ohio Married in year Lucy A. 17 F - England Married in year
1505 8 Horace K. Whitney 37 M - Clerk $1000 $500 Eng. Helen W. " 32 F - N.Y. Violate M. " 7 F - Utah Attended school Orson T. " 4 M - " Attended school Eliz. A. " 3 F - " Genevieve " 2/12 F - " Mary " 22 F - N.Y. Horace S. " 3 M - Utah Ella Whitney 2 F - Utah
6 6 Whitney, Horace 46 M W Bookkeeper $10000 $2000 Ohio Male citizen over 21 -----, Mary 30 F W Keeping house New York -----, Horace 12 M W At School Utah Attended school -----, Eliza 11 F W At School Utah Attended school -----, Emma 9 F W At home Utah -----, Rodoff 6 M W At home Utah -----, Laura 4 F W At home Utah -----, Lucy 3 F W At home Utah -----, Hellen 41 F W Keeping house New York -----, Orson 15 M W At School Utah Attended school -----, Elizabeth 12 F W At School Utah Attended school -----, Jenove 10 F W At home Utah -----, Hellen 8 F W At home Utah -----, Charles 5 M W At home Utah -----, Florence 3 F W At home Utah -----, Phebe 9/12 F W At home Utah Born in Sep Orandle, Elizabeth 25 F W Domestic Servant Ohio
Horace K. WHITNEY 57 Self M M W OH Clerk In Office VT ME Helen M. K. WHITNEY 51 Wife F M W NY Keeping House VT NY Elizabeth WHITNEY 23 Dau F S W UT At Home OH NY Jennie B. WHITNEY 20 Dau F S W UT At Home OH NY Helen K. WHITNEY 18 Dau F S W UT At Home OH NY Charles S. WHITNEY 16 Son M S W UT Works At House OH NY Florence WHITNEY 13 Dau F S W UT At Home OH NY
Mary WHITNEY 41 Self F M W NY Keeping House MA MA Horace G. WHITNEY 21 Son M S W UT Clerk In Bank OH NY Emma L. WHITNEY 18 Dau F S W UT At Home OH NY Joshua R. WHITNEY 16 Son M S W UT Clerk In Store OH NY Lora M. WHITNEY 14 Dau F S W UT OH NY Lucy ?h. WHITNEY 13 Dau F S W UT OH NY Mary L. WHITNEY 8 Dau F S W UT OH NY Clark WHITNEY 6 Son M S W UT OH NY Austin WHITNEY 3 Son M S W UT OH NY Lafayette WHITNEY 1 Son M S W UT OH NY
- All data imported from Frederick Clifton Pierce, The Descendants of John Whitney, Who Came from London, England, to Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1635, (Chicago: 1895), pp. 602-603.