Family:Whitney, James (c1814-1864)

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James Whitney, parentage unknown, was born about 1814 (but ca. 1816 by 1850 census, and ca. 1821 by 1860 census), Bowdoin, ME, and died on board the transport Continental at sea on 14 February 1864 while on passage from New Orleans to New York. He was buried at sea.

He married firstly, about 1848, Mary J. -----, born about 1826, died about 1855.

He married secondly, 16 Aug 1855, or 26 Aug 1855, or 2 Sep 1855, Brunswick, ME, Mary A. Crips.[1] She was born about 1832, 1837, or 1831, ME, and died after 1866. She "Mrs." "of Bowdoin" remarried 3 Mar 1866, (int. 13 Feb 1866, Bowdoin, ME[2]) Isaac Crooker II, "of Boston, MA". She may be identical to Mary Ann Crips, daughter of David and Eliza (Wescott) Crips, born 21 Feb 1824, Brunswick, ME, and have understated her age on the census records.

He served in the Civil War as a Private in Company B, 15th Maine Infantry. He enlisted 1 Oct 1861, and was discharged 1 Feb 1861. He was born in Bodin (sic), Maine, was forty-seven years old, five feet ten inches tall, with a dark complexion, dark eyes, and dark hair. He had been a farmer before enlistment.

Children of James and Mary J. (-----) Whitney:

i. Sarah Whitney, b. ca. 1846, (probably Bowdoin), ME; d. between 1850 and 1864.
ii. Mary Jane Whitney, b. 1850, (probably Bowdoin), ME; living in Lisbon, ME, 1864.
iii. Stephen Henry Whitney, b. 14 May 1853, (probably Bowdoin), ME; living in Lisbon, ME, 1864.
iv. James William Whitney, b. 1855, (probably Bowdoin), ME; living in Bowdoin, ME, 1864.

Children of James and Mary (Cripps) Whitney:

v. Ida Marie Whitney, b. 29 Jun 1856, Bowdoin, ME; probably the Ida M. Whitney who m. 1 Nov 1883, Bath, ME, Warren C. Pushard.[3]
vi. Hiram E. Whitney, b. ca. 1858, Bowdoin, ME; d. bef. 1860.
vii. Susan Emma Whitney, b. 8 Jul 1860, Bowdoin, ME.

Census

2 2 James Whitney 34 M Labourer 50 Maine Mary J " 24 F " Sarah " 4 F " school Mary " 6M F "

513 510 J Whitney 39 M Laborer 30 20 Maine Mary " 28 F " Ida M. " 4 F " school Hiram E. " 2 M "

721 726 Benj. Card 57 M - Farmer $1500 $500 Maine Content " 59 F - " Wm. " 29 M - Mariner " Nathan " 21 " - Farmer " James " 13 M - " Attended school Sarah Whitney 15 F - " Attended school 727 Geo. Small 27 M - Carpenter " Abbie " 23 F - " Edward " 2 M - "

This is probably his daughter Sarah.

257 256 H. O. Carr 33 " - Farmer $2000 $100 Maine Susan E. " 23 F - " Martha " 60 " - " S. Whitney 6 M - " Attended school Elijah Potter 54 " - " $3000 $500 " Elizabeth " 44 F - " Simeon " 8 M - " " -- " Attended school Mary E. " 6 F - " Attended school John " 7 M - " Attended school Elizabeth " 6 F - " Attended school Josephine " 3 " - " O. Brobear 38 M - "

  • 1870 U.S. Census, Ward 2, Bath, Sagadahoc Co., ME, p. 9

64 64 Crooker, Isaac 40 M W Laborer ME Citizen over 21 Mary 33 F W Keeping house ME Susan 9 F W At home ME Attended school Ida 12 F W " ME Attended school James 28 M W Blacksmith ME Citizen over 21 Isabell 30 F W Keeping house $200 ME Judith 68 F W At home $550 - ME Lucretia 53 F W " ME

[Note: Susan and Ida are listed with surname Crooker, instead of Whitney]

321 392 Crooker, Isaac D. W M 54 Mar Laborer Maine Me Me Mary A. W F 49 Wife Mar Keeping house Maine Me Me Whitney, Ida M. W F 23 Daughter Sgl Servant Maine Me Me Susie E. W F 19 Daughter Sgl At home Maine Me Me Crooker, Lucy A. W F 8 Daughter Sgl At school Attended school Maine Me Me

  • 1880, children Sarah, Mary, Stephen, and James not found.

Notes

Tim Doyle wrote the following.

Searching for his parentage, it is found that in 1840, both Uriah Whitney and Samuel Whitney were in Bowdoin and had males of this age range.

1840 U.S. Census, Bowdoin, Lincoln Co., ME, p. 314
Uriah Whitney 0000100001000-1000010001000
Samuel Whitney 1000300001000-1010300001000

Uriah Whitney was the man of that name, b. 18 Apr 1813; "of Bowdoin" m. (int. 9 Jan 1836, Lisbon, ME), Caroline Tebbetts "of Lisbon". He was the son of Jonathan Whitney (s1764-a1813). See Family:Whitney, Jonathan (s1764-a1813) for more on this family. However, Uriah was the man in the 20-30 age bracket, so this was probably not our James.

Samuel Whitney was probably the man of that name, b. 12 Sep 1793, Bowdoin, Maine, son of Ebenezer-6 Whitney (Samuel-5, Samuel-4, John-3, Benjamin-2, John-1). See Family:Whitney, Ebenezer (1762-1849) for more on this family.

Although we can't yet be sure, I suspect there's a chance that James, b. ca. 1816, was a son of this Samuel Whitney. If so, his ancestry would be: James-8, (perhaps) Samuel-7, Ebenezer-6, Samuel-5, Samuel-4, John-3, Benjamin-2, John-1. If anyone has any additional information the family of this Samuel, please let us know.

References

1.^  "James Whitney, and Mary Crips, both of Brunswick, m. 16 Aug 1855," and "James Whitney, and Mary Cripps, m. 26 Aug 1855," according to Brunswick, Maine, Vital Records.

2.^  "Mary A. [Whitney], Mrs. of B.,and Isaac Crooker II of Boston, MA, int. Feb. 13, 1866," according to Rachel Townsend Cox, ed., Vital Records of Bowdoin Maine to the Year 1892, (Maine Historical Society, 1944).

3.^  "Ida M. [Whitney], and Warren C. Pushard, m. 1 Nov 1883," according to Bath, Maine, Vital Records.


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