Family:Whitney, Jonas B. (1791-1857)

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Jonas B.7 Whitney (Jonas6, Samuel5, Nathaniel4, Nathaniel3, John2, John1), son of Dea. Jonas6 and Tamar (Houghton) Whitney; was born 20 Jun 1791, Marlboro, VT,[1] and died 29 Dec 1857, Milwaukee, WI. He was buried in Forest Home Cemetery, Milwaukee, WI.[2]

He married firstly, 6 Dec 1812, Marlboro, VT, Lovicey Houghton,[3] dau. of Capt. Nahum and Lovisa (Howe) Houghton. She was born 9 Jul 1793, Marlboro, VT, and died 31 Aug 1849, Milwaukee, WI. She was buried in Forest Home Cemetery, Milwaukee, WI.[4]

He married secondly, 23 Sep 1851, New Hartford, NY, Eleanor T. (Miter) Woodruff.[5] She was born 28 Dec 1801, and died 16 Nov 1861. She was buried in Forest Home Cemetery, Milwaukee, WI.[6] She had married firstly, Austin Woodruff.

They resided Marlboro, VT.

Jonas and Lovisy (Lovisa) had at least two children: Julia Maria Whitney (1818) and Elizabeth Hastings Whitney (1824). In 1826, Jonas moved his family to Syracuse, NY. Probably by 1835, they were in Springfield, IL, where his daughter, Julia, met and married Caleb Wall in June of 1836. After Caleb and his family moved to Milwaukee, Jonas and Lovisy moved there in early 1849. Unfortunately, Lovisy died soon after that.

Obituary/Newspaper, Milwaukee Daily Sentinel, Milwaukee, WI 1 Dec 1857 p. 1, col. 6 Jonas Whitney.:

""In each of these places he was well known as a man of sterling integrity and devoted piety. In Syracuse, he was connected with the Presbyterian Church of which Dr. Adams was pastor. He was elected Deacon by the Second Presbyterian Church in Springfield, and held the same office in Plymouth Church in this city. He was one of those men who neither church nor community can well afford to lose. If not a man of wealth, he was a man of worth. His influence was wide and beneficent; less noisy perhaps than that of some who accomplish but little, yet powerful in its very quietness. .... For some years his health had been feeble. He had suffered from paralysis more than once. His death finally occurred in less than an hour from the commencement of the attack."

Children of Jonas B.7 and Lovicey (Houghton) Whitney:

i. Alonzo Howe8 Whitney, b. 16 Apr 1816, VT; m. Mary Ann Kincaid.
ii. Julia Maria Whitney, b. 27 Nov 1818, Marlboro, VT; d. 6 Jun 1875, Milwaukee, WI; m. 15 Jun 1836, Springfield, IL, Caleb Wall.[7]
iii. Lucia Helen Whitney, b. ca. 1818; m. 22 May 1838, Sangamon Co., IL, Edward F. Olds.[8]
iv. J. Dewey Whitney, b. -----; d. 8 May 1858, Milwaukee, WI; bur. Forest Home Cemetery, Milwaukee, WI.[9]
v. Elizabeth Hastings Whitney, b. 2 Nov 1824, Brattleboro, VT; d. 16 Jul 1897, Lake Mills, WI; bur. Forest Home Cemetery, Milwaukee, WI;[10] m. 23 Jun 1841, Sangamon Co., IL, Isaac Pigeon Walker.[11]


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  • Census records.

1.^  Vermont, Vital Records Index, All Births.

2.^  Find A Grave Memorial #84544480, Dea. Jonas Whitney.

3.^  Vermont, Vital Records Index, Marriages.

4.^  Find A Grave Memorial #84544364, Lovisa Whitney.

5.^  Find A Grave Memorial #84544446, Eleanor T. Whitney.

6.^  New York Marriages, 1686-1980, from

7.^  Illinois, Compiled Marriages, 1791-1850, from

8.^  Illinois, Compiled Marriages, 1791-1850, from

9.^  Find A Grave Memorial #84544404, J. Dewey Whitney.

10.^  Find A Grave Memorial #147830597, Elizabeth Hastings Whitney Walker.

11.^  Illinois, Compiled Marriages, 1791-1850, from

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