Family:Whitney, Rufus W. (1848-1935)

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Rufus W. Whitney (Royal) son of Royal and Lydia A. (Kirby) Whitney, was born 26 Sep 1848, IN, and died 20 Jun 1935, Alexandria, IN, aged 86 years 8 months 15 days, of accidental gas asphyxiation.[1] He was buried in Parkview Cemetery, Alexandria, IN.[2]

He married, 12 Sep 1871, Warren Co., OH, Phoebe Matilda "Tillie" Sharp,[3] daughter of Charles and Sarah (-----) Sharp. She was born Aug 1848, OH, and died 1934, Alexandria, IN. She was buried in Parkview Cemetery, Alexandria, IN.[4]

He received a pension for service in the Civil War as a Private, Co. G, 88th Indiana Infantry, beginning 31 Aug 1866.[5]

Children of Rufus W. and Phoebe Matilda (Sharp) Whitney:

i. (child) Whitney, b. say 1873; not in family 1880; deduced from 1900 census.
ii. Minnie M. Whitney, b. 17 or 18 Apr 1875, Lytle, OH; d. 2 Jul 1923, Alexandria, IN, aged 48 years 2 months 14 days, of mediastinal tumor of specific origin;[6] bur. Parkview Cemetery, Alexandria, IN;[7] m. 7 May 1895, Avilla, IN, William Henry Arnold, b. 28 Mar 1861, Avilla, IN, d. 13 May 1907, Jeffersonville, IN, son of Charles Henry and Clara T. (Dosch) Arnold, bur. Parkview Cemetery, Alexandria, IN.[8]
iii. Mary M. Whitney, b. Aug 1877, OH; "Maggie" m. 6 Jun 1900, Jay Co., IN, Oliver D. Reef, b. ca. 1873, IN, son of Jacob and Sarah A. (Wiest) Reef.[9]
iv. (child) Whitney, b. say 1879; not in family 1880; deduced from 1900 census.


Rufus WHITNEY 31 Self M M W IN Laborer --- NJ Phoebe M. WHITNEY 31 Wife F M W OH Keeping House NJ --- Minnie M. WHITNEY 5 Dau F S W OH IN OH Mary M. WHITNEY 3 Dau F S W OH IN OH George SHOEMAKER 44 BroL M W W NY Laborer --- --- Alfarata SHOEMAKER 10 Niec F S W OH At Home NY OH Thelbert SHOEMAKER 6 Neph M S W OH NY OH

42 45 Whitney, Rufus Head W M Sep 1848 51 mar 29 Indiana Ohio New Jersey Rents free house -----, Tilla T. Wife W F Aug 1848 51 mar 29 4ch 2liv Ohio New Jersey Ohio -----, Maggie Dau W F Aug 1877 22 sgl Ohio Ohio Indiana

  • 1910, Alexandria Ward 2, Madison Co., IN.
  • 1920, Alexandria Ward 3, Madison Co., IN.
  • 1930, Alexandria, Madison Co., IN.


  • Census records.

1.^  Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011, from

2.^  FindAGrave Memorial #14625904, Rufus Whitney.

3.^  Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013, at

4.^  FindAGrave Memorial #14625965, Phoebe M. Whitney.

5.^  United States Civil War and Later Pension Index, 1861-1917, at

6.^  Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011, from

7.^  FindAGrave Memorial #13861353, Minnie M. Whitney Arnold.

8.^  FindAGrave Memorial #31040878, Charles Henry Arnold.

9.^  Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007, at

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