Family:Whitney, William (c1819-a1870)

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William Whitney, parentage unknown (but see Notes below), was born circa 1819, MA, but said 4 Oct 1817, and died 1879, said 1 Oct 1879.[1] He was buried 3 Oct 1879, in Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, IN.[2]

He married, 5 Apr 1848, Highland Co., OH, Sarah Ann Scott, daughter of David and Ann McElfrish Hale (Cummins) Scott.[3] She was born circa 1827, MD, said 21 Jul 1826, Frederick Co., MD, and died after 1880.

Children of William and Sarah Ann (Scott) Whitney:

i. Harriet Whitney, b. 15 Oct 1849, Dayton, OH; d. 11 Jul 1924, Detroit, MI;[4] m. Frank Bird.
ii. Josephine Whitney, b. 25 Oct 1851, Columbus, OH; d. 7 Apr 1925, Grand Rapids, MI; m. Norton Edwards Alexander,[5] b. ca. 1846, IN. Children:
a. Fredrick Alexander, b. ca. 1872, IN.
iii. William S. Whitney, b. ca. 1862, OH; d. after 1880; m. 16 Aug 1882, Indianapolis, IN, Jessie Dumont.

Notes

A descendant of Harriet Whitney Bird has in her possession a family heirloom ring that is inscribed "Eliza M Whitney, obt. Jan 22, 1822 - AE* 32". This could be a clue as to who William's family might have been. According to this clue, it seems likely that the above William was a son of William7 and Sarah (Butler) Whitney of Boston. The elder William had a sister Betsey Marshall7 Whitney who was baptized 31 May 1789, Boston, MA, who is a likely candidate for "Eliza M Whitney" of the ring.

The following William Whitneys were born between 1817 and 1821 in MA, according to MA Vital Records to 1850 on NEHGS:

  • Charles William, s. Charles and Dolly, Aug. 25, 1817, Shirley. This William d. 1820.
  • William, s. Luke and Cyntha, Aug. 30, 1817, Gardner. He supposedly m. Caroline Pierce.
  • William, s. W[illia]m, parents both deceased, bp. Sept. 6, 1817. C. R. 6., Gloucester. Nothing is further known of this William.
  • William, s. Samuel and Fanny, Sept. 6, 1818, Shrewsbury. This William m. and res. Chicago.
  • William Michael, s. Michael and Nancy, June 12, 1820, Beverly. He m. Ann Augusta Morse, and res. Beverly, MA
  • William-Foster, s. William and Zilpah, Aug. 17, 1820, Northboro. He m. and res. Brooklyn, NY.

Census

Neil House 348 442 Killian Winne 49 M - Hotel Keeper $10000 N.Y. Semantha " 35 F - O. Sarah " 14 " - " Attended school Charles " 10 M - " Attended school Albert " 5 " - " Wm. Henry " 1 " - " Wm. Whitney 39 M - Hotel Keeper Mass. Sarah " 23 F - Md. Harriet " 1 " - O. Henry Haas 25 M - Saloon Keeper Germany Married in year ...

Note: William's age was either 39 or 30.

2872 2979 William Whitney 41 M - R.R. Conductor $300 Mass. Sarah 33 F - Md. Harriet 11 F - Ohio Josephine 9 F - Do Amelia Frailey 16 F - Ireland

943 993 Whitney, William 51 M W R.R. Agent Mass. -----, Sarah 42 F W Keep Boarding House Md. -----, Hattie 19 F W At Home Ohio -----, Josephine 17 F W " " -----, William 8 M W Atg. School " ...

Norton ALEXANDER 34 Self M M W IN R. R. Conductor IN IN Josaphine ALEXANDER 28 Wife F M W OH Keeping House MA MD Fredrick ALEXANDER 8 Son M S W IN At School IN OH Sarah WHITNEY 53 MotL F W W MD At Home IRE MD William Jr WHITNEY 18 BroL M S W OH Rr Clerk MA IN

143 145 Whitney, William S. Head W M Jun 1863 36 mar 20 Ohio Massachusetts Unknown Gen. Pass. Agt. R.R., Rents house -----, Jessie D. Wife W F Apr 1863 37 mar 20 2ch 2liv Indiana Indiana Indiana -----, Harry B. Son W M Apr 1883 17 sgl Indiana Ohio Indiana At school -----, J. Virginia Dau W F Oct 1886 13 sgl Illinois Ohio Indiana At school

References

  • Census records.

1.^  Cameron Maxwell Alexander Family Tree, a public tree at Ancestry.com.

2.^  Find A Grave memorial #46047519, William Whitney.

3.^  Cameron Maxwell Alexander Family Tree, a public tree at Ancestry.com.

4.^  Harriet Whitney Bird, "Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952", at FamilySearch.org.

5.^  Cameron Maxwell Alexander Family Tree, a public tree at Ancestry.com.


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