Family:Whitney, William Henry (1798-1868)

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William Henry6 Whitney (Henry5, Eliasaph4, Nathan3, John2, Henry1), son of Henry5 and Prudence (Gray) Whitney, was born 29 Jun 1798, Darien, CT, and died 15 Feb 1868, Moravia, NY.

He "of Great Barrington" married firstly, 24 Oct 1822, Sheffield, MA, Sophronia Trowbridge,[1] daughter of Daniel and Dorothy (Sheers) Trowbridge. She was born about 1804, Tully, NY.

He married secondly, about 1847, Yankee Springs, MI, Melissa Rogers, daughter of Jonathan and Nancy (Reynolds) Rogers. She was born 4 Oct 1824, Sempronius, NY, and died 1877. She was buried in Glenwood Cemetery, Homer, NY.

Phoenix says the following:

". . . a shoemaker; married Sophronia Trowbridge, of Sheffield, Mass., where he settled. He removed to Warsaw, NY, and thence to Michigan, where he dwelt in various places (among which were Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids), and finally settled, in 1850, at Moravia, NY, where he died 15 Feb 1868. He married (2d), at Yankee Springs, MI, Melissa Rogers, born at Sempronius, NY, 4 Oct 1824, dau. of Jonathan and Nancy (Reynolds) Rogers. She now lives at Seneca Falls, NY, a widow."

Children of William Henry6 and Sophronia (Trowbridge) Whitney:

i. George7 Whitney, b. 7 Nov 1823, Great Barrington, MA; m.(1) Catharine McCrary; m.(2) Emma -----.
ii. Elizabeth Ann Whitney, b. 1826, Sheffield, MA; d. 10 Dec 1896, Fitchburg, MA, aged 70 years 3 months 18 days, of malignant abdominal tumor;[2] m. 3 Jan 1856, New York, NY, Henry Augustus Hale, son of Samuel and Salome (Whitney) Hale, of Fitchburg, MA; b. 13 May 1825, Fitchburg, MA. They dwelt in Noble Street, and at 1207 Mt. Vernon Street, Philadelphia, PA, in 1859 and 1860; at Keene, NH, in 1861 and 1862; and since that, in New York and Brooklyn, with residence (in March 1874) at 318 Adelphi Street, Brooklyn, and place of business at 306 Pearl Street, New York.
iii. Eliza Amelia Whitney, b. 20 Oct 1829, Chili, NY; m. ----- Sherm, who served and died in the war of 1861. She was last heard from in Detroit, MI.

Children of William Henry6 and Melissa (Rogers) Whitney:

iv. Emma Adelia7 Whitney, b. 10 Jun 1848, Homer, NY; lived in Moravia, NY, unmarried, in 1874.
v. Frederick W. Whitney, b. 27 Mar 1850, Moravia, NY; d. 9 Jun 1859, Moravia, NY, and was buried there.
vi. Henry Morton Whitney, b. 16 May 1851, Moravia, NY; m. Anna M. -----.
vii. Lewis Richard Whitney, b. 22 Mar 1854, Moravia, NY; m. Emma E. Clark.
viii. William Whitney, b. 22 Dec 1855, Moravia, NY; d. 8 Jan 1858, Moravia, NY, and was buried there.
ix. Anna Whitney, b. 16 May 1860, Moravia, NY; lived at Scipio, NY, in 1874.
x. Eltie Greg Whitney, b. 10 Jun 1862, Moravia, NY; lived with her mother, at Seneca Falls, NY, in 1874.
xi. Ada Whitney, b. 23 Dec 1864, Moravia, NY; d. 22 Jun 1869, Moravia, NY, and was buried there.
xii. Grace Whitney, b. 17 Oct 1867, Moravia, NY; lived with her mother, at Seneca Falls, NY, in 1874.

Census

  • 1830, China, Genesee Co., NY: William H. Whitney, 1 male 50-59, 1 male 5-9, 1 female 20-29, and 2 females 0-9. Apparently his age was quite a bit overstated.
  • 1840: not found. There is a William Whitney and also a William Whiting in Warsaw, Genesee Co., NY, but neither has a family fitting that of this William H. Whitney, i.e., a son 16, and two daughters 14 and 10.
  • 1850, Moravia, Cayuga Co., NY:

63 63 Malissa Whitney 26 F - N.Y. William H. " 51 F - Shoe Maker Conn. [sic: should be M, not F.] Frederick W. " 1 M - N.Y. Emily E. " 3 F - "

133 William H. Whitney 53 M - - Mellissa Whitney 30 F - Wife M. A. D. Whitney 8 F - Chld Frederick M. Whitney 6 M - Chld Henry Whitney 4 M - Chld Richard L. Whitney 3 M - Chld

"M. A. D. Whitney" should be "Emma D. Whitney", and the "D." would probably be "Delia". The ages are slightly off.

768 821 Wm. H. Whitney 60 M - Shoe Maker $150 Mass. Melissa " 36 F - New York Emily A. " 13 F - " Attended school Henry " 9 M - " Attended school Lewis " 6 M - " Attended school Anna " 1 F - "

469 502 Whitney, Melissa 40 F W Keeping House $300 -- New York -----, Etta 9 F W " Attended school

510 546 Greenfield, Hiram 54 M W Farmer $2000 New York Male citizen over 21 -----, Lydia 51 F W Keeping House " -----, Julia 24 F W " -----, Hull 19 M W Law Student " King, Charles 19 M W Farm Laborer " Canavan, Andrew 20 M W " " " Father foreign born, Illiterate Whitney, Emma 19 F W Housekeeper " Rosekrans, Charles 17 M W Farm Laborer " Attended school

373 398 Dickerson, Maggie 28 F W Keeping House New York Parents foreign born -----, Charles 17 M W Farm Laborer " -----, Harvey 15 M W " Whitney, Gracie 3 F W "

  • 1870, Anna not found.
  • 1880, Melissa not found.

References

1.^  "William H. [Whitney], of Great Barrington, and Sophronia Trowbridge, m. 24 Oct 1822," according to Jay Mack Holbrook, "Massachusetts Vital Records, Sheffield" (Oxford, MA: Holbrook Research Institute, 1987).

2.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 465, page 615.


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