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The Descendants of John Whitney, Who Came from London, England, to Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1635, by Frederick Clifton Pierce (Chicago: 1895)

Transcribed by the Whitney Research Group, 1999.

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4340. ix. MILO, b. May 16, 1884; m. Malincha HOOK; res. 73 Warren ave. Boston, Mass. 4341. x. JULIUS, b. May 28, 1836; m. Harriett A. DOWNE and Mary J. WHITNEY. 2080. JOHN BEADON WHITNEY (Josiah, Josiah, David, Benjamin, John, John) b. Apr. 7, 1801; m. May 1, 1829, Harriett CUSHING; b. Nov. 15, 1803; d. July 11, 1875. He d. Aug. 26, 1882; res. Ashby and Fitchburg, Mass. 4342. i. JOHN C., b. Feb. 9, 1882; m. Mary W. PILLSBURY. 4343. ii. MARY JANE, b. Oct. 23, 1883; m. May 14, 1856, Augustus WELLINGTON; res. 195 Blossom St. Fitchburg. 4344. iii. FRANKLIN ISAAC, b. May 23, 1839; d. Dec. 10, 1855. 4345. iv. THEODORE A. b. Apr. 29, 1830; m. Laura W. MILLER 4346. v. MARCUS MORTON, b. Feb. 1, 1843; d. Apr. 18, 1843. 4347. vi. CHARLES E., b. Mar. 16, 1837; m. Lydia A. DIX. 2083. WILLIAM WHITNEY (Josiah, Josiah, David, Benjamin, John, John), b. July 20, 1798, in Lincoln, Mass.; m. Dec. 23, 1823, Fanny LINCOLN; b. Sept. 26 1808; d. Aug. 5, 1888. William WHITNEY, Ashby's oldest townsman and the most aged man who ever resided there, passed away Sept. 4, 1894, quietly and painlessly, after a short illness, at the advanced age of 96 years, his birthday having been celebrated within a few weeks, when he was able to be about and join heartily with story and anecdote in the jollity of the occasion. He was always exceedingly fond of hunting, trapping and fishing, and his anecdotes of experiences while enjoying the sport have been a source of pleasure to young hearers many a time. Mr. WHITNEY was a man of sterling integrity, upright, straightforward and sincere. As a neighbor, friend and townsman, a landmark almost (for the like old mountain near which he lived so long he had come to be a part of Ashby, known to and esteemed by every citizen), he will be missed. His race has been noted for its longevity, one of his sisters, Mrs. Oliver Kendall, having lived to be 97, and another Mrs Oliver Wheeler, reached the age of 93. He was born in Lincoln and when he was about seven years old, his parents moved to Ashby and located on a farm in the extreme western part of the town, under the shades of Watatic mountain. Some of his land extended to the summit of the mountain. William was the fifth of a family of seven children, there being three boys and four girls. He is the last of that family. In his boyhood days his father used to drive into Boston once a year, in the fall. It would take a day to make the journey, then one day would be spent in Boston marketing, etc., and the third day the return trip would be made. Most of Mr. WHITNEY's life has been spent in Ashby. He worked on his father's farm until he was 21. Then he learned the trade of shoe- making in New Ipswich, and worked for several years in the South Village. He afterward bought a farm, but has long resided in a neat, cosy-looking white cottage in the South Village, a short distance from the residence of the town clerk, Alonzo A. CARR, a son-in-law. His son, Myron W. WHITNEY, has long been regarded as the best bass singer in the world, and it is natural for Myron to have taste for music. He must have inherited it from his father, who led the singing in the Ashby Congre- gational church for a number of years. Long before the society bought an organ, Mr. WHITNEY played a bass viol in the church. Until recently he has often played on the harmonica at church sociables. His musical education was obtained at the village singing school, which held sessions during the winter. Mr. WHITNEY had to walk four miles to the school-eight miles in all-every time he attended. His memory was remarkable and he remembered seeing the troops march through the east end of the town on the way from Boston to Canada, during the war of 1812. Myron followed somewhat in his father's footsteps as regards his early musical train- ing, the foundation being obtained at the village singing school. He d. Sept 4, 1894; res, Ashby, Mass. 4348. i. MYRON, b. Jan. 11, 1825; d. Oct. 28, 1826. 4349. ii. HARRIETT FRANCES, b. Sept. 5, 1827; d. Nov. 26, 1841. 4350. iii. JOHN P., b. Mar. 6, 1831; m Jan 1, 1857, res. Ashby. 4351. iv. MYRON W., b. Sept. 6, 1836; m. Eleanor BREASHA. 4352. v. HARRIETT MARIA, b. Oct. 27, 1845; m. Jan. 12, 1870, Alonzo A. CARR; res. Ashby, Mass. He was b. in Hudson, Mass., June 7, 1836. Is town clerk. Ch.: Blanche L., b. Nov. 9, 1870; Bertha G., b. Nov. 12, 1872; Helen F., b. Aug. 27, 1874; Lawrence W., b. Aug. 23, 1876; Arthur W., b. Sept. 30, 1879; Myron A., b. July 20, 1886; d. Oct. 11, 1891.

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