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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)

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ranks among the young, active and successful forces of to-day, and enjoys many well deserved marks of public esteem and confidence. * * * His great-grand- father, Nathan WHITNEY, born in New England, Mar. 12, 1727, came from Watertown to Waltham, Mass., early in life, and, later, settled in Westminster. Nathan held a commission as captain under King George III., but resigned just before the war of 1774-78 and became an ardent patriot,. During the war of 1776 he had charge of a squad of Dutch (British) prisoners, who were quartered for the season in the old homestead in Westminster. Geo. Attended the district schools in Westminster and Worcester until 1856, when he was admitted to the Worcester academy. He enlisted as a pri- vate in Co. F, 51st Reg. Mass. volunteers, and served a part of the time as clerk in the provost-marshal's office at Beaufort, N. C., and was honorably discharged at the expiration of his term of service. The regiment was in active service in Virginia and North Carolina. He began business in 1866 in a single room, manufacturing val- entines and fancy articles from imported stock. Three years after, he bought out the stock and good will of Berlin & Jones, the largest manufacturers in this line in New York, and moved the whole business to Worcester. The house now employs over two hundred workmen and workwomen, and has its own departments for printing, box making and shipping, besides the designing and manufacture of the artistic feat- ures of the various publications by skilled workmen. The product is sold direct to jobbers in all parts of the Union, with branch offices at Chicago, New York and Bos- ton. Besides these business activities, Mr. WHITNEY has found time and enthusiasm for much private and public usefulness and philanthropy in the exercise of higher aims in life than mere money getting. He united with the First Baptist church of Worcester in June 1865, and has been the superintendent of its Sabbath-school since 1871. He has been an active member of the Young Men's Christian Association since 1864, and president of that organization in this city for four years, 1872-73 and 1885- 86. He also served as a member of the International Sunday-school Commit- tee from 1879 to 1883; on the State Executive Committee of the Y. M. C. A. from 1876 to 1883, and is a charter member of the Worcester Bap. City Mission Board, and has been its president since 1886. In the department of education he has, for ten or thirteen years, been a trustee of the Worcester academy, is the secretary of the board and member of the executive and investment committees. Always a straight Repub- lican, of strong anti-saloon, no license convictions, he has been modestly but ear- nestly identified with the cause of temperance reform, both as a citizen and a member of the city government. He was in the city council in 1883 and 1884, on the board of aldermen in 1888 and 1889 (also in 1890 and 1891). He has been for several years a trustee of the Home for Aged Women; {Hist. Of Worc. Co.}; res. 74 Elm St., Wor- cester Mass. 7589. i. MILA FRANCES, b. Apr. 6, 1871; m. June 2, 1892, Dr. Ray Wood- ville GREEN, res. 105 Pleasant St., Worcester. 7590. ii. FLORENCE ALLEN, b. Sept. 4, 1878. 7591. iii. WARREN APPLETON, b. Apr. 16, 1883. 4331. JOHN MILTON WHITNEY (Josiah, Josiah, Josiah, David, Benjamin, John, John), b. Ashby, Mass., Mar. 1, 1818; m. Mar. 24, 1840, Emma Augusta WILLARD, b. Oct. 15, 1814; d. Nov. 23, 1881. He was a manufacturer of organ keys. He d. June 3, 1886; res. Groton, Ashby and Boston, Mass. 7592. i. GEO. FRED'K, b. Nov. 20, 1841; m. Josephene I. BRYANT. 7593. ii. SARAH JANE, b. July 18, 1844; m. Lyman LAWRENCE; res. Lexing- ton, Mass. 7594. iii. CHAS. HENRY, b. June 28, 1848. 7595. iv. FRANK HERBERT, b. Dec. 24, 1851; address 1440 Washington St., Boston, Mass. 4333. JOSIAH DAVIS WHITNEY (Jonas P., Josiah, Josiah, David, Benjamin, John, John), b. in Ashby, Mass., Nov. 7, 1818; m. Dec. 5, 1842, Lucy D. CHAPIN, b. Dec. 21, 1818. He is a manufacturer of organ reeds; res. Brattleboro, Vt. 7596. i. JENNIE LUCY, b. June 13, 1844. 7597. ii. EDWIN DAVIS, b. Apr. 4, 1856; m. Apr. 27, 1881, Julia Spring BROOKS; res. Brattleboro, Vt. She was b. Mar. 22, 1857; Ch.: Harold Edward, b. Feb. 29, 1884; Edwina Augusta, b. Aug. 18, 1885; Alice Lucy, b. Apr. 5, 1887; Merrill Brooks, b. May 26, 1891. 4335. JONAS WHITNEY (Jonas P., Josiah, Josiah, David, Benjamin, John, John), b. Mar. 20, 1824; m. Apr. 11, 1850, Elizabeth Corey RICE, dau. of Silas of Ashburnham,

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