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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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publication of the New York Mercury. He was well known to the citizens of New York and Brooklyn, and was born in Columbia county. Mr. WHITNEY went to New York in 1856, and the year following became associated in the management of the Sunday Mercury and New York Mercury with the present proprietor, the business association being continued until 1876. In that year failing health compelled his retirement from active pursuits, though he retained the presidency of the Harlem Bridge, Morrisania & Fordham Railway until the time of his decease. A man of remarkable business ability, enterprising and successful in whatever he undertook, it was a great hardship for Mr. WHITNEY to be laid aside by sickness while yet in the prime of his life; but he bore his sufferings uncomplainingly, and his courage and patience kept at bay for years the enemy to whom most other men would have suc- cumbed. In his declining years Mr. WHITNEY traveled extensively and was thus removed from the circle of his old friends and associates. In his travels he was accompanied by his devoted wife, with three children. Mr. WHITNEY leaves an estate which will handsomely provide for the future of his family. He resided on Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn and afterwards on 5th Ave., N. Y. City. He held polit- ical offices but rarely. He d. Litchfield, Conn., Aug. 23, 1884; res. Columbus Ave., cor. 76th St., New York City. 8262. i. HORACE PRATT, b. Oct. 10, 1866; unm.; res. Yonkers, N. Y., P. O. box 245. 8263. ii. GIRARD NELSON, b. Feb. 16, 1871; m. May 29, 1894, Emily Alwaise SPRATLEY; res. 60 W. 76th St., N. Y. C. 8264. iii. ANNIE RUTH, b. -----; res. 60 W. 76th St., N. Y. C. 5136. SAMUEL CURTIS WHITNEY (David, Elijah, Thomas, Thomas, Eleazer, Thomas, John), b. Westboro, Mass., Feb. 10, 1822; m. Nov. 25, 1847, Harriet Sophia PRENTICE, b. Grafton, Oct. 13, 1828; d. Feb. 15, 1892; res. Athol, Mass., P. O. Box 520. 8265. i. SAMUEL EDGAR, b. Nov. 4, 1848; d. Sept. 9, 1849. 8266. ii. ARTHUR WM., b. Sept. 4, 1850; m. -----. 8267. iii. ABBIE SOPHIA, b. Dec. 12, 1856. 8268. iv. ELMER CURTIS, b. Apr. 6, 1859; m. Anna E. DELRA 8269. v. HATTIE S., b. Apr. 1, 1868; m. Mar. 25, 1886, in Warwick, William L. HAYDEN, b. May 30, 1861; s. p.; res. Orange, Mass. 8270. vi. FRANK MELVIN, b. July 2, 1871. 5139. RUFUS HAYDEN WHITNEY (David, Elijah, Thomas, Thomas, Eleazer, Thomas, John), b. Westboro, Mass., Jan. 24, 1826; m. Apr. 7, 1844, in Thompsonville, Conn., Emily B. STEVENS. He was born in Westboro, Mass., and remained on a farm until thirteen years of age, then went into a provision and grocery store until seventeen, when he went to Boston with J. W. Blodget & Co., importers and wholesale dry goods jobbers. Remained with them four years, then went with White, Brown, Davis & Co.; worked on a salary for four years, then was taken in as a partner, and remained for six years, then went into business with two other gentlemen; name of firm, Whitney, Crain & Marr. They did the importing and jobbing business of dry goods and made lots of money and after that they lost heavily by the advance of gold and hard debts, and were obliged to compromise with their creditors. He then went with A. Hamilton & Co. at a salary of $8,000 per year as buyer both in Europe and here; in two years was taken in as partner. The big fire came and the loss was large and they lost all. After settling with their creditors, he went into his present business of commission broker and has done very well; has been in since 1879. He has always called Boston his home since 1849, still his family lived in Europe for several years and in New York for about two years, but his business has been in Boston all the time; res. Bos- ton, Mass., address 75 State St. 8271. i. HARRY F., b. -----; d. Bainbridge, Ga., Dec. 20, 1891. 8272. ii. LIZZIE H., b. -----. 8273. iii. HELEN M., b. -----. 8274. iv. KATE V., b. -----. 5141. GEORGE DAVID WHITNEY (David, Elijah, Thomas, Thomas, Eleazer, Thomas, John), b. Westboro, Mass., Sept. 11, 1828; m. in Hopkinton, Mass., June 10, 1862, Sarah J. GARFIELD, b. Upton, Mass., Oct. 2, 1831; res. Upton, Mass. 8275. i. GEORGE R., b. June 10, 1865. 8276. ii. CHARLES A., b. Dec. 20, 1867.
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