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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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He was born in Shelburne, Mass., Apr 27, 1832. While an infant his parents removed to western New York, and in 1845 to Madison, Ind. He received his edu- cation at Hanover College, Hanover, Jeff. Co., Ind., taking the degree of B.A., Sept.

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18, 1858. Taught school in Shelby Co., Ky., and Lafayette, Ind., for the next two years and in Sept, 1852, joined a party of civil engineers on the Ohio and Miss. Railway, and has practiced the profession of civil engineer ever since. Went to Missouri in May, 1856, and was assistant engineer on the Hannibal & St. Joseph, R.R. for two years. Married Nov 25, 1858, and went to Kansas City, Mo., July, 1860, when work was commenced on the west end of the Mo. Pacific Ry., and has made his permanent home in Kansas City ever since. Was city engineer of Kansas City in 1885-86, but his practice has been mainly in rail- way construction, in which he has filled all the positions from chairman to chief engineer, having served in the states of Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Loui- siana, Colorado and California and the territories of New Mexico and Arizona; res. Kansas City, Mo., 628 Harrison street. 9007. i. MARY, b. Aug 22, 1859; d. Nov 24, 1876. 9008. ii. BENJ. R., b. Feb 24, 1861; m. Lillian WHITE. 9009. iii. DAVID V., b. Dec 26, 1864; m. Minnie May SHIVELY. 9010. iv. LUCY GERTRUDE, b. Nov 28, 1867. 9011. v. PAUL, b. June 24, 1870. 9012. vi. ARTHUR AVERY, b. Mar 15, 1872. 9013. vii. MARI FRANCIS, b. Oct 22, 1875; res. Cassel, Germany, 1894. 9014. viii. MARY ELINOR, b. July 11, 1881. 9015. ix. BEATRICE FANNY, b. Aug 10, 1885. 9016. x. Four Others, d. in infancy. 6447. DR. DAVID VICTORY WHITNEY (David, Jonathan, David, Jonathan, Jona- than, Benjamin, John), b. Canisteo, NY, May 5, 1838; m. Ellen RALSTON. Dr. David V. WHITNEY was born in Canisteo, NY, May 5, 1838. He read med- icine with Dr. C.E. PARKER, of Beardstown, Ill., and took the degree of M.D. in St. Louis early in 1862. Immediately on receiving his degree he was appointed assistant surgeon in the Missouri state militia - a body of troops in the service of the United States government in the state of Missouri - and about three months afterward was promoted to surgeon of the regiment commanded by Col., Geo. H. HALL, of St. Joseph, now of Deadwood, S.D. This regiment participated in the second battle of Spring- field, Mo., and Dr. WHITNEY was director of the Central General hospital of Missouri, located at that place. In 1863 he accompanied his regiment to Sedalia, Mo., and while there resigned his commission in the army and was appointed assistant sur- geon in the U.S. navy. After serving about three years, mostly in the gulf ports, he left the service of the government. A natural disposition to roam, increased by his government service took him west, and in 1886 he went to Helena, Mont., with a mule train, starting from Atchison, Ka. After various adventures there he started alone down the Missouri river, making short stops in the scattered settlements and among the different tribes of Indians then living in those regions, and reached Kansas City in the summer of 1868. After practicing medicine for the next two years in Marma- ton and Sedgewick, Kan., he again went west and lived a life of adventure in Colo- rado, New Mexico and Utah, as miner, prospector, deputy U.S. marshal, and what- ever else fell in with his roving inclinations. He finally settled down to the practice of his profession in Wyoming; was appointed physician to the company operating the coal mines of the U.P.R.R., and was elected member of the Wyoming legislature. He married here and in 1878 moved to St. Edward, Neb., where he established him- self in the practice of medicine, and died there Sept 17, 1882. He was a man of brilliant natural endowments and excellent acquirements, but of eccentric habits; res. St. Edward, Neb. 9017a. i. ELIZABETH BESSIE, b. -----; res. Columbus, Neb. 6449. CHARLES EDWARD WHITNEY (Elias, Jonathan, Elias, Elias, Jonathan, Benjamin, John), b. Oct 24, 1836; m. Sept 13, 1859, Mary Elizabeth ONION, b. Apr. 30, 1840.

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