Family:Whitney, Aaron Leech (1849-1887)

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Aaron Leech8 Whitney (Isaac7, Aaron6, Benjamin5, Joshua4, Cornelius3, Joshua2, John1), son of Isaac7 and Betsey Elizabeth (Nason) Whitney, was born 15 Jun 1849, French Creek, NY, and died 13 May 1887, Mina, NY. He was buried in West Mina Cemetery, Mina, NY.[1]

He married firstly, about 1871, Sarah Ellen -----. She was born about 1854, NY, and died after 1881. See Notes below.

He married secondly, 11 Sep 1886, Findley Lake, NY, Minnie E. Rockwell,[2] daughter of Horace Newton and Sybil Elizabeth (Conn) Rockwell. She was born 24 Jul 1867, PA, and died 4 Jun 1955, Waterford, PA. She married secondly Albert Bemus.

Administration on his estate was granted 1 Aug 1887 to his father Isaac Whitney of French Creek. His kindred were listed as:[3]

Minnie Whitney, widow, French Creek, N.Y., aged 18 years.
Oliver Whitney, son, French Creek, N.Y., aged 15 years.
Ameralia Whitney, daughter, Greenfield, Pa., aged 11 years.
Elnora Whitney, daughter, North East, Pa., aged 8 years.
Ora Whitney, son, Greenfield, Pa., aged 6 years.
Aurora M. Whitney, daughter, French Creek, N.Y., 15:33, 27 January 2021 (CST)~ [assuming same as preceding].

Children of Aaron Leech8 and Sarah Ellen (-----) Whitney:

i. Oliver DeForest9 Whitney, b. ca. 1872, NY; d. aft. 1900; res. French Creek, NY, in 1887.
ii. O'Neilia Whitney or Ameralia, b. ca. 1876, NY; res. Greenfield, PA, in 1887.
iii. Elnora Whitney, b. ca. 1879, NY; d. aft. 1887; res. Northeast, PA, in 1887; m. ----- Gardner.
iv. Ora Manley Whitney, b. 18 Feb 1881; d. aft. 1887; res. Northeast, PA, in 1887.
v. Aurora M. Whitney, b. [ca. 1881]; d. aft. 1887; res. French Creek, PA, in 1887.

Children of Aaron Leech8 and Minnie (Rockwell) Whitney:

i. Katherine9 Whitney, b. 7 Nov 1887, French Creek, NY; d. 24 Nov 1946, Erie, PA.


It seems possible that his first wife Sarah Ellen was identical to Sarah Ella Whitney, born about 1854, Chautauqua Co., NY, died after 1870, daughter of Cornelius and Mary E. (Knowles) Whitney.


25 Framed $50 24 Aaron Whitney 25 M - ---- Chaut. m Farming - 1 - - 1 - Sarah Whitney 21 F - Wife Chaut. m - Oliver Whitney 3 M - Son Chaut. s -

Aaron WHITNEY 30 Self M M W NY Farmer NY NY Sarah Ellen WHITNEY 26 Wife F M W NY Keeping House PA NY Oliver D. WHITNEY 8 Son M S W NY NY NY O'Neilia WHITNEY 4 Dau F S W NY NY NY Elnora WHITNEY 1 Dau F S W NY NY NY

Albert Bemis M 23 - U.S. C. Farmer Affie Bemis F 16 - U.S. C. Minnie Bemis F 24 - U.S. C. Katie Whitney F 5 - U.S. C.

127 130 Whitney Oliver Head W M Apr 1872 28 sgl New York New York New York Farmer, Owns mortgaged farm

512 516 Bemus Albert Head W M Nov 1869 20 mar 9 New York New York Vermont Day laborer, Rents house -----, Minnie Wife W F Jul 1867 32 mar 9 2ch 1liv Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Whitney, Kate SDau W F Nov 1887 12 sgl New York New York Pennsylvania At School


  • Census records.

1.^  Find A Grave Memorial #10398708, Aaron Leach Whitney.

2.^  New York State, Marriage Index, 1881-1967, from

3.^  New York, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1659-1999, Chautauqua Co., Proceedings of Administratons, vol. 7, p. 59, from

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