Family:Whitney, Alonzo Delevan (1815-1889)
He married, 9 May 1847, Red Wing, MN, Rosetta M. Birdsey, daughter of Abel and Rachel (Miller) Birdsey. She was born 15 Jun 1820, Middlefield, CT, and died after 1909.
He was living in Minnesota, in Ap. 1875.
"Alonzo D. Whitney, another early settler of Red Wing, now deceased, was a native of Florida, Orange county, New York, born September 4, 1815. His parents, John and Susanna (Smith) Whitney, lived and died in New York state. Alonzo, after leaving school, took up the business of contractor and builder, and in 1857 came to Red Wing, when in the earliest days of its growth. His services were at once in demand, and many of the early dwellings in this city were erected under his supervision. Soon, however, came the rumors of the disruption of the North and South, and Mr. Whitney raised and drilled a company, but was barred from enlisting on account of the age limit. The Brooklyn Light Guard, of which he was a member, afterward attained distinction on many a bloody field of carnage. Although too old to enlist, the services of Mr. Whitney were highly valued, and in 1861 he was called to Mount City, Ill., where for some four years he was employed by the government in the navy yard. In May, 1865, he returned to Red Wing and took up his business, continuing same until 1871, when he was afflicted with a stroke of paralysis, after which he was an invalid for seventeen years, his death resulting January 26, 1889. Mrs. Whitney is living at the age of eighty-nine years, but since last July (1908) she has been in poor health as the result of a stroke of apoplexy. Mrs. Whitney was born in Middlefield, Conn., June 15, 1820, and was married May 9, 1847, her maiden name having been Rosetta Birdsey. This union was blessed with four children. Henrietta, born September 14, 1848, died August 13, 1855. Edgar Alonzo, born August 31, 1850, died July 14, 1853; Emma was born May 4, 1855. May, born September 18, 1858, died December 14, 1859. All the children were born in Brooklyn except May, who was born in Red Wing. Alonzo R. Brink, whom Emma Whitney married December 7, 1880, is a well-known Red Wing contractor and builder. He was born in Easton. Pa., July 21, 1852, son of Mahlon and Ann (Casely) Brink, both now deceased. Mr. Brink is a Republican in politics, and a Mason in fraternal affiliation. For two terms he has served on the city council. Mrs. Brink, who is much interested in historical matters, has preserved her father's papers, and has many interesting letters written during war times, which throw much light on the events of those stirring days."
Children of Alonzo Delevan7 Rosetta M. (Birdsey) Whitney:
i. Henrietta8 Whitney, b. 14 Sep 1848, Brooklyn, NY; d. 13 Aug 1855, Brooklyn, NY. ii. Edgar Alonzo Whitney, b. 31 Aug 1850, Brooklyn, NY; d. 14 Jul 1853, Brooklyn, NY. iii. Emma A. Whitney, b. 4 May 1855, Brooklyn, NY; m. 7 Dec 1880, Red Wing, MN, Alonzo R. Brink, b. 21 Jul 1852, Easton, PA, son of Mahlon and Ann (Casely) Brink. iv. May Whitney, b. 18 Sep 1858, Red Wing, MN; d. 14 Dec 1859, Red Wing, MN.
444 Frame $3000 1023 Samuel D. Neaca 43 M - - Columbia 1 - 11 Dry Goods 1 - - - - - - Elizabeth Do 37 F - Wife Conn. 1 - 11 - - - - - - - - Alma Do 17 F - Dau Lewis - - 11 - - - - - - - - Rosetta Do 13 F - Dau Do - - 11 - - - - - - - - William Do 4 M - Son Kings - - 4 - - - - - - - - 1024 Alonzo I. Whitney 40 M - - Orange 1 - 18 H. Carpenter 1 - - - - 1 - Rosetta Whitney 34 F - Wife Conn. 1 - 18 - - - - - - - - Henreeta Whitney 6 F - Dau Kings - - 6 - - - - - - - - babe Whitney 2m F - Dau Do - - 2m - - - - - - - - 1025 Charles Beck 24 M - - Cannada 1 - 7 Mason - 1 - - - - - Mary Do 22 F - Wife N.Y. 1 - 12 - - - - - - - - Eva Do 1 F - Dau Kings - - 1 - - - - - - - - Jane Do 14 F - Sist Canada - - 5m - - - 1 - - - -
171 167 A. D. Whitney 44 M - Carpenter & joiner $1000 $300 N.Y. Rosetta M. " 39 F - House Keeper Conn. Emma " 5 F - N.Y.
67 72 Whitney, Alonzo D. 54 M W Carpenter & Joiner $3000 $500 New York Male citizen over 21 Rosetta M. 49 F W Keeps House Connecticut Whitney, Emma A. 15 F W At Home Nwe York Attended school
A.D. WHITNEY 64 Self M M W NY At Home NY NY R.M. WHITNEY 59 Wife F M W CT Keeping House CT CT Emma WHITNEY 25 Dau F W NY School Teacher NY CT
- Census records.
- Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge, ed., History of Goodhue County, Minnesota (Chicago: H.C. Cooper, 1909), p. 687.