Family:Whitney, Ephraim Hildreth (1813-1892)

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Rev. Ephraim Hildreth8 Whitney (William7, Samuel6, Abner5, John4, Isaiah3, Thomas2, John1), son of William7 and Olive (Parlin) Whitney, was born 30 Dec 1813, Freeman, ME, and died 14 Jan 1892, St. Cloud, MN.

Marriage intentions were published 20 Jun and 6 Jul 1848, Carmel, ME, for him "of Carmel" and "Miss" Jane Hunt "of Maine Plantation".[1] He married, 25 Jul 1844, East Branch, ME, Jane H. Hunt. She was born 2 Jan 1825, Carthage, ME. She married secondly, 1893, George L. Cooper. She resided 1001 10th Ave., south, Saint Cloud, MN.

He was born in Freeman, ME, but soon moved to Corinth with his parents. He attended school at Charleston in his earlier manhood. His attendance was somewhat irregular from the fact that his services were required by his father -- he being the oldest boy -- who was in poor health. Ephraim began teaching on attaining his majority, and while so engaged attended a religious revival at Corinth conducted by Rev. George Pratt, of the Maine conference, and experienced religion. At first he was a Universalist but later joined the Methodists, first as an exhorter and finally as a local preacher. He received his certificate at West Hamden, CT, 19 Apr 1840, from Presiding Elder Husten. He joined the Maine conference and was granted a certificate as deacon in 1844, two years later Bishop Beverly Waugh appointed him elder. The first year of his labors was in connection with A. F. Soule on the circuit above Oldtown. The next year he traveled as a missionary on what was then called Aroostook, an extent of sparsely settled country, so much so that he made his appearance at the first appointment only once afterward, and that was when on his way to conference. He was one of the preachers whose lot fell to the East Maine conference. He labored at the following places, Corrinna, Dover, Atchison, Bear Hill, Kirkland, Lincoln, North Bangor (now Viezie), Upper Stillwater, and Brewer -- a new church and good revival at the latter place. He located at the conference held at Bucksport. At the close of that conference year went west; located at Clearwater, MN; preached every Sunday during the time of his stay. Grasshoppers took everything he put on the land which he had taken there and he went in the spring to Kingston, Meeker County, and ran a grist mill for A. P. Whitney until the latter sold out and went to California. After that ran the same mill for Hiram Hall. He was appointed postmaster, which office he held during the Indian outbreak and at the close of the war he removed back to Clearwater, sold his place there and put the money into a grist mill in company with James Campbell, where after two years his health broke down and he took a homestead at a place in the timber country, in Benton County, which name he gave, and it was organized as the town of Glendorado. All of the places named received first of all his labors for Christianity and the public school cause. At this latter place his health broke down to such an extent he gave his business and place into the hands of his son Melville Clement. His daughter Clara bought a residence in the city of Saint Cloud for a home for her parents, and there in a pleasant, restful home he finished his course in peace, under the preaching of Methodist doctrine, and in the church which he never ceased to love. Conscious to the very last, only the pain of parting with wife and children disturbed his closing hour. The last words uttered were, "All things work together for good to them that love God." He resided Freeman, ME, and Saint Cloud, MN 1001 10th Ave., south.

Rev. E. H. Whitney, was a minister, 14 Nov 1847, Etna, ME.[2]

Children of Ephraim H.8 and Jane H. (Hunt) Whitney:

i. Ella M.9 Whitney, b. 24 Sept. 1849, Veazie, ME; d. 6 Oct 1849, Veazie, ME; buried in Fairview Cemetery, Veazie, ME.[3]
ii. Emma A. Whitney, b. 24 Sept. 1849, Veazie, ME; d. 9 Oct 1849, Veazie, ME; buried in Fairview Cemetery, Veazie, ME.[4]
iii. Allison O. Whitney, b. 16 Dec 1852; m. Eupheuse Jane Wright.
iv. Jane Nizolla Whitney, b. 30 Sep 1857; m. 30 Sep 18--, George E. Lewis; resided Bismarck, ND. Children:
a. Eddie Burbank Lewis, b. -----.
b. Frank Allison Lewis, b. -----.
v. Melville C. Whitney, b. 23 Oct 1858; unmarried; resided Hope, ND. He is supt. of schools there.
vi. Clara Electa Whitney, b. 27 Mar 1860; resided Bismarck, ND.
vii. Osmo Cady Whitney, b. 2 May 1862; d. 26 Nov 1881.
viii. Libby Lestina Whitney, b. 3 Jul 1867; m. 1 Nov 1883, Charles S. Allen; resided Saint Cloud, 1001 10th Ave., south. Children:
a. Warren Hildreth Allen, b. 11 Feb 1885.


2388 2436 Harriette N. Clement 32 F - Me. Melville " 4 M - " Ephraim Whitney 35 " - Meth. Clergyman " Lucy " 24 F - "

Here "Lucy" is apparently an error for "Jane".

19 15 Ephraim H. Whitney 45 M - M. E. Clergyman $500 $35 Maine Jane H. " 34 F - " Allison " 8 M - " Attended school Lydia J. Whitney 3 F - Maine Attended school Melville C. " 2 M - " Clara L. " 2/12 F - "

23 23 Whitney, Eph. 51 M W Clergyman $550 Maine Male citizen over 21 -----, Jane 47 F W Keeping house Maine -----, Alison 18 M W Works on homestead Minna. Attended school -----, Jennie 13 F W At home Minna. Attended school -----, Clara 10 F W Minna. Attended school -----, Melvin 11 M W Minna. Attended school -----, Kady 7 M W Minna. Attended school -----, Lestie 2 F W Minna.

Ephraim WHITNEY 67 Self M M W ME Farming --- --- Jane H. WHITNEY 56 Wife F M W ME Keeping House ME ME Osmer WHITNEY 16 Son M S W MN Farming ME ME Lester WHITNEY 12 Dau F S W MN At School ME ME

  • 1880, son Melville and daughter Clara not found.


1.^  "Ephraim H. Whitney of Carmel and Miss Jane Hunt of Maine Plantation, intentions entered 20 June 1848 and published 6 July 1848," according to Mosher, Elizabeth M., comp., |Vital Records of Carmel, Maine Prior to 1892 (Rockport, ME: Picton Press, 1994).

2.^  Archive:Etna, Maine, Vital Records.

3.^  Fairview Cemetery, Veazie, ME.

4.^  Fairview Cemetery, Veazie, ME.

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