Family:Whitney, George W. (1818-1896)

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George W.7 Whitney (Ebenezer6, Ebenezer5, Samuel4, John3, Benjamin2, John1), son of Ebenezer6 and Charlotte (Parker) Whitney, was born 16 Apr 1818, Whitney, NB, and died 18 May 1896, Stevens Point, WI.

He married firstly, Jul 1846, Whitney, NB, Jane Rogers, daughter of Anthony and Hannah (Adams) Rogers. She was born 6 Jul 1821, Whitney, NB, and died 10 Sep 1889, Stevens Point, WI.

He married secondly, 4 Jul 1891, Stevens Point, WI, Maria (Goodbody) Sivewright/Sevieright. She was born 19 May 1817, Mountmellick, Queens Co. (now Co. Laois), Ireland, and died 27 Sep 1904, Rhinelander, WI. She had married firstly Samuel Holmes Sievwright.

George built a sawmill on the Plover River, Stevens Point, WI.

His obituary, from the Stevens Point G., 20 May 1896:

"One of Wisconsin's pioneer lumbermen, Geo. Whitney, died at his home, 120 Franklin street, at twenty minutes after five o'clock last Monday morning, aged 78 years and one month. For the past two years Mr. Whitney had not enjoyed good health, suffering from the effects of the grippe, but was able to be out and around at all times and attend to his business interests. In the fall of 1879 he built a saw mill on the Plover river in the town of Pike Lake, Marathon county, and had resided there a good share of the time since. Three weeks ago Mr. Whitney drove to this city, feeling very poorly then, and until his death failed very rapidly. The deceased gentleman was born in Northesk, Northumberland county, New Brunswick, April 16th, 1818, where he lived for upwards of half a century. Twenty-seven years ago the family came to Wisconsin, first locating at Knowlton, where they remained seven years, and in 1875 or '76 moved to this city. Mrs. Whitney died six years ago last September. Ever since Mr. Whitney was a boy in his teens he followed the vocation of a woodsman and logger, his operations having been confined to the Plover river for the past 9 or 10 years. He possessed a remarkably rugged constitution and until within a couple of years was never sick a day. Always staightforward and honest in his dealings with his fellow men, Mr. Whitney's life was well spent. The sons and daughters living are Mrs. R. G. Wallace, G. A. Whitney, Mrs. E. E. Wells, Mrs. G. L. Rogers, Mrs. W. E. West, city; D. R. Whitney, Knowlton; Mrs. N. W. Kennedy, San Francisco, Cal. He also leaves one brother, Robt., of Northesk, N. B. Funeral services were held at the Baptist church at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon, Rev. L. G. Carr officiating, the remains being afterwards laid beside his wife in the Episcopal cemetery. The following old friends acted as pall bearers: E. M. Copps, H. E. Martin, Peter La Mieux, Chas. Mase, A. J. Booth, Robt. Parker."[1]

Children of George W.7 and Jane (Rogers) Whitney, all born Whitney, NB:

i. Ann Elizabeth8 Whitney, b. 19 Sep 1847; d. 1934, Stevens Point, WI; m. Robert G. Wallace, b. 1838, d. 1899.
ii. George Allen Whitney, b. 12 Apr 1849; m. Frances Florence Wilcox.
iii. Daniel Rogers Whitney, b. 3 Jun 1851; m. Alma Lucy Chilson.
iv. Henrietta Jane Whitney, b. 6 Jun 1853; d. Aug 1938, Stevens Points, WI; m. before 1880, Emmerson Eli Wells.
v. Armina Melinda Whitney, b. 20 Sep 1855; d. 22 Sep 1921, Butternut, WI; m. 13 Sep 1877, Stevens Point, WI, George L. Rogers.
vi. Hannah Alice Whitney, b. 26 Mar 1857; d. 24 Jan 1873, Knowlton, WI, of smallpox.
vii. Charlotte Sophia Whitney, b. 25 Mar 1859; d. 18 Oct 1931, Fair Oaks, CA; m. 20 Sep 1881, LaCrosse, WI, William Nellis Kennedy.
viii. Robert Parker Whitney, b. 18 Jun 1862; d. 9 Feb 1873, Knowlton, WI, of smallpox.
ix. Emma Grace Whitney, b. 4 Mar 1865; d. 1941, Stevens Point, WI; m. William E. West.

George W. and Maria (Goodbody)(Sivewright) Whitney had no children.


This family would be recorded in Canadian censuses, not yet examined, with the following exceptions:

11 11 Whitney, George 22 M W Dealer in Lumber $1500 $800 New Brunswick Parents foreign born, Illiterate, Male citizen over 21 " Jane 48 F W Keeping House " " Parents foreign born, Illiterate " Ann 23 F W At Home " " Parents foreign born, Illiterate " George A. 21 M W Lumberman " " Parents foreign born, Illiterate, Male citizen over 21 " Henniretta 16 F W School " " Parents foreign born, Illiterate " Daniel 19 M W " " " Parents foreign born, Illiterate " Armina 14 F W " " " Parents foreign born, Illiterate " Alice 12 F W " " " Parents foreign born, Illiterate " Charlotte 11 F W " " " Parents foreign born, Illiterate " Robert 9 M W " " " Parents foreign born " Grace 5 F W " " Parents foreign born

Note: The enumerator has apparently reversed the columns about literacy, marking them for people who could read and write, not who couldn't.

George WHITNEY 62 Self M M W N. BRUN Lumber CAN CAN Jane WHITNEY 59 Wife F M W N. BRUN House Keeps CAN CAN Charlotte P. WHITNEY 21 Dau F S W N. BRUN Asst. School Teacher N. BRUN N. BRUN Grace WHITNEY 15 Dau F S W N. BRUN School N. BRUN N. BRUN Emerson WELLS 24 SonL M M W WI Works Shingle Mill NY NY Henriette J. WELLS 27 Dau F M W N. BRUN Asst. Moth N. BRUN N. BRUN WELLS 2M GDau F S W WI WI N. BRUN Charles CADY 46 Oth M S W VT Works Saw Mill VT VT Owen MC GREGOR 35 Oth M S W IRE Works Saw Mill SCOT IRE Patrick MURPHY 27 Oth M S W IRE Works Saw Mill IRE IRE John DOOLITTLE 22 Oth M S W WI Works Saw Mill NY NY


1.^  His obituary at

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