Family:Whitney, James K. (1846-1907)

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James K. Whitney (Elijah, Hiram, [probably] Elijah), [probably] Francis, [perhaps] Joshua3, David2, Samuel1) the son of Elijah and Mary (Anderson) Whitney, was born 27 Jan 1846, Moscow, TN, and died 7 May 1907, Kensett, White Co., AR.

He married 16 Nov 1876, White Co., AR, Ella T. Black, daughter of W. D. Black. She was born 17 Mar 1858, AR, and died 15 Nov 1922, White Co., AR.

"James K. Whitney has risen to a position as one of White County's leading citizens through his own merits. A native of Tennessee, he received his education in this county, and graduated from the Bryant & Stratton Commercial College, after which he went into the mercantile business in company with C. P. Douthar, at West Point, there remaining until 1874. He then wound up his father's business, and engaged in farming and stock raising, and in 1884 commenced the breeding of Holstein cattle, the only herd of which breed he now has in White County. Mr. Whitney was born in Fayette County, Tenn., January 27, 1846, being a son of Elijah and Mary (Anderson) Whitney, of Kentucky and Tennessee nativity, respectively. Mr. Whitney, Sr., learned the machinist's trade when a young man, and was engaged for a number of years in selling cotton-spinning machinery, through Kentucky and Tennessee. After his marriage, February 22, 1842, he removed to Fayette County, Tenn., and carried on farming, in 1859 removing to Arkansas, and locating in White County, where he lived until his death, in January, 1878. He was a son of Hiram Whitney, a soldier in the War of 1812, and was with Gen. Hull on his disastrous campaign. His (Hiram Whitney) wife was a niece of Gen. William H. Harrison. The Whitney family are of English descent, and the Anderson family of Scotch origin. Mr. and Mrs. Whitney had a family of five children, two of whom only are living: a daughter (now Mrs. Douthar, whose husband is a merchant of White County) and James K. (our subject). In 1876 James K. Whitney was married to Miss Ella T. Black, daughter of W. D. Black. She was born in White County in 1858, and has borne six children, four of whom are still living: Leslie E., [p.266] Floyd W., Bessie and Mary E. Mr. and Mrs. Whitney are members of the Missionary Baptist Church, in which the former is clerk and treasurer. He is one of the leading Democrats of the county, and as a citizen and neighbor enjoys wide respect."[1]

Children of James K. and Ella T. (Black) Whitney:

i. Leslie Whitney, b. 13 Sep 1877, Kensett, White Co., AR, d. 21 Feb 1903, Kensett, White Co., AR.
ii. Floyd William Whitney, b. 28 Sep 1878, Kensett, White Co., AR, 24 Feb 1962, El Paso, El Paso Co., TX. Buried Evergreen Cemetery, El Paso, El Paso Co., TX [2].
iii. Bessie Elizabeth Whitney, b. Aug 1882, AR.
iv. Mary Ella Whitney, b. Jul 1885, AR.
v. Winnie Lee Whitney, b. 7 Mar 1887, Kensett, White Co., AR, d. 8 Apr 1887, Kensett, White Co., AR.
vi. Dee Ola Whitney, b. 13 Sep 1894, AR, d. 3 Aug 1975, m. 13 Jun 1912, White Co., AR, Grover T. Brewer, b. 7 Oct 1889, d. 16 Jun 1920, m. Unknown Moore.


James WHITNY 34 Self M M W TN Farmer KY TN Eller WHITNY 22 Wife F M W AR Keeping House TN TN Lesley WHITNY 2 Son M S W AR TN AR William WHITNY 8M Son M S W AR TN AR Osco HUNTER 28 Oth M M B AR Servant --- ---

70 74 Whitney, Jas. K. Head W M Jan 1846 54 mar 24 Tennessee Kentucky Tennessee Farmer, Owns free farm -----, Ella T. Wife W F Mar 1858 42 mar 24 7ch 5liv Arkansas Tennessee Tennessee -----, Bessie Dau W F Aug 1882 17 sgl Arkansas Tennessee Arkansas At school -----, Mary Dau W F Jul 1885 14 sgl Arkansas Tennessee Arkansas At school -----, Dora Dau W F Sep 1892 7 sgl Arkansas Tennessee Arkansas At school


1. ^  Kara Spence, Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Eastern Arkansas (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishers, 1890)

2. ^  [3] Texas Deaths, 1890-1976.

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