Family:Whitney, Nathan (1821-1886)

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Nathan8 Whitney (William7, Nathan6, Nathan5, Thomas4, Eleazer3, Thomas2, John1), son of William7 and Jenny (Whitmore) Whitney, was born 11 Nov 1821, Seneca Co., OH, and died 18 Nov 1886, Muskegon Co., MI.

"Representative from Muskegon County, 1875-6. Was born in Huron County, O., Nov. 11, 1821, removed to Michigan in 1849, and settled in Sparta, Kent County. In 1854 he removed to Muskegon County. He received a common school education. He was Supervisor of Casnovia for sixteen years. In politics he was a Democrat.[1]

He married firstly, 12 Sep 1844, Matilda Chambers. She was born about 1813, NY, and died 1857.

He married secondly, 4 Mar 1860, Louisa Henry. She was born Sep 1829, NY, and died after 1900.

Children of Nathan8 and Matilda (Chambers) Whitney:

i. Oscar9 Whitney, b. ca. 1845, IL; d. after 1870, then unmarried.
ii. Adelia Whitney, b. ca. 1847, IL; m. 1865, Smith Burnett Fulkerson.
iii. Eva Whitney, b. ca. 1851, MI.

Children of Nathan8 and Louisa (Henry) Whitney:

iv. Bell M.9 Whitney, b. ca. 1861, MI.
v. Sarah B. Whitney, b. ca. 1864, MI; "Debbie" in 1880.
vi. Ada Whitney, b. ca. 1866, MI.
vii. Nellie Whitney, b. ca. 1870, MI; m. 31 Dec 1891, Ora Leach.
viii. Dexa Whitney, b. ca. 1875, MI; m. 25 Feb 1895, Muskegon, MI, Harry E. Woodard.


There is another Oscar Whitney, born in Belvidere, Boone Co., IL, about the same age as the above Oscar, with a mother Matilda (Caswell), born in New York, about the same age as the above Matilda. His father was Aaron Whitney, not Nathan, who died in 1854, Belvidere, IL. Later his mother moved to Saginaw, MI, where the two of them were living in 1870 and 1880. His ancestry is unknown.


916 916 Nathan Whitney 28 M - $500 Ohio Matilda " 24 F - N.Y. Oscar " 5 M - Ill. Adelia " 3 F - "

235 217 Nathan Whitney 38 M - Farmer $2000 $500 Ohio Married in year Lovisa " 31 F - Wife N.Y. Married in year Oscar " 15 M - Farm hand Ill. Attended school Adelia " 13 F - " Attended school Eva " 9 " - Mich. Attended school

184 181 Whitney, Nathan 48 M W Farmer $4500 $350 Ohio Male citizen over 21 -----, Louisa 40 F W Keeps house New York -----, Oscar 25 M W Works in mill Illinois Male citizen over 21 -----, Bell M. 9 F W Michigan Attended school -----, Sarah B. 6 F W Michigan Attended school -----, Ada 4 F W Michigan Attended school Dingman, J. W. 27 M W Farm Laborer New York Parents foreign born, Male citizen over 21

348 357 Case, William 34 M W Com. Laborer New York Male citizen over 21 -----, Mary C. 34 F W Keeping House New York -----, Loreta A. 10 F W At Home Michigan Attended school -----, Leonora R. 8 F W " Michigan Whitney, Oscar 25 M W Clerk in Meat Market Illinois Male citizen over 21

Nathan WHITNEY 58 Self M M W OH Farmer VT NY Louisa WHITNEY 50 Wife F M W NY Keeping House NY CT Bell WHITNEY 19 Dau F S W MI At Home OH NY Debbie WHITNEY 16 Dau F S W MI At Home OH NY Ada WHITNEY 14 Dau F S W MI At Home OH NY Nellie WHITNEY 10 Dau F S W MI At Home OH NY Dexa WHITNEY 5 Dau F S W MI At Home OH NY Betsey HENRY 78 MotL F W W VT Boarder --- ---

  • 1880, son Oscar not found.


  • Census records.

1.^  Michigan Biographies, Volume II, L-Z; the Michigan Historical Commission, Lansing, 1924, pg. 440. Found at: The National Archives, Washington, D.C.

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