Family:Whitney, Pardon Augustus (1844-1916)

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Pardon Augustus Whitney (Aaron Warren Whitney), son of Aaron Warren and Harriet L. (Leonard) Whitney, was born 10 Jun 1844, Woodstock, VT, and died 1916, Fresno, CA. He was buried in Mountain View Cemetery, Fresno, CA.[1]

He married, 2 Oct 1870, Woodstock, VT, Julia Maria Douglass,[2] daughter of Reuben and Catherine (Thomas) Douglass. She was born Sep 1849, VT, and died after 1900.

He served in Co. C, 6th Vermont Infantry, in the Civil War.

"PARDON AUGUSTUS WHITNEY, the well-know superintendent of the Southington shops of the Peck, Stow & Wilcox Co., was born in Woodstock, Vt., June 10, 1844.
"Mr. Whitney is a son of Aaron Warren and Harriet (Leonard) Whitney, the former a native of Schroon, N.Y., the latter of Woodstock, Vt. ...
"In his native town our subject grew to manhood, and his early education was obtained in its public schools. Subsequently he was a student at the Burnham Business College, Springfield, Mass. He served a four-years' apprenticeship in the machinist's trade in his father's shop at Woodstock, and continued in his father's employ until the removal of the family to Smithville, N.J., when he became a partner. When they sold the plant, in 1871, he came to Southington and entered the employ of the Peck, Stow & Wilcos Co., having charge of their bolt shop for about nine years. In 1879 Mr. Whitney went to Cleveland, Ohio, where he had charge of the mechanical department of the Wilcox, Treadway Co. for three years, and when it was absorbed by the Peck, Stow & Wilcox Co., he continued with them at that place for one year. Removing to Chagrin Falls, Ohio, he was engaged in the manufacture of racket drills at that place for a year and a half, and then went to Warsaw, N.Y., where he purchased an interest in the Variety Machine Co., and had charge of the mechanical department of their works for three years. In the fall of 1877 he returned to Southington, and has since held his present position with the Peck, Stow & Wilcox Co., being at the head of the mechanical department of the Southington plant.
"During the Civil war Mr. Whitney enlisted, in August, 1862, in Company C, 6th Vt. V. I., and participated in alll the engagements in which the 6th Army Corps took part. With the exception of a two weeks' furlough he was never off duty a single day, and ws honorably discharged, as sergeant, July 31, 1865, after two years and eleven months of arduous and faithful service.
"Mr. Whitney was married Oct. 2, 1870, to Miss Julia Douglass, a daughter of Reuben and Catherine (Thomas) Douglass, of Woodstock, Vt. Her father was a farmer of that place, and a son of John Douglass, a native of Scotland, who became a farmer at Hartland, Vt. Her maternal grandparents, Phineas and Deborah (Thomas) Thomas were also agriculturists of Woodstock. The Thomas family was formery of Old Middleboro, Mass. Mrs. Whitney's great-grandmother was Deborah Howland, a descendant of John Howland, who landed on Plymouth Rock from the "Mayflower" in 1620. Of the four children born to our subject and his wife only two survive: Jennie M. and Mary Louise. Mr. and Mrs. Whitney are both active and earnest members of the First Congregational Church of Southington, of which he is a deacon. Socially he is a Knight Templar; politically he is a stanch Republican. As a citizen, friend and neighbor he is true to every duty, and justly merits the high esteem in which he is held."[3]

Children of Pardon Augustus and Julia Maria (Douglass) Whitney:

i. Frank A. Whitney, b. 27 May 1871, Woodstock VT;[4] d. bef. 1880.
ii. Jennie M. Whitney, b. say 1872; d. aft. 1900.
iii. L. Mabell Whitney, b. ca.1875; d. bef. 1900.
iv. Mary Louise Whitney, b. Jul 1877, CT; d. aft. 1910, then unmarried.


1880 U.S. Census, , Ohio, T9-1008, p. 466A A. Pardon WHITNEY 37 Self M M W VT Supt. Hardware Shop NY NY Julia WHITNEY 31 Wife F M W VT Keeping House VT VT M. Jennie WHITNEY 8 Dau F S W CT At School VT VT L. Mabell WHITNEY 5 Dau F S W CT At School VT VT L. Mary WHITNEY 2 Dau F S W CT VT VT Elvin MILLER 19 Oth F S W GER Servant GER GER

66 91 Whitney, Pardon Head W M Jun 1843 56 mar 33 Vermont Massachusetts Vermont Machinist, Owns mortgaged house -----, Julia M. Wife W F Sep 1849 50 mar 33 4ch 2liv Vermont Vermont Vermont -----, Louise M. Dau W F Jul 1877 22 sgl Connecticut Vermont Vermont Music teacher

  • 1910, Fresno Ward 7, Fresno Co., CA.


  • Census records.

1.^  Find A Grave memorial #53515310, Pardon A. Whitney.

2.^  Vermont, Vital Records Index, Marriages.

3.^  [[Archive:Commemorative Biographical Record of Hartford County, Connecticut|Commemorative Biographical Record of Hartford County, Connecticut : Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, and of Many of the Early Settled Families [Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1901]. Part 1, p. 583.

4.^  Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954, from

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