Family:Whitney, William (1841-1911)
William Whitney (William, Stephen, Isaac, Nathaniel, Benjamin, John), was born 08 29 1841, Otisfield, ME, and died 03 01 1911, Mechanic Falls, ME.
He married 06 17 1866, Minot, ME, Rose E. Rawson, daughter of Samuel F. and Sally (------) Rawson. She was born 09 1849, prob. Minot, ME, and died 03 28 1927, .
1850 Casco, ME; in the home of Orasmus and Mary Ann Symonds 1860 Casco, ME; in the home of George and Esther Dyer 1870 Minot, ME 1880 Livermore, ME; tin smith 1900 Mechanic Falls, ME 1910 Mechanic Falls, ME
William was a Civil War soldier, and he and his widow received a pension from the U.S. government.
William's father cannot be placed in the family by primary records. Therefore, the following conjecture is offered in order to place this family: Conjecture: The census of Casco Maine for 1850 shows the family of Orsamus Symonds and his wife Mary Ann, the widow of William Whitney. For those subscribing to Ancestry.com, the URL is: http://content.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=View&r=an&dbid=8054&iid=MEM432_249-0250&fn=William&ln=Whitney&pid=19847820. The family contains the following Whitney children: Martha, age 21; Francis, age 19; Nancy, age 17; James, age 11 (b. ca 1839); William, age 8 (b. ca 1842); and George, age 6. According to the Whitney Whistler (http://www.whitneygen.org/archives/extracts/whistler/6-2.html), Volume 6, Issue 2, James' middle name was Irish. Was he named for his grandmother's family? Whitney Whistler Vol 6 Book 2 Summer 1986: James Irish Whitney s/o William and Mary Ann (Mayberry) Whitney lived in Milford, Mass - m. Susan Eudora Thwing in Hopedale, Mass. James was b. in Otisfield, Me in 1839. A biography of Almon Thwing of Hopedale, Mass. lists child #4 as Susan Eudora Thwing.
William Whitney of Mechanics Falls, ME had a brother named James whose middle name was Irish. At once one would think of the marriage of Stephen Whitney to Martha "Patty" Irish in Gorham, Maine 28 October 1780.
In 1870 census Milford, Mass James (middle initial undecipherable) Whitney age 30, b. ME; Wife Susan, 22; Mable, 2 and Albert, 9/12. The family is not in Milford/Hopedale in 1880.
The History of Otisfield , Maine (http://content.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=BookView&ti=0&dbid=21679&iid=dvm_LocHist007515-00334-1&fn=&ln=whitney&pid=375) on page 639 tells us that William, Sr. came to Otisfield from Casco, Maine between 1835 and 1838. He had 3 children and then moved on the Webb's Mills, where he died in 1845. Casco and Raymond, Maine were once the same town. Page 197 of the Raymond Vital Records notes the birth of Martha L. Whitney to William Whitney on 20 October 1828. It is noted there that William moved from Casco to Otisfield. Page 1 of the Raymond records contains the family of Richard and Mary (Jordan) Mayberry. Mary A. was born 11 March 1808. It is noted she married William Whitney of Casco and ____ Symonds.
On page 233 of F. C. Pierce's Whitney genealogy, individual # 1641 (http://www.whitneygen.org/archives/extracts/pierce/p231-235.htm#P1641) is Stephen Whitney, the son of Stephen and Patty (Irish) Whitney. At the time of the writing of Pierce's work, Stephen resided in Mechanic's Falls, Maine. That is coincidentally the residence of our William Whitney, the Civil War soldier. If William's father William was the son of Stephen and Patty Whitney also, then two first cousins lived in the same town.
Finally, on page 835 of Hugh D. McLellan's History of Gorham, Maine (http://www.whitneygen.org/archives/extracts/mclellan.html) we find the family of Stephen and Patty (Irish) Whitney. We find the children William and Patience both baptized 4 March 1800.
I believe that the burden of evidence can bring one to the conclusion that the ancestry of William Whitney of Mechanics Falls, ME is: John1, Benjamin2, Nathaniel3, Isaac4, Stephen5, William6. All primary evidence may never come to light in this case. Robert, can you make the internet references hypertext? Thanks
William and Rose died s.p.
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Civil War Pension File of William Whitney Widow: Rose E. Whitney Invalid Applic. # 1314388 Cert. # 1088291 Widow Applic. # 960436 Cert. # 720925 National Archives Building, Washington, D.C. (Please insert link)
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