Family:Whitney, William (1843-1904)

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William Whitney (William Hildreth, Aaron, [poss.] Jonathan5, Samuel4, John3, Benjamin2, John1), son of William Hildreth and Mary V. (Morrill) Whitney, was born 27 Aug 1843, Sebec, ME[1] (but 26 Aug 1844 per gravestone), and died 8 Oct 1904. He was buried in Ingraham Cemetery, Owls Head, ME.[2]

He married firstly, 7 Dec 1865, Foxcroft, ME, Rozilla "Rosa" Goff,[3] daughter of Jabez B. and Syrena (----) Goff. She was born about 1846, ME, and died after 1870.

He married secondly, about 1874, Hattie Ruth Nevers, daughter of George Wheeler and Elizabeth (Perley/Kitchen) Nevers. She was born about 2 Oct 1850, Prince William, York Co., NB or about 22 Oct 1850, Calais, ME, and died 20 Jan 1918, aged 67 years 2 months 28 days. She was buried in Ingraham Cemetery, Owls Head, ME.[4]

Child of William and Rozilla "Rosa" (Goff) Whitney:

i. Edward E. Whitney, b. 12 Oct 1868, ME; d. 4 Jan 1932, Dover-Foxcroft, ME; m. 25 Oct 1885, Penobscot Co., ME, Ella D/E. Clark, b. 6 Mar 1867, MA. In 1880, Edward resided with this grandparents, William and Mary V. Whitney in Sebec, ME. He resided in Dover, ME, in the censuses of 1900 thru 1930, where he was the Register of Deeds and and insurance agent. He appears to have died s.p. Both he and Ella are buried in the Brown (Old Dover Village) Cemetery, Dover-Foxcroft, ME.

Children of William and Hattie Ruth (Nevers) Whitney:

i. Clara Whitney, b. ca. 1875, ME (but 24 Dec 1872 per gravestone); d. 31 Mar 1902; bur. Ingraham Cemetery, Owls Head, ME;[5] m. 24 Dec 1894, ME, Leonard Hatch Snow.
ii. William Hildreth Whitney, b. Dec 1878 (but 1879 per gravestone), ME; m. Mary P. Thompson.


His son's death record says that the above William was born in Sebec, ME. His birthdate from his gravestone gives 26 Aug 1844. There is a record of the birth of William Whitney, son of William Hildreth Whitney, who was born 27 Aug 1843, Sebec, ME, according to Sebec vital records. Consider that this man named his son William Hildreth Whitney, and the conclusion is that this man and that child are extremely likely to be identical. If that is correct, then Rozilla "Rosa" Goff would be his first wife, and Hattie Ruth Nevers his second. The above reflects that identification.



52 54 Rand, Hattie M. 15 F W Attending School Maine Attended school Rand, Albert G. 38 M W Cooper $150 $200 Maine Male citizen over 21 -----, Susan 38 F W Keeping house Maine -----, Alice J. 13 F W Attending School Maine Attended school -----, Nathaniel 9 M W " " Maine Attended school -----, Cynthia E. 3 F W Maine -----, Sophia 69 F W Without occupation Maine Nason, Daniel 36 M W Works on farm $1000 $550 Maine Male citizen over 21 55 Whitney, William 27 M W Carpenter $300 Maine Male citizen over 21 -----, Rosa 24 F W Keeping house Maine -----, Edward E. 1 M W Maine Goff, Adelia 22 F W Works in Woolen Mill Maine

William WHITNEY 36 Self M M W ME House Joiner ME ME Hattie WHITNEY 29 Wife F M W NEW BRUNSWICK Keeping House N. B. N. B. Clara WHITNEY 5 Dau F S W ME ME NEW BRUNSWICK Willie WHITNEY 1 Son M S W ME ME NEW BRUNSWICK George WILLIAMS 58 Oth M W W ME Quarry Man ME ME

4 5 Whitney, William Head W M Aug 1845 54 mar 26 Maine Maine Maine Joiner, Owns house -----, Hattie R. Wife W F Oct 1850 49 mar 26 1ch 1liv Canada E. Canada E. Canada E. -----, William H. Son W M Dec 1878 21 sgl Maine Maine Canada E. Joiner Farnham, Stella E. Ward W F Mar 1888 12 sgl Maine Maine Maine Scholar

Stella was daughter of Ansel Dudley and Henrietta B. (Varney) Farnham.

88 98 Whitney, Edw. E. Head W M Oct 1869 30 mar 10 Maine Maine Maine Register of Deeds, Rents house -----, Ella D. Wife W F Mar 1867 33 mar 10 1ch 0liv Maine Maine Maine -----, Mary V. GMth W F Dec 1819 80 wid 9ch 8liv Maine New Hampshire New Hampshire 99 Dexter, Frank M. Head W M May 1853 47 mar 21 Maine Maine Maine Spinner wool mill, Rents house Dexter, Clara C. Wife W F Jul 1860 39 mar 21 0ch 0liv Maine Maine Maine


  • Census records.

1.^  "William Whitney [s. of William H. and Mary V.], b. 27 August 1843," according to Sebec, Maine, Vital Records.

2.^  FindAGrave Memorial #93049196 William Whitney.

3.^  "Mr. William Whitney and Miss Rozilla Goff, both of Sebec, joined in marriage at Foxcroft 7 December 1865. R.C. Chase, Cong. Clergyman," and "William Whitney of Sebec and Rozilla Goff of Sebec married 7 December 1865. Benjamin C. Chase, Minister of the Gospel," according to Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, Vital Records.

4.^  FindAGrave Memorial #93049270 Hattie Ruth Nevers Whitney.

5.^  FindAGrave Memorial #93049360 Clara Whitney Snow.

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