Family:Whitney, William W. (1836-1920)

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William W.8 Whitney (William E.7, Jeremiah E.6, Abijah5, Daniel4, Henry3, John2, Henry1), son of William E.7 and Mary E. (Scott) Whitney, was born 25 Mar 1836, CAN, and died 31 Oct 1920, Oakland, IA. He was buried in Oaklawn Cemetery, Oakland, IA.[1]

He married, 3 Oct 1858, Whiteside Co., IL, Elizabeth C. Berry, daughter of Joseph and Jane (Harbison) Berry. She was born 20 Oct 1839, Darke Co., OH, and died 25 Nov 1905, Oakland, IA. She was buried in Oaklawn Cemetery, Oakland, IA.[2]

"WILLIAM WHITNEY, one of the representative citizens of Center township, Pottawattamie County, came to his present location in 1881. He was born in Ontario, March 25, 1836. His father, William E. WHITNEY, was born near Rochester, NY, the son of Jeremiah WHITNEY, a native of New England. The mother of our subject, nee Mary SCOTT, was born in Niagara county, NY, September 7, 1815. Her father, William SCOTT, was born in Connecticut, and her mother, Joanna (CRANE) SCOTT, was a native of Elizabeth, New Jersey. Mrs. SCOTT was a daughter of Colonel Jacob CRANE, an officer under Washington in the Revolutionary war. Mr. WHITNEY has in his possession a pewter pan that was owned and used by Colonel CRANE during the struggle for independence. It has been handed down to him by his ancestors, and is highly prized. Colonel CRANE had a son-in-law, Crowell WILSON, a Captain in the British army, who received a grant of land in Ontario, where he settled and where others of the relatives also located. Colonel CRANE also had a son-in-law in the American army.
"Mr. WHITNEY lived in Ontario until 13 years of age, when the family moved to Jackson County, Michigan, and later to Ingham County, same state. His father and mother had 10 children, two of whom died in childhood. The names of those who reached adult age are Lucy A., William, Martha, F. S., Hannah E., Joanna C., D. A., and Sarah G. The father was a mechanic by trade. He was a minister of the Gospel in the Free-will Baptist Church and was a zealous and faithful worker in the cause of his Master. He enlisted in the service of his country during the late war, and at the siege of Savannah lost a leg, having been shot through the knee. From the effects of the wound he died in September 1873 [sic], at the age of 73 years. His widow now receives a pension.
"The subject of this sketch was reared on a farm and educated in the public schools of St. Thomas, Ontario, Jackson and Ingham counties, Michigan. When a young man, he went to Whiteside County, Illinois, where in 1862 he entered the service of his country, enlisting in Company B, 75th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He participated in the battles of Perryville, Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, Resaca, Marietta, Kenesaw Mountain, Atlanta, Georgia, Franklin, and Nashville, Tennessee, and many other battles and skirmishes.
"After service of three years, he was honorably discharged at Camp Harper, Tennessee. He then returned to Illinois and settled in Bureau County, where he lived until 1867. In that year, he moved to Franklin County, Iowa. After a residence of six years there, he went to Cass county, same state; in 1881 he came to Pottawattamie County. Here he bought 80 acres of wild prairie land, on which he has since made many improvements. He has a good house and barn and suitable buildings for grain and stock, and a fine orchard and grove. In fact, everything about the place indicates the push and enterprise of the owner. Mr. WHITNEY has a good graded stock of cattle, horses, and hogs.
"In Whiteside County, Illinois, October 3, 1858, Mr. WHITNEY wedded Miss Elizabeth C. BERRY, a native of Darke County, Ohio, and a lady of intelligence and refinement. Her parents were Joseph and Jane (HARBISON) BERRY, the former a native of New Jersey and the latter of Ohio. They subsequently removed to Bureau County, Illinois, where the father died November 5, 1876, at the age of 63 years. The mother returned to Darke County and died there in 1883 at the age of 65 years. Mr. and Mrs. WHITNEY have three children: Ada L., Mary A. a successful teacher of Center township, and William B.
"Politically our subject affiliates with the Republican party. He is a member of the Robert Provard Post No. 414 of Carson, and has served as chaplain of the post. He and his wife and two daughters are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Spring Creek. He has served as class-leader and also as superintendent of the Sunday school. Mr. Whitney takes an active interest in both religious and educational matters. He is one of the esteemed citizens of the township."[3]

Children of William W.8 and Elizabeth C. (Berry) Whitney:

i. Ada L.9 Whitney, b. 19 Apr 1861, Bureau Co., IL; d. 6 Sep 1937, Oakland, MI; unmarried.[4]
ii. Mary Adelaide Whitney, b. ca. 1863, OH; d. 1951, Richmond, VA; m.(1) 18 Jan 1899, Farragut, IA, H. J. Dickinson; m.(2) 5 Dec 1900, Fremont Co., IA, Edward Foster.
iii. William Berry Whitney, b. 16 Oct 1871, Oakland, IA; d. 13 Nov 1905, Oakland, IA; bur. Oaklawn Cemetery, Oakland, IA;[5] m. ca. 1898, Nellie F. -----, b. 19 Aug 1876, NE, d. -----, bur. Oaklawn Cemetery, Oakland, IA.[6]


3477 3521 William Whitney 24 M - Farm Laborer Canada W. Elizabeth C. Whitney 20 F - Ohio

25 27 Whitney, Wm. 34 M W Farmer $1200 $590 Canada Parents foreign born, Male citizen over 21 -----, E. C. 29 F W Ohio -----, A. L. 9 F W Keeping house Illinois Father foreign born -----, M. A. 7 F W Ohio Father foreign born

William WHITNEY 44 Self M M W CAN Farmer NY NY Elizabeth WHITNEY 41 Wife F M W OH Keeping House OH NJ Aida WHITNEY 18 Dau F S W IL CAN OH Mary WHITNEY 16 Dau F S W OH CAN OH William WHITNEY 18 Son M S W IA CAN OH

13 14 William Whitney 75 39 28 SW SW 48 M - m Farming Canada Elizabeth Whitney " 45 F - m Keeping House Ohio Ada L. Whitney " 23 F - s - Ill. Mary A. Whitney " 22 F - s - Ohio William B. Whitney " 13 M - - - [Fran]klin Co.

123 125 Whitney, William 59 M W m Canada Farmer M.E. Voter, Co. B, 75 Ills. " Elizabeth 56 F W " Ohio - " " Ada L. 34 F W s Ills. - " " Mary A. 32 F W " Ohio - " " William B. 23 M W " Franklin Co. Farmer - Military, Voter Coy, Irena 10 F W " Potta. Co. -

101 101 Whitney, W. B. Head W M Oct 1872 27 mar 2 Iowa Canada Ohio Farmer, Owns mortgaged farm -----, Nellie Wife W F Aug 1875 24 mar 2 -ch -liv Neb. Indiana Ohio 102 102 Whitney, William Head W M Mar 1836 64 mar 41 Canada New York New York Farmer, Owns mortgaged farm -----, Elizabeth C. Wife W F Oct 1839 60 mar 41 4ch 3liv Ohio New Jersey Ohio -----, Ada L. Dau W F Apr 1861 39 sgl Illinois Canada Ohio


  • Census records.

1.^  FindAGrave Memorial #10992178, William Whitney.

2.^  FindAGrave Memorial #91595213, Elizabeth C. Berry Whitney.

3.^  Biographical History of Pottawatomie County, Iowa, Lewis Publishing Company, 1891, pp. 268-269.

4.^  FindAGrave Memorial #91595316, Ada L. Whitney.

5.^  FindAGrave Memorial #91645838, Willliam Berry Whitney.

6.^  FindAGrave Memorial #91645612, Nellie F. Whitney.

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