Biography of Thomas G. Whiting
Adams County, NE Biographies





Thomas G. Whiting is engaged in general farming in Juniata township and is today the owner of three hundred and twenty acres of land which pays tribute to the care and cultivation which he bestows upon it. Though he started out in life empty handed, he has worked his way upward and perseverance and industry have been the salient features in his growing success. He was born in Rutlandshire, England, on the 9th of May, 1849, a son of Noel and Margaret (Bissell) Whiting, both of whom were natives of England, where they spent their entire lives. The father served for some time as a county official there. In the family were six children, but the five daughters never came to the new world.

Thomas G. Whiting attended school in his native country but his educational opportunities were limited, for at the age of eleven years he began work and has since provided for his own support. He served for a time as footman in the family of a wealthy man and was variously employed in England until 1870, when he came to the United States, settling near Madison, Wisconsin. He spent two years there and in 1872 arrived in Adams county, Nebraska, after which he homesteaded on section 18, Juniata township, securing eighty acres of land to which he has added from time to time as his financial resources have increased until he is now the owner of three hundred and twenty acres, constituting a very valuable farm to which he has added all modern accessories and equipment. He is also the owner of some city property in Oklahoma His life in this county has been devoted to general farming and his labors have been attended with substantial success. He was also one of the organizers of the Farmers Grain Company of Juniata and has been a member of its board for a number of years.

In 1872 Mr. Whiting was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Hardy, a native of England, by whom he had three children, as follows: George Noel, who cultivates land belonging to his father; Elva, who is the wife of E. J. Bolton and resides near Juniata; and Harry B., at home.

Politically Mr. Whiting is a stanch republican, having supported the party since becoming a naturalized American citizen. His fellow townsmen, appreciative of his ability, have several times called him to public office. For four years he served as county commissioner, was justice of the peace for two years and has been road supervisor and school director. Both Mr. and Mrs. Whiting were members of the Episcopal church, but about five years ago he was called upon to mourn the loss of his wife, whose death was deeply regretted throughout the community as well as by her immediate family. She had indeed been a faithful companion to him, and to her he attributes half that he possesses. She shared with him in the hardships and trials of pioneer life in the days when they came to the county and their home was a little dugout. Afterward they had a sod house before they were able to build the more commodious, modern residence which Mr. Whiting later erected upon the farm. He put out one of the early orchards of the county and added all the improvements to his place and through all was encouraged by his wife, who ably managed the household affairs and indeed proved a helpmate to her husband. Mr. Whiting is connected with the United Workmen lodge of Juniata and with the Banking Life of Lincoln, Nebraska. He has always been interested in community affairs, cooperating in movements and measures for the public good, and wherever. he is known he is held in high regard because of a well spent life.

From:
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago, 1916


Privacy Policy for OnlineBiographies

NAVIGATION

Adams County, NE
Biographies

Online
Biographies

New York
Histories

New York
Biographies

Maine
Histories

Pennsylvania
Histories

Pennsylvania
Biographies

For all your genealogy needs visit Linkpendium

Family Tree Maker 2012