Biography of Mrs. Cornelia S. Whitaker
FROM OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A DESCRIPTIVE WORK ON JEFFERSON COUNTY, NEW YORK
EDITED BY: EDGAR C. EMERSON
THE BOSTON HISTORY COMPANY, PUBLISHERS 1898

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Whitaker, Cornelia S.-The late chief engineer, Ezra J. Whitaker, son of Ezra D., of North Adams, was born at North Adams, Mass., April 12, 1839; he studied at Drury Academy and finished his schooling at Williston Seminary, Easthampton. He was a mechanical engineer in the United States navy, was appointed third assistant engineer February 19, 1861, was assigned to duty on the Frigate Minnesota, and participated in several engagements beginning with the splendid victory of the Monitor over the Merrimac. December 17, 1862, he was promoted second assistant engineer and served all through the war with great credit, taking part in the naval engagements at Mobile and Fort Fisher. and was promoted first assistant engineer on December 1, 1864. After the close of the war he did duty in many different stations, in China, Japan, and made one voyage around the world; he also did special duty in various navy yards and was recognized as one pf the most valuable officers in the service, and was promoted chief engineer in 1873. He was a Mason of high degree, also a member of the Loyal Legion, and several technical societies. He was a man of high character and the strictest integrity and was held in the highest esteem by his associates in the navy and the above societies. He had a long and honorable career of thirty-five years in the service of our country, which by his retirement and death, sustained the loss of a skillful, faithful, competent and trusted officer. August 15, 1865, he married Cornelia S.. daughter of W. Morris Clark of the town of Hounsfield, and they had one son, Morris Mortimer, who was born in Boston, February 24, 1873, and is being fitted for a naval architect. Mr. Whitaker died at Sackets Harbor, August 20, 1895. Mrs. Whitaker's father, W. Morris Clark, was born at Edmeston, Otsego county, N. Y., in October, 1812; lie married Lodemia Clark of Brooksfield, Madison county, N. Y., and they had one daughter, Cornelia S. (as above). He died December 7. 1853, and his widow January 23, 1890.

 

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