Biography of William Whitney
Wayne County, NY Biographies





Whitney, the late William, was born in Ulster county October 15, 1820, and came to Western New York with his parents when he was eleven years of age. He was educated in the schools of that day, in Fairport High School and Genesee Wesleyan Seminary at Lima, N. Y. He was always a farmer. January 24, 1844, he married Jane Nichols, of Fairport, formerly of Rensselaer county, and they had two children: Mary E., who married Merian Filkins and had one daughter Jessie, who is a student in Genesee State Normal School. Mrs. Filkins died May 3, 1879; and Estella M., who married Robert Mitchell of the town of Huron, formerly of Sodus, March 15, 1893. Mr. Mitchell runs the farm, and is trustee of the school in his district. Mr. Whitney died January 4, 1892. The family resided in Fairport, Monroe county, twenty five years, and also in Arcadia many years. Mrs. Whitney's father, Elijah Nichols, was born in Rensselaer county in 1786. He married Marie Firkins, and had the following children: William, Betsey, Polly, Jane, Elijah, jr., John, Trowbridge, Robert and Sarah. He died August 22, 1864, and his wife August 9, 1855. Mr. Whitney's father, Jesse, was born at the old home in Ulster county, and married Emeline Simpkins, by whom he had six children: William, as above; Loring. Eliza J., Sarah A., Albert and Mary. He died August 27, 1876, and his wife several years before.

From:
Landmarks of Wayne County, New York
Edited by: Hon. George W. Cowles
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1895


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