Ephraim Whitney was b.1789 and died Feb.4th,1828 per tombstone in the Getchell Memorial Cemetery in Marshfield, Washington Co., ME. His first born son Otis Crocker Whitney, was b.April 27, 1814 in Machias, ME., per vital records of Machias. About 1839 Otis migrated to settle in the new town of Northfield, ME. where he became Justice of the Peace, surveyor,town clerk and numerous other positions. Probably because there were so few people there to fill them. He had married a woman named Mary and their first born son John was born in Machias on October 15, 1836. Next was Nehemiah, b. August 6th, 1837 in Machias, then James b. Feb. 18, 1840 in Northfield, then Ephraim, b. March 19, 1842 in Northfield, then Louisa E.T. b.March 29,1844 in Northfield, then Adelia T. b. Feb. 9, 1847 in Northfield, and finally Josephine b. 1851 in St. Anthony's, Hennepin Co., MN. From the VR of Northfield, and Machias.
John Whitney married Penelopy (Ward)on July 26, 1856 in St. Anthony's, Hennepin Co., MN., by Simon Biglow Esq. I have a copy of the original marriage license. In the 1860 census of Wisconsin, Pierce Co., town of Hartland, John Whitney and Penelope are living right next to Otis Whitney and his family. John and Penelope have twin sons while living there. Cyrus J. b.August 10,1861, (my great-grandfather) and Sanford Bate. John and family move back to St. Anthony's and then around 1880 the migrate to Morrison county MN and homestead near the town of Little Falls, MN.
John Whitney died on September 5,1906 and Penelope on August 14, 1910. A few years earlier Penelope had made application for a Civil War Pension from duty served by John Whitney in the Civil War. Her pension was denied because she had by mistake filed her application on the wrong John Whitney's service. There was another John Whitney that had served in MN infantry that she believe to be her husband. It was not. Researching the Civil War records I found that Penelope's husband John F. had served in the Civil War in Brackett's Battalion of Mounted Rangers along with his brother Ephraim Whitney. I had ordered from the National Archives the erronious application of Penelope and in the 205 documents they sent was a letter from a Mrs. Rufus Goss stating that she was the sister of John F. Whitney. Research in the 1900 Census showed the wife of Rufus Goss to be Josephine, b. in 1851 in MN. Exactly as shown in the 1860 census of Wisconsin and Otis's family, the family that John F Whitney is the first born of.
This then proves that John F.M. Whitney, (the name used on his probate documents in my possesion), is the son of Otis of Machias ME and NOT the John Whitney b. in Weld, ME as some have aluded to. It took me five years to sort this out but it feels good to know for certain I am working on the right line of ancestors. Otis Whitney left Minnesota in 1863 for Montana. He took a new wife with him, Ellen (Hill) and homesteaded, raised horses and cattle and ranched near Virginia City, Montana. He was a member of the House of Representatives, Seventh Sesion, 1871-1872, Territorial Legislative Assembly. Otis died Sept. 19, 1892 at the ranch in Montana. Cyrus Whitney my great-grandfather migrated to Washington Territory about 1881 after marrying Emma (Bedow). They lived near Spokane, Washington in a town called TumTum. Their first born son, Otis Whitney, died on a hunting trip at the age of 14 from appendicitis and was buried on the homestead. Their next son, Edward Whitney was my grandfather. I would be happy to share informatin with anyone working on these lines. Warmest regards, Dean Whitney
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