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Re: Cephus N. Whitney
Posted by: C KOTSENBURG (ID *****2895) Date: November 12, 2009 at 17:16:13
In Reply to: Re: Cephus N. Whitney by Magdalen Sinson of 3427

This is what I have; tell me if it is correct...your g-grandfather Cephas N. Whitney (a dentist) was born in 1869 in Du Quoin, Illinois. He grew up in and around Illinois and spent about a year (or less) in Washington D.C. around 1890. From there he went to Jamaica and spent 11 years there. Then he moved to Guyana. I would love to know more if you have any info on him. I did find a passenger list that had Cephas traveling with his wife, Caroline B. and a daughter, Hilda. That was about 1903.

Cephas was the son of Cephas Newhall Whitney b. 12 August 1832 Bridgeton, Maine and d. 1917 in Ohio (a dentist). He married Cyrena Abigail Patch (b. 1835 Wales, NY and d. unknown but think sometime in the 1880's) on 1 Jan 1859 in Hastings, Minnesota. He was a dentist but also started several newspapers in Minnesota and Illinois. He is known for being a temperance lecturer. Cephas and Cyrena had 4 children:
William Henry b.1861 in Monticello, Minnesota d. 27 Mar 1931 Cuyahoga, Ohio (he was my g-grandfather)
Minnie Whitney b. 1862 Minnesota
Lulu Whitney b. 1865 Iowa
Cephas N. b. 1869 Du Quoin, Illinois (your g-grandfather)

Cephas Newhall Whitney was the son of Amos Newhall Whitney (b. 26 Nov 1805 Gray, Maine) and Mary Wyer Jones. They divorced in 1834 and I found a record of him marrying Dorothy Francklin in 1843 in Barbados. He had one sibling, Mary, who died young.

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