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About Francis Tufts Whitney

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868

Mormon Battalion Sick Detachments (1847)

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Birth: Mar. 24, 1805 Phillips Corner Somerset County Maine, USA

Death: Apr. 5, 1883 Huntington Emery County Utah, USA

Pvt Francis Tufts Whitney Blacksmith Parents Joseph Whitney, Rebecca Stinchfield settled in Phillips, Maine, later moved to Ohio.

1827 Married: Spears Landing, Shelby, Ohio, Abigail Blanchard 17 February 1827 Treasures of Pioneer History

1840 Census Shelby, Ohio Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 1 Males - 10 thru 14: 1 Males - 30 thru 39: 1 Females - Under 5: 1 Females - 5 thru 9: 2 Females - 10 thru 14: 1 Females - 30 thru 39: 1 Persons - Under 20: 6 Persons - 20 thru 49: 2 Total Free White Persons: 8

1845 Gospel When the [LDS] Gospel was being preached in that state [Ohio], Francis heard the message and joined the Church. However, neither his wife Abigail Blanchard nor any of their ten children would join the Mormons, so it was with much grief that he left his famiy July 18, 1845 to gather with the Saints.

1846 Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois Received temple endowment Feb 6, 1846

1846-7 Mormon Battalion Francis was in Council Bluffs, Iowa and when the Mormon Battalion was being mustered [July 1846] he joined that group of men in Battalion B [served from July 1846 to July 1847 during the Mexican-American War]. He was forty-one years of age. After being honorably discharged from duties, it is believed he arrived in Great Salt Lake with the main body of the Battalion October 16, 1847.

1847-1850 Salt Lake City, Utah, Terr Between 1847 and 1850, Francis lived for a while in Salt Lake City working his trade as a blacksmith.

1848 Shelby County, Ohio Sarah P Whitney, born September 17, 1848 to 1st wife Abigail Blanchard Whitney.

1849 Married: Salt Lake City, Utah Terr Clarissa Alger 12 May 1849 Daughter of Samuel Alger; Clarissa Hancock.

1850 Salt Lake to Parowan, Utah At the time of their marriage, Clarissa was twenty-five years his junior. In [January] 1850, with his bride of one year [he left] to help settle Parowan, and six weeks after arriving at their destination, Clarissa gave birth to a child whom they named New Samuel Whitney. He was called "New" all his life because he was the first white child born in Iron County, Utah.

Rooster of Pioneers to Parowan, Utah Leadership of Apostle George A Smith Utah; Parowan Times, January 16, 1931, Page 1.

1850 Census Iron County, Utah Francis Whitney 46, Clarissa Whitney 21, New Samuel Whitney, 2 months Recorded as married within previous year June 1, 1850

1850 Census, Shelby County, Ohio Francis Whitney 47, Abigail Whitney 43, Araminta Whitney 17, Oscar G Whitney 10, Francis Whitney 6, Sarah Whitney 2 Oct 31, 1850

1856 Statehood Census Parowan, Iron, UT Francis Whitney Clarissa Whitney New Whitney Elijah Whitney Job Whitney Also listed however they were probably in Ohio Abigail, Christiana, Rispah, Ernestine, Thomas, Alvah, Sarah, Oscar

1856 Married: Salt Lake City, Utah, Terr. Harriet Watt Brookshaw 10 Aug 1856,

1859 Divorce: Shelby County, Ohio divorce granted 1st wife, Abigail Blanchard Whitney

Francis and Clarissa were active in Parowan religious and civic duties. Francis manufactured nails, cast handsome brass door handles, latches and other small articles. He also raised garden produce.

1860 Census Parowan, Iron, Utah Francis Whitney 55 Clarissa Whitney 30 New Sam Whitney 9 Elijah Whitney 7 Job Whitney 5 Ira B Whitney 3 Harriet Whitney 47 Ellen Whitney 13

1865-66 Iron County, Utah During the Black Hawk War of 1865-66, Francis was selected to blow a horn as a warning to the citizens that the Indians were coming. Years later, his widow received a pension for this service as well as his service in the Mormon Battalion.

1870 Census Parowan, Iron, Utah Francis Whitney 65 Clarissa Whitney 40 New Whitney 19 Eli Whitney 17 Job Whitney 15 Ira Whitney 13 --Also living with family Samuel Alger 84, FIL Clarissa Hancock Alger 79, MIL

After about twenty years in Utah the urge came to him to see his family and friends in Ohio to try to bring them into the Church. He remained there fourteen years during which time his first wife, Abigail, died December 9, 1878 age of seventy.

Francis returned to Utah and the city of Parowan in 1883. He was then seventy-eight years of age. After a brief stay with his wife, Clarissa, he traveled to Huntington, Emery County to visit his sons, Job and Ira. Shortly after, he became ill and died in Huntington April 6, 1883 where he was buried. Ilene Hanks Kingsbury [great granddaughter] Vol. 4, p. 473

Children of Abigail Blanchard:

  • Alvah Whitney
  • Christiana B Whitney
  • Rispah Whitney
  • Araminta Whitney
  • Ernestine Whitney
  • Stephen Whitney
  • Oscar G. Whitney
  • Francis M. Whitney
  • Abigail Whitney
  • Sarah P. Whitney

Children of Clarissa Alger:

  • New Samuel Whitney,
  • Abi Clarissa Whitney,
  • Job Hall Whitney,
  • Elijah Alger Whitney,
  • Ira Blanchard Whitney

Mormon Battalion, Company B Mormon Battalion Virtual Cemetery


Family links:

Spouses:
  • Abigail Blanchard Whitney (1808 - 1878)
  • Clarissa Alger Whitney (1830 - 1907)
  • Harriet Brookshaw Watt (1812 - 1882)*
Children:
  • Christiana Whitney Houser (1829 - 1912)*
  • Araminta Whitney Houser (1832 - 1895)*
  • Stephen Whitney (1839 - 1845)*
  • Oscar G Whitney (1840 - 1916)*
  • Abigail Whitney (1844 - 1845)*
  • Francis M Whitney (1844 - ____)*
  • Sarah P Whitney Cecil (1848 - 1874)*
  • New Samuel Whitney (1850 - 1926)*
  • Eli Alger Whitney (1852 - 1913)*
  • Abi Clarissa Whitney (1854 - 1854)*
  • Job Hall Whitney (1855 - 1922)*
  • Ira Blanchard Whitney (1856 - 1915)*

Inscription: Mormon Battallion


Burial: Huntington City Cemetery Huntington Emery County Utah, USA Plot: J_41_04 -------------------- loads of info and stories under his http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=25951673 profile!

MY WHITNEY LINES CAN BE FOUND HERE... http://wiki.whitneygen.org/wrg/index.php/User:Theresareneetossas

A Thoroughly researched biography from the Whitney Research Group- created and with-  Robert L. Ward (my 8th Cousin 2x removed as well as, my 11th cousin.... depending on which relation one is most interested in.) here > http://wiki.whitneygen.org/wrg/index.php/Family:Whitney,_Francis_Tufts_(1805-1883)

Not only MY WHITNEY LINES, but OTHERS as well!!! http://wiki.whitneygen.org/wrg/index.php/Main_Page DNA Research etc. http://wiki.whitneygen.org/wrg/index.php/John_Whitney%27s_English_Ancestry

1845 Gospel When the [LDS] Gospel was being preached in that state [Ohio], Francis heard the message and joined the Church. However, neither his wife Abigail Blanchard nor any of their ten children would join the Mormons, so it was with much grief that he left his famiy July 18, 1845 to gather with the Saints.

1846 Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois Received temple endowment Feb 6, 1846

1846-7 Mormon Battalion Francis was in Council Bluffs, Iowa and when the Mormon Battalion was being mustered [July 1846] he joined that group of men in Battalion B [served from July 1846 to July 1847 during the Mexican-American War]. He was forty-one years of age. After being honorably discharged from duties, it is believed he arrived in Great Salt Lake with the main body of the Battalion October 16, 1847.

1847-1850 Salt Lake City, Utah, Terr Between 1847 and 1850, Francis lived for a while in Salt Lake City working his trade as a blacksmith.

1848 Shelby County, Ohio Sarah P Whitney, born September 17, 1848 to 1st wife Abigail Blanchard Whitney.

1849 Married: Salt Lake City, Utah Terr Clarissa Alger 12 May 1849 Daughter of Samuel Alger; Clarissa Hancock.

1850 Salt Lake to Parowan, Utah At the time of their marriage, Clarissa was twenty-five years his junior. In [January] 1850, with his bride of one year [he left] to help settle Parowan, and six weeks after arriving at their destination, Clarissa gave birth to a child whom they named New Samuel Whitney. He was called "New" all his life because he was the first white child born in Iron County, Utah.

Rooster of Pioneers to Parowan, Utah Leadership of Apostle George A Smith Utah; Parowan Times, January 16, 1931, Page 1. 1850 Census, Shelby County, Ohio Francis Whitney 47, Abigail Whitney 43, Araminta Whitney 17, Oscar G Whitney 10, Francis Whitney 6, Sarah Whitney 2 Oct 31, 1850

1856 Statehood Census Parowan, Iron, UT Francis Whitney Clarissa Whitney New Whitney Elijah Whitney Job Whitney Also listed however they were probably in Ohio Abigail, Christiana, Rispah, Ernestine, Thomas, Alvah, Sarah, Oscar

1856 Married: Salt Lake City, Utah, Terr. Harriet Watt Brookshaw 10 Aug 1856,

1859 Divorce: Shelby County, Ohio divorce granted 1st wife, Abigail Blanchard Whitney

Francis and Clarissa were active in Parowan religious and civic duties. Francis manufactured nails, cast handsome brass door handles, latches and other small articles. He also raised garden produce.

1860 Census Parowan, Iron, Utah Francis Whitney 55 Clarissa Whitney 30 New Sam Whitney 9 Elijah Whitney 7 Job Whitney 5 Ira B Whitney 3 Harriet Whitney 47 Ellen Whitney 13

1865-66 Iron County, Utah During the Black Hawk War of 1865-66, Francis was selected to blow a horn as a warning to the citizens that the Indians were coming. Years later, his widow received a pension for this service as well as his service in the Mormon Battalion.

1870 Census Parowan, Iron, Utah Francis Whitney 65 Clarissa Whitney 40 New Whitney 19 Eli Whitney 17 Job Whitney 15 Ira Whitney 13 --Also living with family Samuel Alger 84, FIL Clarissa Hancock Alger 79, MIL

After about twenty years in Utah the urge came to him to see his family and friends in Ohio to try to bring them into the Church. He remained there fourteen years during which time his first wife, Abigail, died December 9, 1878 age of seventy.

Francis returned to Utah and the city of Parowan in 1883. He was then seventy-eight years of age. After a brief stay with his wife, Clarissa, he traveled to Huntington, Emery County to visit his sons, Job and Ira. Shortly after, he became ill and died in Huntington April 6, 1883 where he was buried. Ilene Hanks Kingsbury [great granddaughter] Vol. 4, p. 473

Children of Abigail Blanchard: Alvah Whitney Christiana B Whitney Rispah Whitney Araminta Whitney Ernestine Whitney Stephen Whitney Oscar G. Whitney Francis M. Whitney Abigail Whitney Sarah P. Whitney

1900 Census Parowan, Iron, utah Clarissa Whitney 70, widow, 5 children, 4 living

Children of Clarissa Alger: New Samuel Whitney, Abi Clarissa Whitney, Job Hall Whitney, Elijah Alger Whitney, Ira Blanchard Whitney

Mormon Battalion, Company B Mormon Battalion Virtual Cemetery


Family links:

Spouses:
 Abigail Blanchard Whitney (1808 - 1878)
 Clarissa Alger Whitney (1830 - 1907)
 Harriet Brookshaw Watt (1812 - 1882)*

Children:
 Alvah L Whitney (1827 - 1854)*
 Christiana Whitney Houser (1829 - 1912)*
 Rispah B. Whitney Houser (1831 - 1880)*
 Araminta Whitney Houser (1832 - 1895)*
 Stephen Whitney (1839 - 1845)*
 Oscar G Whitney (1840 - 1916)*
 Abigail Whitney (1844 - 1845)*
 Francis Merriman Whitney (1844 - 1915)*
 Sarah P Whitney Cecil (1848 - 1874)*
 New Samuel Whitney (1850 - 1926)*
 Eli Alger Whitney (1852 - 1913)*
 Abi Clarissa Whitney (1854 - 1854)*
 Job Hall Whitney (1855 - 1922)*
 Ira Blanchard Whitney (1856 - 1915)*
  • Calculated relationship

Inscription: Mormon Battallion


Burial: Huntington City Cemetery Huntington Emery County Utah, USA Plot: J_41_04


Maintained by: RememberThem Originally Created by: SMSmith Record added: Apr 12, 2008 Find A Grave Memorial# 25951673

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Francis Tufts Whitney's Timeline

1805
March 24, 1805
Phillips Corner, Somerset, Maine, USA
1827
February 17, 1827
Age 21
Spears Landing, Shelby, Ohio, USA
August 5, 1827
Age 22
OH, USA
1829
September 26, 1829
Age 24
Ohio, United States
1831
May 7, 1831
Age 26
Ohio, United States
1832
1832
Age 26
Hamilton, Butler, OH, USA
1835
October 1835
Age 30
Ohio, United States
1839
January 3, 1839
Age 33
Shelby County, Ohio, United States
1840
November 2, 1840
Age 35
1844
October 12, 1844
Age 39