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Cheeney Whitney
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Birth: Apr. 2, 1795
Ontario County
New York, USA
Death: Feb. 16, 1886
Ontario County
New York, USA

Geneva Courier
Geneva, Ontario County, New York.
July 4, 1877

Seneca Castle -- Few persons who enter into the marriage relation -- entertaining high hopes of a long life -- are spared to each other sixty years. It may be of interest to record an event just occurred. Mr. and Mrs. Cheeney Whitney, aged 82 and 76 years, have lived together till the Diamond wedding day. On Tuesday, June 26th, the groom of sixty years ago invited his bride to take a ride and call upon some aged people. Their son, Sidney, being in the secret, volunteered his services as driver. Consequently at four o'clock, they were returned in safety, to find their house occupied by children and grandchildren to the number of twenty-one, while the fragrance of flowers and strawberries were wafted from a table bountifully spread with the good things of this life, by those who had taken possession. One daughter, son-in-law and grandson of Nevada City, Montana, and one granddaughter, Mrs. Carr of Hudson, were absent. After refreshments, all were assembled together, while the aged sire and grandsire "leaning on his staff", made a few remarks, very appropriate for the occasion and offered prayer. The aged matron added an expression of thanks for the respect shown them in their declining years, in preparing and completing so pleasant a surprise.


Ontario County Times
Canandaigua, Ontario County, New York.
February 17, 1886

Seneca Castle, N. Y. - On Wednesday morning, Mr. Cheney Whitney, aged nearly 91, was called to leave us after an illness of a few days. His disease was pneumonia. A little over a year since his brother, Otis Whitney, 99 years, died of the same disease. These two brothers, with Luther Whitney, who died a few years since aged 95, were among the first settlers in this community. There were two other brothers in the family. Only one of the five are now living, and he is 95 years of age, living in Illinois. The funeral of Mr. Whitney was held at the house on Friday afternoon, conducted by Rev. H. H. Kellogg.


Geneva Gazette
Geneva, Ontario County, New York.
March 5, 1886

Seneca Castle - The correspondent of the Canandaigua Messenger gives a very interesting biography of the late Cheney Whitney; and as he was a man well known to almost every inhabitant of this vicinity, we have taken the liberty to publish it in the Gazette. He says:

The grandfather of Cheney Whitney came from Massachusetts and purchased a large tract of land west of Geneva, near the Indian burying ground. He had five sons and four daughters, viz: Joel, Ami, Parkhurst, Jonas, Nathan; Mrs. Selah Hart, Mrs. Howes, Mrs. Gleason and Sybil, all of whom are dead except Mrs. Gleason, who is still with us, aged 86 years. Joel died on his farm east of Seneca Castle, leaving a large family of sons and daughters, most of whom are still living. Ami, for many years a helpless cripple, died on his farm west of Flint Creek. Parkhurst once owned a hotel at Niagara Falls. Jonas died at or near Clifton Springs and left numerous descendants, many of whom are still living in that region. Mrs. Hart died some years since in this vicinity, leaving several children, most of whom are living. She too has numerous descendants.

The father of Cheney Whitney was a brother of the Joel Whitney, whose family we have just described. He was born in Milford, Mass. in 1758; he had nine children, five of whom were born in Conway, Mass. In 1792 they emigrated to this town and located on the spot where his grandson, Sydney, now lives. The names of the nine children were Luther, Theodore, Otis, Polly, Nathan, Jonathan, Cheney, Olive and Julia. Of these nine all are dead except Nathan, who lives in Illinois, and who recently celebrated his eighty-sixth birthday. Luther died in 1878, aged 95 years; Jonathan in 1875, aged 81 years; Otis in 1885, aged 90 years, and Cheney who died last week, aged 91 years. Theodore was killed in early life by the fall of a tree, and was the first person buried in the Seneca Castle Cemetery.

Cheney Whitney was born in 1795 in this town; was married to Olive Colwell in 1817. To them were born nine children. Their names are Daniel Hopkins, Anna A., Halhalliah, Sydney, Clarisse, Sophronia, Byron, Elvira Emogene, and Cheney Parkhurst. Of these six are living all the sons and Sophronia, who married William M. Gregory and lives in Southern California. The five sons all live in this vicinity, and mostly on portions of the original homestead. Cheney Whitney with his wife united with the Presbyterian Church here in 1831. Since that time his life has been devoted to the cause of Christ. His whole career was intensely religious. For the last few years he was so deaf as to be almost shut out from human intercourse. He was for some absolutely blind, yet he was emphatically the happiest man in this community. Before losing his eye-sight he was a great reader, keeping well read up with all the discoveries, improvements and inventions of the times. Did time and space permit, I could dilate much more upon the peculiarities of Mr. Whitney. His pastor thus summed up his peculiarities in his funeral discourse: "He was a Christian, humble, simple, faithful, guileless, child like."

Family links: 
  Nathan Whitney (1761 - 1838)
  Olive Whitney Whitney (1758 - 1829)
  Olive Colwell Whitney (1801 - 1886)
  Daniel Hopkins Whitney (1819 - 1910)*
  Anna A. Whitney (1821 - 1822)*
  Hachaliah Whitney (1822 - 1918)*
  Sidney Whitney (1824 - 1904)*
  Clarissa Whitney (1826 - 1876)*
  Sophronia B. Whitney (1828 - 1919)*
  Byron Whitney (1830 - 1925)*
  Emogene E. Whitney (1833 - 1853)*
  Cheeney P. Whitney (1836 - 1933)*
  Luther Whitney (1781 - 1878)*
  Theodore Whitney (1785 - 1792)*
  Otis Whitney (1786 - 1885)*
  Nathan Whitney (1791 - 1891)*
  Cheeney Whitney (1795 - 1886)
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Whitney Cemetery
Ontario County
New York, USA
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