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Chauncey Belden Whitney
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Birth: Mar. 31, 1842
Death: Aug. 18, 1873
Ellsworth County
Kansas, USA

Frontier peace officer. Whitney served as town marshal of Ellsworth, Kansas when it was still a wild cowtown. He had previously served as an Army scout and took part in the Battle of Beecher's Island against Cheyenne warriors led by Roman Nose. Elected sheriff of Ellsworth County in 1871, he was shot and killed in the line of duty while attempting to arrest a drunken Billy Thompson, younger brother of the more famous gunfighter, Ben Thompson. According to contemporary press accounts, when asked by his captors following his arrest for the murder why he would kill a man of Sheriff Whitney's standing, Thompson replied, "I would have killed him if he'd been Jesus Christ!" Sheriff Whitney is memorialized at Panel 21, E4 on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. 
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  Jason Whitney (1815 - 1891)
  Esther M. Ingersoll Whitney (1845 - 1865)*
  Ellen M. Norton Whitney (1844 - 1863)*
  Nellie Viola Henry Seaver (1855 - 1915)*
  Mary Elizabeth Whitney Sutton (1872 - 1956)*
  Chauncey Belden Whitney (1842 - 1873)
  Calvin Whitney (1843 - 1917)*
  Adeline Sophie Whitney Hounson (1851 - 1873)*
  Addie Whitney Hounson (1851 - 1873)*
  Almon D Whitney (1855 - 1942)*
  Marian A Whitney Dolbee (1859 - 1911)*
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Ellsworth Memorial Cemetery
Ellsworth County
Kansas, USA
Created by: George Bacon
Record added: Jan 29, 2004
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