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Benjamin F. Whitney
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Birth: Dec. 24, 1835
Allegany County
New York, USA
Death: Aug., 1897
Mille Lacs County
Minnesota, USA

Son of Esau J. Jr. and Esther Whitney, of Burns, Allegany, NY.

The Princeton Union
Thursday, August 26, 1897.


Benjamin Whitney, Who Came Here in 1856, Died of Consumption Last Friday Night.

He Was Prominent in the Early History and Development of the Village of Princeton.

Benjamin F. Whitney is dead. After a long struggle with consumption his hardy constitution succumbed and he "passed through nature to eternity."

Mr. Whitney was born in Allegany county, New York, December 24, 1836. He remained in his native State until 1855, when he removed to Illinois, where he remained a year. In the spring of 1856 he came to Princeton and resided in this vicinity most of the time since. He first kept a stopping place in the old log tavern but the business was not to his liking and at close of summer took a claim in section thirty-four. Here he resided three years and then moved to a place a mile and a half west of the village and finally to the village itself, although he continued to carry on both farms. In 1874 he built a feed mill here and also opened a wagon shop. About ten years ago he left the village for the farm where he resided until his death. In 1862 he removed to Hastings but shortly after enlisted in the Second Minnesota and when he was discharged at the close of the war he returned to Princeton.
Mr. Whitney was one of those hardy pioneers who did so much to develope Minnesota and during his residence of forty years in the community had won for himself an enviable name. He was trusted by his fellow citizens and several times filled offices in this county, always discharging the duties with honor to himself and the community. His work is done and he has entered that haven of us all.

*Note: Obituary gives birth year as 1836 while tombstone appears to read 1835. 
Family links: 
  Esau J. Whitney (1796 - 1869)
  Esther Whitney (1796 - 1850)
  Elinor Kuder Whitney (1835 - 1918)
  Harley W Whitney (1858 - 1909)*
  Melind Whitney Sanford (____ - 1878)**
  Esau J. Whitney (1829 - 1865)*
  Elvira Whitney Pinkham (1832 - 1906)*
  Benjamin F. Whitney (1835 - 1897)
*Calculated relationship
Note: Co. F 2nd Cav. Minn. Vol.
Oak Knoll Cemetery
Mille Lacs County
Minnesota, USA
Plot: Plot 1, Row 15
Created by: C Stanley
Record added: Oct 09, 2011
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Benjamin F. Whitney
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Benjamin F. Whitney
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Benjamin F. Whitney
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