STEPHEN H WHITNEY, who lived on section 8 Macomb township, made farming his life work and operated a tract of land of 207 acres which in its well improved condition indicates his careful management and capable methods. His father John Whitney was a native of New York and in early manhood came west to Michigan casting in his lot with the pioneer settlers at a time when the greater part of this state was wild and unimproved. He entered land from the government in Macomb township becoming the owner of 220 acres which he soon transformed into a valuable tract carrying on the work of improvement & progress until he owned an excellent property. He was married here to Miss Phoebe Nelson, a native of England, who came to this country when a child with her father Richard Nelson one of the early settlers of this portion of the state. John Whitney and his wife reared their family upon the old homestead farm and continued to reside there until called to their final rest - the husband surviving his wife for a number of years. Of their 3 sons and 4 daughters, 2 sons and 1 daughter are yet living the brother Cortland Whitney being a resident of Mount Clemens while Electa M Whitney is now the wife of Julian Axtell of Omaha Nebraska.
Stephen was reared in the usual manner of farmer lads obtaining his education in the home schools and working in the fields when not busy with his textbooks. He remained with his father until he had attained his majority and then made arrangements for having a home of his own. He married on the 11th of April 1872 to Miss Emma S Immen a native of Macomb county born in New Baltimore. Her father John H Immen was born in London England and came to Michigan when this was largely an undeveloped portion of the state. Mr and Mrs Whitney began their life upon a farm which he rented for 3 years, and in 1875 he bought where he now resides securing 167 acres of land which he at once began to cultivate and improve. He made various repairs and changes continuing the work of development until good buildings sheltered his grain and stock and the fields yielded him rich harvests. As he prospered in his undertakings and his financial resources were thereby increased he added to his land from time to time until he now has about 220 acres and in connection with the cultivation of the fields he raises good stock making a specialty of high grade and pure blooded Durham cattle. He fattens and feeds stock for the market and his annual sales return him a good income. In his business relations he is found to be trustworthy conducting all transactions so that while he realizes a fair profit he never takes advantage of the necessities of his fellowmen. Mr and Mrs Whitney have become the parents of 7 children: Florence L, Clara E the wife of Orvil Davis who is living at Davis Michigan, Bertha F the wife of Robert B Miller who was educated at Mount Clemens and is a teacher of Macomb county, Grace P the wife of John E Hall who is also a teacher and was educated in Mount Clemens, Maude C who is a graduate of Mount Clemens high school, Clarence who died at the age of 13 years and John H a student in the Macomb school. Mr Whitney's study of the political questions and issues of the day led him to give his first presidential ballot in support of General US Grant and he has since been a stanch and earnest republican. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church at Macomb and he has served as one of its trustees. He is affiliated with the Maccabees and the Gleaners fraternal insurance orders and he is well known socially having many warm friends who esteem him for the possession of sterling traits of character.
Per History of Macomb County, Michigan.
Emma Sophia Immen Whitney
1854–1911 (m. 1872)
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