Asenath B <I>Whitney</I> Kowalewski

Asenath B Whitney Kowalewski

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Death 1859 (aged 49–50)
Burial Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 63820903 · View Source
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Daughter of Parkhurst Whitney and Celinda Cowing.

Asenath Beecher Whitney, b. 22 Jan 1809, Geneva, NY; m. 1837, Niagara Falls, NY, Pierre de Kowalewski. Asenath Beecher Whitney was the eldest child of Gen. Parkhurst Whitney, of Niagara Falls, New York. She was born in Geneva, New York, 22 Jan 1809. When she was a year old her parents moved to Niagara Falls. Her father was employed as a surveyor for the Holland Land Purchase Company. Parkhurst Whitney was a very intelligent man and gave his children every advantage possible in those days. Asenath Whitney was in many ways a remarkably brilliant woman. She was a very fine scholar and linguist, speaking French, Italian and German fluently, and she also was a great reader and possessed of brilliant conversational powers and was an exceptionally good musician. In 1837 there came to Niagara Falls a Polish gentleman who was a teacher of languages. This gentleman, Pierre de Kowalewski, was an exile, having been an officer in the 10th Lithuanian Lancers, and after the downfall of Poland, his estates being confiscated by the Russian government, he came to America in company with several other noblemen -- all officers and men of fine presence and courtly manners. He was a fine linguist, speaking ten languages, and thus became a professor of languages. At Niagara Falls he met Asenath Whitney in 1836 and in 1837 they were married at Niagara Falls. He died at Havana, Cuba, in May, 1854. The result of this union was four children, only one of whom, Linda Alice, born Mar. 27, 1849, is now living. All these children showed a special aptitude for study, music and the acquirement of languages. Olympia M., the eldest, born 20 Mar 1839, died May, 1865, was a most brilliant musician; Helena, born 9 Mar 1842, died Sept., 1864, a fine German scholar and organist; and Frederic Whitney, born 22 Dec 1843, died 1 Mar 1861, an unusual student, a lad of the brightest promise. Linda, the youngest, has also kept up the family record. She had studied the Polish language and in 1890 translated "The Jew," which was published by Dodd, Mead & County, of New York. It is an historical novel by one of Poland's greatest authors, Joseph Krasyewski. In 1891 she translated "Corine," from the French of Louis Enault, which was published by Little, Brown & Company, of Boston. She has also written poems and short stories for the magazines and is an artist, being a member of the Buffalo Society of Artists, and exhibiting each year original sketches from nature. 30 Sep 1868, Linda de Kowalewski married Robert Fulton at Niagara Falls. Robert Fulton was born in Lewiston, New York, 17 Jul 1847, and is of Scotch-Irish descent, as his ancestors came over to the north of Ireland from Scotland in Cromwell's time. He is a great-grandson of Lieutenant-Colonel James Forrest Fulton, of the Gordon Highlanders of the English army, who was first cousin to Robert Fulton of steamboat fame. Mr. Fulton was for some years associated with his brother, the late James T. Fulton, proprietor of the International Hotel, Niagara Falls, New York, and their combined efforts have done much for the prosperity of Niagara Falls. Mr. and Mrs. Fulton reside on Franklin street, Buffalo, New York.


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  • Created by: Phyllis Meyer
  • Added: 6 Jan 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 63820903
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Asenath B Whitney Kowalewski (22 Jan 1809–1859), Find a Grave Memorial no. 63820903, citing Oakwood Cemetery, Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Phyllis Meyer (contributor 47083260) .