Nancy Whitney gravestone
(Photo by Vernon B. Paddock)

B. about 1801 in New York
D. July 13, 1873
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  • Husband: David Whitney born October 1796 in New York; David died November 18, 1855; buried in Diamond Lake Cemetery, Diamond Lake, Lake County, IL
  • Step Children: (children of David Whitney and Mary (Arnott) Whitney:
  1. Harvey Whitney born about 1821 in New York; married Eliza Ann Jump (1821-1884) on January 19, 1842 in Lake County, OH daughter of Moses Jump; Eliza born 1821 in Westchester County NY and died November 12 1884 in Iowa; she is buried in Sixteen Cemetery, Thornburg, Kleokuk County, IA; children: (1) Anges Whitney born about 1845 in Ohio (1845-1911); (2) Louisa Whitney born about 1846 in Ohio; Louisa died November 9, 1857 (See section pertaining to Louisa Whitney buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery); (3) Ann Eliza “Annie” (Whitney) Eggleston born about 1850 in Illinois (1850-1936); (4) Harvey P. Whitney born February 15, 1852 in Illinois (1852-1899); (5) Ella Almira (Whitney) Haldeman born March 1856 in Hainesville, Lake County, IL (1856-1940); (6) Levi Sumner Whitney born March 29, 1860 in Bremer County, IA (1860-1928); Harvey, a blacksmith and a farmer, died after the 1880 U.S. Census for Prairie, Keokuk County, IA
  2. Levi David Whitney born December 24, 1824 in New York; married Phoebe Ann Slusser (1833-1901) on June 23, 1859 in Lake County, IL daughter of Orville Slusser (1801-1882) and Jane Slusser (1807-1859); children: (1) Carrie E. Whitney (born about 1860), (2) Orville Whitney (1862-1881), (3) Jennie L. (Whitney) Walsh (born about 1868), (4) Martha J. (Whitney) Miller (1870-1946); Levi died September 19, 1911 in Chicago, Cook County, IL; Levi and Phoebe are buried in Lakeside Cemetery, Libertyville, Lake County, IL; According to the Lake County Independent (Libertyville IL) Friday, September 22, 1911, page 5:

   “Levi Whitney, for years a resident of this city but of late years residing with his daughter, Mrs. Frank Miller, in Chicago, died at that place this week Tuesday.  The remains were shipped to Libertyville Thursday and interred in the family lot in Lakeside cemetery.”

 According to the Cook County, IL Death Index:

“Name: Levi Whitney; Birth Date: 22 Dec 1824; Birth Place: New York; Death Date: 19 Sep 1911; Death Place: Chicago, Cook, Illinois; Burial Date: 21 Sep 1911; Burial Place: Libertyville, Illinois; Death Age: 86; Occupation: Farmer; Marital Status: Widowed; Street Address: 1543 Edgewater Pl; Father Name: David Whitney; Father Birth Place: York State; Mother Name: Mary Arnott; Mother Birth Place: York State”

 Children of David Whitney and Nancy Whitney

  1. Allen B. Whitney born about 1834 in Willoughby, Lake County, OH; Civil War Veteran, Captain, Company B, 96th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, mustered in September 5, 1862 in Rockford, IL; married Harriet J. Arnold (1837-1903) on August 8, 1858 in Lake County, IL; children: (1) Nancy Arnett (Whitney) Mellen (1859-1919); (2) Arthur A. Whitney (born about 1863); (3) Hattie Whitney (born about 1867); (4) May Whitney (1871); Allen died February 19, 1879 in Chicago, Cook County, IL; Allen and Harriet are buried in Grayslake Cemetery, Grayslake, Lake County, IL (See section pertaining to the Ninety-Sixth Illinois Infantry Regiment); According to The Patch, “From 1861: Grayslake Men Sign Up for Civil War”, May 3, 2011, by Marcia Watts Sagendorph:

“After the war, Allen B. Whitney of the 96th returned to civilian life and made his living as a baker.”

According to “History of the Ninety-sixth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry” by Charles A. Partridge. Chicago. 1887:

“Captain Allen B. Whitney. Age 28; born in Willoughby, Ohio: sailor; enlisted from Avon; was elected Second Lieutenant at the organization of the Company; promoted to First Lieutenant Jan. 6, 1863, and to Captain Feb. 17, 1863; resigned Jan. 8, 1864, on account of ill health: recovering, he re-enlisted as a private Oct. 10, 1864, and rejoined the Regiment at Nashville, Tenn., just prior to the battle of December 15 and 16, in which he participated; returned home with Regiment; died in Chicago, Feb. 19, 1879.”

According to the Inter Ocean (Chicago IL) Friday, February 21, 1879, page 8:


   WHITNEY – At his residence, No. 78 North Carpenter street of pulmonary consumption.  Captain Allen B. Whitney, aged 45 years.
   Captain Whitney served during the war of the rebellion as captain of Company B, Ninety-sixth Illinois Volunteer Infantry.
   Notice of funeral in to-morrow’s papers.”

According to the Inter Ocean (Chicago IL) Saturday, February 22, 1879, page 8:


   WHITNEY – The funeral services of the late Captain Whitney will take place to-day, at 9 a. m. at 78 North Carpenter street.  His remains will be taken to Lake County, and members of the Ninety-sixth Regiment, Illinois Volunteers, are invited to attend as escort to the cars.” 

  1. Arthur Whitney born August 1840 in Ohio; Civil War Veteran, Lieutenant, Company C, 37th Illinois Infantry Regiment (1861-1863); Arthur was killed in action on March 13, 1863 in Springfield, Greene County, MO (See section pertainint to Arthur Whitney buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery) (See section pertaining to the Thirty-Seventh Illinois Infantry Regiment)
  2. Martha E. Whitney born about 1842 in Ohio; Martha died July 22, 1860 (See section pertaining to Martha E. Whitney buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)

Additional Information:

According to “The Past and Present of Lake County, Illinois”. Wm Le Baron & Co. Chicago. 1877. page 249:

   “In 1850, the Methodists met at the school house at Gray’s Lake, under the direction of Rev. Francis Reed, and formed a class of fourteen members.  They have continued to increase in numbers, and have held service from year to year at the various school houses in the town until 1876, when a fine house of worship was built on the Antioch road, near Lozell Munger’s.
   The following are the names of the first members of the class formed as aforesaid: Rebecca Vandemark, Nancy Whitney, D. C. Lewis, Abigail Lewis, Laura A. Lewis, S. E. Vandemark, Henry Vandemark, Mary Vandemark, Lorenzo Adams, Chloe Adams, Lydia Lindsey, Minverva Dimmick, O. H. Crawford, Lucinda Crawford.”

According to the 1850 U.S. Census for Town of Avon, Lake County, IL the household members were: David Whitney, age 56, occupation: farmer, born in New York; Nancy Whitney, age 49, born in New York; Levi Whitney, age 26, occupation: farmer, born in New York; Allen Whitney, age 16, occupation: farmer, born in Ohio; Arthur Whitney, age 11, born in Ohio; Martha E. Whitney, age 8, born in Ohio.

According to the 1860 U.S. Census for Town of Avon, Lake County, IL with a Hainesville post office the household members were: David Whitney, age 36, occupation: farmer, born in New York; P. A. Whitney, age 27, born in New York; C. U. Whitney, age 1, born in Illinois; Nancy Whitney, age 58, born in Illinois; Charles Woestman, age 21, occupation: farm laborer, born in Illinois.

According to the 1870 U.S. Census for Town of Avon, Lake County, IL with a Hainesville post office the household members were: Levi Whitney, age 47, occupation: farmer; born in New York; Phoebe Whitney, age 38, born in New York;  Carrie E. Whitney, age 10, born in Illinois; Orville Whitney, age 7, born in Iowa; Jennie Whitney, age 2, born in Illinois; Nancy Whitney, age 66, born in New York.