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Husband:  Samuel "Sam" WHITNEY
Birth:  9 Jul 1811, Middlesex, Ontario Co., NY [now Potter, Yates Co., NY]
Death:  26 Apr 1889, Macomb Co., MI
Occupation:  farmer
Migration:  ca. 1832, NY to PA; 1834, PA to MI
Father:  Isaac WHITNEY
Mother:  Susanna TURNBACK
Marriage:  21 Apr 1836, Macomb Co., MI
Wife:  Ann STROUP
Birth:  5 Mar 1819, Fayette, Seneca Co., NY
Death:  aft. 1880
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  George STROUP, Sr.
Mother:  Susanna RIEGEL
Children born in Macomb, Macomb Twp., Macomb Co., MI:
  1.  Sophronia WHITNEY, b. 16 may 1837; never married; resided Mt. Clemens, Macomb Co., MI
  2.  Jason C. WHITNEY, b. 9 Feb 1839; m1. Elida BARNEY / BERNEY; m2. Lettie E. HEYMAN; resided Port Sanilac, Sanilac Co., MI
  3.  William H. WHITNEY, b. 16 Dec 1840; m. Mary Euretta KELLOGG of Maple Grove, Barry Co., MI
  4.  Esther Ann WHITNEY, b. 1 Sep 1842; m. 27 Aug 1873, Warren CRAWFORD; resided North Branch, Lapeer Co., MI, and/or Kings Mill, MI; five children
  5.  George Clay WHITNEY, b. 1843/4; m. Martha FRIESE / FREIS; resided Macomb Twp.
  6.  Milton Isaac WHITNEY, b. 4 Jun 1846; m. Elizabeth M. FULLER; resided Negaunee, Marquette Co., MI
  7.  Samuel Emory WHITNEY, b. 28 Mar 1848; resided Detroit, MI
  8.  Laton Dennis WHITNEY, b. Jan 1850 or 8 Mar 1850; resided Mt. Clemens
  9.  Milo Herbert WHITNEY, b. 5 Mar 1852; resided Mt. Clemens
10.  Lora Alice WHITNEY, b. 16 Apr 1854; m. 20 Sep 1876, Ira H. BRIGGS; resided Mt. Clemens
11.  Allen Sisson WHITNEY, b. 16 Jun 1857; resided Saginaw, MI
12.  Eugene Clarence WHITNEY, b. 2 Jun 1860; resided Detroit, MI
13.  Florence Harriet "Hattie" WHITNEY, b. 17 Jul 1865; resided Mt. Clemens
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1.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org).
Spouse: Ann SROUP
Marriage: 21 Apr 1836, Macomb, Michigan
Source: Marriage Records, 1819-1927. Macomb County (Michigan). County Clerk

2.  1840 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #8-9 of 10 numerical pages are listed before name pages; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1840 MI Macomb Co. Macomb Roll 208 pp. 249A-249B Ln. 5 S Whitney 100 010 - 100 010 0100000
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 4 or under 1835-1840 = Jason (b. 1838/9)
1 male 20-29 1810-1820 = Samuel (b. 1811)
1 female 4 or under 1835-1840 = Sophronia (b. 1836/7)
1 female 20-29 1810-1820 = Ann (b. 1818/9)
1 person employed in agriculture
Listed two lines below J. STROUP and two lines above J. WHITNEY.

3.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #11 of 19):  Town of Macomb, Macomb Co., MI, Roll M432_357, p. 32A/63, 453/458, enumerated 28 Aug 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Samuel Whitney 38 M   Farmer 1200 NY
Ann        " 31 F       "
Sephrona   " 13 F       Mich
Jason      " 11 M       "
William H  "  9 M       "
Esther A   "  7 F       "
George C   "  6 M       "
Isaac M    "  4 M       "
Samuel E   "  2 M       "
Loton? D   " 4/12 M       "
Listed two households from Samuel's brother, John WHITNEY, who is listed next to Ann's father, George STROUP.

4.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #10 of 35):  Utica P.O., Town of Macomb, Macomb Co., MI, Roll M653_553, p. 840, PN 10, 93/81, enumerated 5 Jun 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Samuel Whitney 48 M   Farmer 4000 1265 New York
Ann        " 41 F   Domestic     "   "
William H  " 19 M   Farm Laborer     Michigan
Esther A   " 17 F   Domestic     "
George C   " 15 M         "
Isaac M    " 13 M         "
Samuel E   " 11 M         "
Laton D    "  9 M         "
Milo H     "  7 M         "
Lora A     "  6 F         "
Allen S    "  3 M         "
Listed two households from Samuel's brother, John WHITNEY.

5.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #16 of 46):  Macomb P.O., Macomb Twp., Macomb Co., MI, Roll M593_688, p. 8B, PN 16, 125/128, enumerated 30 Jun 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Whitney Samuel 59 M W Farmer 10,500 2640 New York
_______ Ann 51 F W Keeping House     New York
_______ Sophronia 31 F W School Teacher     Michigan
_______ Alice 16 F W At Home     Michigan
_______ Hattie  5 F W At School     Michigan
_______ George 26 M W Works on Farm     Michigan
_______ Dennis 20 M W Works on Farm     Michigan
_______ Milo 18 M W Works on Farm     Michigan
_______ Allen 13 M W Works on Farm     Michigan
_______ Eugene 10 M W At School     Michigan
Wood Elizbeth 23 F W School Teacher     Michigan
I cannot explain the ordering of the children other than as an excess of courtesy that has the females listed before the males.  Listed two households from Samuel's brother, John WHITNEY.

6.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #19 of 41):  Macomb Twp., Macomb Co., MI, Roll T9_592, p. 469C, PN 19, SD 5, ED 208, enumerated 15 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 13 24 25 26
196 194 Whitney Samuel W M 68     / Farmer NY MA PA
    _______ Ann W F 61 Wife   / Keeping house NY PA PA
    _______ Dennis L W M 30 Son /   Farmer MI NY NY
    _______ Milo H W M 28 Son /   Farm Laborer MI NY NY

7.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

8.  Anon.  1882.  History of Macomb County, Michigan.  M.A. Leeson & Co., Chicago (online at HeritageQuest at Genealogy.com).  On p. 777:
SAMUEL WHITNEY, born July 9, 1811, in the town of Middlesex, Ontario County, now Potter, Yates Co., N.Y., son of Isaac and Susanna (Turnback) Whitney; his father was born in Massachusetts and his mother was born in Pennsylvania; his father died when Samuel was six years of age.  Isaac Whitney left Massachusetts and emigrated to New York at an early date and died in 1817; his chances for education in the early days were limited, probably his attendance at school not exceeding in all two years; his mother died February 9, 1867, in Ray Township; the family came to Michigan, landed in Detroit September 2, 1834, from Pennsylvania, where they passed about two years previous to coming here; he located in Macomb Township on an eighty-acre lot, purchased from the Government; the next year he added forty acres more of Government land; in 1853, he added eighty acres more, making in all a farm of 200 acres; when he first came in, George Stroup was his nearest neighbor, and Mr. Whitney cUt a road from the Stroup farm to his own; he made all his improvements hiimself.  He was married, April 21, 1836, to Ann Stroup, daughter of George Stroup.  The Indians were plenty, often called and stayed overnight.  The wolves were also very plenty and committed depredation on his young stock many times, carrying off a fine sheep or calf.  Politically, Mr. Whitney is a Whig, an has always tried to fight the Democratic party all the way through; since the Whig party went down, he was one of the first members of the Republican party.  When the town was connected with Chesterfield, he was elected one of the School Inspectors; in 1842, he was elected Justice of the Peace, which he held four years; in 1856, he was elected Supervisor of Macomb, and again ran, in 1857, but lost it by four votes, owing to his strict temperance principles, which were opposed by many of the Germans of the town; in 1858, he was elected Supervisor, which he held one year; he was a strong temperance man and has done all in his power to advance that cause; he is a good friend and neighbor and has been a witness of the advance of the county from its wilderness condition; he is the father of thirteen children, nine sons and four daughters Sophronia, William H., Esther Ann, wife of Warren Crawford, of North Branch, Lapeer County; Jason C., married Elida Barney, residing at Fort Sanilac; William H., married Mary E. Kellogg, of Maple Grove, Barry County; George C., married to Martha J. Friese, resides in Macomb Township, Milton J., married Elizabeth Fuller, resides in Negaunee, Principal of the school there; Samuel E., Principal of the Hancock High School; Lora A., wife of Ira H. Briggs, resides in Macomb Township; Allen S., teaching the Quincy School, near Hancock; Eugene C., Loton D., Milo H., Florence H.; two of the sonS Milton J. and George C. were in the war and honorably discharged at its close.  When Mr. S. raised his house, which was one of the first in the county, he was told it could not be put up without the use of liquor; he made three efforts to raise the building without success, and finally went up in the Macomb neighborhood, told the people there the circumstances of his case, and they turned in and raised the house, which was the first temperance building put up in the Whitney neighborhood.
I can find no such place as "Fort" Sanilac, but there is a Port Sanilac in Sanilac County; and a quick check of the 1880 census shows a Jason C. WHITNEY (æ 41) in Port Sanilac.  There is also a bio of Samuel's brother, John WHITNEY, who married 17 May 1838 in Macomb Co., MI, to Phoebe NELSON, daughter of Richard NELSON & Ann VAUGHN.

9.  Frederick Clifton Pierce.  1895.  The Descendants of John Whitney, Who Came from London, England, to Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1635.  Self-published, Chicago (transcribed by and online at the Whitney Research Group web site, www.whitneygen.org):
p. 239 1709. SAMUEL WHITNEY (Isaac, Jason, Mark, Benjamin, John), b. Middlesex, N.Y.,
July 9, 1811; m. at Macomb, Mich., Apr. 21, 1836, Ann STROUP; b. Mar. 5, 1819.
  He was born in Middlesex, Ontario Co., N. Y., now Potter, Yates Co. He
migrated to Michigan in 1834, settling in Detroit, where he resided for two years
going then to a farm at Macomb, which he purchased of the government, where he
ever after resided. He d. Apr. 26, 1889; res. Macomb, Mich.
    3658. i.     JASON C., b. Feb. 9, 1839; m. Elida BERNEY and Lettie E. HEYMAN.
    3659. ii.    SOPHRONIA, b. May 16, 1837; unm.; res. Mt. Clemens, Mich.
    3660. iii.   WM. H., b. Dec. 16, 1840; m. Mary Euretta KELLOGG.
    3661. iv.    ESTHER A., b. Sept. 1, 1842; m. Aug. 27, 1873, Warren CRAWFORD;
                  res. Kings Mill, Mich.; 5 ch.
    3662. v.     GEORGE CLAY, b. June 4, 1846; m. Martha A. FREIS.
    3663. vi.    MILTON I., b. June 4, 1846; m. Elizabeth M. FULLER.
    3664. vii.   SAMUEL EMORY, b. Mar. 28, 1848; res. 23 Adams Ave., Detroit,
                  Mich. S. Emory WHITNEY was born at Mt. Clemens, Mich.
                  His father, a native of New York, was raised on a farm, occa-
                  sionally as a diversion teaching district school for a term, or
                  commanding a boat for a season on the Erie canal. In 1834,
                  when 23 years of age, he emigrated to Michigan, purchased 20
                  acres of land near Mt. Clemens from the government, upon
                  which he lived till the time of his death. S. Emory lived on his
                  father's farm till well along in his teens, attending district
                  school three or four months of the year. Abandoning the farm,
                  he chose teaching as his profession, attended the Normal school
p. 240                   of his state, from which he graduated in 1872, since which time
                  he has been employed in his profession. Since graduation he
                  has occupied the position of supt. of schools at Armada, Marine
                  City, and Hancock, Mich., coming to Detroit in 1885 as princi-
                  pal of the Cass school -- one of the most prominent public schools
                  in the state. Of a social as well as professional nature, he is a



                  member of several fraternal societies, ranking high in masonic
                  circles, and has also held several elective offices. A recent
                  publication entitled, "Prominent Educators of Michigan" con-
                  tains a very complimentary notice of him and his work. The
                  subject of this sketch is unmarried.

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