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Whitney, Robert B.
MILITARY SERVICE
Age: 20, credited to Rochester, VT
Unit(s): 4th VT INF
Service: enl 8/24/61, m/i 9/21/61, Pvt, Co. E, 4th VT INF, dis/dsb 8/10/63

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VITALS
Birth: 08/15/1840, Rochester, VT
Death: 07/22/1904

Burial: Forestdale Cemetery, Brandon, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kathy Valloch

Findagrave Memorial #: 0
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Unknown
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Remarks: None
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Forestdale Cemetery, Brandon, VT

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Robert B. Whitney

Robert B. Whitney, son of Joshua Whitney and Sarah Ann Kinsman, was born on August 15, 1841,[1] probably in Goshen, Addison County, Vermont.[2] In 1860, at age 18, Robert was living on his parents' farm in Rochester, Windsor County, Vermont.[3] In late 1860 and early 1861, he was residing and working in Hancock, Vermont just prior to his enlistment into the army.[4]

Robert was enlisted as a Private by Captain Henry Lyons Terry of the 4th Regiment of Vermont Volunteers at Rochester on August 24, 1861 to serve for three years in the Civil War.[5] When he enrolled, the 4th Regiment was commanded by 23 year old Colonel Edwin Henry Stoughtonof Rockingham, Vermont.[6] At his enlistment, Robert was 5 feet, 8 inches tall, with light complexion, light hazel eyes, and dark brown hair.[7] Robert, 21, served in Captain George H. Amidon's Company "E" of the 4th Vermont Regiment of the United States Volunteers.[8] Robert mustered in on Sep 21, 1861.[9]

While in the line of duty at Camp Griffin, Virginia in November 1861 he became sick with measles.[10] He also developed chronic diarrhea and rheumatism at the same time.[11] He received treatment at his quarters and unable to do duty for about two weeks. He rejoined his company and remained with this company a few days. Then he contracted a severe cold that seemed to settle upon his lungs. This was followed with a hard cough. Unable to do duty, Robert was treated at his quarters at Camp Griffin by the Surgeon or assistant Surgeon for several months. Occasionally he would do very light duty during these times. He suffered more or less with chronic diarrhea. His company and regiment left Camp Griffin about the last of March 1862. He, with others of the regiment, was left at Camp Griffin unable to keep up with the regiment. Sometime in April 1862, the diarrhea increased so much that he became wholly unable to do any duty. At or near Lee's Mills, Virginia, he was sent to the Carver Hospital at Washington, DC.[12] He entered Carver General Hospital on May 17, 1862.[13] He remained there about two weeks suffering with chronic diarrhea. Afterwards he was sent to the Patent Office Hospital at Washington, DC on June 11, 1862.[14] He remained there about two weeks. From there he was sent with bronchitis on June 24, 1862 to the hospital at Fairfax Seminary, Virginia. He remained at the Fairfax Hospital until sometime in October 1862. From there he was sent to Convalescent Camp near Alexandria City, Virginia. He remained there until the last days of December 1862 when he with others were sent to the General Hospital at Brattleboro, Vermont.[15] He arrived there on January 14, 1863.[16] He remained in Brattleboro until March 4, 1863, then, he was sent to his regiment.[17] He remained with the regiment until sometime about the last of June 1862, when he became worse with diarrhea and rheumatism and was unable to do duty and was sent to the Convalescent Camp where he remained until his discharge. When discharged, he was wholly incapacitated from performing manual labor.[18] He was discharged on August 10, 1863 because of rheumatism and chronic diarrhea.[19]

After his discharge from the military, Whitney "had not means to employ a physician and pay him." Robert recalled that he took "the best of care of himself that he has been able so to do in talking with other soldiers who were suffering with chronic diarrhea and the sequel of the same. They would tell me what they was doing and would do the best I could for my disability."[20]

As a result of being disabled by chronic diarrhea and resulting disease of rectum; and rheumatism, Robert was pensioned from August 11, 1863 at $2 per month and $4 per month from September 3, 1880 ending February 22, 1882 - the disability having ceased. His pension was restored at $4 per month beginning February 23, 1882 and $10 per month from March 30, 1892.[21]

After he was discharged from the service on August 10, 1863, Robert returned to Rochester where he lived for about eight months. Then he lived in Deerfield and Gardner Massachusetts until March 1865 when he returned to Rochester where he remained until September 1865. Then he went and lived in Gardner, Massachusetts until March 1866; then in Gill, Massachusetts until December 1867; then in Brandon, Vermont until April 1871; and then in Rochester, Vermont until April 1872.[22]

Robert was living in Rochester when on 15 Aug 1870 he married 17 year old Alice L. Johnson, daughter of Moses C. Johnson and Lucretia Wealthy Lewis. Alice was born in Vermont[23] on 17 May 1854.[24] The wedding occurred in Brandon, Vermont. John Capen, Justice of the Peace, performed the wedding ceremony. Robert was a 29 year old farmer at the time of the marriage.[25]

In the spring of 1872, Robert "went west" and remained there until he returned to Brandon, Vermont in the fall of 1879.[26] In March 1879, Robert, 37, was a resident of the town of Washington, Sauk County, Wisconsin.[27] In April of 1879, Robert's Post Office address was Lime Ridge, Sauk County, Wisconsin.[28] This small town was adjacent to the town of Washington where Robert lived and worked as a farmer for seven years.[29] During his absence a liaison occurred between his wife, Alice, back in Vermont and a Hiram Fowler that produced a daughter, Daisy, who was born in 1878.[30] In 1880, Robert was living on his in-laws' farm where he had rejoined his wife and her daughter by Fowler.[31] He worked on the Johnson farm as a farm laborer.[32]

Reunited, Alice and Robert started their own family. In 1894, Alice's mother, Lucretia, mortgaged the home farm to her.[33] Two years later, Alice died of tuberculosis on 12 Apr 1896 in Brandon.[34] In 1900, Robert and his four children remained on his farm in Brandon town [Forestdale]. At that time, his 19 year old son, Warren, was a carpenter.[35]

In 1901, Robert was receiving a pension of $10 per month for chronic diarrhea contracted at Camp Griffin in 1861.[36] He died on July 22, 1904. He and his wife, Alice are buried in the Forestdale, Vermont Cemetery.[37]

Hiram Fowler was born on August 20, 1808.[38] He was a farm laborer living in Sudbury in 1881-2 on town road #21.[39] He was still living in Sudbury when he died on January 11, 1899. He is buried in Sudbury's Willow Brook Cemetery.[40]

Alice (Johnson) Whitney's estate went through probate in 1906. By this time, her father and husband were deceased and only her mother and children were still living. Under the terms of the probate, the former Moses Johnson home farm, subject to the interest of Lucretia W. Johnson, passed to Alice's daughter, Daisy, and her husband Elroy J. Brown.[41] Child of Alice L. (Johnson) Whitney by Hiram Fowler (FOWLER surname)

  i. Daisy W. Fowler, daughter of Hiram Fowler and Alice Johnson, was born on 14 Feb 1878 in Brandon.[42] According to family tradition, she was raised by her Johnson grandparents. She was living in Forestdale when at age 18, she married on 18 Mar 1896 Elroy Julius Brown. The marriage occurred in Sudbury, VT where John Quay, minister of the gospel, performed the wedding ceremony.[43]

Elroy, son of Charles J. Brown and Jane Disbrow, was born on 22 Oct 1874 in Goshen.[44] Elroy was in the army during the Spanish American War; however, never left Vermont.[45]

Daisy and Elroy inherited the former Moses Johnson home farm. After Moses' wife, Lucretia, died on died on 3 Mar 1907, Daisy and Elroy sold the entire property to Parsons Chatfield on 4 Dec 1907.[46]

In 1900, Elroy and his family were living in Forestdale where he was a carpenter. He owned his own home.[47] In 1920, Elroy was still a carpenter living with his entire family in Forestdale.[48] Elroy died on 20 Jun 1929 in Brandon.[49]

Daisy Wealthy Brown died at Porter Hospital, Middlebury, VT on 1 May 1955. Her usual residence was Forestdale.[50] Children: (BROWN surname)

  i. Roy Myrle, b. Feb 1898[51] in Forestdale at the "dugway." This was located across Route 73 from the old furnace. At that time, the Brown family lived in a red house near a big rock.[52]

ii. Floyd, b. Mar 1900.[53]

iii. Alice Helen, b. Apr 27 1912 in Salisbury, VT;[54] m. 29 Apr 1929 George Edwin Peabody in Brandon, VT.[55]

Children of Robert B. Whitney and Alice L. Johnson (WHITNEY surname)

ii. Warren Harris, b. 29 Mar 1881. At home in 1900 working as a carpenter.[56] He married on 24 Dec 1907 Marion Abbie Noyes. Marion was a native of Pittsford, Vermont. Warren was living and working as a machinist in Pittsford where the marriage occurred.[57] Warren died at his home at 18 Crescent St. in Rutland at the age of 37 after suffering from influenza for 8 days.[58] Children: (WHITNEY surname)

  i. [child], b. 1908-1911.

ii. Warren Howard, 10 Oct 1912.[59]

iii. Addie/Alice L. [LaVon/laVaughn], b. May 1882. At home on 6 Jun 1900.[60] She m. 12 Jul 1900 Warren E. Tucker. The marriage occurred in Rochester and was officiated by J.J. Townsend, D.D. of Brandon.[61]

iv. Sarah A., b. 15 Sep 1885.[62] At home in 1900.[63]

  v. Rosabel, b. 30 Dec 1887.[64] At home in 1900.[65]

Contributed by William J. Powers, Jr., Lake Dunmore, VT., wjpowers@lakedunmorevt.com.

Footnotes:

[1] Gravestone inscription, Forestdale, VT cemetery.

[2] Present day Rochester, Windsor County, Vermont.

[3] Census, 1860, Vermont, Windsor County, Rochester, P.O. Rochester, 4 Jun 1860, p. 25/273.

211/198

Whitney, Joshua 48 m Farmer 900 300 VT

Sarah 40 f VT

Robt 18 m VT

John 16 m VT

Idia 14 f VT

Sidney 12 m VT

Julia 8 f VT

Cyrus 5 m VT

[4] Whitney, Robert B. Civil War Pension Claim #209063. Claimant's Affidavit, 14 May 1881. Robert Whitney.

[5] Whitney, Robert B. Civil War Pension Claim #209063. Army of the United States, Certificate of Disability for Discharge. Private Robert B. Whitney; also, Census, 1890, Vermont, Rutland County, Forestdale. Robert B. Whitney. Not pensioned. Chronic diarrhea and rheumatism; also, Civil War Pension Index (microfilm). Robert B. Whitney. E 4 VT Inf. 1879, Apr 28; invalid; app. # 282,965; cert. # 209,063; state - [blank] Private; Co. "E," 4th VT Inf; 24 Aug 1861 to 10 Aug 1863; 2 years, 0 months, 14 days.

[6] Whitney, Robert B. Civil War Pension Claim #209063. Declaration for Original Invalid Pension. Rutland, Vermont, 31 Aug 1880. Robert B. Whitney.

[7] Whitney, Robert B. Civil War Pension Claim #209063. Army of the United States, Certificate of Disability for Discharge. Private Robert B. Whitney.

[8] Whitney, Robert B. Civil War Pension Claim #209063. Army of the United States, Certificate of Disability for Discharge.

[9] Whitney, Robert B., Rochester, VT, 20, Private, Co. E, enl 8/24/61, m/i 9/21/61, dis/dsb 8/10/63.

[10] Whitney, Robert B. Civil War Pension Claim #209063. Declaration for Original Invalid Pension. Rutland, Vermont, 31 Aug 1880. Robert B. Whitney.

[11] Whitney, Robert B. Civil War Pension Claim #209063. Claimant's Affidavit, 14 May 1881. Robert Whitney.

[12] Whitney, Robert B. Civil War Pension Claim #209063. Declaration for Original Invalid Pension. Rutland, Vermont, 31 Aug 1880. Robert B. Whitney.

[13] Whitney, Robert B. Civil War Pension Claim #209063. War Department. Surgeon General's Office, Record and Pension Division, Washington, DC, 16 Apr 1880.

[14] Whitney, Robert B. Civil War Pension Claim #209063. War Department. Surgeon General's Office, Record and Pension Division, Washington, DC, 16 Apr 1880.

[15] Whitney, Robert B. Civil War Pension Claim #209063. Declaration for Original Invalid Pension. Rutland, Vermont, 31 Aug 1880. Robert B. Whitney.

[16] Whitney, Robert B. Civil War Pension Claim #209063. Surgeon General's Office. Private Robert B. Whitney.

[17] Whitney, Robert B. Civil War Pension Claim #209063. Surgeon General's Office. Private Robert B. Whitney.

[18] Whitney, Robert B. Civil War Pension Claim #209063. Declaration for Original Invalid Pension. Rutland, Vermont, 31 Aug 1880. Robert B. Whitney.

[19] Whitney, Robert B. Civil War Pension Claim #209063. War Department. Surgeon General's Office, Record and Pension Division, Washington, DC, 16 Apr 1880.

[20] Whitney, Robert B. Civil War Pension Claim #209063. General Affidavit, 7 Jan 1881. Robert B. Whitney.

[21] Whitney, Robert B. Civil War Pension Claim #209063.

[22] Whitney, Robert B. Civil War Pension Claim #209063. Claimant's Affidavit, 14 May 1881. Robert Whitney.

[23] Census, 1860, Vermont, Rutland Co., Brandon, P.O. Brandon, 6 Jul 1860, p. 109/54. Moses C. Johnson and family.

[24] Gravestone inscription, Forestdale, VT cemetery.

[25] Vermont Vital Records. Marriage. Robert B. Whitney, m. 15 Aug 1870 Alice L. Johnson. Groom res. - Brandon, VT. Age 29, 1st m., farmer, b. Rochester, VT. Father - Joshua Whitney, mother - Sarah Kinsman. Officiating - John Capen, J.P. Brandon, VT. Also for bride: Bride res. - Brandon, VT. Age 17, 1st m., b. Brandon. Father - Moses Johnson, mother - Lucretia ______.

[26] Whitney, Robert B. Civil War Pension Claim #209063. General Affidavit of Cyrus R. Whitmore, 79, and Ida J. Whitmore, 34, both of Brandon, 8 Jan 1881. Both knew Robert B. Whitney prior to and after his discharge "with the exception of about __ years of the time he was in the western country, sometime in the Spring of 1872 and remained west until sometime in the fall of 1879 to Brandon where he now resides."

[27] Whitney, Robert B. Civil War Pension Claim #209063. Declaration for Original Invalid Pension. Wisconsin, Sauk County. 3 Mar 1879. Robert B. Whitney.

[28] Whitney, Robert B. Civil War Pension Claim #209063. Certificate dated 28 Apr 1879. Robert B. Whitney address given as P.O. Lime Ridge, Sauk County, Wisconsin.

[29] Whitney, Robert B. Civil War Pension Claim #209063. Declaration for Original Invalid Pension. Wisconsin, Sauk County. 3 Mar 1879. Robert B. Whitney.

[30] Vermont Vital Records. Marriage - Daisy W. Fowler m. 18 Mar 1896 Elroy J. Brown. [Note: No birth record could be found for Daisy W. Fowler.]

[31] Census, 1880, Vermont, Rutland Co., Brandon, 16 Jun 1880, ED 170, p. 23/44. Moses C. Johnson and family, including Robert B. Whitney and family.

[32] Gazetteer and Business Directory of Rutland County, Vt. for 1881-1882, compiled and published by Hamilton Child. Syracuse, NY: Printed at the Journal Office, August, 1881. Pages 278 and 289.

[33] Brandon, VT Land Records. 41:653, 1894. Lucretia W. Johnson to Alice L. Whitney. Mortgage - farm.

[34] Vermont Vital Records. Death record of Alice (Johnson) Whitney. [Note: her death record contains the following erroneous information: Born at Mt. Holly, VT; father - Lewis Johnson; and mother - Rosett (Horton).]

[35] Census, 1900, Vermont, Rutland Co., Brandon Town, ED 180, Sht 6, 5 Jun 1900. Robert B. Whitney and family.

[36] Whitney, Robert B. Civil War Pension Claim #209063. Surgeons' Certificate, 21 Aug 1901.

[37] Gravestone inscriptions, Forestdale, VT cemetery.

[38] Gravestone inscription, Willow Brook Cemetery, Sudbury, VT. Hiram S. Fowler, 20 Aug 1808 - 11 Jan 1899.

[39] Gazeteer of Rutland County.

[40] Gravestone inscription, Willow Brook Cemetery, Sudbury, VT. Hiram S. Fowler, 20 Aug 1808 - 11 Jan 1899.

Powers note. Hiram Fowler's death record on microfilm is difficult to read. It appears to read as follows:

Death. Hiram Fowler, d. at Sudbury, VT on 11 Jan 1899. Age 89 years, 4 mos., 21 days. Farmer, widowed, born in NY. Father - Simeon Fowler. Mother - Lydia ______. Old age. Sudbury, VT.

Note. A "Lafaett Fowler" age 22 was living with Benoni Griffin, a farmer, and his family in Sudbury in 1860: Census, 1860, Vermont, Rutland Co., Sudbury, P.O. Sudbury, 8 Jun 1860, p. 12/412. Benoni Griffin and family.

Hiram Fowler is not found in the following Vermont censuses: 1850 - Hubbardton; 1860 - Sudbury, Goshen, Hubbardton, & Brandon; 1870 - Brandon, Goshen, Hubbardton, & Sudbury; 1880 - Brandon, Goshen, Hubbardton, & Sudbury.

[41] Brandon, VT Land Records. 53:54, 5 Oct 1906.

[42] Vermont Vital Records. Death. Daisy Wealthy Brown.

[43] Vermont Vital Records. Marriage - Daisy W. Fowler m. 18 Mar 1896 Elroy J. Brown.

[44] Vermont Vital Records. Death. Elroy J. Brown.

[45] Conversation between Bill Powers and Alice (Brown) Peabody, 13 Jan 00.

[46] Brandon, VT Land Records. 43:511, 4 Dec 1907.

[47] Census, 1900, Vermont, Rutland Co., Brandon, ED 179, Sht 10, Line 80. Elroy J. Brown and family.

[48] Census, 1920, VT, Rutland Co., Brandon Town, Town School District [Forestdale], 10 Jan 1920, ED 109, Sht 2 [T625-1874]. Roy J. Brown and family.

[49] Vermont Vital Records. Death. Elroy J. Brown.

[50] Vermont Vital Records. Death. Daisy Wealthy Brown.

[51] Census, 1900, Vermont, Rutland Co., Brandon, ED 179, Sht 10, Line 80. Elroy J. Brown and family.

[52] Conversation between Bill Powers and Alice (Brown) Peabody, 13 Jan 00.

[53] Census, 1900, Vermont, Rutland Co., Brandon, ED 179, Sht 10, Line 80. Elroy J. Brown and family.

[54] Vermont Vital Records. Birth of Alice Helen Brown.

[55] Vermont Vital Records. Marriage of Alice Brown to George Edwin Peabody. Note. This records says that the maiden name of Alice H. Brown's mother was "Daisy Welcome Fowler."

[56] Census, 1900, Vermont, Rutland Co., Brandon Town, ED 180, Sht 6, 5 Jun 1900. Robert B. Whitney and family.

[57] Vermont Vital Records. Marriage. Warren Harris Whitney m. 24 Dec 1907 Marion Abbie Noyes. Groom residence - Pittsford, VT; age 26; 1st marriage; occupation - machinist; b. Brandon, VT; father - Robert B. Whitney, b. Rochester, VT; mother - Alice Johnson, b. Brandon, VT; officiating - Clifford H. Smith, Congregational Clergyman. Pittsford, VT.

[58] Vermont Vital Records. Death. Warren H. Whitney, usual residence - 18 Crescent St., Rutland, VT; age - 37 years, 9 months, and 1 day; married; machinist; b. Brandon, VT 29 Mar 1881; father - Robert Whitney, b. Rochester, VT; mother - Alice Johnson, b. Brandon, VT; d. 28 Dec 1918 of pleuro-pneumonia after 8 days from influenza. Rutland, VT.

[59] Vermont Vital Records. Birth. Warren Howard Whitney, second child of mother; b. 10 Oct 1912; mother - Marion A. Noyes, b. Pittsford; residence - Rutland, VT; age 28; father - Warren H. Whitney, age 31, b. in Vermont; machinist. Rutland, VT.

[60] Census, 1900, Vermont, Rutland Co., Brandon Town, ED 180, Sht 6, 5 Jun 1900. Robert B. Whitney and family.

[61] Vermont Vital Records. Marriage. Alice L. Whitney m. 12 Jul 1900 Warren E. Tucker. Bride res. - Brandon, VT. Age 18, 1st m., b. Brandon, VT. Father - Robert Whitney, mother - Alice Johnson. Officiating - J.J. Townsend, D.D., Brandon. Rochester, VT.

[62] Vermont Vital Records. Birth. Sarah A. Whitney, b. 15 Sep 1885; mother - Alice L. ______, b. Brandon, VT; father - Robert B. Whitney, b. Rochester, VT, farmer. Leicester, VT.

[63] Census, 1900, Vermont, Rutland Co., Brandon Town, ED 180, Sht 6, 5 Jun 1900. Robert B. Whitney and family.

[64] Vermont Vital Records. Birth. Rosabel Whitney, b. 30 Dec 1887; mother - Alice L. Johnson, b. Brandon, VT; mother's residence - Rochester, VT; father - Robert Whitney, b. Goshen, VT, farmer. Rochester, VT.

[65] Census, 1900, Vermont, Rutland Co., Brandon Town, ED 180, Sht 6, 5 Jun 1900. Robert B. Whitney and family.