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Whitten, John L.

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 0, credited to Essex, VT
Unit(s): Recruit
Service: RCRT, enl 8/26/64, m/i 8/26/64, m/o 9/24/64 New Haven CT

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VITALS

Birth: 1823, Unknown
Death: 08/16/1876

Burial: Common Burial Ground , Essex, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 32237668

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Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not found
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Remarks: None

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Essex Common Burial Ground, Essex, VT

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Obituary

A SAD AFFAIR

Mr. J.L. Whitten and Daughter Drowned A Sad Sequel to a Picnic.

Not lately have we been called upon to chronicle so sad an event, happening in our midst, as that of the drowning of Mr. J.L. Whitten and his daughter, Emma, at Appletree Point, Wednesday, some three miles north of this city. The particulars of the sorrowful occurrence are mainly as follows.

Wednesday afternoon, a party consisting of Mr. Whitten and wife, Emma Whitten aged 11 years, a son of Mrs. Whitten's (she being Mr. Whitten's second wife) about the same age, and Mrs. G. F. Morse and daughter Alice, aged 12 years, all of this city, drove out to Appletree Point, to enjoy a picnic, and spend the afternoon on the shore of the little bay that sets in on the south side of the Point. Soon after arriving there, and while Mr. Whitten was setting up a little tent, taken along for shelter, the young ladies, Emma and Alice, donned their bathing suits and walked into the lake. The water is very shallow here, and some twenty-five or thirty rods out is only about four feet deep. About that distance out, however, in the direction taken by the bathers, as a search for the bodies disclosed, is a channel, in which the water is six to eight feet deep, and the bottom is slimy and covered with tangled weeds. Into the edge of this the young ladies walked, beyond their depth, and were soon struggling in the water. Mr. Whitten's attention being directed to them, he immediately divested himself of his boots and most of his clothing, and went to the rescue. Before he arrived at the spot, Miss Morse had made a desperate struggle for her life, and, though she had been under water three times, had succeeded in getting a foothold in shallow water and subsequently reached the shore. Mr. Whitten attempted to aid his drowning daughter, but got into the channel, or hole, went down, and father and daughter were seen no more until taken dead from the water. Mr. Asa B. Witherell, who was practicing on the shooting grounds of the Burlington Rifle Club, near by, and a young man with him. Hearing the cries of the parties on shore, hastened to the spot, and made strenuous efforts to rescue Mr. Whitten and daughter, and after the lapse of twenty minutes succeeded in getting the former to the shore, when every effort was made to resuscitate him, but without avail; life was extinct. Mr. Whitten's body was found in an upright position, the feet stuck n the slimy bottom, the top of the head within an inch of the surface of the water. Meantime, Mr. Bruce Cartwright, on the same errand as Mr. Witherell, had arrived, and lent his aid in the search for the body of Miss Whitten. After a search of nearly two hours, her body was discovered by Mr. Cartwright, some distance further out, in water about eight feet in depth, being carried from the shore by the undercurrent.

The news of the drowning having reached the city, several friends and neighbors of the family proceeded to the scene of the disaster, and accompanied the bereaved survivors and the dead to the residence, on Centre street, arriving about six o'clock. It was indeed a sad return for a party going out full of life and hope, to enjoy an afternoon's pleasure.

Mr. Whitten was 53 years of age. He was for many years a resident of Essex Junction, engaged in the manufacture of gloves. About three and a half years ago he removed his business to this city, and has lived here since, a much respected and esteemed citizen. The community will deeply sympathize with his family in this their two-fold bereavement, coming upon them under circumstances so peculiarly painful.

The funeral will take place tomorrow, (Friday) at 11 a.m. from the house on Center street, and at 2 p.m., at Essex Centre.

Source: Burlington Free Press, August 17, 1876
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.