When Marcella Yaw Whitney was born on 23 January 1841, in Franklin, Vermont, United States, her father, Edward Charles Whitney, was 23 and her mother, Elvira T Yaw, was 21. She had at least 1 son and 1 daughter with Ezra James Chaffee. She lived in Berkshire, Franklin, Vermont, United States in 1860 and Albany, Orleans, Vermont, United States for about 40 years. She died on 25 July 1916, at the age of 75, and was buried in Albany Village Cemetery, Albany, Orleans, Vermont, United States.
English: habitational name from Whitney in Herefordshire, the etymology of which is uncertain. The second element is Old English ēg ‘island, piece of higher ground in a low-lying area’; the first appears to be hwītan, which is either the genitive singular of an Old English byname Hwīta (meaning ‘white’), or the weak dative case (originally used after a preposition and article) of the adjective hwīt ‘white’. The name may also derive from Whitney (now Whitney Wood) in Stevenage (Hertfordshire), probably named from Old English hwītan ‘white’ + (ge)hæge ‘enclosure’.
History: John Whitney came from London, England, to Watertown, MA, in 1635, and had numerous prominent descendents.