Marcella Yaw Whitney

Female23 January 1841–25 July 1916

Brief Life History of Marcella Yaw

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.

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Ezra James Chaffee
Marcella Yaw Whitney
Emma Jane Chaffee
Carl Ezra Chaffee

Sources (22)

  • Marsella Chaffee in household of Ezra Chaffee, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Marsella Jane Whitney Chaffee, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Marella Whitney in entry for Ezra Janes Chaffee, "Vermont, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1732-2005"

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World Events (7)


Age 5

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.


Age 22

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

1864 · St. Albans Raid

Age 23

St. Albans Raid took place on October 19, 1864. It was a Confederate raid from Canada into Union territory. Confederate soldiers that were in Canada raided the town of St. Albans killed one person and robbed three banks.

Name Meaning

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.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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