Ida May Whitney

12 August 1856–25 March 1941 (Age 84)
Kendall, Illinois, United States

The Life of Ida May

When Ida May Whitney was born on 12 August 1856, in Kendall, Illinois, United States, her father, Elijah Ward Whitney, was 40 and her mother, Olive M Davis, was 27. She married Edward Harry Best on 23 December 1873, in LaSalle, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Fairview Township, Henry, Missouri, United States in 1880 and Howard Township, Charles Mix, South Dakota, United States for about 30 years. She died on 25 March 1941, in Carter, Tripp, South Dakota, United States, at the age of 84, and was buried in Armour, Douglas, South Dakota, United States.

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Family Time Line

Edward Harry Best
Ida May Whitney
Marriage: 23 December 1873
Lillian Best
Raymond Harry Best
Ida Myrtle Best
Blossom G Best
Hazel Eugenia Best

Spouse and Children

23 December 1873
LaSalle, Illinois, United States


    Lillian Best



    Ida Myrtle Best


    Blossom G Best


    Hazel Eugenia Best


Parents and Siblings



    Frank Henry Whitney


    Nellie Francis Whitney


    Ezra Whitney


    Addie Brackett Whitney



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World Events (8)

1858 · A House Divided

Age 2

Abraham Lincoln's goal was to be different than the previous Senators of Illinois and voice his opinion in how he saw the State and the United States start to drift apart in the different ideology on what was right and what was wrong. Even though it would become an unsuccessful campaign strategy to win the senate seat, to this day it is one of the most famous speeches of US politics.

Age 7

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 25

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place 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’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Ida Whitney in household of Elijah Whitney, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Ida Best in household of Fred Lindmark, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Ida M Best in household of E Harry Best, "United States Census, 1880"

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