Ida May Whitney

Brief Life History 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 24 December 1873, in 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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Edward Harry Best
Ida May Whitney
Marriage: 24 December 1873
Lillian Best
Raymond Harry Best
Ida Myrtle Best
Blossom Goldie Best
Hazel Eugenia Best

Sources (15)

  • Ida Whitney in household of Elijah Whitney, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Ida May Whitney - Government record: birth: 1856; Illinois, United States
  • Ida M Whitney, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"

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Historical Boundaries: 1862: Charles Mix, Dakota Territory, United States 1889: Charles Mix, South Dakota, United States


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

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

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 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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