John M. Whitney

20 November 1852–
Columbia City, Whitley, Indiana, United States

The Life of John M.

When John M. Whitney was born on 20 November 1852, in Columbia City, Whitley, Indiana, United States, his father, Thomas Whitney, was 22 and his mother, Rosana Sine, was 22. He married Rebecca Elizabeth Weirick on 11 April 1878, in Noble, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Smith Township, Whitley, Indiana, United States for about 10 years and Green Township, Noble, Indiana, United States in 1880.

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John M. Whitney
Rebecca Elizabeth Weirick
Marriage: 11 April 1878
Leona D Whitney
Ira Thomas Whitney
Mildred Jane Whitney
Charles Merit Whitney

Spouse and Children


    Rebecca Elizabeth Weirick


11 April 1878
Noble, Indiana, United States


    Leona D Whitney



    Mildred Jane Whitney


    Charles Merit Whitney


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World Events (8)

1856 · The Town of Santa Claus

Age 4

The town of Santa Fe was denied their application for a United States Postal Service as a town of Santa Fe, Indiana, was already established. Several meetings were held and the name was changed to Santa Claus, Indiana. The United States Postal Service granted their application. Due to the name, the post office in Santa Claus continues to receive thousands of letters to Santa Claus from children around the world each December.

Age 11

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

Age 34

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.

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)

  • John M Whitney, "United States Census, 1880"
  • John M Whitney in household of Thomas Whitney, "United States Census, 1860"
  • John M Whitney in household of Thomas Whitney, "United States Census, 1870"

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