David Church Whitney

about 1851–
Harford, Harford Township, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of David Church

When David Church Whitney was born about 1851, in Harford, Harford Township, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Harvey N. Whitney, was 30 and his mother, Polly Felton, was 32. He had at least 2 sons with Mary Darrow. He lived in Pennsylvania, United States in 1870.

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David Church Whitney
Mary Darrow
George H Whitney
Urbane D Whitney

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    George H Whitney



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World Events (8)


Age 12

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1863 · Battle of Gettysburg

Age 12

The three day Battle of Gettysburg was one of the bloodiest of the American Civil War. Between the Confederates and Unions, somewhere between 46,000 and 51,000 people died that day.
1882 · The Chinese Exclusion Act

Age 31

A federal law prohibiting all immigration of Chinese laborers. The Act was the first law to prevent all members of a national group from immigrating to the United States.

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)

  • David Whitney in household of Harvey Whitney, "United States Census, 1870"
  • David E Whitney in household of Charles E Darrow, "United States Census, 1880"
  • David C Whitney in household of Harvey M Whitney, "United States Census, 1860"

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