Orville Porter Whitney

28 October 1833–1 March 1927 (Age 93)
Princeton, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Orville Porter

When Orville Porter Whitney was born on 28 October 1833, in Princeton, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Captain Reuben Perkins Whitney, was 29 and his mother, Clarissa C. Woodward, was 29. He married Medora "Dora" Effie Odell on 26 September 1868, in Syracuse, Onondaga, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. He registered for military service in 1861. He died on 1 March 1927, in Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States, at the age of 93.

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Family Time Line

Orville Porter Whitney
Medora "Dora" Effie Odell
Marriage: 26 September 1868
Lawrence Woodward Whitney
Chester Field Smith Whitney
Elliott Webster Whitney
Florence Odell Whitney

Spouse and Children

26 September 1868
Syracuse, Onondaga, New York, United States


Parents and Siblings

    Captain Reuben Perkins Whitney





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World Events (8)

1834 · The City of Brooklyn is Incorporated

Age 1

An act of incorporation in 1834 turned the village and town of Brooklyn to the city of Brooklyn. The city was divided into nine wards.
1834 · Zion's Camp

Age 1

Joseph Smith, Jr. and a group of 200 volunteers departed Kirkland, Ohio, to aid scattered Latter-day Saints. The group known as Zion's Camp arrived to the Fishing River on June 19. A mob had gathered to attack and disjoin the group. A storm swept through the area and the river rose over 30 feet, which caused the mob to scatter.

Age 27

In 1860, the Pony Express used men riding on horseback to carry mail between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California.

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)

  • Oral R Whitney, "New York State Census, 1875"
  • Orville P Whitney in household of Elias W Thompson, "New York State Census, 1855"
  • Orville P Whitney, "New York State Census, 1905"

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