When Laura Whitney was born on 13 November 1798, in Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States, her father, Enos Whitney, was 37 and her mother, Eunice Avery, was 38. She married Leonard Tiffany on 22 February 1819, in Mount Pleasant, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Susquehanna Depot, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, United States for about 10 years. She died on 11 October 1880, in Gibson, Gibson Township, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Gibson, Gibson Township, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, United States.
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.