Orson Kimball Whitney

Male20 January 1830–31 July 1884

Brief Life History of Orson Kimball

When Orson Kimball Whitney was born on 20 January 1830, in Kirtland Township, Lake, Ohio, United States, his father, Newel Kimball Whitney, was 34 and his mother, Elizabeth Ann Smith, was 29. He married Joanna Hickey Robertson on 10 March 1851, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. He died on 31 July 1884, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 54, and was buried in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Orson Kimball Whitney
Joanna Hickey Robertson
Marriage: 10 March 1851

Sources (11)

  • Orson Whitney, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Orson K Whitney, "Utah, Salt Lake County Death Records, 1849-1949"
  • Orson K Whitney, "Utah, Obituaries from Utah Newspapers, 1850-2005"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    10 March 1851Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (14)

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    World Events (8)

    1832 · The Black Hawk War

    Age 2

    Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.


    Age 10

    On 6 April 1840, Kirtland Township became part of the newly organized Lake County.


    Age 16

    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

    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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