Orson Ferguson Whitney

Male1 July 1855–16 May 1931

Brief Life History of Orson Ferguson

When Orson Ferguson Whitney was born on 1 July 1855, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, his father, Horace Kimball Whitney, was 31 and his mother, Helen Mar Kimball, was 26. He married Zina Beal Smoot on 18 December 1879, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Salt Lake, Utah, United States in 1920. He died on 16 May 1931, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Orson Ferguson Whitney
Zina Beal Smoot
Marriage: 18 December 1879
Horace Newell Whitney
Heber Kimball Whitney
Emily Whitney
Helen Mar Whitney
Margaret Whitney
Charles Byron Whitney
Albert Owen Whitney
Paul Van Cott Whitney
Virginia Clayton Whitney

Sources (56)

  • O F Whitney, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Orson Ferguson Whitney birth record
  • Orson F. Whitney, "Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1937"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    18 December 1879Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Children (9)

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    World Events (8)


    Age 8

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

    1863 · The Battle at Gettysburg

    Age 8

    The Battle of Gettysburg involved the largest number of casualties of the entire Civil war and is often described as the war's turning point. Between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers lost their lives during the three-day Battle. To honor the fallen soldiers, President Abraham Lincoln read his historic Gettysburg Address and helped those listening by redefining the purpose of the war.

    1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

    Age 20

    In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.

    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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    The Newel K. Whitney Family by D. Michael Quinn

    ENSIGN MAGAZINE - DECEMBER 1978 The Newel K. Whitney Family By D. Michael Quinn In some ways, this family’s history reflects the history of the Church itself. The Lord, speaking in the Doctrine an …

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