Mary Sophia Whitney

17 May 1845–18 September 1911 (Age 66)
Silver Creek, Hanover, Chautauqua, New York, United States

The Life Summary of Mary Sophia

When Mary Sophia Whitney was born on 17 May 1845, in Silver Creek, Hanover, Chautauqua, New York, United States, her father, Truman John Whitney, was 28 and her mother, Florilla Holmes, was 26. She married Elijah VanNatta on 19 December 1867, in Coles, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Pleasant Grove Township, Coles, Illinois, United States in 1860 and Lafayette Township, Coles, Illinois, United States in 1880. She died on 18 September 1911, in Mattoon, Coles, Illinois, United States, at the age of 66, and was buried in Bethel Cemetery, Lafayette Township, Coles, Illinois, United States.

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Family Time Line

Elijah VanNatta
Mary Sophia Whitney
Marriage: 19 December 1867
George E Vannatta
Lena R Van Natta
Florilla L Van Natta
Charles Samuel Van Natta

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    19 December 1867Coles, Illinois, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    Age 1
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
    1848 · Chicago Board of Trade is organized
    Age 3
    Starting as a voluntary association to help buyers and sellers meet to negotiate and make contracts. The Chicago Board of Trade is one of the oldest futures and options exchanges in the world and it is open 22 hours per day to stay competitive.
    Age 18
    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

    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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    Sources (19)

    • Sophia Spriggs in household of Hiram Spriggs, "United States Census, 1910"
    • Mary S Vannatta, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"
    • Mary S Spriggs in household of Hiram Spriggs, "United States Census, 1900"

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