(1) 1850 United States Census for Illinois, DeKalb Co., Pampas Twp.:
Page 739; October 29, 1850.
William Whitney (listed as "Whiting") is head of household, married to
Nancy J. [Carlton] Whitney. He is 67 years old, a blacksmith with real
estate value at $900, and is born in Maine. Children in the household
are Hiram, George and Philena. Their daughter Nancy [Whitney] Kinyon
lives in the next residence with her husband, George Kinyon.
(2) 1860 United States Census for Illinois, DeKalb Co., Pampa Twp.,
Cortland Post Office: Page 150; July 9, 1860.
William Whitney and his wife Nancy J. [Carlton] Whitney and members of
the household headed by their son, Hiram Whitney. He is 77 years old,
owns real estate valued at $100, was born in Maine and is blind.
(3) The History of Gorham Maine, by Hugh D. McLellan, Picton Press,
Camden, ME (originally published 1903 by Smith & Sale, Portland, ME),
1992. Page 834.
(4) Listed in Daughters of the American Revolution membership records
476629 (issued 1960), 515332 (issued 1966), and 727930 (issued 1990).
Notes that the middle name "Peace" was given to him because he was born
on the day the war ended.
(5) Vital Records of Gorham, Maine. Maine Genealogical Society, Special
Publication No. 7, Compiled by Marquis F. King, Second Edition. Picton
Press, Camden, Maine 1991. Birth recorded on page 172.
(6) Portrait & Biographical Album DeKalb County, Illinois 1885 via Ancestry.com, entry for George M.
... "For his second wife Mr. K. was wedded, Oct 22, 1849, to Mrs. Nancy
P., ... daughter of William Peace Whitney, -- her father having been so
named because he was born on the day peace was declared at the close of
the Revolutionary War. He was born in Cumberland Co., Mass. [e.d., later
Maine, but was not a separate state until 1820], and died Dec. 29, 1863,
(7) Our Pioneering Families, Genealogies of Whitney, Groathouse and
Lignitz, researched and compiled by Vivian Gail Morrow Wade, Dec. 1986,
first edition. Self-published manuscript available at DAR Library,
Washington DC. Page 83, 90. Photo on page 80.
"William was a blacksmith by trade and a Freewill Baptist Circuit Rider
Minister. He probably had already gone to Phillips before 1815 and lived
there at least through the year 1837 when his son George as born. When he
went west, he went to Dearborn Co., Indiana first and then to Sycamore,
DeKalb Co., Illinois. It has been recorded that he lived in the Colby
Whittemore house and owned a number of acres of land in a section where
the Milia Ross house and the blacksmith shop once stood, as he gave that
land to his daughter, Sally (Whitney) Quimby. He had twelve children
recorded in Phillips, the same number as his father, Micah. William
lived in Gorham, Gray and Phillips, Maine."
"buried in Ohio Grove Cemetery, Cortland, DeKalb, Illinois"
Mayflower lineage: Howland/Tilley -1; Hope Howland -2; Hope Chipman -3;
Samuel Cobb -4; Chipman Cobb -5; Andrew Cobb -6 (DAR/SAR ancestor);
Hannah Cobb -7; William Whitney -8.