Jarwell B. Whitney

  In 1854, when Thomas Whitney, with his family came into Henry County , Jarwel B. Whitney, his son, was a lad of 13 years of age. The elder Whitney settled on a farm in Burns Township , where Jarwel B. was reared and educated, and grew to manhood, and , with the exception of two years spent in Knox County, and three years service in the war, he has made his residence.

   He was born in Ripley Co., Ind. , Nov. 17, 1841 . His mother, Lydia (Tufts) Whitney, was a native of Maine , which State was also the birthplace of his father. They both died in Burns Township . J.B. owned a good farm, comprising a quarter of section 22, upon which he has good farm buildings. In 1862, when the President of the United States was calling for more troops to suppress the rebellion, on the 9 th day of August of that year, Mr. Whitney enlisted in 112 th Ill. , Vol. Inf. He did three years of good service, and during Sanders’ raid in East Tennessee he was taken prisoner, and remained in confinement in the rebel prisons for about six months. During this period he experienced prison life at Knoxville , and at the well-known and infamous Libby Prison Pen.

   Mr. Whitney was married in Henry Co., Ill. , Dec. 31, 1872 to Carried Henderson. This lady was born in Logan Co., Ohio , Sept. 12, 1851 . Of the four children born to them, Ida M. and George H. are the only ones living; the other two died in infancy. Mrs. Whitney’s parents Robert and Margaret (McDavitt) Henderson, were natives of the Buckeye State , where the former died, and the latter is a resident of this county.

   Mr. Whitney has served the township as Clerk and in other positions, being elected on the Republican ticket. Mrs. W. is a member of the Presbyterian Church.


1885 Portrait and Biographical Album of Henry Co., Illinois page 505


Transcribed by Jan Roggy

©Wini Caudell and Contributors

All Rights Reserved

Illinois Ancestors