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William Whitton

William Whitton

Male 1823 - 1911  (87 years)

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  • Name William Whitton 
    Born 20 Nov 1823  Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Jul 1911  Rock Island, Illinois. USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I12661  Whitton
    Last Modified 4 Apr 2018 

    Father James Whitton,   b. 1791, Barry Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jan 1854, buried Murroes graveyard Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Isabella Kinnes,   b. 1794, Longforgan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1873, Carmyllie Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married Abt 1818  unknown Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F475  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Bridget Downie,   b. 1832, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Apr 1911, Rock Island, Illinois. USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 16 Jul 1857  Rock Island, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Isabella Victoria Whitton,   b. 1858, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 May 1946, Hennepin, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)  [natural]
     2. Margaret Whitton,   b. 15 Jun 1859, Rock Island, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 May 1923, Rock Island, Illinois, USA Buried Valhalla, Miline, Rock Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)  [natural]
     3. Mary Whitton,   b. 6 May 1866, Rock Island, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Oct 1934, Rock Island, Illinois, USA Buried Valhalla, Miline, Rock Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)  [natural]
     4. David Whitton,   b. 1 Jun 1861, Rock Island, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Sep 1920, Rock Island, Illinois, USA Burial Place: Chippiannock Cem. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 4 Apr 2018 
    Family ID F5654  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • at 1841 census at Westhill Bothie, Murroes, Angus an Apprentice Mason
      at 1860 Census at Rock Island, Illinois USA
      at 1870 Census at Rock Island, Illinois, USA
      at 1880 Census at Rock Island, Illinois, USA a Stone Mason
      in Rock Island Directory 1882-1892 at 327 Tenth a stone cutter
      also a a Grocer at 331 10th

      WILLIAM WHITTON

      Among the able business men of Rock Island there are many who were born in other lands but probably none are more successful than those who can claim Scotland as a birthplace. Thrift is instilled in the Scottish youth from childhood and frugality is encouraged, the result being that natives of that country are welcome in any land and form a class of the most substantial type of business men. In Scotland the late William Whitton was born November 20, 1823, a son of James and Isabel (McKenzie) Whitton

      They have long since passed away, dying on their own farm which the father had cultivated during all his active years. All of their six children have passed away. William Whitton attended school as does every Scottish lad, and then learned the stonecutter's trade, and equipped with this selfsupporting business he came, at the age of twenty-one years, to America. This was in 1852, and he landed at Quebec, Canada, from the sailing vessel which had consumed many weeks in making the voyage. From Quebec he came to New York and for some time worked at his trade in that city, but subsequently returned to Canada. He visited a number of places before he found one that satisfied his desires as a home, living for a short time each at Lockport, N. Y., St. Louis, Mo., reaching Rock Island late in 1853.

      Here he found remunerative employment at his trade and assisted to build the first bridge across the Mississippi river between Rock Island and Davenport. For many years he continued work at his trade, but later went into the grocery business and continued in that line until he felt ready to retire, his many years of industry having yielded him a sufficient competency. He owned valuable property, including his resiĀ­dence and store building at No. 331 South Tenth Street, Rock Island, which he bequeathed to his two daughters, Margaret and Mary.

      In 1857 William Whitton was married at Rock Island, to Miss Bridget Dawney, who was born in Ireland, and died at Rock Island. April 7,1911. Four children survived the good mother, namely: Isabel, who is the widow of William J. Brown, who died September 4, 1911, at Minneapolis, Minn.and Margaret, Mary and David, all of whom live at Rock Island. Mr. Whitton and family early joined the Presbyterian church. He was a republican in politics. Three months after the demise of his beloved wife, William Whitton passed to his last reward, never having recovered from the shock of his wife's death.

      Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois