NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people
in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
The Whittons of Port Leyden, New York, are of the first generation in America. They descend from an old country family of Staffordshire, England.
John Whitton, grandfather, married (first) in England, Elizabeth Brown; (second) Elizabeth Hawkes.
Children of first wife:
William, born Dec. 10, 1803, died June 4, 1873.
Elizabeth, Oct. 23m 1804, died April 10, 1824.
Ann, Aug. 24, 1807, died July 30, 1808.
John, Sept. 12, 1809, died Oct. 5, 1809.
Mary Ann, Oct. 8, 1811, died July 1, 1871.
Children of second wife:
Francis, died July 17, 1842.
Ann, born July 6, 1821, died July 6, 1831.
Corbett, Nov. 1, 1823; died Jan. 7, 1907.
Ellen Eliza, April 14, 1827, died Sept. 23, 1886.
John Henry, March 28, 1829, died in New Zealand.
Elizabeth Adelaide, Sept. 22, 1830, is still (1910) living.
Mary, Oct. 31, 1832, still living.
(II) Corbett, son of John and Elizabeth (Hawkes) Whitton, was born in Manor House, Supgrave, Northamptonshire, England, Nov. 1, 1823. In this Manor House an ancestor of President George Washington once lived. Corbett Whitton was a farmer, and a member of the Church of England.
He married, at Etwell, Nov. 6, 1845, Elizabeth Mary Roper, born Oct. 15, 1820, daughter of Henry Craske and Mary Roper, of Radbourne, Derbyshire, England.
Henry Corbett, Charles Roper, Frances Elizabeth, Alfred John, Frederick Corbett (mentioned below), emily Mary, Alice Gertrude (born Aug. 5, 1855, died May 31, 1873, at Diez), Edward Craske, (Sept. 5, 1857, Francis Henry, (Oct . 2, 1859), Helen Constance (Aug. 2, 1861), Florence Amy (March 29, 1864), Marianne Louisa (Feb. 1, 1866).
(III) Frederick Corbett, son of Corbett and Elizabeth Mary (Roper) Whitton, was born in Staffordshire, England. He was educated at the Abington House School, Northampton (or North Hampden). After leaving school he entered the great commercial house of Hicks & Company, Gloucester, England, as bookkeeper, later yardmaster, remaining with them five years.
In 1873 he crossed the ocean to Canada, where he located in the city of Quebec. He engaged with the firm of James S. Skead, of Ottawa, lumber merchants. He worked them them until 1877, engaged during the warmer months as shipper, and during the winter with the loggers in the woods.
In 1877 he returned to England for a visit of a few months, and on his return to Canada entered the employ of the Rathbun Company, Deseronto, Ontario, remaining until 1892.
He then came to the United States and settled in Port Leyden, where he is employed as bookkeeper in the Port Leyden Mills of the Gould Paper Company.
He supports the principles and candidates of the Republican party, and is a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen, which he joined in Canada.
He is a member of the Protestant Episcopal church.
He married, at Marmora, Ontario, Canada, Oct. 22, 1878, Hester S. Bowen, born March 1, 1855, at Marmora, died Dec. 8, 1900. Hester S. Bowen was a daughter of Daniel and Eliza (Chisholm) Bowen, and a descendant of Daniel Bowen, who remained true to his king when the American colonies declared their independence. He removed to Canada, where many of his descendants yet remain. Children of Daniel and Eliza (Chisholm) Bowen: James C., George and Hester S.
Mr. Whitton married (second) April 29, 1903, at Port Leyden, N.Y., Bertha F. Betts.
Children of first wife:
1. Helen, born Oct. 18, 1882; graduate of Port Leyden high school and Potsdam Normal school, now a teacher in Plainfield, New Jersey.
2. Lottie Roper, born Aug. 23, 1885; educated at Loretto Convent, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and Potsdam Normal school, now a teacher of Kindergarten methods at Johnstown, N.Y.
3. Alice Mary, born Sept. 17, 1888; educated at Port Leyden high school.
4. James Alexander, born April 8, 1890; graduate of Port Leyden high school, now employed at Utica, N.Y. in the drug business.
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