**The following is from a typed document that was duplicated and handed out to various family members for years in my wife’s extended family. I believe it was originally a newspaper obituary. Dayton D. Mix**
Sept. 4, 1922 “TAPS” FOR VETERAN
C.F. WHITTEMORE ANSWERS THE CALL OF THE GREAT COMMANDER MONDAY
Christopher Whittemore died at his home in Slack Hollow at 12:45, Monday morning, at the age of 78 years, death being due to a complication of diseases.
Deceased was born at Cherry Flats, Tioga County, Pa., on March 31, 1844, grandson of a War of 1812 Veteran, and greatgrandson of a vet of the Revolutionary War.
On March 8, 1884, he was married to Josephne Duryea, and one son was born to them.
When the call came for soldiers in the breaking out of the Civil War, Mr. Whittemore enlisted in the 149th Pa. Vol. Infty, but his father objected to the boy going at that age and got him back, but the fighting stock of generations could not withstand the call to duty, and in the fall of 1862 he ran away from home and enlisted in Co. A. 3rd N.Y.V.C. from which in August, 1865, at Portsmouth, Va., he was transferred to Co. F. 1st N.Y. Mounted Rifles.
On June 29, 1864, at the battle of Ream’s Station, he was wounded in the shoulder and picked up a captive by the 6th Va. Cav. For six months he endured the hardships of the prison camps of the South, Andersonville for two months, Charleston, three weeks, and Florence, S.C. three months, after which he was paroled. In the foul prison camps he suffered from typhoid fever without care or medical aid and came out of the trials with broken health. He was honorably discharged from the service, at Troy, N.Y., on October 10, 1865. He came to McKean County in 1872, where he has since resided.
His last illness was of short duration, as he was around the house until Sunday, when he was seized with an acute attack of stomach trouble which, with a weakness of heart, took him into the camp of the great army of the boys in blue who have gone on before.
Besides his wife and one son, Harry, of Eldred, there survives two brothers, Charles, of Corning, N.Y. and Lewis, of Sheffield, Pa., and three sisters, Mrs. J. A. Windsor, of Franklinville, N.Y., Mrs. P. C. Jordan, of Limestone, N.Y., and Mrs. Philena Hakes, of Eldred.
The funeral was held from the house, Wednesday afternoon, at 3 o’clock, Rev. Prosper Miller, of Turlepoint, officiating, and burial was made in Oak Hill. His grandfather, James Pettis, who served in the War of 1812, is buried on the plot on the Harris Farm, Slack Hollow.
QUESTIONS? AND HELP!
I discovered another source of church information for one of my wife’s forbears, Rev. Truman S. Bennett. Almost two decades ago, our Conference of The United Methodist Church cleared out some of the extra copies of old reference books from the Archives and History collections. I bought this commemorative volume celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Erie Conference of the United Brethren In Christ Church in 1936 (which was when they merged with the Evangelical Association).
A couple months ago I discovered Truman was in the version of United Brethren church that formed part of the history of our present day United Methodist Church. As I began to search the Methodist history resources on my own shelves, I found this history complete with a picture of Truman AND his pastor/son Walter!!
These pictures are dated August 31, 1887.
My mother-in-law, Sherry Housler, shared part of the family history of a distant grandfather, Rev. Truman S. Bennett, who was a pastor in the United Brethren in Christ Church (UB) and was serving in Eldred, PA, at one point. When she died I was given his copies of the UB Book of Discipline for 1872 and 1876.
Sherry was actively searching for more history of Grandpa Bennett and had even written to the present day United Brethren Church headquarters in the Midwest trying to find references. She never heard a thing.
A few weeks ago, I was showing a group of local United Methodist Church pastors in my area a copy of one of our historical resources that we call Pastoral Records, and how they could access information in this two volume information trove. As I randomly opened volume one, I landed in the “B” section and there was Sherry’s Grandpa Bennett! And one of his sons, Walter Ansel Bennett, Sherry’s distant uncle!
Here then is the Pastoral Record as published by the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church, the modern incarnation of the former UB church which merged with the Evangelical Association in 1936, which then united with the Methodists in 1968.
BENNETT, TRUMAN S.
Conference Relations: United Brethren in Christ Church Erie Conference 1872.
Appointments: Marshburg Mission 1872-1874; Orleans Mission 1874-1875; Eldred Mission 1875-1876; Unknown 1876-1877; Eldred Mission 1877-1878; Unknown 1878-1884; Port Allegany Mission 1884-1885.
About a decade ago I helped research the Bennett family using J.H. Beers & Co.’s 1890 book: History of the Counties of McKean, Elk, Cameron, and Potter, Pennsylvania. Here is the biography of Rev. T. S. Bennett from the McKean County biography section.
Rev. T. S. Bennett, farmer and oil producer, Eldred, was born near Knoxville, Tioga Co., Penn., March 28, 1826, a son of Joseph and Lucinda (Bonney) Bennett. He was reared near Whitesville, N. Y., until sixteen years of age, and received a common school education. In 1842 he located in Bradford, Penn., and after attaining his majority embarked in the lumber business, which he continued fifteen years. He then followed farming; afterward, in 1876, sold his farm for oil purposes, it being the first farm in Bradford sold on that account. The same year he located in Eldred, and purchased a farm he still owns, and where oil was found in considerable quantities in 1887, on which are now three producing wells, and two more derricks in operation. In 1868 Mr. Bennett united with the United Brethren Church, and in 1871 was ordained a minister, since when he has preached in McKean and adjoining counties up to the present time. He has been twice married. His first wife was Huldah, daughter of Nathaniel and Dolly (Ingalls) Edson, of Bradford, by whom he had five children: Walter A., Eveline V. (Mrs. S. Turner), Wellman G., Dolly (Mrs. McClellan Olmsted) and Lowell. His second wife was Mrs. Mary F. (Allen) Hudson, of Wales, Erie Co., N. Y. Mr. Bennett is, to quite an extent, interested in real estate in Eldred and vicinity, and has erected a large number of dwellings. Politically he was formerly a Republican, but is now a stanch advocate of Prohibition.
[Source: “History of the Counties of McKean, Elk, Cameron, and Potter, Pennsylvania . . .” Volume 1, J. H. Beers & Co., Published 1890 (pp. 486-487)]
To read more, check out this earlier post:
Recently, while researching possible BAXTER ancestors, I stumbled across an entry for a Reverend Joseph Baxter from colonial New England. I’ve no idea if he will turn out to be a distant relative of mine or not, but I found him interesting enough to explore a bit.
According to the book’s abbreviations and notes key on page 238, this entry offers answers to these headings:
NAME: Joseph Baxter
HIGHEST DEGREE EARNED: A.M.
BORN in Braintree, Massachusetts on June 4, 1676
PARENTS: Lieut. John Baxter and Hannah (White) Baxter
COLLEGE: H.C. means Harvard College, graduating in 1693.
DEGREES EARNED AT THAT COLLEGE: The A.B. and A.M. are the degrees he earned from Harvard.
—A.B. and B.A. are the same thing: this person had a Bachelor of Arts degree
—A.M. and M.A. are the same thing: this person had a Master of Arts degree.
ORDAINED: in Medfield, Massechusetts on Apr. 21, 1697
SETTLED: He ‘settled’ down to be the pastor of a church
SETTLED WHERE: He was the pastor for the Medfield, Massachusetts Congregational Church.
SETTLED WHEN: He served as pastor there from 1694-1745.
ARTILLERY ELECTION SERMON: was in 1716
ELECTION SERMON: was in 1727
DIED: in Medfield, Massachusetts on May 2, 1745
AGE AT DEATH: 69 years old.
– – – An ELECTION SERMON, apparently, was the message the preacher gave a week or two before an upcoming election. Drawing the listeners to re-examine their own lives and repent of their own sins, before they stepped up to cast their vote on the matters of life in the colony or community.
—An ARTILLERY ELECTION SERMON, it seems, was similar, but preceeded the election of officers of the local Artillery Company. According to Harold D. Mixon, in 1967, “The purpose of the organization was to provide uniformity in drill for the officers of the various militia companies of New England.” (found in Boston’s artillery election sermons and the American revolution, by Harold D. Mixon in Speech Monographs Vol. 34 , Iss. 1, 1967. Accessed 12/31/2017 at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03637756709375518).
The Haynes Boys
The three gentlemen in this picture are the three sons of William Truman Haynes and his wife, Carrie E. (Cleveland) Haynes.
from left to right is Earl, Willis, and Frank.
I am suggesting a date between 1905 and 1910 for 2 reasons:
(1) Earl looks like he ought to be at least 19 years old, however
(2) Frank died 29 Apr 1910.
Other than those two clues I have nothing else to suggest a date.