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OBIT-Christopher Whittemore

**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

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.


  • To Whittemore family and friends and/or history hounds, does anyone know who (or when) this obituary came to be copied out and duplicated? Was there a special occasion? I’m assuming it was a reunion or family gathering of some sort.
  • Was the date of Sept 4, 1922, the date of Christopher’s death? or his burial? or the date the obituary appeared in the newspaper?
  • Does anyone have the actual obituary clipped from the old newspaper? (Or a photocopy). I’m assuming it was probably a McKean County newspaper from Eldred, Bradford, Smethport, or Port Allegheny, but there could have been others.
  • Does anyone know where the “Harris farm” up Slack Hollow is (and what its called 96 years later in 2018)? Has anyone ever visited James Pettis’ grave up there? Got any pix?
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Posted by on July 29, 2018 in 1844, 1884, 1922, Civil War


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