Civil War Records of William F. B. Whitney


Co. Regiment / Ship From To Residence/ Credit Occupation Notes
E (Davis Guards) 6th MVI
(3 months)
Private; enl. April 16, 1861; must. April 22, 1861 must. out Aug. 2, 1861 Acton   age 20[?]
E 26th MVI Private; enl. Sept. 2, 1861; must. Oct. 23, 1861; re-enlist. Jan. 1, 1864 must. out Aug. 9, 1865 at Baltimore, Md. Acton farmer age 19[?]
MASSCW: 1:383, 3:94

Service Record (select pages from the National Archives): x
Service Ledger (Town of Acton): page 60-61 (PDF)


Co. Regiment Date Filed Type App. No. Cert. No. State Beneficiary/Remarks
E 6th MVI
26th MVI
May 9, 1879 Invalid 285 308 191 977    
Jan. 4, 1905 Widow 819 617 591 428 Mass. Anne Whitney

Pension File (select pages from the National Archives):  10 pages (PDF*)

Grand Army of the Republic



Date November 16, 1904
Place Acton, Mass.
Age 62 years, 8 months, 24 days
Cause senile dementia
Obituary Concord Enterprise, Nov. 23, 1904

Marlborough, Mass.

(death certificate, "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," vol. 1904/1, p. 111, in

Survived by

Additional Information

William Frances Brown Whitney was born in Acton to parents John Whitney (b. Watertown) and Elizabeth Doughty (born Portland, Maine) (death record in pension file).

William Francis Whitney, age 13, is recorded as a resident of Acton in the 1855 state census, in the household (18/19) of John Whitney, a farmer, and Elizabeth Whitney:
John, 48, m, w, Farmer, MA
Elizabeth, 48, f, w, ME
Rebecca Jane, 15, f, w, MA
Mary Elizabeth, 11, f, w, MA
Charles Harlow, 3:8m, m, w, MA
Henry Martin, 1, m, w, MA  
(Lainhart, 1855 and 1865 Massachusetts State Censuses for Acton: 7).

Wm. Whitney [written Whiting], age 18, a farmer, is recorded as a resident of Acton, Mass. in the 1860 federal census, in the household (52/55) of John Whitney, a shoe maker (b. Mass.), and Elizabeth Whitney (b. Maine) ("1860 United States Federal Census,"

Wm. F.B. Whitney, of Acton, age 22, married Annie McNerney of Boston, age 18, on April 20, 1864 in Acton, Mass. (marriage record in pension file).

The name "William F B Whitney" is included on the Acton Memorial Library Soldiers' Tablet, "The Men of Acton Who Fought For The Union."

Brother of John Whitney ?


See also:

Hosmer, The Town of Acton in the Civil War: 45.

Genealogy of William Francis Whitney (1842-1904), Whitney Research Group (website),,_William_Francis_Brown_(1842-1904)


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