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Bella (Unknown) Whitten (abt. 1857 - aft. 1940)

Bella [uncertain] (Ella) Whitten formerly [surname unknown] aka Pitts [uncertain]
Born about in Maine, United Statesmap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married about 1883 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died after in Massachusetts, United Statesmap [uncertain]
Profile last modified | Created 13 Aug 2008
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In the 1900 census, Albion (incorrectly indexed as "Albion T.") and "Ella M." were living in Lawrence, Mass. Her birth place and the birth places of both her parents are listed as Maine. Her birth date is given as June 1857 here. [1]

In the 1910 census, Albion Whitten and Bella were living in Lawrence, Massachusetts, with Bella's child through a previous marriage, Bertha Drew, 34, and her two children, Earl Drew, 15, and Chauncey Drew, 14.

In the 1940 census, the widowed "Ella Whitten" appears in the household of her grandson Earl Drew in Lawrence, Mass. Her age is listed as 82, which would put her birth year as about 1858. [2]

Research Notes

Her name is probably Ella, not Bella. It may only appear as Bella on the 1910 census. She appears as Ella everywhere else.

Her last name at birth may have been Pitts, or that may have been the name of her first husband, if she was married before.

She is not the Ella J. Pitts that married Lyman Pitts. Their dates and locations are close, but this Ella and Lyman were married at the time of the 1880, 1900, and 1910 census.


  1. "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 6 January 2019), Ella M Whitten in household of Albion T Whitten, Lawrence city Ward 1, Essex, Massachusetts, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 319, sheet 2B, family 33, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,642.
  2. "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 13 March 2018), Ella Whitten in household of Earl Drew, Ward 6, Lawrence, Lawrence City, Essex, Massachusetts, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 5-216, sheet 13B, line 48, family 265, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 1584.
  • "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 21 April 2018), Bella Whitton in household of Albion Whitton, Lawrence Ward 2, Essex, Massachusetts, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 339, sheet 37A, family 356, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 583; FHL microfilm 1,374,596.

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