Edward Dillingham Whitten Jr.

Edward Dillingham Whitten Jr. (1885 - 1949)

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Mr. Edward Dillingham Whitten Jr.
Born in Brookline, MAmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Scots Bay Road, Nova Scotiamap
Descendants descendants
Father of , [private daughter (1920s - unknown)], and
Died in Fitchburg, MAmap
Whitten-16 created 4 Jun 2008 | Last modified | Last edit: 14 Apr 2017
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Categories: Railroad Workers.


Edward was born in Brookline, Massachusetts in 1885. It may have been August 28[1] or 29.[2]

The 1900 census (taken June 13) lists the 14-year-old Edward as living with his parents at 349 Summer St. in Fitchburg and doing Telegraph Messangrdry? (9 months unemployed?)

The 1910 census (taken April 24) lists the 24-year-old Edward as living with his parents at 96? Charles St. in Fitchburg and working as a railroad brakeman.

He married Effie on August 29, 1918 in Canning, Nova Scotia. See Effie's page for more about their life together.

He lived at 35 Brigham Park in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. It was rented for $28/month according to the 1930 census.

Edward worked for the Boston & Maine Railroad.

In 1928 he broke a leg after being thrown from the caboose of the train as it started.[3]

He died at age 63. The Whitten family bible records the date as January 21, 1949.


  1. Whitten family bible
  2. "Massachusetts, Births, 1841-1915," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FX46-HCY : accessed 3 June 2015), Edward Dillingham Whitten, 28 Aug 1885; citing Brookline, Norfolk, Massachusetts, reference p 212, Massachusetts Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 1,428,208.
  3. From Springfield Republican (Springfield, MA), December 17, 1928.
  • Paternal relationship is confirmed through Y-chromosome DNA testing. Keith Whitten Sr. and Chris Whitten match on 37 out of 37 markers, as reported by Family Tree DNA. This confirms their direct paternal lines back to their MRCA Richard Whitten.
  • Census records accessed at Ancestry.com by Chris Whitten in 2008.

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On 4 May 2016 Holly (Whitten) Davis wrote:

Boy does he look like my dad. Unfortunately he died 2 years before I was born.

On 31 Jul 2008 Chris Whitten wrote:

Great Aunt Beck wrote to Alex: "Your great grandfather was a railroad conducter. At one time his train went past the street where Aunt Joyce lived in Acton, Mass. I boarded there because I taught school in Acton. Well, whenever Great Grandpa's train went past our street he would toot the whistle extra long and loud to say 'hi!'. Some days Aunt Joyce would be waiting by the tracks to wave to him."

On 31 Jul 2008 Chris Whitten wrote:

Great Aunt Beck: "I only met E.D.W. a few times. Most of the time he was in bed at the end of his life."

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Effie and Edward
Effie and Edward

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1900 census page
1900 census page

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On 19 Jun 2015 at 00:14 GMT Vincent Piazza wrote:

"United States Census, 1940," Database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K4J3-MDD : accessed 19 June 2015), Edward Whitten, Ward 6, Fitchburg, Fitchburg City, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 14-100, sheet 11B, family 245, NARA digital publication T627 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012), roll 1648.

On 19 Jun 2015 at 00:06 GMT Vincent Piazza wrote:

"United States Census, 1920," Database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MF9V-W7N : accessed 19 June 2015), Edward D Whitten, Fitchburg Ward 1, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States; citing sheet 6B, family 139, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,820,745.

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