Maurice was born in South Fitchburg, Massachusetts, and lived in Fitchburg for all or most of his life, or possible in the Whalom area of Lunenburg. He died when he was just 41. (What is the source for his death date? I can't remember. See note below about a 1944 Navy muster, when he would have been about 46 years old. Whitten-1 14:06, 28 March 2016 (EDT))
The 1900 census has the one-year-old Maurice J.
The 1920 census lists him as living with his parents at age 21 and working as an electrician at an electric company.
Maurice's World War 1 draft registration card still has him living at home with his parents at 183 Charles Street in Fitchburg.
A September 25, 1922, announcement in the Fitchburg Sentinel says that Maurice James Whitten, son of Edward D., was engaged to Mildred Abbie Whitney of Rollstone Street. It doesn't appear that they were married. A November 11, 1924, announcement in the Sentinel says that Maurice married Roseanna.
The 1930 census (taken April 3) lists the 31-year-old Morris J. Whitten as renting for $25/month at 86 Nashua Street with his wife and two daughters (Lillian M. and Barbara L.) and his parents. He was working as an electrician at New England Power. He was not a veteran, so that rules out his serving in World War I.
His parents, Edward D. and Mary M. (M?) are living with Morris and Rosanna at the time of the 1930 census.
An image from the U.S. World War II Navy Muster Rolls, 1938-1949 shows a Maurice James Whitten mustered on July 31, 1944.
Maurice donated the ship carved by his father Edward D. Whitten to the Fitchburg Historical Society: http://www.museumresearcher.com/fitchburg/exhibit1/e11534b.htm
Note that Maurice had an uncle named Maurice Whitten who was also known as "Morris". It's curious that his uncle also died at about age 40 and may also have lived in Lunenburg. There may be mixed information here.
- ↑ Both found at WorldVitalRecords.com June 2012 by Whitten-1.
- Sources for this page include the Whitten family bible. The comments about his daughter(s) are very difficult to understand.
- "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XQR1-M1C : accessed 22 April 2017), Morris J Whitten, Fitchburg, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 160, sheet 2B, line 92, family 41, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 962; FHL microfilm 2,340,697.
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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Morris by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA. Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree:
- Chris Whitten : Family Tree DNA Y-DNA Test 67 markers, haplogroup R-M269, Ysearch D3D3Z, FTDNA kit #124309
- Keith Whitten : Family Tree DNA Y-DNA Test 37 markers, haplogroup R-M269, Ysearch EDB58, FTDNA kit #502535
- Chris Whitten : 23andMe + AncestryDNA, GEDMatch A820770, Ancestry member ciwhitten + Family Tree DNA Family Finder, FTDNA kit #330041
- Ted (Whitten) Whittenkraus : 23andMe
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