Edward was born in Unity, Maine, and lived most of his life in Lowell and in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. According to an obituary in the Fitchburg newspaper:
Edward married Mary Olive Lorman February 10, 1882 in Lowell, Massachusetts, at St. Anne's Episcopal Church. According to a newspaper account they were living at 79 Laurel Street in Lowell at the time of their silver wedding anniversary.
On his son, Edward Dillingham Whitten, Jr.s birth record he is listed as a Carpenter. His (Sr.'s) birth is recorded as "WoodStock.".
In the early 1890s, Edward moved to Fitchburg, where his father Samuel was living and working as a watchmaker. Edward's brothers Frederick and Albion were living in Fitchburg with their father in the 1880s but had moved on by the time Edward arrived.
In the 1893 and 1896 Fitchburg city directories, Edward is working at the Fitchburg Railroad shop, and living at 11 Mack.
By the 1911 Fitchburg city directory, Edward is working at Fitchburg Paper Company, with his home at 97 Charles Street. His sons Edward Jr. and Maurice are with him.
In the 1919 directory, Edward is still at Fitchburg Paper Company. The home address is now listed as 193 Charles Street instead of 97 Charles Street.
In the 1924 directory, his profession is listed as carpenter but without an employer. Perhaps he is retired.
The Whitten family bible, which Edward gave to his wife shortly after their marriage, confirms the death of Edward as November 12, 1930. It says that he died, "at the hospital after a long illness, burial from Christ Church to Forest Hill Cemetery at family lot."
Edward hand-crafted a half dozen ship models. One was given to the Christ Church. They called it the "Christian Ship" and a hymn was written for it! A picture of the ship and the lyrics of the hymn were apparently hung in many parishoners' homes. This model has since been lost. Edward's great-grandson Ted Whittenkraus did a search for it as a young man but came up empty-handed.
One of the ships he carved is at the Fitchburg Historical Society.
Ted Whittenkraus has possession of another. This one stayed in the family and was kept in the attic of the family house built by Edward's grandson Edward B. Whitten on White Street in Lunenburg for many years. Generations of kids played with it as a toy (including Edward's great-grandsons Ed and Ted, Ted's children Ted and Chris, Ted's sister Holly's son Nick, Ted sister Steph's son Alex, etc.) until it was recognized as a family heirloom.
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