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Frederick Whitten (1861 - 1928)

Frederick (Fred) Whitten
Born in Maine, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married 6 Jul 1887 in Lowell, MAmap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 66 in Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee, United Statesmap
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Noelani C. writes of her ancestor, "We know that Fred Whitten was born in Maine, specifically the area of Blue Hill, ME. We know that his occupation was a jeweler. ... We also know that Fred had a brother Henry."

Fred's father, Samuel, was a watchmaker/jeweler.

The 1884 city directory for Fitchburg, Massachusetts, lists Fred and Samuel living at Summer and Cane streets. Fred is working as a painter, Samuel as jeweler. The 1885 directory lists Fred as having moved to West Boylston. Fred does not appear in any later Fitchburg city directories.

He married Bertha in 1887[1] and their daughter May was born in 1888.

This was apparently his second marriage. His son Thomas was born in 1883. His first wife Emma may have died soon after.

In 1900, at the time of the census, Fred (38) and his wife Bertha (34) are living with their 12-year-old daughter May in Westerly, Rhode Island. [2] We know this is the same Frederick because he was born in Maine.

At the time of the 1910 census, Frederick (49), Bertha (43), and May (20) are still in Westerly. [3]

Frederick and Bertha appear in the 1920 census in Memphis, Tenn. Fred is 58 and Bertha is 54. [4]

Research Notes

This is not Frederick W Whitten (abt.1861-), husband of Nellie Goding, also born in Maine, probably the son of George and Sarah.


  1. This is according to an message posted by Jack Holloway, "Fredrick Whitten, b. Nov 29, 1867, m. Bertha V. Seaboyer, July 6, 1887 in Lowell, MA." This is the source for the first marriage here -- it may not be correct. This may be a different Fred Whitten.
  2. "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 24 April 2017), Fred Whitten, Westerly town, Washington, Rhode Island, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 242, sheet 5A, family 117, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,241,513.
  3. "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 24 April 2017), Bertha V Whitten in household of Frederick A Whitten, Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 311, sheet 5B, family 104, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 1445; FHL microfilm 1,375,458.
  4. "United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 24 April 2017), Frederick Whitten, Memphis Ward 22, Shelby, Tennessee, United States; citing ED 187, sheet 5A, line 17, family 107, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 1764; FHL microfilm 1,821,764.
  • "United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 25 May 2016), Frederick Whitten in household of Samuel Whitten, Maine, United States; citing p. 76, family 640, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 552,053.

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Fred I believe was born in either the late 1850s to early 1860s because he had a son born in 1883, and was married in the early 1880s.

I have found records that he was divorced in 1889/1890 from Emma Saunders. After that, the records are gone. There is no record of him after 1889.

posted 23 Nov 2010 by Noelani C
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