Biography of William Whitmore
FROM: History of Livingston County, New York
By James H. Smith
Assisted by Hume H. Cole
Published By D. Mason & Co. 1881


William Whitrnore was born in 1802, and came to Livingston county with his father, George Whitmore, who took up land at what is now known as Jones' Bridge, in the town of Leicester, and there kept the first hotel in that part of the county. He was the second son of a family of eight children, and lived at home until he was twenty-one years of age, working on the farm and attending school winters. He then bought a farm near what is now known as the "High Banks," forming a nucleus for the large fortune he afterwards accumulated, owning, at the time of his death, eight hundred acres of land.

About the time of his first purchase he was married to Nancy L., daughter of Jedediah and Trifosie Richardson, of Leicester, who came from Massachusetts at an early day; Mrs. Richardson being an aunt of the late Charles Sumner. This marriage proved a very happy one, and of the eleven children born to him, four are still living. Daniel W., is a farmer in Ashland, O., but has been honored to some of the most important offices in his county. Sally Ann was the wife of Samuel O. Roberson, of Geneseo. He was a millwright and farmer, and died in Leicester, where he came to reside a year before his death, which occurred February 4, 1865. His wife survived him fifteen years and died December 23, 1880, leaving one son, William W. Roberson. Miss Emily Whitmore, who resides on the Col. White farm, is the only daughter living, and it is through her generosity that the portraits of her father and mother appear in this work.

George W., was married to Sarah Jane Ostrom, of Leicester, by whom he had two children-Wm. H., who resides in Leicester, on the old Ostrom homestead, and Nancy L., who resides in Paris, France. John is married and resides in Jersey City, N. J. William, Jr., is married and resides in Farmer City, IlL He and John together own the old homestead on the "High Banks."

In politics, Mr. Whitmore, Sr., was a Democrat, but never thrust his views on others, and allowed every man to vote and think as he pleased.

James M., the youngest son, when about twentyone years of age, went to St. Louis, and at the close of the war was a book-keeper in Benton Barracks. Since that time his relatives have heard nothing from him, and mourn him as one who is dead.

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