Franklin Allen Whitney

Date of Birth

April 21, 1846

Date of Death

March 1, 1934

Letters Authored


Letters Received


Franklin Allen Whitney was born 177 years ago.
89 years ago, Franklin Allen Whitney passed away at the age of 87.

Letters Authored in Collection


Franklin Allen Whitney, 18, mustered into Co. F of the 36th Illinois infantry on 18 Mar 1864. Almost immediately the 36th left Nashville and began marching for Chattannoga. Undoubtedly Franklin's baptism of fire took place during the early part of May as the 36th participated in the Atlanta Campaign. The regiment skirmished almost daily, engaging in severe fighting at Rocky Face Ridge, Resaca, Adairsville, New Hope Church, and Kennesaw Mountain.

This particular letter was written to his father on June 20, describing some of the action he was engaged in near Kennesaw Mountain. He mentions in the letter that he is located on "Lost Mountain," a strategical prominence a few miles southwest of Kennesaw Mountain. The regiment would participate in the assault on Kennesaw Mountain on June 27, one week after the letter was written.

Franklin was born 21 Apr 1846 and died 1 Mar 1934 making him one of the last surviving Civil War veterans in Illinois.

Father: James Harvey Whitney, b. 4 Aug 1808, d. 31 Jan 1896.

Mother: Lucia Maria Southworth, b. 21 Sep 1820, d. 15 Dec 1893.

James Whitney and Maria Southworth were married 25 Jul 1841.

Wife: Josephine Margaret Ramsey, b. abt. 1854; married 8 Aug 1869.

SANFORD S. Whitney, b. 10 Jun 1844, d. 27 Sep 1881; married MARGARET NEFF, b. 14 Oct 1840, d. 2 Nov 1904.

LYDIA Cornelia Whitney, b. 29 Dec 1847, d. Nov 1888.

THIRZA DELIA Whitney, b. 29 Dec 1847, d. 9 May 1934; married GEORGE NEFF, b. 27 Jun 1838, d. 1 Feb 1900.

WILLIAM PLUMB Whitney, b. 25 Apr 1850, d. 27 Jan 1926; married EMMA J. MOSS, b. 12 Dec 1855, d. 6 Sep 1881.

Enumerated in the same household in Big Grove, Kendall County, Illinois: James H. Whitney, 42, farmer, born in New York.; Maria, 30, born in New York; Edgar, 6, Franklin, 4, Cornelia, 3, Adelia, 3, (noted as twins), William, 4/12.

Enumerated in the same household in Mission, LaSalle County, Illinois: James H. Whitney, 51, Maria, 39, Sanford S, 16, Franklin, 14, Lydia C, 12, Thirdilia, 12, William F, 10, Alice M, 7, Mills H, 4, and Martha I, 10/12.

Enumerated in the same household in Indian Creek, Anderson, Kansas: Franklin Whitney, 35, Margaret Whitney, 26, born in Mo, (parents born in Kentucky); James Whitney, 9, Leeman Whitney, 5, born in Mo, Thursia Whitney, 3, born in Mo, Agnes Whitney, 2, born in Mo.