Hey You, come and meet Edwin Whiting and his family!
Come and meet your ancestors. Get to know them. Learn of their lives See their pictures, read stories and histories, newspaper accounts, journals and writings of others who knew them. Read from the original documents of their day, not rewritten in the words of we moderns. And copy them from your own records.
It is hoped that seeing the actual documents of their lives can make them come to life in a new way for you.
Edwin Whiting was born 9 September 1809 in Lee, Berkshire County, Massachusetts. In 1838, he was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and later emigrated across the United States and settled with his family in Utah, USA. Edwin was a horticulturist, politician, and craftsman, and fathered children with each of his five wives. While he was active and vigorous until he was aged, he did not leave behind very many personal documents that might give us an insight into his thoughts, interests, or talents, so this website is an attempt to gather together historical information that might be helpful to his posterity as they look understand the intricacies of early pioneer life and the influence that this single individual had in his community and in his family.
In 1999, Marie Whiting and Marcus L. Smith, both descendants of Edwin, spearheaded the publication of a written history about Edwin's life, entitled, Edwin Whiting and His Family. For years, she had collected photos and documents relating to Edwin's life. After her death, family members set up this website to make these documents available to others. With the help of improved technology and access to records that were not available when this history was originally published, it has become clear that some versions of Edwin's life, passed on through oral and written histories, contain inaccuracies. As new documents are discovered and new records are added, each of Edwin's family members will have access to more complete, more accurate information than has previously been available. With help from the internet, it is now possible to collect many additional items relating to Edwin's life. This effort is imortant for at least four reasons:
1) The website can become a repository of information related to Edwin Whiting, his ancestors, and his descendants. As historical evidence becomes available, we can correct erroneous information perpetuated by human error and oral retelling of "family legends."
2) We can piece together the details in the life of a man who left very little written information of his own.
3) We can inspire future generations with the stories of their ancestors.
4) To continue to gather additional information from other sources that will clarify or correct existing records.
This website is a work in progress. We encourage others who have additional information and insights to contribute.
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To learn more about the broader Whiting family, go to the Whiting-GLOBAL website: www.whiting-global.org