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Subject: [GENMASSACHUSETTS] Prof. William Dwight Whitney & wife ElizabethBaldwin, a desc. of John Prescott
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2006 11:15:08 EST
Subject: Professor William D. Whitney, Yale College
Source: Prescott Memorial
Elizabeth Worster Baldwin, dau. of Hon. Roger S. Baldwin and his wife, Emily
Perkins of New Haven, Conn. Elizabeth Worster Baldwin b. Aug. 8, 1824; m.
August, 1856, Professor William D. Whitney of Yale Coll. They resided in New
Professor William D. Whitney and his wife, Elizabeth W. Baldwin had issue at
New Haven, CT:
1. Edward Baldwin Whitney b. Aug. 16, 1857.
2. Williston Dwight Whitney b. Feb. 1859; died March, 1861.
3. Micah Parker Whitney b. Feb 6, 1861.
4. Roger Sherman Whitney b. Jan. 6, 1863.
Elizabeth Worster Baldwin's line of descent from John Prescott, Founder of
Hon. Roger S. Baldwin & his wife, Emily Perkins of New Haven.
Their dau. Elizabeth Worster Baldwin m. Prof. William D. Whitney.
Hon. Roger Sherman Baldwin b. Jan 4, 1793 son of Hon. Simeon Baldwin & 1st
wife Rebecca Sherman of New
Hon. Roger Sherman and his wife, Rebecca Prescott of New Haven, CT.
Their dau. Rebecca Sherman b. Feb 22, 1764 m. July 29, 1787, Hon. Simeon
Baldwin of New Haven, son of
Ebenezer Baldwin by his 1st wife, Barker.
Benjamin Prescott and his wife, Rebecca Minot of Salem, Mass.
Their dau. Rebecca Prescott b. May, 1742 m. May 12, 1763, Hon. Roger
Sherman, signer of Declaration of Independence.
Rev. Benjamin Prescott and his wife Elizabeth Higginson of Salem Village,
Their son Benjamin Prescott b. Jan 29, 1717 m. 1741, Rebecca, dau. of James
& Martha (Lane) Minot.
Capt. Jonathan Prescott & his 2nd wife, Elizabeth Hoar.
Their son Rev. Benjamin Prescott b. 1687, m. (1) Elizabeth Higginson, dau of
John Higginson, Esq of Salem.
Jonathan Prescott, son of John Prescott and his wife, Mary Platts.
John Prescott who came to Boston thence to Watertown, 1640 with his wife,
Mary Platts - John Prescott was of the 4th generation from James Prescott of
Standish, Lancashire, England (of 1564).
John Prescott and his wife, Mary Platts - founders of Lancaster, Mass.
Transcribed by Janice Farnsworth
William Dwight Whitney
Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
William Dwight Whitney (1827-1894) was an American linguist, philologist,
and lexicographer who edited The
Born in Northampton, Massachusetts, February 9, 1827. He entered Williams
College at fifteen, graduating in
1845. He continued studying and worked at a bank in Northampton for several
years, then assisted his brother
Josiah Whitney on a geological survey of the Lake Superior region in 1849.
For three years, he studied
Sanskrit in Germany, and gained wide reputation for his scholarship in the
field. At Yale, he became
professor of Sanskrit in 1854, adding comparative philology in 1869. He
served as secretary to the American
Oriental Society from 1857 until he became its president in 1884.
Whitney revised definitions for the 1864 edition of Webster's American
Dictionary, and in 1869 became a
founder and first president of the American Philological Association. He
wrote metrical translations of the
Vedas, and numerous papers on the Vedas and linguistics, many of which were
collected in the Oriental and
Linguistic Studies series (1872-74). He wrote several books on language, and
grammar textbooks of Sanskrit,
French, English, and German.
In his Course in General Linguistics in the chapter on the 'Immutability and
Mutability of the Sign',
Ferdinand de Saussure credits Whitney with insisting on the arbitrary nature
of the linguistic signs.
Although he suffered from a heart ailment in his later years, he was
editor-in-chief of the first edition of
the respected Century Dictionary, which appeared from 1889 to 1891. He was
the brother of Professor Josiah
He married the daughter of US Senator & Governor of the State of Connecticut
Roger Sherman Baldwin,
Elizabeth Wooster Baldwin. His grandson was the celebrated mathematician