George & Sylvia (Northway) Whiton
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Copies of the following newspaper articles (from Ithaca, New York and Champaign, Illinois) and various photocopies of original photographs were sent to Joanne Todd by Dorothy Whiton Bryant of Perry, Iowa in 1994. Dorothy had just turned 90. She attended Rufus & Matilda's 50th wedding anniversary in 1906.
A Golden Wedding
Feb. 24, 1874 in the Ithaca, NY Journal
"One heart, one soul in both; whereof good proof this day affords.'"A thoroughly enjoyable affair was the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the nuptials of Mr. and Mrs. George Whiton, at their cozy and comfortable residence on South Hill, last evening. Youth, manhood, and they whose heads were "silvered o'er with age"met to celebrate the happy event.
Fifty years is a long period in human life for husband and wife to live together; and the commemoration of the expiration of a half century of married life, is as eminently fit and proper, as the occasions are rare.Highly interesting congratulatory letters were read from sympathizing relatives in Europe and the far west. The Rev. Mr. Tyler made some very interesting and appropriate remarks.
Prayers and singing, interspersed with many pleasing reminiscences of the last 55 years by that venerable patriarch, Joseph Esty, in a manner and style that at times would cause a smile to brighten the faces of all present, and anon bid the willing tears to freely flow were marked and notable features of the entertainment. Music and a superb supper contributed much to the sensuous and stomachic enjoyments of the evening. We hope the bride and bridegroom - lovely and and noble in age - may yet linger many years on earth before departing to take their eternal rest.
The presents were rich and appropriate, and we trust it is not improper for us to say, that we hope to see our venerable townsman, who was the recipient of that gold-headed cane, accept its friendly support as he walks about, in the future, the village he has lived so long to adorn.
Obituary of George Whiton
WHITON - In Ithaca, New York, on the morning of November 25th, 1878, Mr. George Whiton, born in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, April 20th, 1801, after a painful illness, entered into the joy of his Lord, having lived a life of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Sylvia Northway Whiton's Obituary
Apr. 6, 1891 (Ithaca, NY Journal)
WHITON - "Entered into Rest" from her home in Ithaca, New York, April 5th, aged 84 years, Sylvia Northway, wife of the late George Whiton. She and her husband united with the people of God, under the ministry of Dr. Wisner, during a powerful revival in 1827, and in their Christian home influenced a large circle of friends. Her earnest consecration to the service of the Master, her faith and love, were ripened through the trials and joys of a long and rich experience. The entire village will feel the loss of her lovely presence from the home to which sixty-seven years ago she came as a bride, and in which her beautiful married life of fifty-five years, and gentle, modest influence will be missed by the church, whose services she loved; by the poor, to whom she most unobtrusively ministered: by the circle of relatives, to whom her love was a benediction. Her illness was long and painful, but she was wonderfully supported by the presence of the Savior she loved, and the Comforter "bringing to her remembrance" exceeding great and precious promises, and "holy hymn and psalms." She made every preparation for her departure, as if she were going on a journey, sending messages to friends far and near, often urging them to work earnestly for their Lord. It was her request that a notice of her death should appear in The Evangelist, which she had read from its earliest years.
Whiton Bible Records
Copied from Bible found in attic of Whiton House on Aurora St., Ithaca, New York in 1962 and presented to The DeWitt Historical Society by Mrs. Hugh Baker of Indianapolis, Indiana, a descendant. N.T. dated 1812.
- George Whiton m. Sylvia Northway -- February 22, 1824
- Rufus Henry Whiton m. Rachel Van Houten -- November 10, 1847
- Rufus Henry Whiton b. August 31, 1826
- Cynthia Marsh Whiton b. September 19, 1828
- George Egbert Whiton b. February 3, 1831
- Susan Mary Whiton b. September 18, 1837
- Catherine Louisa Whiton b. July 29, 1840
- George Whiton b. April 10, 1801at Strubrige (Stockbridge), Massachusetts
- Sylvia Northway b. March 9, 1807 at Trenton, New York
- George Egbert Whiton d. August 30, 1832 at Dryden