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From p228 Illustrated History and Biographical Record of Lenawee County, Michigan.
Mrs. Dorcas (Fisk) Whitney was born in Veteran, Chemung County, N.Y., Dec. 18, 1823, and was the fourth child and second daughter of Jabez and Catherine (Ten Brooke) Fisk.Her father, Jabez Fisk, was born in Wendell, Mass., June 3d, 1794, and was the son of Daniel Fisk, who was a native of Worcester, Mass., where he was born, June 26, 1772, and could trace his ancestry back to Suffolk, England, in 1208.He was a farmer and a Puritan, and the family was numerous and prominent in the American Revoluthion.He died in Albany, N.Y., July 25, 1810.Jabez Fisk left his native place in Massachusetts when he was about eight years old, and with his parents, went to Albany, N.Y.After he became of age he purchased a farm in Chemung County, N.Y., where he resided until he came to Michigan and settled on Section 32, in the town of Madison, June 3, 1833.About the year 1819 he married Catherine Ten Brooke, and raised a family of thirteen children.Catherine Ten Brooke was born in Chemung County, N.T., in 1788, and it was said that many of her relatives and freinds were victims of the Wyoming massacre.Jabez Fisk was a thrifty farmer.He owned over 400 acres of land,.He died in 1867, and his wife followed him in 1870.March 22, 1853, Mrs,. Dorcas (Fisk) Whitney was married, at her father's house in Dover, Lenawee County, Mich., to Richard H. Whitney, of Adrian, Mich., and two children were born to them, as follows:Richard H., born in Adrian, Sept. 22, 1856, and died in Adrian, Oct. 1, 1893; Henry Hart Whitney, born in Adrian, January 18, 1859, and died Sept. 22, 1860.Richard H. Whitney was born in Harvard, Mass., in 1808, and came to Michigan and settled in Adrian in 1831.Before coming to Michigan he was engaged in general mercantile pursuits, but after locating in Adrian he became largely interested in the develpment of farming lands, built several houses in Adrian, and for twenty-five years served as Justice of the Peace.He was elected Mayor of Adrian in 1856, was a member of the School Board, and was actively identified with the founding of the public school system.He was a thrifty, provident business man, and when he died July 11, 1867, he left a comfortable estate.Since his death Mrs. Whitney has wisely managed the financial interests left by her husband, and been the source of much good in a social, religious and esthetic way.She still resides in the old homestead on South Main street and Michigan avenue,which is often the scene of social and intellectual gatherings.Mrs. Whjitney donated to the First Baptist church of Adrian, a lot adjoining the church edifice, upon which now stands the Dorcas chapel, a most complete and beautiful annex to the church.She also donated to the church several hudred dollars towards constucting and equipping the chapel.
From an old newspaper clipping found in the Family Bible of Luna and Harry Fisk.
Mrs. Dorcas Whitney
... A Pioneer Resident of Adrian.
Often prominent in the affairs of the city.
Came from good old revolutionary stock.
Was a Woman of Many Charities and Well Liked.
Another of Adrian's prominent octogenarians has passed over the dividing line, Mrs. Dorcas
Whitney dying this morning at 4 o'clock at her home, 60 South Main Street after a ten weeks'
illness.Death resulted from a general breaking down.The funeral will be conducted Sunday at
2:30 p.m., from her late home.
Dorcas Fisk was the fourth child and second daughter of Jabez and Catherine Ten Brooke Fisk
and was born at Veteran, Chemung county,New York , Dec. 18, 1823.She descended on her
father's side from Puritan stock, the family being prominent during the American revolution.
Many of her mother's relatives and friends were killed in the Wyoming massacre June 3, 1833. [sic]
The Fisks settled on section 32 in Madison.Mr. Fisk was large landowner.
March 22, 1853, Dorcas Fisk was united in marriage with Richard H. Whitney, of this city, the
marriage occurring at her farther's home in Dover.Two sons were born of this union, Richard H.
and Henry Hart Whitney, both deceased.Mr. Whitney was one of the prominent business men
of the city, and served as mayor after his marriage to Dorcas Fisk.
Two brothers and one sister are left of her own family, Garret Fisk, of Hillsdale; Rebecca
Thurber, of Sand Creek, and James Fisk, of Woodland, Cal.C.C. Whitney, of Bay City, Mich.;
Dr. Augustus A Whiteney, of Los Angeles, Cal., and Mrs. Sarah Putnam, of Wilton, N.H., are
step-children of deceased.
Mrs. Whitney in health loved to entertain and have her friends about her.She gave largely to
the First Baptist church, giving the site for Dorcas chapel, and money towards its construction
and equipment.She was a kindly lady, of sterling qualities, and had many friends, none of
whom seemed dearer to her than her friends of the earlier days.