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Hannah Bell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-12-10 02:29 AM
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11. Meg's Paternal Ancestry
Edited on Fri Feb-12-10 03:13 AM by Hannah Bell
Henry Hobart Taylor (1835 NY) + Chatfield
Hobart Chatfield Chatfield-Taylor (1865 IL) + Farwell + Stillman
Adelaide Chatfield Taylor (1891 MA) + Hendricks Hallett Whitman Sr. (1884 MA)
Hendricks Hallett Whitman Jr. (1920 MA) + Margaret Cushing Goodhue (Goodhue line described in OP)
Little Meg

Adelaide Chatfield Taylor was Meg's paternal grandmother. Adelaide's grandfather was Henry Hobart Taylor, who made his millions in farm equipment (Aultman & Taylor) & timepieces (Elgin), as well as with judicious investments in Chicago real estate.

When H.H. Taylor died (1875), he left his only child $50K, & the rest of his fortune to charity. However, son Hobart Chatfield Taylor contested the will & got the whole $2 million.

On top of this, Hobart inherited about $3.5 million from his "immensely wealthy" uncle Wayne Chatfield of Cincinnati (his mother's brother), on the condition he add "Chatfield" to his last name. Thus Hobart Chatfield Taylor became Hobart Chatfield Chatfield-Taylor, investor & moderately successful author:

HC Chatfield-Taylor also married well. His first wife Rose was the daughter of Charles B Farwell, Illinois senator & banker, who left her a million of her own.

His second wife was Estelle Barbour/Barber Stillman, daughter of a stove manufacturer & widow of banker & sugar refinery heir George Schley Stillman (Rosen, Stillman & Co., NYC).

HC Chatfield Taylor's son Wayne (grandma Adelaide's brother) was a member of FDR's cabinet (Commerce, Treasury) & President of the Export-Import Bank during WWII. He was a banker.

Descendant Wayne Chatfield Taylor still among the horsey set: top breeder

John Whitman (1814 Nova Scotia) + Cutler (1820 New Brunswick)
William Whitman (1842 Nova Scotia) + Hallett
Hendricks Hallett Whitman (1884 MA) + Adelaide Chatfield Taylor
Hendricks Hallett Whitman jr. (1920 MA) + Margaret Cushing Goodhue
Little Meg

John Whitman, born 1814, was supposedly the descendant of John Whitman of Weymouth, Massachussetts, (arrived in 1630s). John Whitman (1814)'s loyalist ancestors left MA for Nova Scotia following the American Revolution.

Whitman was raised on a farm & then "engaged in mercantile pursuits," ultimately retiring in New Jersey. He was successful enough to educate one of his sons at Oxford (UK) & set various sons up in business. One of his sons married the daughter of a MA Supreme Court justice.

Son William started in the mercantile business in New Brunswick, then went to Boston & joined Beebe, Richardson & Co. James Beebe was a former partner & business associate of Junius Morgan, father of JP. William stayed 11 years with Beebe, then went into the management of textile mills (Arlington Mills), culminating in the establishment of his own/corporate partnership milling enterprises (Whitman Mills, Manomet Mills, Nonquitt Spinning Company, Nashawena Mills) most of them in New Bedford.

He pursued related activities (e.g. Pres. National Association of Woolen Manufacturers) & some unrelated ones (e.g. Board of Equitable Life Insurance Co., Trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of NYC). He married Jane Hallett, the daughter of another British loyalist who fled to Canada. Another of his brothers married her sister.

He & his brother also pursued other manufacturing sidelines, including munitions:

His son Hendricks Hallett Whitman was born in Massachussetts (1884) & got a Harvard (1906) education. He married the heiress Adelaide Chatfield Taylor & lived in Boston, pursuing his career as "merchant & manufacturer," presumably in the family textile business:

It appears that he contracted a second marriage to the daughter of lumber baron Harley H Danforth around 1933; she was his wife in the 1940s.

His son HH "Hal" Whitman was a Wall Streeter type, & Meg's dad, as previously noted.

Thus, Meg comes from multiple lines of great wealth & great connections. This is her major qualification for being governor of California.

She married someone with a similar background: Griffith Harsh IV, Stanford neurosurgeon, son of Grif III, also a neurosurgeon:

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