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Gordon Thomas Whitney

When we came around the end of the house, we noticed a shiny car sitting near the back door.

Cliff stopped, leaned down to look at the hubcaps and read, “D - O - D - G - E.”

As we walked into the kitchen, Spurge was telling Dad a story about the jobs he had worked at and his years of being employed at the Chrysler Plant in Detroit. He went on to say that the only make of car he would drive was a Chrysler product.

Gordon Thomas Whitney, who was born at Whitneyville, Northumberland County in 1916, wrote a personal account of his life called "Footprints" in which he reminisces about the variety of jobs he held before embarking on a lengthy career in the management ranks of the Ford Motor Company of Canada with postings in several provinces and at the head office in Windsor, Ontario.

Gordon's great-great grandfather, Ebenezer Whitney was the first of his line to come to the Miramichi around 1785, where he received an allotment of land from William Davidson and John Cort, who had a 100,000-acre township grant. He had married Huldah Mooers at Sheffield, in Sunbury County in 1769. They had twelve children.

Their son Samuel married Sarah Young of the Nashwaak River Valley, near Fredericton. From this union came ten children, one of them being Edward Whitney, who married first Hannah Rogers, who died in child birth, and later Lydia Allison. Their son Hiram Fish Whitney married Ethel Ernestine Forsyth, and they were the parents of Gordon Thomas Whitney.

Lydia’s parents, William Allison and Susannah Kingston wished to marry in 1831. But Susannah’s parents did not approve of the courtship, so William arrived one summer night in his canoe and they eloped down the river and were married.

Another of Gordon’s great-great grandfathers, Robert Forsyth, was a soldier with the North Carolina Volunteers in the Revolutionary War and came to Saint John in 1783. He too settled on the Miramichi and abducted his future wife, Jane Martin, from her parents' home at Red Bank. They took him to court but the case was dismissed when they didn’t show up to testify against him.

Gordon married Roberta Rose (Bertie) White, whose maternal great-great grandfather, James Johnston and his wife Mary Bell emigrated from the Parish of Dumfriesshire, Scotland, to the Miramichi in the early 1820s.

The 2004 176-page publication “Footprints” by Gordon Thomas Whitney is stated to be “a personal narrative which is also of interest for the light it sheds on the many people, places and organizations with which he was associated in the course of a long and eventful life.” A 26-page photo section adds a very personal touch.

The book can be viewed at the Legislative Library of New Brunswick in Fredericton.

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