Alonzo HUNTINGTON
Patience Lorain DYER


Husband:  Alonzo HUNTINGTON
Birth:   1 Sep 1805, Shaftsbury, Bennington Co., Vermont 
Death:  17 Nov 1881, Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois 
Burial:
Father:  Elias HUNTINGTON
Mother:  Aurelia GALUSHA

Marriage:  28 Nov 1833, Vermont 

Wife:  Patience Lorain DYER
Birth:   6 Aug 1801, Clarendon, Rutland Co., Vermont 
Death:   23 Oct 1861, Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois 
Burial:  
Father:   Daniel DYER 
Mother:    Susannah OLIN 

Children:
1. Susanna Maria HUNTINGTON, b: 11 Nov 1835, Wallingford, Rutland Co., Vermont
                                                       d:  22 Dec 1839, Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois
                                                       Cause of Death:  Malignant Scarlet Fever
2. Stella Aurelia HUNTINGTON, b: 28 Dec 1837, Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois
                                                       d:  21 Dec 1839, Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois
                                                       Cause of Death:  Malignant Scarlet Fever
3. Henry Alonzo HUNTINGTON, b: 23 Mar 1840, Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois
4. Daniel Dyer HUNTINGTON, b: 25 Jul 1842, Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois
                                                   d:  2 Jan 1845, Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois
5. James Galusha HUNTINGTON, b: 23 Oct 1844, Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois
                                                       d: 1865, Brattleboro, Windham Co., Vermont
6. Frances HUNTINGTON, b: 2 Feb 1848, Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois
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Notes:
Alonzo Huntington was born in Shaftsbury, Vt., September 1, 1805.  He was a grandson of Amos Huntington, Captain in the Revolutionary War, and on his mother's side a grand-nephew of Governor Galusha, of Vermont.  After receiving his early education in the schools of his native State, he removed, in early manhood, to western New York, where he worked some years at the trade of mason, and afterward studied law under the Hon. I. T. Hatcher, of Buffalo.  In 1833, he returned to Vermont where he married Patricia Lorain Dyer, a native of Clarendon, Rutland County, and a sister of the well-known Dr. Charles V. Dyer, of Chicago.  For two years after his marriage, he resided in Wayne County, N.Y., of which Lyons was the county seat, when he removed to Chicago in the fall of 1835.  He was chosen State's Attorney for the Seventh Circuit in 1837, his competitor, Albert G. Leary, a member of the Bar, being rejected by a majority of the General Assembly, because he was himself a member of that body.  In 1839, Mr. Huntington was again chosen State's Attorney.  Admitted to the Bar in New York, he was not found enrolled on the list of the Supreme Court of Illinois until January 14, 1840.  The most remarkable criminal case prosecuted by him was the People vs. John Stone, for the murder of Mrs. Lucretia Thompson, at the spring term of 1840, an excited some rhetorical but undeserved animadversion as a prosecutor of the Press, for performing under the orders of the court the perfunctory duty of entering suit against the editor of the American for contempt.  At the expiration of his second term in 1841, he resumed the practice of the profession as a member of the Chicago Bar.  As prosecutor and advocate he was recognized as of great industries rather than great talents, of conscientious fidelity to the interests of his clients rather than oratorical ability, and of unquestioned integrity rather than showy pretension or display of legal lore.  In his official position he was fairly successful especially during his second term.  To his neighbors and acquaintances he was cordial; to his family, kind, generous and self-sacrificing.  To stand by his own was the cardinal principle of his life, and in the varied relations of son, brother, husband and father he has seldom been surpassed.  He died at his home in Chicago, November 17, 1881, aged seventy-six years.   His wife had preceded him twenty years, having died October 23, 1861, aged sixty.  They had six children of whom only two, a son and daughter, survive.  Henry Alonzo Huntington, the son, was born in Chicago, March 23, 1840, served as an Officer in the Fourth United States Artillery in the Rebellion, and later better known as Major Huntington, of the editorial staff of the Chicago Tribune.  The daughter, Frances, Born in Chicago October 1844, was the wife of Benjamin M. Wilson, of the law firm of Wilson & Collier, of Chicago. 

Patience was a lineal descendent of William Dyer, Secretary of the Rhode Island Colony and one of the founders of Newport; of Roger Williams, founder and Governor of the Colony of Rhode Island; and a great-granddaughter of Maj. Gideon Olin who was a member of Congress from 1803 to 1807.

1840 Federal Census Data (M704_578, Page 234), Chicago Ward6, Cook Co., Illinois

 NAME

 

< 5

5-9

10-14

15-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50-59

60-69

70-79

80-89

90-99

 HUNTINGTON, Alonzo

Males

1

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

Females

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

Indicates:

 

 

 

Number/ Sex

Age

Therefore Born

Inferred

 1 Male

< 5

1836 1840

  =  Henry              (b: 1840)

 1 Male

20 29

1811 1820

  =  Unknown

 1 Male

30 39

1801 1810

  =  Alonzo             (b: 1805)

 1 Female

20 29

1811 1820

  =  Unknown

 1 Female

30 39

1801 1810

  =  Patience          (b: 1801)

1850 Federal Census Data (M432_102, Page 179), Chicago Ward 2, Cook Co., Illinois,
                                                                                                                   Enumeration Date: 7-Sep-1850, Family #777

 NAME

Age

Sex

Col.

 Occupation
or Trade

Real
Estate

POB

Attend
School

Cannot
R / W

D, D, B, I,
I, P, or C

 HUNTINGTON, A

45

M

W

 Lawyer

$15,000

VT

 

 

 

                    Mrs

49

F

W

 

 

VT

 

 

 

                    Henry A

10

M

W

 

 

IL

X

 

 

                    Jas G

5

M

W

 

 

IL

X

 

 

                    Francis

2

F

W

 

 

IL

 

 

 

  -------------, Martha

24

F

M

 Fugitive Slave

 

MO

 

 X

 

  -------------, Armstrong

35

M

M

 Fugitive Slave

 

VA

 

X

 

1860 Federal Census Data (M653_0164, Page 195), Chicago Ward 1, Cook Co., Illinois,
                                                                                                                  Enumeration Date: 20-Jul-1860, Family #961

NAME

Age

Sex

Col.

Occupation
Or Trade

Real
Estate

Per.
Estate

POB

Attend
School

Cannot R / W

D, D, B, I, I, P, or C

 HUNTNGTON, Alonzo

55

M

W

 Lawyer

$20,000

$5,000

VT

 

 

 

                    Patience L

58

F

W

 

 

 

VT

 

 

 

                    Henry A

20

M

W

 Law Student

 

 

IL

 

 

 

                    J  G

15

M

W

 

 

 

IL

X

 

 

                    Fannie

12

F

W

 

 

 

IL

X

 

 

 1870 Federal Census Data (M593_0199, Page 455B), Chicago Ward 3, Cook Co., Illinois,
                                                                                                                    Enumeration Date: 11-Aug-1870, Family #289

NAME

Age

Sex

Col.

Occupation or Trade

Real
Estate

Per.
Estate

POB

Attend
School

Cannot R / W

 HUNTINGTON, Alonzo

65

M

W

 Retired Lawyer

$250,000

$100,000

VT

 

 

                    Henry A

30

M

W

 US Army Officer

 $10,000

$30,000

IL

 

 

                    Frances

31

F

W

 Keeping House

 

 

NY

 

 

                    Douglas

5

M

W

 

 

 

IL

 

 

                    Edith

3

F

W

 

 

 

NY

 

 

                    Alonzo

2

M

W

 

 

 

KS

 

 

1880 Federal Census Data (T9_0185), page 337C),  Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois,
                                                                                    Enumeration Dist: 13, Enumeration Date: 8-Jun-1880, Family #177 

 NAME

Age

Sex

Col.

 Relation

M/S
W/D

Occupation

POB

Father
POB

Mother
POB

Attend
School

Read /
Write

 HUNTINGTON, Alonzo

74

M

W

 Self

W

 Retired Lawyer

VT

VT

VT

 

 

 WILSON, Benjamin

31

M

W

 Son L

M

 Lawyer

PA

PA

OH

 

 

                 Frances

32

F

W

 Daughter

M

 

IL

VT

VT

 

 

                 Huntington

4

M

W

 G Son

S

 

IL

PA

IL

 

 

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Sources:
1) Biography - Husband:  History of Early Chicago; Modern Chicago and Its Settlement; Early Chicago and the Northwest, Albert D. Hager, Page 260