Walt Whitman

by savanna on January 10, 2017

Birth Name: Walter Whitman

Date of Birth: May 31, 1819

Place of Birth: West Hills, New York, U.S.

Date of Death: March 26, 1892

Place of Death: Camden, New Jersey, U.S.

*English (father)
*Dutch, Welsh (mother)

Walt Whitman was an American poet, essayist, and journalist.

Walt was the son of Louisa Van (Velsor) and Walter Whitman. His father was “of English stock, descended from Puritans who had moved to Huntington in the 17th century.” His mother was of Dutch and Welsh descent.

Walt’s paternal grandfather was Jesse Whitman (the son of Nehemiah Whitman and Phoebe “Sarah” White). Nehemiah was the son of Joseph Whitman and Sarah Ketcham.

Walt’s paternal grandmother was Hannah Platt Brush (the daughter of Tredwell Brush and Hannah Platt). Tedwell was the son of Isaac Brush and Sarah Platt. Hannah was the daughter of Epenetus Platt and Sarah Scudder.

Walt’s maternal grandparents were and Cornelius Van Velsor and Amy Williams (the daughter of John Williams and Mary Woolley).

Sources: Genealogy of Walt Whitman – https://famouskin.com

The Solitary Singer: A Critical Biography of Walt Whitman (1955), by Gay Wilson Allen

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