The following data is extracted from Genealogy and Biography of Ontario County, New York.
Frederic D. Whitwell, an attorney and counselor at law of the younger generation in Geneva. Ontario county. New York, is a member of an old and well-known family.
(I) John Whitwell, grandfather of Frederick D. Whitwell, was one of the early settlers in the state of New York, and was a man of importance in his day. For a number of years he filled very capably the office of justice of the peace.
(II) William, son of John Whitwell, was born in Geneva, New York, April 14. 1836. He is president of the J. W. Smith Dry Goods Company, is one of the largest stockholders and has been connected with the company for thirty-five years. He has also served as one of the cemetery commissioners. He married Caroline A. Davenport, born in Utica, New York. Children: Frederic D., see forward; Francis W., cashier of the First National Bank of Geneva; George H., treasurer and secretary of the Geneva Savings Bank.
Source: Genealogy and Biography of Ontario County, New York