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The name "Whitmire" is an English spelling of an ancient German-Swiss surname.  In colonial times in America the name was also recorded as Weidmayer, Whitmer, Widmayer, Widmer, Witiemeyer, Witmer, Wittmer, Wittiemeyer and Wittmeyer.

 

Perhaps the earliest bearer of the name in America was Benedictus Witmer, a Swiss emi­grant who settled in Lancaster County, in 1709, according to "History of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania."  In 1719 Abraham Witmer arrived in Lancaster County.  The Act of Naturalization of 1739 made it possible for Benjamin Witmer and Abraham Witmer, then residents, to own land there.

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Four Whitmire brothers who emigrated to America in the middle of the eighteenth cen­tury were the progenitors of thousands of present-day Americans.  They were born in the area of Stuttgart in the southwestern province of Wurttemberg-Baden, Germany and all probably emigrated via Rotterdam in the Netherlands.  They were:

 

        Michael Whitmire           (W8/1.1)        born about 1735

        Henry Whitmire             (W8/1.2)        born about 1748

        George Frederick Whitmire  (W8/1.3)        born in 1749

        Christopher Whitmire       (W8/1.4)        born about 1752

 

Michael Whitmire (W8/1.1) was born about 1735 near Stuttgart, Wurttemberg-Baden of parents unknown.  Mrs. Joe B. Hester, Whitmire researcher of Easley, South Carolina shows his birthyear as 1733.  A family legend reported by Larry Franklin, a descendant of Vidor, Texas, states that Michael Whitmire (W8/1.1) may have left Germany as a fugitive.  In an argument with his over-bearing step-father Michael Whitmire (W8/1.1) is reported to have struck the man with a shovel and left him for dead in a pool of blood.  Lending credence to the legend is the report that he did not ever attempt to contact his family and expressed no interest in his inheritance there.  Additionally his mother is reported to have sent "son after son" to America to find Michael Whit­mire (W8/1.1), perhaps primarily to advise him that his step-father had recovered from the shovel attack and that he was not a murderer. Descendants of George Frederick Whitmire (W8/1.4) relate a similar story, substituting "hatchet" for "shovel."

 

It is believed that he landed in Philadelphia about 1754 and spent some time in the German community there.  He lived temporarily at Lansing in Tioga County, Pennsylva­nia, and then went to Baltimore, Maryland, according to the research of Mary Alnora "Nora" Cox Drennan (C2/10.4), a descendant.

 

It is believed that he was married about that time, wife's name "Cathene" in his will, however she may have accompanied him from Germany since she would have been 33 years old in 1762, probably six years his senior.  Vivian Marie Hughes Conn (H1/1.1), re­searcher of Ft. Worth, Texas, shows her name as Catherine Appel (A8/1.1).

 

To comply with English law it is believed that he temporarily changed his religion and embraced the Anglican Church.  A Michael Whitmire  was "certified" at St. Anne's Church in Maryland April 14, 1762 with Charles Bryan and George Bozer as witnesses, according to "Colonial Maryland Naturalizations" by Jeffrey A. Wyland:

 

"April Term 1762

 

Henry Funk, Joachim Strever, . . . Michael Whitmore . . . , severally appear in Court between the hours of nine and twelve of the clock in the forenoon of the tenth day of September 1762 and in pursuance of an act of Parliament made in the 13th year of the reign of his late Majesty King George II subscribed an Act for naturalizing such foreign Protestants and other herein mentioned as are . . . or shall . . . in any of his Majesty's Colonies in America pray to have the several oaths appointed by the said Act to be administered to them respectively and for that if [it] appear to the Court here that they have been in­habitants in . . . of his Majesty's Plantations Seven Years and have not been abroad out of the said Colonies for a longer space than two months at any one time during these seven years and that they have severally received the Sacrament as by the Certificates following appear to wit:

 

I do hereby certify that Stephen Bower, Jacob Cramleith [sp.] . . . Michael Whit­mire . . . Melchor Sheener . . . did receive the holy Sacrament of the Lord's Sup­per according to the rites and ceremonies of the Church of England in the parish Church of St. Anne's Parish in the City of Annapolis this 14th day of April 1762.

 

                                                Tho. Bacon

                                                Rector of All Saints Parish

                                                in Frederick Co."

 

The volume also records that he was naturalized September 10, 1762.

 

He and his wife Catherine Appel Whitmire (A8/1.1) were recorded as witnesses at bap­tisms at Evangelical Lutheran Church in Frederick, Maryland, 25 miles west of Balti­more, according to the research of Helan Audrey Murphy Schneider (M2/1.1), a descen­dant of Slidell, Louisiana, who suggests they may have come to Frederick, following other members of the family.  She reports many references to Whitmire individuals in the early church records and suggests that Dr. Michael Widmeyer who died there in 1778 may have been an uncle and namesake.

 

"Frederick, Maryland Lutheran Marriages and Burials, 1745-1811" reveals, "March 19, 1778, Dr. Michael Widmeyer born November 1711 in the city of Marckgroeningen in Wurt­temberg (Markgroningen, Ludwigsburg) married May 3, 1740 his surviving widow, and had 7 sons and 2 daughters, of whom 1 son and 1 daughter are alive.  Died of dropsy on 18th, aged 66 years and 4 months."

 

Later Michael Whitmire (W8/1.1) removed to South Carolina and settled in District 96 in the "up country" section of the state which was settled largely by immigrants from the Rhine section of Germany.  His location was near Pumpkintown, South Carolina in present-day Pickens County.

 

He was enumerated in the 1790 census of Pendleton County, District 96, page 83, as the head of a household composed of "three males over 16, three males under 16 and two fe­males."  Three other households of interest to Whitmire researchers appeared in the 1790 census of Pendleton District, according to "Gone to Georgia" by William C. Stew­art.  They were headed by Stephen Whitmire (W7/1.1),  Michael Whitmire, Jr. (W7/1.2) and Joseph Whitmer.

 

On November 29, 1791 Michael Whitmire (M8/1.1) received a deed from Daniel Kelly of Greenville County, South Carolina to 422 acres in District 96 "on Twelve Mile River and Ooliney," for 40 pounds, according to "Pendleton District, South Carolina Deeds, 1790-1806" by Silas Emmett Lucas, Jr.  Kelly had received the grant April 6, 1789, ac­cording to Pendleton County Deed Book C-D, page 306.  Five years later, on October 14, 1796, Henry Whitmire (W7/1.4), his son, confirmed the transaction before a Justice of the Peace.

 

Michael Whitmire (W8/1.1) wrote his will October 8, 1795, and it was recorded in Pen­dleton District [Anderson County] Will Book C, page 101 January 24, 1797:

 

"STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA PENNELTON COUNTY

 

IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN.  Know all men by these Presents that I, Michael Whit­mire, Being a Low State of Health, tho. in my Rail  Perfect Sences, thanks be to God for his Continued Merceys.  Do Make  Ordain this my Last Will and Test­tament, as follows, Viz:  My Sole I Recommend to God who Gave it in hopes of Meeting with Exceptance in that Heavenly Habitation which God hath Provided for his people.

 

Secondly my Body to the Grave where it to Dust must Return again.  Thirdly as to my Worldly Estate after paying all my Just and Lawfull Debts I Do Positively will and Give unto my Son Henry Whitmire one Hundred Acres of Land to be Laid off the East End of my Tract of Land whereon I Live, the Hole Tract Containing Four Hun­dred  Twenty two Acres originally Granted to Daniel Kelly and Conveyed to me.  The aforesaid Hundred Acres of Land to be Laid out  Regulated as to its form at the Discretion of my Executors herein after Mentioned so that it in­cludes a small Plantation Made by John Wright.  The Ballence of my Land I Do Give to my Two Sons Christipher and William Whitmire, as follows, Viz: one Half to William Whitmire to include my House and Plantation whereon I Live, the Bal­lance to Christipher Whit­mire to be Devided at the will  Pleasure of Executors and as they think Most agreeable to the intent of this my Last will  Testament.

 

Also I Do Give my Son William Whitmire his choice out of my Stock of Horses to chuse one for himself, also Two Cows in Like manner.  Also I Do Positively or­der that the Ballence of my Property that it Shall be  Remain on my Plantation for the Purpose of Supporting of my Loving Wife Cathene Whilst She Lives.  Also She is to have the use of my Dweling House During her Life time here, and in the Mean Time to have her Support for the Stock  herself of my Plantation, and at her Death, the Property that thin Remains (Excepting What I have heretofore in my Will Purtic­ullarly Pointed out for there own) to be Equelly Divided--Be­tween my Sons  Daugh­ters  Grandson to wit: Stephen, Michael, Henry, Samuel, Christipher  William Whit­mire  my Grandson John Whitmire  Cathene Whitmire  Re­becca Wright, my daughters.

 

I do Absolutely Authorize and Appoint Nathaniel Newman  William Young to be Ex­ecutors to this my last will and Testament.  I herewith affix my seal this 8 Oct. 1795.

 

Witnesses:                                      Michael Whitmire

  John Bynum

  Elizabeth (X) Bynum"

 

It is unknown why the grandson John Whitmire (W6/1.1) was named in the will to receive an equal portion to the exclusion of all other grandchildren.

 

The will was probated January 24, 1797.  An inventory of the estate of Michael  Whit­mire (W8/1.1) was made March 24, 1797 by Michael Whitmire, Jr. (W7/1.2), William Brown and Archibald Harris.  It was valued at L155.15.8. when recorded April 17, 1797, ac­cording to "Carolina Genealogist," Summer 1973 edition.

 

Cathene Appel Whitmire (A8/1.1) lived in the household of her son Michael Whitmire, Jr. (W7/1.2) in her later years, according to the research of Nell Whitmire Pantell (W2/1.1), a descendant of Jefferson, Georgia.  She was living with her son Stephen Whitmire (W7/1.1) in 1805 when she participated in a Georgia land lottery, according to the research of Nancy Jane Hinkle Flesch (H3/7.7), a descendant of Eugene, Oregon.

 

Cathene Appel Whitmire (A8/1.1) died November 2, 1835, at age 106, and was buried in a cemetery at Newry, South Carolina in Oconee County, according to the research of Lynda Dorene Whitmire Wright (W1/3.3), a descendant of Wilmington, North Carolina. Her grave was moved to Old Pickens Cemetery, Pickens, South Carolina in 1969 when construction of Keowee and Jocasse Dams was begun.

 

Children born to Michael Whitmire (W8/1.1) and Cathene Appel Whitmire (A8/1.1) in­clude:

 

        Stephen Whitmire        (W7/1.1)        born about 1760

        Michael Whitmire, Jr.   (W7/1.2)        born February 8, 1765

        Rebekah Whitmire        (W7/1.3)        born about 1766

        Henry Whitmire          (W7/1.4)        born about 1768

        Samuel Whitmire         (W7/1.5)        born about 1770

        Christopher Whitmire    (W7/1.6)        born about 1774

        William Whitmire        (W7/1.7)        born about 1775

        Catharine Whitmire      (W7/1.8)        born about 1780

 

Stephen Whitmire (W7/1.1), son of Michael Whitmire (W8/1.1) and Cathene Appel Whitmire (A8/1.1), was born about 1760, probably in Maryland.  Ida Creekmore, Whitmire re­searcher of Tulsa, Oklahoma, shows his birth in 1755 and states that he was married about 1779 to Mary Porter (P7/1.1).   He was enumerated in the 1790 census of District 96, Pendleton County, page 81 as the head of a household composed of "one male over 16, two males under 16 and four females." 

 

According to "South Carolina State Grants," Volume 35, page 430, Stephen Whitmire (W7/1.1) received a land grant in 1793:

 

"The State of South-Carolina.

 

To all to whom these Presents shall come, Greeting:

 

Know ye, That in pursuance of an Act of the Legislature entitled "An Act for es­tablishing the mode of granting the lands now vacant in this State, and for allow­ing a commutation to be received for some lands that have been granted, passed the 19th day of February, 1791.  We have Granted and by these presents do Grant unto Stephen Whitmire, his heirs and assigns, a plantation or tract of land containing One hundred and fourteen acres surveyed for him the 29th of April, 1793 situate in the District of Ninety-six on both sides of Mountain Creek of Generostee of Savan­nah River Bounded S.ward by Moses Teddley land, and S.E.ward by John Tallants and Zachariah Holcombs, N.ward by Forgas and N.W.ward by Richard York, having such shape, form and marks as are represented by a plat hereunto annexed, together with all woods, trees, waters, water-courses, prof­its, commodities, appurtenances and hereditaments whatsoever thereunto belong­ing: To have and to hold the said tract of One Hundred and Fourteen acres of land, and all and singular other the premises hereby granted unto the said Stephen Whitmire, his heirs and assigns forever, in free and common soccage.

 

Given under the Seal of the State.  Witness his Excellency William Moultrie, Es­quire, Governor and Commander-in-Chief in and over the said State, at Columbia, this Second day of December, Anno Domini one thousand seven hundred and Ninety-three and of the independence of the United States of America the Eighteenth.

                                        William Moultrie, L.M.S.

 

And hath thereunto a plat thereof annexed representing the same, certified by F. Bremar, Surveyor General, 29th November, 1793."

 

He was a purchaser at the estate sale of John McCambridge July 8, 1794 in Pendleton District, according to Abbeville County, South Carolina probate records.  He was men­tioned in his father's will written in 1795.  On March 19, 1796 he was mentioned as owning land "bounding land on Big Generostee of Savannah River" in a deed executed by Phillip Holcomb, according to Pendleton District Deed Book B, page 367.  On April 13, 1797 he sold 74 acres "on both sides of Big Generostee Creek" to William Anderson, ac­cording to Pendleton District Deed Book C-D, page 335.  The land had been surveyed to Stephen Whitmire October 4, 1796.  At the same time he sold to Anderson 114 acres "which had been granted to Whitmire in 1793 by William Moultrie" for $100. A tract of 474 acres was surveyed for Stephen Whitmire (W7/1.1) May 17, 1797, according to "Pendleton District, South Carolina Deeds."

 

On October 4, 1797 Stephen Whitmire (W7/1.1) received a deed to 160 acres "on the north fork of the Keowee River" for 100 pounds from James Hendrix of Franklin County, Georgia, according to Pendleton District Deed Book H, page 7.

 

On June 10, 1799 he purchased 247 acres "on the north fork of Cane Creek" from Ezekiel Buffington and Allis Harlin for 15 pounds, according to Pendleton District Deed Book G, page 516.

 

He appeared as the head of Household 783 in the 1800 census of Pendleton District:

 

       "Whitmire, Stephen       white male      26-45

                                white female    26-45

                                white male      16-26

                                white male      10-16

                                white female    10-16

                                white male      10-16

                                white male      10-16

                                white male       0-10

                                white female     0-10

                                white male       0-10

                                white male       0-10

                                three slaves"

 

Stephen Whitmire (W7/1.1) made application for a Revolutionary War Pension No. S35114, according to the research of Audrey Helan Murphy Schneider (M2/1.1).

 

On January 1, 1801 he bought an additional 180 acres "on north fork of Cane Creek of Keowee River" from Ezekiel Buffington and Allis Harlin for 15 pounds, according to Pendleton District Deed Book G, page 516.  On February 12, 1801 he sold to William Robbins two tracts of land totaling 204.5 acres "on the north fork of Cain Creek of the Keowee" for $750, according to Pendleton District Deed Book H, page 508.  One tract of land was bounded by Samuel Whitmire (W7/1.5) and one tract was bounded by Christopher Whitmire (W7/1.6).  On August 25, 1802 he sold 158 acres "on the north fork of the Keowee River," to Christopher Whitmire (W7/1.6), according to Oconee Coun­ty, South Carolina Deed Book 9, page 672.  Samuel Whitmire (W7/1.5), witnessed the transaction. 

 

Shortly afterward he removed across the state line to Cherokee Indian lands near Gainesville, Georgia.  He was recorded as a taxpayer in 1803 living in Capt. Joseph McConnell's District, according to "Digest of Taxable Property for Jackson County, Georgia, 1803."  His land was located on Walnut Creek, adjoining John McConnell.  In 1804 he was reported living in "Key's District" of Jackson County.  He received a bounty land grant of 200 acres in Jackson County in 1804, according to "Index to Bounty Land Grants of Georgia, 1756-1909."

 

Stephen Whitmire (W7/1.1) deeded 158 acres "on Cain Creek" to his brother Christopher Whitmire (W7/1.6) December 16, 1808, according to Anderson County, South Carolina Deed Book 1, page 315.  This may have been a confirmation deed of their 1802 transaction since both Oconee County and Anderson County were part of Pendleton District at that time.

 

Stephen Whitmire (W7/1.1) received a bounty land grant of 375 acres in Jackson County in 1815, according to "Index to Bounty Land Grants of Georgia, 1756-1909."  It was de­scribed as "good land, on Walnut Fork of Oconee River, adjoining S. O. Collins."

 

Mary Porter Whitmire (P7/1.1) was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1820 census of adjoining Gwinnett County, Georgia, suggesting that they may have been es­tranged.  Children listed in the enumeration appear to be the children of Stephen Whitmire (W7/1.1) and Mary Porter Whitmire (P7/1.1).

 

According to "Gone to Georgia" "Mary Whitmire" was also listed as the head of a house­hold in Jackson County:

 

        "Whitmire, Mary         white female    over 45

                                white male      26-45

                                white male      26-45

                                white female    26-45

                                white male      16-26

                                white female    10-16

                                white male       0-10

                                white female     0-10

                                white male       0-10

                                white female     0-10

                                white male       0-10"

 

Stephen Whitmire (W7/1.1) sold land in Jackson County from 1811 through 1819, accord­ing to Jackson County Deed Book E, page 457; Book F, page 418 and Book G, pages 28 and 138.  He purchased property from his son John Whitmire (W6/1.1) September 20, 1820, according to Jackson County Deed Book G, page 316.

 

Stephen Whitmire (W7/1.1) was remarried about 1815 to Charlotte Downing (D7/1.1), a Cherokee.  [Emmett Starr in "History of the Cherokee Indians" states that he was mar­ried to Elizabeth Downing (D7/1.1) and that his son was married to Charlotte Downing (D6/1.1).].  She was the daughter of George Downing (D8/1.1) who was the son of Major Downing of the British Army who was married to a Cherokee woman of the Wolf clan.  Ida Creekmore reports that the second wife of Stephen Whitmire (W7/1.1) was named Char­lotte, and his third wife was Elizabeth Downing (D7/1.1).  Stephen Whitmire (W7/1.1) was a resident of Cherokee Nation East, Hightower District, near Echota, Georgia and was described as a Cherokee in 1827.  In 1828 Stephen Whitmire (W7/1.1) was mentioned in "The Cherokee Phoenix" as a "well-to-do white man with an Indian family including two children."

 

He appeared as the head of a household age "60-70" in the 1830 census of Hall County, page 131,  with two sons, ages 5-10.

 

Stephen Whitmire (W7/1.1) wrote his will April 23, 1831, and died September 27, 1831, according to Ida Creekmore.  The will, recorded in Hall County Miscellaneous Book A, page 204, under "Record of annual Returns, Appraisements, Minutes and Wills," read:

 

"In the Name of God, Amen.  Know ye that I, Stephen Whitmire of the Cherokee Na­tion, attached to Hall [County], being weak in body but, thank God, sound in mind and memory and knowing that man was born to die, so after surrendering my soul to Him that gave it, and my body to be decently buried.  Then after my fu­neral ex­penses and just debts are paid it is my will and desire that my estate, was God's will to bless me with in life, to be divided as follows, viz:

 

Item: First the administrators to sell 7 negroes, Harrison and Fillis, Martin and Liller and Jerry, Amy and Solomon.  I leave Henry Whitmire fifty dollars, Jesse Whitmire fifty dollars, Nancy Staten fifty dollars, Michael Whitmire fifty dol­lars, Lucinda Nix fifty dollars.  John Whitmire to have $200 for his trouble, ex­tra expenses.  Sarah Hickman, William Whitmire and John Whitmire the money to be equally divided among the three after the sale of the Negroes and all my expenses paid and all my loose property.

 

I wish Robert Dowdy to take Ann and Nancy the two negroes I leave to my two sons.  I leave Ann to George Whitmire.  Nancy to Jonathan Whitmire for said Dowdy to take said Negroes and keep them until the children are entitled to them when of age and for Robert Dowdy and John Downs [Downing?] to attend to schooling them and raising them as they may think best among themselves.  I wish Robert Dowdy to be paid for his trouble and all expenses he may be out not to exceed $200 to be paid by John Whitmire.

 

So I ordain this my last will and testament and I do hereby appoint John Whit­mire my executor whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 23rd day of April 1831.

 

Signed and sealed in the presence of us.        Stephen Whitmire (seal)

        John M. McAfee

        Michael Dowdy

 

Georgia Court of Ordinary May Term, 1831, Hall County

 

Present their Honours Ezekial Buffington, John Nichols and Joseph Dunagun:

 

Personally appeared in open Court John M. McAfee and Michael Dowdy who being duly sworn say they saw the said Stephen Whitmire sign seal and deliver this will for the purpose therein mentioned, that the said will was written by the deponent John McAfee at the direction of said Stephen Whitmire, read to him af­ter he wrote, re­ceived his approbation, then the said Stephen Whitmire was sound in mind and mem­ory when he signed said will and that these deponents sub­scribed said will as wit­nesses after the said Stephen Whitmire had signed it."

 

He made no provision for Mary Porter Whitmire (P7/1.1) in his will.  The widow ob­jected to the terms of the will and came into court requesting that it be nullified:

 

"Georgia Court of Ordinary May Term, 1831, Hall County

 

John Whitmire, Exr. of Stephen Whitmire, Dcsd.

        vs Mary Whitmire, widow, and Flemming Staten in right of  his wife Nancy, formerly Nansy Whitmire et al, the lawfull heirs of Stephen Whitmire

 

The defendants came into the Court of Ordinary at this Term of the Court and ob­jected to the will being proven and recorded.

 

First: Because the same conveyed and transferred sundry Negroes and loose prop­erty and was only subscribed by two witnesses and contending that it should have been witnessed by three witnesses as it transferred Negroes.

 

Secondly: That the widow was not provided for by said will as they contended she should have been, and

 

Thirdly: That the will was void for being ambiguous and uncertain.

 

All of which objections was overruled by the court, determining that two Wit­nesses was sufficient to the will and that the Testator had the right to will all his property without willing any thing to the wife or making any provision for her and that they thought the will sufficiently plain  certain.

 

Given under our hands and seals this 2nd day of May, 1831.

 

                                                John Nichols, J.J.C. (seal)

                                                Ez. Buffington, J.J.C. (seal)

                                                Joseph Dunagan, J.J.C. (seal) Or­dinary Court Hall County, Georgia September Term 1831

 

John Whitmire, Exr of Stephen Whitmire, Dec'd

        vs Mary Whitmire, widow  Henry Whitmire, Fleming Staten in right of his wife Nancy, formerly Nancy Whitmire, et al, lawful heirs of Stephen Whit­mire, Dec'd.

 

Application for the probate of Will in the above case the will of Stephen Whit­mire having been presented to the Court of Ordinary of Hall County for probate and a Caveat having been there filed against the recording of the same, and said Court of Ordinary having determined to admit Will to record from which de­cision the caveators entered an appeal which appeal came before this court for trial upon the hearing of which case, it is ordered and determined by this Court that said will be admitted to records and letters Testamentary issued forth with to the Executor there in named.

 

A true copy from the Minutes of Hall Superior Court. 22nd Sept.

1831                                         J. L. Law, clerk"

 

Mary Porter Whitmire (P7/1.1) died in 1840, according to Nell Whitmire Pantell (W2/1.1).  Children born to them include:

 

        John Whitmire           (W6/1.1)        born in 1780

        Sarah Whitmire          (W6/1.2)        born about 1785

        Jesse Whitmire          (W6/1.3)        born in 1789

        William Whitmire        (W6/1.4)        born in 1790

        Nancy Whitmire          (W6/1.5)        born in 1792

        Lucinda Whitmire        (W6/1.6)        born about 1796

        Henry Whitmire          (W6/1.7)        born in 1798

        Michael Whitmire        (W6/1.8)        born in 1800

        Samuel Whitmire         (W6/1.9)        born in 1803

 

Children born to Stephen Whitmire (W7/1.1) and Charlotte Downing Whitmire (D7/1.1) in­clude:

 

        Jonathan Whitmire           (W6/1.10)       born about 1819

        George Washington Whitmire  (W6/1.11)       born in 1824

 

Lola Sadie Dunn Cryer (D2/1.1), a descendant, wrote in 1970 that a family tradition held that Stephen Whitmire (W7/1.1) had nine sons and three daughters.

 

John Whitmire (W6/1.1), son of Stephen Whitmire (W7/1.1) and Mary Porter Whitmire (P7/1.1), was born in 1780 in Pendleton District, according to Nell Whitmire Pantell (W2/1.1) who reported that "he was almost as old as his Uncle Samuel."  He was married about 1801, wife's name Susannah who was born in Georgia in 1782.  He sold property to his father September 30, 1820, according to Jackson County, Georgia Deed Book G, page 316.

 

He was named executor of his father's will written April 23, 1831 and the beneficiary of $200.  He died in 1846 in Jackson County, and she died during the 1850s.

 

Children born to John Whitmire (W6/1.1) and Susannah Whitmire include:

 

        Markus Whitmire         (W5/1.1)        born in September 1801

        Henry Whitmire          (W5/1.2)        born in March 1803

        Martha "Patsy" Whitmire (W5/1.3)        born in March 1805

        Jane Whitmire           (W5/1.4)        born June 20, 1807

        Stephen Whitmire        (W5/1.5)        born September 27, 1809

        John P. Whitmire        (W5/1.6)        born in October 1811

        James W. Whitmire       (W5/1.7)        born in March 1813

        Isaiah Whitmire         (W5/1.8)        born September 16, 1815

        Ann Elizabeth Whitmire  (W5/1.9)        born in 1816

        Susan C. Whitmire       (W5/1.10)       born October 23, 1817

        Maryann Mavier Whitmire (W5/1.11)       born November 1, 1819

        Sarah Whitmire          (W5/1.12)       born September 14, 1821

        Susan Carolina Whitmire (W5/1.13)       born December 19, 1823

 

Markus Whitmire (W5/1.1), son of John Whitmire (W6/1.1) and Susannah Whitmire, was born in September 1801 at Gainesville, Georgia.  He was married December 11, 1828 in Jackson County to Mary J. Payne (P5/1.1).  The marriage license was issued to "Morris Whitmire."  Children born to Markus Whitmire (W5/1.1) and Mary J. Payne Whitmire (P5/1.1) are unknown.

 

Henry Whitmire (W5/1.2), son of John Whitmire (W6/1.1) and Susannah Whitmire, was born in March 1803 in Georgia, according to Nell Whitmire Pantell (W2/1.1).  He was married about 1826 to Charlotte Sophia Kidd (K5/1.1) who was born in 1801 in Georgia. He wrote his will May 26, 1883 and it was recorded July 22, 1884 in Jackson County Will Book B, page 329.

 

Children born to Henry Whitmire (W5/1.2) and Charlotte Sophia Kidd Whitmire (K5/1.1) include:

 

        Harriet Eveline Whitmire        (W4/2.1)        born January 6, 1826

        Francis Miles Whitmire          (W4/2.2)        born February 4, 1827

        John Henry Whitmire             (W4/2.3)        born in 1832

        Rachel Victory Whitmire         (W4/2.4)        born November 10, 1834

        Ann Hazeltine Whitmire          (W4/2.5)        born in 1836

        Sophia Lavinia Whitmire         (W4/2.6)        born January 10, 1837

        Matilda J. Whitmire             (W4/2.7)        born in 1838

        William A. Whitmire             (W4/2.8)        born about 1843

 

Harriet Eveline Whitmire (W4/2.1), daughter of Henry Whitmire (W5/1.2) and Charlotte Sophia Kidd Whitmire (K5/1.1), was born January 6, 1826.  She was married about 1845 to James Anderson Simmons (S4/1.1).  She died July 5, 1899 and was buried in Mountain Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Jackson County.  Five children were born to them.

 

Francis Miles Whitmire (W4/2.2), son of Henry Whitmire (W5/1.2) and Charlotte Sophia Kidd Whitmire (K5/1.1), was born February 4, 1827, according to the research of Fran­ces Lee Widdows Ashley (W1/1.1) of Gainesville, Florida.  He was married about 1850, wife's name Bowes.  He was enumerated in the 1850 census of Jackson County as House­hold 353-353.

 

Children born to Francis Miles Whitmire (W4/2.2) include:

 

        Sophia Whitmire         (W3/2.1)        born about 1852

 

Sophia Whitmire (S3/2.1), daughter of Francis Miles Whitmire (W4/2.2), was born about 1852 in Jackson County.  She was married about 1879, husband's name Bowles.

 

John Henry Whitmire (W4/2.3), son of Henry Whitmire (W5/1.2) and Charlotte Sophia Kidd Whitmire (K5/1.1), was born in 1832.  He was married to Mary Margaret Doss (D4/1.1) June 20, 1859 in Jackson County.  He enlisted in the Confederate army in 1862.  He was captured May 16, 1863 in the Battle of Baker's Creek in Mississippi. He died in a prisoner-of-war camp in Delaware July 30, 1863, according to Nell Whitmire Pantell (W2/1.1).  His widow received land which she sold.

 

Children born to John Henry Whitmire (W4/2.3) and Mary Margaret Doss Whitmire (D4/1.1) include:

 

        Leander Fitzsailand Whitmire   (W3/3.1)  born August 27, 1860

        John W. Whitmire               (W3/3.2)  born April 30, 1862

 

Leander Fitzsailand Whitmire (W3/3.1), son of John Henry Whitmire (W4/2.3) and Mary Margaret Doss Whitmire (D4/1.1), was born August 27, 1860.  He was married about 1890 to Olah Clarinda Catlett (C3/1.1) who was born January 27, 1874.  He died in 1940, and she died in 1968.

 

Children born to Leander Fitzsailand Whitmire (W3/1.1) and Olah Clarinda Catlett Whit­mire (C3/1.1) include:

 

        Nell Whitmire           (W2/1.1)        born April 19, 1901

 

Nell Whitmire (W2/1.1), daughter of Leander Fitzsailand Whitmire (W3/1.1) and Olah Clarinda Catlett Whitmire (C3/1.1), was born April 19, 1901.  She was married about 1925, husband's name Pantell.  They lived in Jefferson, Georgia in 1985, and she was active in family history research.

 

John W. Whitmire (W3/3.2), son of John Henry Whitmire (W4/2.3) and Mary Margaret Doss Whitmire (D4/1.1), was born April 30, 1862.  He was buried at Talmo Baptist Church Cemetery in Jackson County, according to Frances Lee Widdows Ashley (W1/1.1).

 

Rachel Victory Whitmire (W4/2.4), daughter of Henry Whitmire (W5/1.2) and Charlotte Sophia Kidd Whitmire (K5/1.1), was born November 10, 1834.  She was married about 1850 to Moses L. Simmons (S4/1.2), believed to be a brother to James A. Simmons (S4/1.1).  She died December 9, 1905 and was buried in Mt. Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

 

Ann Hazeltine Whitmire (W4/2.5), daughter of Henry Whitmire (W5/1.2) and Charlotte Sophia Kidd Whitmire (K5/1.1), was born in 1836.  She was married November 9, 1854 to Samuel Morgan (M4/1.1).  Four children were born to them.

 

Sophia Lavinia Whitmire (W4/2.6), daughter of Henry Whitmire (W5/1.2) and Charlotte Sophia Kidd Whitmire (K5/1.1), was January 10, 1837.  She was married about 1854, hus­band's name Bowles.  Later she was remarried to W. P. Wood (W4/1.1).

 

Matilda J. Whitmire (W4/2.7), daughter of Henry Whitmire (W5/1.2) and Charlotte Sophia Kidd Whitmire (K5/1.1), was born in 1838.  She was married about 1859, husband's name Barber.  Three children were born to them.

 

William A. Whitmire (W4/2.8), son of Henry Whitmire (W5/1.2) and Charlotte Sophia Kidd Whitmire (K5/1.1), was born about 1843.  He was a private in Company G, Forty-third Tennessee Infantry Regiment.  He died at Lenoir Station, Tennessee November 5, 1862 during the Civil War. 

 

Martha "Patsy" Whitmire (W5/1.3), daughter of John Whitmire (W6/1.1) and Susannah Whitmire, was born at Gainesville, Georgia in March 1805.  She was married November 12, 1843 to William H. Kinningham (K5/1.1), according to Jackson County marriage records. 

 

Jane Whitmire (W5/1.4), daughter of John Whitmire (W6/1.1) and Susannah Whitmire, was born at Gainesville June 20, 1807.  She was married February 17, 1833 in Jackson County to Thomas Rogers (R5/1.1) who was born to John Rogers (R6/1.1) December 29, 1805 in North Carolina.  He had moved to Jackson County, about 1830.  In 1849 Thomas Rogers (R5/1.1) served as co-executor with his brother-in-law Henry Whitmire (W5/1.2) in the administration of the estate of Stephen Whitmire (W5/1.5).

 

Stephen Whitmire (W5/1.5), son of John Whitmire (W6/1.1) and Susannah Whitmire, was born at Gainesville September 27, 1809.  He was married June 28, 1828 in Hall County to Frances Broadwell (B5/1.1), daughter of William Broadwell (B6/1.1), by J. E. Reeves, J.P, according to Hall County Marriage Book A.  She was born March 4, 1799 in Wake County, North Carolina, according to Frances Lee Widdows Ashley (W1/1.1).  From June 1 to August 1, 1836 he was a soldier in Byrd's Company involved in the removal of the Cherokees to Oklahoma.  He was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1840 census of Cherokee County, Alabama.  He died March 25, 1849 in Cherokee County, Geor­gia.

 

Frances Broadwell Whitmire (B5/1.1) appeared as the head of a household in the 1850 census of Cherokee County:

 

        "Whitmire, Francis      40 [?]  born in [?]

                   John W.      19, born in Georgia

                   Candice      18, born in Georgia

                   Frances      16, born in Georgia

                   Henrietta    14, born in Georgia

                   Rebecca      10, born in Georgia"

 

She made a pension application based on her husband's participation in the removal of the Cherokees.  Frances Lee Widdows Ashley (W1/1.1) wrote February 27, 1986, "Con­cerning the 'Trail of Tears' it is interesting that Stephen Whitmire took an ac­tive part in the Indian removal.  He was actually forcing part of his own family to Okla­homa.  Charlotte Downing was his grandfather's wife, and their sons George and Jona­than were his half-uncles.  One would wonder if he was totally unaware of this re­la­tionship or if he was unconcerned about it."

 

She died April 11, 1880 at Roswell in Cobb County, Georgia.  She was buried there in Presbyterian Cemetery.

 

Children born to Stephen Whitmire (W5/1.5) and Frances Broadwell Whitmire (B5/1.1) in­clude:

 

        Mary Ann Whitmire       (W4/5.1)        born in June 1829

        John W. Whitmire        (W4/5.2)        born in 1831

        Candice H. Whitmire     (W4/5.3)        born March 3, 1833

        Frances A. Whitmire     (W4/5.4)        born May 15, 1834

        Henrietta C. Whitmire   (W4/5.5)        born March 30, 1836

        Rebecca Jane Whitmire   (W4/5.6)        born February 13, 1840

 

Mary Ann Whitmire (W4/5.1), daughter of Stephen Whitmire (W5/1.5) and Frances Broad­well Whitmire (B5/1.1), was born in Hall County in June 1828.  She was married January 20, 1848 in Cherokee County to William H. Ashley (A4/1.1), according to Frances Lee Widdows Ashley (W1/1.1).  In 1851 whey lived in Acworth, Georgia.

 

Children born to them include:

 

        William W. Ashley       (S3/1.1)        born in 1851

 

William W. Ashley (S3/1.1), son of William H. Ashley (A4/1.1) and Mary Ann Whitmire Ashley (W4/5.1), was born in 1851 at Acworth.  He was married December 18, 1878 to Valucia Catherine Wright (W3/1.1).  She was born April 5, 1860 in Milton County, Geor­gia to Thornton Timothy Wright (W4/1.1) and Tempy Elizabeth Kay Wright (K4/1.1). He died November 28, 1911 at Atlanta, and she died there November 4, 1939.

 

Children born to them include:

 

        Charles Lane Ashley     (A2/1.1)        born November 21, 1879

 

Charles Lane Ashley (A2/1.1), son of William W. Ashley (S3/1.1) and Valucia Catherine Wright Ashley (W3/1.1), was born November 21, 1879 at Roswell.  He was married Septem­ber 18, 1907 to Mary Leila Berry (B2/1.1), daughter of David Northern Berry (B3/1.1) and Mary Catherine Ellis Berry (E3/1.1).  She was born April 25, 1883 in Milton Coun­ty.  He died November 4, 1939 at Atlanta, and she died August 4, 1956 at Jack­sonville, Florida.

 

Children born to them include:

 

        Marcus Porter Ashley    (A1/1.1)        born January 7, 1923

 

Marcus Porter Ashley (A1/1.1), son of Charles Lane Ashley (A2/1.1) and Mary Leila Berry Ashley (B2/1.1), was born January 7, 1923 in Atlanta.  He was married March 7, 1942 to Frances Lee Widdows (W1/1.1) who was born October 7, 1921 at Carbondale, Illi­nois.  In June 1986 they lived in Gainesville, Florida.

 

John W. Whitmire (W4/5.2), son of Stephen Whitmire (W5/1.5) and Frances Broadwell Whitmire (B5/1.1), was born in Hall County in 1831.  He appeared as a 19-year-old in the 1850 census of his mother's household.  He served in the Confederacy in Company F of the Fifty-Sixth Georgia Infantry Regiment.

 

Candice H. Whitmire (W4/5.3), daughter of Stephen Whitmire (W5/1.5) and Frances Broad­well Whitmire (B5/1.1), was born March 3, 1833 in Hall County.  She was married in 1852 in Cobb County to William M. Gilbert (G4/1.1).  He was born June 13, 1826 in Car­roll County, Georgia to John Gilbert (G5/1.1) and Elizabeth Owens Gilbert (O5/1.1).  He died in April 1901 in Bartow County, Georgia, and she died there January 17, 1917.

 

Frances A. Whitmire (W4/5.4), daughter of Stephen Whitmire (W5/1.5) and Frances Broad­well Whitmire (B5/1.1), was born May 15, 1834 in Cherokee County.  "During the Civil War she saved the silver communion service of the Presbyterian Church at Roswell by hiding it in her quilting basket," wrote Frances Lee Widdows Ashley (W1/1.1).  "The Union Army soldiers did not search her basket, and the service was saved and is still in use in that church today.  The pew where Miss Fannie always sat is marked with a bronze plaque.  This beautiful old church is one of a very few buildings in Roswell that survived the Civil War.  The Union Army used it for a hospital, therefore it was saved."  She died November 13, 1911 in Cobb County and was buried in Presbyterian Cemetery at Roswell.  She did not marry.

 

Henrietta C. Whitmire (W4/5.5), daughter of Stephen Whitmire (W5/1.5) and Frances Broadwell Whitmire (B5/1.1), was born March 30, 1836.  She was married March 27, 1852 to Charles Wesley Faulkner (F4/1.1).  He died March 8, 1903, and she died April 30, 1919 in Cobb County and was buried in Presbyterian Cemetery at Roswell.

 

Rebecca Jane Whitmire (W4/5.6), daughter of Stephen Whitmire (W5/1.6) and Frances Broadwell Whitmire (W5/1.1), was born February 13, 1840.  She was married in 1857 to Samuel Farr (F4/1.1) and died April 10, 1926.

 

John P. Whitmire (W5/1.6), son of John Whitmire (W6/1.1) and Susannah Whitmire, was born at Gainesville in October 1811.  He was married about 1836, wife's name Permelia.  Children born to John P. Whitmire (W5/1.6) and Permelia Whitmire are unknown.

 

James W. Whitmire (W5/1.7), son of John Whitmire (W6/1.1) and Susannah Whitmire, was born at Gainesville in March 1813.

 

Isaiah Whitmire (W5/1.8), son of John Whitmire (W6/1.1) and Susannah Whitmire, was born September 16, 1815 at Gainesville.  He was married February 23, 1836 in Jackson County to Lucy Legg (L5/1.1).  Children born to Isaiah Whitmire (W5/1.8) and Lucy Legg Whitmire (L5/1.1) are unknown.

 

Ann Elizabeth Whitmire (W5/1.9), daughter of John Whitmire (W6/1.1) and Susannah Whit­mire, was born in 1816.  She was married January 17, 1833 to James Rogers (R5/1.2) who was born in 1808.  He died in 1877, and she died May 18, 1878.

 

Susan C. Whitmire (W5/1.10), daughter of John Whitmire (W6/1.1) and Susannah Whitmire, was born October 23, 1817 at Gainesville.  She was married January 1,  1840 to Pleas­ant M. Langston (L5/1.1), according to Jackson County marriage records. 

 

Maryann Mavier [or Mary Maria] Whitmire (W5/1.11), daughter of John Whitmire (W6/1.1) and Susannah Whitmire, was born November 1, 1819 at Gainesville.  "Mary M. Whitmire" was married December 17, 1837 to Jacob Pettijohn (P5/1.1) who was born in 1818, ac­cording to "History of Forsyth County, Georgia."  He was a son of James Pettijohn (P6/1.1) and Temperance Rogers Pettijohn (R6/1.2) and a grandson of Jacob Pettijohn (P7/1.1) of Virginia.

 

About 1843 the family removed from Jackson County to Forsyth County and was enumerated there in the 1850 census as Household 129-129:

 

        "Pettijohn, Jacob       32, born in Georgia

                    M. M.       30, born in Georgia

                    S. A.       11, born in Georgia, daughter

                    L. D.        9, born in Georgia, son

                    M. A.        7, born in Georgia, daughter

                    John J.      5, born in Georgia, son

                    S. J.        3, born in Georgia, daughter

                     (son)        , born in Georgia"

 

Jacob Pettijohn (P5/1.1) was convicted of murder in 1858, but escaped the gallows, ac­cording to an article in "History of Forsyth County, Georgia" written by Frances Lee Widdows Ashley (W1/1.1) and abstracted by Lynda Dorene Whitmire Wright (W1/3.3):

 

"In the Wildcat murder trials five defendants were indicted for the murder of Claiborn Vaughn who met his death on the way from Wildcat courtground one Sat­urday night.  When the grand jury convened August 18, 1858 they composed an in­dictment:

 

'In the name and behalf of the citizens of Georgia we charge and accuse Isaac Freeland, Jacob Pettyjohn, Levi Q. C. McGinnis, Wil­liam Brannon and James McGinnis of the County and State afore­said, on the seventh day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and fifty-eight, with force and arms in and upon one Claiborn Vaughn . . . did then and there unlawfully, felo­niously, wickedly and of their malice aforethought make an assault . . with knives . . . strike, thrust, stab and cut, inflicting upon the said Claiborn Vaughn four mortal wounds.'

 

Jacob Pettyjohn went on trial April 16, 1859.  Sheriff Williams testified that Freeland, Brannon and the McGinnises had been in confinement since August 9, 'now excepting Freeland who was hanged on the 15th day.'  On April 23 the jury brought in their verdict of 'guilty of murder as principal in the Second De­cree.'  On April 30 Judge Rice pronounced sentence, condemning Pettyjohn to hang at the place of public execution on Friday, June 24, between the hours of ten and two.

 

Through the persistent efforts of his attorney however Pettyjohn won a stay of ex­ecution written by Judge Rice May 21, 1859.  The case was appealed to the Supreme Court of Georgia, and that court mandated that a new trial be granted.

 

Meanwhile Pettyjohn who was free on bond had left the country.  He failed to ap­pear in court in August 1859 or in February 1860.  Finally on April 19, 1860 Judge Rice dismissed all witnesses in the case.  It was rumored that Pettyjohn had es­caped to Texas.  When the Civil War came the attention of the state was concen­trated on the war effort, and few people cared about the fact he was still sought for a hanging crime.  More than a decade had passed when action was initiated by the state to bring him back for another trial.  Through the intervention of Col. Hiram P. Bell who appealed to Gov. Colquitt the efforts at extradition were brought to a standstill.  Pettyjohn, it was learned, had served heroically during the war as a high-ranking Confederate officer.  Of the five men tried for murder two had to pay the penalty with their lives, two went to prison, and one escaped justice."

 

Children born to Jacob Pettijohn (P5/1.1) and Maryann Mavier Whitmire Pettijohn (W5/1.11) include:

 

        Sarah A. Pettijohn      (P4/1.1)        born in 1839

        L. D. James Pettijohn   (P4/1.2)        born in June 1842

        Mary A. Pettijohn       (P4/1.3)        born in March 1843

        John S. Pettijohn       (P4/1.4)        born in 1845

        Susan J. Pettijohn      (P4/1.5)        born in 1847

        William F. Pettijohn    (P4/1.6)        born in 1849

        Thomas J. Pettijohn     (P4/1.7)        born about 1852

        Martha A. Pettijohn     (P4/1.8)        born about 1854

        Mentoria Pettijohn      (P4/1.9)        born about 1857

        Julia A. Pettijohn      (P4/1.10)       born about 1860

 

L. D. James Pettijohn (P4/1.2), son of Jacob Pettijohn (P5/1.1) and Maryann Mavier Whitmire Pettijohn (W5/1.1), was born in June 1842.  He enlisted as a private in Com­pany G, Fifty-sixth Georgia Infantry Regiment in Milton County, Georgia.  He died De­cember 4, 1871.

 

Sarah Whitmire (W5/1.12), daughter of John Whitmire (W6/1.1) and Susannah Whitmire, was born September 14, 1821 at Gainesville.  She was married March 1, 1840 to Willis Long (L5/1.1), according to Mrs. James R. DeLay, her granddaughter.

 

Susan Carolina Whitmire (W5/1.13), daughter of John Whitmire (W6/1.1) and Susannah Whitmire, was born December 19, 1823 at Gainesville, according to Mrs. Frances Stew­art, 1800 Crescent, Denton, Texas, 76201.  She was married March 7, 1849 to Ransom Solomon Teddar (T5/1.1) in Forsyth County.  He had been received into Sharon Baptist Church December 7, 1848, and she was received by the congregation June 15, 1850.  Dur­ing the early stages of the Civil War he also enlisted in Company G, Fifty-Sixth Geor­gia Infantry Regiment.  He died November 11, 1862 in camp at Lenoir City, Tennessee.

 

Susan Carolina Whitmire Teddar (W5/1.13) died May 6, 1906 and was buried in Shady Grove Cemetery, Cross Plains, Georgia.

 

Children born to Ransom Solomon Teddar (T5/1.1) and Susan Carolina Whitmire Teddar (W5/1.13) include:

 

        Pleasant McKinsey Teddar        (T4/1.1)        born about 1850

        Mary Adeline Teddar             (T4/1.2)        born about 1852

        Ransom Solomon Teddar, Jr.      (T4/1.3)        born about 1853

        Susan Carolina Teddar           (T4/1.4)        born about 1854

 

Pleasant McKinsey Teddar (T4/1.1), son of Ransom Solomon Teddar (T5/1.1) and Susan Carolina Whitmire Teddar (W5/1.13), was born about 1850 at Gainesville.  He died Octo­ber 7, 1864, according to the Teddar bible.

 

Mary Adeline Teddar (T4/1.2), daughter of Ransom Solomon Teddar (T5/1.1) and Susan Carolina Whitmire Teddar (W5/1.13), was born about 1852 at Gainesville.  She died November 24, 1866, according to the Teddar bible.

 

Ransom Solomon Teddar, Jr. (T4/1.3), son of Ransom Solomon Teddar (T5/1.1) and Susan Carolina Whitmire Teddar (W5.1.13), was born about 1853.  He died May 3, 1892.

 

Susan Carolina Teddar (T4/1.4), daughter of Ransom Solomon Teddar (T5/1.1) and Susan Carolina Whitmire Teddar (W5/1.13), was born about 1854.  She died November 9, 1899 of paralysis and was buried in Shady Grove Cemetery at Cross Plains.

 

Sarah Whitmire (W6/1.2), daughter of Stephen Whitmire (W7/1.1) and Mary Porter Whit­mire (P7/1.1), was born about 1785 in Pendleton District.  She was married about 1808 in Hall County, Georgia to William Hickman (H6/1.1), believed to be a son of William Hickman (H7/1.1).

 

William Hickman (H6/1.1) removed to St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana to join Jesse Whit­mire (W6/1.3).  "William Hickman, Junr." had filed a claim for land there May 19, 1813, according to "Notices and Evidences in Cosby Settlement Claims" Book A, page 3:

 

"Take notice that I claim as much land as the government may think proper to grant in virtue of a settlement and improvement made in the year 1812 on the waters of Big Creek, joining Barden Dycks, John Dixon and Chandler Dixon, and which was set­tled by Henry Eby; and by him transferred to Barden Dyck; and by him conveyed to William Hickman; and by him conveyed to William Hickman, Junr., which improvement has been cultivated and inhabited more than one year last past.

                                                William Hickman, Junr.

                                                St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana"

 

William Hickman, Jr. was married to Sarah Durden (D6/3.2) [license reads Durdno] daughter of John Anthony Durden (D7/1.3) September 21, 1809 in Amite County, Missis­sippi.  Her brother-in-law Jesse Whitmire (W6/1.3) was bondsman.  Mildred Billye Hick­man Gillette, Hickman family researcher of Ft. Worth, Texas wrote February 9, 1972:

 

"William Hickman of Jackson County, Georgia was a contemporary with Stephen Whit­mire.  He had a daughter, Tamar Hickman Whitmore.  I have researched all of the East Texas counties where the Whitmires and Hickmans were after coming to Texas--found an older William Hickman, but the Jasper County, Texas records burned be­tween 1845 and 1850, the period when this William Hickman died.  How I know he died during this period--he was listed on a tax roll of Jasper--did not pay a poll--he was over 50 in 1845--then when Theophilus Hickman, his father, died in 1848, son William's heirs were mentioned--no names or addresses.  Later a William Hickman was sent a small amount of money, but the slip of paper did not say whose son he was.

 

I have had Mrs. Neff look for Hickman data in the St. Tammany Parish records--but she says none is there.  See enclosed map where Wm. Hickman bought Wm. Whitmire's claim--then Stephen Stafford patented this claim under Wm. Hickman.  This area is about in the middle of Bogalusa, Louisiana today."

 

No Hickmans were listed as heads of households in the index to the 1820 census of Louisiana.  Mary Alnora "Nora" Cox Drennan (C2/10.4) concluded that William Hickman (H6/1.1) died in Louisiana.  It has been reported by Nell Whitmire Pantell (W2/1.1) that Sarah Whitmire Hickman (W6/1.6) came to Texas with her brother Jesse Whitmire (W6/1.3).

 

She was named in her father's will written in April 1831, along with two of her broth­ers, to receive the proceeds of the sale of seven slaves and his "loose property."

 

Children born to William Hickman (H6/1.1) and Sarah Whitmire Hickman (W6/1.2) are be­lieved to include:

 

        Jesse Hickman           (H5/1.1)        born about 1810

        Asa Hickman             (H5/1.2)        born about 1812

        Nancy Hickman           (H5/1.3)        born about 1815

        Ephriam Hickman         (H5/1.4)        born about 1817

        Theophilus Hickman      (H5/1.5)        born about 1820

 

Jesse Hickman (H5/1.1), believed to be a son of William Hickman (H6/1.1) and Sarah Whitmire Hickman (W6/1.2), was born about 1810.  He was married August 21, 1834 in Rankin County, Mississippi to Harriet Kenton (K5/1.1) by S. Miles.

 

Asa Hickman (H5/1.2), son of William Hickman (H6/1.1) and Sarah Whitmire Hickman (W6/1.2), was born about 1812. 

 

An Asa Hickman was enumerated in the 1850 census of Sabine County as the head of Household 241-241:

 

      "Hickman, Asa       51, born in South Carolina, farmer $5,000 real estate

                Lucretia  46, born in Missouri

       Dickson, Bershabe  69, born in Pennsylvania

       Hickson, Ephraim   21, born in Louisiana

                Lucretia  17, born in Louisiana"

 

He died about 1856 in Sabine County, Texas apparently without children.  John Polly, his administrator of Sabine County gave a deed to 3,321 acres on Spring Creek to John H. McRae June 2, 1857 for $4,000, according to Jasper County Deed Book F, page 26.

 

Nancy Hickman (H5/1.3), daughter of William Hickman (H6/1.1) and Sarah Whitmire Hick­man (W6/1.2), was born about 1815.  She was married about 1832, husband's name Owens.  She died prior to 1856.

 

Children born to Nancy Hickman Owens (H5/1.3) include:

 

        Joab Owens              (O4/1.1)        born about 1834

 

Joab Owens (O4/1.1), son of Nancy Hickman Owens (H5/1.3), was born about 1834.  In 1857 he was a resident of Sabine Parish, Louisiana.  He inherited his mother's share of the estate of Asa Hickman (H5/1.2) and sold it to Ephriam Hickman (H5/1.4) for $300, according to Jasper County Deed Book E, page 252.

 

Ephriam Hickman (E5/1.4), son of William Hickman (H6/1.1) and Sarah Whitmire Hickman (W6/1.2), was born about 1817 in Louisiana.  In 1857 he purchased two shares of the estate of his brother Asa Hickman (E5/1.2) and resold them February 10, 1857 to John H. McRae, according to Jasper County Deed Book E, page 253.

 

Theophilus Hickman (H5/1.5), son of William Hickman (H6/1.1) and Sarah Whitmire Hick­man (W6/1.2), was born about 1820.  He was married July 31, 1852 to Anna Wilburn (W5/.1), according to Newton County, Texas Marriage Book B, page 28.  On January 17, 1857 he, a resident of Louisiana, sold his interest in the estate of Asa Hickman (H5/1.2) to Ephriam Hickman (H5/1.4) for $300, according to Jasper County Deed Book E, page 253.

 

Joshua Hickman and James Hickman along with Henry Whitmire (W5/3.7) and Joseph Martin Fish (F6/1.1) were included in a jury list in Newton County January 11, 1847.  James Hickman reappeared as a juror there March 12, 1847.  He registered his cattle brand, "30", in Newton County July 15, 1847.  Wyatt Hickman acknowledged the registration. Wyatt Hickman was married to Mary Dickerson June 17, 1847, according to Newton County Marriage Book A1, page 13.  G. A. Hickman received a deed April 15, 1875 to land for $300 from O. Mahaffy, according to Jasper County Deed Book K, page 427.

 

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