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The Ancestors of Carolyn Sue Whitsett Wall

A FAMILY TREE OF THE WHITSETT FAMILIES
OF LAUDERDALE, COUNTY, ALABAMA

Generation No. 1

1. WILLIAM WHITESIDE was born Abt. 1765 in Probably North Carolina or Virginia, and died Aft. 1830 in Possibly Giles County, Tennessee.

I speculate that William Whiteside was the father of Adam Whitsett (Whiteside). This is based on the family tradition expressed by Jesse James Whitsett to his nephew that the Lauderdale County, Alabama family came to Alabama from Giles County, Tennessee. The only record of any Whiteside or Whitsett family in Giles County is on the 1830 Census. William Whiteside is listed as a male between 60 and 70 years of age. In the household are two boys of the right age to be the orphan sons of Adam Whitsett, Joseph (Josiah) and John. These two boys are not in the household of Benjamin Price in Lauderdale County on the 1830 census of Lauderdale County. John was Jesse James Whitsett's father. I believe the Giles County tradition comes from the fact that John and Joseph were raised, at least partially, in Giles County. If so, it was most likely by a relative. Since this is all speculation we cannot make the statement, "William Whiteside was Adam Whitsett's father." But, it is an important clue and I place him in this family tree merely as a possibility.

1820 Census, Maury County, Tennessee, page 26
William Whitsitt, 2 males under 10; 1 male 26-45; 2 fems. Under 10, 2 fems. 10-16, 1 fem. 26-45; (no slaves or free colored)

1830 Census, Western Division, Giles County, Tennessee, pg. 172
Wm. Whiteside 1 male 5-10; 1 male 10-15; 1 male 60-70; 1 female 20-30; 1 female 40-50

In 1830, John born about 1821 would have been 9; Joseph born about 1814 would have been about 15 or 16

Possible child of WILLIAM WHITESIDE is:

2. ADAM WHITSETT, d. February 17, 1825, Lauderdale Co., Ala..


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Generation No. 2

2. ADAM WHITSETT (WILLIAM1 WHITESIDE) died February 17, 1825 in Lauderdale Co., Ala..

Nothing is known for certain about Adam Whitsett except that he died in Lauderdale County in February 1825. His estate was appraised by Dan Williams, Justice of the Peace, Simon Williams, James Bury, Sr. and John Martin. His estate was sold at auction in April 1825 and among those who purchased items were Wilson Whitsett and Benjamin Price (probably the father of Elizabeth Price, future wife of Wilson). Adam was certainly related to Wilson and Isaac Whitsett; but, there is no definitive evidence to tell us that he was in fact their father. The names of the buyers at the estate sale seem to indicate that Adam lived and died in the vicinity of Waterloo where the Whitsett brothers lived.

I have attached information on the Adam Whitsett of Orange Co., N.C. as a matter of convenience, not because I can document a relationship. There is some evidence that the Lauderdale County Whitsett family originated in North Carolina. They may have came to what is now middle Tennessee probably around 1810. There is an Adam Whitesides listed on the 1820 Census in Maury County, Tennessee.

1820 Census, Maury County, Tennessee, pg. 58
Addam Whiteside 2 males under 10, 1 male 10-16, 1 male 16-18, 1 male 16-26, 1 male 45 or over
2 fem. under 10, 1 fem. 10-16, 1 fem. 16-26

In the column on this census page that is supposed to be for Foreigners not naturalized is listed 2; however, I suspect that this column does not follow the intended 1820 form as every line on this census page has an entry in this column. The column is probably the number of males in the household engaged in agriculture.

More About ADAM WHITSETT:

  1. Census: 1820, Maury County, Tennessee
  2. Public Claim 1: April 29, 1782, Adam Whitesite of Orange County files a claim for several bushels of oats supplied during the War of Independence.
  3. Public Claim 2: April 29, 1782, Adam Whitsitt, Orange Co., N.C. claim for bushels of oats
  4. Tax List: September 1780, Adam Whitsett, 200 acres, St. Asaphs Dist., Orange Co., N.C. (probably Adam Whitsell)
  5. Tax List: 1782, Adam Whitesell, Chatham Dist., Orange Co., N.C. (probably Adam Whitesett)

Children of ADAM WHITSETT are:

3. WILSON W. WHITSETT, b. 1808, Probably North Carolina; d. Abt. December 1878, Lauderdale Co., Alabama.

4. ISAAC WHITSETT, b. Abt. 1812, Tennessee; d. June 14, 1865, Lauderdale Co., Alabama.

5. JOSIAH (JOE) M. WHITSETT, b. Abt. 1814, Tennessee; d. Bef. 1891, Probably Lauderdale County, Alabama.

6. JOHN WHITSETT, b. Abt. 1821, Tennessee; d. Abt. 1855, Pope County, Arkansas.

 

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Generation No. 3

3. WILSON W. WHITSETT (ADAM2, WILLIAM1 WHITESIDE) was born 1808 in Probably North Carolina, and died Abt. December 1878 in Lauderdale Co., Alabama. He married ELIZABETH B. PRICE February 11, 1830 in Lauderdale Co., Alabama, daughter of BENJAMIN PRICE and JANE SIMPSON. She was born 1812 in Kentucky, and died 1870 in Lauderdale County, Alabama.

On February 17, 1825 Wilson Whitsett was one of the buyers listed in the return for the sale of the estate of Adam Whitsett, as was Benjamin Price. The return from the sale was sworn to and signed by B. Price. Lauderdale County, Alabama Estate Records, Wills Book 4, 1821-1825, pg. 124-126.

Lauderdale Co., Alabama Deed Book 9, pg. 30 Feb. 28, 1839 - J. Benjamin Price to Wilson W. Whitsett
"... for love and affection to Wilson W. Whitsett my son-in-law and Elizabeth B. Whitsett his wife" a lot of land SE 1/4 of section 33.

"Cammie was born in 1840, one of the eleven [s.b. ten] children of Elizabeth B. Price and Wilson Whitsett, who were married in 1830 in Lauderdale County where they lived the rest of their lives... [The old Whitten Cemetery] - now abandoned - is located on a hill on the Wilson Whitsett property that was bought after his death by a nephew. Wilson Whitsett was one of the early settlers and cultivators of Lauderdale County. At the time of his death in 1878 he owned a farm of 824 acres on the hill above Second Creek and about three miles northeast of Waterloo." ROUSSEAU BIOGRAPHIES, Inez Jane Dennis, Copyright 1965. (Thanks to Maida Whitten of Kansas City, Mo. for providing me with the Rousseau Biographies).

"Wilson Whitsitt was born in 1808, and moved to Alabama when a boy with his father, being married in 1828 to the mother of our subject. Her birth occurred in 1812. Mr. And Mrs. Whitsitt were the parents of ten children, seven of whom are still living: Jane, Camily, Sallie, Harriett, I. J. (our subject), Katie and William. The father was a prosperous farmer and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, as was also his wife. He died in 1878, having survived his worthy companion eight years".   Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Eastern Arkansas, (Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1890), pg. 266.

Lauderdale County, Alabama Estate Records, Probate Court Minute Book C, pg. 385, Phillip W. Whitsett makes a bond of $5000.00 to administer the estate of Isaac Whitsett. Wilson Whitsett is one of the co-signers on the bond. Lauderdale County, Alabama Estate Records, Wills Book 4, 1821-1825, pg. 124-126.

More About WILSON W. WHITSETT:

  1. Census 1: 1830, Lauderdale County, Alabama
  2. Census 2: 1840, Lauderdale County, Alabama
  3. Census 3: 1850, Dist 1, Lauderdale Co., Ala. pg. 251
  4. Census 4: 1860, Agricultural Census, Lauderdale County, Alabama
  5. Census 5: 1860, Waterloo, Lauderdale County, Alabama
  6. Census 6: 1866, Alabama State Census, T1R15W Page 3
  7. Public Claim: May 2, 1837, Lauderdale Co., Ala. County Court Records, 1829-1839

Elizabeth Price was born in Kentucky around 1812, the daughter of Benjamin and Jane Eliza Price, who were born in Kentucky and South Carolina respectively.. Wilson Whitsett was one of the early settlers and cultivators of Lauderdale County. At the time of his death in 1878 he owned a farm of 824 acres on the hill above Second Creek and about three miles northeast of Waterloo.  ROUSSEAU BIOGRAPHIES, Inez Jane Dennis, Copyright 1965.

Marriage Notes for WILSON WHITSETT and ELIZABETH PRICE: LAUDERDALE COUNTY, ALABAMA MARRIAGES; MARRIAGE BOOK 2 - 1825 - 1833 (As copied by the WPA) GROOMS: Whitsett, Wilson Price, Elizabeth 11 Feb 1830 Matthews, Jos. E. Mg

Children of WILSON WHITSETT and ELIZABETH PRICE are:

7. JANE WHITSETT, b. Abt. 1830, Prob Lauderdale Co., AL; d. 1903, Probably Lauderdale Co., Alabama.

BENJAMIN WHITSETT, b. 1833, Lauderdale County, Alabama; d. Bef. 1878, Prob Lauderdale Co., AL.

NANCY WHITSETT, b. April 24, (1835), Lauderdale Co., Alabama; d. August 29, 1852, Lauderdale Co., Alabama.  Nancy Whitsett is buried in the Simpson Cemetery, Lauderdale Co., Ala. She does not appear on the 1850 census; Maida Whitten, Whitsett Database of Maida Whitten, imported January 5, 1999.  Maida Whitten, Whitsett Database of Maida Whitten, January 5, 1999; from: Inez Jane Dennis, ROUSSEAU BIOGRAPHIES, 1965.

MARGARET WHITSETT, b. Abt. 1837, Lauderdale Co., AL; d. October 6, 1881, Lauderdale County, Alabama.  Inez Jane Dennis, Rousseau Biographies, (1965). Mollie Whitsett died in 1881. No Mollie is listed on any census; however, Mollie is a nickname for Margaret.

8. CAMILLA MINERVA WHITSETT, b. Abt. 1838, Lauderdale Co., AL; d. 1884.

9. SARAH PRICE WHITSETT, b. Abt. 1843, Prob Lauderdale Co., AL; d. 1881, Prob Lauderdale Co., AL.

HARRIETT WHITSETT, b. Abt. 1845, Alabama; d. Aft. 1881; m. E. G. YOUNG. "Mr. And Mrs. Whitsitt were the parents of ten children, seven of whom are still living: Jane, Camily, Sallie, Harriett, I. J. (our subject), Katie and William." Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Eastern Arkansas, Goodspeed Publishing Co., Chicago, Nashville and St. Louis (1890), pg. 266, White Co., Ark.

10. ISAAC JONES WHITSETT, b. August 1849, Monroe, Lauderdale Co., AL; d. February 12, 1928, Orth, Young Co., TX.

11. FLORENCE WHITSETT, b. Abt. 1852.

CATHERINE WHITSETT, b. 1853, Lauderdale Co., AL; d. after 1881, Probably Texas; m. JAMES WILLIAMS, February 26, 1876, Lauderdale County, Alabama; d. Probably Texas.  This couple was living in Coleman Co., Texas in 1881 when the estate of Wilson Whitsett was settled. Mentioned as daughter of Wilson and Elizabeth in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Eastern Arkansas, Goodspeed Publishing Co., Chicago, Nashville and St. Louis (1890), pg. 266, White Co., Ark.

Marriage Notes for CATHERINE WHITSETT and JAMES WILLIAMS:
LAUDERDALE COUNTY, ALABAMA MARRIAGES, MARRIAGE BOOK A, 1870 - 1876, pg. 528. (As copied by the WPA), BRIDES S - Y
NOTE: This book is now Marriage Book "4".
Whitset, Katy Williams, James 27 Feb 1876 Witherspoon, J. H.

12. WILLIAM SHANNER WHITSETT, b. May 1856, Lauderdale County, Alabama; d. after 1910 probably in Lauderdale County, Alabama.

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4. ISAAC WHITSETT (ADAM2, WILLIAM1 WHITESIDE) was born Abt. 1812 in Tennessee, and died June 14, 1865 in Lauderdale Co., Alabama. He married ELIZABETH WILSON July 20, 1837 in Lauderdale Co., Alabama, daughter of JAMES W. WILSON. She was born Abt. 1816 in Tennessee, and died Bef. 1870 in Probably Lauderdale Co., Ala.

The 1840, 1850 and 1860 slave schedules of the U.S. census show Isaac as a slave owner with two to five slaves in the household.

This family must have had great tragedy in their lives. The oldest son William was killed probably by Yankee soldiers during the Civil War while home of leave from the army. Of the seven children in the family only Phillip and Owen were still alive in 1865.  Phillip was dead by 1870 and Owen apparently shortly after 1870.  The only surviving member of the family by 1880 was Isaac's only grandson, William Isaac Whitsett, son of William.

Isaac died intestate. The estate records list Elizabeth Whitsett, widow, P. W. Whitsett and Owen Whitsett, children of Isaac and Isaac, son of W. W. Whitsett deceased and grandson of Isaac as heirs to the estate.

Lauderdale County, Alabama Estate Records, pg. 63; Inventory Book D, Isaac Whitsett Estate pg. 658, 659; Inventory Book E, 1866-1868, pg. 687; Inventory Book F, pp. 241, 251. Probate Court Minute Book C, pg. 385.

More About ISAAC WHITSETT:

  1. Census 1: 1840, Lauderdale County, Alabama
  2. Census 2: 1850, Dist 1, Lauderdale Co., Ala. pg. 276
  3. Census 3: July 3, 1860, Waterloo, Lauderdale County, Alabama

Notes for ELIZABETH WILSON: Estate settlement of James W. Wilson, Sr., Jan. 2, 1863, mentions daughter Elizabeth Whitsett and other children (Maida Whitten, Whitsett Database of Maida Whitten, January 5, 1999]

1866 Alabama State Census, White population, Lauderdale County; Thomas C. Irion and W. [Walter] Glenn, enumerators. The age brackets for both males and females used were: Under 10; 10 to 20; Over 20.
Fractional Township 2 Range 15 west, Thos. C. Irions, Deputy; Page 4
Whitsett, Elizabeth 011-001

Marriage Notes for ISAAC WHITSETT and ELIZABETH WILSON: LAUDERDALE COUNTY, ALABAMA MARRIAGES; MARRIAGE BOOK 3 - 1833 - 1838 (AS COPIED BY THE WPA) GROOMS K - Y; Witsett, Isaac Wilson, Elizabeth 20 Jul 1837 Willett, R. H. JP


Children of ISAAC WHITSETT and ELIZABETH WILSON are:

13. WILLIAM WALLACE WHITSETT, b. Abt. 1836, Lauderdale Co., Alabama; d. Abt. 1865, Wright, Lauderdale Co., Alabama.

JAMES WHITSETT, b. 1838.  Notes for JAMES WHITSETT: Only appears on the 1850 census

PHILIP W. WHITSETT, b. 1840, Alabama; d. Bet. 1866 - 1868, Probably Lauderdale County, Alabama.

Confederate Army records list Philip as a private, Co. D, 4th Alabama Infantry. Philip was a private of the 9th Regiment, Alabama Infantry when he was listed as deserted in 1864 (he was captured by Federal troops possibly while attempting to return home). He was held in a POW camp near Nashville, Tenn. U.S. Army records describe him as fair complexion, brown hair, gray eyes, height 5'9". His place of residence Lauderdale Co., Alabama.  The Ninth Alabama Infantry Regiment was organized at Richmond, Virginia, the latter part of May 1861, and moved to Winchester several weeks later. It was there brigaded under Gen. Kirby Smith of Florida, but failed to reach the battlefield of Manassas because of a railroad accident. The regiment lay at Manassas Centerville till March 1862, when it marched to Yorktown. Gen. J. H. Forney of Calhoun succeeded to the command of the brigade, and was relieved by Gen. Wilcox in January, 1863. The regiment was under fire at Yorktown, with slight loss. It participated in the battle of Williamsburg, but the loss was not severe. At Seven Pines it was held in reserve, and did not suffer. It was now brigaded with the Eighth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Fourteenth Alabama regiments, still under Gen. Wilcox. At Gaines' Mill the regiment sustained severe loss, and was rent and torn by the wall of fire at Frazier's Farm. With the army it took up the line of March for Maryland, and was under fire but not actively engaged at the second Manassas. It was part of the investing force at Harper's Ferry, and hastened from there to the field of Sharpsburg, where it lost 8 killed, 42 wounded, and 9 missing. The Ninth wintered on the Rappahannock, and was under fire, with few casualties, at Fredericksburg. Its brightest renown was won at Salem, where it bore the brunt of a successful assault, and lost very heavily. The regiment moved into Pennsylvania, and sustained severe loss at Gettysburg, where the brigade had 781 killed and wounded. The fall and winter were passed in camp, near Orange C. H. [Court House?], and the Ninth participated in the fierce struggles at the Wilderness, and at Appomattox, with severe loss in each battle. Gen. Sanders of Greene then took command of the brigade. The fighting was almost continuous for several weeks, culminating in the terrible repulse of the invading army at the second battle of Cold Harbor, in which the Ninth shared without severe loss. From June till the end - nine weary months - the regiment was in the trenches of Petersburg, or engaged in the majority of the numerous and bloody battles that relieved the monotony of the last, long, and desperate collision of the great rival armies that had so long struggled on Virginia soil. A remnant of the Ninth surrendered at Appomattox, the brigade having been in command of Gen.W.H. Forney of Calhoun for some months. Of 1138 men on its rolls, about 200 fell in battle, over 175 died of disease and 208 were discharged or transferred. (Alabama Department of Archives & History, 624 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36130)

P . W. Whitsett petitioned the probate court to be appointed administrator of his father's estate on Oct. 23, 1865. His petition names himself and Owen as sons, and William Isaac Whitsett as grandson of Isaac (see notes for Isaac Whitsett). Lauderdale County, Alabama Estate Records, Probate Court Minutes Book C, pg. 385; Inventory Book D, pg. 659; Inventory Book E, pg. 63, Oct. 23, 1865; Nov. 25, 1865; May 7, 1866.

By 1870 Philip has died and Mary Ann [Whitsett] Terry petitions the court for the accounting of the estate of Isaac Whitsett, Sr.

Lauderdale County, Alabama Estate Records, Inventory Book F, pp. 242, 252, 294, 583, 595, Listed under Phillip W. Whitsett. None of these sources were extracted by my Lauderdale County researcher in 1980. They probably relate to the estate of Phillip.

More About PHILIP W. WHITSETT:
Military service 1: May 27, 1861, Enlisted in Confederate Army in Lauderdale Co.
Military service 2: Bet. June 30, 1861 - October 31, 1863, muster rolls, Confederate Army
Military service 3: Bet. 1861 - 1865, 9th Alabama Infantry, Co. D
Military service 4: Bet. March 7 - April 4, 1862, Chimborazo Hospital No. 3, Richmond, Va.
Military service 5: Bet. February - October 1864, Listed as AWOL from 9th Reg. Alabama Infantry
Military service 6: February 4, 1865, Discharged from U.S. Army POW camp at Nashville Tenn.

JOHN WHITSETT, b. 1842, Alabama; d. Bef. 1860, Alabama.  Only appears on the 1850 Census, Lauderdale Co., Alabama, pg. 276.

SAMUEL WHITSETT, b. 1846, Alabama; d. Bef. 1860, Alabama.  Only appears on the 1850 Census, Lauderdale Co., Alabama, pg. 276.

ISAAC JAMES WHITSETT, b. 1848, Alabama; d. Bef. 1865, Alabama.  Appears on the 1850 Census, Lauderdale Co., Alabama, pg. 276 as Isaac, age 2; appears on the 1860 Census, Lauderdale County, Alabama as James, age 12.

OWEN WHITSETT, b. 1851, Lauderdale County, Alabama; d. probably September, 1870, Lauderdale County, Alabama. 

Lauderdale County, Alabama Estate Records, Wills Inventory Book D, pg. 659; mentioned as heir to Isaac Whitsett. 1870 Census, Lauderdale County, Alabama, pg. 554, in the household of Josiah M. Whitsett; occupation listed as farm hand.  Lauderdale County, Alabama Estate Records, Inventory Book F, 1868-1870, Probably relates to the estate of Owen, son and heir of Isaac Whitsett. My researcher did not extract these records but it appears Owen died before 1871.

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5. JOSIAH (JOE) M. WHITSETT (ADAM2, WILLIAM1 WHITESIDE) was born Abt. 1814 in Tennessee, and died Bef. 1891 in Probably Lauderdale County, Alabama. He married (1) KIZZIAH. She was born Abt. 1814 in Tennessee. He married (2) MARGARET ANN GRACEY March 20, 1881 in Lauderdale County, Alabama. She was born June 1845 in Tennessee, and died Aft. 1910 in Probably Lauderdale County, Alabama.

Joseph and Josiah Whitsett may be the same person. According to family tradition there were only four brothers in Lauderdale Co., Wilson, Isaac, Joseph (Joe) and John. Joseph was appointed guardian of [William] Isaac Whitsett, Jr. Josiah appears in the court records as guardian.

Josiah first appears in the records of Lauderdale County on the 1860 census. Residing in the dwelling listed immediately before Josiah's is John W. Whitsett and family (an indication that the two were related, probably father and son). The next record of Josiah is the 1870 census. On this document he is listed as J. M. Whitsett, the same initials he used when he signed the Isaac Whitsett, Sr. estate documents related to Isaac Whitsett, Jr. Joseph Whitsett and Kizziah Whitsett, age 60 are also on the 1870 census which begs the question, are Josiah and Joseph two different people or one and the same.

Lauderdale County, Alabama Estate Records, Estate File #2258, Isaac Whitsett Jr. [photo copy of original document], T. L. Chisholm appointed guardian "ad litem" to protect the interests of Isaac Whitsett infants [minor] in suit filed by Josiah Whitsett complainant and Isaac Whitsett plaintiff. 3 April 1875.

Lauderdale County, Alabama Estate Records, Estate File #2258, Isaac Whitsett, Jr. [photo copy of original document], Accounting of the guardianship of Isaac Whitsett by Josiah M. Whitsett, March 2, 1881, recorded June 20, 1881. This is probably in response to the suit by Josiah of Isaac Whitsett, Jr. It shows that James H. Witherspoon's final settlement of the Estate of Isaac Whitsett, dec'd to Josiah M. Whitsett in the amount of $1081.62 of which $305 is unaccounted for. Signed J. M. Whitsett. [same signature on the guardian ad litum document]. Lines for Billy Hopson for boarding [Isaac Jr.] Geo. Waters for tuition and a note transferred to Wilson Whitsett.

1850 - No Joseph, Josiah or J. M. Whitsett/Whitsitt/Whiteside born in Tennessee, North Carolina or Arkansas of the age between 30-40 is on the 1850 census in any state. This census has been extensively indexed by several systems, the most recent being Ancestry.com.  Joseph may have been in a territory of the U.S. not surveyed by the census. In 1850 many males had left their homes in the U.S. for the California gold fields.  As far as I know, there is no list of the "Forty-niners."

1860 Agriculture Census, Lauderdale County, Alabama, pg. 4
(NAME, IMPROVED ACRES, UNIMPROVED ACRES, VALUE, CENSUS PAGE)
WHITSETT, John 5 70 500 w-19 [probably the son of Josiah and Kizziah Whitsett]
WHITSETT, Josiah 5 320 700 w-19
LUCAS, William 40 300 1200 w-19 [son-in-law of Josiah and Kizziah]

1866 Alabama State Census, White population, Lauderdale County; Thomas C. Irion and W. [Walter] Glenn, enumerators. The age brackets for both males and females used were: Under 10; 10 to 20; Over 20.
Fractional Township 1, Range 16 west, Thos. C. Irion, Deputy, Page 1
Lucas, Wm. 013-322
Whitsett, J. 101-001

1900 Census, Precinct 18 Spains, Lauderdale Co., Ala., ED66 Sheet 1B, 3 June 1900
Household/Family 14/14
Long, Margret A. Head, female, born June 1845; age 54; widow; 5 children, 3 living; born Tenn.; father Tenn.; mother Tenn. [widow of Josiah Whitsett]
Whitsett, William D. son, male, born Jan. 1875; age 25; single; born Ala.; father Tenn.; mother Tenn.

More About JOSIAH M. WHITSETT:
Census 1: 1840, Big Creek Township, Phillips County, Arkansas
Census 2: 1860, Agricultural Census, Lauderdale County, Alabama
Census 3: July 7, 1860, Pg. 169, Western Div., Lauderdale County, Alabama, post office Waterloo
Census 4: 1866, Alabama State Census T1R16W page 1
Census 5: September 6, 1870, Pg. 554, Twn 2, R14W, Lauderdale Co., Ala., post office Waterloo
Census 6: September 17, 1870, Pg. 482, T1R6W, Lauderdale Co., Ala, 17th(?) Sept., 1870; post office Waterloo, family #1699
Census 7: June 15, 1880, Pg. 6, T1R15W, Lauderdale Co., Ala.

Notes for MARGARET ANN GRACEY: Maiden name is unknown. Mother of four children, three living in 1910. Only two are known. Censuses prior to 1910 give Margret's place of birth as Tennessee, but the 1910 gives it as Mississippi. Married Joseph Whitsett after 1880 and son William Gracey took the name Whitsett. Married Ephraim Long 1891. Listed as a widow on 1900 census.  I believe I have found Margaret, age 25, b. in Tenn., on the 1870 Census in Tishomingo Co., Mississippi in the household of Eli Gracy, age 45, b. Tenn.  In 1870 there were no children in the household.

1910 Census, Spains, Lauderdale Co., Alabama, ED 72 Sheet 1A pg. 154; 15 April 1910
Household/family 6/6
Whitsett, Wheeler; Head; age 26; married once; married 4 yrs; born Ala.; father Ala.; mother Ala.
Pearl Wife; age 19; married once; married 4 yrs; mother of 2; born Ala.; father Ala.; mother Ala.
Nellie daughter; age 3; born Ala.
Otto Son; age 1; born Ala.
Franks, Levi boarder; age 20; single; born Ala.
Household/family 7/7
Whitsett, Margret Head, age 60; widow; mother of 4, 3 living; born Mississippi; father U.S.; mother U.S.

Marriage Notes for JOSIAH WHITSETT and MARGARET GRACEY: LAUDERDALE COUNTY, ALABAMA MARRIAGES, Marriage Book C, Aug 1879 - Jan 1882, WPA transcript, Copied by Pat M Mahan; Whitsett, Joseph - Grace, Margaret Ann, 20 Mar 1881, Northcut, J. L., JPC (page) 413.  Lauderdale County, Alabama Probate Court Marriage Records, Book A, pg. 413.

Children of JOSIAH WHITSETT and KIZZIAH are:

14. JOHN WILLIAM WHITSETT, b. February 15, 1837, Alabama; d. December 20, 1899, Lauderdale County, Alabama.

15. ELIZABETH WHITSETT, b. Abt. 1839; d. Bef. 1870, Lauderdale County, Alabama.

Child MARGARET GRACY/GRACEY and ELI GRACY is:

WILLIAM D. (GRACEY) WHITSETT, b. January 1875, Alabama; Was born William Gracey; took the name Whitsett after mother married Joseph Whitsett. I have been unable to trace William Gracey or William D. Whitsett after 1900.

Child of JOSIAH WHITSETT and MARGARET is:

17. JOSEPH WHEELER WHITSETT, b. March 1884, Alabama.

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6. JOHN WHITSETT (ADAM2, WILLIAM1 WHITESIDE) was born Abt. 1821 in Tennessee, and died Abt. 1855 in probably Phillips County, Arkansas. He married CYNTHIA MARY ANN TANKERSLEY Abt. 1848 in Possibly Phillips County, Arkansas, daughter of ROWLAND TANKERSLEY and MARGARET DAVIDSON. She was born April 28, 1824 in Alabama, and died February 26, 1900 in Lauderdale Co., Ala..

Much supporting information on the Lauderdale County, Alabama Whitsetts was derived from a letter dated November 17, 1929 from Jessie James Whitsett of Durant, Oklahoma to his nephew James Edward Whitsett, Weatherford, Parker County, Texas. Jessie James Whitsett was the son of John Whitsett.  Maida Whitten, who supplied me with a copy of this letter, is descended from nephew James Edward.

Letter from James Edward Whitsett to H.G. Whitsett of Florida.
Nov. 14th, 1929
Mr. H.G. Whitsett,
1013 Orange,
Eustis, Florida.
Dear Sir:
Your letter of Nov. 11th was written from Brevard, North Carolina, but I am addressing you at Eustis, Florida, as I see that in your letter you state that you spend your winters there.
I am sorry to say that I cannot give you very much information about the Whitsett family. My Father's name was Joseph Wilson Whitsett and his Father was John Whitsett, My Father was reared in North Alabama, near Waterloo, Lauderdale County, and his Father was left an orphan at an early age and I think there were four of the boys. Their names were Joseph, John, Wilson and Isaac. I think the Whitsett family was from Virginia or North Carolina to Tennessee and from Tennessee to Alabama and there is still quite a few Whitsetts around Waterloo, Alabama. My Father's Father married Cynthia Ann Tankersley and there were three boys, Joseph Wilson, Jesse James and John. John died when he was about 8 or 9 yearrs old. My Father, Joseph Wilson Whitsett was born May 19th, 1854, and died Jan. 15th, 1925, and my uncle, James Whitsett, is still living at Durant, Oklahoma.
I am sure that we are of some relation if I could trace my desendants. My people have always claimed to be of Scotch Irish descent and Whitsett is a name that you seldom meet. I have a letter from Dr. William Thornton Whitsett of Whitsett, North Carolina, in which he states that he is writing a history of the Whitsett family. Possibly you are acquainted with him and more than likely he is some relation of yours.
I would be glad to hear from you again and write me in detail all you know of thw Whitsett family. I am anxious to find out all I can about them.
Hoping you have a pleasant winter, I am
Yours truly,
J. E. Whitsett

Notes for CYNTHIA MARY ANN TANKERSLEY: information supplied to me by Maida Whitten, Whitten, e-mail, AOL December 28, 1998.

Cynthia married after John's death on March 1, 1858, Ephraim Reed in Lauderdale County.  Cynthia had at least two children by Ephraim, twin daughters Mary and Frances M., born in November, 1859. 

Cynthia Reed is buried in the Wright Cemetery, Lauderdale County, Alabama (Robert Ellington Torbert, 20 Aug. 2000, Lauderdale County, Alabama Cemeteries - Wright Cemetery T2R14.

1860 Census, Western Division, Lauderdale County, Alabama, P.O. Waterloo, page 48, 30 June 1860, 355/355
Efrom Read age 38, Farming, born N. Carolina
Cynthia age 34, born Ala.
Frances age 8 mo., born Ala. (female)
Mary age 8 mo, born Ala
Jesse Whittsett age 10, male, born Arkansas
John age 8, born Ark.
Joseph age 6, born Ark.

1870 Census, T2R14W, Lauderdale Co., Alabama, P.O. Waterloo, pg. 550, Aug. 24, 1870
Line 28. 1594/1541
Reide, Ephram age 47 M W Farmer born N.C.
     Synthia       age 47 F W Keeping house born Ala.
     James         age 21 M W Farm Hand     born Ala
     Joseph       age 17 M W Farm Hand      born Ala
     Frances      age 10 F W                       born Ala
     Mary          age 10 F W                       born Ala
    Mary           age 7 F W                         born Ala
1595/1542

Tanksly, John age 53 M W Farmer           born Tenn.
Rayborn, Eliza age 23 F W Keeping house born Ark.

1880 Census, Beat 12 & 11 (T1R14W), Lauderdale County, Alabama, ED141, Page 17
3/3 Reed, Ephraim  age 58,          -, Farmer,             born N.C.; father N.C.; mother N.C.
                Cinthia   age 55,     Wife, Keeping House, born Tenn.; father Virginia; mother Virginia
4/4 Reed, Francis M. Age 20,       - , Farmer,             born Ala.; father N.C.; mother Tenn.
                Mary E. Age 22,      Wife, Keeping House,  born Ala.; father Ala.; mother Ala.
Tankersly, John      age 60,     Uncle, works on farm, born Tenn; father Virginia; mother Virginia

More About CYNTHIA MARY ANN TANKERSLEY:

    1. Burial: Wright Cemetery, Wright, Lauderdale Co., AL
    2. Census: September 18, 1850, Phillips County, Arkansas
    3. Census: June 30, 1860, Waterloo, Lauderdale County, Alabama
    4. Census: Aug. 24, 1870, T2R14W, Lauderdale County, Alabama pg. 550
    5. Census: June 12, 1880, Lauderdale Co., Alabama

Children of JOHN WHITSETT and CYNTHIA TANKERSLEY are:

18. JESSIE JAMES WHITSETT, b. January 30, 1850, Spring Creek Twp., Phillips County, Arkansas; d. Abt. December 1934, Floyd County, Texas.

JOHN WHITSETT, b. Abt. 1852, Probably Phillips County, Arkansas; d. Aft. 1860, Lauderdale Co., Alabama.  I have found John only on the 1860 census, Lauderdale Co., Alabama.

19. JOSEPH WILSON WHITSETT, b. May 9, 1854, Probably Phillips County, Arkansas; d. January 15, 1925, Munday, Knox County, Texas.

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7. JANE WHITSETT (WILSON W.3, ADAM2, WILLIAM1 WHITESIDE) was born Abt. 1830 in Prob Lauderdale Co., AL, and died 1903 in Probably Lauderdale Co., Alabama. She married CHRISTOPHER C. SIMPSON March 13, 1850 in Lauderdale County, Alabama. He was born Abt. 1828 in Mississippi, and died Abt. 1866 in Lauderdale County, Alabama.

According to Camilla Whitsett Rousseau, her sister Jane was the oldest child of Wilson and Elizabeth Whitsett. She smoked a clay pipe. Harvey Rousseau built the house at Wright where Jane settled after her marriage. Inez Jane Dennis, Rousseau Biographies, (1965).

"Mr. And Mrs. Whitsitt were the parents of ten children, seven of whom are still living: Jane, Camily, Sallie, Harriett, I. J. (our subject), Katie and William." Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Eastern Arkansas, Goodspeed Publishing Co., Chicago, Nashville and St. Louis (1890), pg. 266, White Co., Ark.

Information on Jane and Christoper Simpson from an E-mail, Jim7799@bellsouth.net, Aug. 11, 2003, Jim R. Simpson, descendant of Jane Whitsett and Christopher Simpson.

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Census Records

1870 Census, T1R15W, Waterloo, Lauderdale Co, Alabma, page 223 (475)
1641/1590
Simpson, Jane Age 31, Keeping House, born Ala.
Ann Age 14, born Ala.
Elisabeth Age 12, born Ala.
Benjamin Age 10, born Ala.
Alaxey Age 7, male, born Ala.
Lola Age 5, fem. Born Ala

1860 Agriculture Census, Lauderdale County, Alabma, pg. 4
(NAME, IMPROVED ACRES, UNIMPROVED ACRES, VALUE, CENSUS PAGE)
SIMPSON, Christopher 40 180 2000 w-13

Marriage Notes for JANE WHITSETT and CHRISTOPHER SIMPSON:

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, ALABAMA MARRIAGES, MARRIAGE BOOK 5, 1841 - 1851 (AS COPIED BY THE WPA)
Whitsett, Jane Simpson, Christopher C. 13 Mar 1850 Green, Jos. C. JP

Lauderdale Co., Alabama Marriage Book 5, pg. 412; Christopher C. Simpson to Jane Whitsett, license issued March 11, 1840, solemnized by James C. Green, J.P., 13 Mar. 1850, recorded 7 Nov. 1850. ( I wonder if Christopher was related to the Simpson heirs of Lawrence Whitsett of Greene Co., Alabama)

Pauline Jones Gandrud, Alabama Records, Vol. 233, pg. 38 Lauderdale Co. Marriage Book 5, pg. 412.

Children of JANE WHITSETT and CHRISTOPHER SIMPSON are:

RACHEL SIMPSON, b. Abt. 1854. (E-mail, Jim7799@bellsouth.net, Aug. 11, 2003, Jim R. Simpson, descendant of Jane Whitsett and Christopher Simpson).

MARGARET ANN SIMPSON, b. Abt. 1856. (E-mail, Jim7799@bellsouth.net, Aug. 11, 2003, Jim R. Simpson, descendant of Jane Whitsett and Christopher Simpson).

ELIZABETH SIMPSON, b. Abt. 1858. (Name is from census)

BENJAMIN CHRISTOPHER SIMPSON, b. December 1859; d. 1929; m. ADELLA MOORE, 1888; b. 1870; d. 1968.  (E-mail, Jim7799@bellsouth.net, Aug. 11, 2003, Jim R. Simpson, descendant of Jane Whitsett and Christopher Simpson).

ALAXEY SIMPSON, b. Abt. 1863. (Name taken from census).

VIOLA SIMPSON, b. 1866; d. 1903. ( E-mail, Jim7799@bellsouth.net, Aug. 11, 2003, Jim R. Simpson, descendant of Jane Whitsett and Christopher Simpson).

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8. CAMILLA MINERVA WHITSETT (WILSON W.3, ADAM2, WILLIAM1 WHITESIDE) was born Abt. 1838 in Lauderdale Co., AL, and died 1884 in Salem, Greene County, Arkansas. She married JOHN HARVEY ROUSSAEU January 13, 1857 in Lauderdale County, Alabama. He was born Abt. 1828 in Bordeaux, France, and died 1879 in Walcott, [Salem] Greene County, Arkansas.

[Camilla Minerva Whitsett] "Cammie, or Cam, Whitsett was a small woman--not over 5 feet, 3 inches--with a short oval face and a fair complexion. She had blue eyes, a small straight nose and dark hair - probably auburn. Cammie was born in 1840, one of the eleven children of Elizabeth B. Price and Wilson Whitsett, who were married in 1830 in Lauderdale County where they lived the rest of their lives." ROUSSEAU BIOGRAPHIES, Inez Jane Dennis, Copyright 1965; (provided by Maida Whitten).

Camilla recalled her father buying her mother a claybank horse (a horse with a white tail and mane and golden body) and described how pretty her mother looked riding the horse. After Camilla's mother died around 1869 her father would allow no one but himself to ride the horse. ROUSSEAU BIOGRAPHIES, Inez Jane Dennis, Copyright 1965.

"The remaining sisters and one of the brothers [of Camilla Whitsett Rousseau] were married. One sister, Sally Webb, lived in Greene County at Lorado; one, Kate Williams, had moved to Texas and the other, harriett Young, was still in Alabama. The married brother, Isaac Jones, ran a saw and grist mill in White County, Arkansas, two counties southwest of Greene. The single brother, Willie Shaner, stayed in Greene County with Cam for several long periods then went to Texas, and from there back to Alabama." ROUSSEAU BIOGRAPHIES, Inez Jane Dennis, Copyright 1965.

"Mr. And Mrs. Whitsitt [Wilson & Elizabeth] were the parents of ten children, seven of whom are still living: Jane, Camily, Sallie, Harriett, I. J. (our subject), Katie and William." Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Eastern Arkansas, Goodspeed Publishing Co., Chicago, Nashville and St. Louis (1890), pg. 266, White Co., Ark.

More About CAMILLA MINERVA WHITSETT:   Burial: Mt. Zion Cemetery, Salem, Greene County, Arkansas

Notes for JOHN HARVEY ROUSSAEU:  "John Harvey Rousseau was born around 1828 in Bordeaux, France. he emigrated to this country, arriving in Virginia at the age of seventeen, accompanied by an older brother whom he called Sandy. By 1856 Harvey had settled in Lauderdale County, Alabama at Waterloo, a thriving center of river shipping on the Tennessee River. He was a carpenter by trade and made his own tools out of iron and wood. On January 20, 1857 he was married in Lauderdale Couinty to Camilla Minerva Whitsett."   ROUSSEAU BIOGRAPHIES, Inez Jane Dennis, Copyright 1965; (provided by Maida Whitten).

"In 1879 Harvey made a trip to Greene County, Arkansas where he rented the old Gates farm near the little village of Walcott." ... "After Harvey had fixed up the house on the Gates farm he wrote to Alabama for his family; they took a train to Walnut Ridge in the neighboring county of Lawrence where he met them. Two days later Harvey Rousseau was dead of pneumonia. He is buried at the old Mt. Zion Cemetery, a mile and a half southwest of Walcott. [Daughter] Kate died presently in the same year and is buried next to her father."
ROUSSEAU BIOGRAPHIES, Inez Jane Dennis, Copyright 1965

More About JOHN HARVEY ROUSSAEU: Burial: Mt. Zion Cemetery, Salem, Greene County, Arkansas.

Marriage Notes for CAMILLA WHITSETT and JOHN ROUSSAEU:

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, ALABAMA MARRIAGES, MARRIAGE BOOK 6, 1851 - 1857 (copied by the WPA), Whitsett, Camilla Rousseau, J. N. 13 Jan 1857 Witherspoon, J. N.

Robin Crew and Betty Womble, Marriage Records, Lauderdale County, Alabama 1818-1857, (Tennessee Valley Historical Society, Sheffield, Alabama), Vol. II., pg. 27/868.


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Census Records

1866 Alabama State Census, White population, Lauderdale County; Thomas C. Irion and W. [Walter] Glenn were the enumerators for this census. The age brackets for both males and females used were: Under 10; 10 to 20; Over 20.
Township 1, Range 14 west, Thos. C. Irion, Deputy
Page 5
Rosseau, Henry 212-101
Simpson, Polly 011-020
Simpson, Jane 100-301


Children of CAMILLA WHITSETT and JOHN ROUSSAEU are:

CHARLES LEE ROUSSEAU, b. 1858, Lauderdale Co., Alabama; m. MARTHA ELIZABETH MCNEIL, March 8, 1833; (Inez Jane Dennis, Rousseau Biographies, (1965)).

MINNIE ROUSSEAU, b. April 2, 1860, Pine Bluff, Arkansas; d. November 29, 1948, Poolville, Parker Co., Texas; m. ROBERT ANDERSON DENNIS, January 4, 1882. (Inez Jane Dennis, Rousseau Biographies, (1965)).

STERLING PRICE ROUSSEAU, b. October 18, 1862, Arkansas. (Inez Jane Dennis, Rousseau Biographies, (1965)).

JONES WILLIAM ROUSSEAU, b. 1866, Lauderdale Co., Alabama; d. February 19, 1900, Poolville, Parker Co., Texas; m. SITHA FLORENCE HANCOCK, July 22, 1894. (Inez Jane Dennis, Rousseau Biographies, (1965)).

EDWARD ROUSSEAU, b. 1870, Lauderdale Co., Alabama; d. 1884, Salem, Greene County, Arkansas. Burial: Mt. Zion Cemetery, Salem, Greene County, Arkansas.  (Inez Jane Dennis, Rousseau Biographies, (1965)).

KATE ROUSSEAU, b. 1874, Lauderdale Co., Alabama; d. 1879, Crowley's Ridge, Walcott, Greene County, Arkansas. (Inez Jane Dennis, Rousseau Biographies, (1965)).

WILSON WHITSETT ROUSSEAU, b. January 1, 1877, Waterloo, Lauderdale Co., Alabama; d. 1881, Prob Lauderdale Co., AL; m. (1) m. ORDILLE BULLINGTON, Abt. 1902; m. (2) SOPHIE RAMBACK, Abt. 1917. (Inez Jane Dennis, Rousseau Biographies, (1965)).

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9. SARAH PRICE WHITSETT (WILSON W.3, ADAM2, WILLIAM1 WHITESIDE) was born Abt. 1843 in Prob Lauderdale Co., AL, and died in 1921 in Texas. She married THOMAS JEFFERSON WEBB December 29, 1860 in Lauderdale County, Alabama, son of HENRY T. WEBB and MALITTA GRANCER(?). He was born Abt. 1842 in Mississippi and died in 1905 probably in Navarro County, Texas..

Sarah was listed in the estate settlement of her father, Wilson Whitsett. She was living in Lauderdale Co., Ala. in 1881 but supposedly also lived in Lorado, Greene Co., Ala. probably before moving to Texas near her sister Cammie (Whitsett) (Rousseau. Rousseau Biographis, Inez Jane Dennie, 1965). 

"Mr. And Mrs. Whitsitt were the parents of ten children, seven of whom are still living: Jane, Camily, Sallie, Harriett, I. J. (our subject), Katie and William." (Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Eastern Arkansas, Goodspeed Publishing Co., Chicago, Nashville and St. Louis (1890), pg. 266, White Co., Ark.)

"The remaining sisters and one of the brothers [of Camilla Whitsett Rousseau] were married. One sister, Sally Webb, lived in Greene County at Lorado; one, Kate Williams, had moved to Texas and the other, Harriett Young, was still in Alabama. The married brother, Isaac Jones, ran a saw and grist mill in White County, Arkansas, two counties southwest of Greene. The single brother, Willie Shaner, stayed in Greene County with Cam for several long periods then went to Texas, and from there back to Alabama." (ROUSSEAU BIOGRAPHIES, Inez Jane Dennis, Copyright 1965).

1860 Agriculture Census, Lauderdale County, Alabma, pg. 4
NAME, IMPROVED ACRES, UNIMPROVED ACRES, VALUE, CENSUS PAGE
WEBB, Melita 10 300 w-19
WEBB, Thomas 7 153 100 w-17

More About THOMAS J. WEBB:

Census 1: July 4, 1860, Waterloo, Lauderdale County, Alabama
Census 2: 1860, Agricultural Census, Lauderdale County, Alabama
Census 3: June 7, 1880, T1R14W Beat 12, Lauderdale Co., Alabma Page 10A
Census 4: June 5, 1900
, Precinct 6, Navarro County, Texas
Residence: 1879, Lorado, Greene County, Arkansas

Marriage Notes for SARAH WHITSETT and THOMAS WEBB:

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, ALABAMA MARRIAGES, Marriage Book #3, part 1, 1858 - 1867; BRIDES
Whitsett, Sarah Webb, Thomas 29 Dec 1860 Hindman, D. B. JP

"Natchez Trace Traveler," Vol. 5, No. 3, Lauderdale County Marriages, pg. 110.

Thomas Webb and Sarah Webb are listed on the 1860 Census of the Waterloo area on July 4, 1860. This calls into question the date of their marriage.

Children of SARAH WHITSETT and THOMAS WEBB

LUTHER C. WEBB, b. Abt. 1862 in Alabama.

BAILEY D. WEBB, b. Abt. 1870, Ala.; d. After 1920, probably Texas; m. METTIE LEE (maiden name unknown) about 1898 or 1899 in Texas; b. Abt. 1876 Texas.

Feb. 7, 1920 Census, Wilbarger County, Texas, ED139 Sheet 11 A
170/177 Webb, Bailey D.     Head age 49 born Ala Miss Ala
                       Mettie Lee   Wife age 44 born Tex Tex Tex
                       Charles L.    Son   age 20 born Tex Ala Tex
                       Floyd           Son    age 18 - ditto
                       Lela May      Dau   age 15
                      Lewis P.       Son    age 11
                      Berta B.        Dau   age  9

ARTHUR B. WEBB, b. Abt. 1875.

WILSON WHITSETT WEBB, b. 1878, Alabama; d. 1926 probably Wilbarger Co., Texas; m. Fannie T. Gray Abt. 1898, probably Navarro Co., Texas; she was born 1880 in Texas; d. 1981, Texas.

1900 Census, Navarro Co., Texas ED 107 Sheet 6 A
93/93 Webb, Thomas J.     Head Feb 1841 age 59 married 40 yrs Miss Ala Geo
                    Sally P.          Wife Oct 1842  age 58 married 40 yrs Ala Tenn Ky
94/94 Webb, Wilson W.     Head Sep 1878 age 21 married 2 years Ala Miss Ala
                     Fanny T.      Wife May 1880 age 20, married 2 yrs, Tex Tex Tex
                     Arthur P.      Dau. Aug 1899 age 9 mo Ala Tex Tex [Arthur Pearl Webb]

1910 Census, Foard Co., Texas ED 110 Sheet 11 A
134/134 Webb, William W.    Head age 33 married 15 years born Ala Ala Ala
                        Fanny P.       Wife  age 39 married 15 years born Tex Tex Tex [Fanny T. Webb]
                        Pearl             Dau   age 13 born Tex Tex Tex [Arthur Pearl Webb]
                        Clyed             Dau. age  9  born Tex Tex Tex [Clara Clydie Webb]
                        Beta M.         Dau. age   6 born Tex Tex Tex  [Beta Doris Webb]
                       Jessie            Dau. age   3 born Tex Ala Tex  [Jessie Sarah Webb]
                       Buster B.        Son  age   1 born Tex Ala Tex  [Clarence Wilson "Buck" Webb]
                       Sarah         mother age 60 born Ala US US      [Sarah P. Whitsett Webb]

1920 Census, Wilbarger Co., Texas, ED 139, Sheet 11 A, Feb. 7, 1920
166/173 Webb, Wilson W.     Head age 41 born Ala. Miss. Ala.
                        Fannie          Wife age 39 born Tex Tex Tex
                        Arthur P. [this name is overwritten with the one below]
                       Clyde             Dau  age 18 born Tex Ala Tex [Clara Clydie Webb]
                       B. D.              Dau age 15 - ditto                  [Beta Doris Webb]
                      Jessie             Dau age 13                            [Jessie Sarah Webb]
                      Clarence W.    Son age 10                             [Clarence Wilson "Buck" Webb]
                      Bonita             Dau age 3 yrs 5 mo                [Bonita Webb]
                      Dora               Dau age 2 yrs 3 mo                [Dora Sue Webb, died 1928]
                      Ora                 Dau age 2 yrs 3 mo                {Ora Lou Webb, died 1989]

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10. ISAAC JONES WHITSETT (WILSON W.3, ADAM2, WILLIAM1 WHITESIDE) was born August 1849 in Monroe, Lauderdale Co., AL, and died February 12, 1928 in Orth, Young Co., TX. He married SARAH ELIZABETH SHERWOOD December 5, 1871 in Lauderdale County, Alabama, daughter of THOMAS SHERWOOD and RUTH JINKINS. She was born February 1851 in Prob Lauderdale Co., Alabama, and died February 1905 in Griffithville White Co., AR.

"The remaining sisters and one of the brothers [of Camilla Whitsett Rousseau] were married. One sister, Sally Webb, lived in Greene County at Lorado; one, Kate Williams, had moved to Texas and the other, Harriett Young, was still in Alabama. The married brother, Isaac Jones, ran a saw and grist mill in White County, Arkansas, two counties southwest of Greene. The single brother, Willie Shaner, stayed in Greene County with Cam for several long periods then went to Texas, and from there back to Alabama." ROUSSEAU BIOGRAPHIES, Inez Jane Dennis, Copyright 1965.

"I. J. Whitsitt is also numbered among the well-to-do farmers of Dogwood Township. He was born in Alabama in 1848, as the son of Wilson and Elizabeth (Price) Whitsitt, Kentuckians by birth. Wilson Whitsitt was born in 1808, and moved to Alabama when a boy with his father, being married in 1828 to the mother of our subject. Her birth occurred in 1812. Mr. And Mrs. Whitsitt were the parents of ten children, seven of whom are still living: Jane, Camily, Sallie, Harriett, I. J. (our subject), Katie and William. The father was a prosperous farmer and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, as was also his wife. He died in 1878, having survived his worthy companion eight years. I. J. Whitsitt pass his school days in Alabama, and commenced his occupation of a farmer in that State in 1864. In 1873 he chose for his life associate, Elizabeth Sherwood, a daughter of Thomas and Ruth (Jinkins) Sherwood, natives of Tennessee. They have a family of two children: Benjamin and Hughes. In 1876 Mr. Whitsitt moved to Texas with his family, and was engaged in farming until 1881, then coming to White County, Ark., where be bought his present farm, consisteng of 160 acres of land, with fifty acres under cultivation at the present time. He is a stanch Democrat and a member of the Missionary Baptist Church, as is his wife. Mr. Whitsitt is indeed a good citizen of White County, taking an interest in all work for the benefit of the community in which he lives." Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Eastern Arkansas, (Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1890), pg. 266.

Maida Whitten, Shawnee Mission, KS, Whitsett Family Tree Database, Date of Import: Dec 30, 1998.
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Census Records

1870 Agricultural Census, Lauderdale County, Alabama
WHITSETT, Isaac - Unimproved acres 40 Improved acres 68, farm value 2000 location T2;Waterloo;p.37

More About ISAAC JONES WHITSETT:
Burial: Orth, Young Co., TX
Census 1: 1880, Grayson County, Texas
Census 2: 1870, Agricultural Census, Lauderdale County, Alabama
Census 3: April 24, 1910, Comanche County, Texas
Census 4: January 30, 1920, Young County, Texas
Removed 1: 1876, To Texas
Removed 2: 1881, To White County, Arkansas

Marriage Notes for ISAAC WHITSETT and SARAH SHERWOOD:

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, ALABAMA MARRIAGES, MARRIAGE BOOK A, 1870 - 1876 (As copied by the WPA), GROOMS S - Y
NOTE: This book is now Marriage Book "4".
Whitsett, Jones Sherrod, Bettie 15 Dec 1871 Pettipool, J. MG

Lauderdale County, Alabama Probate Court Marriage Records, Book A, pg. 93, Jones Whitsett to Betty Sherrod.

Children of ISAAC WHITSETT and SARAH SHERWOOD are:

20. BENJAMIN SHANNER WHITSETT, b. October 15, 1874, Florence, Lauderdale Co., AL; d. July 3, 1957, Olney Young Co., Texas.

HERBERT HUGHES WHITSETT, b. February 29, 1876, Griffithville White Co., AR; d. September 26, 1961, Olney, Young Co., Texas.

More About HERBERT HUGHES WHITSETT:
Burial: Olney Restland Cemetery
Census 1: 1880, Grayson County, Texas
Census 2: April 24, 1910, Comanche County, Texas
Census 3: January 30, 1920, Young County, Texas

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11. FLORENCE WHITSETT (WILSON W.3, ADAM2, WILLIAM1 WHITESIDE) was born Abt. 1852, and died Bef. 1878 in Lauderdale County, Alabama. She married RICHARD WILBURN RAIBORNE March 18, 1875 in Lauderdale County, Alabama. He was born January 1842.

[Cammie Whitsett Rousseau's] oldest brother Ben, and three of the sisters, Nancy, Molly and Florence, died in Alabama before 1878 (ROUSSEAU BIOGRAPHIES, Inez Jane Dennis, Copyright 1965).

Marriage Notes for FLORENCE WHITSETT and RICHARD RAIBORNE:

By John Pettipool, MG, Lauderdale County, AL Marriage Book A 1870-1876 (copied by the WPA)
LAUDERDALE COUNTY, ALABAMA MARRIAGES, MARRIAGE BOOK A, 1870 - 1876 (As copied by the WPA),
NOTE: This book is now Marriage Book "4".
Whitsett, Florence Rayburn, R. W. 18 Mar 1875 Pettipool, John MG


Child of FLORENCE WHITSETT and RICHARD RAIBORNE is:

KATIE RAIBORNE, b. Abt. 1868, Lauderdale County, Alabama.

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12. WILLIAM SHANNER WHITSETT (WILSON W.3, ADAM2, WILLIAM1 WHITESIDE) was born May 1856 in Lauderdale County, Alabama, and died Aft. 1910 in Probably Lauderdale County, Alabama. He married MATILDA LINDSEY March 27, 1897 in Lauderdale County, Alabama. She was born October 1865 in Alabama.

"Mr. And Mrs. Whitsitt were the parents of ten children, seven of whom are still living: Jane, Camily, Sallie, Harriett, I. J. (our subject), Katie and William." Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Eastern Arkansas, Goodspeed Publishing Co., Chicago, Nashville and St. Louis (1890), pg. 266, White Co., Ark.

"The remaining sisters and one of the brothers [of Camilla Whitsett Rousseau] were married. One sister, Sally Webb, lived in Greene County at Lorado; one, Kate Williams, had moved to Texas and the other, Harriett Young, was still in Alabama. The married brother, Isaac Jones, ran a saw and grist mill in White County, Arkansas, two counties southwest of Greene. The single brother, Willie Shaner, stayed in Greene County with Cam for several long periods then went to Texas, and from there back to Alabama." ROUSSEAU BIOGRAPHIES, Inez Jane Dennis, Copyright 1965.

More About WILLIAM SHANNER WHITSETT:

Census 1: June 23, 1880, Grayson County, Texas in brother Isaac Jones Whitsett's household
Census 2: April 16, 1910, Waterloo, Lauderdale County, Alabama

Marriage Notes for WILLIAM WHITSETT and MATILDA LINDSEY:

Lauderdale County, Alabama Probate Court Marriage Records, Book 12, pg. 505.

Child of WILLIAM WHITSETT and MATILDA LINDSEY is:

MYRTLE W. WHITSETT, b. Abt. 1904.

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13. WILLIAM WALLACE WHITSETT (ISAAC3, ADAM2, WILLIAM1 WHITESIDE) was born Abt. 1836 in Lauderdale Co., Alabama, and died Abt. 1865 in Wright, Lauderdale Co., Alabama. He married MARY ANN HOPSON November 19, 1856 in Lauderdale Co., Alabama, daughter of WILLIAM HOPSON and JANE SHELTON. She was born 1835 in East Tenn, and died Bef. 1873.

Notes for WILLIAM WALLACE WHITSETT:
Index to Confederate Soldiers, (National Archives Microfilm), Roll 118, William Wallace Whitsett, Co. E 2nd Tennessee Infantry (Robinson's Company); Enlisted in Memphis, on muster rolls from 1861 to 1864, rank of Sgt. (at last date of muster).

WAR OF REBELLION, Series I, Vol. 30, Part II, pg. 540
General Orders #64 Richmond, Va. Aug. 10, 1864, Adjutant and Inspector General's Office, Battle of Chickamauga Roll of Honor: Pvt. Wallace Whitsett, Co. E, Fourth Reg. of Infantry, Tennessee.

Notes of Maida Whitten, Jan. 5, 1999 derived from family records states that Wallace Whitsett was "killed by a Yankee" at Wright, Alabama, from a note of James Edward Whitsett in the files of Maida Whitten.

There are several Lauderdale County documents and legal actions concering the estate of Isaac and William W. Whitsett, and guardianship of William Isaac, son of Wm. W. and grandson of Isaac, in Lauderdale County between 1865 and 1880 when William Isaac turned  21.

Lauderdale County, Alabama Estate Records, Inventory Book D, pg. 658, 659; Oct. 23, 1865, petition of Phillip W. Whitsett to be appointed administrator of the estate of Isaac Whitsett, dec'd. The text names W.W. Whitsett, dec'd, father of William Isaac Whitsett, grandson and heir of Isaac Sr.

More About WILLIAM WALLACE WHITSETT:
Census: July 3, 1860, Waterloo, Lauderdale County, Alabama
Military service 1: June 18, 1862, Commendation from Col. J.W. Starnes, Cmdr., 3rd Tenn. Cav.
Military service 2: August 10, 1864, Pvt. Wallace Whitsett, Co. E, 4th Reg., Robinson's 2nd Tennessee Infantry

Notes for MARY ANN HOPSON:
Lauderdale County, Alabama Estate Records, Probate Minute Book E, pg. 4, Sept. 27, 1870 [photo copy of original document]: "This day came Mary Ann Terry and asked this Court to grant her letters of Guardianship upon the Estate of Isaac Whitsett and it appearing to the Court that said Mary Ann Terry is a fit and proper person to act as such guardian It is ordered by the Court that said Mary Ann Terry be and she is hereby appointed Guardian of said Isaac Whitsett Jr. The said Mary Ann Terry then tendered her bond conditioned as the law directs in the penal sum of one hundred dollars with O.B. Sullivan, P.H. Cunningham and H. Richardson as securities which bond being deemed good and sufficient is hereby approved and ordered to be filed and recorded. It is further [intend] that letters of Guardianship issue to said Mary Ann Terry."

Lauderdale County, Alabama Estate Records, Probate Minute Book E, pp. 15-16, Nov. 17, 1870 [photo copies of original documents], legal documents pertaining to the guardianship of Isaac Whitsett Jr. by Mary Ann Terry.

In the 1880 census, Mary's father William has a grandson 'Isich Whitsett' age 20, living in his household. In 1870 Mary Ann Terry initiated court action for the administrators of Isaac Whitsett and Philip Whitsett estates to file accounts of the two estates for the benefit of William Isaac Whitsett (her son). Philip, who was the administrator of his father's (Isaac Whitsett Sr.) estate has died. I have photo copies of these documents. After these documents were made in November 1870 Mary Ann disappears from the records in Lauderdale Co. Guardianship of her son passes from her to Joseph Whitsett and Josiah M. Whitsett (may be the same person) who was guardian when William Isaac turned 21 in 1880.

Nelda Cooper, William Cooper Family, (neldac@pernet.net), provided me with some information on the Hopson family and Mary Ann, daughter of William Hopson.

Marriage Notes for WILLIAM WHITSETT and MARY HOPSON:

Robin Crew and Betty Womble, Marriage Records, Lauderdale County, Alabama 1818-1857, (Tennessee Valley Historical Society, Sheffield, Alabama), Vol. 2, Sect. 6, pg. 186/853 [photo copy of original document].

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, ALABAMA MARRIAGES, MARRIAGE BOOK 6, 1851 - 1857 (WPA); copied by Pat M. Mahan 15 Feb 2001
Whitsett, William W. Hopson, Mary Ann 19 Nov 1856 Reynolds, T. H. JP


Child of WILLIAM WHITSETT and MARY HOPSON is:

21. WILLIAM ISAAC WHITSETT, b. September 11, 1859, Lauderdale Co., Alabama; d. July 12, 1927, Jasper Twp., Crawford Co., Arkansas.


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14. JOHN WILLIAM WHITSETT (JOSIAH M.3, ADAM2, WILLIAM1 WHITESIDE) was born February 15, 1837 in Alabama, and died December 20, 1899 in Lauderdale County, Alabama. He married NANCY P. PARKER August 11, 1856 in Lauderdale County, Alabama. She was born February 18, 1838 in Alabama, and died March 14, 1908 in Lauderdale Co., Ala..

Whitsett, Mrs. Martha Carol, letter Oct. 25, 1983, Horn Lake, Mississippi., Information from John W. Whitsett on the family of John William Whitsett and Nancy P. Parker, Waterloo, Alabama; John W. and Nancy P. Whitsett.

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, ALABAMA OBITUARIES; INDEX OF DEATHS IN THE FLORENCE TIMES 4 JULY 1890 - 31 DEC. 1930
WHITSETT, John William 20 Dec 1899 Florence, AL l9 Jan 00

Buried in Waterloo, Alabama. Robert Ellington Torbert, Lauderdale County, Alabama Cemeteries - Wright Cemetery T2R14, (Surveyed 20 Aug. 2000).
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Census Records

1860 Agriculture Census, Lauderdale County, Alabma, pg. 4
NAME IMPROVED UNIMPROVED VALUE PAGE
ACRES ACRES
WHITSETT, John 5 70 500 w-19
WHITSETT, Josiah 5 320 700 w-19
LUCAS, William 40 300 1200 w-19

More About JOHN WILLIAM WHITSETT:

Burial: Wright Cemetery, Wright, Lauderdale Co., AL
Census 1: July 7, 1860, Waterloo, Lauderdale County, Alabama
Census 2: August 29, 1870, Savannah, Hardin County, Tennessee

Notes for NANCY P. PARKER:

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, ALABAMA OBITUARIES; INDEX OF DEATHS IN THE FLORENCE TIMES 4 JULY 1890 - 31 DEC. 1930 - WHITSETT, Nancy P. l5 Mar 08 Waterloo, AL 20 Mar 08.  Burial: Wright Cemetery, Wright, Lauderdale Co., AL

Marriage Notes for JOHN WHITSETT and NANCY PARKER:

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, ALABAMA MARRIAGES, MARRIAGE BOOK 5, 1841 - 1851 (WPA) BRIDES S - Y
Whitsett, Jno. W. Parker, Nancy R. 11 Aug 1857 Reynolds, T. H. JP

Robin Crew and Betty Womble, Marriage Records, Lauderdale County, Alabama 1818-1857, (Tennessee Valley Historical Society, Sheffield, Alabama), Vol. II, pg. 29/565.

Children of JOHN WHITSETT and NANCY PARKER are:

22. WILLIAM JOSEPH WHITSETT, b. July 1858, Alabama; d. 1936, Shelby County, Tennessee.

JOSEPH MADISON WHITSETT, b. Abt. 1860; d. probably between 1870 and 1880 in Lauderdale County.

23. JONES TURNER WHITSETT, b. May 30, 1866, Tennessee; d. March 8, 1941, Probably Lauderdale County, Alabama.

JOHN M. WHITSETT, b. about 1868 probably Hardin County, Tennessee.

24. ARTHUR ERNEST RIPPY WHITSETT, b. December 21, 1873, Waterloo, Lauderdale Co., Alabama; d. June 9, 1951, Waterloo, Lauderdale County, Alabama.

25. WASHINGTON C. "MAC" WHITSETT, b. February 1863, Tennessee; d. Abt. 1912, Probably Cleveland County, Lexington, Oklahoma.

 

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15. ELIZABETH WHITSETT (JOSIAH M.3, ADAM2, WILLIAM1 WHITESIDE) was born Abt. 1839, and died Bef. 1870 in Lauderdale County, Alabama. She married WILLIAM G. LUCAS September 1, 1858 in Lauderdale County, Alabama.

Notes for WILLIAM G. LUCAS:
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Census Records

1860 Agriculture Census, Lauderdale County, Alabma, pg. 4
NAME IMPROVED UNIMPROVED VALUE PAGE
ACRES ACRES
WHITSETT, John 5 70 500 w-19
WHITSETT, Josiah 5 320 700 w-19
LUCAS, William 40 300 1200 w-19

1866 Alabama State Census, White population, Lauderdale County; Thomas C. Irion and W. [Walter] Glenn, enumerators. The age brackets for both males and females used were: Under 10; 10 to 20; Over 20.
Fractional Township 1, Range 16 west, Thos. C. Irion, Deputy
Page 1
Lucas, Wm. 013-322
Whitsett, J. 101-001

More About WILLIAM G. LUCAS:

Census 1: 1860, Agricultural Census, Lauderdale County, Alabama
Census 2: 1866, Alabama State Census T1R16W page 1

Marriage Notes for ELIZABETH WHITSETT and WILLIAM LUCAS:

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, ALABAMA MARRIAGES, Marriage Book #3, part 1, 1858 - 1867; BRIDES
Whitsett, Elizabeth Lucus, William G. 1 Sep 1858 Hawkins, W. T. JP
Lauderdale County, Alabama Probate Court Marriage Records, Vol. 3, pg. 19.

Child of ELIZABETH WHITSETT and WILLIAM LUCAS is:

JOSIAH LUCAS, b. Abt. 1859, Alabama.

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17. JOSEPH WHEELER WHITSETT (JOSIAH M.3, ADAM2, WILLIAM1 WHITESIDE) was born March 1884 in Alabama, d. Feb. 11, 1938, Poinsett County, Arkansas. He married PEARL LINDSEY 1906 in Lauderdale County, Alabama. She was born 1891. After Joe's death, Pearl remarried to S. M. King in December, 1938 in Poinsett County, Arkansas.

Notes for JOSEPH WHEELER WHITSETT: Joseph W. Whitsett's middle name comes from descendant Starlite Andros, 2005.
1900 Census, Lauderdale Co., Ala., (Waterloo), Precinct 17, ED 66, sheet 1, household of Margaret A. Long.
1910 Census: Spains, Lauderdale County, Ala., ED 72 Sheet 1A pg. 154; 15 April 1910
1920 Census, Dist. 9, Hardin County, Tennessee, ED84, Sheet 1 A, 1 B, Jan. 8, 1920
1930 Census, Willis Township, Poinsett County, Arkansas ED56-24 Sheet 9 B

Notes for PEARL LINDSEY:  Information from Starlite Andros, Descendant, April 07, 2005.

Children of JOSEPH WHITSETT and PEARL LINDSEY are:

NELLIE WHITSETT, b. Abt. 1907, Lauderdale County, Alabama; m. (1) Mr. James or Mr. Jones, abt. 1929, probably in Poinsett County, Arkansas

26. OTTO WHITSETT, b. March 20, 1909, Lauderdale Co., Alabama; d. March 30, 1978, Butte Co., California.

AUDRA WHITSETT, b. Abt. 1911, Lauderdale Co., Alabama

AMIE MADGIE WHITSETT, b. Abt 1913, Alabama

RICHARD LEE WHITSETT, b. Abt. 1916, Alabama

LORENE WHITSETT, b. Abt. 1920, probably Hardin Co., Tennessee

JOE WHITSETT, b. Abt. 1923, probably Hardin Co., Tennessee

JUNE WHITSETT, b. Abt. May, 1925, Arkansas

MARGARET WHITSETT, b. Abt. 1929, probably Willis Township, Poinsett Co., Arkansas

 

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18. JESSIE JAMES WHITSETT (JOHN3, ADAM2, WILLIAM1 WHITESIDE) was born January 30, 1850 in Spring Creek Twp., Phillips County, Arkansas, and died Abt. December 1934 in Floyd County, Texas. He married MARGARET M. PICKENS February 27, 1871 in Wright, Lauderdale County, Alabama, daughter of LEROY PICKENS and MARTHA FAIRIES. She was born October 25, 1845 in Tennessee, and died August 5, 1908 in Chillicothe, Hardman Co., Texas.

Notes for JESSIE JAMES WHITSETT:  Betty Thompson, February 14, 2002, Family Knowledge, Betty Thompson, Fayetteville, Washington Co., Arkansas.

Huntsville Advocate, Huntsville, Alabama.  "Married in Lauderdale County, Mr. James J. Whitsett to Miss Margaret M. Pickens."

Letter from James Edward Whitsett to H.G. Whitsett of Florida.

Nov. 14th, 1929
Mr. H.G. Whitsett,
1013 Orange,
Eustis, Florida.
Dear Sir:
Your letter of Nov. 11th was written from Brevard, North Carolina, but I am addressing you at Eustis, Florida, as I see that in your letter you state that you spend your winters there.
I am sorry to say that I cannot give you very much information about the Whitsett family. My Father's name was Joseph Wilson Whitsett and his Father was John Whitsett, My Father was reared in North Alabama, near Waterloo, Lauderdale County, and his Father was left an orphan at an early age and I think there were four of the boys. Their names were Joseph, John, Wilson and Isaac. I think the Whitsett family was from Virginia or North Carolina to Tennessee and from Tennessee to Alabama and there is still quite a few Whitsetts around Waterloo, Alabama. My Father's Father married Cynthia Ann Tankersley and there were three boys, Joseph Wilson, Jesse James and John. John died when he was about 8 or 9 yearrs old. My Father, Joseph Wilson Whitsett was born May 19th, 1854, and died Jan. 15th, 1925, and my uncle, James Whitsett, is still living at Durant, Oklahoma.
I am sure that we are of some relation if I could trace my desendants. My people have always claimed to be of Scotch Irish descent and Whitsett is a name that you seldom meet. I have a letter from Dr. William Thornton Whitsett of Whitsett, North Carolina, in which he states that he is writing a history of the Whitsett family. Possibly you are acquainted with him and more than likely he is some relation of yours.
I would be glad to hear from you again and write me in detail all you know of thw Whitsett family. I am anxious to find out all I can about them.
Hoping you have a pleasant winter, I am
Yours truly,
J. E. Whitsett
[This is a copy apparently typed by a secretary of J.E. Whitsett and not the actual letter sent to Mr. Whitsett in Florida]

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Durant, Okla.
Nov. 17, 1929.
Mr. J. E. Whitsett
Dear Nephew:
Got your letter yesterday. Glad to hear from you. Your Grandfather, John Whitsett, the youngest of four brothers and two sisters. Wilson Whitsett, the oldest; Isaac Whitsett, the second. Joe Whitsett, the third and John Whitsett the fourth and youngest, born in 1828. Do not know any dates. Their Father and Mother came from Virginia to Jiles County, Tennessee, and died there when the children were small and no dates were kept of anything. They were all adopted by one man and wife, a Mr. Ben Price, brought to Lauderdale County, Alabama, and raised there and lived and died there around Waterloo, except Father. He died in Pope County, Arkansas, when I was 6 years old. Your Father was 6 months old. There was one Brother, the oldest one never adopted, he being old enough to take care of himself, and went to Georgia and raised up a family of boys there, all being rail-road men. I saw a man who knew them after they were all middle aged men.
Jim, this is all I know about our direct people. Doctor Whitsett, of Fort Worth, has a biography of the Whitsetts, 330 years old. If he is still living, he is 55 or 60 years old. Please give me the outcome of this.
Your effectionate uncle
J.J.W. [typed as I. I. W.]

A note from Maida Whitten says, "Ron - I believe Uncle Jim had his secretary transcribe a handwritten letter & that is the reason for the "I.I" instead of "J.J."
The Doctor that Mr. Whitsett mentions in his letter was probably Lee M. Whitsett of Fort Worth, Texas (age 68 in 1930) originally from Georgia.

More About JESSIE JAMES WHITSETT:

Census 1: August 24, 1870, Lauderdale Co., Alabama
Census 2: 1850, Phillips County, Arkansas
Census 3: 1860, Lauderdale Co., Alabama
Census 4: June 11, 1880, T1R14W, Lauderdale County, Alabama
Census 5: June 15, 1900, Bartlett, Bell County, Texas
Census 6: April 16, 1930, Durant, Bryan County, Oklahoma
Residence: November 14, 1929, Durant, Oklahoma

Marriage Notes for JESSIE WHITSETT and MARGARET PICKENS:

Pauline Jones Gandrud, Alabama Records, Vol. 123, Extracts from Newspapers, HUNTSVILLE ADVOCATE, Huntsville, Ala..
"Married in Lauderdale County, Mr. James J. Whitsett to Miss Margaret M. Pickens."

Children of JESSIE WHITSETT and MARGARET PICKENS are:

27.  JOHN LEROY WHITSETT, b. May 24, 1872, Lauderdale Co., Ala.; d. April 25, 1928, Durant, Bryan Co., Oklahoma.

28. ERNEST PRESTON WHITSETT, b. February 7, 1875, Waterloo, Lauderdale County, Alabama; d. September 29, 1946, Harrison, Boone County, Arkansas.

29.  CHARLES WALTER WHITSETT, b. February 13, 1878, Lauderdale County, Alabama; d. December 14, 1932.

30.  JESSE JOSEPH WHITSETT, b. May 14, 1882, Lauderdale Co., Ala.; d. November 11, 1961, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

31.  WILLIAM WHEELER WHITSETT, b. August 31, 1884, Lauderdale Co., Ala.; d. November 1, 1963, Tulia, Swisher Co., Texas.

MARTHA ETNA WHITSETT, b. July 5, 1889, Wright, Lauderdale County, Alabama; d. September 7, 1974, Rockwall, Texas; m. BARNEY S. SEARS, May 8, 1905, Waco, McLennan County, Texas.

Notes for BARNEY S. SEARS: Betty Thompson, February 14, 2002, Family Knowledge, Betty Thompson, Fayetteville, Washington Co., Arkansas.

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19. JOSEPH WILSON WHITSETT (JOHN3, ADAM2, WILLIAM1 WHITESIDE) was born May 9, 1854 in Probably Phillips County, Arkansas, and died January 15, 1925 in Munday, Knox County, Texas. He married (1) IDA MAY WRIGHT December 22, 1875 in Lauderdale County, Alabama, daughter of MOSES WRIGHT and MANERVA TURNER. She was born January 24, 1859 in Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, and died September 18, 1896 in Peaster, Parker County, Texas. He married (2) HARRIET HARDBERGER 1898 in Probably Texas. She was born Abt. 1854 in Arkansas.

Notes for JOSEPH WILSON WHITSETT: Much supporting information on the Lauderdale County, Alabama Whitsetts was derived from a letter dated November 17, 1929 from Jessie James Whitsett of Durant, Oklahoma to James Edward Whitsett, Weatherford, Parker County, Texas. Jessie James Whitsett was the son of John Whitsett and uncle of James Edward Whitsett.

Nov. 14th, 1929
Mr. H.G. Whitsett,
1013 Orange,
Eustis, Florida.
Dear Sir:
Your letter of Nov. 11th was written from Brevard, North Carolina, but I am addressing you at Eustis, Florida, as I see that in your letter you state that you spend your winters there.
I am sorry to say that I cannot give you very much information about the Whitsett family. My Father's name was Joseph Wilson Whitsett and his Father was John Whitsett, My Father was reared in North Alabama, near Waterloo, Lauderdale County, and his Father was left an orphan at an early age and I think there were four of the boys. Their names were Joseph, John, Wilson and Isaac. I think the Whitsett family was from Virginia or North Carolina to Tennessee and from Tennessee to Alabama and there is still quite a few Whitsetts around Waterloo, Alabama. My Father's Father married Cynthia Ann Tankersley and there were three boys, Joseph Wilson, Jesse James and John. John died when he was about 8 or 9 yearrs old. My Father, Joseph Wilson Whitsett was born May 19th, 1854, and died Jan. 15th, 1925, and my uncle, James Whitsett, is still living at Durant, Oklahoma.
I am sure that we are of some relation if I could trace my desendants. My people have always claimed to be of Scotch Irish descent and Whitsett is a name that you seldom meet. I have a letter from Dr. William Thornton Whitsett of Whitsett, North Carolina, in which he states that he is writing a history of the Whitsett family. Possibly you are acquainted with him and more than likely he is some relation of yours.
I would be glad to hear from you again and write me in detail all you know of thw Whitsett family. I am anxious to find out all I can about them.
Hoping you have a pleasant winter, I am
Yours truly,
J. E. Whitsett
[This is a copy apparently typed by a secretary of J.E. Whitsett and not the actual letter sent to Mr. Whitsett in Florida]

The letter says, "Your grandfather, John Whitsett, the youngest of four brothers and two sisters. Wilson Whitsett, the oldest, Isaac Whitsett, the second, Joe Whitsett, the third and John Whitsett, the fourth and youngest, born in 1828. Do not know any dates. Their Farther and Mother came from Virginia to Jiles [Giles] County, Tennessee, and died there when the children were small and no dates were kept of anything. They were all adopted by one man and wife, a Mr. Ben Price, brought to Lauderdale County, Alabama, and raised there and lived and died there around Waterloo, except Father. He died in Pope County, Arkansas, when I was 6 years old. Your Father was 6 months old. There was one Brother, the oldest one never adopted, he being old enough to take care of himself and went to Georgia and raised up a family of boys there, all being railroad men. I saw a man who knew them after they were all middle aged men."
"Jim, this is all I know about our direct people. Doctor Whitsett, of Fort Worth, has a biography of the Whitsetts, 330 years old. If he is still living, he is 55 or 60 years old. Please give me the outcome of this."
"Your effectionate uncle,
J. J. W."

Thanks to Maida Whitten for this information. Whitsett Database of Maida Whitten, January 5, 1999.

More About JOSEPH WILSON WHITSETT:

Cause of Death: Bright's disease/nephritis
Census 1: June 30, 1860, Lauderdale County, Alabama
Census 2: August 24, 1870, Lauderdale County, Alabama
Census 3: June 14, 1880, T2R14W, Lauderdale County, Alabama
Census 4: 1900, Peaster, Parker County, Texas
Census 5: April 1910, Munday, Knox County, Texas
Census 6: January 7, 1920, Munday, Knox County, Texas
Occupation: Bet. 1911 - 1925, Hotel Business in Munday, Knox Co., Texas

Notes for IDA MAY WRIGHT:

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, ALABAMA OBITUARIES; INDEX OF DEATHS IN THE FLORENCE TIMES 4 JULY 1890 - 31 DEC. 1930: WHITSETT, Ida l8 Sep 1896 Peaster, TX 05 Dec 96

Children of JOSEPH WHITSETT and IDA WRIGHT are:

MINA EUDORA WHITSETT, b. November 17, 1876, Lauderdale County, Alabama; d. July 10, 1907, Peaster, Parker County, Texas; m. CHARLES SPENCER RUTLEDGE, March 22, 1898.

32.  JAMES EDWARD WHITSETT, b. July 3, 1879, Waterloo, Lauderdale County, Alabama; d. April 25, 1967, Weatherford, Parker County, Texas.

BEDA MAY WHITSETT, b. December 12, 1881, Waterloo, Lauderdale Co., Alabama; d. April 29, 1931, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas; m. ALLEN BELLAH RICE, March 30, 1909.


Children of JOSEPH WHITSETT and HARRIET HARDBERGER are:

HERSHELL WHITSETT, b. September 1891; Stepchild.

Notes for HERSHELL WHITSETT: Census: January 7, 1920, Munday, Knox County, Texas

MARSHALL J. WHITSETT, b. September 1899, Texas; m. MABEL O., Abt. 1921, Probably Texas; b. Abt. 1899, Texas.

Notes for MARSHALL J. WHITSETT:

1920 Census, Weatherford, Parker County, Texas, ED62, Sheet 3 A, page 70
Spring Street
1930 Census, Odonnell, Lynn County, Texas, ED153-8, Sheet 7 A, page 220
156/156

HARRIETT WHITSETT, b. August 18, 1909.

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20. BENJAMIN SHANNER WHITSETT (ISAAC JONES4, WILSON W.3, ADAM2, WILLIAM1 WHITESIDE) was born October 15, 1874 in Florence, Lauderdale Co., AL, and died July 3, 1957 in Olney Young Co., Texas. He married SARAH MYRTLE DUGGER June 7, 1903 in Griffithville, White Co., AR, daughter of WILLIAM DUGGER and MARY R.. She was born December 28, 1888 in Enterprise, TN, and died August 25, 1970 in Olney Young Co., Texas.

"Benjamin owned a blacksmith shop for many years and then a garage to work on cars. Both buildings are no longer standing. My greatest of memories were of the blacksmith shop." Mary Thomas, June 24, 2005.

Thanks to Mary Whitsett Thomas (marrywill@msn.com), Fred Whitsett (f.whitsett@woldnet.att.net) and Elwyn Dewayne Whitsett (dwhit@classicnet.net) for information on their family and the descendants of Benjamin S. and Sarah Myrtle (Dugger) Whitsett sent to me in June, 2005.

More About BENJAMIN SHANNER WHITSETT:

Burial: Olney Restland Cemetery
Census 1: 1880, Grayson County, Texas
Census 2: April 24, 1910, Comanche County, Texas
Census 3: January 30, 1920, Young County, Texas
Census 4: April 2, 1930, Lemesa, Dawson County, Texas

More About SARAH MYRTLE DUGGER:  Burial: Olney Restland Cemetery

Marriage Notes for BENJAMIN WHITSETT and SARAH DUGGER:

Marriage performed by Rev. Frank Baxter.
Microfilm M0013, LDS ICI, FHC, Mesa, Arizona

HERBERT HICKS WHITSETT, b. March 23, 1904, Griffithville White Co., AR; d. February 18, 1906, Gifffithvile, AR.

33. WILLIAM EWELL WHITSETT, b. February 6, 1906, Griffithville White Co., AR; d. January 31, 1981, Olney, Young Co., Texas.

34. THOMAS WILSON WHITSETT, b. October 14, 1907, Sulfer, Osage Co., OK; d. February 28, 1990, Carthage, TX.

35. SHANNER ARMO WHITSETT, b. October 31, 1909, Bibb, Commanche Co., Texas; d. March 20, 1988, Carthage, TX.

36. JOHN DUGGER WHITSITT, b. December 10, 1910, Bibb, Commanche Co., Texas; d. November 27, 2005, Olney, Young Co., Texas.

ELBERT LEO WHITSETT, b. March 6, 1912, Comanche Co., TX.

37. MARY EARLINE WHITSETT, b. January 30, 1915, Reynolds Co., TX; d. December 20, 1998, Wichita Falls, TX.

38. ELIZABETH COLLEEN WHITSETT, b. September 1, 1917, Coke, Co.TX; d. January 24, 1993, Olney, Young Co., Texas.

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21. WILLIAM ISAAC WHITSETT (WILLIAM WALLACE4, ISAAC3, ADAM2, WILLIAM1 WHITESIDE) was born September 11, 1859 in Lauderdale Co., Alabama, and died December 7, 1927 in Jasper Twp., Crawford Co., Arkansas. He married FANNIE BELLE MCDANIEL October 26, 1880 in Lauderdale, Co., Alabama, daughter of JAMES MCDANIEL. She was born November 1859 in Mississippi, and died July 18, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan.

Interview with Clifford C. Whitsett and Clifford's son Willard in 1979: William Isaac Whitsett died in Fort Smith on December 7, 1927. He moved to Huntington, Arkansas from Mississippi about 1895 and then to Mena, Arkansas when Clifford was about one year old. William Isaac was raised as an orphan and was kept from inheriting his father's estate by relatives. About 1927 or 1928 Clifford moved to Detroit to find work in an auto plant. He took his mother Fannie with him. She died in Detroit on July 18, 1943 or 1944.

There are numerous court records in Lauderdale County pertaining to the estate of Isaac Whitsett (grandfather of William Isaac) and the guardianship of William Isaac. By September 1870 William Isaac is the only living heir of Isaac Sr.

Lauderdale County, Alabama Estate Records, Inventory Books D, E, F. Estate of Isaac Whitsett, Oct. 1865 - 1868. See notes for Isaac Whitsett.

Lauderdale County, Alabama Estate Records, Probate Minute Book E, pg. 15, 16, 22; Sept. - Dec. 1870.

Lauderdale County, Alabama Estate Records, Estate File #2258, Isaac Whitsett, Jr. [photo copy of original document], Receipt from William Hopson, grandfather of Isaac, to Joseph Whitsett for money used for the boarding and schooling of Isaac Jr. [William Isaac Whitsett].

Lauderdale County, Alabama Estate Records, Estate File #2258, Isaac Whitsett, Jr. [photo copy of original document], A promisary note $14.25 from Dan'l Hopson to Henry Wilson, heir of Philip Wilson, deceased, May 6, 1854. I assume this is in this estate file because William Isaac was an heir to both Phillip Wilson and William Hopson.

Lauderdale County, Alabama Estate Records, Estate File #2258, Isaac Whitsett Jr. [photo copy of original document], T.L. Chisholm appointed guardian "ad litem" to protect the interests of Isaac Whitsett infants [minor] in suit filed by Josiah Whitsett complainant and Isaac Whitsett plaintiff. 3 April 1875 [Chisholm's signature is difficult to decipher; his initials could be T.L., J.L. or S. L.].

Fort Smith, Arkansas City Directory, 1890.

Arkansas Dept. of Health, Death Certificate, File Nr. 17, issued Dec. 8, 1927, Informant was son William H. Whitsett of 611 So. B St., Fort Smith, Ark.; buried Oak Cemetery, Fort Smith.
Oak Cemetery, Fort Smith, Arkansas, William I. Whitsett 1857-1927 FATHER.

More About WILLIAM ISAAC WHITSETT:

Census 1: June 10, 1880, T1R15W, Lauderdale County, Alabama
Census 2: 1910, Polk County, Potter Twp., Arkansas ED105 sheet 5A

Marriage Notes for WILLIAM WHITSETT and FANNIE MCDANIEL:

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, ALABAMA MARRIAGES, Marriage Book C, Aug 1879 - Jan 1882
Whitsett, Wm. Isaac McDaniel, Fannie Bell 28 Oct 1880 Webb, W. J., MG C 275

Lauderdale County, Alabama Probate Court Marriage Records, Marriage Records book 5, pg. 275 [photo copy of original document].

Children of WILLIAM WHITSETT and FANNIE MCDANIEL are:

39. LULA B. WHITSETT, b. November 15, 1884, Mississippi; d. October 17, 1918, Fort Smith, Sebastian Co., Ark..

WILLIAM H. WHITSETT, b. January 21, 1891, Mississippi; d. January 1975, Fort Smith, Sebastian Co., Ark..

More About WILLIAM H. WHITSETT: Burial: January 1975, Oak Cemetery, Fort Smith, Sebastian Co., Arkansas

40. JAMES GUY WHITSETT, b. May 22, 1894, Mississippi; d. April 21, 1956, Fort Smith, Sebastian Co., Arkansas.

ROBERT F. WHITSETT, b. December 1895; d. August 19, 1919, Probably Sebastian Co., Arkansas.

Notes for ROBERT F. WHITSETT:

1900 Census, Sebastian County, Diamond Twp. Huntington, Arkansas, ED 113, Sheet 1 B.
Cemetery Records, Oak Cemetery, Fort Smith, Sebastian Co., Arkansas, Block 60; recorded in the cemetery records but there is no headstone on the grave.
Burial: August 1919, Oak Cemetery, Fort Smith, Sebastian Co., Arkansas
41. CLIFFORD C. WHITSETT, b. November 21, 1898; d. May 16, 1980, Huntington, Sebastian County, Arkansas.

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22. WILLIAM JOSEPH WHITSETT (JOHN WILLIAM4, JOSIAH M.3, ADAM2, WILLIAM1 WHITESIDE) was born July 1858 in Alabama, and died 1936, Shelby Co., TN. He married AMANDA THREAT February 2, 1882 in Lauderdale County, Alabama. She was born September 1857 in Alabama, and died March 14, 1908, Shelby Co., TN.

Notes for WILLIAM J. and AMANDA THREAT WHITSETT:

Moved to Memphis and owned a barbershop
Census 1: June 9, 1900, Waterloo, Lauderdale County, Alabama
Census 2: April 26, 1910, Florence, Lauderdale County, Alabama
1910 Census indicates Amanda was the mother of four children, only two alive in 1910

Children of WILLIAM WHITSETT and AMANDA THREAT are:

OWEN BOYCE WHITSETT, b. April 1888, Alabama; d. Bef. 1983, Shelby Co., TN.  Had no children.

CLARA O. WHITSETT, b. June 1893, Alabama; d. 1948, Shelby Co., TN.  Had no children.


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23. JONES TURNER WHITSETT (JOHN WILLIAM4, JOSIAH M.3, ADAM2, WILLIAM1 WHITESIDE) was born May 30, 1866 in Tennessee, and died March 8, 1941 in Probably Lauderdale County, Alabama. He married (1) IDA CYNTHIA THREET January 17, 1886 in Lauderdale County, Alabama. She was born August 11, 1868 in Alabama, and died May 16, 1947. He married (2) EMMA MARTIN, Emma died of typhoid fever about February 1909; married (3) SUSIE PEARL WARREN Abt. 1910. She was born May 12, 1888 in Alabama, and died July 31, 1968 in Florence, Lauderdale County, Alabama.

Notes for JONES TURNER WHITSETT:  Letter, Martha Carol & John G. Whitsett, Horn Lake, MS 38637, October 25, 1983 to Ron and Carolyn Wall:

"I am responding to the letter my father-in-law, John W. Whitsett received from you. With his help I have compiled some information that may be beneficial to you. We as a family would be interested in any information you may have that would inform us of any family members that may be related. There were so many members of his family that he cannot remember dates of birth and death however, there are approximate dates listed by some names.

Most all of the relatives were born, raised, died and buried around the Alabama Tennessee state line. These areas consist of Rogersville, Florence, and Waterloo, Alabama and Lutts, Adamsville, and Memphis, Tennessee. There may be other towns that I do not know."
[additional family information was attached]

More About JONES TURNER WHITSETT:

Burial: Miller Cemetery, Lauderdale County, Alabama
Census 1: June 2, 1900, Waterloo, Lauderdale County, Alabama
Census 2: April 15, 1910, Florence, Lauderdale County, Alabama
Census 3: January 9, 1920, Cross Roads, Lauderdale County, Alabama
Census 4: 1930, Rogersville, Lauderdale County, Alabama

Notes for IDA C. THREET:

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, ALABAMA OBITUARIES; INDEX OF DEATHS IN THE FLORENCE TIMES 4 JULY 1890 - 31 DEC. 1930
WHITSETT, Turner (Mrs) 22 Mar 09 Florence, AL 02 Apr 09

Marriage Notes for JONES WHITSETT and IDA THREET:

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, ALABAMA MARRIAGES, MARRIAGE BOOK E, JANUARY 1885 - OCTOBER 1887 (AS COPIED BY THE WPA), GROOMS
Whitsett, J. T. Threat, Ida 17 Jan 1886 Bevis, Jos. A. JP E/573

"Natchez Trace Traveler," Vol. 3, No. 3, pg. 102. Lauderdale County, Alabama Marriage Records.

More About SUSIE PEARL WARREN: Burial: Miller Cemetery, Lauderdale County, Alabama

Children of JONES WHITSETT and IDA THREET are:
(Whitsett, Mrs. Martha Carol, letter Oct. 25, 1983, Horn Lake, Mississippi; Vicki Niedemeier, April 4, 2007).

OMA WHITSETT, b. January 1887, Alabama; d. Bef. 1983; m. DENNIS EDWIN JOHNSON.

LEONARD JAMES WHITSETT, b. August 4, 1889, Alabama; d. January 15, 1928, Lutts, Wayne County, Tennessee.

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, ALABAMA OBITUARIES; INDEX OF DEATHS IN THE FLORENCE TIMES 4 JULY 1890 - 31 DEC. 1930
WHITSETT, Leonard James l5 Jan 28 Lutts, TN Pg l l6 Jan 28
Burial: Pinhook Cemetery, Wayne Co., Tenn.

VERTA WHITSETT, b. February 1892, Alabama; d. Bef. 1983; m. UNKNOWN MCGILL. Had no children.

CLYDE WHEELER WHITSETT, b. November 1, 1893, Waterloo, Lauderdale County, Alabama; d. March 7, 1977, Savannah, Hardin County, Tennessee.  Never married.

World War I Veterans Biographies U-Z, From Maida Whitten E-mail, April 5, 2001.
Burial: Lufts Cemetery, Wayne County, Tennessee

42. CLAUDE JONES WHITSETT, b. February 1897, Alabama; d. October 1983, Lutts, Wayne County, Tennessee.

GERTRUDE WHITSETT, b. Abt. 1900; d. Bef. 1983.  Date of birth is an estimate. Had three or four children. Married first a Cummins and then a McGill.

LILLIAN WHITSETT, b. Abt. 1903; d. Bef. 1983.  Date of birth is an estimate. Died childless.

Child of JONES WHITSETT and EMMA MARTIN:

EMMA TURNER NEVADA WHITSETT, b. Abt. 1908; living 2007 Waterloo, Lauderdale County, Alabama; married Mr. Scott, six daughters.

was raised by uncle and aunt Ernest R. and Mollie Joanna Whitsett; listed in their household in 1910 and 1920 in Waterloo. Emma was still living in Waterloo as of March 2007.

Children of JONES WHITSETT and SUSIE WARREN are:

WILLIAM WHITSETT, b. Abt. 1910; d. Bet. 1920 - 1930.

JONES CLARENCE WHITSETT, b. September 5, 1911; d. November 13, 1969, Lauderdale County, Alabama.  Burial: Miller Cemetery, Lauderdale County, Alabama

43. JOHN WILLIAM WHITSETT, b. Abt. 1913

JOHNNY B. WHITSETT, b. January 22, 1915, Lauderdale County, Alabama; d. February 14, 1935, Lauderdale County, Alabama. Burial: Miller Cemetery, Lauderdale County, Alabama

44. HELEN MARIE WHITSETT

45. GLYNN THEODORE WHITSETT

46. TOLBERT LYNN WHITSETT, b. August 25, 1923; d. December 21, 1994.

DORA DEAN WHITSETT

GLADYS OPHELIA WHITSETT

RUFUS H. WHITSETT

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24. ARTHUR ERNEST RIPPY WHITSETT (JOHN WILLIAM4, JOSIAH M.3, ADAM2, WILLIAM1 WHITESIDE) was born December 21, 1873 in Waterloo, Lauderdale Co., Alabama, and died June 9, 1951 in Waterloo, Lauderdale County, Alabama. He married MALLOW JOANNA WHITTEN December 24, 1895 in Lauderdale County, Alabama. She was born November 25, 1878 in Tennessee, and died July 15, 1965 in Waterloo, Lauderdale County, Alabama (Headstone in Richardson Cemetery apparently says "Mary J. Whitsett").

Notes for ARTHUR ERNEST RIPPY WHITSETT:
Whitsett, Mrs. Martha Carol, letter Oct. 25, 1983, Horn Lake, Mississippi..
Niedermeier, Vicki Jane (Vandegrift) e-mails, April 2007.

More About ARTHUR ERNEST RIPPY WHITSETT:

Burial: Row 22, Richardson Cemetery, Waterloo, Lauderdale County, Alabama
Census 1: June 9, 1900, Waterloo, Lauderdale County, Alabama
Census 2: April 18, 1910, Waterloo, Lauderdale County, Alabama
Census 3: January 5, 1920, Waterloo, Lauderdale County, Alabama

More About MALLOW J. WHITTEN: Burial: Row 22, Richardson Cemetery, Waterloo, Lauderdale County, Alabama (name given as Mary J. Whitsett).

Marriage Notes for ARTHUR WHITSETT and MALLOW WHITTEN:

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, ALABAMA
Original Records - Marriages

Rev John W. Lee's Marriage Records, Contributed Apr 2002 by Mac Lambert; "These marriage records of Rev John W. Lee, b. 1852, covers the years from 1879 to 1935. They are from Jane Lee Hodges, his G Granddaughter. Some were a litlle hard to read. This covers from the Waterloo area to across the line in Tennessee."

Lauderdale County, Alabama Probate Court Marriage Records, My researcher [RNW] did not extract the book and page for this marriage:
Rippie to Mallow Whitten.

Rip and wife Mollie Joanna Whitsett raised their niece Emma Turner Whitsett after the death of Emma's mother from typhoid fever when Emma was only eight monts old.

Child of ERNEST "RIP" WHITSETT and MALLOW WHITTEN is:

FLORENCE L. WHITSETT, b. August 1896; apparently died bef. 1920.

Notes for FLORENCE L. WHITSETT: Whitsett, Mrs. Martha Carol, letter Oct. 25, 1983, Horn Lake, Mississippi.

 

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25. WASHINGTON "MAC" WHITSETT (JOHN WILLIAM4, JOSIAH M.3, ADAM2, WILLIAM1 WHITESIDE) was born February 1863 in Tennessee, and died Abt. 1912 in Possibly Cleveland County, Lexington, Oklahoma. He married JOSIE E. WHITTEN Abt. 1886 in Probably Lauderdale County, Alabama. She was born April 1869 in Tennessee.

Notes for WASHINGTON WHITSETT:  Washington C. Whitsett is listed as the nephew of John William and Nancy P. (Parker) Whitsett on the 1880 census of Hardin County, Tennessee.  All other sources indicate that he was the son of John William and Nancy Whitsett.

More About WASHINGTON WHITSETT:

Census 1: June 9, 1900, Waterloo, Lauderdale County, Alabama
Census 2: April 18, 1910, Waterloo, Lauderdale County, Alabama
Census 3: January 15, 1920, Wife Josie widow, Lexington, Cleveland County, Oklahoma

More About JOSIE E. WHITTEN:

Census 1: January 15, 1920, Lexington, Cleveland County, Oklahoma
Census 2: April 9, 1930, Lexington, Cleveland County, Oklahoma

Children of WASHINGTON WHITSETT and JOSIE WHITTEN are:

JOHNNIE F. WHITSETT, b. October 1889, Alabama.

More About JOHNNIE F. WHITSETT:

Miss Johnnie F. Whitsett was a school teacher in Lexington, Cleveland County, Oklahoma and Pauls Valley, Garvin County, Oklahoma. Apparently she never married.

Census 1: January 15, 1920, Lexington, Cleveland County, Oklahoma
Census 2: April 3, 1930, Pauls Valley, Garvin County, Oklahoma

PEARL L. WHITSETT, b. April 1891, Alabama; lived in Lexington, Oklahoma.

47. LEE OWEN WHITSETT, b. September 1896, Alabama.  Information on Lee Owen and his family was sent to me by his grandson. I have misplaced the note and his name.  If you should see this, please contact me so I can give you the proper credit. RNW

C. MCKINLEY WHITSETT, b. Abt. 1901, Alabama.

JOHNSON WHITSETT, b. Abt. 1908, Alabama.


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26. OTTO WHITSETT (JOSEPH WHEELER4, JOSIAH M.3, ADAM2, WILLIAM1 WHITESIDE) was born March 20, 1909 in Lauderdale Co., Alabama, and died March 30, 1978 in Butte Co., California. He married RUTH JEWEL DENNO Abt. 1932. She was born Abt. 1913 in Truman, Arkansas.

Notes for OTTO WHITSETT:
From Maida Whitten, Shawnee Mission, KS, E-Mail
Starlite Andros, Descendant, April 07, 2005.

1910 Census, Spains, Lauderdale Co., Alabama, ED 72 Sheet 1A pg. 154; 15 April 1910
Household/family 6/6
Whitsett, Wheeler; Head; age 26; married once; married 4 yrs; born Ala.; father Ala.; mother Ala.
Pearl Wife; age 19; married once; married 4 yrs; mother of 2; born Ala.; father Ala.; mother Ala.
Nellie daughter; age 3; born Ala.
Otto Son; age 1; born Ala.
Franks, Levi boarder; age 20; single; born Ala.

Children of OTTO WHITSETT and RUTH DENNO are:

DELORES JEAN WHITSETT.

JAMES EDWARD WHITSETT.

JUDITH DIANE WHITSETT.


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27. JOHN LEROY WHITSETT (JESSIE JAMES4, JOHN3, ADAM2, WILLIAM1 WHITESIDE) was born May 24, 1872 in Lauderdale Co., Ala., and died April 25, 1928 in Durant, Bryan Co., Oklahoma. He married QUINNIE WEATHERFORD November 1, 1896 in Holland, Bell County, Texas. She died September 22, 1916 in Durant, Bryan Co., Oklahoma.

Notes for JOHN LEROY WHITSETT:
Information (family knowledge) from Betty Thompson, February 14, 2002, Fayetteville, Washington Co., Arkansas.

More About JOHN LEROY WHITSETT:

Census 1: April 20, 1910, Bell County, Texas
Census 2: April 16, 1930, His children living in Durant, Bryan County, Oklahoma

Children of JOHN WHITSETT and QUINNIE WEATHERFORD are:

GEORGIA E. WHITSETT, b. Abt. 1899, Texas.

EMMIT WHITSETT, b. Abt. 1901.

MARGARET M. WHITSETT, b. Abt. 1907; m. JOHN FLETCHER.

JAMES J. WHITSETT, b. Abt. April 1910.

More About JAMES J. WHITSETT:
Census: April 16, 1930, Durant, Bryan County, Oklahoma

IRA WHITSETT, b. Abt. 1912.

RUBY WHITSETT, b. Abt. 1914.

QUINNIE ETHEL WHITSETT, b. Abt. 1916; m. O'DELL MOSLEY.

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28. ERNEST PRESTON WHITSETT (JESSIE JAMES4, JOHN3, ADAM2, WILLIAM1 WHITESIDE) was born February 7, 1875 in Waterloo, Lauderdale County, Alabama, and died September 29, 1946 in Harrison, Boone County, Arkansas. He married BEULAH ETHEL MILLS Abt. 1901. She was born July 27, 1879, and died May 1972 in Harrison, Boone County, Arkansas.

Notes for ERNEST PRESTON WHITSETT:
Betty Thompson, February 14, 2002, Family Knowledge, Betty Thompson, Fayetteville, Washington Co., Arkansas.

More About ERNEST PRESTON WHITSETT:

Census 1: April 27, 1910, Bell County, Texas
Census 2: January 22, 1920, Bell County, Texas

Children of ERNEST WHITSETT and BEULAH MILLS are:

PRESTON MCLVER WHITSETT, b. August 9, 1902; d. May 6, 1903, Holland, Bell Co., Texas.

JEWEL FORREST WHITSETT, b. May 22, 1903, Holland, Bell Co., Texas; d. August 12, 1983, Tulia, Swisher Co., Texas; m. ELECTA KILLOUGH.

OPAL MAE WHITSETT, b. March 14, 1906, Holland, Bell Co., Texas; d. February 15, 1989, Harrison, Boone County, Arkansas; m. WALDO FRANKLIN BREWSTER.

GERALD WHEELER WHITSETT, b. October 15, 1907, Holland, Bell Co., Texas; d. July 11, 1929, Plainview, Hale Co., Texas; m. WILLIE MAE WATSON.

INA FAE WHITSETT, b. August 15, 1910, Holland, Bell Co., Texas.


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29. CHARLES WALTER WHITSETT (JESSIE JAMES4, JOHN3, ADAM2, WILLIAM1 WHITESIDE) was born February 13, 1878 in Lauderdale County, Alabama, and died December 14, 1932. He married GEORGIA SEARS December 22, 1902.

Notes for CHARLES WALTER WHITSETT:
Betty Thompson, February 14, 2002, Family Knowledge, Betty Thompson, Fayetteville, Washington Co., Arkansas.

More About CHARLES WALTER WHITSETT:

Census 1: January 6, 1920, Clinton, Hunt County, Texas
Census 2: April 16, 1930, Floyd, Hunt County, Texas

Child of CHARLES WHITSETT and GEORGIA SEARS is:

EFFIE WHITSETT, b. Abt. 1906, Texas; m. J. PAUL PATTERSON; b. Abt. 1903, Texas.

Notes for EFFIE WHITSETT: 1930 Census, Precinct 3, Floyd Village, Hunt County, Texas, ED19, Sheet 2 B

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30. JESSE JOSEPH WHITSETT (JESSIE JAMES4, JOHN3, ADAM2, WILLIAM1 WHITESIDE) was born May 14, 1882 in Lauderdale Co., Ala., and died November 11, 1961 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He married MINNIE EVALINE GOODNIGHT November 3, 1907 in Holland, Bell County, Texas. She was born Abt. 1887 in Texas.

Notes for JESSE JOSEPH WHITSETT:
Betty Thompson, February 14, 2002, Family Knowledge, Betty Thompson, Fayetteville, Washington Co., Arkansas.

More About JESSE JOSEPH WHITSETT:
Census: April 27, 1910, Hunt County, Texas

Child of JESSE WHITSETT and MINNIE GOODNIGHT is:

JOSEPH HENRY WHITSETT, b. November 20, 1909; m. MINNIE LOU RICHARDS.

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31. WILLIAM WHEELER WHITSETT (JESSIE JAMES4, JOHN3, ADAM2, WILLIAM1 WHITESIDE) was born August 31, 1884 in Lauderdale Co., Ala., and died November 1, 1963 in Tulia, Swisher Co., Texas. He married CLARA MAY ALEXANDRA. She was born Abt. 1888 in Texas.

Notes for WILLIAM WHEELER WHITSETT:
Betty Thompson, February 14, 2002, Family Knowledge, Betty Thompson, Fayetteville, Washington Co., Arkansas.

More About WILLIAM WHEELER WHITSETT:

Census 1: April 27, 1910, Hunt County, Texas
Census 2: January 6, 1920, Clinton, Hunt County, Texas
Census 3: April 16, 1930, Hale County, Texas

Child of WILLIAM WHITSETT and CLARA ALEXANDRA is:

VELA MURRIEL WHITSETT, b. February 21, 1913.

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32. JAMES EDWARD WHITSETT (JOSEPH WILSON4, JOHN3, ADAM2, WILLIAM1 WHITESIDE) was born July 3, 1879 in Waterloo, Lauderdale County, Alabama, and died April 25, 1967 in Weatherford, Parker County, Texas. He married BELLE ZORA GUERRY December 21, 1902 in Parker County, Texas. She was born August 2, 1881 in Peaster, Parker County, Texas, and died October 25, 1958 in Weatherford, Parker County, Texas.

Much supporting information on the Lauderdale County, Alabama Whitsetts was derived from letters of November 1929 to and from James Edward Whitsett of Weatherford, Parker County, Texas. Copies of these letters were given to me by Maida Whitten, a niece of James.

Chapel Hill, N.C.
11/6/1929

Mr. J.E. Whitsett,
Dear Sir:
I notice in the paper that Mr. J. E. Whitsett was Foreman of the jury who tried R. H. Hamilton of your State a few days ago. Having had a letter only a few days ago from my Nephew, Dr. W. T. Whitsett, of Whitsett, N. C., who is getting up a history of the Whitsett Family, I could not helpp but think that perhaps you might help in that history, by giving a small outline of your Family in Texas.
I had a granduncle who was a preacher and left N. C. quite a number of years ago and settled at or near Mims, [Memphis] Tenn. His name was Wm. Whitsett. I did not know but what you might be of that family.
Do you know what your grandfather's name was. If you care to you might write Dr. W. T. Whitsett of Whitsett, N. C. and give him what you might have of the Family in Texas.
With good wishers, I am
Yours truly,.
A. T. Whitsett.

[I believe a copy of the following letter was enclosed with the letter above from A.T. Whitsett to J.E. Whitsett]

WHITSETT, N.C.
Oct. 12, 1929

Mr. A. T. Whitsett,
Chapel Hill, N.C.

Dear Uncle Alfred, -
My history of the Whitsett family is drawing to a conclusion, and I hope to publish before many more months. It is hard to get all the information together.
Can you give me, or tell me where I can get a correct list of the dates of birth, and death where now dead, of the children of Austin Whitsett, your father, and my grandfather?
Also, what was name of woman Uncle Henry married? Also Uncle Jerry? Where are these two buried. Can you give their children's names, also to whom the children were married.
Help me all you can, please. Your help in past has been the best I have been able to obtain.
With regards to all the family,

Sincerely yours,

W. T. Whitsett.
_______________________________________
Brevard, North Carolina
November 11th, 1929

Mr. J.E. Whitsett
Weatherford Tex.
Dear Sir:
I enclose you clipping from the Ashville, N.C. Citizen.
I am the youngest son of Ralph Crawford Whitsett and Rachel Dunn Whitsett of Va. My grandfather, Wm. Whitsett, fought in the Revolution, was under Col. Crawford and married Col. Crawford's niece, Hadessa.
I am of Scotch-Irish descent and all my forebears came from Va. Grandfather was born in 1752, Father in 1801, and self in 1852.
If you can figure out any relation I would be pleased to hear from you.
I have my winter home at Eustis, Fla. And leave for there last of this week. I would have been there but have been laid up for over a month with an infected right hand.
Yours truly,
H.G. Whitsett
P.S. My oldest Brother's name was James Estel Whitsett. I have one Brother, A.H. living at Mt. Ida and sister, M.H. Whitsett Hindron living in Dayto [sic] Wash. She is past 90.

_________________________________________
Nov. 14th, 1929
Mr. H.G. Whitsett,
1013 Orange,
Eustis, Florida.
Dear Sir:
Your letter of Nov. 11th was written from Brevard, North Carolina, but I am addressing you at Eustis, Florida, as I see that in your letter you state that you spend your winters there.
I am sorry to say that I cannot give you very much information about the Whitsett family. My Father's name was Joseph Wilson Whitsett and his Father was John Whitsett, My Father was reared in North Alabama, near Waterloo, Lauderdale County, and his Father was left an orphan at an early age and I think there were four of the boys. Their names were Joseph, John, Wilson and Isaac. I think the Whitsett family was from Virginia or North Carolina to Tennessee and from Tennessee to Alabama and there is still quite a few Whitsetts around Waterloo, Alabama. My Father's Father married Cynthia Ann Tankersley and there were three boys, Joseph Wilson, Jesse James and John. John died when he was about 8 or 9 years old. My Father, Joseph Wilson Whitsett was born May 19th, 1854, and died Jan. 15th, 1925, and my uncle, James Whitsett, is still living at Durant, Oklahoma.
I am sure that we are of some relation if I could trace my descendants. My people have always claimed to be of Scotch Irish descent and Whitsett is a name that you seldom meet. I have a letter from Dr. William Thornton Whitsett of Whitsett, North Carolina, in which he states that he is writing a history of the Whitsett family. Possibly you are acquainted with him and more than likely he is some relation of yours.
I would be glad to hear from you again and write me in detail all you know of The Whitsett family. I am anxious to find out all I can about them.
Hoping you have a pleasant winter, I am
Yours truly,
J. E. Whitsett
[This is a copy apparently typed by a secretary of J.E. Whitsett and not the actual letter sent to Mr. Whitsett in Florida]
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Eustis Fla. Nov 1929
Mr. J.E. Whitsett
Weatherford Tex.
Your letter of Nov. 24 received here. Owing to bad weather in mountains we did not get started here till the 19th and got here the 21st and it takes some time too get tying [sic] cleaned up after six months absence.
I am confident that we are some kind of kinfolks. I will give you our family tradition as I remember it. We are of Scotch Irish decent and are from Virginia. James - John and William Whitsett left Va. To go south and my Grandfather William stopped in Pa. And his two brothers went on south and grandfather never heard from either of them while he lived.
My grandfather William was born in 1752 and married Hadessa Crawford a niece of Col. William Crawford of Revolutionary fame.
Grandfather fought under Col. Crawford. Col. Crawford and grandfather lived at Connellsville Pa and the City have recentley erected a monument to his memory. Grandfather William also lived at Layton Pa and Pittsburg and Jacks Run Pa. Grandmother died and was buried at Layton Pa.
Grandfather and Grandmother had thirteen children. Twelve girles and one boy who was the youngest and my father born in 1801 and died at my house in 1892. My father and mother had thirteen children of which I am the youngest born May 31 1852. My mother was Rachel Estep a Daughter of Dr. James Estep a practiceing physitien [sic] and baptist preacher all his life. My grandmother was Rachel Dunn an F.F.V. of Va.
I have one brother A.H.Whitsett living at Mt. Ida Ark and a sister R Hadessa Whitsett Hendron living at Dayton Washington. She is past 90 and spry as a crickit.
My daughter Gertrude Whitsett Kipp is applying to get into the Daughters of the Revolution. Grandfathers service record under William Crawford in the state records at Philadelphia Pa. Are the same as our traditions. An old history of Fayette Co. Pa. By Nelson speaks of my grandfather as being a great indian fighter and scout and a friend of George Washington.
I was born in Fayette Co. Pa. Was in Ky. Six years and came to Fla. In 1890. Bought a summer home at Brevard N.C. six years ago. It is up in the mountains on the head of French Bread River.
Mountains around us run from 3000 to 6000 ft. The river is 2300.
I have tried to give you the high points of our familey and if you can connect up I will be much pleased.
If interested I can go into more detail. I do not think that there are very many living whose grandfather fought for our independence.
I have had some correspondence with William Thorton Whitsett of Whitsett N.C. but have not gone to see him yet. He lives over 200 miles from Brevard. If you should get near here do not fail to come to see me. Hoping that we may get better acquainted I remain
Very Truly Yours
H.G. Whitsett [actual signature]
________________________________
Durant, Okla.
Nov. 17, 1929.

Mr. J. E. Whitsett
Dear Nephew:
Got your letter yesterday. Glad to hear from you. Your Grandfather, John Whitsett, the youngest of four brothers and two sisters. Wilson Whitsett, the oldest; Isaac Whitsett, the second. Joe Whitsett, the third and John Whitsett the fourth and youngest, born in 1828. Do not know any dates. Their Father and Mother came from Virginia to Jiles County, Tennessee, and died there when the children were small and no dates were kept of anything. They were all adopted by one man and wife, a Mr. Ben Price, brought to Lauderdale County, Alabama, and raised there and lived and died there around Waterloo, except Father. He died in Pope County, Arkansas, when I was 6 years old. Your Father was 6 months old. There was one Brother, the oldest one never adopted, he being old enough to take care of himself, and went to Georgia and raised up a family of boys there, all being rail-road men. I saw a man who knew them after they were all middle aged men.
Jim, this is all I know about our direct people. Doctor Whitsett, of Fort Worth, has a biography of the Whitsetts, 330 years old. If he is still living, he is 55 or 60 years old. Please give me the outcome of this.
Your effectionate uncle
J.J.W. [typed as I. I. W.]

A note from Maida Whitten says, "Ron - I believe Uncle Jim had his secretary transcribe a handwritten letter & that is the reason for the "I.I" instead of "J.J."
The Doctor that Mr. Whitsett mentions in his letter was probably Lee M. Whitsett of Fort Worth, Texas (age 68 in 1930) who was originally from Georgia.

1930 United States Federal Census, Name: Jim Whatcott [s.b. Whitsett - this is an error in transcription].
Age: 50 years
Estimated birth year: 1879
Birthplace: Alabama
Relation to Head-of-house: Head
Race: White
Home in 1930: Weatherford, Parker, Texas
Image Source: Year: 1930; Census Place: Weatherford, Parker, Texas; Roll:
T626_2383; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 3; Image: 0074.
Source Information:
Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census. [database on-line] Provo, UT:
Ancestry.com, 2001-. Indexed by Ancestry.com from microfilmed schedules of the
1930 U.S. Federal Decennial Census.1930 United States Federal Census. [database
online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2001. Data imaged from National Archives and
Records Administration. 1930 Federal Population Census. T626, 2,667 rolls.
Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration.
Copy of original census page in file.

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Misc: Database: World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
November 14, 2005
9:17 PM
Name: Jas Edward Whitsett
City: Not Stated
County: Parker
State: Texas
Birth Date: Jul 3 1879
Race: White
Roll: 1983577
DraftBoard: 0
Age: 39
Occupation: Bank Employee
Nearest Relative: Belle Whitsett
Regstration Place: Weatherford, Parker Co., TX
Height: Talll
Build: Medium
Color of Eyes: Brown
Color of Hair: Brown
Signature: View Image
Source Information:
Ancestry.com. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards,
1917-18 [database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2002. National Archives and
Records Administration. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration
Cards, 1917-1918. M1509, 4,277 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and
Records Administration.


Death(4): Database: Texas Deaths, 1964-98
September 5, 2005
9:14 PM
Personal Information
Name: James Edward Whitsett
Death Date: 25 April 1967
Death County: PARKER
Gender: M
Marital Status: WIDOWED
Source Information:
Texas Department of Health. Texas Death Index, 1964-1998. [database on-line]
Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000-. Original electronic data from:Texas Department
of Health. Texas Death Indexes, 1964-1998. Austin, TX. Texas Department of
Health. State Vital Statistics Unit, 19xx-.
SSN(5): Social Security Death Index (SSDI) record for:
JAMES WHITSETT
Personal Information
Name: JAMES WHITSETT
SSN: 453-22-7456
Last Residence: 76086 Weatherford, Parker, TX
Born: 3 Jul 1879
Last Benefit:
Died: Apr 1967
State (Year) SSN issued: TX (Before 1951)
General: 12 MAR 1989- Information on this family supplied by May Belle Whitsett. She
said James Edward, her father, was about 12-14 years old when the family moved
to TX. They came by train from Lauderdale Co., AL, and went to Peaster, Parker
County, TX. They stayed with a family named Stone until the family could get
settled. She thought that the Stones may have been related but did not know
how.

More About JAMES EDWARD WHITSETT:

Burial: Weatherford Cemetery, Parker County, Texas
Census 1: June 14, 1880, Lauderdale Co., Alabama
Census 2: May 3, 1910, Peaster, Parker County, Texas
Census 3: January 6, 1920, Weatherford, Parker County, Texas
Moved: Abt. 1893, To Parker County, Texas
Occupation: January 6, 1920, Bank Teller

More About BELLE ZORA GUERRY:

Burial: Weatherford Cemetery, Parker County, Texas

Marriage Notes for JAMES WHITSETT and BELLE GUERRY:

Marriage: Whitsell J. E. Guerry Bell 12/21/1902 [Error in transcription]
Caperton, Wm. E., OMG - Parker Co., TX


Children of JAMES WHITSETT and BELLE GUERRY are:

JAMES MORTIS WHITSETT, b. September 7, 1905, Peaster, Parker County, Texas; d. May 23, 1980, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas.

Notes for JAMES MORTIS WHITSETT:
2271 James Mortis WHITSETT
Death: Database: Texas Deaths, 1964-98
September 5, 2005
9:16 PM
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Personal Information
Name: James Mortis Whitsett
Death Date: 23 May 1980
Death County: TARRANT
Gender: M
Source Information:
Texas Department of Health. Texas Death Index, 1964-1998. [database on-line]
Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000-. Original electronic data from:Texas Department
of Health. Texas Death Indexes, 1964-1998. Austin, TX. Texas Department of
Health. State Vital Statistics Unit, 19xx-.

Occupation: College Professor, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX, PhD, School of Finance

MAYBELLE WHITSETT, b. August 18, 1908, Peaster, Parker County, Texas; d. June 28, 2002, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas.

Notes for MAY BELLE WHITSETT:

Never married. May was a school teacher in the Weatherford public school system. She retired in Weatherford in 1973.
Moved: Abt. 1985, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas

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