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William Washington Whitton

William Washington Whitton

Male 1818 - 1915  (96 years)

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  • Name William Washington Whitton 
    Born 23 May 1818  Clarke County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 20 Feb 1915  San Augustine, Texas Buried Whitton, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I24528  Whitton
    Last Modified 16 Oct 2019 

    Father William Crawford Whitton,   b. 1792, Washington, Fauquier, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Dec 1848, Coweta, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Catherine Hanson,   b. 7 Jun 1802, Clarke County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Nov 1893, San Augustine, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 24 Nov 1817  Clarke County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F9485  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Lydia Hughes,   b. 7 Feb 1824, South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Nov 1905, San Augustine, Texas Buried Whitton, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 24 Aug 1845  Coweta, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William Newton Whitton,   b. 3 Jun 1846, Coweta, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Feb 1949, San Augustine, Texas Buried Woodlawn Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 102 years)  [natural]
     2. J Pinkney Henderson Whitton,   b. 2 Aug 1859, San Augustine, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jun 1904, San Augustine, Texas Buried Whitton, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)  [natural]
     3. John Jasper Whitton,   b. 30 Jan 1851, Rusk, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jul 1865, San Augustine, Texas Buried Whitton, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 14 years)  [natural]
     4. Mary Comal Whitton,   b. 7 Dec 1847, Coweta, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Oct 1927, Nacogdoches, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)  [natural]
     5. Caroline Matilda Whitton,   b. 1849,   d. 1930, Texas Buried Whitton, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)  [natural]
     6. James Benjamin Whitton,   b. 9 Apr 1853, Rusk, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 May 1946, San Augustine b Liberty Hill Cemetery Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)  [natural]
     7. Nancy E Whitton,   b. 1857,   d. 1916  (Age 59 years)  [natural]
     8. Jefferson Davis Whitton,   b. 21 Nov 1861,   d. 27 Dec 1940, San Augustine Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)  [natural]
     9. Millie Frances Whitton,   b. 14 Sep 1863,   d. 2 Nov 1947, Hardin, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)  [natural]
     10. Columbus Lee Whitton,   b. 13 Aug 1865,   d. 29 Jan 1961, San Augustine Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years)  [natural]
     11. Andrew Jackson Whitton,   b. 3 Mar 1855, San Augustine, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1949, San Augustine Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 16 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F9476  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • In the late 1850's William Washington Whitton, and his wife, Mary Lydia Hughes, daughter of Bengar and Mary Lydia Benton Hughes, sold their farm in Coweta County, Georgia to move to Texas. There were nineteen families and a hundred slaves in the colony. Three Whitton families were in the colony. They consisted of my great-grandfather, his older brother, John, and their widowed mother, Catherine, with her seven young children: Elvera, Beadie, Enoch, Cassie, Mary Ann, Robert, and James.

      Leaving Georgia, they traveled overland to New Orleans, Louisiana, where the nineteen families boarded a ship and sailed up the Mississippi to Shreveport. The families spent a week in Shreveport, buying supplies and resting from the long journey.

      From Shreveport they rode overland to Texas; but when they camped at Rake Pocket in Rusk County, it was discovered that one of the slaves had smallpox. They were put under quarantine in the camp, fortunately the disease did not spread. The officers held them under quarantine so long that the families decided to settle in East Texas. In 1853, John Whitton's family and their mother, Catherine, left Rusk County to settle in San Augustine County. Two of the Whitton children married while they were in Rusk County. Beadle Whitton married Silvester Swain, and Enoch Whitton married Martha Ann Thompson.
      My great-grandfather, William decided to make Rusk County his home because the land was so fertile. In 1851 he bought five hundred and fifty acres of land two miles from Rake Pocket, now Pine Hill, on Murvaul Creek. They got their mail at Rake Pocket, but the farm was closer to Buzzard Roost, a small village. In this village, Jim little had a country store and four large freight wagons which hauled supplies to and from Shrevesport for merchants in Henderson.

      While they were living in Rusk County, William and Lydia had two sons. My grandfather, James Benjamin, was born in 1853, and his brother, John Jasper, was born in 1854.
      When the Whittons left Georgia, they brought from their orchards their fig cuttings and peach tree seedlings, which they planted here. Many of the fine fig and peach trees here today may have descended from those brought from Georgia.

      John Whitton had now become deputy sheriff in San Augustine County. In 1855 persuaded my great-grandfather, William to sell his farm in Rusk County and to move to San Augustine. This he did and San Augustine became his permanent home. It was there that Grandfather married Ida Lavina Baggett, daughter of Thomas Wesley Moore Baggett and Harriet Bland Baggett.
      Over one hundred years have passed since this happened, and in 1960 I came to make my home in Rusk County with my husband, Billy Nations, and my two sons, Ken and Mike. I know my ancestors would be happy to know that they still have descendants here.

      Submitted by Miriam Whitton Nations.