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Willis (Elijah S.) Whatley, CSA[1, 2, 3, 4]

Male 1824 - 1880  (55 years)


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  • Name Willis (Elijah S.) Whatley 
    Suffix CSA 
    Born Oct 12, 1824  South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Military Pvt. Co. G. 8th Cav. Confederate Army 
    Died Jan 28, 1880  Bayou Chicot, Evangeline (formerly Saint Landry) parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Chenney Old Field Cemetery, Bayou Chicot, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • He served as a private, Co. G. 8th Cavalry, CSA.  Beverly Brunelle wrote, 2-27-1999, on GenForum "old family story says that Tempe's father was shot with an Indian arrow when crossing the Tombigbee River".
          We believe Elijah and Willis are the same person - could have been twins because Willis Whatley, Sr. & Sarah Jane Whittington had a set of twins, Homer and Virgil.  The ancestors listed above Elijah and Willis are their grandfather, great grandfather, great great grandfather, great great great grandfather, great-great-great-great grandfather)
      "Willis Whatley was my grandfather.  I have been told that Elijah Whatley had a duel with his brother-in-law.  Elijah thought that he had killed him, so he fled and finally settled at Chicot.  We think he changed his name to Willis but Ann Walton Lane and (Teeny) Edna Carbo Rabalais have each struck a knot in tracing the genealogy of Willis Whatley.  Teeny told me that she thought that Elijah and Willis are the same person, but they have not, as far as I know, been able to get it verified.  Anyway, Grandpa's brother-in-law did not die, but I am sure he was a long time finding it out. Teeny told me that Grandpa was shot in the chest during the dual, but although the wound healed, the bullet was still lodged in his chest.  He hemorrhaged from his mouth and died.  I had been told that he hemorrhaged from T. B., until I was told about the dual, and the outcome.  Mama and Papa never told me anything except that Grandpa was the black sheep of the family."
      I AM ASSUMING THE ABOVE WAS WRITTED BY LAURA WHATLEY COWART.
      INFORMATION SOURCE:  SARAH JENKINS WHATLEY, WIFE OF JACK WHATLEY.
      Willis is buried in a Cemetery called Chenny Old Field on the "red hill road" not far from the tower, on the way to the old Whatley place.  He has a marker there and there are several unmarked graves also.  This information was supplied by Leslie Whatley son of Benjamin and Mary Whatley at the funeral visitation of Eva Zembley Whatley Miller Degroat in 2001. Gordon Roy and Carolyn Whatley went to the site and found it as described.
      The following is a letter from Edna C. Rabalais dated Feb. 4,1988
      Dear Cousins:
      I hesitate to give out the information on the Whatley line because I have not as yet been able to prove that the Willis Whatley (born 12 Oct 1824) who married Sarah Jane Whittington is the son of Willis Whatley, Jr. and Elizabeth Fletcher Simmons.
      I believe it to be right but that is not proof.  The reason I believe it to be right is that I have in my possession old tin type pictures of a family, Edmund D. Whatley, his wife, Sarah F. and three children, Martha Agiell, Perelia Adline and Edmund Duglas Whatley.  I have found this family on the 1880 Monroe Co. Alabama census and have also found that this Edmund Whatley (wife Sarah F.) is the son of Willis Whatley, Jr. and Elizabeth Fletcher Simmons.  I    have also found out that Willis Whatley, Jr. and Elizabeth Fletcher Simmons had a son born 12 Oct. 1824 but his name was Elijah.  This Elijah Whatley was on the 1850 Monroe Co. Alabama Census still with his mother (he was 26 years old).  He is not on the Monroe Co. census in 1860.  There is no Willis Whatley on any 1850 census that would be the right age to have been the Willis that married Sarah Jane Whittington.
      I believe that this Edmund Whatley had to be a relative or we wouldn't have the pictures.
      I'm still working on this line and hope to find something soon.  The Whittington side of the family has been proved by Ann Lane, 807 Adcock, Monroe, La 71201.
      1870 St. Landry Parish, LA p. 194 #68 (P. O. Bayou Chicot) June 15, 1870
      Willis Whatley 35 SC, Sarah Jane 30 LA, Willis 9, Elizabeth 8, Toby 6, Sarah 4,
      Walton 2, Truly Whittington 46
      1880 St. Landry Parish LA Census ED45 Sheet 13 Ward 6 June 11, 1880
      Sarah Whatley 39, Willie 18, Elizabeth 17, William 14, Sarah 12, Tempey 7, Benjamin 4, Lewis 3, Homer 9/12
      Shirley Whatley, born in Cork County, Ireland
        Willie or Willis Whatley
            Shirley Whatley, born in South Carolina, a minister
                Willis Whatley, Sr., born in South Carolina, a minister, wife was Rebecca
                      Willis Whatley, Jr., wife was Elizabeth Fletcher Simmons
                          Elijah Whatley, born 10/12/1824
                          Willis Whatley, born 10/12/1824
    Person ID I12465  mykindred
    Last Modified Feb 14, 2006 

    Father Willis Richard Whatley, Jr.,   b. May 08, 1802, Edgefield county, South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1875  (Age 72 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Fletcher Simmons,   b. Feb 19, 1799, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 18, 1877, Monroe county, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married Jun 28, 1820 
    Family ID F7990  Group Sheet

    Family Sarah Jane Whittington,   b. Jan 08, 1842, Bayou Chicot, Evangeline (formerly Saint Landry) parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1895, Avoyelles parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Married Oct 11, 1859  Saint Landry parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • They lived in the Bayou Chicot, Louisiana area.
      1870 St. Landry census, family #49
      Thuly Whittington, 46, LA, (female)
      living with Willis Whatley and family
      Willis, 45, SC
      Sarah Jane, 30, LA
      Willis, 9, LA
      Elizabeth, 8, LA
      Toby, 6, LA
      Sarah, 4, LA
      Walton, 2, LA
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    Children 
    +1. Willis "Willie" Whatley, Jr.,   b. Aug 25, 1860, Bayou Chicot, Evangeline (formerly Saint Landry) parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1944, Saint Landry parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    +2. Elizabeth "Lizzie" Whatley,   b. Jan 21, 1862, Bayou Chicot, Evangeline (formerly Saint Landry) parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d.
    +3. William Jordan "Toby" Whatley,   b. Feb 05, 1864, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 28, 1938  (Age 74 years)
    +4. Sarah Jane Whatley,   b. Mar 25, 1866, Bayou Chicot, Evangeline (formerly Saint Landry) parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Feb 24, 1931, Alexandria, Rapides parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     5. Walton Whatley,   b. Mar 21, 1868, Bayou Chicot, Evangeline (formerly Saint Landry) parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 23, 1871, Bayou Chicot, Evangeline (formerly Saint Landry) parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 3 years)
     6. Edmond Whatley,   b. Sep 13, 1870, Bayou Chicot, Evangeline (formerly Saint Landry) parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jun 30, 1875, Bayou Chicot, Evangeline (formerly Saint Landry) parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 4 years)
    +7. Tempey Whatley,   b. Dec 11, 1872, Bayou Chicot, Evangeline (formerly Saint Landry) parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aug 09, 1962, Karnack, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
    +8. Benjamin W. "Bennie" Whatley,   b. Jan 13, 1875, Bayou Chicot, Evangeline (formerly Saint Landry) parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 26, 1958, Saint Landry parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    +9. Lewis "Buddy" Whatley,   b. May 30, 1877, Bayou Chicot, Evangeline (formerly Saint Landry) parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 08, 1957, LeCompte, Rapides parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    +10. Homer Whatley,   b. Nov 03, 1879, Bayou Chicot, Evangeline (formerly Saint Landry) parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 24, 1947, Bayou Chicot, Evangeline (formerly Saint Landry) parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     11. Virgil Whatley,   b. Nov 03, 1879, Bayou Chicot, Evangeline (formerly Saint Landry) parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 01, 1879, Bayou Chicot, Evangeline (formerly Saint Landry) parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    Family ID F4469  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S250] Whatley, Gordon & Carolyn, email of 10-30-2000.

    2. [S196] Beverly Nightphyre - at - aol.com, email of 11-9-2000.

    3. [S685] Gedcom - Johnson, Glen.

    4. [S1083] Gedcom - Whatley, Gordon & Carolyn.

    5. [S196] Beverly Nightphyre - at - aol.com.



  
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