1892 - 1970 (78 years)
||Jessie Wiess |
||Sep 24, 1892
||Hooks Switch, Hardin county, Texas, USA 
||Jan 18, 1920
||Port Arthur, Jefferson county, Texas, USA 
||Apr 20, 1930
||Pear Ridge, Jefferson county, Texas, USA 
||Nov 30, 1970
||Port Arthur, Jefferson county, Texas, USA [4, 5]
||Bumstead Cemetery, East Walton Road, Lumberton, Hardin county, Texas, USA
- A strong, Christian woman, she was the family historian, and had many talents and interests, including gardening (she bred various flowers, including Amaryllis), canaries (she raised them for a brief time), and sewing (she made clothes, quilts and rugs). She was quite the Bible scholar and was instrumental in all of her children (and grandchildren) becoming Christians.
She was only 14 months old when her father was killed in a steam boiler accident at his brother-in-law, George W. Hooks', lumber mill. Of her grandparents, only her grandmother, Jane Cravey Bumstead was still living to help care for her and her brother, her half-sister Amy and two half-brothers. Her mother had help raising them from her aunt and uncle Maggie and George Hooks and from Dora's brother, Herman Bumstead. Richard Whittington said that her uncle, Edward Sorrelle Wiess, was her father figure.
Late in her life, she moved back to Kirbyville, the town of her birth and where her father was killed when she was an infant. (Kirbyville had been previously called Sharon, then Hooks' Switch when her uncle George Washington Hooks owned the sawmill where her father was killed, and then it was called Ariola and finally Kirbyville.)
Handwritten notes from my grandmother, Jessie Wiess Whittington ... some garbled
"great great Dr. Charles Siebold left Germany
" great Dr. Charles Siebold German
" daughter Selma Siebold your grandmother
"John Siebold brother; daddy uncle
"Ernest Siebold lives in Jasper now (1965); dad cousin
"dad was born in Houston somewhere near Washington Street.
"husbands of great grandmother: Swearingen - Siebold - Herbert
"probably James Oglethorpe settled Georgia direct from Ireland
"Henry O'Cravey or Cravey -- came to Georgia in somewhere about 1790 or before -- he was serving as a slave overseer for a Georgia planter by the name of Sapp. I do not know his first name, or the exact location of the Sapp plantation. Could have been near or in what is now Savanna, GA or Atlanta, but I somehow feel that Savannah is the more likely place. While Henry was so employed as slave overseer, he fell in love with the boss' daughter, Mary Sapp. They finally eloped together and lived in the woods out of reach of Mary's father, who had certainly not planned for his daughter to marry a penniless immigrant Irishman. Mr. Sapp, who was very angry, hunted his daughter and her husband for two weeks -- with his Negro body servant riding with him to carry the muzzle loading rifle. The body servant, when told to load the rifle always spit in the firing pan, so that the rifle would not fire. Finally Henry O'Cravey and Mary settled in a small home, and she ventured home to get her clothes. Her father does not speak to her at this time. Later, Papa Sapp decides to go see how Mary is making out. He found Mary rubbing out her wash at a tub, which slaves had always done for at her father's house, so he goes home and sends eight Negro slaves over to take care of Mary. When Henry came home he took an ox whip and ran the slaves off. But later he bought slaves of his own. He made quite a fortune moving across the South buying and selling abandoned homesteads, and renovating and reselling these plantations. He and his Mary had a large family. My grandmother, Jane O'Cravey was one of Henry O'Cravey's youngest daughters, born about 1820-26, died 1912 somewhere near that. There were about six daughters and six or seven sons -- and then Mary died."
"After that, Henry O'Cravey immigrated across the Mississippi River across Louisiana on their way to East Texas. On crossing the Mississippi on a ferry, my grandmother said there were two mules carrying the gold on the way to Texas. By now Henry is getting up in years but, in Texas, he remarries a widow with two children and there are two or three more children born to old Henry and his new wife. I do not know her name, but one of the half brothers was named Charlton O'Cravey -- so there must have been 16 or more children of this Irishman Henry O'Cravey. He last settled at a place now called Old Hardin a few miles West of Kountze Texas in Hardin County. His great reason for remarrying was to get a governess for his young daughters. But this stepmother was not to use any harsh discipline, and he almost sent her away for slapping my grandmother, Jane O'Cravey."
Funeral services for Mrs. Jessie Wiess Whittington, 77, of 3410 Seventh avenue, have been tentatively set to be held Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the Clayton-Thompson Funeral home chapel. The Rev. A.O. Jenkins of Beaumont, a Baptist minister, will officiate.
Burial will be in the Bumstead cemetery at Fletcher, Texas.
Mrs. Whittington died Monday at 11:37 a.m. in Park Place hospital after a long illness. She made her home at the Seventh avenue address with her daughter, Mrs, Rosemary Vincent.
A native of Hooks Switch in hardin county, Mrs. Whittington had lived in Port Arthur since 1917 and she was a member of First Baptist church of Kirbyville. Her husband, Dalton Ernest Whittington, died April 7.
Survivors are one other daughter, Mrs. Gloria Cloud of Austin; three sons, Marcus Wiess Whittington of Nacogdoches, John Edward Whittington of Mesquite, Texas, and Richard Whittington of Fred; 15 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
The Port Arthur News, December 1, 1970, Page 12
Funeral services for Mrs. Jessie Wiess Whittington, 77, of 3410 Seventh street will be held today at 2 p.m. in the Clayton-Thompson Funeral home chapel.
The Rev. A.O. Jenkins of Beaumont, a Baptist minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Bumstead cemetery at Fletcher, Texas.
Mrs. Whittington, who had lived in Port Arthur since 1917, died Monday at 11:37 a.m. at Park Place hospital.
Pallbearers will be Joe and Neelis Vincent, Thomas Cloud III, Thomas Cloud, John E. Whittington, Jr. and Dalton William Whittington.
The Port Arthur News, Wednesday, December 2, 1970, p. 10
||Dec 3, 2012 |
||Willie Simon Wiess, b. Jun 20, 1862, Wiess Bluff, Jasper county, Texas, USA , d. Nov 14, 1893, Hooks Switch, Hardin county, Texas, USA (Age 31 years) |
||Dora Bumstead, b. Feb 10, 1871, Hardin county, Texas, USA , d. Mar 26, 1951, Silsbee, Hardin county, Texas, USA (Age 80 years) |
||Dec 21, 1891
||Sharon, Hardin county, Texas, USA 
- Notation in their family Bible: "Married Dec. 23rd 1891 at Sharon Hardin Co. Tex Dora Bumstead to Willie S. Wiess of Beaumont Texas"
||Dalton Earnest Whittington, II, b. Oct 14, 1895, Houston, Harris county, Texas, USA , d. Apr 07, 1970, Port Arthur, Jefferson county, Texas, USA (Age 74 years) |
||Apr 16, 1917
||Port Arthur, Jefferson county, Texas, USA 
- Witnessed by D.E. Whittington, Sr, Victor Williams, Olivette Williams; the Rev. J.M.P. Morrow, officiating minister.
1920 census, TX, Jefferson, Port Arthur, ed 107, 28-A, (T625-1822, p.224)
Jan. 18, 1920, HH 596
Whiting, Dalton E, head, M, W, 24, TX, LA, TX, canner
Whiting, Jessie T, wife, F, W, 27, TX, TX, TX
Whiting, Rosemary, dau, 8/10, TX
1930 census, TX, Jefferson, JP 2, Pear Ridge, e.d. 123-72, 14-A, (T626-2363, p. 88)
April 20, 1930
Calanette Ave, HH 266/282
Whittington, D.E., head, $2000, M, W, 34, m at 31, TX, LA, TX, laborer, oil refinery
Whittington, Jessie, wife, F, W, 37, m at 24, TX, TX, TX
Whittington, Rosemary, dau, 10
Whittington, Gloria, dau, 9
Whittington, Dalton, son, 5
Whittington, John E, son, 3-2/12
Whittington, Marcus W, son, 1-4/12
Second street, HH 269/285
Thornton, Henry T, head, M, W, 32, m at 18, TX, TN, TX, laborer, oil refinery
Thornton, Bertha A, wife, F, W, 32, m at 19, TX, TN, TX
Thornton, Marada M, dau, 11
Thornton, William A, son, 9
Thornton, Thomas Jr, son, 3-?/12
Thornton, Francis E, dau, 1-?/12
| ||1. Dorothy Elinor Whittington, b. Jan 13, 1918, Port Arthur, Jefferson county, Texas, USA , d. Jan 25, 1918, Port Arthur, Jefferson county, Texas, USA (Age 0 years)|
|+||2. Rosemary Whittington, b. Apr 21, 1919, Port Arthur, Jefferson county, Texas, USA , d. Nov 28, 2001, Port Arthur, Jefferson county, Texas, USA (Age 82 years)|
| ||4. Dalton William "Billy" Whittington, b. Jan 11, 1925, Port Arthur, Jefferson county, Texas, USA , d. Nov 03, 1942, Point Cruz, Guadalcanal (WW-II) (Age 17 years)|
|+||5. John Edward Whittington, b. Feb 07, 1927, Port Arthur, Jefferson county, Texas, USA , d. Apr 10, 1994, Mesquite, Dallas county, Texas, USA (Age 67 years)|
|+||6. Rev. Marcus Wiess Whittington, b. Nov 14, 1928, Port Arthur, Jefferson county, Texas, USA , d. Feb 26, 1998, Shenandoah, Texas, USA (Age 69 years)|
|+||7. Rev. Richard Whitfield Whittington, b. Jul 02, 1931, Port Arthur, Jefferson county, Texas, USA , d. Aug 23, 2004, Fort Worth, Tarrant county, Texas, USA (Age 73 years)|
- [S143] Bible of Dora Bumstead and Willie W. Wiess.
- [S3967] 1920 US federal census, 1920 census, TX, Jefferson, Port Arthur, ed 107, 28-A, (T625-1822, p.224).
- [S2555] 1930 US federal census, 1930 census, TX, Jefferson, JP 2, Pear Ridge, e.d. 123-72, 14-A, (T626-2363, p. 88).
- [S428] Texas Death Records on-line.
- [S561] Death Certificate.