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William Hobard "Bill" Whittington[1]

Male 1835 - 1908  (72 years)


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  • Name William Hobard "Bill" Whittington 
    Born Nov 22, 1835  Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Feb 10, 1908  Devers, Liberty county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Whittington Cemetery, Devers, Liberty county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • -
      1900 census, Texas, Liberty county, 7th pct, e.d. 36, sheet 11-A
      series T623, roll 1655, p. 37, HH 182
      Whittington, William H, head, W, M, Nov 1836, 63, m 20, LA, LA, LA, salesman
          "    , Althie A, wife, W, F, July 1850, 49, m 20, 8 children, 4 living, TX, LA, LA
      Andress, Jesse, stepson, Apr 1877, 23, TX, LA, TX, laborer
      Whittington, Cullen R. son, May 1890, 10, TX, LA, TX
      -
      He settled on his mother's land grant and helped found Devers, Texas, naming it for his friend Thomas Devers.  (Tom Devers' stepmother, Catherine Coleman, was a first cousin of Melina.)
      From the Handbook of Texas; Devers Texas, settled by 1832, was better known as Dever's Woods, after Thomas, Philip and John Dever.  On January 27, 1876, Bill became postmaster at Dever's Woods.  In 1880 it had a population of 100 and in 1892 its name was changed to Devers.
      In 1860, Bill Whittington was living in Hardin County in a household adjacent to his father-in-law Charles Sherwood Holland. In 1862, he volunteered for service in the Civil War, enlisting in Company B of the 25th Texas Cavalry. There is evidence from the confederate pension application filed many years later by Bill's widow that he had also served in Co. F of Spaights Battalion. This statement is based on two sworn affidavits given by other veterans who fought in that company.  Bill's brother-in-law, Robert S. Holland, also served in Spaights Battalion lending further credence to this assertion.
      In 1870, Bill Whittington was living in Tyler county near two of his Holland brothers-in-law, one of which, Robert S. Holland, was operating a mill.  There is a family tradition that Bill Whittington was part owner of that mill.  By about 1872, Bill removed his family from Tyler county to settle on the banks of Lake Charlotte in Chambers county. This may be the land occupied by Cyrus and Melina Thompson, his mother and step-father.  Family tradition is that Bill moved his family by boat down the Trinity River to Lake Charlotte.
      Bill Whittington inherited his mother's land and built a home (still standing) in Devers in 1875.
      After Martha's death in 1878, Bill married Althea Ann (Lee) Andress in 1880, a widow with three young sons. Bill had one surviving child, Cullen, from this second marriage. Bill Whittington died in 1908 of  Bright's Disease. His body is buried in the Whittington cemetery between his two wives.
      On the 1880 Liberty County census he is living next door to his sister Clara Crozier and her husband John who was employed as a school teacher.
      Bill operated a store in Dever's Woods known as the Whittington Store.  Evidence of this is from an 1881 Beaumont newspaper account of a robbery at the store.  Later in an 1888 Liberty Vindicator newspaper article, Clara Crozier is described as owner of a store in Devers, possibly the same store started by Bill.  Bill is also credited for renaming Carter's Station as Devers Woods in honor of his friend Thomas Dever. Bill served as postmaster of the community and trustee of the local school and was active in the Democratic party.
      By 1890, according to the Liberty Vindicator, Bill was a member of the Methodist Church serving as Sunday School superintendent and attended camp meetings.  He wrote letters to the editor of the Liberty newspaper campaigning against the evils of whiskey and corruption within the county commissioner's court.  In 1894, George J. White filed a lawsuit against Bill and Clara to claim his rightful inheritance as sole heir of Cyrus Thompson.
      Texas Confederate Pension approved for "Mrs. Altha Whittington (31341) wife of William Albert Whittington of Liberty County."
    Person ID I5695  mykindred
    Last Modified Apr 21, 2016 

    Father [son] (__),   d.  
    Mother Melina Dalton,   b. Abt 1806, Opelousas, Saint Landry parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 25, 1874, Galveston, Galveston county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 68 years) 
    Married Bef 1840 
    Notes 
    • One cousin wrote "Undocumented family lore places Melina leaving Louisiana with her brother William K. Dalton and settling in Texas with Elisha.  This lore also has Elisha subsequently returning to Louisiana."  Melina's last two children, William H. and Clarinda Whittington, both recorded that they were born in Louisiana and that their father was born in South Carolina (Elisha's place of birth). Elisha's divorce petition states that Melina abandoned him in 1831. Melina herself gave testimony that she came to Mexico/Texas in 1832 (evidence corroborated by her recorded legal transactions there).  But we have no evidence that Elisha was ever there (the dates of his children by Mary Milam would seem to make this difficult.).  (Could she have been pregnant with Clarinda when she left Louisiana?)
    Family ID F3202  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Martha Holland,   b. Apr 06, 1836, Dog Creek, Mississippi, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 15, 1878, Liberty county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years) 
    Married Jun 30, 1857  Jefferson county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • W. Monk was the minister.
    Notes 
    • Tradition has it that Bill Whittington met Martha Holland after he lost his money in a poker game on his way to college in Huntsville. As a result of this misfortune, Bill went to work for Martha s father. Martha s family had settled near Village Mills (in present day Hardin County) in 1846 being among the pioneer settlers in that area.
    Children 
    +1. Melina Whittington,   b. Dec 20, 1858,   d. 1898  (Age 39 years)
    +2. Charles Hobard "Hob" Whittington,   b. Jan 24, 1860, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 31, 1945  (Age 85 years)
    +3. Clara Ann Whittington,   b. Feb 12, 1862,   d. Dec 28, 1945  (Age 83 years)
    +4. William Ebenezer "Eb" Whittington,   b. Oct 15, 1864,   d. Feb 24, 1952  (Age 87 years)
    +5. Orpha Ellen "Phene" Whittington,   b. Mar 17, 1867, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jun 19, 1951  (Age 84 years)
    +6. Martha Cecilia "Celia" Whittington,   b. Mar 22, 1870,   d. Jan 30, 1903  (Age 32 years)
    +7. Ida Ann Whittington,   b. Abt 1881,   d. Nov 25, 1898  (Age ~ 17 years)
    Family ID F2068  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Althea Ann Lee,   b. Jul 1850, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 29, 1925  (Age ~ 75 years) 
    Married Jun 30, 1880 
    Notes 
    • Althea and Cullen had five children but only Cullen lived to adulthood.
    Children 
     1. Cassie Vivian Whittington,   b. Aug 10, 1887,   d. Aug 13, 1887  (Age 0 years)
    +2. Cullen Rogers "C.R." Whittington,   b. May 05, 1890, Devers, Liberty county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Feb 19, 1955, Texas City, Galveston county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
    Family ID F2069  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S3961] 1900 US federal census, 1900 census, Texas, Liberty county, 7th pct, e.d. 36, sheet 11-A.


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