Sun 27 Mar 2011
Hutcheson Case Study
After finding so much conflicting information, what is the answer?
Sun 27 Mar 2011
After finding so much conflicting information, what is the answer?
Mon 16 Aug 2010
Two years ago, to the day, I began this project. Where possible using online resources I have traced the family back and branched out to include siblings and the birth dates of their children. I am ready to call this one as done as I am going to get it at this point. Another project coming soon!
Mon 9 Aug 2010
I’ve been focusing on using the names from the lawsuit to identify familial connections. So far, I have placed all the of the Moores and have only a few names left over. The names that don’t fit are: William D. Lowerre and Ann D. Lowerre his wife, William Kemble, Frederick S. Stalknecht, and Peter Gilsey. There are several reasons that these people were named. Ann and the wives of William, Frederick, and Peter could have been Moores. I’ve not yet found marriage records to prove that. Or they could have been lawyers representing family members. Maybe they were friends of the family who witnessed documents which the plaintiffs were calling into question.
Sun 10 Jan 2010
I promised earlier to share my thoughts on who could possibly belong to whom in this family. My ideas are my own and should not be taken as anything more than my ideas and potential leads to be explored. They are being placed here and not on Ancestry since we all know that the week after I post a “possible connection” it becomes gospel and is propagated in multiple trees. Much like an urban myth it is impossible to take back a connection on Ancestry – they reproduce at the speed of light and people rarely respond to the messages telling them that there is no proof of a connection.
In the past 18 months we (Ruth and me) have worked this family from both directions. We pursued the family from the known back through the unknown and we also looked at all the documentation available to us from oldest to newest. We followed families in both directions and explored many Whittles that proved to have no family connection at all. We made lists of Whittles and tried to tie them together by repetitive names, by dates and locations. We found – as you will notice when you look at the name grid – a complete generation that is not documented. The children of John W. are the most likely parents of Benjamin’s generation, but we found no marriage, death, or other documentation that would clarify that situation.
Based on the available documentation that I have previously provided there are several possibilities for the father of John Nelson and Jeremiah Whittle. The men of the appropriate age would be Benjamin b.c.1755, David b.c.1760, Richard b.1755-1765, and Zachariah b.1755-1765. If I were pursuing this family any further than I would be looking hard at Zachariah Whittle as the possible father of Jeremiah and John Nelson Whittle.
A Zachariah Whittle married Elizabeth Disney in 1795. Only one Zachariah is found in any of our available records and according to the census records, Zachariah would have been 35-45 years old at the time he married Elizabeth Disney. It is possible this is a second marriage. He falls in the possible age category to have children born c. 1774 (John Nelson) and c. 1775 (Jeremiah).
Why not the other men in the category? Richard marries Elizabeth Burland in 1784 and her extant letters and other documentation do not mention any previous children for Richard Whittle. David Whittle appears by his extant documentation to be born c. 1760 and his children are clearly documented by the records concerning his death. On the 1790 census Benjamin has three females of the right age and no males in the household born prior to 1784 – well outside the window for John Nelson and Jeremiah.
So where are John Nelson and Jeremiah in 1790 if not on the census with one of the documented Whittle males? There are many options available in this case. First, they could be living with other family members – and not just family members in Maryland. There is plenty of evidence that the Whittle family was spread across Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Virginia. Many of the Whittle obituaries we have found ask for Pennsylvania and Delaware papers to copy the material. It is quite easy to believe that the boys could be with an aunt, uncle, cousin, or grandparents. Second, by 1790 the boys are between 14 and 17 and could have been bound to a tradesman, in which case they would have been counted in his household. The extant records are simply not good enough to pinpoint their location.
Now before everyone jumps up and says, “What about deeds and tax records?” let me clarify a couple of things. While I can’t look at anything except materials available online, (self-imposed rules of Cold Genealogy) I can use any records and research provided by family members. Ruth kindly supplied me with copies of her research. She checked for any Whittle wills, land records, and tax records in Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties, and she also paid a professional genealogist to research extant records in the Maryland State Archives and Baltimore County resources. Most of that documentation is already up in the posts. The research did not turn up any deed or tax records to clarify the situation. In fact according to both Ruth and the professional, no Whittle bought or sold any land in Baltimore County from 1727-1775 and no Whittle sold land in the county from 1787-1823. No Whittle was listed as owning land in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, or Harford County in the 1783 Assessment List.
We have not searched the wills of the spouse families. As records become available online in a searchable format it is possible that some situations may clarify themselves. Currently, this is where we stand:
Samuel Whittle is the son of an UnknownA Whittle and Eliza Unknown
UnknownA Whittle is the son of Jeremiah Whittle and Nancy Best
Jeremiah Whittle is the son of UnknownB Whittle and Unknown Mother
I accomplished my original goal, which was to identify who might be in the plot of Samuel Whittle at Govans Presbyterian. Unfortunately, I am unable to go any further at this time. I will revisit the Whittles every so often and update the information as it becomes available, but it is time to move on to another family.
Sat 9 Jan 2010
Attached is a pdf of an Excel file. It’s just an 8 page list of Whittle’s with their birth, death, marriage, spouse and parent names if known. I used it to try to organize my thoughts on who was who and who did they belong to. The blue color simply lets you know it’s a different (maybe) family. The two salmon colored blocks are brothers Jeremiah and John Nelson Whittle with their descendants. I’ll post some of my “thoughts” concerning parentage tomorrow.
Wed 6 Jan 2010
Once again from materials compiled by Ruth or I.
John Whittle, 2 Oct 1749 – 25 Nov 1749, Administratrix, Eleanor Whittle, next of kin John Whittle, Jr., Rachel Whittle. (From Anne Arundel Prerogative Court Abstract, 1748-1751) 1750 inventory names, Eleanor as widow, children Rachel, wife of John Thackrel, John, Hester, Sopia, and Richard. Aug 1751 security of estate by Eleanor, names children Hester, Rachel, Richard, and Sophia
David Whittle, d. abt 1799, Anne Arundel County, Thomas McCauley vs. Anne, Nicholas, Mary, Nancy, Elizabeth, and William Whittle, Anne Arundel Co., 1801. From a bill of complaint filed by Thomas McCauley on 26 Mar 1801 stating he had contracted with David Whittle of Anne Arundel Co on 30 Jan 1789 for land. David Whittle had died intestate without executing a deed of conveyance and David left behind a widow and five infant children: Anne Whittle, the widow, and Nicholas, Mary, Nancy, Elizabeth, and William all under the age of 21. (Maryland Chancery Paper 003637, MSA 1/36/3/68)
John Whittle, 24 May 1818, Frederick County, names wife Charity, three children: Jonathan, John, unknown daughters – all under age 16
Charity Whittle 15 Oct 1867, Carroll County, names son John
Tue 5 Jan 2010
Whittle Burials compiled by Ruth and I.
Loudon Park Cemetery, Baltimore
Section AA Lot 14
Josephine Whittle, 4 Jan 1909
Child of J. Whittle, 1865 – 7 Sep 1865
Edgevale Lot 424
Thomas H Whittle, 1930, 68 yrs.
Elizabeth Whittle, 1944, 79 yrs,
George W. Whittle, 1932 (Son of John Nelson Whittle Jr.),
Norma E. Whittle 1971 (Daughter of George W. Whittle),
Vera Whittle, 1973, cremated,
Govans Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Baltimore
Samuel N. Whittle, c. 1843-1892, 2nd Lt USA Civil War
Georgeanna Hible Whittle, c. 1846 – c.1875, wife of Samuel
Clara May Whittle, 1866 – 1946, daughter of Samuel
Maggie S. Whittle, 1869 – 1897, daughter of Samuel
Eliza (Unknown) Whittle, c.1815-1896, mother of Samuel
Elizabeth (Eyles) Whittle, 1785 – 1877, (step) grandmother of Samuel
Susannah Whittle Barber, , sister of Samuel
Susanna Whittle Barber 1822 – 1916, daughter of Eliza (Unknown) Whittle
Benjamin Barber – husband of Susannah
Green Mount Cemetery
Lot 61 Area V
Mrs. White, 30 Jan 1877, buried next to Charles Whittle – believed to be his wife
Charles Whitele, 13 Jun 1893
Charles Nicholas Whittle, 24 Oct 1916, brother to Samuel N. Whittle
Margaret Savilia (Boone) Whittle, 5 Jul 1923, wife of Charles Nicholas
Kathryn A. Frech, 29 Jan 1946, wife of Charles son Harry
Leo N. Whittle, 20 Oct 1972
Mrs. John Boone 19 Jan 1843
Matthew T. Boone, 8 Sep 1860
Catherine V. Boone, 16 Aug 1862
J.H.D. Boone, 25 Jul 1874
Lot 22 Area W
Nancy Whittle, 14 Jan 1851 (this is an interment date – Nancy was removed from Whatcoat Burial Grounds, From Balto. City Death & Burials 1834-1840 Nancy Whittle d. Aug 7, 1838)
Honora [McKenzie] Whittle, 22 Jun 1870, wife of Richard Whittle
Caroline Whittle, 8 Sep 1909
Charles Whittle, 13 Oct 1883
My best guess is that Nancy, Caroline & Charles are the children of Honora and Richard Whittle.
Pipe Creek Methodist Church & Cemetery (Brick Church), New Windsor, Carroll County
Susanna [Whittle] Hooper, 19 Oct 1862, daughter of John & Charity Whittle
Mary Hooper, 14 Mar 1836, wife of William Hooper
Catherine E. Hooper, 30 Nov 1833, aged 2 yrs 4 mo, daughter of Susanna (Whittle) and Thomas Hooper
Jonathan F. Hooper, 4 May 1833, aged 2 yr 11 mo, son of Susanna (whittle) and Thomas Hooper
Mary Ann Forrest, 5 Feb 1882, aged 75 yrs, wife of Nelson R. Forrest
Jonathan Forrest, 12 Oct 1843, aged 89
Comfort R. Forrest, 24 Aug 1827, aged 73, wife of Jonathan Forrest
John T. Ward, 8 Mar 1854, age 32 yrs
Nelson R. Whittle, 26 May 1848, 2 yrs, son of John Nelson Whittle, Jr. & Cynthia A. Ward
Charity (Forrest) Whittle, 4 Feb 1869, aged 90 yrs, wife of John Nelson Whittle, Sr.
Sarah Forres, 10 Mar 1863, aged 67, daughter of Rev. Jonathan Forrest
There are also Forrests in Row 11 and Row 12
Reisterstown United Methodist Cemetery, Reisterstown
Joshua T. Whittle Sr., buried 1909 – no tombstone
Mary Elizabeth Schoal, wife
John Orrick Whittle, 1891, 5 mos.
Nannie Viola Whittle, 1894, 11 mos.
Joshua T. Whittle, no date
Mary E. Whittle, child no date
Marian E. Whittle, 1936
Bessie M. Whittle, 1973 – Row e, Lot 14 Old Section, No Tombstone
Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Baltimore
Blance Whittle Macke , Buried 1930, Daughter of Joshua T. Whittle Sr.
George Burke Whittle, 1956, Son of Joshua T. Whittle
Section N-43 ½ – Lot Owner Richard W. Whittle
Caroline Hilner [Hibner] Whittle 1911, North Side, dau. of John Nelson Whittle Jr.
Richard W. Whittle, 1883, South Side, son of John Nelson Whittle Jr.
Ella Whittle & child, 1882, South Side, wife of Richard W. Whittle
Section F-8 SW ¼ – Lot Owner H. G. Witthl
Maggie R. Whittle, 14 Dec 1897
In a lot owned by Jas & Elizabeth Whittle
Sarah E. Whittle, 27 May 1890
New Cathedral Cemetery, Baltimore
Alice Clara (Kraeger) Whittle, 25 Nov 1877 – 21 Sep 1945, wife of William A.
Alice Ellen (McDonald) Whittle, 20 Dec 1847-23 Apr 1929, wife of Edward Dorsey Whittle
Baltimore National Cemetery, Baltimore
Caroll B. Whittle, 18 Jan 1884 – 25 Dec 1953
Elizabeth (Lloyd) Whittle, 29 Mar 1885 – 15 Dec 1991
George K. Whittle, 21 May 1901 – 19 Jan 1968
Henry Lyman Whittle 27 Oct 1870 – 12 Sep 1962
Juanita Whittle, 19 Feb 1872 – 10 Apr 1961
Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Crownsville
William Elliott Whittle, 15 Jan 1934 – 12 Oct 1981
Old Bethel Cemetery, Odentown
Albert C. Whittle, 1911-1988
Annie M. Whittle, 1851-1912
Charles A. Whittle, 1887-1961
Charles A. Whittle, 1884-1940
Charles Eltinger Whittle, 1914 – 1979
Ethel (Fairall) Whittle, 1917 – 2003
Lillian S. Whittle 1887 – 1948
N. Peter Whittle, 1887 – 1948
Mon 4 Jan 2010
Below is a compiled list of marriages from various sources. The problem with a list of marriages is once again, there is no context. We don’t know the ages of the individuals (especially on the older marriages) and we don’t know if these are first or second marriages.
By 1646 – William Whittle married Madgelen (Unknown)**
1654 – George Whittle married Dorothy (Unknown)**
1659 – William Whittle married Susanna Williams**
By 1670 – George Whittle married Alice Parker**
By 1674 – Ann Whittle married Francis Hopewell**
1700 – William Whittle married Mary Disney**
1715 – Nicholas Whittle married Katherine (Unknown)**
1724 – Francis Whittle married Sara Cole**
By 1730 – John W. Whittle married Eleanor (unknown)**
1751-1755 – Eleanor Whittle married Cornelius Barry***
By 1762 – John W. Whittle, Jr. married Rachel White **
20 Dec 1783 – David Whittle married Ann Wood, Baltimore County*
7 Jan 1784 Richard Whittle married Elizabeth Burland, Baltimore**
2 Mar 1789 – Eleanor Whittle married Robert Wood, Anne Arundel*
13 Dec 1794 – Richard Whittle married Elizabeth Baldwin. Anne Arundel*
25 Feb 1795 – Zachariah Whittle married Elizabeth Disney, Baltimore*
1796 – John Whittle married Charity Forrest, Baltimore**
4 Feb 1797 – Elizabeth Whittle married James Farley, Baltimore*
16 Jun 1804 – Jeremiah Whittle married Nancy Best
20 Jan 1807 – Richard Whittle married Honora McKenzie**
16 Oct 1810 – Nicholas Whittle married Clara Forrest, Baltimore*
5 Sep 1815 – Mary Whittle married Richard Jones in Baltimore*
1817 – Susannah Whittle married Thomas Hooper**
5 Dec 1818 – Jeremiah Whittle married Elizabeth Eyles
8 Mar 1824 – Delilah Whittle married Frederick Arnold, Baltimore*
30 Mar 1829 – Elizabeth (Betsie) Whittle married Jesse Boyer, Anne Arundel.*
1830 – John N. Whittle married Cynthia Ann H. Ward**
1831 – Emeline Whittle married Wm H. Connelly**
12 Nov 1835 – Julianna Whittle married John Boyer, Anne Arundel.* (Julianna is the sister of Betsie)
30 Oct 1842 – Thomas Whittle married Sarah Flayhart
1843 David Whittle married Lucretia Hobbs**
1844 – Benjamin Whittle married Rosina Kinzendorff**
13 Oct 1850 – Maria Whittle married John Scott, Baltimore*
10 Dec 1850 – Martha Whittle married Andrew J. McCoy, Baltimore*
By 1863 – Thomas Stockton Whittle married Berdelia Obrien
8 Nov 1864 – Charles Nicholas Whittle married Margaret Sevilla Boone
About 1865 – Samuel N. Whittle married Georgeanne Higle
*From Ancestry collection – Dodd, Jordan, Liahona Research, comp. Maryland Marriages, 1655-1850 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004.
** From the notes of Ruth Brooks – these are from her compilation of marriages and do not list individual sources. They are provided for information purposes – you should do your own confirmation work.
*** From the research and documentation provided by Rick Sanders. http://home.netcom.com/~fzsaund/gaitherwhittle.html
Sun 3 Jan 2010
Well the simple fact of the matter is that I’m on information overload. I sat down and went through all the information I have on the Whittles and started trying to sort out all the collected documentation so that I could write a summary. I am still looking for name of the father of Samuel Whittle. I am also unable to name the parents of Jeremiah and John Nelson Whittle born c. 1770s. Jeremiah is the grandfather of Samuel, and according to the family, Jeremiah and John Nelson are brothers.
My friend Marcia told me that sometimes you can only see the whole picture when you put it on paper or into a database. I created a large spreadsheet in Excel where I just covered the known information of birth, marriage, death, and parentage, and that turned into about eight pages. I was looking for people that fit into those “unnamed male age 10-15” slots from the early census records and what a mess that turned out to be. It’s bits and pieces of things without solid connections. I sat and stared at it and had the feeling that it’s there, I just can’t see it.
Arwen came by and looked at it and we discussed the gaps in the records – okay there are huge gaps in the records! There is documentation of a series of Whittles in Maryland from 1646 arrival to a group of Whittle siblings born 1730 – 1737. Then the next documented Whittles appear to be born in the mid-1750s and later. It creates generational gaps in the documentation. This is further complicated by the lack of “named” documentation. Those darling early census records which list a sex and age group. These are often helpful for elimination, but hardly proof-positive of anything else. There are no guarantees that the female between ages 26 to 36 is really the wife of the head of household. She could just as easily be a sister, cousin, or the hired help!
There are very few Whittle households listed in the early census records considering the number of people that appear later. The other issue is that there is no guarantee these are our people. Not every Whittle that appears is going to be part of the line that I’m searching. There are still Whittles immigrating throughout the 18th and 19th century and they come from Ireland, England, and Germany. Their children born in Maryland become part of the confusion factor in the late half of the 1800s.
The other part of the equation is that not everyone who came to Maryland stayed in Maryland. Many came as indentured servants, many of the first generation were “bound to others” at the age of sixteen and they went where their masters went. Like all families they had members that moved on and there are large populations of Whittles in the states of Pennsylvania, Virginia, South Carolina, and Tennessee, to name just a few. Sorting out who belongs to who could take a lifetime and may never happen without more documentation.
I’ve decided that I’m going to put the information up in groups: immigration, birth (not much of that considering the era we are dealing with), marriage, death (wills, obits, cemetery), and other loose information. Then I’ll post my Excel file (at least part of it) with my theories and let everyone poke holes in them. Maybe something in this pile will trigger a reader to look through their pile of stuff and add to the mix.
So let’s begin with the early immigration:
From: The Early Settlers of Maryland, An Index of Names of Immigrants Compiled from Records of Land Patents, 1633-1680, in the Hall of Records, Annapolis, Maryland by Gust Skordas
1646 – William and Magdalen Whittle) arrive.
1657 – Susan Whittle with 2 daughters named Elizabeth & Susan Williams arrive.
1658 – George Whittle arrives. George Whittle and Alice Parker patent 400 acres of land in Anne Arundel County. George is dec’d by 1677.
15 Jul 1659 – One of the several men named Nicholas Whittle arrives.
From Passengers to America: A Consolidation of Ship Passengers from the New England Historical and Genealogical Register by Michael Tepper (Editor)
Nicholas Whittle arrived Virginia, aged 22, from Leland, Lancashire. Footnote states he was the bastard son of Nicholas Whittle and Alice Parker, baptized 19 Apr 1676. Leland is a parish in which there is a township Whittle-Le-Woods.
There are other later records of Whittles from Ireland and Germany, but this is the principle group in Maryland.
Maryland Heads of Household thru the 1840 census, all spelling is from the index on Ancestry – I did not list anything beyond the obvious.
David Whittle is the only Whittle listed for Maryland as a Head of Household
Ann Whittle, Anne Arundel
John Whittle, Frederick County
Zachariah Whittle, Prince George County
Benj Whittell, Montgomery County
Richard Whittle, Baltimore
Jeremiah Whittle, Baltimore
Zacharia Whittle, Prince George
George Wittel, Charles
James Wittel, Charles
Solomon Wittle, Charles
Nicholas Whittle, Anne Arundel Co
Reed (should be Richard) Whittle, Baltimore
Jeremiah Whittle, Baltimore
John Whittle, Frederick County
Zachariah Whittle, Prince George
John Wittle, Frederick
Thos Whittle, District of Columbia
Honor Whittle, Baltimore
Jeremiah Whittle, Baltimore
William Whittle, Baltimore
Nich Whittles, Anne Arundel
John Wddle, Frederick
Hannah Whittle, Baltimore (this appears to be Honora)
Jeremiah Whittle, Baltimore
John N. Whittle, Carroll
Tue 29 Dec 2009
Well – I’m so far behind it’s insane, but I need to wrap this up in some way. There are a lot of loose ends when it comes to the Whittle line. It seems that there are no smoking guns and some names in the line are just not meant to be known. So lets recap!
This project started in Oct 2008 and the focus was looking for information on the Samuel Whittle Family interred in Govanstown Presbyterian Cemetery in Baltimore. It began simply enough with trying to confirm who might be in the Whittle plot. Never say a project is “simple” – you doom it from the very beginning! While the basic information for who was in the plot was not that difficult to locate – there was nothing simple about the Whittle line. Never have so many MEN remained so elusive!
Samuel N. Whittle died 7 Oct 1892 in Allegheny City (Pittsburg) PA when he fell from a window. Using news articles and census records, I was able to establish that he was a married to Georgeanne Higle, (c. 1846 – c. 1875), who died of tuberculosis, and he had two daughters, Clara May (1866-1946) and Maggie S. (c.1869-1897). He was the son of an Unknown Whittle and Eliza [Unknown] Whittle (c.1815-1896). Samuel had an older brother Charles Nicholas Whittle (1838-1916) and both brothers had served in the Civil War. Charles went by his middle name of Nicholas, which has often left me wondering if his father might not have been a Charles also.
While I have had no success in providing the name of Samuel’s father, I was more successful with the sibling lines of the Unknown Whittle. There were at least five children born to Jeremiah Whittle and Nancy Best between 1805 and 1815, three males and two females, all of whom remain unknown by name. Samuel’s father was the youngest of that group, born c. 1915. After the death of Nancy Best, Jeremiah married Elizabeth Eyle and four more children Thomas (c.1826 – c. 1863), Susan A. (1822 – 1916), Jeremiah Amos (1824 – 1902), and John R. (c. 1829 – unk). These lines were a great deal of fun to explore and provided lots of juicy information.
Sadly, with the Whittle men there are always more questions than answers. With help from family member Ruth I was able to establish a few more facts and chase a few more leads. I actually had more fun following up on the information about Thomas Whittle – uncle to Samuel N. Whittle. It was a great exercise in “debunking” family lore and published accounts concerning his Civil War service. While we will probably never know what happened to Thomas – we know that he could not have died at Shiloh.
I have provided links below to the previous posts on the Whittle family if you need to refresh and then we’ll move on to all the loose material that I have located, but can’t attach.
The Great Obituary Hunt 1 Oct 2008
The Lowest Branch of the Family Tree 5 Oct 2008
Trying to Tree Climb 6 Oct 2008
A Footnote to History 8 Oct 2008
Dangling from a Tree Limb 9 Oct 2008
Odds and Ends 14 Oct 2008
GOOGLING for Dead People 15 Oct 2008
The Family Comes Through19 Oct 2008
Clara May Whittle 20 Oct 2008
Elizabeth (am I an Eyle or a Hall) Whittle 9 Nov 2008
Wrapping up the Whittle Plot 10 Nov 2008
Barking up the Wrong Family Tree 20 Nov 2008
Oh Susannah! 1 Dec 2008
I’m a Doubting Thomas – About Thomas (Part 1) 12 Dec 2008
Doubting Thomas – Part 2 13 Dec 2008
Doubting Thomas – Part 3 16 Dec 2008
Thomas Whittle’s Service Record 29 Dec 2008
Playing Catch Up 5 Jun 2009
The Last Two Brothers with Names 10 Jun 2009