Innis Family Tree

Well the initial visit to the Texas Death Records on FamilySearch was great, but now I have to go check those names out and see if I can hammer down some information. I’m going to look specifically at the children of Thomas H. Innis (siblings of Thomas B.) to see if I can sort out the families.

I did a search for Louisa Shelley (based on her death record) and found her in 1880 in Clinton County, Kentucky at age 15, married to Guyan A. Shelley with a daughter named Izora.1 1900 and 1910 finds her in Delta County, Texas married to G.A./Guion A. Shelley born October 1854 in Kentucky. In 1920 they are in Hempstead County, Arkansas, but when Louisa dies of apoplexy in Grayson County Texas, in 1929 she is listed as a widow and the death is reported by J. B. Shelley.2

According to her death certificate, Louisa is buried in the Randolph Cemetery in Randolph, Texas. She is not listed in the cemetery indexes I have found or on Find A Grave, but it could just be that she has no grave marker. Her husband is not listed in the Texas Death Records or in the Randolph Cemetery. There is a Rootsweb post that states Guian Almerine Shelley, died in Nevada Co. (California?) on 10 May 1929. I have contacted the poster and asked for more information – just to wrap up the loose ends, but no response yet.

The family as I have been able to put it together consists of:

Guian Almerine Shelley (1854- bef. 1929)
Louisa Christine Innis Shelley (1864-1929)
Izora E. Shelley (1880-)
James K. Shelley (1881-)
Lela J. Shelley Williams (1994-1917)3
Daniel Goodson Shelley (1886-1936)4
Minerva Lee Shelley Davlin (1891-1952)5
Febbie May Shelley Blount (1893-1978)6
Nova B.Shelley Owens (1895-1970)7
John Byron Shelley (1897-1963)8
Georgia Frogge Shelley Stewart Slaton(1901-1976)9
Zera V. Shelley Dillard (1903-1929)10

The only record I found of Izora Shelley was on the 1880 census, but she could have been married and had children by the 1900 census. So far I have found no records relating to her, but I have not spent time researching in Clinton Co., Kentucky yet.

Sometimes it is a very circuitous route to find the married names of daughters. While looking for records with a mother’s last name of Shelley/Shelly I found a death record for Patsy Jean Blunt from 11 Oct 1933 listing a mother of Febby Shelly and a father of Buster Blunt from Delta County.11 In the census records I located a 1920 census record from Delta County for Febba Blunt with a husband of William A. Blunt born about 1888.12 In 1930 the census record was William A. Blount with Febbins M.13 I finally found her as in the Social Security Death Index as May Blount born 3 Feb 1893, died Mar 1978, Commerce, Hunt, Texas.1

Georgia’s death certificate was found by searching with a variation of her mother’s name Liza Ennis.15

When working with searches like this always try the mother’s maiden and married name. Keep in mind that the informant may not know any of the family names.

1. 1880 U.S. census, Clinton County, Kentucky population schedule, Neathery and Shelly, enumeration district (ED) 29, p. 622, dwelling 43, family 43, Louisa C. Shelley; digital images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 20 Jan 2010); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T9, roll 410.
2. Texas, death certificate no. 44673 (28 Sep 1929), Louise Christine [Innis] Shelley; digital image, FamilySearch, “Texas Deaths, 1890-1976,” FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 27 Dec 2009).
3. Texas, death certificate no. 19478 (28 Jul 1917), Lela [Shelley] Williams; digital image, FamilySearch, “Texas Deaths, 1890-1976,” FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 27 Dec 2009).
4. Texas, death certificate no. 14602 (30 Mar 1936), Daniel Goodson Shelley; digital image, FamilySearch, “Texas Deaths, 1890-1976,” FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 27 Dec 2009).
5. Texas, death certificate no. 14602 (30 Mar 1936), Daniel Goodson Shelley; digital image, FamilySearch, “Texas Deaths, 1890-1976,” FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 27 Dec 2009).
6. Social Security Administration, “Social Security Death Index,” database, Ancestry (http://www.Ancestry.com : accessed 20 Jan 2010), May Blount, SSN 455-32-9594.
7. Texas, death certificate no. 20335 (16 Mar 1970), Nova B. [Shelley] Owens; digital image, FamilySearch, “Texas Deaths, 1890-1976,” FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org).
8. Texas, death certificate no. 08849 (9 Feb 1963), John Byron Shelley; digital image, FamilySearch, “Texas Deaths, 1890-1976,” FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 27 Dec 2009).
9. Social Security Administration, “Social Security Death Index,” database, Ancestry (http://www.Ancestry.com : accessed 20 Jan 2010), Georgia Slaton, SSN 458-12-3118.
10. “Arkansas Death Index, 1914-1950,” database, Ancestry (http:www.ancestry.com : accessed 20 Jan 2010), Zera Ved Dillard, 24 Apr 1929, Hempstead; Arkansas Genealogical Society.
11. Texas, death certificate no. 45087 (11 Oct 1933), Patsy Jean Blunt; digital image, FamilySearch, “Texas Deaths, 1890-1976,” FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 19 Jan 2010).
12. 1920 U.S. census, Delta County, Texas population schedule, Justice Precinct 2, enumeration district (ED) 49, p. 15B, dwelling 250, family 250, Febba M. Blunt; digital images, Ancestry (http:www.ancestry.com : accessed 20 Jan 2010); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T625, roll 1795.
13. “Arkansas Death Index, 1914-1950,” database, Ancestry (http:www.ancestry.com : accessed 20 Jan 2010), Zera Ved Dillard, 24 Apr 1929, Hempstead; Arkansas Genealogical Society.
14. Social Security Administration, “Social Security Death Index,” database, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com:accessed 19 Jan 2010) May Blount, SSN 455-32-9594.
15. Texas, death certificate no. 96321 (22 November 1976), Georgia Slaton; digital image, FamilySearch, “Texas Deaths, 1890-1976,” FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 20 Jan 2010).

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Whittle Family Tree

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.

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

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Whittle Family Tree

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)
1699
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.

Census Records
Maryland Heads of Household thru the 1840 census, all spelling is from the index on Ancestry – I did not list anything beyond the obvious.

1790 Census
David Whittle is the only Whittle listed for Maryland as a Head of Household

1800 Census
Ann Whittle, Anne Arundel
John Whittle, Frederick County
Zachariah Whittle, Prince George County
Benj Whittell, Montgomery County

1810 Census
Richard Whittle, Baltimore
Jeremiah Whittle, Baltimore
Zacharia Whittle, Prince George
George Wittel, Charles
James Wittel, Charles
Solomon Wittle, Charles

1820 Census
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

1830 Census
Honor Whittle, Baltimore
Jeremiah Whittle, Baltimore
William Whittle, Baltimore
Nich Whittles, Anne Arundel
John Wddle, Frederick

1840 Census
Hannah Whittle, Baltimore (this appears to be Honora)
Jeremiah Whittle, Baltimore
John N. Whittle, Carroll

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