|Professor William Thornton Whitsett papers - additional notes by Dr. Whitsett given to Pearl (Whitsett) Miller by his daughter Mrs. Carrie Hayes. Includes some information on the Bason and Faust families.|
Dr. William Thornton Whitsett - Whitsett Family History
The following is copied from notes Mailed to Mrs. Pearl Whitsett Miller in November, 1979 by Dr. William Thornton Whitsett's daughter, Mrs. Carrie Hayes. Pearl visited with Mrs. Hayes at her home in Whitsett, North Carolina in 1983 or 1984. Mrs. Hayes did not know of the existence of any source material for these notes. These notes were said to be photo copies of carbons of Dr. Whitsett's original type written papers. This is probably true for the most part, but someone has added dates for events that occurred after Dr. Whitsett's death in 1936. Some of these dates are type written. This is most evident beginning on page 3. Since these names and dates were not "squeezed in" those pages must have been retyped or added to the original set of notes. This was probably the work of Mrs. Hayes. There are several hand written notations on the copies that were written by Mrs. Hayes for Pearl's benefit. In most cases, I have not included those. The format of the family tree in these notes has been changed slightly to accommodate HTML coding.
The notes are different from those in the Whitsett papers at the University of North Carolina even though they cover much the same ground. They provide insight into the research Dr. Whitsett conducted on the Whitsett family.
Special notice should be taken of Dr. Whitsett's statement, "...further research needs to be made in regard to authentic proof of relationship (re: Henry Whitsett 1730/1800)." I believe that Dr. Whitsett realized that there may be a problem with his assertion That Henry Whitsett was the ancestor of his Whitsett family. It is striking that he does not mention Henry Whitsitt as a brother of William when he writes about the family group that came to Pennsylvania from Ireland.
Dr. Whitsett's Notes
The region of the Annan River in the southern county of Dumfries, Scotland, is the original home of the Whitsett family. Scotland of that earlier day had what is known as the clan system. One was chosen as chieftain because of his wisdom, experience, and popularity, and the followers of his clan bore his name. The Whitsett's were a division, or sept, or tribe, of one of the Annadale clans known as the Bell clan which is mentioned as far back as 1547.
In order to understand why many of the Whitsett's left Scotland went into Ireland, it is necessary to glance at certain events. James I, son of Mary Queen of Scots, became the first Stuart king of England. He was a contradictory character. Certain of the earls of Ireland conspired against the English government and were driven from the kingdom; their vast estates reverted to the crown. These lands were divided into small farms, and the people of Scotland were urged to come over and occupy them. Thousands of Scots went over, feeling sure that James I would be kind and sympathetic toward Ireland. The "flight of the earls" placed the whole of northern Ulster for government disposition. The Whitsett's poured into the counties of Antrim and Armagh, Ireland, because of this. Here in these two counties in the extreme northwestern part of Ireland, near the city of Belfast, they prospered and lived as loyal subjects of the government. However, they received in return only distrust and suspicion which finally led to their determination to abandon their new Irish home. The injustice and oppression that they were forced to endure together with the glowing reports of the New World brought thousands of the Scotch-Irish to Pennsylvania, New York, North Carolina and South Carolina. Among these were the earliest Whitsett immigrants to this country.
There is much valuable source material of early families of Antrim and Armagh counties, Ireland, to be found in records in charge of the Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland at Belfast.
There are variations in the spelling of Whitsett, Whitsitt, Whiteside, Whitesides, Whitsed, Whitesett, Whitesitt, Whitesid, Whitset, Whitsit --- the first three being the ones most commonly found. In Albemarle County, Va., and what was once Augusta Co., but is now Rockbridge Co., Va., the early spelling was often Whiteside; but it is clearly established that the Whitsitt's of both Tennessee and Texas trace directly back to these early Whitesides. Numerous instances of how the name was changed might be given; for instance, in the Albemarle Co. records William Whiteside in named. He had a son, William Whiteside who is mentioned as a member of the Albemarle militia. When this son moved to Amherst, he signed himself William Whitsitt. He bought a farm of 200 acres from John Wade in 1763 and this deed was made to him as William Whitsitt. In June 1770 he sold this same farm to William Martin and in making the deed signed his name as William Whiteside. In his work, The Scotch-Irish, Hanna mentions families of the Whiteside name in northern Ireland who are definitely known to be the same families that later spelled the family name Whitsett or Whitsitt in the United States.
As far as is known, the first Whitsett's to come to this country were in a family group of five: three brothers, William, Joseph, and John Whitsett and William's wife, Elizabeth Dawson Whitsett and nine year old son William. They came from Antrim County, Ireland to Pennsylvania in 1740. These brothers became early settlers in the lower valley of the Susquehanna River near Harrisburg, then known as Harris' Ferry. One of them later lived at Hannastown which was burned by the Indians in 1781; still another settled at Pittsburgh.
After 1740 there were other immigrants of the Whitsett name who came from Antrim and Armagh Counties, Ireland, to become founders of families in America.
So much for a background on the Whitsett-Whitsitt family in general. Family groups will now be recorded. However, further research needs to be made in regard to authentic proof of relationship (re: Henry Whitsett 1730/1800), dates (re: Henry down through John and Ruth L. or Lissie or Louisa Low or Loe Whitsett) and names (re: last mentioned as wife of John Whitsett, father of Austin Whitsett). There are discrepancies in the various papers from which this information is drawn.
1. Samuel Whitsett, 1664/1754; born, lived, died in Antrim Co., Ireland
NOTE: Variations are given in parentheses---it is this section of the family line that more research is needed. The records will now continue with the descendants of John and Ruth (Lizzie, Louisa) 'Low Whitsett:
I. Alfred Whitsett (moved to Mo.)
II. James Whitsett (" " " )
III. Austin Whitsett, b. Orange Co., 1808, Feb. 5/ d. Graham, 11-28-1890; bur. Providence Cem.; m. March 1833 Margaret Barbara Bason, 10-9-1817/11-30-1902 (see Bason family)
IV. Low Whitsett (moved to Mo.)
V. Emsley Whitsett (moved to Mo.)
VI. Nancy Whitsett m. 5-5-1818 Rev. Joseph Albright
VII. Euthia Whitsett m. before 1836 and d. before 1844, m. Hugh Shaw 1805/4-6-1866 who m. 2nd Ann Shaw Wood, widow of James Wood
MISCELLANEOUS GENEALOGICAL NOTES
Re: and ancestors for DAR purposes:
A William Whitsett appears as a private in Rev. War records (pp. 460 and 760 of Vol. IV, Pa. Archives, 5th series) of Westmoreland County from part of which Fayette Co. was formed in 1783. William Whitsett, 1752/1842, buried cemetery at Perryopolis, Fayette Co. Pa.; m. Hadessah Crawford. (She was once captured by Indians, escaped and reached Donagal, where her husband found her). She is buried near Layton, Fayette Co. They were parents of 13 children one of whom was Ralph Crawford Whitsett, 1801/1893, m. 1826 at Mt. Pleasant, Westmoreland Co., Pa., Rachel Estep, 1807/1890.
Bason: Jacob Bason m. 1st Margaret Sharp; 2nd Margaret McAdams. Their children: Catherine, Hannah, Margaret, Frederick, John, and Joseph Bason, 1781/1851 who m. Barbara Foust 1790/1845. See their descendants on page 6.
The Whitsett Family, page 5, Miscellaneous Genealogical notes continued:
Re: Ancestry of Mrs. James Knox Polk, nee Sarah Whitsett Childress and wife of the President.
John Whitsett m. Sarah _________ [Thompson] in Campbell Co., Va. [probably Orange Co., NC] After their two daughters were married, they moved ca1790 to Sumner Co., Tenn. Eventually son Lawrence moved his parents to live with him in Alabama. [went to Tennessee from Orange Co., NC]
Re: Summers family:
Jacob Summers b. 1710 near Ober Raxbuch in the Reinish Palatinate, Germany, d. 1790 Guil. Co. m. 1751 Margaret Faust b. 1720 in same area. This couple landed in Philadelphia 9-24-1751 from ship "Neptune" (p. 261 Rupp's 30,000 Immigrants) and settled finally in Guilford County, N. C. near where Reedy Fork Creek empties into Haw River. One of founders of Friedens Lutheran Church in 1771.
Re: Dr. William Heth Whitsitt: William and Ellen Menees Whitsitt mentioned on page 2 had at least one additional child:
Re: Foust: John Foust 1719/1789, original immigrant, married Anna Barbara Albright 1719/1802 buried at Stoner's Cem. near Burlington, N. C.) Nine children: Philip, John, Jacob, Christian, George, Barbara, Judith, Peter, Daniel. See descendants of the underlined John, page 6.
Re: Holt: Michael Holt 1723/1799 m. Jean Lockhart 1745/1813. One of their sons was Isaac Holt, 1773-1823, m. Letitia Wale Scott, 1777/1812. Their daughter, Maria Duffy Holt, 1799/1882, m. George Foust, 1792/1861. See Foust record.
Re: Brent: John Newton Brent B. 1796/_____ m. Nancy Settle b. 1797. Their son was the Rev. James H. Brent 1824/1860 who m. 1851 Lucinda Greer Beebe, 1830/1892. Their daughter, Maud Beebe Brent m. 2-23-1888 George Walters Whitsett, son of Austin Whitsett.
The Whitsett Family, page 6, re: Foust and Bason families:
John Foust 1736/1822 (see 4th item on p. 5) m. 1759 Mary _________. They had 11 children:
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Mr. A. T. Whitsett,
Dear Uncle Alfred, -
W. T. Whitsett.
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