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William Richard Woodall – (1864-1955)

William Richard Woodall (1864-1955)

William Richard Woodall was born on 13 December 1864 probably in Mason County, West Virginia. (See notes #1 & 2.) He was the son of Obadiah and Mary (Jeffries) Woodall. William was listed in the 1870 census under his parents along with his sister, Jane, and two brothers, Boyd and Benjamin. In the 1880 census, he was listed as 15 years old and going to school.

William Richard Woodall married Willie Evaline French on 31 December 1885 in Jackson County, West Virginia. Willie Evaline French was born 2 February 1865 in Ohio, the daughter of James Allen and Minerva A. (Bennett) French.

William and Willie had seven children over the next eleven years. All but one, Bertha born in 1894, survived and were listed on the 1900 census. Bertha died on 9 May 1897 from whooping cough. In 1900, the family was living in Ripley and William was working as a sawyer, someone who saws wood.

Willie Evaline died on 21 August 1906 in Jackson County, West Virginia. She was buried in the Long Hollow Cemetery in Jackson County, West Virginia.

William Richard Woodall and Willie Evaline French had the following children:

Okey Franklin Woodall was born on 22 November 1886 in Jackson County, West Virginia. He died 17 June 1977 in Putnam County, West Virginia. He was buried in the Buffalo Memorial Park in Buffalo, Putnam, West Virginia.

Lola Ethel Woodall was born on 28 August 1888 in Jackson County, West Virginia. She died on 13 October 1991 at the age of 103 in Worthington, Franklin, Ohio. She was buried in the Leon Cemetery in Leon, Mason, West Virginia.

Cora Belle Woodall was born on 27 October 1890 in Jackson County, West Virginia. She died on 3 April 1984.

Charles Edgar Woodall was born on 2 September 1893 in Jackson County, West Virginia. He died May 1979 in Columbus, Franklin, Ohio. He was buried in the Leon Cemetery, in Leon, Mason, Ohio.

Bertha M. Woodall was born on 2 September 1894. She died on 9 May 1897 in Rockcastle, Jackson, West Virginia. She was buried in Long Hollow Cemetery in Jackson County, West Virginia.

Benjamin Ray Woodall was born on 20 August 1895 in Rockcastle, Jackson, West Virginia. He died on 10 December 1980 in Akron, Summit, Ohio.

Edna Louise Woodall was born on 19 September 1897 in Rockcastle, Jackson, West Virginia. She died on 11 August 1988 in Ripley, Jackson, West Virginia. She was buried in the Long Hollow Cemetery in Jackson County, West Virginia.

In the 1910 census, three boarders were living with William’s family. Dona B. and Elzena French were his sisters-in-law and Dorris V. Wolfe was his niece. Dona continued to live with the family through the 1920 census. On 3 April 1921, William married Dona B. French, sister of his first wife, Willie Evaline. Dona was also the daughter of James Allen and Minerva A. (Bennett) French. She was born in August 1879 in Jackson County, West Virginia.

After 1920, William and Dona moved to Pocatalico, Putnam, West Virginia. The 1930 census lists William and Dona living on the “Waters of Bailey Fork.” William was working as a sawyer in a sawmill. In the 1930 census, William and Dona were living in Union, Mason County, West Virginia. William was listed as 76 and Dona was listed as 60 years old. At that time, William was a farmer.

William died on 4 December 1955 in Leon, Mason, West Virginia. He was buried in the Leon Cemetery in Leon, Mason, West Virginia.

Dona died five years later on 12 January 1960 in Leon, Mason, West Virginia. She is also buried in the Leon Cemetery.

William Richard Woodall and Dona B. French had no known children.


Notes and Sources:

Note #1: William’s death records and the 1900 census list his birthdate as 13 December 1864. However, his gravestone has 1865 as his birth year. I have not been able to find a birth record for William. The West Virginia Archives online database only lists two births for 1864. The FHL film #1855007 that contains births from 1853 to 1879 has a large gap from 1859 to 1865. I will be using the 1864 date until further information comes to light.

Note #2: Was William born in Mason County or in Jackson County? Most of the records that I have seen just say “West Virginia.” The 1860 census listed Obediah and his first wife, Mary Jane Jordan, living in District 1, Mason County, Virginia. After Mary Jane died, Obediah married Mary Jefferies in 1862 in Mason County, Virginia. On 1 January 1864, Obediah registered for the Civil War Draft. The index for the Draft listed him as living in Jackson County. If you look at the page, the county name is obscured because of the tight binding of the book. The county could either be Mason or Jackson because all that you can see is the ‘son.’ The 1870 census listed Obediah and Mary living in Union, Mason, West Virginia. So it is probable that the family was living in Mason County from 1860 to 1870. However, the delayed record of the birth of their son, Benjamin Ray Woodall, who was born in Rockcastle, listed the birthplace of his father, William Richard Woodall as Rockcastle, West Virginia.

U.S. federal census. Year: 1870; Location: Union, Mason, West Virginia; p. 35A.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1880; Location: Union, Mason, West Virginia; e.d. 098, p. 362A.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1900; Location: Ripley, Jackson, West Virginia; e.d. 0034, p. 26B.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1910; Location: Ripley, Jackson, West Virginia; e.d. 0114; p. 3A.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1920; Location: Wilkesville, Vinton, Ohio; e.d. 0052, p. 13A.

West Virginia Marriages, database and images online. West Virginia Division of Culture and History (http://wvculture.org). William Richard Woodall/Evaline W. French marriage, FHL film #567,218.

West Virginia Marriages, database and images online. West Virginia Division of Culture and History (http://wvculture.org). William Richard Woodall/Dona French marriage, FHL film #567,224.

West Virginia Deaths, database and images online. West Virginia Division of Culture and History (http://wvculture.org). Mary Woodall death certificate, certificate number 7571.

Willie Eveline French Woodall, Memorial #6053866, database and images online. Find-A-Grave.com (http://www.findagrave.com).

William Richard Woodall, Memorial #6053641, database and images online. Find-A-Grave.com (http://www.findagrave.com).

Donna B. French Woodall, Memorial #6053587, database and images online. Find-A-Grave.com (http://www.findagrave.com).

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William Bryant Whittington – (1765-1854)

William Bryant Whittington was born on 4 April 1765 in Bedford County, Virginia. (See note #1.) His parents were Thomas and Martha Whittington.

William married Rhoda Manning on 26 September 1787 in Henry County, Virginia. A listing in the 1810 census in Bedford County fits William and Rhoda’s family.

U.S. federal census. Year: 1810; Location: Bedford County, Virginia; p. 21.

1 male under 10 years old – (Cornelius ~2)
2 males 10 to 15 years old – (William ~7, unknown)
1 male 16 to 25 years old – (John ~18)
1 male 45 years and older – (William Bryant ~45)
2 females 10 to 15 years old – (Keziah ~6, Susanna ~12)
1 female 16 to 25 years old – (Martha ~16)
1 female 45 years and older – (Rhoda ~42)
1 slave
10 people total

William did not show up in either the 1820 or 1830 census. However, he was on tax lists in Bedford County from 1818 to 1823. Several of William and Rhoda’s children moved further west to Kanawha and Mason Counties in the 1820 to 1830 period.

By 1840, William and Rhoda had followed their children and were living in Mason County, Virginia. William was listed in the 1840 census on the same page as his sons, John, William, Cornelius, and Samuel. William was listed as William B. Whittington and 70 to 80 years old and a woman, probably Rhoda, was listed as 60 to 70 years old. William and Rhoda were in the Putnam County census in 1850 and were listed as being in their 80s. Their daughter, Lucinda, who never married was living with them.

Rhoda’s death date was recorded by her son, Samuel. She died on 7 August 1851 in Putnam County, Virginia. William died three years later on 15 April 1854. The Putnam County death records say that he was 84 years and 10 days and that his parents were Thomas and Martha Whittington.

William Bryant Whittington and Rhoda Manning had the following children all born in Bedford County, Virginia:

John Whittington born about 1792 and died in January 1870 in Putnam County, West Virginia.
Martha Whittington born about 1794 and died in 1880 in Putnam County, West Virginia.
Susanna Whittington born about 1798.
William Whittington born about 1803 and died 2 May 1883 in Buffalo, Putnam, West Virginia.
Keziah Whittington born about 1804.
Judith Whittington born about 1806 and died about 1890 in Buffalo, Putnam, West Virginia.
Cornelius Whittington born about 1808 and died after 1880 in Mason County, West Virginia.
Starke D. Whittington born about 1810 and died June 1883 in Putnam County, West Virginia.
Lucinda Whittington born about 1811 and died 1 January 1858 in Putnam County, Virginia.*
Samuel C. Whittington born 17 August 1813 and died 2 February 1877 in Buffalo, Putnam, West Virginia.
*West Virginia did not become a state until 1863.


Notes and sources:

Note #1 – There are a few different dates listed for William Bryant Whittington’s birth. There is a discussion in Everyone’s A Whittington on page 23 about his birthdate and why 4 April 1765 is the preferred date. However, the possible range is between 1765 and 1770.

Sarah Burns Atkins and Vivian Marie Atkins, compilers, Everyone’s A Whittington (Franklin, North Carolina: Genealogy Publishing Service, 2001), p. 23-31.

Virginia Marriages, 1785-1940, database online, FamilySearch.org (https://familysearch.org) William Whittington and Rhoda Maning, marriage, FHL film #31990, p. 156.

U.S. federal census. Year: 1840; Location: Mason County, Virginia; p. 232.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1850; Location: District 46, Putnam, Virginia; p. 277A.

West Virginia Deaths, 1804-1999, database with images online, West Virginia Archives (http://www.wvculture.org), William B. Whittington, 15 April 1854; Putnam County, Register of Deaths, p. 3.

Wilkes William Whittington (1881-1961)

Wilkes William Whittington was born on 11 March 1881 in Buffalo, Putnam, West Virginia to John W. and Lydia (Riffle) Whittington. He was living with his parents in the 1900 census and working as a farm laborer.

Wilkes married Ida Mae Rickard on 9 November 1909 in Charleston, Kanawha, West Virginia. Ida was the daughter of William Riley and Lena Leota (Fry) Rickard. She was born on 15 January 1888 in Mason County, West Virginia.

In the 1920 census, Wilkes and Ida were living in Buffalo, Putnam, West Virginia. By the 1930 census, they were living in Cooper, Mason, West Virginia. Then in the 1940 census, they were living in Charleston, Kanawha, West Virginia. A 1958 Charleston city directory entry listed Wilkes and Ida still living in the city.

Wilkes William Whittington died on 12 July 1961 in Charleston, Kanawha, West Virginia. He was buried in the Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens in Kanawha County.

Ida Mae died in November 1983 in Point Pleasant, Mason, West Virginia at 95 years old. She was also buried in the Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens.

Wilkes William Whittington and Ida Mae Rickard had the following children:

Mary L. Whittington was born on 2 September 1910 in Letart, Mason, West Virginia. She died 10 August 1935 in Kanawha, West Virginia.

Carrie Lee Whittington was born on 12 October 1912 in Buffalo, Putnam, West Virginia. She died on 18 October 2007 in Point Pleasant, Mason, West Virginia.

Helen Lorain Whittington was born on 28 May 1915 in West Virginia. She died on 28 June 1995 in Charleston, Kanawha, West Virginia.

John William Whittington was born on 14 December 1917 in Putnam, West Virginia. He died on 24 September 1962 in Kanawha, West Virginia.

Charles Ernest Whittington was born on 25 October 1919 in Buffalo, Putnam, West Virginia. He died on 23 February 1998 in Charleston, Kanawha, West Virginia.

Emma Lee Whittington was born in 1922 in Putnam County, West Virginia. She died on 13 June 2016 in Wytheville, Wythe, Virginia.

Clarence Whittington was born on 2 January 1925 in Charleston, Kanawha, West Virginia. He died on 30 Jan 2013.

Ida M. Whittington was born in West Virginia.


Notes and Sources:

West Virginia Archives, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, online database and images (http://wvculture.org), Wilkes Whittington, death certificate, film #460384, book 12, certificate #321.

U.S. federal census. Year: 1900; Location: Buffalo, Putnam, West Virginia; e.d. 0074, p. 6B.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1900; Location: Cooper, Mason, West Virginia; e.d. 0053, p. 5B.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1920; Location: Buffalo, Putnam, West Virginia; e.d. 103, p. 2B.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1930; Location: Cooper, Mason, West Virginia; e.d. 0007, p. 2A.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1940; Location: Charleston, Kanawha, West Virginia; e.d. 20-80, p. 62A.

Charleston, West Virginia, City Directory, 1958. Online database and images, Ancestry.com Operations Inc. (http://ancestry.com), 522.

Wilkes William Whittington, Memorial #82204116, database and images online. Find-A-Grave.com.
Ida M. Rickard Whittington, Memorial #121016061, database and images online. Find-A-Grave.com.