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)
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.