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.

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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.

Bertha “Bertie” (Whittington) Errett (1879-1956)

Bertha Whittington, also known as “Bertie” or “Birdie,” was born on 25 December 1879 in West Virginia. She was the daughter of John W. and Lydia (Riffle) Whittington.

Bertie lived with her parents until about 1906 when she moved in with Emma Mae (Gibeaut) Whittington, her sister-in-law, after her brother, Sylvester, died. She lived with Emma and her children until 22 February 1920 when she married Samuel Ery Errett. Samuel was the son of John and Mary (Love) Errett who was born on 30 October 1863 in Gallipolis, Gallia, Ohio. Samuel was a widower when he married Bertie. His first wife was Mary Frances Roseberry who died on 17 February 1918.

Samuel and Bertie had four children over the next five years, all boys. Samuel was born in 1920. John William and Lester Lee were twins born in 1922 and Robert Otterbiene was born in 1925.

Samuel died on 28 February 1949 in West Virginia. He was buried in the Hambrick Cemetery in Mason County, West Virginia.

Bertie died on 1 June 1956 in Putnam County, West Virginia. She is also buried in the Hambrick Cemetery in Mason County, West Virginia. Her will was probated on 10 January 1957 in Putnam County.

Samuel Ery Errett and Bertie Whittington had the following children:

Samuel Ery Errett was born on 20 December 1920. He died on 8 August 1991.

John William Errett was born on 3 May 1922 and he died on 3 May 1922.

Lester Lee Errett was born on 3 May 1922 and he died on 19 November 2014 in Point Pleasant, Mason, West Virginia.

Robert Otterbiene Errett was born on 23 May 1924 in Mason County, West Virginia. He died on 25 June 1984 in Staunton City, Virginia.


Notes and Sources:

West Virginia Archives, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, online database and images (http://wvculture.org), Bertie Whittington Errett, death certificate, film #1984520, certificate #9349.

U.S. federal census. Year: 1880; Location: Buffalo, Putnam, West Virginia; e.d. 0109, p. 8C.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1900; Location: Buffalo, Putnam, West Virginia; e.d. 0074, p. 6B.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1910; Location: Buffalo, Putnam, West Virginia; e.d. 158, p. 3A.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1920; Location: Buffalo, Putnam, West Virginia; e.d. 102, p. 6A.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1930; Location: Buffalo, Putnam, West Virginia; e.d. 0001, p. 1A.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1940; Location: Buffalo, Putnam, West Virginia; e.d. 40-1, p. 2B.

West Virginia Archives, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, online database and images (http://wvculture.org), Samuel E. Errett/Bertie Whittington, marriage, film #567289, page 97, #11.

Bertie Whittington Errett, Memorial #54087038, database and images online. Find-A-Grave.com.
Samuel Ery Errett, Memorial #54085730, database and images online. Find-A-Grave.com.