0 Charles Pitts McWhirter
The
McWhirter Family
of
Marion County, Illinois
from
Wilson County, Tennessee

Chapter 7
Charles Pitts McWhirter

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Chapter 7
Charles Pitts and Rebecca (Hammer) McWhirter


    Charles Pitts McWHIRTER, born in 1844, Wilson County, Tennessee, son of Charles and Nancy (GRIFFIN) McWHIRTER. He died April 1907, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois. They are buried in Martin Cemetery.
    Pitts married Rebecca HAMMER 12 Sep 1861, Marion County, Illinois. She was born Apr 1847, Marion County, Illinois, daughter of Wiley and Ellender (HULTZ) HAMMER. She died 1921 and is buried in Martin Cemetery, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois.
    Rebecca's family also came from Wilson County, Tennessee. Her father was born in Wilson County, son of John and Nancy (GARNER) HAMMER. John was born 1793/94 in North Carolina. Nancy was the daughter of John Nance and Susannah (HALLA) GARNER of North Carolina. John Nance was the son of John Garner, a Revolutionary War soldier of Virginia. He was from England.
    They lived in section 34 of Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois, where they had 100 acres. Robert Todd Lincoln, son of President Abraham Lincoln, signed the deed to the property. The first 40 acres NE 1/4 SE 1/4 cost $200.00. He also had SW 1/2 SE 1/4, 60 acres. He bought NW 1/4 SE 1/4, acreage not known. They were very close to Tonti Township line. Their house was south of Greenridge Road, just west of Greenridge School and Greenridge Baptist Church (which is located at Greenridge Road and Bilek Road). The old Baptist Church has been tore down and the school was turned into a non-denominational church.
    Pitts was a farmer and he and his family belonged to the Greenridge Baptist Church.
    On 26 Jul 1870, the census shows C. P. (28) and Rebecca (24) McWHORTERS was living in Tonti Township, Marion County, Illinois. With them were their children Edward age 7; and Mabel age 3. It shows that Pitts was born in Tennessee and that Rebecca and the children were born in Illinois.
    On 22 Jun 1880, the census shows Chas. P. (36) and Rebecca (30) McQUIRTER living in Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois. With them were their children Mattie A. age 15; Eddie age 17; Lillie age 12; Amanda age 9; Charles age 5; George age 3,and twins Minnie and Bennie age 6 months. It shows that Pitts and both parents were born in Tennessee. It shows that Rebecca and both parents were born in Illinois. All children born in Illinois. Pitts was a farmer.
    On 14 May 1887, Charles P. McWHIRTER purchased 04N 02E in Section 34 of Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois.
    On 21 Jun 1900, the census shows Pit and Rebecca McWHIRTER living in Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois. Also with them was their daughter Cora age 16. The census shows that Rebecca had given birth to 10 children with only 7 still living at time of census. Pitts was a farmer.
    On 2 May 1907, C. P. McWHIRTER's Proof of Death has, "State of Illinois Marion County} Rebecca McWHIRTER being duly sworn, deposeth and sayeth that C. P. McWHIRTER, late of the town of Foster, in the County of Marion and State aforesaid, departed this life at his home in said County, on or about the 17th day of April A.D. 1907, and that he died leaving no last will and testament to the best of her knowledge and belief. (Signed by Rebecca McWHIRTER) Subscribed and sworn before me this 2nd day of May A.D. 1907. (Signed by J. R. QUAYLE, Clerk).
          On 9 May 1907, the Estate of C. P. McWHIRTER:
          1 Tract - 40 acres of land valued at $1,200.
          1 Buggy - $18.
          2 Cows - $60.
          1 Wagon - $30.
          15 Bushels of Corn - $5.20.
          1 Horse - $40.
          1 Set of Double Harness - $8.
          1 Set of Double Buggy Harness - $15.
          1 Set of Single Buggy Harness - $5.
          1 Old Wagon - $2.
          2 Hogs - $15.
          1 Mowing Machine - $5.
          8 Sheep - $48.
          6 Lambs - $12.
          3 Pictures - $1.
          1 Lot of Clothing - $12.
          1 Watch - $1.
          1 Sewing Machine - $5.
             Bed & Bedding - $15.
             Stove & Cooking Utencils - $5.
             Household & Kitchen Furniture - $10.
          2 ? - $4.
          1 Shot Gun - $8.
          2 Plows - $5.
          1 Harrow - $3.
          And the estate owed A. J. WILLIAMS $140.
          Signed by Rebecca McWHIRTER, Administratrix.
    On 3 Jun 1909 & 1 Jul 1909, The Republican (Salem, Marion County, Illinois) has, "NOTICE OF FINAL SETTLEMENT. Estate of C. P. McWHIRTER, deceased. Notice is hereby given to the heirs of said deceased, Martha SPROUSE, Belle WILLIAMS, Amanda WILLIAMS, Maggie BASSETT, Cora WRIGHT, Charles McWHIRTER, Richard McWHIRTER, that I the undersigned will on the First Monday in July, 1909 apply to the County Court of Marion county, Illinois, and make my final report and ask the same to be approved, and by discharge of such administratrix. Rebecca McWHIRTER, Administratix of C. P. McWHIRTER, dec'd. By T. E. MERRITT, her attorney. Dated May 31, 1909."
    On 28 Apr 1910, the census shows the widowed Rebecca McWHIRTER age 62, living in Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois. With her was her sister Amanda DEAM . Amanda's first husband was John F. THOMAS, whom she married 31 Jul 1866. The census shows that Rebecca had given birth to 11 children and that only 7 were still living.

Pitts and Rebecca had eleven children. The name of one child is not known.



Children of Charles Pitts and Rebecca (HAMMER) McWHIRTER:

1. Edward "Edd" McWHIRTER, born 1861, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois.
    Edd married 1st Fannie HEADLEY and 2nd Seneth Helen (GARNER) BLURTON.
    (See #1 following)

2. Martha A. "Mattie" McWHIRTER, born 2 Apr 1865, Foster Township. She died after 1910.
    Mattie married 1st Isaac Benjamin F. GRAVES. She married 2nd Isaac A. A. SPROUSE.
    (See #2 following)

3. Lillie Belle McWHIRTER, born 1868, Foster Township.
    Belle married Andrew J. WILLIAMS.
    (See Chapter 13 for Aunt Belle's family)

4. Amanda "Mandy" McWHIRTER, born 1870/71, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois.
    Mandy married Benjamin WILLIAMS.
    (See #4 following)

5. Charles P. "Charley" McWHIRTER, born 10 Ju11874, Foster Township.
    Charley married Pearl WILLIAMS.
    (See Charles P. "Charley" McWHIRTER - Chapter 14)

6. Richard C. "Dick" McWHIRTER, born Sep 1877, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois.
    Dick married Laura J. BOAZ.
    (See #6 following)

7. Minnie McWHIRTER, born Jan 1880, Foster Township. (Twin of Bennie) She died young, before 1900.

8. Bennie McWHIRTER, born Jan 1880, Foster Township. (Twin of Minnie) She died young, before 1900.

9. Margaret "Maggie" McWHIRTER, born 21 Jun 1881, Foster Township.
    Maggie married Elmer BASSETT.
    (Link to Elmer and Maggie (McWhirter) BASSETT

10. child McWHIRTER, born Sep 1883, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois.

11. Cora "Corie" McWHIRTER, born Sep 1883, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois.
    Corie married 1st Samuel WRIGHT.
    (See #11 following)



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Edward "Edd" McWhirter

Edward “Edd” McWHIRTER, born 1861, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois, son of Charles Pitts and Rebecca (HAMMER) McWHIRTER (See above). He died 1897, Marion County, Illinois. He is buried in Martin Cemetery next to his parents.
    Edd married 1st Frances E. “Fannie” HEADLEY 1 May 1887, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois. She was born 1869/70, Marion County, Illinois, daughter of Eli and Sarah HEADLEY.
    Edd married 2nd the widow Seneth Helen “Nellie” (GARNER) BLURTON 24 Sep 1889, Marion County, Illinois. He was 26 and she was 23 when they married. Nellie was born 31 Dec 1866, Marion County, Illinois, daughter of Calvin and Jemima Jane (ARNOLD) GARNER. She died 1 Jan 1943, Salem, Marion County, Illinois. She is buried in Martin Cemetery next to her third husband.
    Nellie married 3rd to James McDonald EAGAN 22 Sep 1898, Marion County, Illinois. She was 36 and he was 31 when they married. They had children: Marinda Jane EAGAN (Mrs. John Leslie McWhirter), born Jul 1899 (See Chapter 9, #5 for this family); Carrie Belle EAGAN (Mrs. Samuel PHILLIPS) born 1901, Harry “BUD” EAGAN born 1904 (Go to James S. McWhirter for this family.) and Venice Rhea “Venie” EAGAN (Mrs. Thomas DONOHO) born 1904. James McDonald was the son of Abraham W. and Marinda (WHITSON) EAGAN. Abraham was the son of Barnaby, III and Deborah (WHITSON) EAGAN.
    Nellie had two sons by her first marriage to Philip BLURTON. They were William BLURTON, born Jan 1885 and Cal BLURTON, born Mar 1888.
    On 20 Jun 1900, the census shows James (38) and Mollie (33) EAGON living in Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois. (Note: Mollie, of course, is Nellie.) With them was their daughter Merindia EAGON born Jul 1899. Also with them were Nellie's two sons by her first marriage William BLERTEN born Jan 1885; and Cal BLERTEN born Mar 1888. Also with them was Nellie's daughter by her 2nd marriage Cleade McGUARTER born Jul 1890. Nellie's son, Edward was living with Martha WAITE, who lived next to Edward's uncle, Charley McWHIRTER. (See #5 following) Edward was listed as the step-son of Martha, which he was not.

Children of Edward “Edd” & Seneth Helen “Nellie” (GARNER)(BLURTON) McWHIRTER:

1-1. Cledia McWHIRTER, born Jul 1890, Marion County, Illinois.
    Cledia married Joseph H. “Joe” WIKENHAUSER.
    (See #1-1 following)

1-2. Edward "Eddie" "Tater" McWHIRTER, Jr., born 9 Jun 1895. He died 27 Jun 1961.
    Eddie married Sarah Josephine "Josie" Sullens.
    (See #1-2 following)

1-3. Howard McWHIRTER.



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#1-1
Cledia McWhirter Wikenhauser

Cledia McWHIRTER, born Jul 1890, Marion County, Illinois, daughter of Edward “Edd” and Seneth Helen “Nellie” (GARNER)(BLURTON) McWHIRTER.
    Cledia married Joseph H. “Joe” WIKENHAUSER, born 12 Jan 1908, Alma, Marion County, Illinois, son of James Thomas and Eva (BLURTON) WIKENHAUSER. She was 18 and he was 22 when they married. He was born 13 Mar 1885. He died Jan 1968. Last place of residence was Vernon, Patoka Township, Marion County, Illinois.
    On 16 Jan 1908, the Alma Express has "Joe WAKENHAUSER and Miss Cleda McWHIRTER were join in wedlock by Justice Ed WILSON".
    On 27 Jan 1920, the census shows Joseph (34) and Cleta (29) WIKENHAUSER living in Tonti Township, Marion County, Illinois. With them were their children Lodema age 10; and James age 9. Joseph was renting his farm.
    On 3 Apr 1930, the census shows Joe (45) and Cledia Mc (39) WICKENHAUSER living in Patoka Township, Marion County, Illinois. With them was their son James E. age 19. Also living with them was Joe's widowed father James WICKENHAUSER age 71. Joe was a farmer.

Children of Joseph H. and Cledia (McWHIRTER) WIKENHAUSER:

1-1-1. Lodema W. WIKENHAUSER, born 25 Jan 1909, Illinois.
    Lodema married Milton BAYLISS
    (See #1-1-1 following)

1-1-2. James Edward WIKENHAUSER, born 21 Dec 1910, Sullivan, Illinois.
    Jim married Pauline May McNICOL.
    (See #1-1-2 following)



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#1-1-1
Lodema W. Wikenhauser Bayliss

Lodema W. WIKENHAUSER, born 25 Jan 1909, Illinois, daughter of Joseph H. and Cledia (McWHIRTER) WIKENHAUSER. She died 22 Sep 2000, Orlando, Orange County, Florida.
    Lodema married Milton BAYLISS. He was born 28 Mar 1904. He died 23 Jun 1991, Orlando, Orange County, Florida.
    On 29 Jan 1925, the Kinmundy Express has, 'On Jan. 24, Mr. and Mrs. Leslie McWHIRTER entertained 50 guests in honor of Mrs. McWHIRTER’s niece, Miss Lodema WICKENHAUSER, it being her 16th birthday."
    On 29 Jan 1931, the Kinmundy Express has, "Meadow Branch: Jan. 25, being Mrs. Lodema BAYLIS’ birthday, 38 of her neighbors and friends spent the evening with her. Popcorn and candy were served."
    On 8 Oct 1931, the Kinmundy Express has, "Meadow Branch: Mrs. Esta ROBB, Mrs. Lodema BAYLIS and Mrs. Ira MARSHALL assisted Mrs. A. J. BAYLIS in cooking for threshers Thursday and Friday."
    In 1936, they moved to Champaign, Illinois.
    In 1941, they moved to Vernon, Marion County, Illinois.

Daughter of Milton C. and Lodema (WIKENHAUSER) BAYLISS:

1-1-1-1. Pat BAYLISS.
    Pat married ___?___ WALKER.



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James Edward Wikenhauser

James Edward WIKENHAUSER, born 21 Dec 1910, Sullivan, Illinois. She died 19 Jun 2002. Last place of residence was Huntington Park, Los Angeles County, California.
    Jim married Pauline May McNICOL 22 Ju1 1933. She was born 1 May 1912, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois. They divorced.

    Children of James E. and Pauline May (McNICOL) WIKENHAUSER:

    1-1-2-1. Carolyn WIKENHAUSER, born 1939.
    Carolyn married George William GEMIND.
    (See #1-1-2-1 following)

    1-1-2-2. James Roger WIKENHAUSER, born 1943.
    James married Susan Joy PETERSON.
    (See #1-1-2-2 following)



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#1-1-2-1
Carolyn Wikenhauser Gemind

Carolyn WIKENHAUSER, born 27 Jun 1939, Decatur, Macon County, Illinois, daughter of James E. and Pauline May (McNICOL) WIKENHAUSER.
    Carolyn married George William GEMIND 19 Oct 1958, Las Vegas, Nevada. He was born 13 Oct 1936, Akron, Ohio, son of William Brookover and Enid (BUTTS) GEMIND.

Children of George William and Carolyn (WIKENHAUSER) GEMIND:

1-1-2-1-1. George Douglas GEMIND, born 1 Jun 1960, Santa Monica, California.
    He married 1st Deann Louise YOUNG. They divorced.
    He married 2nd Catherine Ann WEISS.

1-1-2-1-2. Cindy Lee GEMIND, born 1 Dec 1961, Santa Monica, California.
    Cindy married Francis Charles WASILY 19 Apr 1986, Valencia, California. He was born 27 Jan 1964, Sandusky, Ohio, son of Francis Joseph and Constance Lucille (McGILL) WASILY.

    Son of Francis Charles and Cindy Lee (GEMIND) WASILY:

    1-1-2-1-2-1. Paden Joseph WASILY, born 22 Jun 1990.



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James Roger Wikenhauser

James Roger WIKENHAUSER, born 24 Oct 1943, East Peoria, Illinois, son of James E. and Pauline May (McNICOL) WIKENHAUSER.
    James married Susan Joy PETERSON Jan 1966, Culver City, California. She was born 19 May 1947, Logan, Utah, daughter of Farren and Larene (COOPER) PETERSON.

Daughter of James Roger and Susan Joy (PETERSON) WIKENHAUSER:

1-1-2-2-1. Shana Deann WIKENHAUSER, born 4 Mar 1968, Culver City, California.
    Shana married Shayne Jay HILTON 22 Jun 1988, Brigham City, Utah. He was born 14 Mar 1965, Salt Lake City, Utah, son of Gerald Jay and Janice Ruth (WILKINS) HILTON.

    Daughter of Shayne Jay and Shana Deann (WIKENHAUSER) HILTON:

    1-1-2-2-1-1. Devynn DeAnn HILTON, born 18 Feb 1990.



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Edward McWhirter, Jr.

Edward "Eddie" "Tater" McWHIRTER, Jr., born 9 Jun 1895, son of Edward “Edd” & Seneth Helen “Nellie” (GARNER)(BLURTON) McWHIRTER. He died 27 Jun 1961.
    Eddie married Sarah Josephine "Josie" Sullens 30 Mar 1920. He was 24 and she was 16 when they married. She was born 18 Nov 1903, daughter of Willard and Lockie (WILLIAMS) SULLENS. Lockie was the daughter of Elijah "Lige" and Sarah J. (WHITSON) WILLIAMS. Josie died 30 Oct 1969.
    On 19 Jun 1900, Edward McGUARTER age 4, is listed in the Martha WAITE home in Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois. He was listed as her step-son. I don't know why. They were all listed next to Edward's uncle, Charley McWHIRTER, who is also listed as McGUARTER.
    On 25 Apr 1910, the census shows Eddie McWHIRTER age 14, living with his mother and step-father, James M. and Nellie EAGAN in Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois.
    Eddie served in the II Pvt Co D lO3 Machine Gun BN United States Services in World War 1.
    On 10 Apr 1930, the census shows Eddie (34) and Josephine S. (26) McWHIRTER living in Tonti Township, Marion County, Illinois. Also living with them was their son Lester McWHIRTER age 8. They were renting their home. Eddie was a farm laborer.
    On 4 Jan 1934, the Centralia Sentinel has "Alma Hospitality Day...Edward McWHIRTER is the police officer."

Children of Edward and Sarah Josephine (SULLENS) McWHIRTER:

1-2-1. Lester McWHIRTER, born 25 Jun 1921, Alma, Marion County, Illinois.
    Lester married Kathyrn SHANAFELT.
    (See #1-2-1 following)

1-2-2. Kate McWHIRTER.



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Lester McWhirter

Lester McWHIRTER, Jr., born 25 Jun 1921, Alma, Marion County, Illinois. He died 25 Sep 1990, Veteran‘s Administration Hospital, Danville, Illinois. His last place of residence was Alma, Marion County, Illinois. He was buried in the Alma Cemetery.
    Lester married Kathyrn SHANAFELT 29 Jun 1941, Salem, Marion County, Illinois. She was born 1921/22, Salem, Marion County, Illinois, daughter of Isaac E. and Pearl M. (___?___) SHANAFELT. Kathyrn‘s sister married Ace WIGGINS.
    On 6 Apr 1944, the Kinmundy Express has, "The following have been asked to report to the Salem Selective Service for their pre-induction examination: Thomas L. GREEN, Roscoe Raymond OLDEN, Beryl F. LINTON, Ralph Wade LUX, Charles Elmer BERRY of Kinmundy, Lester McWHIRTER and James OSBORNE of Alma. In addition to these, Dwight ALEXANDER will go back for another examination. In all there will be 133 boys report for this examination."
    On 7 Dec 1944, the Kinmundy Express has, "Pvt. Lester McWHIRTER of Alma is enjoying a 15 day furlough from Wyoming with homefolks".
    He was an athlete in high school.
    Lester served in World War 2 going into service in Apr 1944.
    Lester was a member of the Masonic Hall. He was a railroader and was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. He was a member of the Kinmundy Masonic Lodge 398 and the Scottish Rite of Belleville.
    They were Methodists.

Children of Lester and Kathryn (SHANAFELT) McWHIRTER:

1-2-1-1. Gary Lee McWHIRTER, born 28 Nov 1944, Marion County, Illinois.

Gary married Donna Marlene BASSETT, 18 Jan 1969, Alma, Illinois. She was born 14 May 1945, Marion County, Illinois, daughter of James Marvin and Nellie Fern (BELCHER) BASSETT (See Chapter 17) of Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois. Marvin is the son of James BASSETT, son of LaFayette BASSETT (See Chapter 14 of the Bassett Family), who is the brother of Elmer BASSETT (See Chapter 15 of the Bassett Family).

    Children of Gary Lee and Donna Marlene (BASSETT) McWHIRTER:

    1-2-1-1-1. Lori Danise McWHIRTER, born 1 Mar 1971, Centralia, Marion County, Illinois.
    Lori married 1st Edward SCOTT Saturday, 16 May 1992, Traverse City, Michigan. He is the son of William and Gert SCOTT. They divorced in 2001.
    Lori married 2nd Donald Thomas "Tom" SMITH Saturday, 16 Oct 2004, Kalkaska, Michigan, by Tom's father, Rev. Donald Walter SMITH of Flint, Mischigan. Rev. SMITH is a minister and works for Homeland Security. Tom's mother is Rhonda Leight (OVERBY) SMITH. She lives in Texas.
    Lorri is a graduate of Central Michigan University.
    Edward is employed by Erickson Construction Company.
    Tom is employed by Thirlby Automotive.

        Children of Edward and Lorri Danise (McWHIRTER) SCOTT:

        1-2-1-1-1-1. Kaitlyn Nicole SCOTT, born 25 Jun 1993, Traverse City Osteopathic Hospital.

        1-2-1-1-1-2. Ian Edward SCOTT, born 16 Aug 1995, Munson Medical Center, Williamsburg, Michigan.



        Son of Donald Thomas and Lori Danise (McWHIRTER)(SCOTT) SMITH:

        1-2-1-1-1-3. Evan Thomas SMITH, born 22 Dec 2005, Munson Medical Center, Williamsburg, Michigan.




    1-2-1-1-2. Sheri Erin McWHIRTER, born 3 Dec 1978, Centralia, Marion County, Illinois.

          1-2-1-1-3. Jeremy Ryan McWHIRTER, born 3 Oct 1981.



1-2-1-2. Pamela Jo “Pam” McWHIRTER. Pam married Gary HAWKINS 19 May 1968, Christian Church, Alma, Marion County, Illinois.

They live in Tonti Township. Their new house is on the location of the Andy and Lillie Belle (McWhirter) Williams home, which is on the Northeast corner of Martin Road and Oak Grove Road. Pam was a hairdresser and later worked in the medical field.

    Children of Gary and Pamela Jo (McWHIRTER) HAWKINS:

    1-2-1-2-1. Jeff HAWKINS.

    1-2-1-2-2. Christine HAWKINS.



1-2-1-3. Timothy Allen McWHIRTER, born and died 10 Ju1 1959. Buried in Alma Cemetery.

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Martha A. "Mattie" McWhirter Graves
&
Isaac Benjamin F. Graves

Martha A. "Mattie" McWHIRTER, born 2 April 1865, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois, daughter of Charles Pitts and Rebecca (HAMMER) McWHIRTER. She died 29 Mar 1938, Marion County, Illinois. Buried at Martin Cemetery.
    Mattie married 1st Isaac Benjamin F. GRAVES 20 Jun 1880, Marion County, Illinois by Peter M Green, M. G. He was born 15 Ju1 1862, son of Isaac and Sarah E. (MALONE) GRAVES. Sarah (MALONE) GRAVES was the daughter of John and Eveline MALONE. Isaac died 1 Mar 1898. Buried at Martin Cemetery.
    Mattie married 2nd Isaac A. A. SPROUSE (as his 3rd wife) 27 Feb 1900. She was 34 and he was 51 when they married. He was born Apr 1848, Walnut Hill, Marion County, Illinois. Isaac died Mar 1914.
    Isaac GRAVES served in the Civil War, Co., E, 62nd IL Inf.
    On 23 Feb 1900, the Kinmundy Express has, "I. A. SPOUSE, postmaster of Alma, and Miss Mattie GRAVES will be married next Thursday."
    On 5 Jun 1900, the census shows Isaac A. (52) and Mattie (36) SPROUSE living in Alma, Marion County, Illinois. With them were his children Robert age 16; Cora A. age 15; Earl age 13;and Stella age 9. Also with them were her childre Noble age 18; Noah C. age 15; Norman age 13; Nova A. age 7; and Nona age 6. Also with them were nephews Erasmus WRIGHT age 29 and Sammy WRIGHT age 21. Mattie had given birth to 5 children, with all still living at time of census. Isaac was the Post Master. Noble and Noah were farming.
    On 16 Apr 1910, the census shows Mattie SPROUSE age 45, living in Alma, Marion County, Illinois. With her were her children Norman GRAVES age 23; Nova GRAVES age 18; and Nona GRAVES age 15. Also living with her was a border James LEWIS age 23. Also living with her was her son-in-law Edward FOX age 25. (Note: Nona had already married Edward, but her name was listed as Graves in the census.) Mattie was listed as a dressmaker. Edward was a brakeman on the railroad. James was also a railroader. Mattie had given birth to 6 children with only 4 living at time of census. They lived on Railroad Street in Alma.
    On 25 Jul 1912, the Kinmundy Express has, "Tuesday evening Mrs. I. A. SPROUSE, of Alma, in company with 2 other parties, started to drive out west of Alma, and when the vehicle started to go down the Bob Malone hill, the horse they were driving took fright and started to run. Mrs. SPROUSE jumped from the buggy and in doing so dislocated one arm and broke one limb above the ankle. The other two occupants remained in the buggy and were unhurt."
    On 19 Jan 1920, the census shows Martha SPROUSE age 52, living in Alma, Marion County, Illinois. With her was her grandson Cecil GRAVES age 18. Cecil was a farm laborer.
    On 11 Apr 1930, the census shows Mattie SPROUSE age 65, living in Alma, Marion County, Illinois. Living with her were two roomers Stanford LASATER age 67; and Alvin SUTHERS age 58. All there listed as widowed. Mattie's home was valued at $2,500.00.

Children of Isaac Benjamin F. and Mattie A. (McWHIRTER) GRAVES:

2-1. Noble GRAVES, born 12 May 1882, Illinois. He died 19 Dec 1907. He is buried in Martin Cemetery.
    Noble married Nettie BASS 28 Nov 1900, Marion County, Illinois. He was 19 and she was 16 when they married. She was born in 1884. He is buried in Martin Cemetery.
    Nettie married 2nd to Richard McWHIRTER 31 Mar 1911, Marion County, Illinois. She was 26 and he was 33 when they married. (See #6 following) She had three children with Richard.
    On 6 Apr 1911, the Kinmundy Express has, "McWHERTER-GRAVES: On the evening of Friday, March 31, 1911, at the home of W.H. BASS and wife in this city, occurred the marriage of his daughter, Mrs. Nettie GRAVES, of Alma, and Mr. Richard McWHERTER of Fayette Co., Rev. J.W. RITCHEY, pastor of the Presbyterian Church performing the ceremony. They will make their home in Fayette county where the groom is in business."

Children of Noble and Nettie (BASS) GRAVES:

2-1-1. Cecil V. GRAVES, born 1901/02.
    On 19 Jan 1920, the census shows Cecil GRAVES age 18, living with his grandmother, Mattie SPROUSE in Alma, Marion County, Illinois.
    On 14 Apr 1930, the census shows Cecil A. (28) and Alice (28) GRAVES living in Champaign, Illinois. They owned their home. It was valued at $4,000.00. They owned a radio. Cecil was a driver for a Dry Cleaning business.
    Cecil was living with his Grandmother Mattie in 1920.

2-1-2. Ruth GRAVES, born 1903/04.

2-1-3. ___?___ GRAVES, died before 1910.

2-1-4. Mashelean GRAVES, born 1909, after the death Noble.



2-2. Noah C. GRAVES, born 9 Oct 1884, Illinois. He died Aug 1962.

Noah married Edna B. HARVEY 28 Feb 1904, Marion County, Illinois. He was 19 and she was 20 when they married. Edna was born 1883, Illinois.
    On 23 Apr 1910, the census shows Noah (25) and Edna (26) GRAVES living in Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois. With them were their chldren Fridah age 5; and Georgia age 4. Noah was a farmer.
    On 19 Jan 1920, the census shows Noah C. (35) and Edna B. (36) GRAVES living in Alma, Marion County, Illinois. With them were their children Freeda age 15; and Georgia age 14. Noah was a brakeman for the railroad.
    On 16 Apr 1930, the census shows Noah (45) and Edna B. (46) GRAVES living at Homan Avenue, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. With them was their daughter Georgia STEVENS age 24 and her husband Paul B. STEVENS age 25. They were all renting. Georgia had been married for less than a year. Noah was a machinist at a screw factory. Paul was a architectural designer. Paul was born in North Dakota.
    On 12 Dec 1946, the Kinmundy Express has, "Mrs. Edna GRAVES, 63, of Champaign, died Monday at Burnham City Hospital. Death followed a year’s illness with heart disease. Services were held from the Mittendorf Funeral Home. She was born Aug. 20, 1883 at Alma, daughter of Charles and Bertha HARVEY, and married to Noah GRAVES on Feb. 10, 1904. She leaves her husband and 2 children, Mrs. Paul STEVENS of Chicago, and Mrs. O. E. THOMPSON of Bellingham, Wash.; one grandson, Paul STEVENS of Chicago, and 1 sister, Mrs. Mabel GROTTS of Olympia, Wash. Burial was in East Lawn Cemetery in Urbana."

Children of Noah C. and Edna B. (HARVEY) GRAVES:

2-2-1. Freeda GRAVES, born 1904/05, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois.

Freeda married O. E. THOMPSON. They lived in Bellingham, Washington.

2-2-2. Georgia GRAVES, born 1905/06, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois.

Georgia married Paul B. STEVENS 1929/30, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.

    Son of Paul B. and Georgia (GRAVES) STEVENS:

    2-2-2-1. Paul STEVENS.



2-3. Norman F. GRAVES, born Dee 1887, Illinois.

Norman married Clara SOUTHERS, 16 Jan 1914, Marion County, Illinois. He was 26 and she was 18 when they married.
    On 19 Jan 1920, the census shows Norman (32) and Clara (24) GRAVES living in Alma, Marion County, Illinois. With them are their children Norma age 5; Martha age 4 years and 3 months; and Benjamin age 2 years and 9 months. Norman was a house carpenter.
    On 11 Apr 1930, the census shows N. F. (43) and Clara (34) GRAVES living at 1101 North Hickery, Champaign, Illinois. With them were their children Norma L. age 15; Martha N. age 14; Benjamin A. age 13; Pearl L. age 8; Mary P. age 6; and Betty J. age 3.

Children of Norman F. and Clara (SOUTHERS) GRAVES:

2-3-1. Norma GRAVES, born 1914/15, Marion County, Illinois.

2-3-2. Martha GRAVES, born 1915, Marion County, Illinois.

2-3-3. Benjamin GRAVES, born 1917, Marion County, Illinois.

2-3-4. Opal Viola GRAVES, born 1 Jul 1920 and died 2 Jan 1922. Buried in Martin Cemetery.

2-3-5. Pearl L. GRAVES, born 1921/22, Illinois.
    Pearl married Harold J. EAGAN 25 Nov 1944, Alma, Marion County, Illinois.
    On 7 Dec 1944, the Kinmundy Express has, "Harold J. EAGAN and Miss Pearl GRAVES, both of Champaign, were married in the home of and by the Elder W. E. WRIGHT, in Alma on Nov. 25. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Norman GRAVES, former residents of Alma, but for the past 15 years have made their home in Champaign. She is a graduate of the Champaign High School and at the time of her marriage, was doing factory work. The groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. Harrison EAGAN, residing just north of the C. & E. I. Lake. For the past several months, he has been employed in an ice cream factory in Champaign. They will make their home in Champaign."

2-3-6. Mary P. GRAVES, born 1923/24, Illinois.

2-3-7. Ruben GRAVES, born 22 Feb 1926 (Twin of Ruby). Died 22 Feb 1926. Martin Cemetery.

2-3-8. Ruby GRAVES, born 22 Feb 1926 (Twin of Ruben). Died 5 Mar 1926. Martin Cemetery.

2-3-9. Betty J. GRAVES, born 1926/27, Illinois.



2-4. Nova A. GRAVES, born Dee 1892, Illinois.
    Nova married Edward "Ed" FOX 7 Apr 1909, Marion County, Illinois. She was 17 and he was 23 when they married. He was born 1884/85.
    On 16 Apr 1910, the census shows Edward FOX and Nova GRAVES living in Alma, Marion County, Illinois with Nova's mother, Mattie SPROUSE.
    On 13 Feb 1920, the census shows Edd (34) and Nova (28) FOX living in Tonti Township, Marion County, Illinois. With them was John BLURTON age 62. John was listed as a servant. Ed was a brakeman for the railroad.
    On 11 Apr 1930, the census shows Ed (44) and Nova (38) FOX living in Chapaign, Illinois. Their house was valued at $4,000.00. Ed was a brakeman for the steam railroad. No children were listed.

2-5. Nona GRAVES, born May 1894, Illinois.
    Nona married John T. GUTHRIE 4 Mar 1912, Marion County, Illinois. She was 17 and he was 21 when they married.



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Amanda Mandy McWhirter Williams
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Benjamin Williams

Amanda "Mandy" McWHIRTER, born 1870/71, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois. She died 23 Feb 1928, Salem, Marion County, Illinois. Mandy and Benjamin are buried in the Alma Cemetery. No dates on the grave stones.
    Mandy married Benjamin WILLIAMS 27 Sep 1888, Marion County, Illinois. She was 17 and he was 21 when they married. He was the brother of her sister's husband, Andy WILLIAMS. Ben was born 1866/67, Illinois. She died 2 Feb 1926, Alma, Marion County, Illinois.
    On 23 Apr 1910, the census shows Benjamin (43) and Amanda (39) WILLIAMS living in Salem, Marion County, Illinois. With them were their children Dora age 19; Ransom age 17; Earnest age 15; Ella age 7; Rosco age 5; and Noah age 1. Amanda was listed as having 7 children and all 7 living. Benjamin was a laborer of odd jobs.
    On 19 Jan 1920, the census shows Mandy WILLIAMS age 48, living in Alma, Marion County, Illinois. With her were her children Rosco age 15; Noah age 11; and Irene age 8.

Children of Benjamin and Amanda (McWHIRTER) WILLIAMS:

4-1. child WILLIAMS.

4-2. Dora WILLIAMS, born Mar 1891, Marion County, Illinois.
    Dora married Fred WIMBERLY. He was born
    On 15 Apr 1930, the census shows Fred (43) and Dora (39) WIMBERLY living in Salem Township, Marion County, Illinois. With them were their children Eugene R. age 16; Mabel L. age 13; Waneta L. age 11; Ruth V. age 9; Mildred M. age 6; and Bennie D. age 1 year and 7 months. Also with them was Dora's brother, Noah WILLIAMS age 22. Fred was a railroader. Noah was a laborer.

Children of Fred and Dora (WILLIAMS) WIMBERLY:

4-2-1. Eugen R. WIMBERLY, born 1928/29, Marion County, Illinois.

4-2-2. Mabel L. WIMBERLY, born 1916/17, Marion County, Illinois.

4-2-3. Waneta L. WIMBERLY, born 1918/19, Marion County, Illinois.

4-2-4. Ruth V. WIMBERLY, born 1920/21, Marion County, Illinois.

4-2-5. Mildred M. WIMBERLY, born 1923/24, Marion County, Illinois.

4-2-6. Bennie D. WIMBERLY, born 1928/29, Marion County, Illinois.



4-3. Charles Ransom WILLIAMS, born Aug 1892, Marion County, Illinois.

4-4. Ernest WILLIAMS, born May 1895, Marion County, Illinois.

4-5. Ella WILLIAMS, born 1902/03, Marion County, Illinois.

4-6. Rosco WILLIAMS, born 1904/05, Marion County, Illinois.

4-7. Noah WILLIAMS, born 1908/09, Marion County, Illinois.

4-8. Irene WILLIAMS, born 1911/12, Marion County, Illinois.



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Richard C. and Laura J. (Boaz) McWhirter

Richard C. "Dick" McWHIRTER, born 31 Sep 1876, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois. He died after 1930 Census.
    Richard married 1st Laura J. BOAZ 14 Nov 1899, Fayette County, Illinois. She was born Oct 1878, Illinois. She died 12 Jan 1910, Sharon Township, Fayette County, Illinois.
    Richard married 2nd Nettie (BASS) GRAVES 31 Mar 1911, Marion County, Illinois. He was 33 and she was 26. Her first husband was Noble GRAVES
    On 18 Jun 1900, the census shows Richard (22) and Laura (21) McWHIRTER living in Tonti Township, Marion County, Illinois. No children yet. Richard was a farmer. They had been married for a year.
    On 22 Apr 1910, the census shows the widowed Richard C. McWHIRTER age 33, living in Sharon Township, Fayette County, Illinois. With him were his children Jessie age 9; Orville R. age 8; Ora E. age 6; Myrl R. age 5; and Mildred F. age 3. Also living with him was his sister, Cora and her husband Sam WRIGHT.
    On 31 Mar 1911, Richard married Nettie.
    On 12 Sep 1918, Richard McWHIRTER entered into the United States Military. His address was listed as Ramsey, Fayette County, Illinois. He was listed as a farmer and that his wife was Nettie McWHIRTER. His height is listed as tall, skin as fair and hair as dark.
    On 3 Jan 1920, the census shows Richard (44) and Nettie (35) McWHIRTER living in Sharon Township, Fayette County, Illinois. With them are their children Orville age 17; Ora age 16; Myrel age 14; Glen age 8; Lois age 6; and Pearl age 4 years and 11 months. Also with them were Nettie's two children from previous marriage Ruth GRAVES age 16; and Mersheline GRAVES age 11. Richard was a farmer.
    On 2 Apr 1930, the census shows R. C. (52) and Nettie (45) McWHIRTIER living in Sharon Township, Fayette County, Illinois. With them were children Glen age 18; Lois J. age 17; Pearl age 15; Kenneth E. age 9; and Luella M. age 6. They also had a black hired hand Ewing SEATON age 58. Richard was a farmer.

Children of Richard C. and Laura J. (BOAZ) McWHIRTER:

6-1. Jessie McWHIRTER, born 1900/01, Illinois.

6-2. Orville R. McWHIRTER, born 1902/03, Illinois.

6-3 Ora E. "Doc" McWHIRTER, born 29 Dec 1903, Illinois.
    Doc married 1st Vallene "Vallie" CEARLOCK.
    Doc married 2nd Marjorie SMITH.

6-4. Myrl R. McWHIRTER, born 1905/06, Illinois.

6-5. Mildred F. McWHIRTER, born 3 Dec 1906, Illinois. She died Feb 1971. Last place of residence was Winfield, DuPage County, Illinois.
    Mildred married Forest BASS. He was the son of J. H. BASS of Kinmundy.
    Forest worked for the Union Dairy of St. Louis and delivered to over 500 costumers daily.

Children of Richard C. and Nettie (BASS)(GRAVES) McWHIRTER:

6-6. Glen McWHIRTER, born 29 Nov 1912, Illinois. He died Aug 1968.

6-7. Lois McWHIRTER, born 1913/14, Illinois.

6-8. Pearl McWHIRTER, born 1912/13, Illinois.

6-9. Kenneth E. McWHIRTER, born 26 Jan 1921, Fayette County, Illinois. He died Aug 1983. Last place of residence was West Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana.

6-10. Lullea M. McWHIRTER, born 1923/24, Fayette County, Illinois.



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Ora E. McWhirter

Ora E. "Doc" McWHIRTER, born 29 Dec 1903, Illinois, son of Richard C. and Laura J. (BOAZ) McWHIRTER. He died 20 Oct 1979. Last place of residence was Vandalia, Fayette County, Illinois.
    Doc married 1st Vallene "Vallie" CEARLOCK. She was the daughter of Edward "Ed" and Mary Elizabeth (HICKS) CEARLOCK. Vallie died shortly after giving birth to Donald, their only child. She was about 18 years of age.
    Doc married 2nd Marjorie SMITH 12 Oct 1935, Vandalia, Fayette County, Illinois. She was born 14 Jun 1910, Hagarstown, Illinois. She died 14 January 1991, Chandler, Arizona.
    Doc owned a garage in Vandalia. (Note: My mother, Monna (CONANT) FRAKES, took my grandmother, Grace (BASSETT) CONANT, up there for a visit once and she remembers the garage.)
    Whe Marjorie died, the only child mentioned was her step-son, Donald.

Son of Ora E. and 1st wife McWHIRTER:

6-3-1. Donald McWHIRTER, born Jan 1924, Fayette County, Illinois.
    On 10 Apr 1930, the census shows Edward (60) and Mary E. (60) CEARLOCK living in Sugar Grove Township, Kane County, Illinois. They and their parents were both said to have been born in Illinois. Edward was a farmer. They were renting their home. With them was their grandson, Donald age 6, born Illinois.
    Donald lived with his maternal grandparents until their deaths circa 1935. He then lived with his father and step-mother.
    In 1991, at the time of Donald's stepmother's death, he was living in Oak View, California.

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Cora McWhirter Wright

Cora "Corie" McWHIRTER, born Sep 1883, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois. She died Jun 1977, Peoria, Illinois. She was in her 90's when she died.
    Cora married 1st Samuel WRIGHT 23 Jul 1901, Marion County, Illinois. She was 17 and he was 22 when they married. He was born 5 Jan 1879, son of James Thomas and Talitha W. (JONES) WRIGHT. Samuel died Jul 1968, Peoria, Illinois.
    On 22 Apr 1910, the census shows Sam (31) and Cora (25) WRIGHT living with Cora's brother, Richard McWHIRTER, in Sharon Township, Fayette County, Illinois. Sam was listed as a farmer.
    Cora married 2nd William CEILING.
    Cora married 3rd Levi GIBSON. She had one child. Levi had a son from a previous marriage who married Ruth WRIGHT. (See Chapter 13, #5-4)
    Aunt Cora was a really nice lady. I remember her visiting us when I was a teenager. She loved to fish. She would use the old time bamboo pole with a hook and cork. I have a photo of her sitting on the ground, on the dam by our pond in Foster Township fishing. She had one of those old time bonnets on. The photo was taken of her in 1974 when she was visiting us in Foster Township. She was sitting on the dam by the pond.

Son of Samuel and Cora (McWHIRTER) WRIGHT:

11-1. Norval WRIGHT, born 15 May 1902, Illinois. He died Dec 1966, Peoria, Illinois.
    He was hit and killed by a car while working a crosswalk for children leaving school. (Note: I'm not sure if this was father or son.)
    On 10 Apr 1930, the census shows Norval (28) and Isabelle (27) WRIGHT living at 301 Second Street, Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois. With them was their son, Norval WRIGHT, Jr. age 5 years and 1 month. They were renting their home at $30.00 a month. They owned a radio. He was a laborer at the steel plant.

    Son of Norval and Isabelle (___?___) WRIGHT:

    10-1-1. Norval WRIGHT, Jr., born 1925, Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois.
   Norval was a policeman.
    There is a plaque dedicated to him in Peoria, Illinois, where he died.
    (Note: I'm not sure if this was father or son.)



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Chapter 14
Charles P. "Charley" McWHIRTER



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***United States Census Records (Note: I always spell the names and put the dates and all info exactly like it is recorded in the census, even when I know it is not correct.SF)
***United States Social Security Records.
***Military Records of the United States.
***World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918.
***Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900.
***Marion County, Illinois Court Records.
***Database of Illinois Death Certificates, 1916–1950.
***Birth Records of Illinois.
***The Republican - Salem, Marion County, Illinois.
***The Kinmundy Express - Kinmundy, Marion County, Illinois.
***Gleanings of the Kinmundy Express by Dolores Ford Mobley - http://www.ford-mobley.com/dafm/gleanings_from1.htm .
***Sandy Branch Cemetery. A list of all graves with dates and genelogical information is availible online. Also has photos of all graves. Located at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sandybranch/
***Martin Cemetery Grave Stones.
***First Hand Knowledge.

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Compiled by:
(Great-Great-Grandson of Charles Pitts McWhirter)

Stephen P.H. Frakes
321 South Franklin Street
Salem, Illinois 62881-2120
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Additions and Corrections Greatly Appreciated

Updated: 25 March 2008

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