|Posted By:||Willard O Evans|
|Subject:||Melissa Catherine Whorton|
|Post Date:||May 09, 2011 at 14:27:15|
|Forum:||Whorton Family Genealogy Forum|
I have been searching, without success, for the parents of my great -- great grandmother Melissa Catherine Whorton, who married Hezekiah Bentley in Benton County, Alabama on 4 November 1845.
In the 1830 census for Gwinnett, County, Georgia, Jeptha Horton is shown as having two females in his family between 0 and 10 years of age.
In the 1840 census for Benton County, Alabama, Eastern District, Isaac Bentley, the father of Hezekiah Bentley, and family was shown as the last person on image (page 11), and Jeptha Horton was shown as the last family on image nine (page) 9 of the 1840 census, Eastern District. There were only 20 houses between the homes of Isaac Bentley, and Jeptha Horton. The 1840 census showed Jeptha Horton as having one female 0 -5 years old; 2 females between 5 and 10 years old and one female between 15 and 20 years old. The 1850 census indicates the name as Whorton and Shows 1 female, Louisa Whorton as 24 years old; 2 females, Netha Whorton as 18 and Miranda C Whorton as 15. There are two females missing since 1840, indicating they have possibly married. I have been unable to identify these two persons.
In the 1850 census, Jane Whorton, age 6, was shown as being born in Alabama, which indicates that Jeptha and family moved to Arkansas after 1844 at the earliest.
This would indicate that Melissa Catherine Horton/Whorton could have married in 1845, and the family moved to Arkansas after this date.
The name of Whorton has often been shorted to Horton. In the case of Jeptha Horton, he changed his name from Horton to Whorton. I saw an obituary for a daughter of Melissa Catherine Bentley, which showed the family name as Horton.
Jeptha Whorton/Horton was born in South Carolina, and his wife born in Georgia. Melissa has shown her birthplace as Georgia, and her father and mother's birthplace as South Carolina. Her birth date has been shown as different dates from 1824-1831. Her death certificate listed her death date as 5 Mar 1909. The international Marriage Record shows her birthdate as 1834.
I am not sure about the authenticity of the above but please review and any info would be greatly appreciated.