States: Mississippi: Calhoun
Elizabeth's parents were William Toney Whitson (1814-1872)and Mary A Gaines Whitson (1818-1905), who lived in Tuscaloosa, AL. I agree on the approx time and the place of the marriage, since she was from Alabama. I have Elizabeth on every available census from 1850-1920. In 1850 and 1860, she resided with her parents. She and her children were indeed living with Mary Whitson in 1880. In fact, their names are mistakenly listed as Whitson instead of Willingham on the 1880 census. In 1900, she was living with her brother, James Strother Whitson. In 1910, she was living with her son, James H Willingham. In 1920, she was living with her daughter, Mary Willingham Brock. Elizabeth and Thomas' daughter, Martha Louise "Lula" Willingham (Nov 1868-23 Dec 1952) was my ggm. She always listed her place of birth as Alabama. Lula's sibs were Mary Willingham (1871-1947) and James Hillman Willingham (1872-1920.) (I'm actually quite curious where the Hillman name came from, because I have not come upon it anywhere else.) Both of them listed their place of birth as Mississippi. On James Hillman's death cert, his father is listed as Thomas Ike. I know Ike is a nickname for Isaac, so that's why my hypothesis is that Thomas is the son of Isaac Willingham of Fayette County (About 1800-1860) and Laura Griffin (About 1805-After 1870.) They had a son named Thomas who does not appear to have been researched. But lately I have been looking at Elijah (or Elizah) Willingham (born about 1812)from Tuscaloosa, who also had a son Thomas who does not appear to have been researched. Both Thomases were of an age of my Thomas. Since the Calhoun Co, MS courthouse burned in 1922, I doubt if there is a death record there for Thomas. It's been very frustrating not to be able to find anything of Thomas's that lists either of his parents. I look forward to seeing what you can come up with. Thanks for your interest.
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