From Whitehurst To the East Texas Whitus by Robert Whitus
Orginal name Whitehurst. Whitus was used by the Whitehurst at various times in N.C.
and Virginia(Princess Anne County). Highly detailed with documentation. Traced from orginal
Whitehurst when they arrived in America in 1636. I tried for years to trace Whitus from Bowie
County TX to Eastern TN or NC. About 1980 an old man called from Ft. Worth, his name was
Whitehurst. He said the orginal name Whitus was Whitehurst and he was trying to find when the
name was changed. How he knew I do not know. So I began looking. One day while searching
Rootsweb in NC I came across a group of wills and land records with the same first names
of the children of Peter and Nancy in Bowie County in the 1850 census. When I ran across
this genealogy on the Whitehurst family I knew this was them. The name on my line was changed
about 1840 with a lot of family going by Whitus in the 1840 census. When I started I knew
very little of the Whitus family, my dad did not talk about the Whitus side. I knew my
grandfather was named Peter W. and he was blind in one eye. He wore a patch over his blind
eye. He had a brother named Tom and Wes. I knew my grandfather was from Wood County TX.
This was the extint of my knowledge. Dad was raised five miles east of Grand Saline on
I am going to start on the early genealogy and go up to modern times. I am going to put in
a condensed version of lineage before the documentation is presented. I know how it lays
out but no one else does. I am only putting in the lineage I researched. This is toward
the end of the Whitehurst research. I traced from wills and land records the folowing.
The Whitehurst researcher had Whitehurst going back to England and arriving in
America in 1636. I am not going to show all this.
5th generation in America
John Whitehurst born 1675 wed Elizabeth Carraway 6th ggrandfather
1.Gideon Whitehurst born 1706(under 18 fathers will)1720 5th ggrandfather
2.Enoch Whitehurst (under 18 fathers will) 1720
3.Mary Whitehurst(listed in fathers will)
4.Jonathon Whitehurst(listed in mothers will) born 1720
Currituck Co., NC will of Gideon Whitehurst - 1780
Currituck County Wills
Gideon Whithurst 5th ggrandfather
Oct. 9, 1780 - March 20, 1790
Currituck Co. Will Book 1, p. 246
In the name of God Amen, I Gideon WHITHURST of the County of Currituck being
in good health and of sound and perfect memory, and calling to mind this
transitory life and knowing it is appointed for all men once to dye, I commend
my soul after death to Almighty God who gave it me and my body to be buried to
the descretion of my executors and my worldly estate where with it has pleased
Almighty God to bestow on me, I give and bequeath it manner and form as
follows and so forth---
Item: I give and bequeath to my Daughter Pashea LEGGET one ewe to her and her
Item: I give and bequeath to my Daughter Monaca GREGORY one ewe to her and her
Item: I give and bequeath to my Daughter Mary GREGORY one ewe to her and her
Item: I give and bequeath to my Son Samuel WHITHURST my dwelling plantation I
now live on with all the land there to belonging and all land and lands I now
own with one ewe to him and his heirs forever.
Item: I give and bequeath to my Daughter Rachel WHITHURST one feather bed and
furniture to her and her heirs forever.
Item: I give and bequeath to my Daughter Lydia WHITHURST one ewe to her and
her heirs forever.
Item: I give and bequeath to my Daughter Aby WHITHURST one feather bed and
furniture to her and her heirs forever
I leave the remainder of my estate within and without doors after all my just
debts and demands are paid to my Wife Elizabeth WHITHURST during her natural
life and after her decease to be equally divided among three persons to wit.
my two Daughters Rachel and Aby WHITHURST and my Grandson Gideon GREGORY to
them and their heirs forever.
This certifies that I do hereby constitute and appoint Griffeth GREGORY SEN.
and Elisabeth WHITHURST my wife, executors to this my Last Will and Testament
as afsd to act and do agreable as the law direct etc. given under my hand and
seal this 9th day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand seven
hundred and eighty.
/s/ Gideon WHITHURST seal
signed sealed in the presence of
Richard STANLEY jurat
John STANLEY jurat
Recorded and exam. the 20th day of March 1790
These are in Currituck County NC
Gideon Whitehurst born 1706 wed Elizabeth will 1789
1.Samuel Whitehurst will 1795 wed Mary Mercer 4th ggrandfather
2.Monaco Whitehurst married ? Gregory
3.Mary Whitehurst married ? Gregory
7.Pashea Whitehurst married ? Leggett
Grandson Gideon Gregory, exor Griffith Gregory probably son-in-law
Samuel Whitehurst wed Mary Mercer
1. Elizabeth Whitehurst
2. Dinah Whitehurst
3. Samuel Whitehurst 3rd ggrandfather
Samuel Whitehurst wed Francis Elizabeth Parsons Mar. 22, 1801 will dated 1814
1. Gideon Whitehurst
2. Samuel Whitehurst
3. Enoch Whitehurst
4. Peter Whitehurst and Nancy gggrandparents
Gideon F. (or P) Whitehurst b 1829
Adelia Whitehurst b 1831
5. James Whitehurst
6. Sally Whitehurst
7. Elizabeth Whitehurst
Grandchildren James Whitehurst,John Sears and Polly Sears
Currituck Co., NC will of Samuel Whitehurst, Sr. - 1814
Currituck County Wills
Samuel Whitehurst, Sr. ggggrandfather
Sept. 30, 1814 - Nov. 28, 1814
Currituck Co. Will Book 3, pp. 41-42
In the name of God, Amen. I Samuel WHITEHURST SEN. of the County of Currituck
in the State of North Carolina, being sick in body but of sound and disposing
mind and memory, blessed be God for it, do this thirtieth day of Sept., in the
year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fourteen, make, publish and
declare this my Last Will and Testament, in the following manner Viz.
First. I give and bequeath to my Son Gideon WHITEHURST and my Son Samuel
WHITEHURST my plantation and tract of land lying on Indian Ridge whereon my
Father formerly lived to be equally divided between them to them and their
Item. I give and bequeath to my Son Gideon WHITEHURST, one negro man named
Jack, and one red heifer, and one white heifer to him and his heirs forever.
Item. I give and bequeath to my Son Samuel WHITEHURST one negro boy named
March, and one cow and calf and one yoke of oxen and one gang of hogs fed on
John SEARS land.
Item. I give and bequeath to my Son Enoch WHITEHURST, and my Son Peter
WHITEHURST, the land and plantation whereon I now live, to be equally divided
between them, to them and their heirs forever.
Item. I give and bequeath to my Son Enoch WHITEHURST, one negro boy named Jobe
and one gang of hogs fed over the run and one cow and calf and my stud horse
and one yoke of oxen.
Item. I give and bequeath to my Son Peter WHITEHURST one young mare of the
Jabird breed and one cow and calf, and one chest that belonged to his Mother.
Item. I give and bequeath to my Son James WHITEHURST all the land and
plantation that I bought of Caleb PARR lying in west swamp and one negro named
London and the one eyed mare, and half the gang of guinea hogs, and one desk
that belonged to his Mother.
Item. I give and bequeath to my Daughter Sally WHITEHURST one negro girl named
Sarah, and one young mare, and one cow and calf, and one feather bed and
furniture, to her and her heirs forever.
Item. I give and bequeath to my Grand Son James WHITEHURST, one cow and calf,
to him and his heirs forever.
Item. I give and bequeath to my Grand Son John SEARS, one cow and calf, to him
and his heirs forever.
Item. I give and bequeath to my Grand Daughter Polly SEARS one cow and calf to
her and her heirs forever.
Item. I give and bequeath to my Son Enoch WHITEHURST, and my Son Peter
WHITEHURST, my wood land joining Solo. JARVIS heirs, to be equally divided
between them to them and their heirs forever.
Item. Lend to my Wife Frankey WHITEHURST, one negro boy named Will, during her
Item. I give to my Wife Frankey WHITEHURST, one white heifer, with a black
neck, and one feather bed and furniture, to her and her heirs forever.
Item. I give and bequeath to my Wife Frankey WHITEHURST and my Daughter Sally
WHITEHURST, my riding chair and my chair horse buck, to them and their heirs
My will is that the remaining part of my property, that is not already given
away, after paying my debts, shall be equally divided between my Sons Enoch
WHITEHURST and Samuel WHITEHURST and James WHITEHURST and Peter WHITEHURST and
my Daughter Sally WHITEHURST to them and their heirs forever.
I nominate and appoint my Son Enoch WHITEHURST my executor to this my Last
Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I the said Samuel WHITEHURST have
hereunto set my hand and seal the day and date above written.
/s/ Samuel [His x mark] WHITEHURST seal
Signed, sealed, sealed (sic) and acknowledged in presence of us
M. SIMMONS jurat
Recorded and examined the (blank) day of (blank)
A noncupative will of Samuel WHITEHURST, dec'd., made in his last sickness, in
his own house as follows.
November the (blank or faded out) day of 1814.
Item. It is my will that my Wife Frances WHITEHURST, shall have half my gang
of guinea hogs, to her and her heirs forever.
Item. It is my will that my Son Gidean WHITEHURST, and my Son Samuel
WHITEHURST shall have my hand mill, that is on Indian Ridge at Gidean
WHITEHURSTs, to them and their heirs forever.
Item. It is my will that my Son Enoch WHITEHURST and my Son Peter WHITEHURST
shall have my hand mill, that is at home on East Ridge, to them and their
State of N. Carolina} November term 1814
Currituck County }
The non cupative Will of Samuel WHITEHURST SEN. dec'd. was exhibited in open
court, and proved by the oath of Michell SIMMONS in due form of law, sworn to
on 30th Nov. 1814
H. BAXTER C.C.C.
[Note: Probate date is from Currituck County Court of Pleas and Quarter
Peter Whitehurst 1808-1855 wed Nancy M. Baxter Mar.21,1809-1865 circa 1828 This is my
gggrandparents. In 1840 census Peter and his brothers became Whitus. Peter and Nancy are
found next in Shelby County TN in the 1840 census. By 1850 they are in Bowie County TX
with their family. How did they get from NC on the coast to Shelby County TN(Memphis)?
I believe they went by ship to New Orleans then took a river boat up the Mississippi
River. Roads going from N.C. to TN were nothing but animal trails at this time. Ther were a
lot of hills and rivers to cross plus the many miles to eastern TN. I think the reason they
left was because on the coast of NC the land is very swampy and low lieing and prone
to hurricanes and flooding. Most pioneers from NC went north to Kentucky then down
to TN. My gggrandparents lived by the seaport in Virginia and I believe they traveled
I would like to say that North Carolina and Virginia have very good records for research.
Texas is very poor. Finding death, birth and marriage records in Texas in the 19th
century is very difficult. I found a huge amount of information in Currituck County NC.
Nancy M. Baxter's father was sheriff and his name was on a lot of county papers.
Currituck County is the northeast county in NC next to Princess Anne County Virginia.
The children of Peter and Nancy Whitus in the 1850 Bowie County census. Nancy is found
in the 1850 and 1860 Bowie census passed after 1860. Peter only found in the 1850 census.
Peter had a slave named Batson in 1850. Nancy had a slave named Nancy in 1860. Peter
must have passed before 1860. Nancy must have passed before 1870. Peter and Nancy lived
in a small community named Moores, located about two miles northeast of Red Water in
Bowie county. There used to be a church, store and postoffice at the location but nothing
left but a cemetery.
Both are probably buried here.
Genealogy of Nancy M. Baxter
When tracing the genealogy of Nancy, I first looked for neighbors with similiar names
of children of Nancy. I first found a will of Isaac Baxter with a child named Burwell.
My ggrandfathers name was Burwell. Also she has a son named Isaac B. Isaac Baxter had
a daughter named Nancy Whitehurst. I was pretty sure this was her father. Then later
I found a lady in N.C. in circa 1950 had researched the Ferrebee, Bell and Baxter
families. This lady was over the N.C. historical society. She lived in Currituck county
and this was her family. In her notes she had Nancy M. Baxter married to Peter
Whitehurst. It ended then because she did not know what happened to Peter and Nancy.
This was traced back a lot further but I am beginning here so it will be easier to see.
Joseph Baxter/Mary Ferebee Joseph was an English solder in the Revolution
Born: 1 Jan 1748 at: , Brunswick, NC
Married: 12 Mar 1772 at:
Died: 2 Feb 1822 at: , Currituck, NC
Wife: Mary Ferebee
Born: 20 Oct 1750 at: , Currituck, NC
Died: 26 Dec 1837 at:
Father:William Ferebee, Sr.
Name: Elizabeth Baxter
Born: 25 Jun 1773 at:
Died: 12 Nov 1775 at:
Name: William Baxter
Born: 20 Jun 1775 at:
Died: 14 Nov 1775 at:
Name: Thomas Baxter
Born: 3 Mar 1777 at:
Married: 15 Feb 1802 at:
Died: 13 Aug 1821 at:
Spouses: Marie Grace Phillips
Name: William Ebb Baxter
Born: 9 Mar 1779 at:
Died: 6 Jan 1809 at:
Name: Isaac Baxter
Born: 1 Apr 1781 at:
Married: 24 Dec 1805 at: Coinjock, , NC ggggrandparents
Died: 1861 at:
Spouses: Mary Bell Lettisha Glasgo
Name: Nancy Bell Baxter
Born: 18 May 1783 at:
Name: Sarah Baxter
Born: 17 Jan 1786 at:
Died: 1 Jan 1843 at:
Name: Joshua W. Baxter
Born: 2 Jan 1789 at:
Married: 1814 at:
Died: 26 Dec 1836 at: , Currituck, NC
Spouses: Elizabeth Bell
Name: Mary Baxter
Born: 20 Aug 1791 at:
Died: 27 Dec 1837 at:
Name: Frances Baxter
Born: 18 Jun 1794 at:
Died: 29 Sep 1794 at:
Name: Joseph Ferebee Baxter
Born: 23 Mar 1796 at:
Isaac Baxter/Mary Bell Isaac was sheriff of Currituck county from 1812 to 1825
Born: 1 Apr 1781 at:
Married: 24 Dec 1805 at: Coinjock, , NC
Died: 1861 at:
Other Spouses: Lettisha Glasgo
Wife: Mary Bell
Born: 17 Jan 1787 at:
Died: 7 Aug 1831 at:
Name: Adela Bell Baxter
Born: 19 Sep 1807 at:
Married: 5 Nov 1825 at:
Died: 18 Jan 1831 at:
Spouses: Samuel Dozier
Name: Amanda Ebb Baxter
Born: 19 Sep 1807 at:
Married: 17 Mar 1825 at:
Spouses: John W. Hughes
Name: Nancy M. Baxter
Born: 21 Mar 1809 at:
Married: at: gggrandparents
Spouses: Peter Whitehurst
Name: Joseph W. Baxter
Born: 23 Apr 1810 at:
Name: Mariah F. Baxter
Born: 12 Nov 1812 at:
Married: 24 Dec 1829 at:
Died: 24 Aug 1831 at:
Spouses: Peter Dozier
Name: Elizabeth F. Baxter
Born: 3 Nov 1814 at:
Name: Isaac Newton Baxter
Born: 17 Jan 1817 at:
Married: 21 Oct 1832 at:
Died: 1 May 1855 at:
Spouses: Frances Bray
Name: Oscar F. Baxter
Born: 5 Jul 1819 at:
Married: 2 Feb 1848 at:
Died: 8 Oct 1892 at:
Spouses: Hannah C. McPherson
Notes: Surgeon U.S.Navy later in confederacy
Name: Burwell M. Baxter
Born: 11 Jun 1821 at:
Married: 15 Nov 1852 at:
Died: 8 Jun 1873 at:
Spouses: Margaret D. Humphries
NOTES: Lawyer in Currituck County N.C.
Name: Milisa G. Baxter
Born: 8 Jan 1825 at:
Died: 10 Jan 1825 at:
Second Marriage of Isaac Baxter
Isaac Baxter/Lettisha Glasgo
Born: 1 Apr 1781 at:
Died: 1861 at:
Other Spouses: Mary Bell
Wife: Lettisha Glasgo
Born: 1802 at:
Died: 1855 at:
Name: Enoch Ferebee Baxter
Born: 21 Aug 1832 at:
Married: 7 Mar 1854 at:
Died: 17 May 1880 at: , Currituck, NC
Spouses: Amanda C. Wilson
Name: Hilliard Ebb Baxter
Born: 5 Apr 1833 at:
Married: 24 Apr 1863 at: , Currituck, NC
Died: 28 Jul 1882 at:
Spouses: Lydia Ann Frost Lydia Anne Simmon
Name: Bunyon Brown Baxter
Born: 3 Mar 1836 at:
Name: Ann Hastline Judson Baxter
Born: 22 Sep 1838 at:
Died: 11 Aug 1838 at:
Name: Mehitable Marchant Baxter
Born: 18 Apr 1840 at:
Died: 23 Aug 1860 at:
Spouses: Stephen Pendleton Wilson
Name: Deborah F. Baxter
Born: 6 Oct 1842 at:
Married: 13 Mar 1860 at: , Currituck, NC
Died: 8 Oct 1897 at:
Spouses: William F. Humphries
Currituck Co., NC will of Isaac Baxter, Sr. - 1858
Currituck County Wills
Isaac Baxter, Sr.
Dec. 13, 1858 - Feb. Term 1860
[see his 1867 estate record here]
In the name of God Amen.
I Isaac BAXTER SR. of the county of Currituck and State of North Carolina,
being afflected but of Sound disposing mind and memory thanks be to God for
the same, do on the 13th day of December 1858 make constitute and ordder? this
and no other to be my last will and testament in form as follows. I commend
my soal to God who gave it to me and my body to the earth to be bured by my
frends in a plain Christian manner without any preaching of sermond as tuching
such worly goods as it has pleased God to bless me with I dispose of it as
follows, to wit --
Item 1st I loan unto my beloved wife Letitia BAXTER durin her natural life the
farm and plantation whereon I now liv.
Item 2und I loan unto my beloved wife Letitia BAXTER durin her natural life
the following negros to wit - man Jefferson, boy Camron, woman Milly, girl
Mary, if my beloved wife Letitia should wish to leave the farm and plantation
whereon I now live before her deth [smudge] contract made between her and my
executors to the advantage of my estate is my will and disire.
Item 3d I give & bequeath unto my beloved wife Letitia BAXTER one negro girl
named Courtny and her encreace to her and her heirs forever.
Item 4th I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Letitia BAXTER the following
property, to wit - one filla first choise - one roakaway and hames - one horse
cart and hames - one yoke of oxen and a cart and yoke - two cows and calvs
first choise - fifteen hed of hogs first choise - all the poltry - all the
sugar - coffee - tea and flour - two beds and steds and furnitur first choise
- all the knives and forks - all the silver ware - all the earthen ware of
evry kind - eight flag chairs known as the DAVIS chairs - three old flag
chairs - three old stool chairs - apart of the pot iron - all the pork - bacon
- lard and fish - twelve hundred pounds of fresh pork to be kiled, to her and
her heirs forever.
Item 5th I have given unto my son Joseph W. BAXTER his full shair and he has
received the same in his and my lifetime.
Item 6th I have given unto my son Isac M. BAXTER his full chare and received
the same in his and my lifetime.
Item 7 I give and bequeath unto my son Burwell M. BAXTER one negro woman named
Sarah, one negro woman named Mantigo, one negro woman Sintha, one negro man
named Miles, one negro man named Abner, with their increase to gether with a
portion of property already received in his and my lifetime, to him and his
Item 8th I loan unto my son Enoch F. BAXTER durin his natural life the farm
and plantation whereon he now lives, known as the DOLBY, HARVEY and DAVIS
lands, never the less to be held in trust by my executors and managed by them
until a certain debts is paid by my son Enoch F. BAXTER to my executors and
lawfull interest, namely J.B. LEE's and J.W. BAXTER's receipt for eleven
hundred and thirty one dollars and ninty two cents with interest from November
17th 1857; Ambrose LINDSEY's receipt for thirteen hundred and eleven dollars
and ninty cents with interest from Feby. 3d 1858; Sally MILLER's receipt for
one hundred and eight dollars with interest from December 20th 1857. It is my
will and disire after the above named debts have been paid by my son Enoch F.
BAXTER to my executors for the benefit of my estate that the above named lands
shall pass from the hands of my executors to my son Enoch F. BAXTER and he
shall have full contract and possession of the same durin his natural life.
Item 9th After the deth of my son Enoch F. BAXTER I give and bequeath unto my
son Enoch F. BAXTER's lawfull heirs if any, the farm and plantation whereon he
now lives known as the DOLBY, HARVY and DAVIS lands, in the event that my son
Enoch F. BAXTER should die leaving no issue the above named farm and
plantation return to my estate.
Item 10th I loan unto my son Enoch F. BAXTER and his wife Amanda durin thare
natural life the following negros to wit - old negro woman Sabra, young negro
woman Sabra, woman Evy, man Jiffey, man Morris, and thare increase.
Item 11th After the dith of my son Enoch F. BAXTER and his wife Amanda I give
and bequeath unto thare lawfull heirs if any the following negros to wit - old
negro woman Sabra, young negro woman Sabra, woman Evy, man Jiffey, man Morris,
and thare increase, to them and thare heirs forever. In the event my son
Enoch F. BAXTER and his wife Amanda should die leaving no issue the above
named negros return to my estate.
Item 12th I give and bequeath unto my beloved Hilyard E. BAXTER the farm and
plantation where on he now lived to him and his heirs forever.
Item 13th I give and bequeath unto my beloved son Hilyard E. BAXTER negro man
Jess - negro woman Rose - negro boy Daniel Night Hawk - negro girl Jadwillow -
negro boy Bohan - negro boy Harvy, to him and his heirs forever and thare
Item 14th I give and bequeath unto my beloved daughter Mahetable M. BAXTER
negro woman Crease - negro boy Dalles - negro girl Ferebee - negro girl
Absilla - negro boy Joshua - negro boy Pero, to her and her heirs forever and
Item 15 I give and bequeath unto my beloved daughter Mahetable M. BAXTER one
bed and stead and furniture six can bottom chairs - one cane bottom rocking
chair, to her and her heirs forever.
Item 16th I give and bequeath unto my beloved daughter Deborah F. BAXTER negro
woman Caroline - negro boy Sowell - negro boy Elon - negro girl Ellis - negro
girl Allis - negro girl Cloah, to her and her heirs forever, and increase.
Item 17th I give and bequeath unto my beloved daughter Deborah F. BAXTER one
bed and stead and furniture - six can bottom chairs - one cane bottom rocking
chair, to her and her heirs forever.
Item 18th I loan unto my grand son Isaac B. HUGHS duren his natural life negro
woman Mary Ann - negro boy Isaac (her brother), and increase.
Item 19th After the dith of my grand son Isaac B. HUGHS I give and bequeath
unto his lawfull heirs if any the following negros to wit - negro woman Mary
Ann - negro boy Isaac (her brother) and increase, to them and thare heirs
forever. In the event my grand son I.B. HUGHS should die leaving no issue,
the above named negros return to my estate.
Item 20th I give and bequeath unto my grand son Isaac B. DOZER negro boy
Feabs? - negro Mary - after the death of my wife Letitia, to him and his heirs
Item 21st My will and disire is that my [crease in paper] out to the best
advantage of my estate - all my negros not already given off and at the dith
of my beloved wife Letitia all the said negros to be sold at the court house
door in said county after given twenty days notice in three or more publick
places in said county and the proseeds of the sales of said negros and all
moneys, heirs, proffets and interest arising thare from to be equally divided
between the following children and grand children namely - Nancy WHITEHURST,
Elizabeth DOZIER, Hilyard E. BAXTER, Mahetable M. BAXTER, Deborah F. BAXTER,
Isaac B. HUGHS and Isaac B. DOZIER, to them and thare heirs forever.
Item 22und I give and bequeath unto my beloved sons Oscar F. BAXTER, Burwell
M. BAXTER, Enoch F. BAXTER, Hilyard E. BAXTER, Mahetable M. BAXTER and Deborah
F. BAXTER all of my lands of evry discription not heartofore given off, to be
equally divided between them and thare heirs forever.
Item 23rd I give and bequeath unto my beloved son Enoch F. BAXTER all the
notes that I hold against him for money loan or given to me for value received
that may be found after my deth, to him and his heirs forever.
Lastly I constitute and appoint my beloved sons Burwell M. BAXTER and Hilyard
E. BAXTER my whole and sole executors to manage all my affairs and estate to
the best of thare judgment and skill to this my last will and testament hereby
revoking and declaring utterly void all other wills and testaments by me
heretofore made in witness whereoff I the said Isaac BAXTER, SR. do hereunto
set my hand and seal this the 13 day of December 1858.
/s/ Isaac BAXTER Seal
Signed sealed published and declared by the said Isaac BAXTER SR. to be his
last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his
presence and in the presence of each other as subscribed our names as witness
Joseph S. DEY Jurat
W.A. PARKER Jurat
State of North Carolina } Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions
Currituck County } Feby Term 1860
The annexed paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of
Isaac BAXTER, deceased, is exhibited for probate in open Court by Burwell M.
BAXTER & Hilliard E. BAXTER, the executors therein named, and the due
execution thereof by the said Isaac BAXTER is proved by the oaths and
examination of Joseph S. DEY & W.A. PARKER, the subscribing witnesses thereto.
It is therefore considered by the Court that the said paper writing and every
part thereof is the last will and testament of said Isaac BAXTER and the same
is ordered to be recorded and filed. And thereupon B.M. BAXTER & H.E. BAXTER,
executors as aforesaid, duly qualifies as such by taking the oath required by
Attest: J.W. BAXTER, CCC
[Source: Microfilm G.030.1548672 - Currituck Co., NC Wills (original)
1841-1924; Vol. Ansell-Woodhouse]
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Chaffin's Bluff is located in Henrico County, Virginia United States , along the
James River. Chaffin's Bluff on the north side of the river opposite Drewry's Bluff
long-considered a major defense point of the river below Richmond Located at a major
bend in the river about eight miles south of Richmond, both bluffs were fortified by
the Confederates early in the American Civil War.
A Union attempt to take Richmond by water by the ironclad USS Monitor and other
Union warships during the Peninsula Campaign failed to get past the defenses at this
location during the Battle of Drewry's Bluff on May 15 , 1862.Chaffin's Bluff and
Chaffin's Farm (later renamed Fort Harrison) were adjacent to each other.
Oscar F. Baxter, a surgeon in the Confederate Army tells of his posting to
Chaffin's Farm in a letter from Richmond dated June 6, 1864 to his twelve-year-old
daughter. (Dr. Baxter, a native of Camden County, North Carolina, was a widower; his
daughter was being cared for by relatives.
"I am about to get off for Chaffin's Farm, about 10 miles from Richmond. I received
orders the 1st of June, but have been too unwell to obey them till this morning...I
have been worked down and there is no end of it--I have never seen so many badly
wounded men together as I have seen in the Yankee Hospital--800 or more all desperately
wounded. My hands have been in dreadful condition from wounds received in operating on
them. The fighting is still going on near Richmond"
Two months later, in an August 18th letter to his daughter from "Post hospital,
Chaffin's Bluff,"Dr. Baxter describes the locale. "I have just learnt the probable
cause of the miscarriage of your letters. I am at Chaffin's Bluff and not Chaffin's
Farm, where I was first ordered. The Headquarters of both Bluff and farm are all
in sight - half or threequarters of a mile apart..."
In a letter to her dated the previous day (August 17th), he hopes to get a few days
furlough after this demonstration of the Yanks is over. Later in that letter, he
describes the fighting going on around him. The Yanks are very near here, have been
fighting for two days--shot and shell flying all in sight of my hospital. It is
possible I shall have to move out of the building tomorrow.
The actual letters from which the above excerpts are taken are in the possession of
Dr. Baxter's great-grandson, who lives in Baltimore County, Maryland. Earlier,
Dr. Baxter had been an assistant surgeon in the United States Navy; excerpts from
a letter to his fiancée dated October 1, 1846
posted from the Pensacola, Florida navy yard, where his ship, the frigate Potomac
had called en route to the U.S.-Mexican War are included
in that article under the section "Letter from a Naval surgeon on board the frigate
'Potomac' en route to Mexico." When North Carolina seceded from the Union at the
time of the Civil War, he joined the Confederate army.)
In The Civil War: Day by Day--An Almanac 1861-1865, by E. B. Long with Barbara Long,
published in 1971, it is noted that, on August 15, 1864, "North of the James, east
of Richmond, the Federal expedition to Chaffin's Bluff and the capital's defenses
encountered delays and frustration at the hands of Confederate defenders." The book
also refers to the "Battle of Fort Harrison or Chaffin's Farm, Virginia," which took
place on September 30, 1864. "After losing Fort Harrison on the previous day,
(General Robert E.) Lee directed vigorous counterattacks. but the Federals,
having virtually turned the earthwork around, beat off the Southern assaults.
This ended major Federal attempts against Richmond from north of the James.
The Confederates constructed new outer works between the Fort Harrison line
and Richmond, while the Federals built up and manned siege lines east of the
On a map included in Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, published in
1881 by Jefferson Davis, the president of the late Confederate States,
Chaffin's Bluff is noted as "Chapin Bluff"; using the scale of the map,
it is 8.5 miles down the James River from Richmond.
Drewry's Bluff is part of the Fort Darling unit of the Richmond National Battlefield
Park. Visitors can view the gun enplacements, the earthworks, and appreciate the
commanding views and control over the river the bluff affords. However,
in modern times, singer and businessman Jimmy Dean and his wife Donna Meade Dean
make their home at Chaffin's Bluff, which is located on private property.
This is where Peter and Nancy lived in Bowie County TX in 1850 and 1860
They are probably buried here
Cemetery for Old Harrison Chapel
City: Redwater vicinity
Year Marker Erected: 1968
Marker Location: US 67 about 3 mi. east of Redwater on north side of road
Marker Text: Founded 1840 by Republic of Texas pioneers Charles Moores
(1776-1852) and wife, Mary Harrison. Extinct all-faiths chapel, where
circuit riders served, named for her parents (of South Carolina). This
5-acre family-community burial plot contains about 100 graves. Mary,
Charles Moores, and Willis Whitaker were children of American Revolution
soldiers; 3 of Moores' son were Texas Rangers; 4 men buried here had
Republic of Texas headrights. Cemetery, restored 1967, is now only
evidence of Mooresville (1 mi. N), post office 1841-1866. Moore's Landing
was on Sulphur River. (1968) Incise on back: Erected by Cooper Burgess,
Moores, Rosborough, Rochelle, Janes, and Whitaker descendants.
Children of Peter and Nancy
1. Gideon 1829-1885 found in 1850 Bowie County TX, 1860 Bowie, 1870, 1880 Titus County
Married to Isabell Talbert in 1860 census Bowie County moved to Mt. Pleasant by 1870
2. Enoch 1832-? found in 1850 Bowie married Nancy Broyles July 19, 1855
3. Mary 1834-? found in 1850,1860, and 1870 Bowie married J.G.White
4. Samuel 1836-? found in 1850 and 1860 Bowie found in 1860 census with J.G.White family
5. Elizabeth 1837-? found in 1850 and 1860 Bowie census
6. Amandy 1838-? found in 1850 and 1860 Bowie census
7. Joe 1840-? found in 1850 Bowie
8. Isaac 1842-? served in the civil war. May have been killed. Have some civil war records
9. Burwell 1843- believed died right before 1900 Wood County census. My ggrandfather.
found in 1850 and 1860 Bowie census also married to Nancy C. Burleson in 1870 Wood
county. With part of family in 1880 Wood county census. After Burwell and Nancy passed
the children lived with various relatives.
10. Peter 1850-1928 found in 1850,1860 Bowie, 1870 Wood, 1880,1900,1910,1920 Rains
1. Gideon Whitus 1829-1885 and Isabell Talbert 1835-?
Susan Ellen 1859-?
Isaac D. Jan.31,1862-Jan.19,1923 (White Springs cemetery, Titus county)
Martha V. 1867-? married George Apperson 1900 in 1884(Hunt County census 1900)
(these were the only ones I found records on)
2. Enoch 1832-? married Nancy Broyles July 19, 1855(no further records found)
I found an Enoch D. Whitehurst same age but later in life married to someone
3. Mary 1834 married J.G.White 1828(died before 1870 census) 1860 census Bowie
Mary L. 1853-?
John P. 1855-?
Josephine A. 1857-?
Samuel Whitus 1836-? living with them in 1860 only place I found a record
William White 1847-? I don't believe this is Mary's child
4. Samuel Whitus no further records
5. Elizabeth Whitus 1837-? no further records
6. Amandy 1838-? no further records
7. Joe 1840 no further records
8. Isaac B. mustered in as private with Texas State Cavalry on Sept. 1, 1861 at Boston
Mustered into Confederate 11th Texas Cavalry on Oct. 2, 1861. Promoted to 4th
sargent April 30, 1863. He became sick near Morristown TN. on Dec. 5, 1863. On Jan.
of 1864 was present for duty on final muster roll. I found a land record in Macon
county MO about 1890 for an Isaac B. Whitus, also found an Isaac Whitus in an old
soldiers home in Iowa.
9. Burwell W. Whitus 1843-before 1900 married Nancy C. Burleson 1848-before 1900
Burwell and Nancy were married in the 1870 Wood county census. In the 1880 census
They were found with Nancy's mother(Mary) and younger brother James H. Burleson.
Also in the 1880 Wood county census living with them was my grandfather
Peter W.Whitus and his brother John F.Whitus.
Nancy C.Burleson was in the Marion County ALA census of 1850 at the age of 2 along
with her father Simon(1828- between 1860 and 1870) and mother Mary Ann(1827-
after 1880). Along with brothers and sisters Margaret L. age 5, John G. 6mo.
In 1860 they were in Leon County TX. along with Julia A. age 6, Roxann age 4,
Minnie age 2. They were not found as a family in Wood County in 1870 but 2 more
children were born. Mary P. and James H. The children were found in later census
of Wood county. Margaret L. married a Gibson and were neighbors to my gggrandparents.
Children of Burwell and Nancy C. My ggrandparents were married in the 1870 Wood
County census, so there may be more children. I donot think any other survived.
1. Peter W.Whitus my grandfather(June 1875-1925)married Annie Lou Mcnamee(after 1880
census was Mclemee)May 1875-June 9,1954 both buried at Stone Bush,about 5 miles east
of Grand Saline. Married Mar.21,1894. Annie Lou was the daughter of Micheal Gordon Mcnamee
and Elizabeth Jane Mcknight. Micheal was from Ireland. He arrived in New Orleans
on Feb.8,1848 from Liverpool England on the Erin Queen. His mother died on the way over.
Of 268 passengers 15 died on the way over. They were at sea for 2 months. The nickname
of this ship was the coffin ship. I have documentation on Micheal and his service
in the Union Army. Micheal was murdered circa 1881 on his farm 5 miles east of
Grand Saline. My grandmother Annie relayed this information to me, I only looked
up the dates. Another interesting thing, a neighbor in 1950 visited Annie a lot and she
was from the Washington D.C. area. She was 95 years old. She remembered when Lincoln
was assinated. Her father was a soldier. She said the entire city was closed down.
The old lady was very interesting to talk to. She knew a lot of history of this era.
I found very little solid information on Elizabeth Jane, but will keep looking.
Annie Lou's(my grandmother)grandfather Mcknight and step grandmother lived on a farm
south of and adjacent the Morton Salt mine. The house burned about 1950 and for
many years only a chimney stood. South of Grand Saline.
Children of Burwell W. Whitus and Nancy C. Burleson ggrandparents
1. Children of Peter W.Whitus and Annie Lou Mcnamee(Mclemee) married 1894 grandparents
1. Eula F. Jan.1896-before 1910
2. Lilly May 1900-1900
3. Verdia Whitus 1903-? married Miller 1928
4. Norman 1906-1918 died in 1918 flu epidemic
2. Ouight Clifton Whitus Jan.5,1910-Nov.1,1959 my father married my mother
Janie Ruth Payne July 30,1914-Jan.14,1997 in 1934
2. John F. Whitus(1878-1912) very little information
3. Thomas Benjamin Whitus(Feb.18,1880) married Mrs. Bula B. Ponder July 11, 1900
4. Harvey Mac Whitus(1884-1947) married Mattie Price Dec.24,1905
1. Roy Whitus 23Oct.1906- 22July1976 married Fay Ezell
2. Evertt L. 6 April 1908- 15 0ct. 1987 married Beatrice Nichols
3. Olen Lee 15 Nov. 1910- 4 Aug. 1994 married Bernice Ezell
4. Clyde William married Margie Brown
5. Donnie Louise 3 Oct. 1919- 6 July 1990 married Earl Prather
6. Willie May "Bob" married Dolores Weeks
5. Isaac W.Whitus(Feb. 20,1887-?) married Elizabeth Price Oct.18,1908
6. Mary Whitus(1885-?) married C.A.Allen
10. The last child of Peter and Nancy M. Baxter was also named Peter born 1852 in
Bowie County TX. Peter married Nancy Elizabeth Reed. In the 1870 Wood County census
he was living next door to his future wife. They spent the remainder of their life
in Rains County. There is quite a bit of documentation on this family. Peter died
in 1928. I have census from 1870 to 1930 on this family.
The family of Peter W. Whitus 1852-1928 and Nancy Elizabeth Reed 1855-1935 married
in 1873(1900 census)
1. Carrie 1874-? married Butler
2. Josephine 1875-?
3. John W. 1879-?
4. Perry June 28,1887-Nov. 12, 1924, Perry and wife Della died within a
month or so of each other and had 8 children that went to an orphan home.
This is just a condensed amount of information I have. I found a huge amount of
information in Currituck County NC. in land records. I have census going back to
1790. Plus census on most individuals later. I have a 3 inch note book full of
documentation. Toward the end of the Whitehurst genealogy is the same as I researched.
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