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Whitehurst baby, Blount Co., AL, 1870
Posted by: Scott Chafin Date: January 06, 2002 at 16:54:20
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In the 1870 federal census of Blount Co., AL, a one-year-old, "W. B. Whitehurst," was reported living in the household of my gg-grandparents, William and Sarah Chafin, in Blount Co., AL. At the time, William was 59 and Sarah was 62, and in addition to this Whitehurst baby, they were caring for three grandchildren orphaned by the Civil War (children of their daughter, Martha Rachel Chafin Baker). I have long wondered who this Whitehurst baby was.

Two of William and Sarah Chafin's sons, John H. Chafin (1834-1864) and William M. Chafin (1840-1863) served in the First Alabama Cavalry, U.S.V., a UNION regiment. Both died during the war. Three Whitehursts also served in the First Alabama: Simon A. Whitehurst (who died on Jan. 16, 1864, and thus was probably not the baby's father), Felix Whitehurst, and Frederick Whitehurst. Was one of the latter the baby's father? Any information appreciated.

Scott Chafin


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