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Re: Whitley Family Line, IoW,VA
Posted by: Floyd Wiley Whitley (ID *****2464) Date: May 11, 2009 at 17:19:59
In Reply to: Re: Whitley Family Line, IoW,VA by Kenneth Whitley of 2376


Thanks; but again, the Mills Whitley to whom you refer is NOT the Mills Whitley of whom I inquire.

The Mills Whitley I seek served as surety bondsman in the 28 November 1791 wedding of Randolph Reynolds "Randal" Whitley and Sarah Bracey, in Isle of Wight County, VA.

This obviously indicates that the Mills Whitley I seek was of adult age in Isle of Wight by 1791, rather than having just been born in that year.

To this 1791 marriage (for which Mills Whitley provided surety) was born Mills William Whitley, purportedly an “only” child, born to Randall and Sarah Whitley on 13 May 1803.

This child, Mills William Whitley, died in Suffolk County, VA on 22 Nov 1856 at age of 53. He is buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Suffolk VA.

I suspect that Mills William Whitley was named in honor of the Mills Whitley about whom I have inquired, him being the 1791 bondman in the IOW marriage of Randall Whitley and Sarah Bracey.

I suspect that my Mills Whitley (born approximately 1771-1774) is probably related to Randolph Reynolds Whitley...possibly his brother or close cousin.

Given the redundancy of these given names, I am fairly certain that these TWO Whitley family groups (the one I seek and the one to which you refer) are probably closely related.

But I am also absolutely certain beyond any shadow of doubt that Mills Whitley, the son of John Saunders Whitley, is NOT the same individual I inquired after.

The Mills Whitley I seek (married Martha Freeman) absolutely died in Nash County, NC in 1834. His will probated there in 1840.

I have an extensive set of official records placing this Mills Whitley in Halifax, Nash & Edgecombe Counties at least from 1800 through his death in 1834. My Mills Whitley never migrated to Texas.

In similar fashion, I am also absolutely certain that Henry Whitley [through whom many in Alabama presently claim their lineage as being the son of my Mills and Martha (Freeman) Whitley of Nash County] is also NOT correctly traced.

The Mills and Martha Whitley family of Nash County, NC included the following children: Henry F. (b. 1796), William (b. 1798), Josiah (b. 1802) and Sally (b. 1804).

Henry F. (Freeman) Whitley was enumerated in Nash county in the adjacent household to his own son A.M.F. Whitley. He did not migrate to Alabama.

Anyhow, thanks, but I still am seeking the parentage of the Mills Whitley I have inquired after.

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