There are many family legends about how Peter Whittinghill arrived in America. Some say he was kidnapped off of a British ship, and made to be a sailor on an American ship sailing to America. Another story is he was a Hessian soldier transported t o this country from England. Upon his arrival, Peter joined the Colonists in there fight to be free from England. And yet another story is he was a stow-away on a British ship bound for America, and the Captain of the ship found him. Peter and the Captain became friends, and the Captain sponsored Peter when they arrived in Pennsylvania. It is believed that Peter was born cir. 1752. There is proof that Peter did marry Catherine Gabhart, of Augusta County, Virginia. She was the daughter of Mapheas and Christina Gabhart. Around 1798, the Whittinghill's started their journey to Kentucky. They bought land in Mercer County,
Kentucky on Jan. 26, 1798. The purchase price was 100 pounds of Kentucky money. (This is on file on page 411 of deed book 3, in Mercer Co.) The Peter Whittinghill family only appears in the 1810 Kentucky Census records. It states that Peter and
Catherine were over 45 years of age.
In the book, "The History of Warrick, Spencer, and Perry Counties, Indiana" it states that in 1825, Peter Whittinghill operated a small corn-cracker just west of Gentryville. The earliest deed record in Spencer Co. Indiana states that Peter owned land there, Deed book 2, page 189, recorded on June 15, 1832. He sold land to William Whittinghill on May 13, 1835, (deed book 3, pages 28 and 29. William Whittinghill was the son of Peter.
Peter Whittinghill died in 1844 in Warrick Co. Indiana and was buried in the Samuel Gentry cemetery. (It may be note here that the cemetery still remains now but is called the Billy Gentry cemetery. No head-stone for Peter Whittinghill can be found.
There is also definite proof that Peter Whittinghill served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. He was court marshaled on Oct. 22, 1778 in Augusta Co. Virginia for not attending a "general- muster" on Sept. 4, 1778. He was returned to duty in his regiment under Capt. John Young.
Children of Peter and Catherine (Gabhart) Whittinghill
a. John b. 1776 d. 1846 m. Elizabeth Cooper
b. George b. 1778 d. 1813 m. Elizabeth Robertson
c. David b. 1780
d. William b. 1783
f. Jane b. 1785 m. William Roberts
g. Mary Polly b. 1785
a. John Whittinghill
John was born in 1776 in Virginia. He was the son of Peter and Catherine (Gabhart) Whittinghill. In 1798, John was about 2 years old when his father and mother moved to Mercer Co. Kentucky. As a young man he married Elizabeth Cooper of Chester District, South Carolina. She was the daughter of Jacob and Rebecca
(McKinney) Cooper Jr. The family history states that Elizabeth came to Kentucky in a wooden cart. During the trip, they stopped at an Indian camp. Elizabeth went into the Indian village where she was given milk and honey. She gave the Indians some whiskey
in return. The Cooper family arrived in Mercer Co. Kentucky in 1807. The Whittinghill family were already there. John and Elizabeth were married there , and then moved to Ohio County, Kentucky.
John and Elizabeth bought land in Trisler, Kentucky, just outside of Fordsville. Here is where they raised 9 children. John Whittinghill died on September 17, 1846 and is buried on his farm in the family cemetery. In his will, written in August 1845, he left
his "Beloved wife Elizabeth, one black boy, Sheldon". This proves that the family owned slaves. The entire will can be read in following pages. The 1850 Kentucky Census for Ohio Co. shows Elizabeth Whittinghill living alone at the age of 66. She died on
December 17, 1864 and was buried beside he husband, John.
My link to the Whittinghill family is through their daughter Catherine, who married David Westerfield. There is a copy of the permission slip from John Whittinghill, for his daughter to marred David in following pages also. The original can be found at the court house in Hartford, Kentucky.
Children of John and Elizabeth (Cooper) Whittinghill
1a. Jacob Cooper b. 1804.
2a. Mary Polly b. 1805
3a. Peter Trisler b. 1808 d. 1886 m. Francis E. ?
4a. William b. 1809 d. 1883 m. Mary Ann (Robinson) Fowler
5a. Rebecca b. 1813 m. Jesse Hedden
6a. Remus George b. 1817 d. 1897 m.Sarah E. Fentress
7a. David b. 1819 d. 1901 m. Margaret Phillips
8a. Elijah Hyatt b. 1824
9a. Catherine H. Lee b. 1814 d. 1853 m. David Westerfield
3a. Peter Trisler Whittinghill
Peter was born Jan. 1, 1808 in Ohio Co., Kentucky. He married Francis E. ? She was born on December 15, 1812 and died on Feb. 15, 1891. Peter Trisler died on June 1, 1886 and both he and his wife are buried in the Whittinghill family cemetery in Trisler,
Kentucky. Also buried there with them are two of their children, (infant son - b. 6- 19-1837 d. 6-19-1837, and John Ellas b. 7-22-1840 d. 2-15-1849
4a. William Whittinghill
William was born Jan. 28, 1809 in Ohio Co. Kentucky. He married the widow Mary Ann (Robinson) Fowler on Jan. 16, 1854 in Hancock Co. Kentucky. She was born on July 4, 1815 in Ohio Co. William died on July 7, 1883. Mary Ann died April 15,
1909. T hey both are buried in the Whittinghill cemetery. They had several children, but I can only name one.
Children of William and Mary Ann Whittinghill
1. Thomas Jefferson b. 3-6-1861 d. 10-23-1936
5a. Rebecca Whittinghill
Rebecca was born in 1813 in Ohio Co. Kentucky. She married Jesse Hedden on March 2, 1829. They had 8 children together. Rebecca died in 1894 and is buried in the Hopewell Cemetery near Fordsville, Kentucky.
Children of Rebecca and Jesse Hedden
6a. Remus George Whittinghill
Remus was the son of John and Elizabeth (Cooper) Whittinghill. He was born on Feb. 16, 1817. He married Sarah Elizabeth Fentress in 1844. She was born in Grayson Co. Kentucky on July 2, 1824. She was the daughter of William and Fannie (Eskridge) Fentress. Remus and Sarah had 8 children. Remus George died on Jan. 31, 1897, his wife Sarah died on Nov. 1, 1908. Both are buried in the Whittinghill family Cemetery
Children of Remus George and Sarah Whittinghill
1. Mary Frances b. Jan. 15, 1845
2. William Taylor b. 1848
3. Artimecia b. July 2, 1849
4. Martha Madeline b. June 11, 1855
5. John David b. 1858
6. Charles L. b. 1860
7. Chinesa b. Sept. 22, 1852
8. Viola b. 1864
7a. David Whittinghill
David was born on June 9, 1819 in Ohio Co. Kentucky. His first marriage was to Margaret Phillips on Feb. 19, 1843. Margaret was born on March 20, 1821 , she was the daughter of Solomon and Judah (Cooney) Phillips. Margaret died on April 7, 1881.
David then married Martha (Haden) Carpenter on March 14, 1883 in Union County, Kentucky. Martha was born in 1830 in Oldham Co. Kentucky. The 1850 Kentucky Census for Hancock Co. shows David Whittinghill living there. David died on July 7,
1901 in Hopkins Co. Kentucky and is buried beside his first wife, Margaret in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Madisonville, Kentucky.
9a. Catherine H. Lee Whittinghill
Catherine is my ancestor. She was the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Cooper) Whittinghill. She was born on August 30, 1814 in Ohio Co. Kentucky. She married David Westerfield on July 12, 1834. Her father wrote out a permission slip for her to marry David, and her brother William was a witness to her marriage. Catherine and David lived along Panther Creek in Ohio Co. They had 8 children before Catherine's death on June 6, 1853. Vital statistics records show she died March 29, 1853, of
"Inflammation". This would have been about 3 months after the birth of her last child, John C. When she died her husband David, had her buried in her families cemetery in Trisler, Kentucky. She is buried beside her mother and father. David and Catherine's
son, Galen Crow Westerfield is my ancestor.
Children of David and Catherine (Whittinghill) Westerfield
a. William Perry b. 1835
b. Mary b. 1836
c. James b. 1838
d. Elizabeth b. 1841
e. Emiline b. 1843
f. Galen Crow b.1847
g. Margaret b. 1848
h. John C. b. 1853
The Cooper Family
The Cooper family joins the Whittinghill family through the marriage of Elizabeth Cooper to John Whittinghill. The first known ancestor of the Cooper family is Jacob Cooper Sr. He married Mary ?. Their son was Jacob Cooper Jr. Jacob Cooper Jr. was born c. 1750 in Chester District, South Carolina. He
married Rebecca McKinney. She was the daughter of John and Elizabeth (McDowell) McKinney. She was born on June 15, 1760 in Frederick Co., Virginia. Jacob and Rebecca were married in South Carolina. Jacob served in the Revolutionary War. His
records are on file at the Historical Commission of South Carolina in Columbia. Jacob and Rebecca had 10 children together.
Jacob Cooper Jr. died on June 7, 1805 in Chester District, South Carolina. He is buried in the Richardson Church Cemetery there. Rebecca died on November 2, 1838 in Jessamine County, Kentucky.
Children of Jacob Jr. and Rebecca Cooper
3a. John M.
m. Eliz. Jourdan 1780
b. June 11, 1784
m. John Whittinghill
m. Eiz. Gilmore
3d. Jacob Mason
m. Hannah McDaniel
m. Louise Snyder 1839
3f. Joseph Henry
b. May 2, 1802
m. Sarah McDaniel
m. John Woods 1815
m. Thomas Beavin 1820
3i. Mary (Molly)
m. Lewis Martin 1815
It should be noted here that four of Elizabeth's brothers settled in Ohio Co.
Kentucky near her and her husband John Whittinghill. Also, on July 28, 1812 Elizabeth and John sold 33 acres of land along the Catabaw River in South Carolina to her brother,
John Cooper. This land was a part of 440 acres she inherited when her father, Jacob Cooper Jr. died. This was part of a 1000 acre plantation Jacob Cooper Jr. bought on April 6, 1753.
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