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Posted by: Terry Thonton (ID *****5343) Date: June 21, 2008 at 06:53:54
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WHITWORTH, NIX, BOYD, SMITH, and COCKERHAM: Early Families in Monroe County, Mississippi

A small set of family papers has been recovered from Hamilton, Monroe County, Mississippi. Most of the papers relate to the WHITWORTH family. The papers date from 1835 to 1910.

JOHN WHITWORTH was in Monroe County as early as 1820 (the county was opened for settlers in 1816). JOHN and THOMAS WHITWORTH are shown on the 1830 Monroe County census; and by 1840 ELI, FENDALL, JOHN H. and THOMAS WHITWORTH are listed.

The estate papers include an assortment of receipts, deeds, promissory notes, Powers of Attorney, and letters. The earliest deed is from 1835 transferring ownership of land in Monroe County, Mississippi, to THOMAS WHITWORTH; another deed dates to 1837.

Although the bulk of the papers relate to the WHITWORTH family, a few of them are documents from the SMITH family, the COCKERHAM family, and the BOYD and NIX families of Monroe County, Mississippi.

The following articles have been written and posted at Hill Country of Monroe County, Mississippi, about these family documents:

Family Documents, Hamilton, Monroe County, Mississippi: 1835 - 1910
A brief description of each of the 38 documents in the collection.

VESTY NIX WHITWORTH: $450 Promissory Note, May 1, 1864
Vesta Nix was the wife of Thomas Jefferson Whitworth, Senior. She signed a promissory note in 1864 to pay within one year in gold or silver $450 to T.J. Whitworth. Images, transcription, and a discussion of this note are provided.

F.F. WHITWORTH; 1861 letter to his brother T.J. WHITWORTH
Fendall Whitworth and T. J. Whitworth were brothers, sons of T.J. and Vesta Nix Whitworth. In 1861 Fendall, living then in Lafayette County, Mississippi, wrote a letter to his brother in Monroe County. The four page letter is shown, transcribed, and a brief discussion of the Whitworth family are provided.

G.W. GARMANY, Savannah, Georgia: Letter of 1887
This letter is thought to be a genealogical inquiry from Dr. George Washington Garmany, a physician from Georgia. The letter was addressed to two of the Whitworth brothers who lived in Hamilton, Monroe County, Mississippi. The letter image is provided; a very brief discussion of Dr. Garmany is given; and a short discussion of the Whitworth family is provided.

Family researchers are invited to read and to post comments at either this forum or at Hill Country. Any help in sorting out these early families in Monroe County, Mississippi, will be most appreciated.

Additional transcriptions of other documents in the collection will be posted as time permits.

Terry Thornton

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