Individual Record 2220

Name}   Whitthorne, William Jervis Family History} Hancock                
  Title} Major Race} White Sex} Male
Birth:   Date} Fam 22 Feb 1797 Place} Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
Marr.: Date} Cir                1824 Place}       (Link)
Death: Date} Fam 19 Feb 1872* Place} Shelbyville, Bedford, Tennessee
Burial: Date} Fam 22 Feb 1872* Place} Willow Mount Cemetery, Shelbyville, Bedford, Tennessee
  Grave Marker} Yes
Source 1} 1236=1850 USA cen
Source 2} 1237=1860 USA cen
Source 3} 1234=Biography
Source 4} 1235=Biography
Source 5} 1217=Cemetery rec
Source 6} 1214=Family history
Source 7} 1233=Family history
Source 8}  
Source 9}  
Source 10} 
Parents: } See Notes** below
   Relationship No.} None
1st Household No.}  
      Occupation 1} Merchant
       Occupation 2} Attorney
       Occupation 3} Chancery court clerk
  Religion/Church} Presbyterian
Spouses:    First} Wisener, Elizabeth (Eliza) Joyce
 Total Number of} 1?
Notes:  *Death and burial year conflict:  William's death year was 1872 per Sources 1217, 1233, and 1235; however, it was 1875 (and probably erroneous) in Source 1234.

**William's father was born in the north of Ireland, of Scotch ancestry, and spent his entire life on the Emerald Isle.  William's mother was of a French Huguenot family (De La Honte).  William was an infant when his father died, and four years later he was made an orphan by the death of his mother, who died (circa 1802) on board the ship on which she had booked passage for America.

William was subsequently taken care of by his mother's brother, who settled near Raleigh, North Carolina.  At age 16 William was sent back to Ireland to attend the University of Dublin.  He returned to North Carolina after graduation from that University.  Thereafter he moved to the eastern part of Tennessee, then moved to Bedford county.  He was a merchant operating a general store in Farmington for a number of years.

William was admitted to the bar soon after moving to Tennessee.  Later he was commissioned by Gov. Sam Houston as a major of the 22nd Regiment of the Tennessee militia.

William was appointed U.S. deputy marshal in 1842 for middle Tennessee.  He was thereafter appointed clerk and master of the chancery court at Shelbyville.  He filled the latter position for 27 years until he retired.

William was noted for his strict Presbyterianism, democracy, honesty, and integrity.  He acccumulated quite a fortune for those days, and was a personal friend of General Jackson and President Polk.  He was buried on the 75th anniversary of his birth.
Time of Birth}   Time of Death}   Fraternal/Social}  
Baptism Date}   Place}  
Confirm. Date}   Photo} None
Immigr'n Date} Cir 1802 Port}  
Education: Grade} (see Notes)   or Top 2 Degrees} (see Notes)
Military: Service} Militia                 for the State of} Tennessee
Health Condition}  
  Cause of Death}  
Last Updated
by} Dan Hancock
Date Updated} 10 Aug 2010
Date Created}  30 Jul  2010
Copyright © 2010 by Daniel W. Hancock.  All Rights Reserved.

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