Jim's father, James Neailey, Sr. (1925-1983)
Great Grandfather Barrington Whitfield (1867-1935)
Whitfield Hall (A long time ago)
Dennis is descended from William I, William II, William III, and Bryan (died 1817). Bryan moved to Tennessee (married Anne Neville), along with two of his brothers, and his son moved to Texas, where the line continued down to Dennis. The Tennessee Gen Web Project includes the following link, which mentions a Whitfield family Bible: http://www.tngenweb.org/montgomery/whitfieldbible.html
This Bible is in the possession of Dennis and is pictured above. We thank him for his submission.
The Bible also includes a list of slave births, as pictured above.
Pictured are George Thomas Whitfield and his wife, Ressie Dell Worley Whitfield. George was born on September 3, 1887, and Ressie was born September 26, 1891. They were married February 4, 1914 and lived in Lenoir County.
Here is another picture of George. He seems a bit younger than in the picture at left.
Beth says these have been hanging in her home for as long as she can remember.
Here is a bit about about J. O. Whitfield [John Oliver Whitfield 1813 - ?]. He was a son of Wm. III that came to TX. He was uncle to my gg grandfather W B Whitfield but we are close in age. They knew each other and were here together in the Republic. They were original Texas land owners & have land abstracts bearing their names next to each other in Coryell County, TX, near Turnersville. I, of course, went to just walk around. It's farm land. I don't think they ever lived on it because of Comanche Indians. Either they bought as speculators or received for service to Republic of Texas revolution. They both lived in more settled east Texas & my bunch later moved to Lavaca County, TX.
David Compton, one of our members in Demopolis, Alabama, submitted a letter written in 1928 by his great great uncle, Jesse George Whitield. Jesse was writing to his niece, Mary Compton, about her interest in joining the Daughters of the American Revolution. From his letter, he was obviously a well-educated man and well-versed in our family history.. Jesse has a brief biography in the Whitfield, Bryan, Smith book, which reads as follows:
(492) Jesse George Whitfield
(Bryan, Nathan, Bryan, William, William)
Jesse George Whitfield was born November 25, 1859, in Alabama. He married June 7, 1882, Penelope Clinton Holmes (528). Jesse Whitfield was a civil engineer and a man of high culture. He became interested in family history and was good enough to contribute a deal of material upon which part of this genealogy is based. He was living in Demopolis, Ala., in 1947.
1. William Holmes Whitfield; b. April 13, 1885, at Demoplis, Ala.; d. Oct. 14, 1891.
2. Foscue Bryan Whitfield; b. Sept. 4, 1888, in Demopolis; m. __________.
3. Thomas Holmes Whitfield; b. Nov. 22, 1890, in Aberdeen, Miss.
Jesse George Whitfield died on October 11, 1949, at the age of 89. He is buried in Riverside Cemetery in Demopolis, Alabama.
Dothan, Ala., Dec. 10, 1928
I have had your letter of the 12th Nov sometime. Have been waiting to get home again so as to give you the information you want, but have not been able to leave here yet. With reference to your going into the D.A.R., there is one thing you will have to make clear to me. Many years ago when I did some work along this line it seems to me that in order to get into this society it was necessary for your ancestor of the Revolution to have had some official status and not just a soldier, but your paper states that “any woman who is descended from a man or woman who, with unfailing loyalty to the cause of the American independence served as a sailor, or as a soldier or civil officer etc. etc.”
Now both my Whitfield great grandfathers were soldiers of the revolution and were in the battle of Moores Creek Bridge (1776) one of these was clerk to Col. Caswell. This is tradition but might be proved by referring to the War Department. I don’t know.
My mother’s grandfather, F[illegible] Foscue, entered the war in 1780, and was in battles before he was captured by the British. I have at home his record sent from the War Department. This was also tradition, and I never could see how it was that a boy born 1766, could have been in the war in 1780. But the records show it.
My mother’s great grandfather, William Borden of Carteret, was member of the Constitutional Convention, N. Ca., 1776 (Wheeler’s Hist. N. Ca.) Can not give the page because the book is at home.
My mother’s great-grandfather Col. Lemuel Hatch was in the Revolution (Wheeler’s N.Ca.) Our descent from him can be shown by N.Ca records.
You could get into the Colonial Dames on a good many counts. One of your ancestors was the first white man to own land in N.Ca. (before it was N.Ca.) his two deeds from the two Indian chiefs [illegible] [Cuskatenow?] and Kilkonanen dated 1661 1662, are the oldest paper on record in N.Ca. He was born 163? Married Ann Marwood 16 Jany 165 8/9, was member House of Burgesses, attorney general, imprisoned by the notorious Go. Seth Sothel died 1693 or 1694. I will send you your pedigree from him.
George Durant married to Ann Marwood Dates given in
Born Oct 2 1632 in 16 Jany 1658/59 of Northumberland Jany to March
London. Probably son Va inclusive are in both
of Geo Durant, Vicar of OS and NS
Blocklee [Blockley] County
Worcester. Letter still Could supply other dates if I
[illegible] to him had access to my books
from Wm Laud, Arch Bishop
Canterbury, dated 1639.
Geo Durant was Memb.
House of Burgesses, Attorney
General (Hathaways Register)
John Durant married Sarah Jooke
Elizabeth Durant married Anthony Hatch
Treasury of the Province 1721
Edmund Hatch md Lucy Richards Col. Lemuel Hatch md Mary Fonville Anthony Hatch md Elizabeth
15th Mar 1742/43 d. 1776 Dickenson
Ancestor of many of the Whitfields
Asa Hatch md Hope Borden Anthony Hatch md Susan (?)
1794 185- died 1810
Mehitable Hatch md Augustus Foscue
Mary Alice Foscue md Dr. Bryan W. Whitfield
Alice Hill Whitfield md L. S. Compton
Whitfield Compton md Bertha Whittaker Mary Compton Julia Compton
1891- 1891 1900- 1903-
I thought a Lieut Col Lemuel Hatch was a link between Col Lemuel Hatch and Asa, but Miss Emma Whitfield Va in her research [illegible old N Ca records has found that Asa was the son of Col Edmund Hatch
Lieut Col Lemuel Hatch was also a soldier of the Revolution
On down. Giving all dates that remember with certainty. Information about him gotten from Wheelers Hist N.Ca., and Hathaway’s Register (both books out of print) Suppose you keep this information. You may be able with it to help my grandchildren, and after I am gone it will all be lost. I expect it would be very difficult to find either a copy of Wheelers History of Hathaways Register. When I get home I may be able to give more complete information. In the meantime set me right as I ask on first page of this letter.
Somehow I have great [illegible] for my grandfather Augustus. He came of a long line of noble ancestry. Any one who knows his [illegible] knows that he was not an ordinary man. Because of his lack of education and polish he was not considered by some others as quite up to standard, but his ancestors were [illegible] where those others were_____ The Foscues were a [illegible] family back to the time of the conquest, and before the conquest they were barons of Normandy. I don’t [illegible] I am snobbish___ I know I am not in this case. I am more proud of being descended from Augustus than I am of being descended from his ancestors.
I am attaching a photo of my great-grandmother, Adelia Ann Whiitfield Staton. She was born December 5, 1846 in Montgomery County, TN, married my great-grandfather, Charles Wesley Staton on November 18, 1865, and died May 30, 1906. They had six children, only two of whom lived to adulthood; my grandfather, Joseph Lewis Staton, was the youngest surviving child. Adelia's parents were Robert Diggs Whitfield and Susan Ann Norsworthy, both of Montgomery County, TN.
My grandfather was very proud of his Whitfield ancestry, and passed that pride down to his children and grandchildren. My husband and I named our son Laurence Whitfield Short, and he and his wife named their son Charles Wesley Warrington Short! It must have caught on...
The old guy that gets up from his chair then stands next to the woman with the plate is Otis Jenkins my grandmothers uncle. My grandmother Sara Mildred Whitfield Deal is the woman standing with him she was born in Wilton NC. The oldest of the kids is me waving across the table the others are my brothers. My mother Millicent Davis Deal is the dark haired youngest woman. I think the place is Brassfield NC. The last seconds of the clip is my dad as we were leaving Duke Univ.
Robert Haliburton Whitfield, James Early Whitfield, John Wesley Whitfield, George Washington Whitfield sons of David H Whitfield Granville NC
Edward Whitfield, Julian Whitfield, William Whitfield sons of James Early Whitfield