The Family of Silas Regan Whitten
and Martha Caroline Yarbrough

INTRODUCTION

This page created March 2, 2002

I first learned about Silas Reagan Whitten in 1983 when I first began tracing my Whitten family history. There has been much confusion over the years over whether or not Silas Reagan Whitten was a brother to Pleasant and Austin Whitten, all of Winston County, Mississippi. But from the information I have gleaned from my sources, it would appear that they were not close kin. Given below is the information that has been shared with me that supports my belief. Kin perhaps...close, probably not.

According to Chapter 2 of William C. Whitten's book Whitten and Allied Families, Second Edition, "Records of payment made by the state of South Carolina after the Revolutionary War show that eight to ten Whittens may have served in the South Carolina Militia during the Revolution. The names of Whittens who appear in the stub entry books for South Carolina are given below: Elijah, Ambrose, Philip (listed twice), Robert, Austin, Jonathan, Joel, A.E. (possibly either Ambrose or Austin), and Charles." Mr. Whitten further states that there is a possibility that these eight to ten Whittens were closely kin. My Pleasant and Austin Whitten are most probably the grandsons of Austin Whitten (see my page entitled Austin Whitten I of Abbeville and Edgefield Counties, South Carolina for more information). Silas Reagan Whitten was a descendant (grandson?) of Charles Whitten. In this case, Silas Reagan, Pleasant, and Austin could potentially be second cousins. If this were so, this could help explain why Pleasant and Austin chose Winston County in which to settle when they left South Carolina. Below is an explanation of the lineage of Silas Reagan Whitten who married Martha Caroline Yarbrough.

Charles Whitten, SR and Nancy Smith of South Carolina had at least two sons: John Whitten (born 1762) and Charles Whitten, JR (born 1769). John Whitten married Mary Reagan and had a son Silas Reagan Whitten (b. 1794 in SC). This Silas Reagan married Eleanor Kee Earle in 1815 and reared their family in Tippah County, MS. He was the father of Alfred Washington Whitten, Rebecca Whitten Berry, and Silas Reagon Whitten, Jr (born 1830 and married Frances Madora Ray). William B. Moore, a descendant of Rebecca Whitten Berry, provided me with this information. See sources below for contact information for William B. Moore.

Charles Whitten, Jr. (born 1769) married Millicent Reagan (sister to John's wife Mary) about 1788. They had at least three sons: John R. Whitten (born 1805), Alvin Earle Whitten (born 1813) and Silas Reagan Whitten (born 1815). Silas and Alvin migrated to Winston County, Mississippi about 1840 while John R. went to Choctaw County. Silas Reagan married Martha Caroline Yarbrough in Winston County about 1851. She was the daughter of Moses Yarbrough and Mary Murrah (both from Abbeville, South Carolina). Silas Reagan was a merchant who lived downtown Louisville and was a bondsman/witness for many Winston County marriages. Silas and Martha eventually moved to Dallas, Texas in the late 1800's. Their family information was shared with me by their granddaughter Penny McNair.

In May 1985, I received a call from my genealogist friend Louis Taunton, who told me he had met a Mrs. Penny McNair (a frequent customer at Lake Tiak O'Khata Resort and Restaurant in Louisville, Mississippi) and that she had expressed an interest in researching Whittens from Winston County. I immediately wrote Mrs. McNair, and thus began a fruitful and interesting correspondence that lasted for over six years. Sometime around 1995, Louis informed me that Penny's health had failed. I have not heard from her directly since 1991, and I fear she has since died. Her first letter gave very detailed information about the life of Silas Reagan and Martha Caroline Whitten and their children. She also discussed in detail her own family. Please click the link below to read the full text of Penny's letter.

Family Life of Silas Reagan and Martha Caroline Whitten

FAMILY TREE

Silas Reagan (Regan) Whitten
Born: 1815 in Pendleton, South Carolina
Married: October 20, 1851 in Louisville, Winston County, Mississippi
Died: August 16, 1889 in Dallas, Dallas County, Texas
Buried: Greenwood Cemetery, Dallas County, Texas
Father: Charles Whitten Jr.
Mother: Millicent Reagan
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Martha Caroline Yarbrough
Born: February 10, 1832 in South Carolina, possibly Abbeville District
Died: November 20, 1919 in Dallas, Dallas County, Texas
Buried: Greenwood Cemetery, Dallas County, Texas
Father: Moses Yarbrough
Mother: Mary Murray/Murrah
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  1. Mary Amelia "Mollie" Whitten
    Born: December 7, 1852 in Louisville, Winston County, Mississippi -- twin
    Married (1): December 24, 1867
    Spouse (1): Henry William Holsomback -- divorced between 1870 - 1876
    Married (2): April 30, 1876 in Dallas, Texas
    Spouse (2): Michael Greenlun
    Died: April 16, 1910 in Dallas, Dallas County, Texas
    Buried: Dallas, Dallas County, Texas

    Mary Amelia and Henry Holsomback had two sons: John Henry Holsomback and George Everett Holsomback. Mary and Michael Greenlun had one son: Thomas S. Greenlun.

  2. Charles Everett Whitten
    Born: December 7, 1852 in Louisville, Winston County, Mississippi -- twin
    Married: About 1884
    Spouse: Carrie (maiden name unknown) - per William B. Moore
    Died: December 14, 1945 in Houston, Harris County, Texas
    Buried: Rest Haven, Harris County, Texas

    Charlie and Mary Amelia were twins. Charlie served as a Texas Ranger and also used the name "Charlie White".

  3. Elizabeth M. Whitten
    Born: About 1855 in Winston County, Mississippi
    Married: Unknown, but probably in Texas
    Spouse: Unknown, but not F.M. Ellis (He married a different Elizabeth Whitten from Winston County, Mississippi)
    Died: probably in Dallas, Texas
    Buried: Unknown
  4. James J. Whitten
    Born: About 1857 in Winston County, Mississippi
    Died: Date unknown in Waxahatchie, Texas
    Buried: Unknown

    According to Penny McNair, "Uncle Jimmy" died in Waxahatchie, Texas during the family's move from Mississippi to Texas. I believe this would have been after 1874 but probably before 1876.

  5. J. William Whitten
    Born: About 1859 in Winston County, Mississippi
    Married: Unknown but probably in Texas
    Spouse: Unknown, but not Mollie Thomas (Mollie Thomas married Jack W. Whitten from Winston County)
    Died: Unknown, but probably in Texas
    Buried: Unknown

    J.W. Whitten had two children: Earl R. Whitten and Hattie Whitten (who married a man named Tune).

William B. Moore shows a couple of other children, but these five were the only ones that Penny McNair shared with me. William's FamilySearch Ancestral File for the descendants of Charles Whitten, SR. can be viewed and downloaded (as a GED-COM) from the Latter Day Saint's website at http://www.familysearch.org/. The easiest way to find William's file is to go the the Search for Ancestors section and search for Silas Reagan (first name) Whitten (last name) and Martha (spouse) Yarbrough (spouse last name). The Silas Reagan Whitten that comes up should have the birthdate of 1815 in Pendleton, SC. When you click on his name, his individual record should have the code (AFN: R5KC-9X) beside his name. Clicking on the word "Family" beside his name will list his children. Clicking on the word "Family" beside his parents' names will take you to his parents' and siblings page.

FAMILY HISTORY

1841 Tax Rolls (Combination) of Winston County, Mississippi:
Whitton, S.R. -- 1 watch (value $15.00), 1 poll, tax = $0.57 1/2
Whitten, A.R. -- 1 town lot (value $200.00), 1 clock (value $10.00), 1 poll, 2 slaves, tax = $2.85
Whitten, S.R. -- 1 poll, 2 slaves, tax = $2.00

1843 Tax Rolls (Combination) of Winston County, Mississippi:
Whitton, S.R. -- 1 poll, tax = $0.50

1844 Tax Rolls (Personal) of Winston County, Mississippi:
Whitten, S.R. -- 1 poll, state tax = $0.50, county tax = $0.25

1845 Tax Rolls (Personal) of Winston County, Mississippi:
Whitten, S.R. -- 1 poll, state tax = $0.50, county tax = $0.18 3/4

1847 Tax Rolls (Personal) of Winston County, Mississippi:
Whitten, S.R. -- 1 poll, state tax = $0.50, county tax = $0.25

1848 Tax Rolls (Personal) of Winston County, Mississippi:
Whitten, S.R. -- money loaned $0.78, 1 poll, tax = $0.73 1/2

1848 Tax Rolls (Land) of Winston County, Mississippi:
Whitten, Alvin E. -- 1 lot in NW1/4 of NW1/4 of Sec 34 Twp 15 Rng 12, 1 1/2 acre @ value of $200.00. Tax owed = $0.50

1850 Census of Winston County, Mississippi, Dwelling 402, Family 407:
Whitten, R.S. -- age 30, born SC, merchant. Living with J.C. Hughes, physician.

1853 State Census of Winston County, Mississippi:
Whitten, S.R. -- 2 males, 2 females

1856 Tax Rolls (Personal) of Winston County, Mississippi:
Whitten, S.R. -- 1 watch (value $100.00), 1 slave, 1 poll, state tax = $1.27 1/2, county tax = $1.91

1860 Slave Census of Winston County, Mississippi:
Page 1, June 12, 1860 -- S.R. Whitten, 2 slaves

1863 Tax Rolls (Personal) of Winston County, Mississippi:
Whitten, S.R. -- 1 watch (value $100.00), 1 clock (value $10.00), 2 slaves, 1 poll, tax = $2.45

1870 Census of Winston County, Mississippi: Twp 14, Rng 10, Louisville P.O., Census page 7 (machine page 409), Dwelling 47, Family 48
Whitten: Silas (age 55), Martha (age 37), Charles (17), Elizabeth (15), James (13), William (11), Nannie (9), Nancy Yarber (30), Lotty Yarber (3)

1871 Tax Rolls (Personal) of Winston County, Mississippi:
Whitten, S.R. -- cattle 5 (value $50.00), 2 mules (value $300.00), 14 swine (value $70.00), 1 carriage (value $50.00), 0 polls

1873 Tax Rolls of Winston County, Mississippi:
Whitten, S.R. -- 7 cows (value $35.00), 2 mules (value $200.00), 1 carriage (value $80.00), 0 polls

Not present on 1874 Tax Rolls of Winston County, Mississippi. Was this about the time the family moved to Texas?

GENEALOGY RESOURCES

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