The Family of Luther Whitten
and Lena Stark

INTRODUCTION

This page last updated January 28, 2000

Luther Whitten was born in 1892 in the Noxubee Hill community of northern Winston County, Mississippi. He married Lena Stark on January 24, 1915 in Louisville, MS. Their first child, Cecil Carmen (daughter) was born in 1918. Son Henry Thomas followed in 1920, daughter Pat in 1928, and daughter Jeraldine sometime after 1920.

Lena Stark was born in 1894, the daughter of John H. and Eliza Frances Stark. Their surname is generally spelled Stark, but it is often confused with the name Starks. Luther and his family originally lived in the Perkinsville area of eastern Winston County with Lena's parents, but daughter Pat's obituary listed her as having been born in the Noxapater community in southern Winston County. Luther and Lena were both living in Ackerman in Choctaw County when they died. Girtha Whitten (niece) tells the story that Lena was Luther's nurse for several years during his chronic illness. She died unexpectedly, perhaps in her sleep, in January 1960. After Lena's death, Luther appeared to regain his health somewhat until he died later the same year in December 1890. They were buried together in Perkinsville Cemetery in Winston County, MS with Lena's parents and two of their own children, Carmen and Henry Thomas.

FAMILY TREE

Luther Graham Whitten
Born: January 25, 1892 in Louisville, Winston County, Mississippi
Married: January 24, 1915 in Louisville, Winston County, Mississippi
Died: December 18, 1960 in Ackerman, Choctaw County, Mississippi
Buried: Perkinsville Cemetery, Winston County, Mississippi
Father: John Thomas Whitten
Mother: Sue Mayo
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Lena Stark
Born: February 12, 1894 in Mississippi, probably in Winston County
Died: January 16, 1960 in Ackerman, Choctaw County, Mississippi
Buried: Perkinsville Cemetery, in Winston County, Mississippi
Father: John H. Stark
Mother: Eliza Frances Stark
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  1. Cecil Carmen Whitten
    Born: February 19, 1918, probably in Perkinsville area of Winston County, Mississippi
    Married: Never married
    Died: June 1920, probably in Perkinsville area of Winston County, Mississippi
    Buried: Perkinsville Cemetery, in Winston County, Mississippi

    Pete Whitten told me that he remembered Carmen having a big, gray cat. She died as a child.

  2. Henry Thomas Whitten
    Born: August 27, 1920, probably in Perkinsville area of Winston County, Mississippi
    Married: Never married
    Died: August 27, 1920, probably in Perkinsville area of Winston County, Mississippi
    Buried: Perkinsville Cemetery, in Winston County, Mississippi
  3. Jeraldine Whitten
    Born: After 1920, probably in Winston County, Mississippi
    Married: (1) Cecil Morris? -- date/place unknown
    Married: (2) Mr. Rogers? -- name/date/place unknown
    Died: Date not known
    Buried: Unmarked grave in Perkinsville Cemetery, in Winston County, Mississippi

    Pete Whitten said that Jeraldine may have been the victim of a homicide.

  4. EmmaJean "Pat" Whitten
    Born: May 17, 1928 in Noxapater, Winston County, Mississippi
    Married: (1) Mr. Hobbs? -- name/place unknown but before 1961
    Married: (2) John B. Gravely -- 1961, place unknown
    Died: April 29, 1993 in Memphis, Tennessee
    Buried: Bethel Cemetery, Winston County, Mississippi

    Pat had two children by her first husband: Evelyn Hobbs and James Hobbs. She had two children by her second husband: Dina Gravely and Kathy Gravely.

FAMILY HISTORY

1900 Winston County, Mississippi Census: Enum. Dist 96, House 115, Sheet 7
Luther, son, born Jan 1891 (9) in MS, Living with parents John T. and Sussie M. Whitten.

1910 Winston County, Mississippi: Enum. Dist 119, House 54/55, Sheet 4
Luther, son, age 14 (1896), born in MS, living with parents John T. and Sue Whitten. [my note: age should be closer to 19 (1891) per 1900 census]

1920 Winston County, Mississippi: Supervisor Dist 5, Enum. Dist. 131, House 146, Family 146 (page 56B).
Luther Whitten, head, age 28 (1892), born in MS, parents born in MS
Lena, wife, age 27 (1893), born in MS, parents born in MS
Cecil C., dau, age 11/12 (1919), born in MS
John H. Stark, father, age 82 (1838), born in MS, parents born in SC
Francis Stark, mother, age 71 (1849), born in MS, parents birthplace unknown.

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PHOTOS
See pictures of Luther's family in my Whitten Family Picture Album.

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| Parents and Siblings of Luther | Main Whitten Page | The Whitten Killing of 1908 |

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