This page last updated February 11, 2001
Pleasant "Bunk" Whitten, Jr. was born in 1858 in the Noxubee Hill community of northern Winston County, Mississippi. He married Lula Talley on January 31, 1884 in Choctaw County, Mississippi. Their first six children were born in Winston County between 1884 - 1895. Daughter Edith was born in February 1895, and while she was still just an infant, Bunk moved his family from Mississippi to the Hill Country of central Texas to the small town of Staples in Guadalupe County, near San Marcos. Their remaining six children were born in Texas, probably in Guadalupe County. Lucille, the youngest, and her mother Lula returned briefly to Winston County in 1914 to visit family. Lula died in 1929 and Bunk died in 1937.
Grandson Cleveland Woodward Whitten, Jr. has said that Bunk had prostate trouble. The story is that Bunk asked son-in-law Ben Festervan to send him down to a Dr. Brinkley in Del Rio, Texas. Dr. Brinkley was a CHARLETON who had a business of putting goat glands in people. While Bunk was in the hospital in Del Rio, he died of pneumonia. He was buried beside his wife Lula in Staples Cemetery in Guadalupe County, Texas.
I do not know who Lula's parents were, but they may have moved from Mississippi to Texas when Bunk and Lula did. Bunk's son Willie Erving told me that Lula's parents later moved from Texas on to Oklahoma.
Note: Past visitors to my site will recognize that I have updated almost all the information on the children of Bunk and Lula Whitten (as of Feb 2001). These updates have been courtesy of several of my new-found cousins, primarily Carole Jean Anderson Whitten, Arlene Berges, Bobbie Jean Whitten, Robert P. Humphreys, and Melissa Humphreys Kautz. They deserve the credit and thanks!
Pleasant W. "Bunk" Whitten, Jr.
Born: 1858 in Winston County, Mississippi (tombstone says 1856)
Married: January 31, 1884 in Choctaw County, Mississippi
Died: July 16, 1937 in Del Rio, Val Verde County, Texas
Buried: Staples Cemetery, Guadalupe County, Texas
Father: Pleasant William Whitten
Mother: Caroline Spencer
Nannie Lula Talley
Born: 1866 in Mississippi, probably in Winston or Choctaw County
Died: May 15, 1929 in Temple, Bell County, Texas
Buried: Staples Cemetery, Guadalupe County, Texas
Mother: Unknown, possibly "Grandma Woodward"
This is the story Cleveland Sr. told his family according to his son, Cleveland Woodward Whitten, Jr. (per Carole Jean Whitten):
"He was born with the name of Grover Cleveland Whitten. He did not like the name Grover; so, he changed his name to Cleveland Woodward Whitten. Woodward was the name of his grandmother that he loved very much. He was very upset when they moved to Texas without his Grandma Woodward. He couldn't understand why they didn't bring her with them. He was about 8 years old when the family moved from Mississippi to Texas."
Cleve and Katie had two children: Rena Marie Whitten (married Jessie Humphreys) and Cleveland Woodward Whitten, Jr (married Carole Jean Anderson.) Katie was born in September 1893 and died in September 1975. She was buried with Cleve in Angleton, Texas.
Mary Romine Whitten was a sister to Willie Whitten's wife Rosa Ella Romine. Mary was born July 14, 1900 and died May 15, 1978. She is buried with Frank in Staples Cemetery in Guadalupe County, Texas.
Ben and Annie reared two children: Dorothy Mae Howard Festervan (married Jack Gustafson) and Ben Harold Festervan. Ben Harold was their natural child, but they adopted Dorothy as an infant when her mother died. Dorothy's mother was Annie's sister, Bessie Howard.
Jennie Scrutchin was born August 4, 1892 to Hiram Probert Scrutchin and Willie Lucinda McMath. She died in November 1980 and was buried in Rosenburg, Texas. Robert and Jennie had three children: Robert Scrutchin Whitten (married Helen Lois Scherer), Katie Maude Whitten (married Fred Lee Walger, Jr.), and Eleanor Marie Whitten (married Daniel John Marek). Robert was a World War I veteran, and his son Robert was a World War II veteran. Information on this family was provided to me by Marie Whitten Marek. E-mail me for contact information and further information on this family.
Rosa Ella Romine was a sister to Frank Whitten's wife Mary Alice Romine. Rosa was born January 6, 1896 and died October 26, 1979. She was buried in the Staples Cemetery in Guadalupe County, Texas. Willie and Rosa lived in Staples, Texas in Guadelupe County and had eight children born there: Emma Dean Whitten (married Charles Edgerton), Bill Ervin Whitten (married Jeanne Bedford), Rosa Lea Whitten (married Joe McMichael and James Bryant), Carey Neal Whitten (married Suzie Burnett), William Woodrow Whitten (married Ethel), Lillian Whitten (married Guy Weeks), Marjorie Whitten (married twice, lastly to Rayburn Smith), and Chester Whitten (married Dorothy). Willie Erving was a beekeeper, and although he lived to age 96, he said he never suffered from arthritis. He attributed that to his being stung many times by his bees. In July 1984, Willie, daughter Marjorie Smith, and Marjorie's husband Raymond visited my family in Winston County, Mississippi. Willie wanted to visit again the place where his father had lived and was very excited to have his picture taken with his grandfather Pleasant Whitten's tombstone.
Bolton and Edith had five children, but only three survived to adulthood. Their first child died as an infant, and their third child, Bolton Leslie Carlisle, lived only one month. Their three surviving children were Eunice Lucille Carlisle (married Jack Henry), Ruby Lee Carlisle (married Clarence Balser) and Roy Bolton Carlisle (married Jane E. Reedy). Bolton W. Carlisle was born in 1891 and died in 1968. He and Edith were buried in Staples Cemetery in Guadalupe County, Texas.
Edwin and Nora had four children: Donald Lancaster Whitten (married Genevieve), Shirley Faye Whitten (married William Jean Adams, Sr.), Lois Ruth Whitten (married a Jones), and Earleen Marie Whitten (married Thomas Vernon Chesser). Nora was born in September 1899 and died just two days before Edwin on June 11, 1945. They are both buried in Roswell, New Mexico.
According to Carole Jean Whitten, Tony had tuberculosis when he and Bessie married, and he probably died first. Bessie died in 1924, shortly after having her daughter Dorothy Mae. Bessie's sister Annie Festervan adopted the infant Dorothy and reared her as her own. Bessie was buried in Staples, Texas, but nothing else is known of Tony.
Clifton and Rosa had one child: Betty Lou Whitten (married twice to first a Dunn then a Dhooghe).
Truett and Maggie had one child before they divorced, a daughter named Bobbie Jean Whitten (married Jon Rembert Glover, divorced).
The Winston County Journal , August 14, 1914, "Local and Personals":
Mrs. J.W. Whitten and little daughter Lucille are out from Texas to visit relatives. Mrs. Whitten had not been in Louisville for 19 years until yesterday and was very much astonished at the growth of the old (place). Her many friends were glad to see her here. She paid the Journal an appreciated visit.
Jack and Lucille had six children. Their first baby, Rue Ann Humphreys, was stillborn because the umbilical cord was wrapped around the neck. Their other children were Jack Duane Humphreys (married LaMoine Laughlin), Patsy Nell Humphreys (married J.C. Schroeder), Robert Ples Humphreys (married Glenda Gay Henderson), Lula Ann Humphreys (married James Roland Burnett), and Betty Lucille Humphreys (married John Thomas McNeeley). Jack was the son of John Henry Humpreys and Emma Northcutt. He was born in September 1911 and died in July 1986. He was buried with Lucille in Austin, Texas.
1860 Winston County, Mississippi: Page 61, Dwelling 384, Family 383
Pleasant Whitten, age 2 (1858), born in MS, living with P.H. and C. Whitten.
1870 Winston County, Mississippi: Louisville Post Office, Twp 16 Rng 12, Dwelling/Family 77/77, Page 11
Pleasant Whitten, age 12 (1858), born in MS, living with Pleasant and Caroline Whitten.
1880 Winston County, Mississippi: Enum. Dist 21, Dwelling 414, Family 414, Page 51
Bunk Whitten, age 23 (1857), born in MS, living with John A. Whitten (head, age 28) and Caroline Whitten (mother).
For the 1900, 1910, and 1920 censuses, check Guadalupe County, Texas.
Choctaw County, Miss. Marriage Book A, page 319:
P.W. Whitten and Loula Tally, January 31, 1884. Bondsman: J.L. Castels.
The Winston County Journal , July 19, 1901, "Local Matters"
We gladly add the name of Mr. P.W. Whitten of Staple, Tex., to our list of readers this week as a cash-in-advance subscriber.
Winston County, Mississippi Land Deeds
On 21 Mar 1870, Wm Roach, Romeo Halfacre, W.W. Taylor, and J.L. Conner conveyed to the trustee M.A. Metts the deed in trust for land in the SE4 of SW4 and SW4 of SE4 in S14 and N2 of NW4 of S23 T16 R12. Deed recorded 23 Mar 1870 (Bk T, Pg 126). On 20 Jan 1877, the trustee sold these lands on the courthouse steps at public auction. P.W. Whitten, Jr. was the highest bidder for $400.12. Given 20 Jan 1877 and recorded 5 Feb 1877. (Deed book 1, page 225)
On 14 Jan 1881, there was a deed of warranted conveyance given between J.N and L.A. Long, Jas and Sallie Whitten, F.M. and Bettie Ellis, and D.P. and N.C. Foster to P.W. Whitten for $900.00 -- their entire interest amounting to 1/2 interest in the NE4 of NE4 and NW4 of NW4 and W2 of SE4 and E2 of SW4 of S5 T15 R12 and NW4 of NW4 of S4 T15 R12 and S2 of SW4 of S32 T16 R12, 360 ac. L.A. Long and Sallie Whitten, J.N. Long and James Whitten signed voluntarily on 14 Jan 1881. Elizabeth Ellis signed voluntarily on 20 Apr 1881. F.M. Ellis signed voluntarily on 15 Aug 1882. Recorded 18 Aug 1882. (Deed book 4, page 275) This land was part of their deceased father, Pleasant Whitten's, estate. The grantors were all siblings of P.W.
On 7 Nov 1881, P.W. Whitten sold land to Mary Hamill for $40: 10 acres in NW corner to NW4 of NW4 of S23 T16 R12. Recorded 31 Dec 1881. (Deed book 3, page 632)
On 3 Dec 1884, P.W. Whitten and wife N.L. Whitten sold land to J.N. Long for $280: SE4 of SW4 and SW4 of SE4 of S14 and N2 of NW4 of S23 S16 R12 less 10 acres in NW4 of NW4 of S23 T16 R12. Recorded 4 Dec 1884. (Deed book 5, page 224) J.N. Long was married to Lucinda Whitten, P.W.'s sister.
On 14 Jan 1891, J.T. and J.W. Whitten sold land to P.W. Whitten for $500.00: SE4 of SW4 of S5 T15 R12 and W2 of SE4 of S5 T15 R12 and S2 of SW4 of S32 T16 R12. (Deed book 9, page 291) The same day, P.W. and J.T. Whitten sold land to J.W. Whitten for $500.00: NW4 of NW4 of S4 T15 R12 and NE4 of NE4 of S5 T15 R12. (Deed book 9, page 292) And in return, P.W. and J.W. Whitten sold land to J.T. Whitten for $150.00: NE4 of SW4 of S5 T15 R12E. (Deed book 9, page 293) This land was all part of their father Pleasant's estate.
On 12 Feb 1902, P.W. Whitten and wife N.L. Whitten gave to John T. Whitten a warranty Deed for $300.00: W2 of SE4 and SE4 of SW4 of S5 T15 R12E and S2 of SW of S32 T16 R12E, 200 ac. Payable in $100 each on Nov 1, 1902, 1903, and 1904. P.W. and N.L. Whitten appeared before the Justice of the Peace in Guadalupe County, Texas. Filed in Winston 1 Nov 1902. (Deed book 19, page 285)
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