The Family of James S. Whitten
and Sarah E. Barron

INTRODUCTION

This page last updated November 24, 2007.

James S. Whitten, oldest son of Pleas Whitten, married Sallie Barron in Jan. 1867 in Louisville, Winston County, MS. They are listed in the 1870 Winston, MS census living next door to Fanny Barron, Sallie's mother. James and Sallie are listed with two small children, Larla (age 1) and Robert (7 mos). In April 1876, there is an arrest warrant issued by the Circuit Court of Winston County, MS for James Whitten for assault and battery with intent to kill. He was supposed to be arrested and held in the Louisville jail until court convened in Sept 1876. James and Sallie are listed in the 1880 Choctaw, Miss. census in the French Camp community with four young children: Lula (12), Cora (8), Dick (6), and Ada (4). Robert, who should have been about 10, was not listed with them. Maybe he died?

The family moved to the Red River Valley area of Texas (especially Delta and Lamar Counties) some time after 1880 because in a Winston County land deed dated 1903, Mrs. Sallie Whitten listed her address as Delta County, Texas. It is believed that they were cotton sharecroppers who moved back and forth along the Red River in north Texas. In fact, the widow Sallie appears on the 1900 Lamar County, Texas census with her sons Dick and Vester Whitten and daughter Mike. Mike was listed as being born in Mississippi in 1887, so the family must have moved to Texas after that date. In 1910, Sallie was living in Caddo County, Oklahoma with her sons Bester and Samuel Whitten and granddaughter Minnie Turner. Sallie was living with B.B. Whitten on the 1920 Caddo, Oklahoma census. I am assuming this is her son Vester/Bester.

Sallie was the daughter of Almond M. and Frances M. Barron of Louisville, Winston County, Mississippi. According to The Barron Family in the American South, Almond died a soldier in the Confederate Army in July 1863 during the Seige of Vicksburg, Mississippi. Fannie and her children are listed in the 1870 Winston County census. Fannie's maiden name is unknown. Almond, born circa 1824, was the son of Ezekial and Sarah Barron. His lineage goes from Ezekial Barron back through James Barron, Joseph Elias Barron, John Barron, Joseph Barron/Barrand Sr, and finally to Robert Barron, born circa 1617 in the British Isles. This information came from The Barron Family in the American South and was shared with me by Patrick Harrison. Due to frequent requests for more information on the Barrons, I have posted the information that Patrick sent me. Click here for an excerpt of the information I have on the Barron family.

Dick Whitten's grandson Monroe Willoughby told me that Sallie and her sons Bester and Sam Whitten are buried in Gracemont Cemetery in Caddo County, Oklahoma. I have found listings for whom I believe are Bester and Sam, but Sallie is not listed. Perhaps her grave is unmarked. And the question that I am still wondering is where did Jim die? Did he move to Texas with his family and die out there before 1900? Or did he die in Mississippi before they moved? It is possible that Sallie's brother Almon Barron may have also lived in Lamar County, Texas. If Jim died in Mississippi, Sallie may have moved her young children to Texas when her brother moved out there. I would welcome anyone's input to this mystery!

FAMILY TREE

James S. Whitten
Born: 1846 in Alabama (possibly Chambers County)
Married: January 30, 1867 in Louisville, Winston County, Mississippi
Died: Between 1887 - 1900 (maybe in Lamar or Delta County, Texas)
Buried: Unknown (maybe in Lamar or Delta County, Texas)
Father: Pleasant William Whitten
Mother: Caroline Spencer
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Sarah E. "Sallie" Barron
Born: February 1853 in Mississippi
Died: After 1920, probably in Caddo County, Oklahoma
Buried: Gracemont Cemetery, Caddo County, Oklahoma -- probably unmarked
Father: Almond Barron
Mother: Frances M. "Fannie" Barron
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  1. Larla (Lula) Whitten
    Born: 1869 in Mississippi (probably in Winston County)
    Married: Circa 1908, probably in Texas or Oklahoma
    Spouse: Turner -- first name unknown
    Died: Unknown -- perhaps circa 1910? Probably in Oklahoma
    Buried: Unknown, probably in Oklahoma

    According to Monroe Willoughby, Lula Whitten was the mother of Minnie Turner. On the 1910 Caddo County, Oklahoma census, Minnie Turner was listed as age 2 (born in Oklahoma), living with her Uncle Bester Whitten and grandmother Sallie Whitten. Was this merely a coincidence or did Lula and her husband die, leaving Minnie an orphan? Minnie Turner married Floyd Turner, and she is supposed to be buried in Gracemont Cemetery in Caddo County, Oklahoma. I have not yet found her tomb information.

  2. Robert Whitten
    Born: November 1869 in Mississippi (probably in Winston County)
    Died: After 1870 but before 1880? in Mississippi (probably in Choctaw County)
  3. Cora Whitten
    Born: 1872 in Mississippi (probably in Choctaw County)

    Cora is still a mystery. In the Lamar County, Texas marriage records, there are three Cora Whittens listed:

    Cora Whitten married J.H. Turner, February 28, 1897
    Cora Whitten married J.H. Turner, January 07, 1898
    Cora Whitten married W.M. Carpenter, October 26, 1898

    However, on the 1900 Lamar County, Texas census, there is a Jim and Ora Turner living not too far from Dick and Annie Whitten. This Jim and Ora were married for 3 years (1897) and had a 2 year-old daughter Ethel. Could this perhaps be "our" Cora Whitten?

  4. Richard W. "Dick" Whitten
    Born: December 30, 1876 in Mississippi (probably in Choctaw County)
    Married: November 12, 1899 in Lamar County, Texas
    Spouse: Annie May (Margaret Ann) Diggs
    Died: February 11, 1934 in probably Tell, Childress County, Texas
    Buried: West Tell Cemetery, Childress County, TX

    Dick is listed on the 1900 Lamar, TX census as born in May 1875. Check out Dick's family page for more information.

  5. Ada Whitten
    Born: 1876 in Mississippi (probably in Choctaw County)

    The Lamar County, Texas marriage records show that an ADA WHITTEN married W.T. ELLIS on March 01, 1908 in Paris, Lamar County, Texas. Could this be our Ada Whitten? Can anyone help me with this family, to either prove or disprove?

  6. Lillie Whitten
    Born: October 1878 in Mississippi
    Married: December 28, 1898 in Lamar County, Texas
    Spouse: John L. Statton
    Died: February 11, 1962 in Gracemont, Caddo County, Oklahoma
    Buried: Gracemont Cemetery, Caddo County, Oklahoma

    Lillie and John Statton were enumerated on the 1900 census for Lamar County, Texas, living next door to Dick and Annie Whitten. They are then listed on the 1910 census for Caddo County, Oklahoma in the same township as Lillie's brother Bester and mother Sallie Whitten. Check out Lillie's family page for more information.

  7. Bester B. Whitten (son)
    Born: February 1882 in Mississippi (probably in Choctaw County)
    Died: After 1920, probably in Oklahoma
    Buried: Gracemont Cemetery, Caddo County, Oklahoma

    I am not sure of the exact name of this son. The 1900 Lamar County, Texas census shows Vester Whitten living with his brother Dick Whitten. The 1910 Caddo County, Oklahoma census shows Bester Whitten as head of the household with his mother Sallie Whitten, brother Sam and niece Minnie Turner. The 1920 Caddo County, OK census shows B.B. Whitten as head of the house with his mother Sallie. And Gracemont Cemetery has a tombstone that shows "Uncle Buster Whitton" with no dates.

    According to Connie Todd Shelton, great-granddaughter of Bester's sister Lillie Whitten Statton, Bester suffered from mental health issues. Mental health issues were not uncommon in the larger family on Bester's father's side. Bester's father had two sisters in Mississippi who were both institutionalized in the 1880's. And his grandmother Caroline Spencer Whitten had a sister in Alabama who appears to have been institutionalized in the 1850's. It's a sad legacy.

    Uncle Bester disappears from Caddo County records at some point after 1920 because he was committed to the insane asylum. Connie said that she was not sure exactly what all contributed to his being put there permanently, but her grandmother Edith DuBois Statton was very resentful that he was put there. Her grandfather Jay Statton and her uncle Marvin Statton visited Bester at the asylum. This was told to Connie by her uncle Marvin when she visited him in Idaho in 2004. Marvin Statton told her that what finally caused Bester's confinement was the following incident. Bester's brother-in-law John L. Statton was at the dinner table with him and was tormenting him to the point that Bester picked up a jar of pickles and smashed it against John's head. It is Connie's understanding that Bester died still a resident of the asylum and was brought home for burial. The tombstones for Uncle Bester and Uncle Sam are alike, making one assume that they were possibly purchased at the same time.

  8. Samuel B. Whitten
    Born: 1885 in Mississippi
    Died: After 1910, probably in Oklahoma
    Buried: Gracemont Cemetery, Caddo County, Oklahoma

    Sam Whitten was listed on the 1910 Caddo County, Oklahoma census living with his brother Bester and mother Sallie Whitten. He was not listed with his brother Dick on the 1900 Lamar, TX census nor with Bester on the 1920 Caddo, OK census. The only other thing I know about Sam is that Monroe Willoughby told me that Sam was buried in Gracemont Cemetery with his brother Bester and his mother Sallie. The listing for Gracemont that I saw had an "Uncle Sam Whilton" with no dates. I suspect that this is probably "our" Sam and that he probably never married. Can anyone help me with him?

  9. Mike Whitten (daughter)
    Born: May 1887 in Mississippi (probably in Choctaw County)
    Buried: Durant, Oklahoma

    Mike Whitten was listed with her brother Dick Whitten on the 1900 Lamar County, Texas census. Monroe Willoughby told me that she was buried in Durant, Oklahoma. I don't know if she ever married.

  10. One other child whose name is unknown
    Sallie was listed on the 1900 census as the mother of 10 children, only 7 of whom were still living. I am fairly certain Robert died between 1870-1880. Two other of Sallie's children died before 1900: this child (#10) whose name is unknown and one of the other above-mentioned children. Does anyone know which one?

FAMILY HISTORY

1850 Winston Co. Miss: Dwelling 281 Family 284
James, Age 4 (1846), Born in SC. Living with Pleasant and Caroline Whitten.

1860 Winston Co. Miss: Page 61, Dwelling 384, Family 383
Jas, Age 13 (1847), Born in AL. Living with P.H. and C. Whitten.

1870 Winston Co. Miss: Louisville Post Office, Twp 16 Rng 12, Page 7,
Dwelling 50, Family 50
James Whitten -- Age 24 (1846), Born in AL
Sallie Whitten -- Age 20 (1850), Born in MS
Larla Whitten -- Age 1 (1869), F, Born in MS
Robert Whitten -- Age 7/12 (1869), Born in MS, Born in Nov.
Living next door to Fanny Barron, mother of James' wife Sallie.

1880 Choctaw Co. Miss: Beat 3, French Camp Village, Supervisor Dist. 1,
Enum Dist. 39, page 15, Dwelling 124, Family 132
Jim Whitten -- Age 33 (1847), Born in MS
Sallie Whitten -- Age 28 (1852), Born in MS
Lula Whitten -- Age 12 (1868), Born in MS
Cora Whitten -- Age 8 (1872), Born in MS
Dick Whitten -- Age 6 (1874), Born in MS
Ada Whitten -- Age 4 (1876), Born in MS

1900 Lamar Co., Texas: Vol 69, Enumeration Dist 75, Sheet 1, Line 51, House 12/12, Pct 2
Dick Whitten -- head, born May 1875, age 25, married 0 yrs, born MS, parents born MS, rents farm
Annie Whitten -- wife, born Dec 1878, age 21, children 0/0, born TX, Father born MS, Mother born AR
Sallie Whitten -- mother, born Feb 1853, age 47, widowed, mother 10 children, 7 living, born MS, parents born VA
Vester Whitten -- brother, born Feb 1882, age 18, single, born MS, parents born MS
Mike Whitten -- sister, born May 1887, age 13, single, born MS, parents born MS
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Sheet 1, House 13/13 (next door to Dick and Annie):
Statton, John -- head, born Feb 1866, age 34, married 2 yrs, born AR, parents born KS
Statton, Lillie -- wife, born Oct 1878, age 21, married 2 yrs, mother 0/0 children, born MS, parents born MS
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Sheet 1, House 42: Turner, Jim -- head, born May 1865, age 35, married 3 yrs, born TN, parents born TN
Turner, Ora -- wife, born Apr 1874, age 26, married 3 yrs, mother 2/1 children, born MS, parents born MS
Turner, Ethel -- dau, born Dec 1897, age 2, single, born TX

1910 Caddo County, Oklahoma Census: Whitebread Township, Enum Dist 78, House 35, Sheet 2:
Whitten, Bester -- head, age 26 (1884), single, born MS, both parents born MS
Whitten, Samuel B. -- brother, age 25 (1885), single, born MS, both parents born MS
Whitten, Sallie E. -- mother, age 59 (1851), widowed, born MS, father born MS, mother born AL
Turner, Minnie L. -- niece, age 2 (1908), single, born OK, father born TN, mother born MS
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House 60, Sheet 4:
Statton, John L. -- head, age 48 (1862), married 1st time, 15 yrs, born IL, parents born VA
Statton, Lilly -- wife, age 28 (1882), married 1st time, 15 yrs, mother 3/2 children, born MS, parents born MS
Statton, Jay -- son, age 4 (1906), single, born TX
Statton, Daveid L. -- son, age 2 (1908), single, born OK

1920 Caddo County, Oklahoma Census: Vol 6, Enum Dist 79, Sheet 6:
Whitten, B.B. -- head, age 28, born MS
Whitten, Sallie -- mother, age 74 (1846), born MS
Barton, Frank -- labor, age 38, born TX
Barton, Francis -- no relation, age 31, born TX
Barton, Violet -- no relation, age 7, born OK

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On April 18, 1876, the Sheriff of Winston County, Mississippi issued an arrest warrant for James Whitten for the charge of assault and battery with intent to kill. He was to appear before the Circuit Court at the court house in Louisville on the 2nd Monday of Sept 1876 to answer the charge. The arrest warrant is now in the possession of Kenneth Taylor of Louisville, MS.

On 30 July 1870, Sarah and James Whitten sold 420 acres of land in Winston County, MS to J.T. Shaw for $25.00. This land consisted of property in sections 5, 8, 16, 17, and 18 of Township 16, Range 12E. (Deed book U, page 589)

On 14 Jan 1881, James and Sallie Whitten (and most of James' siblings) gave a deed of conveyance to brother Bunk Whitten representing their entire interest, amounting to half interest, in 360 acres of land in Winston County, MS in sections 4 and 5 in Township 15 Range 12, and in section 32 of Township 16 Range 12. (Deed book 4, page 275) This was part of their father's estate.

On 30 Jan 1886, Sallie E. Whitten sold land in Winston County, MS to Mrs. Mary R. Metts for $0.90. This land was in sections 5 and 8 of Township 16, Range 12E. (Deed book 5, page 473) These were some of the exact same pieces of land sold to Shaw in 1870. How was she able to do this if they sold it to Shaw in 1870?

On 16 May 1903, Mrs. Sallie Whitten of Delta County, Texas sold land in Winston County, MS to V.H. Cunningham for $50.00. This land was in section 18 of Township 16, Range 12, next to J.K. Stark, on what is now Shaw Springs Road north of Noxubee Hill Cemetery. Sallie appeared before the notary in Delta County, TX. (Deed book 19, page 544) Delta County, Texas lies in northeast Texas, northeast of Dallas, just south of Paris. First cousins Shep and Eliza Whitten moved to Fannin County, Texas, neighboring county to Delta County. Did they move together?

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Lillie and John's family in my Whitten Family Picture Album.

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