Elizabeth Whitener: Birth: ABT 1803.
Anna Whitener: Birth: 1808. Death: SEP 1880
Jacob Whitener: Birth: 1815.
Note: ry Wilfong, was born in 1784 [month not known, since the Bible of Daniel Whitner was lost], died October-December 1855, and was buried on his own land behind a Baptist Church which he had built, in Gilmer County, GA. John D Whitener's house sat in a lovely valley, and I had people take me to the place which was a thrill to me. I am very fond of him. The graveyard is at the top of the hill behind the house. There is a heavy forest there now, and you can't get to the graves. (e-mail from Anne McAllister)
John D moved to Gilmer Co., Georgia in 1839. "John D. was married 3 times, divorced once and had 22 legitimate children. He was a Baptist minister. All 3 wives moved to GA with him"(e-mail from Jana Shumate)
John was married to 3 women at different times, the first one he divorced when she was found in bed with another man. He kept all children except the baby which she took. But I never found her married to anyone else and she moved to GA with John and his family too. She lived in the house of her son, as did the other wife. (e-mail from Jana Shumate)
About John D and three wives-the first two absolutely did not come to Georgia with him, or anyone else. Believe me, I've studied everything I could find on the Whiteners in Gilmer County just to prove that all of them were descended from John D. I brought Anne McAllister's book to work with me today for someone else to check on their family; let me see if I can find something quickly. Ah--Page 99, wife #2, Mary Margaret (Polly) Miller Whitener, with son-in-law Jacob Bollinger in 1850 Catawba Co census; with son Hiram Whitener in 1860 and 1870 census; with granddaughter Emeline L Bollinger Williams in 1880. Page 91--says that wife #1, Magdalena (Molly) Mull Whitener, died in winter of 1853 and is probably buried in the Weidner-Robinson Cemetery with her parents. Also, see Page 271, very last paragraph for reference to youngest child of wife #1. An error just jumped out at me on this page...at top, 1880 Gilmer Census for Jacob Miller--shows daughter Elizabeth 47; but it lists her as Whitener instead of Miller; look at previous census, etc. Elizabeth Miller (e-mail from Jeannette Royston who lives in Georgia)
Spouse #1: John D married c1803 his cousin Magdalena (Molly) Mull, who was born 27 Jan 1782, died in the winter of 1853, and probably buried in the Whitener-Robinson graveyard with her parents. She was the daughter of John Mull [a favorite uncle of John D Whitener]. They were divorced in 1816 (e-mail from Anne McAllister)
Note: Burial: John D Wilfong Whitener, the oldest son of Daniel Whitener and Ma
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