Or, Subtitled: Descendants of Thomas Whitlock and Hannah Phillips Who Remained in Wythe and Surrounding Virginia Counties
As we’ve seen, the 22 January 1857 Wythe County, Virginia, will of William Hurst names five daughters: Nancy Suthern, Elizabeth Carnahan, Lucinda Hurst, Virginia Suthern, and Joanah Boyd. It also names one son, Allen W. Hurst, specifying that he is William’s son, and names William F. Hurst without stating that he is William’s son. According to Hurst family researcher Gwen Hurst, who is discussed in the posting linked above, William Hurst and Mildred Whitlock appear also to have had a daughter Matilda who predeceased her father, and a son Charles.
Or, Subtitled: “An old Virginia family of English ancestry”
In a previous posting, I shared digital images of Mildred Whitlock Hurst’s Virginia death certificate and her death listing in the 1854 death register of Wythe County, Virginia. Both death records give Mildred’s age as 70 when she died 8 June 1854 Reed Island Creek in Wythe County, Virginia. This places her birth in 1784. Her parents Thomas Whitlock and Hannah Phillips were living on Little Reed Island Creek in Wythe County at the time of her birth.
Or, Subtitled: “There are six now living, two dead“
In what follows, I’ll tell you what I know of the children of John Hammons and his wife who was a daughter of Thomas Whitlock and whose given name I have not discovered. I do not have proof positive that all of these children were born to John’s Whitlock wife, but since documents listing them as his children never indicate that any of these children were half-siblings to each other, I think it’s safe to assume that all are children of John’s Whitlock wife. Note that, according to Betsy Shrader in her 1831 affidavit cited below, John Hammons had two children in addition to the six listed below, who died prior to 1828 and of whose names I have not seen a record.
Or, Subtitled: When Phillips appears to mean Whitlock
I ended my first posting about Thomas Whitlock telling you that in my next posting, I’d discuss Thomas’s marriage to Hannah Phillips, and would look at what we know of him (this is very little) prior to his settling on Little Reed Island Creek in what would later (i.e., in 1790) become Wythe County, Virginia. Aside from some valuable clues (to be discussed below) that Thomas and his wife Hannah were living in Bedford County, Virginia, by July 1769 and were still there when their daughter Sarah was born on 9 June 1774, I have no certain information about his whereabouts from November 1757, when his father’s estate was divided, until 1 March 1776, when he witnessed a deed in Montgomery County, from which Wythe was formed — a document that indicates to me he had settled by that date in what would become Wythe and was probably already living on Little Reed Island Creek, where he’d remain until his and Hannah’s relocation to Kentucky in 1805.
Or, Subtitled: Fertile New Land, Lead Mines, Shot Towers and Forges, and Movement from the Middle Colonies into the Valley of Virginia
With my first posting about Thomas Brooks (abt. 1747-1805), I shared my information about Thomas’s life in Frederick County, Virginia, up to 1792, when he moved his family to Wythe County, Virginia. My account begins with a March 1767 deed of Patrick Rice to his son John, which Thomas witnessed, the first certain record I have of him in Frederick County. Since, as my posting indicates, I have not found information about Thomas’s father, I haven’t been able to track this family line sufficiently to say with any certainty where Thomas Brooks was born — a point to which I’ll return when I discuss in more detail the information I have about Thomas’s mother Mary, who made her will in Frederick County on 9 July 1786, with the will being probated on 4 April 1787.