Brinkley Family History

Theodore Cornelius “Neal” WhiddenAge: 68 years18921961

Name
Theodore Cornelius “Neal” Whidden
Given names
Theodore Cornelius
Nickname
Neal
Surname
Whidden

Dan Whitman

Name
Dan Whitman
Birth June 6, 1892 25 20
Birth of a sisterMary Francis Whidden
October 20, 1894 (Age 2 years)

Birth of a sisterGertrude Elizabeth Whidden
July 12, 1896 (Age 4 years)

Birth of a sisterPearl Elizabeth Whidden
March 30, 1898 (Age 5 years)
Census July 24, 1900 (Age 8 years)
Birth of a brotherJames McSwain “Mac” Whidden
February 14, 1904 (Age 11 years)

Death of a motherMary Josephine “Josephine” Whidden
April 18, 1905 (Age 12 years)

Burial of a motherMary Josephine “Josephine” Whidden
April 1905 (Age 12 years)
Cemetery: Oak Hill
Event
Photo
after April 1905 (Age 12 years)

Note: This photo appears to have been possibly taken after the death of Mary Josephine in April 1905. McSwain would have been just over 1 year old. The photo shows William Henry Whidden (middle) holding McSwain in his lap. The other children from left to right, I believe are Eliza Gertrude, Mary Frances, Theodore Cornelius, and Pearl Elizabeth.
Death of a paternal grandfatherJames Whidden
before August 11, 1909 (Age 17 years)

Death of a paternal grandmotherJosephine Driggers
after August 11, 1909 (Age 17 years)

Census 1910 (Age 17 years)
MarriageMabel BatesView this family
June 23, 1911 (Age 19 years)
Death of a fatherWilliam Henry Whidden
July 20, 1912Between 7:00 AM and 9:00 AM (Age 20 years)
Cause: Heart Attack or Unknown Cause while in the water
Note: Thanks to Jill Addison for the newspaper articles detailing the death of William Henry Whidden. The best we will ever get with this can only be personal opinion. It is great that we have such detail with the inquest and news articles. In my opinion either Harry, who couldn't swim, stepped in a deep spot and started to drown. Then William Whidden had some sort of heart failure (only a guess) and died while trying to save him. Or... William Whidden had a heart attack and Harry who could not swim died trying to save him. I would say only Harry or William could answer that question. -- Bill Brinkley 07/18/2010
Burial of a fatherWilliam Henry Whidden
after July 20, 1912 (Age 20 years)
Birth of a daughter
#1
Ora M. Whidden
October 24, 1912 (Age 20 years)
Birth of a son
#2
Theodore Cornelius “Ted” Whidden Jr
February 11, 1914 (Age 21 years)
Birth of a daughter
#3
Pearl Whidden
October 18, 1917 (Age 25 years)
Death of a maternal grandmotherLouisa Charity Whidden
October 10, 1918 (Age 26 years)

Event
WWI Draft Registration
1918 (Age 25 years)
Census February 3, 1920 (Age 27 years)
Birth of a son
#4
Harry LeVan Whidden
June 6, 1921 (Age 29 years)

Death of a daughterPearl Whidden
1922spring (Age 29 years)

Cause: Sawmill Boiler Explosion
Birth of a daughter
#5
Betty W. Whitman
April 29, 1926 (Age 33 years)
Death of a wifeBessie Sanders
about 1928 (Age 35 years)

Census April 24, 1930 (Age 37 years)
Death May 10, 1961 (Age 68 years)
Burial 1961 (Age 68 years)
Family with parents - View this family
father
mother
Marriage: July 7, 1890DeSoto, Florida, USA
23 months
himself
2 years
younger sister
21 months
younger sister
21 months
younger sister
6 years
younger brother
sister
Father’s family with Francis - View this family
father
step-mother
Marriage:
Family with Minnie Evelyn “Evelyn” Cunningham - View this family
himself
wife
daughter
Ella Mae Whitman
daughter
Christina Whitman
Family with Bessie Sanders - View this family
himself
wife
son
David Whitman
daughter
Family with Mabel Bates - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage: June 23, 1911Florida, USA
16 months
daughter
16 months
son
4 years
daughter
4 years
son

Event

This photo appears to have been possibly taken after the death of Mary Josephine in April 1905. McSwain would have been just over 1 year old. The photo shows William Henry Whidden (middle) holding McSwain in his lap. The other children from left to right, I believe are Eliza Gertrude, Mary Frances, Theodore Cornelius, and Pearl Elizabeth.

Shared note

Theodore changed his name to Dan Whitman when he moved to Missouri, USA from Florida, USA for unknown reasons.

(Source: Jill Addison, Granddaughter to Gertrude Whidden Thompson) According to my Father's cousin Delores Whidden Hendricks (James McSwain Whidden's daughter), Theodore Whidden n/k/a Dan Whitman, left Florida, USA to avoid being sent to jail for failure to pay child support for his two sons here in Florida, USA. Delores went to visit Dan Whitman in 1937 with her father James and my grandmother Gertrude. This was the reason that she was told for Uncle Dan's departure from Florida, USA.

EventWilliam H Whidden and Children Theodore, Mary, Eliza, Pearl, and McSwainWilliam H Whidden and Children Theodore, Mary, Eliza, Pearl, and McSwain
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Media objectMac Whidden (left) and Neil Whidden (right)Mac Whidden (left) and Neil Whidden (right)
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Media objectTheodore Cornelius Whidden, Sr.Theodore Cornelius Whidden, Sr.
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