Brinkley Family History

John WhiddenAge: 87 years18391926

Name
John Whidden
Birth February 6, 1839 48 38
Birth of a brotherBennett Whidden
July 1, 1841 (Age 2 years)
Birth of a brotherBennett Whidden
July 1, 1841 (Age 2 years)

Birth of a brotherElias Whidden
January 14, 1844 (Age 4 years)

Birth of a brotherElias Whidden
January 14, 1844 (Age 4 years)
Death of a paternal grandfatherJames W. Whiddon, Sr.
about 1845 (Age 5 years)
Death of a sisterMargaret Whidden
1846 (Age 6 years)

Death of a brotherDempsey Whidden
July 17, 1849 (Age 10 years)
Death of a brotherDempsey Whidden
July 17, 1849 (Age 10 years)

Burial of a brotherDempsey Whidden
1849 (Age 9 years)

Death of a brotherWilliam Whidden
March 16, 1850 (Age 11 years)
Death of a brotherWilliam Whidden
about 1850 (Age 10 years)
Burial of a brotherWilliam Whidden
1850 (Age 10 years)

Death of a brotherLott Whidden
June 14, 1856 (Age 17 years)
Death of a brotherLott Whidden
June 14, 1856 (Age 17 years)
Burial of a brotherLott Whidden
1856 (Age 16 years)

MarriageElizabeth HarnView this family
January 3, 1866 (Age 26 years)

MarriageArminda RobertsView this family
May 27, 1867 (Age 28 years)

Death of a fatherJames W. Whidden
1869 (Age 29 years)
Death of a fatherJames W. Whidden
1869 (Age 29 years)
Death of a motherMary Altman
1869 (Age 29 years)

Death of a motherMary Altman
1869 (Age 29 years)
Death of a sisterElizabeth Whidden
September 19, 1875 (Age 36 years)
Death of a sisterElizabeth Whidden
1875 (Age 35 years)
Burial of a sisterElizabeth Whidden
1875 (Age 35 years)

Death of a sisterLeacy Whidden
after June 1888 (Age 49 years)

Death of a sisterTempie Whidden
March 22, 1904 (Age 65 years)
Death of a sisterTempie Whidden
March 22, 1904 (Age 65 years)
Burial of a sisterTempie Whidden
1904 (Age 64 years)

Death of a brotherJames Lawrence Whidden
December 6, 1907 (Age 68 years)
Burial of a brotherJames Lawrence Whidden
1907 (Age 67 years)

Death of a sisterNancy Whidden
August 31, 1908 (Age 69 years)
Death of a sisterNancy Whidden
August 31, 1908 (Age 69 years)
Burial of a sisterNancy Whidden
1908 (Age 68 years)

Death of a brotherBennett Whidden
October 10, 1921 (Age 82 years)
Burial of a brotherBennett Whidden
1921 (Age 81 years)

Death of a wifeArminda Roberts
January 9, 1922 (Age 82 years)

Burial of a wifeArminda Roberts
1926 (Age 86 years)
Cemetery: Collins Cemetery
Death March 13, 1926 (Age 87 years)
Burial 1926 (Age 86 years)
Cemetery: Collins Cemetery
Family with parents - View this family
father
mother
Marriage: about 1818Probably Georgia
Marriage: about 1818
13 months
elder sister
14 months
elder sister
20 months
elder sister
13 months
elder sister
3 years
elder brother
23 months
elder brother
2 years
elder sister
3 years
elder brother
William Whidden
Birth: November 6, 1832 41 31
Death: March 16, 1850Alafia, Hillsborough, Florida, USA
1 year
elder sister
4 years
elder brother
21 months
himself
2 years
younger brother
3 years
younger brother
Family with Elizabeth Harn - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage: January 3, 1866
Family with Arminda Roberts - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage: May 27, 1867

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John Whidden

By Spessard Stone

John Whidden, a pioneer settler of Polk, Florida, USA, was a veteran of the Third Seminole War, Confederate soldier, and farmer.

John Whidden was born February 6, 1839 in Hamilton, Florida, USA. With his parents, James W. Whidden and Mary (Altman) Whidden, he moved in 1843 to Hillsborough County.

During the Third Seminole War, John Whidden enlisted as a private on February 20, 1856 in Capt. Francis M. Durrance's County and was mustered out of service at Fort Frazier August 22, 1856. He then re-enlisted on August 22, 1856 in the same company and was mustered out December 21, 1856 at Tampa. He enlisted as a private at Fort Brooke on June 21, 1857 in Capt. Johnston's Company and served to December 28, 1857.

During the Civil War, John served as a private in Company B, 7th Florida, USA Infantry, CSA. The company was mustered into service on April 10, 1862. Records are unavailable of John's service, but he served to the war's end. On September 23, 1909, he was approved for a pension of $120.00 per annum from that service, effective July 1, 1909.

In 1865 John moved to Sumter County and lived there about three years before settling permanently in Polk County where he farmed.

When applying for a pension from his service in Capt. Durrance's Company on November 17, 1902, John Whidden gave his address as Auburndale, Polk, Florida, USA. John's application quickly hit a snag when it was learned that a John Whidden had deserted from Capt. Leroy G. Lesley's Company. It soon became clear the culprit was a cousin, John L. Whidden, known as Long John Whidden, who, while serving a life sentence for murder, died in prison November 11, 1891.

John T. Lesley of Tampa in May 1904 declared:

"The John Whidden who deserted is now dead, that he killed a man in Sumpter, Fla. and was convicted and sent to the Penitentiary and that he knew that John Whidden was the deserter and that this claimant did not desert at any time. "Whidden known as Cutthroat John and his brother William Whidden with another man did desert the company at Fort Meade when the company was ordered to the Big Cypress and the John Whidden who deserted afterwards killed a man by the name of Thomas Jones in Sumpter, was afterwards convicted of his murder and sent to the penitentiary and I learned that he there died. The above John Whidden is an honorable man."

On June 3, 1910 John stated, "I had a cousin named John Whidden. He died in state prison...His father's name was William Whidden." Continuing, John declared: "My description was in service height 5 ft. 6 in., complexion dark, hair black, eyes black, birth mark on right hip. My cousin John Whidden was much taller than me, slender built, light hair, gray eyes, sandy whiskers & hair."

John T. Lesley on June 4, 1910 averred:

"The Whidden men were frontier men and here before I was and I came in 1849. This John Whidden who had a brother William deserted together with his brother William. We were stationed at Fort Meade and were ordered to go to the Everglades in the interior of the state and they John Whidden and his brother William said they would not go and were put under guard. They then promised to go with us but when we started they were missing. At this time this John Whidden and his brother William were members of my father's company."

On June 14, 1910, the pension was finally approved at the rate of $8 per month from June 27, 1902. On February 10, 1913, it was increased to $20 per month.

John Whidden died March 13, 1926 and was buried at Collins Cemetery on Cumbee Road, Lakeland, Florida, USA.

At Sumterville, Sumter, Florida, USA on May 27, 1867, John had married Arminda Roberts.

Issue of John and Arminda (Roberts) Whidden:

  1. Charles Leroy Whidden, born March 13, 1868; married on October 13, 1889 Lillie O. Yeomans.
  2. Lula Whidden, born December 28, 1869; married on January 4, 1888 William M. Turner.
  3. James Whidden, born 1870; married on September 12, 1889 Callie J. Branch.
  4. Ella Whidden, born January 24, 1872; married on April 1, 1891 Jesse M. Griffin.
  5. Beulah Whidden, born 1876; married Henry Cumbee.
  6. Osceola Whidden, born May 14, 1879; married _______ Anderson.
  7. Ulee Call Whidden, born 1883.

Middle seated: Lucinda "Cindy," Left to right standing: Malinda "Lindy," Laura Amanda "Mandy," Arminda "Mindy," Frances "Fanny." They are the daughters of Jackson Roberts and Frances Brown. Lucinda married Williams Mimbs, Arminda married John Whidden, Malinda married James J. "Pokey" Smith, Laura Amanda married James Aaron Whidden (son of Noah Whidden and Rebecca Vickers), Frances married James Thomas. Photo, courtesy of Ann AnieGrany@aol.com

References: Indian War pension application of John Whidden, courtesy of Denton Cash; Spessard Stone, "Profile of James W. Whidden," "History of The Outlaw Long John Whidden," The Herald-Advocate, respectively of July 27, 1989 and January 9, 1992.

This profile was published in The Herald-Advocate of January 4, 1996.

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