Brinkley Family History

Bennett WhiddenAge: 80 years18411921

Name
Bennett Whidden

Bennet Whidden

Name
Bennet Whidden
Birth July 1, 1841 50 40
Birth July 1, 1841 50 40

MarriageLaurinda CorbittView this family

Birth of a brotherElias Whidden
January 14, 1844 (Age 2 years)

Birth of a brotherElias Whidden
January 14, 1844 (Age 2 years)
Death of a paternal grandfatherJames W. Whiddon, Sr.
about 1845 (Age 3 years)
Burial of a paternal grandfatherJames W. Whiddon, Sr.
about 1845 (Age 3 years)

Death of a sisterMargaret Whidden
1846 (Age 4 years)

Death of a brotherDempsey Whidden
July 17, 1849 (Age 8 years)
Death of a brotherDempsey Whidden
July 17, 1849 (Age 8 years)

Burial of a brotherDempsey Whidden
1849 (Age 7 years)

Death of a brotherWilliam Whidden
March 16, 1850 (Age 8 years)
Death of a brotherWilliam Whidden
about 1850 (Age 8 years)
Burial of a brotherWilliam Whidden
1850 (Age 8 years)

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

MarriageEmily Jane DurranceView this family
March 8, 1866 (Age 24 years)

Death of a fatherJames W. Whidden
1869 (Age 27 years)
Death of a fatherJames W. Whidden
1869 (Age 27 years)
Death of a motherMary Altman
1869 (Age 27 years)

Death of a motherMary Altman
1869 (Age 27 years)
Burial of a fatherJames W. Whidden
1869 (Age 27 years)
Burial of a motherMary Altman
after 1869 (Age 27 years)
Death of a sisterElizabeth Whidden
September 19, 1875 (Age 34 years)
Death of a sisterElizabeth Whidden
1875 (Age 33 years)
Burial of a sisterElizabeth Whidden
1875 (Age 33 years)

Death of a sisterLeacy Whidden
after June 1888 (Age 46 years)

Death of a sisterTempie Whidden
March 22, 1904 (Age 62 years)
Death of a sisterTempie Whidden
March 22, 1904 (Age 62 years)
Burial of a sisterTempie Whidden
1904 (Age 62 years)

Death of a brotherJames Lawrence Whidden
December 6, 1907 (Age 66 years)
Burial of a brotherJames Lawrence Whidden
1907 (Age 65 years)

Death of a sisterNancy Whidden
August 31, 1908 (Age 67 years)
Death of a sisterNancy Whidden
August 31, 1908 (Age 67 years)
Burial of a sisterNancy Whidden
1908 (Age 66 years)

Death of a wifeEmily Jane Durrance
September 14, 1911 (Age 70 years)
Death October 10, 1921 (Age 80 years)
Burial

Burial 1921 (Age 79 years)

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
elder brother
2 years
himself
3 years
younger brother
Family with Emily Jane Durrance - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage: March 8, 1866
Family with Laurinda Corbitt - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage:

Shared note

Bennett Whidden

By Spessard Stone

Bennett Whidden, a pioneer settler of Old Tiger Bay in Polk, Florida, USA, was a Confederate soldier and farmer.

Bennett Whidden was born July 1, 1841, Columbia, Florida, USA. With his parents, James W. Whidden and Mary (Altman) Whidden, Bennett moved in 1843 to Alafia in Hillsborough, Florida, USA.

Bennett Whidden enlisted as a private in Company B, 7th Florida, USA Infantry, Confederate States Army on March 16, 1862. He was captured December 4, 1864 at Murfreesboro, Tennessee and released June 12, 1865 from Camp Chase, Ohio on taking the oath of allegiance. At the time of his enlistment, James Gettis was captain of County B and at his discharge W. E. Sweat was captain.

In Polk, Florida, USA on March 8, 1866, Bennett married Emily Jane Durrance, born March 20, 1847 at Columbia, Florida, USA, daughter of William Hutto and Sarah Harriet (Robertson) Durrance, pioneer settlers of (now) Polk County.

Bennett was a farmer and citrus grower at Old Tiger Bay in Polk County. There the couple lived for 45 years until Emily's death in 1911. Bennett then lived with his son W. J. J. Whidden.

On November 7, 1888, Bennett Whidden of Fort Meade, Florida, USA applied for a pension from his service in Company B. He stated he was on the "5th day of January 1864 at Murfreesborough, Tenn. wounded by being shot through the right thigh being in the line of battle when wounded and that as a direct result of said wound, he is now unable to perform manual labor." John Whidden gave an affidavit supporting his brother. On January 11, 1889, his claim was allowed by the Commissioners of Pensions under the law of 1887, paid from July 1887 to Jan. (?) 8, 1889 $186.13.

On September 2, 1907, Bennett Whidden of Tiger Bay, Polk, Florida, USA, applied under the Act of 1907 for a pension based on his Confederate service. He stated at Murfreesborough, he was wounded in the right thigh "which disables right leg and foot." G. R. Langford of DeSoto, late Capt. County F, 4th Fla. Vols., and A. S. Campbell of Torrey, DeSoto, gave supporting affidavits. Campbell, who had served with Bennett in County B, had also been a prisoner of war at Camp Chase, Ohio. Dr. M. L. Crundun [?] described Bennett's disability thusly: "The bullet entered the middle third of right thigh from the rear and escaped above patella of same leg. The first sciata nerve was injured. As a result there is considerable atrophy of right foot, considerable sensory disturbance and an impaired control of the muscles of this limb." His claim was approved December 28, 1907, with pay from September 4, 1907 at the rate of $120 per annum. On September 6, 1909, he reapplied under the Act of 1909. His pension was continued at the rate of $120 per annum, being approved September 2, 1909, with pay from July 1, 1909.

Emily Durrance Whidden died September 14, 1911 at home at Old Tiger Bay. Bennett Whidden died October 10, 1921 at Bartow, Fla. They are buried in Wildwood Cemetery, Bartow.

Issue of Bennett and Emily (Durrance) Whidden, all born at Old Tiger Ba

  1. William James Joseph Whidden, born Nov. 28, 1866; died June 17, 1943; married (1) Lillie Wingate (1867-1897), Dec. 4, 1887 ; (2) Ida Rosa Colding (1876-1933).
  2. Edward Kirby Whidden, born Feb. 5, 1868; lived near Hendersville, N. C.; married on Dec. 31, 1890 Stella E. Norton.
  3. Eldridge Saxton Whidden, born Jan. 9, 1869; died June 9, 1936, Mulberry, Fla.; married on Dec. 19, 1898 Susie A. Holland.
  4. Harriet Elinor Whidden, born Dec. 9, 1870; died July 1, 1950; married on Feb. 12, 1888 Robert Caul Langford.
  5. Josephine Whidden, born June 8, 1872; died Feb. 10, 1952, Plant City, Fla.; never married.
  6. Julia Mable Whidden, born Feb. 6, 1874; lived in Indiantown, Fla.; married Dec. 1, 1896 William S. Parker.
  7. Susan Adeline Whidden, born May 21, 1876; lived in Indiantown, Fla.; married (1) James C. Rowell; (2) D. Bowers.
  8. Sidney C. Whidden, born August 24, 1877; lived in Punta Gorda, Fla.; married on June 4, 1902 Florence M. Young.
  9. Emily Estelle Whidden, born March 9, 1879; died Sept. 17, 1941, Zolfo Springs, Fla.; married on Jan. 2, 1898 Frank M. Hough.
  10. Nannie May Whidden, born Nov. 2, 1880; died 1958; married on Jan. 25, 1899 Joseph N. McCree.
  11. Dolly Lee Whidden, born June 2, 1883; married on June 1, 1902 Hervey Baxter Curry.
  12. Bennett Cleveland Whidden, born November 25, 1884; died March 25, 1932, Bartow, Fla.; married on Oct. 7, 1922 Mrs. Annie Langford.
  13. Samuel Paul Whidden, born April 11, 1886; died on Oct. 10, 1947, Tampa, Fla.; married (1) on Nov. 15, 1903 Dora Lee Carlton; (2) Nettie Hall.
  14. Flossie L. Whidden, born Sept. 29, 1888; died on July 23, 1977 at Avon Park, Fla.; married Walter Sherertz.
  15. Grady DeWitt Whidden, born Feb. 15, 1891; died Jan. 11, 1957; married Lula Haines.

Bennett Whidden in his Confederate uniform, Polk County Historical Quarterly, March 1986, page 4

Bennett Whidden family, 1890, Polk County Historical Quarterly, March 1986, page 5

References: Margaret Durrance and Ann Folk Durrance, Lineage of Joseph Durrance; "The Bennett Whidden Family," Polk County Historical Quarterly, March, 1986, pp. 4-6; pension application of Bennett Whidden, courtesy of Denton Cash.

This profile is adapted from the author's feature in The Herald-Advocate (Wauchula, Fla.) of August 15, 1996.

February 10, 2001, January 18, 2002, June 4, 2004 (photos)