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Descendants of William Devereaux Gilliam

Generation No. 6

11. REBECCA6 GILLIAM (BURRELL5, JOHN4, JOHN3, JOHN2, WILLIAM DEVEREAUX1) was born November 23, 1754 in Albemarle Co. Virginia, and died 1831 in Liberty, Amite Co. Mississippi. She married CORNELIUS WHITTINGTON 1774 in South Carolina, son of JOHN WHITTINGTON and SARAH WOODROFFE. He was born April 24, 1749 in Albemarle Parish, Sussex Co. Virginia, and died March 29, 1835 in Liberty, Amite Co. Mississippi.

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Christened: January 12, 1755, Albemarle Co. Virginia
Church: June 11, 1811, Charter member Zion Hill Church, Amite Co. MS

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Cornelius Whittington was born April 24, 1749 in Albemarle County (later ) Sussex Co. Virginia, the son of John Whittington, Jr. and Sarah Woodroffe. Cornelius was christened at Albemarle Parish on August 20, 1749. Godparents listed in the Albemarle Parish record are; Burwell Gilliam, Thomas Battle and Winnifred Woodruff.

Cornelius married Rebecca Gilliam about 1774 in South Carolina. They lived in the Cheraw District of South Carolina when the Revolution began, and only the first, son James, of their ten children had been born as Cornelius was drafted into the Army in 1776 to serve in a South Carolina Militia Regiment. Cornelius and his brothers Richard and Ephraim and their cousins Grief and Jared (Jarrett) Whittington all served in the Revolution.

On June 17, 1833, 83 year old Cornelius gave his sworn statement in Amite Co. Mississippi to apply for his pension. Cornelius Whittington, the Declarant, states that he entered the service of the Army of the United States in the year 1776 and served as a Private in a company of a South Carolina Militia Regiment. He served a period of twelve months or thereabouts under the following named officers: In a company commanded by Capt. James Thompson, of a Regiment commanded by Col. Bull- he was not engaged in any battles during this period and was most of this time in a Garrison at Fort Lyttleton near Port Royal Ferry, Beauford Island. Shortly after his return from said tour, he removed to the state of Georgia. He was drafted for a three months tour and assigned to an expedition against St. Augustine, commanded by Col. Saman. But for this tour Declarant hired a substitute, a James Bennett. After this, the British having taken Georgia, the Declarant removed to South Carolina and served in a Regiment commanded by Col. Hammand, under General Williamson, opposite the town of Augusta, Georgia for a term of three months. The next term of engagement was the Declarant being drafted for a tour to the Cherokee Nations, which he served under Col. Pickins and General Williamson for six weeks or 42 days. They penetrated as far as the Coosa River and burned some Indian establishments known by the name of the "Big Sumake." After the close of this expedition, the time not recollected, the Declarant returned to Georgia and was again drafted into service and served two months under Col. Jackson (afterwards Gov. James Jackson of Georgia), commanded by General Twiggs. He was stationed on Brian Creek as a guard for that part of the state. That was the last engagement recollected by the applicant, and he can not state times or dates with certainty, but believes it was near the close of the war. The whole time contained in these periods making one year, nine months and fourteen days. The applicant further declares that he has no Documentary evidence of his service nor can he procure the the testimony of any living witness to his knowledge who can certify the truth of the foregoing facts.

The following interrogitories were propounded by the court and Cornelius Whittington answered under oath as follows:

1. Where and in what year were you born?
Answer: "I was born in Sussex County, Virginia in the year 1750."

2. Have you any record of your age, and if so where is it?
Answer: "I have no written record of my age."

3. Where were you living when called into service; where have you lived since the Revolutionary War, and where do you live now?
Answer: "When first called into service I lived in South Carolina. I have since lived in different counties in Georgia, first in Richmond & afterwards in Hancock County. I now live in the place first named." (Amite County, Mississippi)

4. How were you called into service; were you drafted, did you volunteer, or were you a substitute, for whom?
Answer: "I was drafted to the different terms or tours before states."

5. State the names of some of the Regular Officers, who were with the troops, where you served; such Continental and Militia Regiments as you can recollect, and the general circumstances of your services.
Answer: "I saw General Lee evacuating Fort Lyttleton and also Col. Lee of Dragoons marching to Augusta. In the different campaigns in which I served we had no junction with any of the Continental Regiments. My recollection of Militia troops I have named in my Declaration."

6. Did you ever receive a discharge from the service, and if so, by whom?
Answer: "I never received any written discharge."

7. State the names of persons to whom you are known in your present neighborhood, and who can testify as to your character for veracity, and their belief of your services as a soldier of the Revolution.
Answer: "I name Rev. James Cain & (space left blank) and could name others."

Jesse Young and John Jenkins made statements under oath that they were well acquainted with Cornelius Whittington and that he is believed, in the neighborhood where he resides, to be a soldier of the Revolution.

Cornelius Whittington gave a deposition under oath on September 23, 1836, for his daughter Mary, the wife of Richard Whittington, that he was well acquainted with Richard and Mary Whittington and that they had been married at his home in Hancock Co. Georgia in April 1798. The wedding was also testified to by Cornelius's son and daughter, Moses and Winnifred, on behalf of their sister receiving her deceased husbands pension.

Cornelius Whittington is listed as an administrator of the estate of Capt. Robert Savidge, on August 30, 1789 in Richmond Co. Georgia.

Long Creek Church (Church of Christ on Long Creek of Ogeechee) in Warren Co. Georgia was established in 1786. Among the earliest members was Cornelius and Rebecca Whittington. Cornelius is listed as being Received by Letter, and Dismissed. (Warren Co. was formed from Hancock, Richmond, Columbia and Wilkes Counties of Georgia in 1793)

Cornelius Whittington is listed in the 1794 Tax List of Warren Co. Georgia.

Cornelius Whittington is listed in Certificates of Service in American Revolution as being granted 287 1/2 acres in Washington Co. Georgia from a petition dated March 15, 1784. From Headrights & Bounty Grants he is listed as receiving 100 acres in Warren Co. Georgia after 1790, and 200 acres in Warren Co. Georgia in 1794.

Cornelius Whittington is listed in the 1795 Tax List of Hancock Co. Georgia.

Cornelius, his wife Rebecca, and their children, of whom James, John and Mary were already married, moved to Amite Co. Mississippi, near the town of Liberty circa 1803-05. Their son Aaron married in Amite Co. in 1806 and son Moses and daughter Sarah married there in 1808. Cornelius and his brother Richard, and their cousins Grief and Jared were early pioneers of Mississippi Territory. They engaged in planting by trade.

Cornelius Whittington is listed in the Census of the Inhabitants of the Natchez District 1805 in Wilkinson Co. with 2 males over 21, 2 males under 21, and four females in his household.

1810 census for Amite County Mississippi, p. 8, lists:
Cornelius Whittington 1-1-1-1-4-0-4 (one male over 21, one male under 21, one female over 21, one female under 21, total whites 4, free persons of color 0, slaves 4)

On June 11, 1811 Cornelius and Rebecca became charter members of the Zion Hill Church, where their daughter Sarah's husband, Thomas Mercer, was the churches first pastor. Cornelius and Mr. Robert Day had contracted with Rebecca Hannon for six acres of land on which to build the new church. Zion Hill Church is 12 miles north of Liberty at Ustane. Zion Hill Church Charter members were: Charles Rhodes, Cornelius Whittington, Isham Nettles, Robert Day, John Ferguson, Kinchen Webb, Aaron Butler, Thomas Toler, William Matthews, Rebecca Whittington, Isabella Rhodes, Anna Nettles, Fanny Day, Maryan Ferguson, Rebecca Webb and Margaret Toler. First pastors were Thomas Mercer, John Lea, Charles Felder, Asa Mercer, Wilson Clark, Jesse Young, and Zachariah Reaves. Among the Delegates to the Mississippi Baptist Associaton is listed: Cornelius Whittington in the years - 1807, 1808, 1809, and 1810. Cornelius was chosen to be a deacon in July 1811.

Four of Cornelius and Rebecca's sons served in the War of 1812; James, Aaron, Moses and Elam defended their country against the British, just as their father had done, and survived to raise families of their own.

A record of Rebecca Whittington, daughter of Cornelius Whittington, is found in the Zion Hill Baptist Church minutes recorded November 1813, quoted as follows: "Rebecca Whittington, a single woman was found to be in a state of pregnancy, therefore excommunicated." ("Amite County, Mississippi" by Albert E. Casey, vol. 2, page 316) Rebecca Whittington later married Elisha Freeman, 11 Sep 1829, Amite Co., MS. (Is Rebecca Whittington the mother of Peter James Whittington born Nov. 29, 1811?)

Cornelius Whittington is listed in the Census of the Inhabitants of the Natchez District 1816 in Amite Co.

Aug. 2, 1823- Zion Hill Church records state: "Cornelius Whittington received by letter."

Cornelius Whittington was granted a pension for his service in the Revolutionary War of $60 per year beginning in 1833, the year he filed for his pension in Liberty, Amite Co. Mississippi.

Cornelius Whittington died March 29, 1835 in Amite Co. Mississippi. His wife Rebecca had predeceased him. His estate papers mention the following children: James, John, Mary, Aaron, Winney, Moses, Sarah, Elam, Rebecca, and Susannah.

On the 27th of November 1837 his estate was probated in court and William Causey, husband of his daughter Susannah, was appointed Administrator, along with Milton Whittington (grandson of Cornelius; son of James Whittington) and William Cain (husband of Milton's daughter Malissa Whittington), in charge of selling property owned by Cornelius Whittington and distributing it to his heirs. On December 5, 1837 Stephen Wilkinson, who was appointed to appraise Cornelius Whittington's property, submitted his appraisal to the court. The total estimated value was $7,566.62. The list of property included household furnishings, farm tools and equipment, livestock, and the highest valued items on the list were eight negro slaves to be sold: Adult female Cate, $250; young girl Judi, $400; adult male Jack, $1000; adult male Manuel, $1200; adult male Nelson, $1100; adult male Frank, $1100, young girl Siller, $550; and adult female Jenni, $700. The sale of said property brought in a considerably higher total than estimated: $12,345.77. The buyers were mostly Whittington family members, friends and neighbors. The complete sale listing was submited to the court on April 24, 1838.

It is likely that Cornelius Whittington and his wife Rebecca were buried in what are now unmarked graves in the Zion Hill Churchyard Cemetery in Amite Co. Mississippi.

Revolutionary War Pension record of Cornelius Whittington #S7892, on file at the National Archives.
Mississippi Land Records; Patentee: CORNELIUS WHITTINGTON Land Office: COLUMBUS; Doc.: 32357; Date: 1848/09/01; Base Line: CHOCTAW; TWP: 20N; Range: 9E; Section: 12; Acres: 40.4400
Children of R
14. i.   JAMES7 WHITTINGTON, b. 1775, Cheraw District, South Carolina; d. 1838, Amite Co. Mississippi.
15. ii.   JOHN W. WHITTINGTON, b. 1777, Hancock Co. Georgia; d. 1841, Scott Co. Mississippi.
16. iii.   MARY LOUISA WHITTINGTON, b. 1781, Georgia; d. 1863, Amite Co. Mississippi.
17. iv.   AARON WHITTINGTON, b. 1783, Georgia; d. Aft. 1860, Leake Co. Mississippi.
18. v.   WINNIFRED WHITTINGTON, b. 1784, Georgia.
19. vi.   MOSES WHITTINGTON, b. 1788, Hancock Co. Georgia; d. 1850, Rankin Co. Mississippi.
20. vii.   SARAH WHITTINGTON, b. 1791, Wilkes Co. Georgia; d. September 04, 1849, Scott Co. Mississippi.
21. viii.   SUSANNAH WHITTINGTON, b. 1793, Georgia; d. Amite Co. Mississippi.
22. ix.   REBECCA WHITTINGTON, b. 1795, Washington Co. Georgia.
23. x.   ELAM WHITTINGTON, b. 1798, Hancock Co. Georgia; d. Aft. 1850, Hinds Co. Mississippi?.

12. CHARLES6 TONEY (CHARLES5, ELIZABETH4 GILLIAM, JOHN3, JOHN2, WILLIAM DEVEREAUX1) was born October 01, 1735 in Goochland Co. Virginia, and died May 26, 1821 in Jackson Co. Georgia. He married ELIZABETH ANN STEVENSON February 01, 1761 in Goochland Co. Virginia. She was born Abt. 1735 in Virginia.
Children of C
  i.   JEAN7 TONEY, b. November 28, 1761, Goochland Co. Virginia.
  ii.   CHARLES STEVENSON TONEY, b. December 01, 1763, Goochland Co. Virginia; d. February 26, 1851, Hendricks Co. Indiana; m. (1) HANNAH HESTER; m. (2) MARGARET PEYTON.
  iii.   ANN TONEY, b. 1765, Goochland Co. Virginia.
  iv.   WILLIAM M. TONEY, b. July 27, 1766, Goochland Co. Virginia; d. Aft. 1850, Scott Co. Mississippi.
  v.   BENJAMIN TONEY, b. Bet. 1768 - 1771, Goochland Co. Virginia; d. Bet. 1820 - 1830, Enon, Washington Parish, Louisiana.
  vi.   ELIZABETH TONEY, b. May 02, 1777, Goochland Co. Virginia; d. July 09, 1843, Franklington, Washington Parish, Louisiana; m. BENJAMIN BICKHAM.

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