Here is a copy of the letter written by William (uncle Billie ) Whitley son of George Whitley I, to John Castle in Mt. Sylvan TX.
LocustLevel, Stanly County North Carolina August 27, 1887 Mr. John Castle
In answer to your kind letter, I make the following reply. Your great grandfather was named Thomas Castle. He had one brother, John, and they were both soldiers in the Revolutionary War. Thomas Castles had three sons, John, James and Williams. He married Rache(l) Burlison, daughter of Issac Burlison. Thomas Castles died of old age, and was buried at the Castles graveyard, not far from Gold Hill.John Castles had two sons, Jimmie and Jack. I have the John Castles musket that he brought back from the war of 1876 (1776). To all who may read this letter, I was 112 years old last December.
George and Rebecca Whitley were my father and mother. My mother was a Huneycutt , a daughter of Ambrose Huneycutt. My great grandfather Huneycutt had two sons that I recollect. William Whitley (also known as Uncle Billie)
This letter to John Castle in Mt. Sylvan TX. needs some explanation.First Uncle Billie was wrong on the name of the daughter of Isaac Burlison. She is only named as Jane in all of the documentation I have ever seen.Also she was the wife of William Cassel, son of Thomas and Elizabeth Cassel/Castle. Second: William (Uncle Billie) appeared on the Federal Census from 1800 till 18806 times and at no time does the age he gave suggest he was born in 1774 per his statement in this 1887 letter. William died in April 1890.In the 1850 Census he was 63 years old , born 1787. In the 1870 Census he was 84 years and born in 1786, one of these two birth dates are probably correct according to the month of his birth day and the month of the Census was taken, but he definitely knew his mothers maiden name, Rebecca Huneycutt. The letter from John Castle to Uncle Billie spoke of Billies step-father Henry Manuel. Sorry I don't have a copy.So, Rebecca Huneycutt Whitley 2nd wife of George Whitley I remarried to Henry Manuel and became the mother of Brittian, Henry, and George Manuel. According to the Daughters of the Texas Republic publication Brittian b.1804 served at the battle of San Jacinto 1836. Before going to Texas he hadmarried Susan Mitchell.He returned after the Texas Independence was won at San Jacinto to his native state of NC and to Montgomery Co.Susan died in early 1840 leaving one son less than 10 years and two daughters less than 5 years and two daughters between 10 and 15 years.(per 1840 Montgomery co. NC Census).I have a 1840 Montgomery Co. NC( became Stanly Co in 1841) deed from Matthias Mitchell b.1770 to Brittian Manuel for "love and affection that I have for Brittian Manuel" Deed was witnessed by John Furr and Rachel Burleson. Brittian returned to Texas with his family where he died in 1851. Henry Manuel b. 1798 (per 1850 Stanly Co NC Census) married Winny Almond b. 1802 daugther of Martin Almond and they have Sarah R. 20, John 19, Mary 16, Lunda 12, George J. 9, Henry 2 in their household. Henry and Winny are last in the Census in1860. George Manuel married Nellie Cassel/Castle daugther of William and Jane Burleson Cassel/Castle. George and Nellie moved to Choctaw Indian Territory in Mississippi in 1834 along with Nellie's parents and many other Montgomery Co families, the Rowlands and the Burleson's. Hope this helpsJohn H. Burleson gggGrandson of Thomas and Elizabeth Cassel Stanly Co NC