There are many family legends about how Peter Whittinghill arrivedin America. Some say he was kidnapped off of a British ship, and made tobe a sailor on an American ship sailing to America. Another story is hewas a Hessian soldier transported t o this country from England. Uponhis arrival, Peter joined the Colonists in there fight to be free fromEngland. And yet another story is he was a stow-away on a British shipbound for America, and the Captain of the ship found him. Peter and theCaptain became friends, and the Captain sponsored Peter when theyarrived in Pennsylvania. It is believed that Peter was born cir. 1752. There is proof that Peter did marry Catherine Gabhart, of AugustaCounty, Virginia. She was the daughter of Mapheas and ChristinaGabhart. Around 1798, the Whittinghill'sstarted their journey toKentucky. They bought land in Mercer County,
Kentuckyon Jan. 26,1798. The purchase price was 100 pounds of Kentucky money. (This is onfile on page 411 of deed book 3, in Mercer Co.) The Peter Whittinghill family only appears in the 1810 Kentucky Census records. It states thatPeter and
Catherine were over 45 years of age.
In the book, "The History of Warrick, Spencer, and Perry Counties,Indiana" it states that in 1825, Peter Whittinghill operated a smallcorn-cracker just west of Gentryville. The earliest deed record inSpencer Co. Indiana states that Peter owned land there, Deed book 2,page 189, recorded on June 15, 1832. He sold land to William Whittinghill on May 13, 1835, (deed book 3, pages 28 and 29. WilliamWhittinghill was the son of Peter.
Peter Whittinghill died in 1844 in Warrick Co. Indiana and wasburied in the Samuel Gentry cemetery. (It may be note here that thecemetery still remains now but is called the Billy Gentry cemetery. Nohead-stone for Peter Whittinghill can be found.
There is also definite proof that Peter Whittinghill served in theContinental Army during the Revolutionary War. He was court marshaled onOct. 22, 1778 in Augusta Co. Virginia for not attending a "general-muster" on Sept. 4, 1778. He was returnedto duty in his regimentunder Capt. John Young.
Children of Peter and Catherine (Gabhart) Whittinghill
a. Johnb. 1776d. 1846m. Elizabeth Cooper
b. Georgeb. 1778d. 1813m. Elizabeth Robertson
c. Davidb. 1780
d. Williamb. 1783
f. Janeb. 1785m. William Roberts
g. Mary Pollyb. 1785
a. John Whittinghill
John was born in 1776 in Virginia. He was the son of Peter andCatherine (Gabhart) Whittinghill. In 1798, John was about 2 years oldwhen his father and mother moved to Mercer Co. Kentucky. As a young manhe married Elizabeth Cooper of ChesterDistrict, South Carolina. Shewas the daughter of Jacob and Rebecca
(McKinney) Cooper Jr. The familyhistory states that Elizabeth came to Kentucky in a wooden cart. Duringthe trip, they stopped at an Indian camp. Elizabeth went into the Indian villagewhere she was given milk and honey. She gave theIndians some whiskey
in return. The Cooper family arrived in Mercer Co.Kentucky in 1807. The Whittinghill family were already there. John andElizabeth were married there , and then moved to Ohio County,Kentucky.
John and Elizabeth bought land in Trisler, Kentucky, just outsideof Fordsville. Here is where they raised 9 children. John Whittinghilldied on September 17, 1846 and is buried on his farm in the familycemetery. In his will, written in August 1845, he left
his "Belovedwife Elizabeth, one black boy, Sheldon". This proves that the family owned slaves. The entire will can be read in following pages. The 1850Kentucky Census for Ohio Co. shows Elizabeth Whittinghill living aloneat the age of 66. She died on
December 17, 1864 and was buried besidehe husband, John.
My link to the Whittinghill family is through their daughterCatherine, who married David Westerfield. There is a copy of thepermission slip from John Whittinghill, for his daughter to marredDavid in following pages also. The original can befound at the courthouse in Hartford, Kentucky.
Children of John and Elizabeth (Cooper) Whittinghill
1a. Jacob Cooperb. 1804.
2a. Mary Pollyb. 1805
3a. Peter Trislerb. 1808d. 1886m. Francis E. ?
4a. Williamb. 1809d. 1883m. Mary Ann (Robinson) Fowler
5a. Rebeccab. 1813m. Jesse Hedden
6a. Remus Georgeb. 1817d. 1897m.Sarah E. Fentress
7a. Davidb. 1819d. 1901m. Margaret Phillips
8a. Elijah Hyattb. 1824
9a. Catherine H. Leeb. 1814d. 1853m. David Westerfield
3a. Peter Trisler Whittinghill
Peter was born Jan. 1, 1808 in Ohio Co., Kentucky. He marriedFrancis E. ? She was born on December 15, 1812 and died on Feb. 15,1891. Peter Trisler died on June 1, 1886 and both he and his wife areburied in the Whittinghill family cemetery in Trisler,
Kentucky. Alsoburied there with them are two of their children, (infant son - b. 6- 19-1837 d. 6-19-1837, and John Ellasb. 7-22-1840 d. 2-15-1849
4a. William Whittinghill
William was born Jan. 28, 1809 in Ohio Co. Kentucky. He marriedthe widow Mary Ann (Robinson) Fowler on Jan. 16, 1854 in Hancock Co.Kentucky. She was born on July 4, 1815 in Ohio Co. William died on July7, 1883. Mary Ann died April 15,
1909. T hey both are buried in theWhittinghill cemetery. They had several children, but I can only nameone.
Children of William and Mary Ann Whittinghill
1. Thomas Jeffersonb. 3-6-1861d. 10-23-1936
5a. Rebecca Whittinghill
Rebecca was born in 1813 in Ohio Co. Kentucky. She married JesseHedden on March 2, 1829. They had 8 children together. Rebecca died in1894 and is buried in the Hopewell Cemetery near Fordsville, Kentucky.
Children of Rebecca and Jesse Hedden
6a. Remus George Whittinghill
Remus was the son of John and Elizabeth (Cooper) Whittinghill. Hewas born on Feb. 16, 1817. He married Sarah Elizabeth Fentress in1844. She was born in Grayson Co. Kentucky on July 2, 1824. She wasthe daughter of William and Fannie (Eskridge) Fentress. Remus andSarah had 8 children. Remus George died on Jan. 31, 1897, his wifeSarah died on Nov. 1, 1908. Both are buried in the Whittinghill familyCemetery
Children of Remus George and Sarah Whittinghill
1. Mary Francesb. Jan. 15, 1845
2. William Taylorb. 1848
3. Artimeciab. July 2, 1849
4. Martha Madelineb. June 11, 1855
5. John Davidb. 1858
6. Charles L.b. 1860
7. Chinesab. Sept. 22, 1852
8. Violab. 1864
7a. David Whittinghill
David was born on June 9, 1819 in Ohio Co. Kentucky. His firstmarriage was to Margaret Phillips on Feb. 19, 1843. Margaret was bornon March 20, 1821 , she was the daughter of Solomon and Judah (Cooney)Phillips. Margaret died on April 7, 1881.
David then married Martha(Haden) Carpenter on March 14, 1883 in Union County, Kentucky. Marthawas born in 1830 in Oldham Co. Kentucky. The 1850 Kentucky Census forHancock Co. shows David Whittinghill living there. David died on July7,
1901 in HopkinsCo. Kentucky and is buried beside his first wife,Margaret in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Madisonville, Kentucky.
9a. Catherine H. Lee Whittinghill
Catherine is my ancestor. She was the daughter of John andElizabeth (Cooper) Whittinghill. She was born on August 30, 1814 inOhio Co. Kentucky. She married David Westerfield on July 12, 1834. Herfather wrote out a permission slip for her to marry David, and herbrother William was a witness to her marriage. Catherine and Davidlived along Panther Creek in Ohio Co. They had 8 children beforeCatherine's death on June 6, 1853. Vital statistics records show shedied March 29, 1853, of
"Inflammation".This would have been about 3months after the birth of her last child, John C. When she died herhusband David, had her buried in her families cemetery in Trisler,Kentucky. She is buried beside her mother and father. David andCatherine's
son, Galen Crow Westerfield is my ancestor.
Children of David and Catherine (Whittinghill) Westerfield
a. William Perryb. 1835
b. Maryb. 1836
c. Jamesb. 1838
d. Elizabethb. 1841
e. Emilineb. 1843
f. Galen Crowb.1847
g. Margaretb. 1848
h. John C.b. 1853
The Cooper Family
The Cooper family joins the Whittinghill family throughthe marriage of Elizabeth Cooper to John Whittinghill. Thefirst known ancestor of the Cooper family is Jacob Cooper Sr.He married Mary ?. Their son was Jacob Cooper Jr. Jacob Cooper Jr. was born c. 1750 in Chester District,South Carolina. He
married Rebecca McKinney. She was thedaughter of John and Elizabeth (McDowell) McKinney. She wasborn on June 15, 1760 in Frederick Co., Virginia. Jacob and Rebecca were married in South Carolina. Jacob served in theRevolutionary War. His
records are on file at the HistoricalCommission of South Carolina in Columbia. Jacob and Rebeccahad 10 children together.
Jacob Cooper Jr. died on June 7, 1805 in ChesterDistrict, South Carolina. He is buried in the RichardsonChurch Cemetery there. Rebecca died on November 2, 1838 in Jessamine County, Kentucky.
Children of Jacob Jr. and Rebecca Cooper
3a. John M.
m. Eliz. Jourdan1780
b. June 11, 1784
m. John Whittinghill
m. Eiz. Gilmore
3d. Jacob Mason
m. Hannah McDaniel
m. Louise Snyder 1839
3f. Joseph Henry
b. May 2, 1802
m. Sarah McDaniel
m. John Woods 1815
m. Thomas Beavin1820
3i. Mary (Molly)
m. Lewis Martin 1815
It should be noted here that four of Elizabeth'sbrothers settled in Ohio Co.
Kentucky near her and herhusband John Whittinghill. Also, on July 28, 1812 Elizabeth and John sold 33 acres ofland along the Catabaw River inSouth Carolina to her brother,
John Cooper. This land was apart of 440 acres she inherited when her father, Jacob CooperJr. died. This was part of a 1000 acre plantation JacobCooper Jr. bought on April 6, 1753.