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Sharp Whitley and Sarah Hudson Little Whitley-Texas Republic

Updated April 2, 2012

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Mills Whitley (1791), Sharp Whitley 8/8/1802), and Elizabeth Whitley (12/1795) were early Texans settling in the Montgomery County area and Washington on the Brazos area between after 1831 and before 1836. Their parents were John Saunders Whitley (5/14/1770) and Bathsheba Bateman Whitley (, Mills and Elizabeth were born in Isle of Wight, Virginia and Sharp was born in White, Tennessee possibly during a stay with his uncle, Sharp Whitley, before moving to Fayette, Illinois where, in 1821, he married Sarah Hudson Little. They lived in Bond, Illinois and Salem, Illinois for at least 10 years before settling in Texas. At age 55, Sharp died in Lavaca, Texas.

Sharp and Sarah's third child, Bathsheba Whitley (10/13/1831,Salem, Marion, Illinois), married William Darrell Pursley (9/10/1820, Marion Illinois) December 14, 1844 at Danville, Montgomery, Texas. Their tenth child, of 14, Lydia Jane
Pursley (9/8/1862, Oak, Hays, Texas) married Pedernales Leinneweber (11/1/1856, Hye, Blanco, Texas) July 18, 1878 in Kerr. Texas. My grandmother, Lydia Marie Leinneweber (9/6/1890, Dripping Springs, Hays, Texas) was their sixth child.
Pedernales was the fourth child of George Columbus Leinneweber (1919, Nassau, Deggendorf, Bayern, Germany) and
Elizabeth Colbath (1828, Arkansas) Leinneweber who married
2/15/1848, Travis, Texas. I believe George Columbus Leinneweber to be part of the great migration of Germans settling
Texas during 1842-1847 via New Orleans. He was the son of
Jacob Peter Leinneweber (1790, Nassau, Germany) and Caherine Schneider (1797, Iba, Hersfeld-Rotenburg, Hessen, Germany). They had seven children; all were born in Germany
but died around the San Antonio area (Hatys, Kerr, Medina). Jacob died in 1851--my guess is Texas; Catherine died Oct 1865 Vandenburg, Medina, texas. Sometimes the name was mistakenly spelled Seineveber on Texas census roles.
Perdnales also is spelled Perdnalio Seineveber on some records. .

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