Person:John Whitman (36)

John Whitman
m. Abt 1746
  1. George WhitmanEst 1746 -
  2. Mary Elizabeth Whitman1747 -
  3. John WhitmanAbt 1749 - 1845
  4. Jacob WhitmanEst 1750 to 1763 -
  5. Catherine WhitmanEst 1753 to 1763 -
  6. Hurson Mathias 'Matthew' WhitmanBet 1759 & 1762 - 1836
  7. Barbara Carlock WhitmanBef 1765 -
m. Bef 1781
  1. Jacob Whitman1781 - 1858
  2. John WhitmanAbt 1785 - 1860
Facts and Events
Name John Whitman
Gender Male
Birth[2] Abt 1749 Augusta County, Virginia[est. bet. 1747-1750]
Marriage Bef 1781 Virginiato Sarah Unknown
Death[3] 15 Dec 1845 Campbell County, Tennessee

John Whitman was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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John Whitman is a likely son of Charles Whitman and Catherine Carlock, based upon his birth in Augusta County, his record in Chalkley's and the similarities in his Revolutionary War Pension Application with his likely brother Matthew Whitman, who was also born in Augusta County abt. 1759-1762, entered military service in Rockbridge County, Virginia. He could also be a cousin to Matthew (although records appear to support them more as probable brothers), so additional research is necessary to prove this suspected relationship.

Military Service

American Revolutionary War Veteran

Revolutionary War Pension Information

Information from “Virginia/West Virginia Genealogical Data from Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Records”, Vol. 6, compiled by Patrick G. Wardell, Lt. Col. U.S. Army Ret. :

Whitman, John - entered service in Hampshire County, Virginia, in 8th Virginia Regiment; after Revolutionary War moved to Tennessee; granted Pension abt. age 83 in Campbell County, Tennessee, 1832. F-S2023, R2565.

Records in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley's:

  • Page 530.--18th March, 1786. Robert Rusk's will--To wife, Elizabeth Rusk; to sons, John (oldest son) and James, infants; to son, John, plantation on Brown's Creek, 358 acres; to daughter, Rachel, under 13 years; 420 acres on Naps Creek to be sold; to oldest daughter, ____, under 18; to nephew, James Rusk, Sr.; to nephew, Robert Rusk; to nephew, Robert O'Dear; to brother, David Rusk; to mother, Margaret Rusk, and brother, Samuel Rusk, land left by father's will; to John Whitman, a debt to be paid; to daughters, Margaret, Jean, Hannah Rusk. Deed to be made to John Wilson, of Rockbridge, for land sold him. Executors, wife Elizabeth, brother John Rusk, and brother-in-law James Moore. Teste: John McKemy, Jno. O'Dair, Elizabeth Adaer, Margaret Rusk. Proved, 18th July, 1786, by Jno. McKemy and the Adairs. Executors qualify. (The name is several times spelled Risk.)

Reference above as contained in transcript of will of Robert Risk, listed above:

I likewise allow my half of the mill and one acre of land left to me by my father to be equally divided between my mother Margaret Rusk and my brother Samuel Rusk each to have an equal share of the same during my mother's life and at her decease to be wholly the property of my brother Samuel upon him paying John Whitman a bond due to him since he attend our Mill.
  1.   Graves, William T. Southern Campaign Revolutionary War Pension Statements & Rosters.

    Pension Application of John Whitman S2023
    Transcribed and annotated by C. Leon Harris

    State of Tennessee }
    Court of pleas and Quarter Sessions Sep’r Term 1832 Campbell County }
    On this 10 day of September One thousand Eight hundred and thirty two personally appeared th before the Justices of this said Court now sitting John Whitman a resident of said County aged About Eighty two or three years who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his Oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of congress passed June 7 1832 that he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and th served as herein stated. That he was at that time a resident of Hampshire County in the State of Virginia – that he was there drafted to serve Eighteen months – that he entered the service under the Command of Captain [Henry] Bedinger commanded by Genl. Stoubon [sic: Steuben] – was marched to Winchester from there across the blue ride [sic: Blue Ridge] to Fredericksburg thence to Albemarle Barracks from there to James River to point fork upon James river [sic: Point of Fork at the confluence of James and Rivanna rivers] there we met the British and retreated [6 Jun 1781] up the Country into Halifax County upon the Roan Oak [sic: Roanoke] river from there we marched back and Joined Gen’l. [Anthony] Wayne and the Marquis Delafayette [Marquis de Lafayette] remained with them until I was taken sick and sent to the hospital. I had served half my term of service and hired a man to serve the balance of my time, as will more fully appear by reference to my discharge which is hereunto annexed this service was performed in the year 1782 Two years previous to that time I served a four months tour under Captain Swearinggin [sic: Joseph Swearingen] of the Eighth Infantry crossed Ohio thirty miles below Fort Pitt & built Fort McIntosh at the mouth of big Beaver [at present Beaver PA], then to the head of Muskingum and built fort Lawrence [sic: Fort Laurens on Tuscarawas River in OH, completed Jan 1779] and then returned home to Hampshire County upon the Potomack [sic: Potomac] river Gen’l. [Lachlan] McIntosh and Gen’l. Broadhead [sic: Daniel Brodhead] was with the troops. If he ever obtained a discharge for the last mentioned service it is lost; after the war he moved to Tennessee where he now lives he hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state. Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid
    (Signed) John [his X mark] Whitman

    Frederick County Jan’y 29 1782 John Whitman a draft for eighteen months from Hampshire County having already served half his time & being rendered unfit for (personal) service by Sickness has produced a man to serve in his stead During the War & as soon as James Ramsay the man who is to serve in his stead shall produce a Certificate, that he has actually joined the Virginia Troops at or near Cumberland Court House, then the said John Whitman shall be entitled to a full discharge & according to Law will be exempted from all Draffts, except in an actual invasion, as having furnished a Man for the War.
    [signed] P. Muhlenberg BG

    NOTE: A size roll of noncommissioned officers and privates taken at Carter’s Ferry near present Cartersville in Cumberland County lists the following: John Whitman/ age 28/ height 5’ 9¼”/ black hair/ black eyes/ fair complexion/ weaver/ born in Augusta County/ residing in Hampshire County where he enlisted as a substitute for 18 months on 11 Apr 1781.

  2. The Pension Roll of 1835: Report from the Secretary of War, in Obedience to Resolutions of the Senate of the 5th and 30th of June, 1834, and the 3d of March, 1835, in Relation to the Pension Establishment of the United States. (Washington, District of Columbia: Duff Green, 1835).

    Name: John Whitman
    Rank: Private
    Age: 84
    Birth Year: abt 1747
    Pension Enrollment Date: 4 Mar 1831
    Residence Place: Campbell, Tennessee, USA
    Service Description: Virginia line

  3. Public Member Trees: (Note: not considered a reliable primary source).