Francis Ashbury Whittington


Personal and Family Information

Francis was born on 29 MAY 1816 in Frederick, Virginia, the son of Joseph Whittington and Susanna Gibbons.

He died on 14 DEC 1888 in Xenia Township, Greene, Ohio.

His wife was Mary Catherine Anderson, who he married on 26 DEC 1838. The place has not been found. Their fourteen known children were Mary Jane (1840-1859), Anne E (1841-1863), George Washington (1842-1923), Joseph M (1845-1888), Charles Lucius (1846-1915), John Russell (1848-1940), Francis Asbury (1850-1850), Arra Jennie (1851-1919), Jacob Lewis (1852-1930), James Thomas (1857-1928), Edward Lee (1859-1948), Sarah Elizabeth (1861-1925), Elizabeth Francis (1863-1935) and Mary S (1843-1845).

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


Francis Ashbury Whittington


Joseph Whittington


Susanna Gibbons


Jacob Gibbons Sr


James Gibbons


Mary Miller


Sarah Walton



Birth29 MAY 1816
Place: Frederick, Virginia
Death14 DEC 1888
Place: Xenia Township, Greene, Ohio


Note 1

"Obituary - Xenia Gazette, December 1888:

'Francis A. Whittington born in Frederick County, VA May 29, 1816, died Dec 14, 1888, age 73 years. Married Mary C Anderson 26 Dec 1838, moved to Ohio Apr 1, 1877. Sober, honest, and industrious, brought up by Christian parents, had lived a life of usefulness always doing good wherever he could. In the fall of 1877 while Rev. Lauton held a revival at Union hHurch, he was fully converted and witnessed the love of Jesus in everything and expressing it to everyone he meets. Ten children survived, four having gone before.'

Letter copied at Inez Roach's house, 3/28/79 (Presumed to Have Been Written By Charles Lucius Whittington)

'The Whittington family lived on a farm about 3 miles from Winchester, Va. I am sure from stories told by my father this was the family homestead. I remember he told that his grandfather, Joseph Whittington, or his great grandfather, Richard Benjamin Whittington, owned slaves, but had freed them before the War betwee the States. (Civil War). Also that one of his uncles served with the Confederate Army. At the time when General Phillip Sheridan of the Union Forces was fighting in the Shenandoah Valley around Winchester, Va where he fought and defeated Jeb Stewart at Yellow Tavern and J A Early at Winchester, which was in the spring of 1864, my father told us they could hear the guns. About the engagement at Winchester, James Buchanon Read wrote the poem "Sheridan's Ride" - with Winchester twenty miles away.

At that time my father would have been 16 or 17 years of age. But outside of that he never had much recollection of the war.'"