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McWhirter - Bridges Family

Chapter 1
Charles and Nancy (Griffin) McWhirter

Wilson County, Tennessee

        Charles BRIDGES McWHIRTER, born 1803, son of ___?___ BRIDGES. Charles' guardian was Hugh B. McWHIRTER. Charles died after 1840 and before 1850, Wilson County, Tennessee.
    Charles married Nancy GRIFFIN 10 Dec 1823, Lebanon, Wilson County, Tennessee. (Note: Charles was not yet 21 when he married. Hugh B. McWHIRTER was bondsman for him, allowing him to marry.) Nancy was the daughter of Abraham and Elizabeth Orrel (HAMPTON) GRIFFIN.
    (Note: The above Bridges Coat of Arms is a known Bridges Coat of Arms, but at this time we do not know if this is the correct Coat of Arms for this Bridges family.)
    Reconstructed 1810 census of Wilson County, Tennessee shows Hennery BRIDGES, Sam BRIDGES, Jeremiah McWHORTER and George McWHORTER.
    They were members of the Spencer Lick Baptist Church in Wilson County. The church is now called Laguardo Baptist Church. He was on the membership rolls of 1811-1830.
    In 1820, the census shows Charles McWHIRTER living in Wilson County, Tennessee. (Note: Along with Hugh B. McWHIRTER being listed on that census page, also were Hugh's brother, George B. McWHIRTER and also Dorell BRIDGES.)
    In 1830, the census shows Charles McWHIRTER (age 20-29) living in Wilson County, Tennessee. In his household were 3 boys under the age of 5, 1 boy age 5-9; 1 girl under the age of 5; and 2 females 20-29.
    In Jul 1836, Nancy placed a peace bond on Charles in Wilson County, Tennessee. She dismissed the peace bond on 9 Jul 1836.
    In 1840, the census show Charles McWHIRTER (30-39) living in Wilson County, Tennessee. In his household were 2 boys under 5, 2 boys 5-9; 1 boy 10-14; 1 girl under 5; 2 girls 10-14 and 1 woman 30-39.
    There are several twins in the McWHIRTER family.
    DNA testing of the different males lines of Charles and Nancy's sons have proven that Charles was a BRIDGES and not a McWHIRTER. The Bridges' and McWhirter's lived in the same area. It appears that Charles was born a BRIDGES and raised by Hugh McWHIRTER, therefore taking his name. Possibly his mother was a McWHIRTER.
    (Note: There was previously some question about John Houston McWHIRTER being another son of Charles and Nancy (GRIFFIN) McWHIRTER, but it is known that at least three of Samuel Hugh McWHIRTER's children, William, Effie and Charles, refered to John Houston McWHIRTER as their Uncle. Then later DNA proved them to be of the same family.)

Known children of Charles and Nancy (GRIFFIN) McWHIRTER:

1. Charles McWHIRTER, Sr., born 1824, Wilson County, Tennessee.
    Charles married first ____?____ PITTS, before 1844 in Tennessee.
    Charles married 2nd to Sarah SOUTHERS in 1853, Marion County, Illinois.
    (See Chapter 2)

2. Sarah C. "Sally" McWHIRTER, born in Wilson County, Tennessee.
    Sarah married James H. EAGAN.
    (See #2 following)

3. James S. McWHIRTER, born 1825, Wilson County, Tennessee.
    James married 1st Martha CLUCK.
    James married 2nd Sarah Charity WINKLER.
    ( See Chapter 4 for James S. McWhirter Family)

4. Samuel Hugh McWHIRTER, born 1827, Wilson County, Tennessee.
    Samuel married Julia Ann BENNETT.
    (See Chapter 5 for Samuel Hugh McWhirter Family)

5. Frances Elizabeth McWHIRTER, born 1829, Wilson County, Tennessee.
    Frances married Jesse SULLENS.
    (See Chapter 6 in the McWhirter Family folder in the files section of the Sandy Branch Yahoo Group for the Jesse and Frances Elizabeth (McWhirter) Sullens Family)

6. Rebecca Ann McWHIRTER, born 8 Oct 1833, Wilson County, Tennessee. She died 26 Dec 1866 in Marion County, Illinois.

7. William McWHIRTER.

8. John Houston McWHIRTER, born 17 Dec 1837, Gibson County, Tennessee.
    John married Margaret Amanda “Maggie” WILSON 22 Nov 1866, Collin County, Texas.
    (See Chapter 18 for John Houston McWhirter Family)

James H. and Sarah C. "Sally" McWhirter Eagan

Marion County, Illinois

Sarah C. "Sally" McWHIRTER, born in Wilson County, Tennessee, daughter of Charles and Nancy (GRIFFIN) McWHIRTER.
    Sally married James H. EAGAN 26 Aug 1853, Marion County, Illinois(Vol. B, pg. 46).
    James was born 1834, son of Barnaby,III and Sarah (GRAY) EAGAN. He died 1860. James was the brother of Abraham EAGAN, father of James M. EAGAN who married Nellie (GARNER)(BLURTON)McWHIRTER. (See Chapter 11)

Charles McWhirter Sr.
Chapter 2
Marion County, Illinois

James S. McWhirter
Chapter 4
Tonti Township, Marion County, Illinois

Samuel Hugh McWhirter
Chapter 5
Salem, Marion County, Illinois
Gainesville, Cooke County, Texas

Charles Pitts and Rebecca (Hammer) McWhirter
Chapter 7
Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois

Minerva Ann (McWhirter) Griffin
Chapter 8
Salem, Marion County, Illinois

Richard "Dick" McWhirter
Chapter 10
Vandalia, Fayette County, Illinois

Edward "Edd" McWhirter
Chapter 11
Marion County, Illinois

Martha A. "Mattie" McWhirter Graves
Chapter 12
Alma, Marion County, Illinois

Lillie Belle McWhirter Williams
Chapter 13
Foster, Tonti and Alma Townships, Marion County, Illinois

Charley McWhirter
Chapter 14
Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois

John Houston McWhirter
Chapter 18
Gainesville, Cooke County, Texas

Our family's direct McWhirter Line of Descent
Chapter 20

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Compiled by:
(Great-Great-Grandson of Charles Pitts McWhirter)

Stephen P.H. Frakes
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22 November 2022

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