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WHITFIELD, JOHN OLIVER

WHITFIELD, JOHN OLIVER (1809–1863). John Oliver Whitfield, planter and state representative, was born in Wayne County, North Carolina, on January 10, 1809. He was the son of William and Sarah Bryan (Hatch) Whitfield. Whitfield was raised on a prosperous plantation in North Carolina, and he married Mary Hannah Boone in that state in 1831. The couple had ten children, though as many as five did not survive to adulthood. Later in 1834, Whitfield relocated with his family to Hinds County, Mississippi, where he established himself as a planter. He then immigrated to Texas about 1843 and settled in Austin County. He acquired large tracts of land in several adjacent counties and established a profitable network of plantations along the Brazos River. During the next two decades Whitfield amassed considerable wealth and became a prominent resident in the area. He was a Grand Master Mason, chair of the local vigilance committee, and in 1859 he was elected to represent Madison County in the Eighth Texas Legislature. Following the death of his wife in 1857, Whitfield married Catherine A. P. Levie in about 1861. He died on May 10, 1863, and a Masonic funeral was held on his property in Austin County.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

William DeRyee and R .E. Moore, The Texas Album, of Eighth Legislature, 1860 (Austin: Miner, Lambert, and Perry, 1860). Willowhole Cemetery (http://www.rootsweb.com/~txmadiso/willowhole.txt), accessed July 15, 2014.

Aragorn Storm Miller
Aragorn Storm Miller

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