SARAH FRANCES NEWSOME DECHERD WHALEY (1841-1909):  

Fannie Newsome Decherd, born 1841 in Georgia, married Major John Calvin Whaley (16 Dec 1838 - 3 Feb 1903) in September of 1867. Frances was the widow of B. Deckerd, killed during a battle in the Red River expedition, Civil War.  Fannie had three children by her first marriage: Hugh, Ben and Bettie.  Frances and her husband, Dr. John Calvin Whaley, are buried in Osceola, Missouri.  From the Missouri History Encyclopedia, 1901:  John Calvin Whaley, physician and legislator, of St. Clair County, Missouri, was born December 16, 1838, near Palmyra, Missouri.  His parents were Albert and Mary Foreman (Bird) Whaley, both natives of Kentucky – the father was born in Bourbon County, Kentucky and the mother in Harrison County of that State. Albert Whaley came to Missouri in 1821, and his wife’s family a year or two later.  The ancestry of the Whaley family is highly honorable and peculiarly interesting.  James Whaley, a Virginian, descended from an English family which immigrated to America about 1660, was a soldier in the Virginia line of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, and was present at the surrender of Yorktown. His son, Edward, was named for Sir Edward Whaley, a not remote ancestor. Edward was a soldier in the war with Great Britain in 1812.  He was also a Captain of Kentucky Riflemen during the Indian Wars and was promoted to Major.  He was the father of Albert Whaley, whose son was John Calvin Whaley.  The last named acquired the rudiments of an education in the common schools of Palmyra, following this with academic studies in the Baptist Seminary of that city and collegiate courses at St. Paul’s College and McKee College.  He then took up the study of medicine, meanwhile teaching school in order to defray his expenses.  He afterward entered the Louisville (Kentucky) Medical College, where he attended lectures.  He first entered upon practice in Texas, removing to Fayetteville, Arkansas in 1869, and in 1875 to Osceola, Missouri, where he has been professionally engaged ever since.  The Civil War interrupted the medical career he had determined upon.  When hostilities began in 1861 he enlisted as a private soldier in Colonel Porter’s Missouri Regiment. He then assisted in recruiting for General M.E. Green’s Regiment of Missouri State Guards, in which command he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant.  In the desperate and bloody battle of Lexington, resulting in the surrender of the Federal Colonel Mulligan and his command, Lieutenant Whaley so distinguished himself in action that he was promoted to the rank of Captain.  He was subsequently severely wounded in the ankle. In 1864 he was further promoted to the rank of Major in the Confederate States Army, but his wound incapacitated him for active field service, and he was practically retired.  In 1896 Dr. Whaley was elected to the State Senate by the largest democrative majority ever cast in the Sixteenth Senatorial District.  His service in that body was conspicuous, and at every stage and in every emergency was in the interests of the people.  He was active in his advocacy of the famous Anti-Trust Law, which he introduced, and which is known as “the Whaley Anti-Trust Law” and the purpose of which is to restrain the operations of largely capitalized corporations in their encroachments upon the ordinary business of citizens of the State, dealing in such lines and after such methods as may be carried on by individuals.  He had the satisfaction of seeing this salutary measure pass both houses, receive the approval of the Governor and take its place in the Statutes of Missouri.  Dr. Whaley had in charge one bill upon the success of which his heart was set, his naturally humane disposition and his professional knowledge of the urgent necessity therefore, moving him to his most strenuous effort.  It was the bill providing for the proper care of epileptics and the feeble-minded.  Largely through his efforts the measure was passed in the Senate and House, and the institution for which it provided is now one of the fixed humanitarian institutions of the State.  Dr. Whaley is an uncompromising, old-time Democrat, firm and steadfast in his support of the principles of the party, and stopping at no personal sacrifice to advance its interests.  He is an honored member of the Masonic fraternity.  Dr. Whaley was married to Mrs. Fannie Decherd, in September 1867.  They have buried one child and have one living.  Three other children remain to them from Mrs. Whaley’s former marriage.  Dr. Whaley continues the practice of his profession and makes opportunity, as well, to assist in furthering all worthy movements and purposes, whether public or private in their nature, and in all this praiseworthy endeavor he has the cordial and earnest approval of the estimable woman who presides over his home.