GA Family Groupsheet for Rev. Leroy McWHORTER Family

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SUBMITTED BY: Judy Fowler Kilgore
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HUSBAND:  Leroy McWHORTER (Rev.)
date and place of birth: 1797, SC
date and place of marriage: abt 1818, SC
date and place of death: 5 April 1875, Carroll Co., GA
father: Moses McWHORTER
mother: Unknown (thought by some to be a Rebecca Williams)
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WIFE: Mary Elizabeth THOMASSON
date and place of birth: 1796, SC
date and place of marriage: Abt 1818
date and place of death: 9 Oct 1875, Carroll Co., GA
mother's father: Unknown
mother's mother: Unknown
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CHILD 1: Moses Allen McWHORTER
date and place of birth: 25 Nov 1820, SC
married: Sarah KINNEY
date and place of marriage: 2 Nov 1848, Carroll Co., GA
date and place of death: 14 May 1902, Carroll Co., GA
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CHILD 2: Sarah M. McWHORTER
date and place of birth: 11 May 1822, SC
married: George M. JOHNSTON
date and place of marriage: 10 Dec 1844, Paulding Co., GA
date and place of death: Unknown
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CHILD 3: Mary Ann E. McWHORTER
date and place of birth: 11 May 1822, SC
date and place of death: Unknown
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CHILD 4: Johnson McWHORTER
date and place of birth: 3 Jan 1826, SC
date and place of death: Unknown
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CHILD 5: Laura McWHORTER
date and place of birth: 30 Nov 1827, SC
date and place of death: Unknown
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CHILD 6: Thomas Benson McWHORTER
date and place of birth: 27 July 1829, SC
married: Mary Ann BARR
date and place of marriage: 21 June 1853, Carroll Co., GA
date and place of death: 15 June 1863, Carroll Co., GA
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CHILD 7: Elizabeth McWHORTER
date and place of birth: 5 July 1831, SC
married: Madison M. BOLTON
date and place of marriage: 16 May 1856, Benton Co., AL
date and place of death: bef 1890, Villa Rica, Carroll Co., GA
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CHILD 8: Newton Alexander McWHORTER
date and place of birth: 20 April 1833, SC
married: Celia Elizabeth WILSON
date and place of marriage: 13 Dec 1860, Carroll Co., GA
date and place of death: 28 Dec 1912, Carroll Co., GA
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CHILD 9: Franklin McWHORTER
date and place of birth: 4 Oct 1836, SC
married: Nancy Ann Lucinda WILSON
date and place of marriage: 29 March 1860, Carroll Co., GA
date and place of death: 15 Oct 1862, Crab Orchard, KY
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SOURCES: Bible records of Leroy McWhorter as found in "Old Southern Bible
Records" by Memory Aldridge Lester; "Descendants of Moses McWhorter & Related
Families" by Anna Harman Bowman, Norman Oklahoma & Manchester, MO; excerpts
from research of Max L. McWhorter, Arab, AL; excerpts from research papers of
Davis McWhorter, Bethel, NC; "The History of Heard County, Georgia" published
by Heard County Historical Society; online minutes of Van Wert Baptist
Church, Polk County, GA (formerly Paulding Co.); Census records of Greenville
Dist., SC (1830), Cass Co., GA (1840), Carroll Co., GA (1850, 1870), Heard
Co., GA (1860); Civil War service records; Carroll County, GA marriage
records; Carroll Co., GA cemetery records; various church history books;
research papers of Ruby Faye McWhorter Barron (deceased); information from
and interviews with family members. Leroy's obituary and much other
information provided by Kathy Gregory.
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NOTES: Leroy and Mary moved to Georgia from Greenville, SC, sometime between
1830 and 1840, as information shows in census records. On Dec 21, 1843, he
accepted a call as pastor of Van Wert Baptist Church, Paulding County, GA,
where he served until 1846. He was dismissed by letter in that year, along
with several other church members who were "moving from the neighborhood." He
then moved to Carroll County and, in 1847, was one of the founding members
and first pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church (now Midway Macedonia Baptist
Church) near Villa Rica. In 1849, he and other pastors constituted Pleasant
Grove Baptist Church in the same area. In 1858, he accepted a call as pastor
of Centralhatchee Baptist Church in Heard County and moved there sometime
before 1860. By 1870, he was back in Carroll County where he died on April 5,
1875, "in his 78th year," according to his obituary. Leroy was affected by
palsy several years before his death and was described as a "poor man who
always had to perform manual labor." His wife, Mary, followed him in death
six months later. Their burial places are unknown. Leroy's will was made and
recorded in Carroll County. Mary's surname is also seen as "Thompson" and
"Thomson." In the absence of records and concrete proof, the name of Leroy's
father is the subject of much controversy among McWhorter researchers.
However, descendants of Leroy and Mary feel that Leroy's naming his first son
"Moses Allen" and the absence of any descendants named "Landon" are powerful
indications that Leroy's father was Moses, one of three sons (Moses, Landon
and John) of Moses McWhorter and his first wife (name unknown), of Edgefield
Dist., SC. This earlier Moses was also the father of Allen Marlin McWhorter
(by his second wife, Elizabeth Puckett), claimed by family members living in
Carroll County to be Leroy's uncle. Allen Marlin's ancestors and descendants
are well documented. Of the other two sons of Moses of Edgefield and his
first wife: John's Bible records have been found and published and do not
list a son named Leroy, and no records of Landon as an adult have been found.
He is thought by many noted researchers to have died young. Research by Kathy
Gregory shows that Leroy and Mary McWhorter were members of Mountain Creek
Baptist Church in Greenville before they moved to Georgia.
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