JEFFERSON COUNTY ILLINOIS
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B.F. Whissenhunt


B.F. WHISSENHUNT, farmer, PO Spring Garden, was born in Middle
Tennessee May 21, 1830; is the son of Uriah & Dorcas (Roach) Whissenhunt, natives
of that State; The Grandparents, however came from Pennsylvania. Our Subject 
was the only child. When about one year old, his parents came to Marion
Co.,IL, where they remained about 12 years. In that county our subject 
attended his first school. In 1843, the family came to Jefferson County
and settled on the farm where our subject now lives, where the mother died
in 1859, the father in 1860. In this county our subject had but little chance 
to attend the subscription schools, and consequently his education is
very limited. His life for upward of twenty years was spent at home with his
father, and then commenced life for himself on a piece of Congress land
which his father entered for him. That has since been increased until
he now owns about 160 acres in Sections 2 and 3 of Town 4 Range 3 East.
Mr. Whissenhunt was married April 3, 1850 to Susan Book, a native of this 
county, and a daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (SHELTON) Book. The
father was a native of Virginia, the mother of North Carolina. This marriage 
resulted in nine children, and of that number two are living-- Ellen 
Catherine, Wife of George Harveil, and George Washington. Is a member
of Moore's Prairie Baptist Church. In Politics, he is a Democrat.

History of Jefferson Co,IL Date 1883
Part IV Biographical Sketches Spring Garden Township Page 111

Submitted by: Lonnie Fink



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