Irwin Whittington & Desc. My husband descends from Sherrod Whittington and I have considered that Sherrod & Irwin may have been brothers. I have not been able to find any proof to back up this theory, only circumstantial evidence so far.
Here is what I have on Irwin Whittington:
1806 Columbia Co., GA Tax List: Irwin Whittington is listed as paying one poll ($.31), no property. William Whittington is listed next to Irwin. William had 1 slave, 300 ac. near Brier Creek and paid $.81 tax. (Note: By 1812, Sherrod Whittington is living in Columbia Co. There is also a Barnett Whittington living in Columbia Co. in 1806. Barnett is married to Sarah Savage, daug. of Loveless Savage).
1812-GA, Irwin Whittington is listed as a soldier in the War of 1812 with GA 1st Regt., Harris' Co. according to "Index of War of 1812 Soldiers" at Washington Memorial Library, Macon, GA.
1820 census, Warren Co., GA p. 278: Irwin Whittington 400010-02010-01, 4 M <10, 1 M 26-45, 2 F 10-16, 1 F 26-45, 1 person engaged in agriculture, no slaves.
1830-Crawford Co., GA census, p. 402: Irwin Whittington 2122001-2000201 No Slaves. 2 M <5, 1 M 5-10, 2 M 10-15, 2 M 15-20, 1 M 40-50, 2 F <5, 2 F 20-30, 1 F 40-50.
1840- Macon Co., GA census, p. 003: Irwin Whittington 1 M 5-10, 1 M 15-20, 1 M 20-30, 1 M 50-60, 1 F 10-15, 1 F 15-20, 1 F 20-30, 1 F 50-60.
1850-Macon Co., GA census 120A: Allen Whittington 30 M Farmer $1500 GA (Irwin no longer living, believe this is what remains of his household), John Whittington 10 M, Susan 55 F (age may be incorrect as Irwin's wife should be 60-70 years of age. Believe this is his wife because she is too old to be Allen's wife and she is listed after John indicating John is probably the son of Allen and Susan is Allen's widowed mother, therefore listed last).
Children of Irwin & Susan Whittington based on birth dates and places of residence:
Lucinda, m. Thomas J. Amerson 1833 Craw. Co., GA, d. bef 1860
Female, born between 1800-1810
William, b. 1810, m. Elizabeth (LNU) bef. 1838 (1840-50 census Macon Co.)
James, b. abt 1812, m. Elizabeth Hobbs 1836, Craw Co. (1840 census Talbot Co.)
John, b. 1814-15 (m. Miriam Bartlett (Talbot Co-1840-50 census, Taylor 1860)
Allen, b. abt. 1818 per obit (1850 Macon Co.,Ga, 1860 Taylor Co. GA) Susan is w/him 1850.
Clayton, b. 1820-25, (m. Judith P. Turner 1846 Craw Co) 1850-80 census Craw Co.
Martha, b. abt. 1826, (m. Ezekiel Adams bef. 1845, 1850 census Talbot Co.)
Female, b. 1825-30, may have died young
Robert, b. abt. 1829 (m. Martha LNU abt 1850, 1850 Talbot Co., 1860 Taylor Co. census)
Male, b. 1825-30, may have died young
By 1850 Irwin is no longer living. From the will of Allen Whittington, I know that Clayton is his brother and Martha Adams is his sister.
There are some other Whittingtons listed near some of the above families whom I have yet to identify. Living next to Allen is Edy Whittington, age 35 in 1850, who I later learn had 3 children, Benjamin F. b. 1842, Sylvester b. 1846, and a daughter Elizabeth Sabrina, b. bef 1842. Edy may have been the second wife of James, but I have found no evidence to support that theory. She is found on the 1860 census of Worth Co., GA and dies on 25 Oct. 1885 in Colquitt Co. GA.
In 1850, there is a Mahala Whittington, age 24 F, living two doors from Allen Whittington with a 4 year old child, Mary J. By 1860 this child, Mary J. is 15 years old and living with Allen Whittington in Taylor Co., GA. They are the only two listed in the household. Allen identifies a daughter, Mary Ella, in his will. My guess is that Mary J. born about 1845 is his daughter. Does that mean that Mahala, age 24 in 1850 is Allen's wife? I haven't yet found a marriage record for Allen.
Also in 1850, there is a Mary Whittington, age 13, living in the home of Ezekiel & Martha (Whittington) Adams. This girl does not fit an age category to be a sister to Martha. The only possibility I have been able to come up with for her based on census records (3 year old in 1840) is a daughter of James Whittington. This Mary is listed as Mary A. E. Whittington on the 1860 census, with two sons, James F. P. Whittington age 6, and John R. E. Whittington age 4. Mary is living in the household with John Q. Campbell, whom she marries in 1864. Mary's occupation is listed as "prostitute" in 1860, and that leads me to believe she lost her parents early or fell on hard times in some way, and has had to fend for herself.
If anyone can shed some light on any of these people, please do. A lot of this is just theory at this point, but will hopefully provide a starting point to either prove or dis-prove these relationships.