The Whatleys of Western Clarke County, Alabama


William Whatley came to Alabama in the early 1800s, when "Alabama Fever" was raging. Many settlers came to Alabama via the Old Federal Road, which linked Fort Wilkinson, near Milledgeville, GA with Fort Stoddert, near Mount Vernon, AL. He had a cotton plantation near Collirene, in Lowndes Co, AL.

At the outbreak of the Civil War, he and his wife Sara, moved to Clarke Co, Al, where other Whatleys were already living.

One of his sons was Willis Warren Whatley, who became a Baptist minister in Clarke County. Willis Warren, his son James, and other Whatley relatives are buried in the Winn Community Cemetery, next to the Wesley Chapel Methodist Church, in Winn, AL.

4. WILLIAM H. WHATLEY was born 23 Sep 1789 in Edgefield County, SC, and died 1866 in Clarke County AL. He married SARA LEE 08 Nov 1818. She was born 30 Apr 1800 in SC, and died in Clarke County AL.

Children of WILLIAM WHATLEY and SARA LEE are:

5. WILLIS WARREN WHATLEY was born 17 May 1832 in Collirene, AL, and died 06 May 1902 in Winn, AL. He married MARTHA J. FINCH 02 Oct 1861 in Clarke County, AL, daughter of JAMES FINCH and MARY CAMMACK. She was born 05 Jul 1845, and died 01 Oct 1906 in Winn, AL.


7. JAMES WILLIAM WHATLEY was born 08 Mar 1868, and died 19 Nov 1906 in Winn, AL. He married LULA VANN 19 Mar 1891 in Clarke County, AL, daughter of JOSEPH VANN and MALVANIA HALTAWANGER. She was born 09 Feb 1872 in Clarke County AL, and died 23 Jan 1957 in Clarke County AL.

Children of JAMES WHATLEY and LULA VANN are:

10. LEE WILLIAM WHATLEY, SR. was born 07 Dec 1899 in Winn, AL, and died 05 Apr 1988 in Mobile, AL. He married RUTH ROBERTA BARROW in Jackson, AL, daughter of THOMAS BARROW and LILLIAN LANG. She was born 26 May 1897 in Monistee, AL, and died 17 Feb 1969 in Mobile, AL.

Children of LEE WHATLEY and RUTH BARROW are: