William M. Whisenhunt

                           Biographical Sketches.                            
William M. Whisenhunt was born in Georgia, July 5, 1847, was taken at the    
age of three to Arkansas (Pike County) by his parents, and in 1860 brought   
to Texas. His father, Noah Whisenhunt, was born in Tennessee, was a          
blacksmith by trade, was also a farmer and wile in Arkansas was for six      
years a justice of the peace. He married Miss Eliza Ballard, daughter of     
John Ballard, of Georgia. Eleven children were born to this union, named,    
James M., Adam L., John B., William M., Mary S. Barbara J., Louisa M.,       
Martha  F., George W., Thomas J. and Noah L. The father, Noah Whisenhunt     
died in Texas in 1871, at the age of fifty-three years.                      
William M. Whisenhunt, in 1868, married Minerva J. Batten, daughter of       
William H. Batten, a native of Tennessee, who moved to Missouri, then lived  
in Texas, and Arkansas for a few years, after which he returned to Missouri, 
where he is now in the hardware business. While in Arkansas he was Judge of  
Madison country court for a term of years, and was also a justice of the     
peace. Before the war he was in dry-goods business in Polk county, Missouri; 
while in the army he was wounded and remained at home thereafter. To the     
union of William M. and Minerva Whisenhunt have been born thirteen children, 
Millege M., Eliza M., Noah H., Alice C., Sanora, Ira F., Eula A., Cleveland  
M. and Iva M., all of whom are deceased, the four living being: Marshall,    
Margaret, French and Myrtle.                                                 
The year 1869 Mr. Whisenhunt passed in Arkansas and then returned to his     
farm in Texas, where he still follows the pursuit of agriculture, although   
he is a natural mechanic and can do blacksmithing, carpentering or           
brick-laying. During the late war he served i Captain Morris's company,      
Bolan's regiment. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church South,    
and is highly respected by his neighbors. He is also a fruit and stock       
raiser, and dealer in both.                                                  
Biographical Souvenir of the State of Texas, F.A. Battey & Company, 1889,    
pages 888-889.                                                               
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