Whitsell Family History - Back In Time From Granite City, Illinois
My name is Larry David Whitsell. I am the son of Eskel David Whitsell and Mary Emily Lee, and as such I have something in common with all of the Whitsell’s in our family: we descend from a rich heritage, a line of ancestors such as George Whitsell, Sr. & Elizabeth Crowley from Oglethorpe Co., Georgia in the 1770‘s; Jacob Lester and Martha Miles from Virginia in the 1720’s; Elizabeth Renshaw & John Crews from the early 1600’s; Uriah Ledyard & The Rev. Elder John Mark from Pennsylvania in the late 1690’s.
We have married into families that have an equally rich lineage, such as George Whitsell, Sr. & Elizabeth Crowley’s daughter, Sarah Sally Whitsell who married Littlebury Brittain Edwards. One story states that Littlebury’s Great-great-great-great-great-great-great-Grandfather was King Henry VII of England.
As with any search for family history we start with very little, hope for inspiration and then stumble onto facts, event, and people by accident. Much of this history’s inspiration comes from three people, my daughter Alicia Whitsell, cousin Deanna Spears (Whitsell), and my father E. David Whitsell.
Where to start is always a difficult decision. Equally as challenging is how best to focus that search of our family. The site contains 1908 family surnames, spaning 36 generations representing 10951 people currently in the family database, showing just how enormous the challenge is. My efforts have focused on the 20 surnames of the mothers and fathers of my direct lineage:
Whitsell, Winters, Rakes, Lee, Fothergill, Westbrook, Clark, Son, Crowley, Crews, Marks, Lester, Orsburn, Russell, Ferrel, Ledyard, Miles, Stanley, Gately, and Renshaw.
This leaves hundreds of family histories for each of you to search out and discover. As for this story, we begin with the Whitsell’s and the journey that led them first to Kentucky and eventually to Granite City, IL.
Where Do We Go Next?
For most of us our history becomes lost by not passing on the stories of our mothers and fathers. The website is a project for everyone, a place where stories and events can be collected and recorded for our descendants, and a place where we can preserve our history for generations to come. It is my hope that you will also find this site informative and an invitation to help build a comprehensive family history.
YOU CAN HELP:
FIRST, simply sharing your stories with your children.
SECOND, visit the website often to share News, Events and Activities.
THIRD, share pictures of your family as well by emailing them to Mail Photo.
FINALLY, review unknown photos by typing "REVIEW" in the FIND box at the top of the page.
For questions, contact Larry Whitsell by clicking HERE.