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GEORGE W. WHITEHEAD, CO. K 1ST ALABAMA CAVALRY (USA), PROFILE

by Joel S. Mize, as submitted to the Winston County, AL Heritage Book Project

George W. Whitehead was born July 4, 1846 south of Glen Allen, Fayette Co AL, the son of Arch Jr. and Martha C. Anthony Whitehead. As a young man he enlisted in the 1st Alabama Cavalry (Union) and served in Company K until the end of the war. He then married Mary Jane Tidwell, daughter of Andrew Jackson and Margaret Tucker Tidwell. They had four surviving children, Martha Alice [Shaw], Margaret Lorena [Lawrence], William Andrew and Isadora [Gaskin], but Mary Jane died on August 20, 1878, soon after giving birth to triplets, none of which survived. She is buried in the Peter Tidwell cemetery which lays along the west side of the old Byler Road, about five miles south of Eldridge, Alabama.

George W. then married second to Jane Herren and they moved into the Whitehouse community of Marion County along Wyley branch (also know as West Branch of the Buttahatchee River) where George set up a watermill which was used for grain milling, sawmilling and turning a lathe to make furniture. He and Jane had ten children - Archibald W., Charity [Wise], Luciller[Bailey], John Thomas, Jesse Green, George Harrison [Haleyville’s Whitehead American Legion Post named after this WWI casualty], Armendia Missouri [Batchelor], Ollie Mae [Mahall], Dolly [Engel or Ingle] & Joseph McKinley. This second family settled sometime around 1900 in the Littleville-Pebble community of Winston County.

George W. died February 15, 1937 and Jane died February 4, 1940. Both are buried in the Littleville cemetery.