The goal of this book is to prove the origin and history of the Whitt family from Etowah County, Alabama. Research by William Whitt's descendants determined William had lived in South Carolina as early as 1798, migrated to Franklin County, Tennessee, as early as 1811, and pioneered into Alabama sometime before 1824. William Whitt was a great-grandson of the emigrant, John Witt-Whitt, who emigrated from England to Virginia circa 1666. The four consensus sons of John Witt-Whitt have been identified as John Witt II, William Witt, Edward Whitt, and Richard Whitt Sr.-the Witt-Whitt family of old Virginia. In 2002, a DNA study confirmed that the four consensus sons of John Witt-Whitt were related. This book presents a thorough, complete, and accurate history of the ancestors and descendants of William Whitt from 1621 to the present day. A look at the origin of the surname Whitt precedes the history of the first Whitt in America, followed by an examination of John Witt-Whitt and the four foundational Witt-Whitt families of old Virginia. Individual chapters are devoted to the descendants of Edward Whitt, William Whitt, Shadrach M. Whitt, William P. Whitt, William Middleton Whitt, and David Harvey Whitt. Many of John Witt-Whitt's descendants patriotically and honorably served their country in all of America's wars from the Revolutionary War up to and including the Persian Gulf War, and are identified here. An abundance of photographs, facsimile reprints of original documents, and maps; along with appendices, a bibliography, and a full name index add to the value of this extensive work.
David F. Whitt
(2004), 2007, 8½x11, paper, index, 2 vols., 624 pp.