John D. G. Whitten was the son of Alfred Whitten and Bridget Graham. He was born 27 October 1836 in Fayette County, Tennessee. He was a first cousin to John Whitten Barrett, who was an early settler of Madison County, Texas.
He was the brother of Ellen Whitten, who was married to M. A. McCrory.
John D. G. moved to Montgomery County, Texas, with his family in 1850, and remained there when they removed to Madison County prior to 1860. At the time of the 1860 census, John was living with his sister and brother-in-law, Ellen and M. A. McCrory. His occupation was given as mechanic. He had $100 worth of real estate, probably an acre in Joseph Lindleys headright within the town of Danville.
On 7 March 1861, John married Miss Antoinette Folks. She was born in July of 1844, the daughter of Mrs. Mary Folks and A. M. Folks, a blacksmith at Danville who died of strychnine poisoning in 1850.
John joined the Danville Mounted Riflemen, the home guard formed under Capt. Samuel D. Wooldridge in 1861. The following year, in March, 1862, he also mustered into Capt. Wooldridges company of Texas Lancers, which became Co. B 24th Regt Texas Cavalry. He was elected Fourth Sergeant. He was enrolled at Danville by John E. George and gave his age as twenty-five, the value of his horse as $125, and his equipment as $20.
John D. G. Whitten Muster Roll
He trained with the other cavalrymen of his regiment at Camp Hebert at Hempstead, then assembled at Crockett in May and marched with them to Arkansas.
He was counted present on the muster rolls of June and August 1862, which were taken along the line of march and in camp at Camp Holmes near Sulphur Springs. On July 29, he was dismounted with the other men of his regiment, probably at El Dorado, Arkansas.
From Camp Holmes, his regiment was ordered to Arkansas Post, where they were attached to Garland's Brigade. They spent the fall building winter cabins and digging rifle pits, while the fort was being constructed.
There, John was captured at the Battle of Arkansas Post, on January 11, 1863.
Union Iron Clads at the Battle of Arkansas Post.
He was taken by steamer up the Mississippi to Camp Butler, Illinois, where his name appears on a roll of prisoners. Note that a number of the men of this company died in the battle, along the route, and at Camp Butler.
The men were released from Camp Butler in April and were sent to Virginia to be exchanged. He was counted present on the muster roll of July and August 1863, but by October, his muster roll extract notes that he was on furlough. In his compiled service file is a receipt for "Commutation of rations." He was reimbursed for rations which he had to provide for himself while he was on furlough from October 3, 1863, to Novermber 1, 1863. Where John was at the time of his furlough is not known, but perhaps he was given a furlough to visit relatives in Tennessee; more probably, he was sick. It appears that he left again during the months of November and December, 1863. But by the Feburary 1864 muster roll, he was again counted present, as he was in April of 1864.
There are no more muster rolls in existence for this company of men from April 1864 until the end of the war. John was placed in Co. I, Granburys Consolidated, along with the other men from the 24th Regiment.
There is a muster roll showing that he was present for the surrender and was paroled at Greensboro, North Carolina, in May of 1865.
John came back to Montgomery County after the war, and some time prior to 1870, he and his wife moved to Brazos County, Texas, and settled near Bryan. They lived there until about 1885 and appear in both the 1870 and 1880 censuses of that county.
In about 1883, the family moved to Madison County and settled in the Elwood Community. John died there on the 20th of October 1894 and is buried in a marked grave in Elwood Cemetery.
In 1899, Antoinette applied to the State of Texas for a Confederate Widows Pension but was rejected due to owning a hundred acres of land in the Allphin League. She moved back to the Bryan area in 1901 and in 1907 again applied for a widows pension. She was residing with her son, John, at this time. James McCan filed a cross-interrogatory in her behalf, stating that he had known John D. Whitten during the war. Antoinettes application was approved, and she received a pension until her death.
She appears on the Brazos County 1910 census living with her son, John S. Whitten and daughter Nettie. In 1920, she was living with John S. Whitten and his wife Myrtle in Brazos County, and she was aged 75. According to descendants, Antoinette died September 13, 1923, in Brazos County.
For further information and records of all Confederate soldiers of Montgomery County, Texas, as well as histories of the regiments they served in, see Montgomery County, Texas, CSA by Frank M. Johnson. The book may be purchased by visiting Frank's website at frankmjohnson.net or by contacting Frank at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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