Note: Grandpa Whitman was a Cival War, Union Soldier, Veteran. He was i
Note: n the war from the begining until the end. He was with General Sherman when he made his famous March through Georgia. This is where Dad (John S.) got his middle name. Grandpa (John W.) endured many hardships while in the army and suffered with his legs so much that in later years he was declared disabled and drew a pension. Grandpa and Grandma Whitman were both Methodist. Grandma had joined the church in Rock Island and Grandpa in Kansas. Grandpa went to church every Sunday. He loved to read and read so well that he was often called on to read the Scriptures. He was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge. Because he read so well he always did all the reading at the Lodge meetings.
Grandma Whitman was blind. It had been inherited. This probably the reason she never went much of anywhere. Her favorite daughter-in-law was Mommie (Grandma Mary Whitman) who had helped her with her work for several years before marrying her son John. She also had her favorite grandchild Carrie (Uncle Otis's eldest daughter). Grandpa Whitman (John W.) also had his favorite grandchild, Ida. Grandpa and Grandma Whitman wanted Carrie and Ida to come live with them. Uncle Otis and Aunt Annie consented but Dad (John S.) and Mommie said absolutely not. They died less than three months apart at their home in Brighton, Missouri. Dad and Aunt Clara inheirted the house. They sold the house to Addie Armstrong to settle the estate. Dad bought an additional 40 acres with his part of the estate. They are buried in the Brighton Cemetary.
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