O. McWhirter of Fayetteville, TN reports having found
the following notice in:
The Pennsylvania Gazette
"Fourty Shillings Reward - RUN away, in the night of 9th of July
last, from the subscriber, living in Mill creek Hundred, New Castle County, a servant man,
named WILLIAM MCWHORTER, born in Scotland, and came in the ship Philadelphia, Captain
MALCOM, from Belfast, the beginning of said month; he is about 18 years of age, five feet
five inches high, squint-eyed, pitted with small-pox, and has black curled hair; had on,
and took with him, a new broadcloth coat, jacket and breeches, one dozen or more good
shirts, one pair of tow trousers, and a shoe and a pump. He said he had some relations in
Philadelphia of the name SHEPPERD, who would set him free, and it is supposed he is gone
that way. Whoever takes up and secures the said servant in any of his Majesty goals, so as
his master may have him again, shall have the above reward, and reasonable charges, paid
by MICHAEL RANKIN."
Does anyone know what happened
to OUR William?
On 30-Aug-1862 a
JAMES H. MCWHIRTER and a SAMUEL
residents of Middlebury, Vermont, enlisted in
Company E of the 14th Vermont Regiment of the Union Army.
They were mustered in on 21-Oct-1862
and mustered out on 30-Jul-1863
during which time the regiment fought at Gettysburg.
Does anyone know to which
McWhirter family these soldiers belong?
Neither parents nor any descendants are known.
On 23-Aug-2000 the following
message was received from JEANNIE HALVERSON (email@example.com)
which helped shed some light on Mystery #2!
Dear Mr. McWhirter,
Samuel and James belong to my family. Samuel is
my GGgrandfather.He married Almira Blake sometime after the Civil War. They had one son,
Harry Blake McWhirter, born July 4th, 1869 in Holland, Orleans, VT. Both Samuel and Almira
were killed in 1874 in VT. I found a record of death for Samuel listed as Nov 18, 1874 in
Derby, Orleans, VT.
Their only son Harry went to live with Almiras
younger sister Eleanor Blake and her husband Charles S. Barrett in PA. They adopted him
and he then went by the name Harry McWhirter Barrett. He then married JessieEdwards in
They moved with their family to Boulder Colorado.
They had 3 children, Hugh Edwards Barrett, Almira Barrett, and my grandfather Charles
McWhirter Barrett...I have no idea what happened to James. I only know that they are
brothers. I have been searching for their parents. The only other McWhirter listed in VT
at that time is a ThomasMcWhirter. I haven't been able to establish relationship to that
In Volume 5, Issue 2 of the McWh*rter
Genealogy Newsletter (Spring 2001)
further info on this branch of the clan was published.
The article and 3-generation register report from the
newsletter is republished in the North American Progenitor section of the website -
McWhirter of co. Ulster, Ireland & Middlebury, VT
Do You Know These
I hope you'll forgive an enquiry from a non-genealogist. Rather
I've been engaged for the past 23 years on the project of constructing biographies for
every player to have appeared in senior football for Leicester Fosse/City, and have indeed
published developing drafts of this work in each of 1989, 1995 and last August ('Of
Fossils & Foxes', Polar Publishing). I'm nonetheless still utterly enjoying the
detective work, and still have some way to go to satisfactorily cover the 850-or-so
relevant lives: which just happen to include two McWhirter's.
I'm appending the texts of the most recently
published entries, and appealing for any assistance you may be able to give in fleshing
out the portraits further. In terms of Douglas
McWhirter, I'm keen to
discover anything of his post-football life: even with his death date available, I've yet
to track down a published obituary. I'd also love to know whether the middle initial S' is genuine or an inherited error.
With regard to Peter
McWhirter, the same
applies, but I don't even have a definite death date (I have no note of the source for the
vagueness of 1943), and no idea whether he expired in England, Canada or Scotland.
Any assistance you may be able to furnish
would be most gratefully received. I hope the brief details that follow may also be of
some use to your more usual researchers.
DOUGLAS S McWHIRTER
b. Erith, Kent, 13th August 1886
d. Plumstead, London, 14th October 1966
Bromley; Mar 1912 FOSSE; July 1914 Southend United.
debut v Bradford Park Avenue (H) 30.3.12
regular Trojan for work, quietly but firmly putting a spoke in the wheels of the opposing
left wing, and a fine feeder of the forwards': the local Mail clearly implied that
right-half Douglas was one of the few stars of Fosse's pre-war years of steep Second
Division decline. He was a newly-capped amateur international when Jack Bartlett signed
him, and went on to accrue mementos of three more England appearances at that level, plus
an Olympic football Final victor's medal from the United Kingdom's eclipse of Denmark in
Stockholm in July 1912. He additionally already held a winner's medal from Bromley's 1911
FA Amateur Cup Final encounter with Bishop Auckland, and he would also assist Bromley
again in a Cup tie in March 1913, before Fosse persuaded him to sign professionally that
summer. He played a supplementary quartet of Southern League games for Southend with that
status, and was later refused reinstatement as an amateur by a rather narrow-minded FA in
Football League 58; FA Cup 2.
Football League 2.
b. Glasgow, 23rd June 1871
Toronto Scottish; Chicago Thistles; Dec 1893 Morton; 1894 Clyde; Oct 1895 FOSSE;
Aug 1896 Freemantle; cs 1897 Warmley; cs 1898 Brighton United; Aug 1899 FOSSE.
Fosse debut v
Darwen (H) 26.10.1895
An outside-right who'd had six years in North
American football, and a six-game record with Morton, Peter was plucked from Clyde's
reserve team for Fosse's second assault on Division Two, but only briefly held his
position in mid-season. After joining the Southampton-based Southern League club
Freemantle, he was next heard of sailing for Canada in December 1896 to rejoin his
emigrant family, but he was soon back again to link up with former Fosse inside-forward
partners David Manson and Willie McArthur at promotion-bound Warmley and newly-formed
Brighton respectively. Peter's second stint with Fosse was then played out entirely in the
reserves, and spiced only with an outing in Jack Walker's benefit friendly against
Football League 17; FA Cup 1.
Football League 1.
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