John Nicholas Whisenant

ID# 17, b. 30 June 1743, d. 19 April 1831
Father*John Adam Whisenhunt b. 2 Sep 1719, d. 11 Apr 1784
Mother*Anna Barbara [unknown] d. a 1801
Birth*John Nicholas Whisenant was born on 30 June 1743 in Lancaster Co., PA
Marriage*He married Mary Carpenter circa 1762. 
Death*John Nicholas Whisenant died on 19 April 1831 in York Co., SC, at age 87.1 
Burial*He was buried in Antioch Bap. Ch. Cem., Blacksburg, Cherokee Co., SC, 35.164444,-81.435833; Stones are very hard to read. John's stone just says "Nicholas". The stone wording faces the road, with your back to the church. 

Census Data

YearLocationNotes concerning census
1790Camden Dist., SCThe household consisted of 5 males under 16 yrs. of age, 3 males 16+ yrs., and 3 females. The name on the census report was Meilon Whissenhunt. The seven other males mentioned are probably his sons: George, Jacob, John Jr., Adam, Christopher, Michael, and Joseph. Actual identification of any individual in this census is only a guess.
1800York Co., SCHousehold consisted of 2 males under 10, 2 males under 16, 2 males under 26, 1 female under 26, and 1 female 45 or over. Name on the census report was Nicholas Wisenhunt. Actual identification of any individual in this census is only a guess. Note: I believe the female under 26 years old is a daughter Barbara. I believe this daughter married Samuel Etris in 1802.
1810York Co., SC
1820Census record not found
1830Census record not found
Name Variation John Nicholas Whisenant was also known as John Nicholas Whisenhunt. 
Note*He left North Carolina around 1770, moving into the Camden District of York County, South Carolina. (See Carpenters A Plenty, by Robert C. Carpenter, p. 34.) He is listed in 1790 South Carolina census. He is in the York County, South Carolina census for 1800, 1810. In the 1820 and 1830 census, John and Mary can be found living with their son Joseph R., in York County, SC. Some of his descendants left the York County area of South Carolina and settled in Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi. George stayed in South Carolina.

If John Nicholas left a will, it was never found. There has been no record of the settlement of his estate.

The following is a story about John Nicholas Whisenhunt, which Dr. Eph Whisenhunt presented in his book Whisenhunt Syllabus:
In 1805 Nicholas Wisonant sold 20A. to John Hullender (Holland). The said land was the site of the Whisenhunt Grist Mill on High Shoal Branch of King Creek.

On Oct. 6, 1780 a group of volunteers from what is now East Tennessee and from the western part of Virginia got together and made plans to meet the British Army at what is called Kings Mountain. The volunteers from the Wautague settlement talked John Adair into lending the group $10,000 of North Carolina tax money to buy horses and supplies to make the trip to Kings Mountain. He had no authority to lend the money, but he believed in the volunteers. When they reached the Grist Mill of John Nicholas Whisenant, he furnished the needed supplies. The following day the volunteers defeated the King's Army under General Ferguson and changed the tide of the British Army which left Ferguson and many of his men dead on the field of battle. The volunteers had done what they set out to do and returned to their homes. The money was repaid and John Adair rejoiced. Many feel that if the British had won at Kings Mountain, the British Army would have defeated other groups and we would not be the great nation we are today.

Dr. Eph Whisenhunt stated that an account of the above story can be found in the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia, South Carolina. The record is Sally's Stub Entries, p. 306, volume O-Q, Order No. 2077. Reference South Carolina Archive AR 8405, pp lg-6q, number of pages 7. 


Mary Carpenter b. circa 1743, d. 28 September 1836
Marriage*He married Mary Carpenter circa 1762. 


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