The Family of Richard W. Whitten
and Annie May Diggs


This page last updated November 25, 2007.

Richard W. "Dick" Whitten was born about 1875 in Mississippi (probably in either Winston or Choctaw Counties) to James and Sallie Whitten. Sometime after about 1887, his parents moved their family to the Red River Valley area of northeastern Texas near Lamar and Delta Counties. On November 12, 1899, Dick married Annie May Diggs in Lamar County, Texas. They are listed on the 1900 Lamar County, Texas census with Dick's mother, brother, and sister. According to Dick's granddaughter Arvazene Crouch, Dick moved his family from Lamar County to Childress County (in northwestern Texas) around 1909.

Annie May (Margaret Ann) Diggs was born in December 1878 in Lamar County, Texas to Benjamin and Frances Diggs. Her father served in the Civil War in Company E, 2 Battalion, MS Infantry, CSA. A Diggs descendant told me that Ben Diggs lost a leg in the Civil War. One of Annie's grandsons told me that he has a picture of "Great-Grandpa" in which a man with one leg is wearing a metal walking hoop. I wonder if this is Ben Diggs. Please E-mail me for further information on the Diggs family.

Dick and Annie had seven children, one of whom died as an infant. Annie died in February 1925 and was buried in West Tell Cemetery in Childress County, Texas. Three years later, in May 1928, Dick remarried to Ella Philpott. Dick and Ella had one son, Dick Jr., born in 1932. Dick Sr. died two years later in 1934 and was buried in West Tell Cemetery in Childress County, Texas.


Richard W. "Dick" Whitten
Born: December 30, 1876 probably in either Winston or Choctaw County, Mississippi
Note: The 1900 census lists his birthdate as March 1875
Married: November 12, 1899 in Lamar County, Texas
Died: February 11, 1934 probably in Tell, Childress County, Texas
Buried: West Tell Cemetery, Childress County, Texas
Father: James S. Whitten
Mother: Sarah E. "Sallie" Barron

Annie May (Margaret Ann) Diggs
Born: December 6, 1878 in Lamar County, Texas
Died: February 27, 1925 in CeeVee, Cottle County, Texas
Buried: West Tell Cemetery, Childress County, Texas
Father: Benjamin Haywood Diggs
Mother: Frances Caroline Gambell

  1. Birdie Lura Whitten
    Born: January 24, 1902 in Paris, Lamar County, Texas
    Married (1): June 18, 1921 in Gracemont, Caddo County, Oklahoma
    Spouse (1): Jackson Thomas "Jack" Smith
    Married (2): Between 1952 - 1957, possibly in Chickasha, Grady County, Oklahoma
    Spouse (2): Walter Louis DaVoult
    Died: October 12, 1983 in Chickasha, Grady County, Oklahoma
    Buried: Greenhill Cemetery, Lindsay, Garvin County, Oklahoma (next to second husband)

    Jack and Birdie Smith were married in June 1921 in Gracemont, Oklahoma and had four children between 1922 - 1928: Alfred Smith (married Rena "Reenie" Richardson), Lillian Louise Smith (married M.T. Willoughby), Lois Evelyn Smith (died in 1939), and James Thomas "Jimmie" Smith (married Mary Ioma "Oma" Smith). Son Jimmie was born in Chillicothe, Hardeman County, Texas, and the family moved to Grady County, Oklahoma around 1937. Jack Smith's obituary said the family lived near Ninnekah, Oklahoma until 1944 when they moved to Chickasha, Oklahoma. He farmed until 1943 and was employed by Chickasha Milling Company for seven years. He was a taxi driver for the last year before he died in 1952. According to his obituary, Mr. Smith had been in failing health since 1949, suffering from a heart condition. He died at home of a heart attack. I do not know when Birdie Smith married the second time to Walter DaVoult, but she was not listed as a survivor in Jack Smith's obituary although she lived until 1983. She died in Chichasha, Oklahoma and was buried next to her second husband Walter. Information on this family was provided by Jimmie Smith's daughter Sherri Smith Parks. E-mail me for further information on this family.

  2. Mary Whitten
    Born: Unknown, probably in Texas

    Note: I am not sure if this child belongs with this family. She was listed in the information shared with me by Sherri Parks as told to her by her aged grandmother, Birdie Smith. In October 2000, Monroe Willoughby shared with me the family information written in his mother Jewell Willoughby's Bible. Jewell had birth, death, and marriage information for all her other siblings, but not for Mary. Is she an error, or did she die as an infant?

  3. Ruby Whitten
    Born: July 10, 1904, probably in Texas
    Died: November 18, 1906, probably in Childress County, Texas
    Buried: Tell, Childress County, Texas
  4. John Nolan Whitten
    Born: January 30, 1905, probably in Texas
    Married: September 19, 1938
    Spouse: Ruby Payne
    Died: December 14, 1972 probably Tell, Childress County, Texas
    Buried: West Tell Cemetery, Childress County, Texas

    John Nolan and Ruby had a daughter named Dorothy Whitten.

  5. Charlie Mildredge Whitten
    Born: September 17, 1908 in Honey Grove, Fannin County, Texas
    Married: November 29, 1933, probably in Texas
    Spouse: Willie L. Cook
    Died: September 11, 1967 in Tell, Childress County, Texas
    Buried: West Tell Cemetery, Childress County, Texas

    Charlie and Willie married about 1933 and had nine children between 1934 - 1951: Charlene Yvonnya Whitten (married Joe Booker McCraw), Melvin Wayne Whitten (married Rosie Montorella), Sonya Arlene Whitten (married Jack Walls), Charlie Dayne Whitten (married Betty Gilley), Bill Monroe Whitten (married Linda Crouch), Larry Gayle Whitten (married Kay Ann Etherly), Annie Arvazene Whitten (married Charles Crouch), Dick Ervin Whitten (born and died in 1950), and Emma Darlene Whitten (married Thomas Garcia and Clyde Harris). When Mrs. Willie Whitten spoke with me in October 1999, she told me that all of the old Whitten men had a knack for sitting with someone for hours without saying a word. She knew basically nothing about her husband's family because he never mentioned them. Mrs. Whitten, her daughter Arvazene and son Gayle provided me with the information on this family. E-mail me for further information.

  6. "Little Brother" Whitten
    Born: November 03, 1912, probably in Texas
    Died: November 03, 1912, probably in Texas
    Buried: Unknown

    "Little Brother" Whitten died as an infant. According to Sherri Parks, sister Birdie Lura Smith always refered to him by this name.

  7. Jewel Lee Whitten
    Born: October 18, 1914, probably in Texas
    Married: November 16, 1933, probably in Texas
    Spouse: Thomas Willoughby
    Died: April 1985
    Buried: Fair Lawn Cemetery, Chickasha, Oklahoma

    Tom and Jewel Willoughby had two sons: Monroe Willoughby and Donnie Willoughby.


Second Marriage of Dick Whitten

Married: May 24, 1928, possibly in Childress County, Texas
Spouse: Ella Philpott

  1. Dick Whitten, Jr.
    Born: 1932, probably in Texas


1880 Choctaw Co. Miss: Beat 3, French Camp Village, Supervisor Dist. 1, Enum Dist. 39, page 15, Dwelling 124, Family 132
Dick Whitten, Age 6 (1874), Born in MS, living with parents Jim and Sallie Whitten

1900 Lamar Co., TX: Vol 69, Enumeration Dist 75, Sheet 1, Line 51, House 12/12, Pct 2
Dick Whitten, head, born May 1875, age 25, married 0 yrs, born MS, parents born MS, rents farm
Annie Whitten, wife, born Dec 1878, age 21, children 0/0, born TX, Father born MS, Mother born AR
Sallie Whitten, mother, born Feb 1853, age 47, widowed, mother 10 children, 7 living, born MS, parents born VA
Vester Whitten, brother, born Feb 1882, age 18, single, born MS, parents born MS
Mike Whitten, sister, born May 1887, age 13, single, born MS, parents born MS

Dick and his family have not yet been found on the 1910 nor the 1920 Soundex to the censuses of either Texas or Oklahoma.


See pictures of Dick's family in my Whitten Family Picture Album.


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