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John M (Willhoite) Wilhoit (1747 - 1837)

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John M Wilhoit formerly Willhoite aka Wilhoite
Born in Culpeper County, Virginia Colony, British Americamap
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Husband of — married in Culpeper County, Virginiamap
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Died in Owen County, Kentucky, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 16 Mar 2014
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Categories: New Liberty IOOF Cemetery, New Liberty, Kentucky | Virginia Willhite Wilhite Wilhoit Wilhoite Study | Siege of Yorktown | American Revolution.

John (Willhoite) Wilhoit participated in the American Revolution


John was born in 1747. He is the son of Matthias Wilheit and Mary Ballenger. He passed away February 17, 1837.

He was probably born in Culpeper Co., VA. He lived in Orange Co., VA during and, probably previous to the Rev. War, lived close to his Stapp in-laws.

John's marriage is proved by a petition dated 11 Sep 1819 regarding Joshua Stapp's estate in which Joshua's children and their spouses, including Lucy and John Willhite, are named. [1].

The Willhoites were of the Lutheran faith and Lucy was of a family who were strongly Baptist. They came to Kentucky in 1786 and stayed a short time at Forks of Elkhorn with the Stapp family and with the Vawters, who were the in-laws of Achilles Stapp, Lucy's bother, before proceeding to Owen County Kentucky.[2]

In 1786, John took up land deeded to them of 790 acres of Fayettte County on the South Elkhorn River. The deed was signed by the then Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, of which Kentucky was a part, Patrick Henry.

John Wilhoite was placed on the pension roll of Owen County, Kentucky for service as a private in the Virginia Militia.[3]

He served in the revolutionary war with the Virginia Troops in 1778-1781. His pension states he was at the siege of Yorktown and the surrender of General Cornwallis Oct 19, 1781. Her served a total of 11 months. He was granted a pension 5 Sept 1832 (age 87) Owen County, Kentucky of $36.60.

Facts in veteran's file: the veteran died January 1, 1837; his only surviving child was Tobias Wilhite; no other family data appears in this file.

On May 24, 1971, John's gravestone was located in the Willhoite family burial ground on a the Emmet Oliver farm Hwy 127 S near Monterey, KY (on the Ownenton Pike). In 1985, the gravestones for John Wilhoite and his wife, Lucy Stapp Wilhoite, were removed from the Willhoite Cemetery to the New Liberty IOOF Cemetery, Owen Co., KY for safe-keeping. The inscriptions read:

"John Wilhoite, a soldier of the war of the Revolution, died 17 Feb, 1837, aged 95 years". The adjoining stone to John's reads: "1828 Lucy, wife of J. Wilhoite, died 28 March, 1828, aged 81 years."

NOTE: The Germanna Record states his year of birth as 1745 in Orange County, Virginia. His date of death is given as January 1, 1837[4], which matches the date given in his veteran record.


  1. Adair Co. , KY Court Order Book C
  2. Virigina Surveys & Grants 1774-1791, Grant Book No. 3, pgs 404-405, #8770
  3. DAR, VOL 72
  4. The Germanna Record, No. 13 - The Blankenbaker, Weaver, and Wilhoit Families, The Memorial Foundation of the Germanna Colonies, Inc., Publishers, 2006

See also:

  • Revolutionary War - Wilhite, John – Private, VA, Capts. Barbour, Miller, and Johnson, siege of Yorktown, pension, *S14833 [1]
  • William & Mary Quarterly, Ser. 1 Vol 26, p. 248 [2]
  • John Willhoite (1745-1837) and His Descendants in Kentucky and Elsewhere Author: Earl and Leona Willhoite
  • Wilhite/Wilhoit & Allied Descendants of Johann Michael and Anna Maria (Hengsteler) Wilheit 1671-1994 Compiled by Mary F. Mickey
  • 1782 Census Virginia, Heads of Families in Orange County, Virginia, page 39 [3]
  • 1791 Tax Census Culpeper County, Virginia [4]
  • "United States Census, 1810," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 3 April 2015), John Willhoite, Franklin, Franklin, Kentucky; citing p. 176, NARA microfilm publication M252 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 6; FHL microfilm 181,351.
  • Kentucky Historical Society: [5]
  • DAR record: Ancestor #: A125471 [6]
  • List of the revolutionary soldiers of Virginia. Special report of the Department of Archives and History for 1912 (1913) pg 324 [7]
  • Memorial Foundation of the Germanna Colonies in Virginia Incorporated. The Germanna Record. Culpeper, VA 22701: The Memorial Foundation of the Germanna Colonies, Inc., Publishers, October 1971 2nd Printing.
  • Johni Cerny and Gary J Zimmerman, Title: Before Germanna, The ancestry of Johann Michael Willheit and Anna Maria Hengsteler, No. 1 January 1990


Military Records indicate a death date of January 1, 1837

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On 24 Sep 2016 at 13:11 GMT Carolyn (Atkinson) Martin wrote:

Added a note to the bio regarding discrepancies in birth and death dates.

On 29 Jun 2016 at 00:28 GMT Patricia Roche wrote:

Willhoite-406 and Willhoite-179 appear to represent the same person because: same name, dates and family

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