The original Whitford Book was compiled in 1971 after many years of
research by various members of the Whitford clan, including Reid
Whitford, Larry Whitford, and Vera Whitford. Throughout the years it
was updated at various times to include information on families
omitted from the 1971 printing. In 1997, I was asked by Janis Cannon
and the Whitford Family Reunion to update the 1971 book. What is
included in this site is a portion of that book that was published in
2001. E-mail me for particulars about the book, which includes some
information that cannot be found on this site.
While the origin of our Whitford line in North Carolina is still not
quite clear, family legend states that we originated near Snow Hill,
Maryland, with an ancestor named John (as stated by Col. John D.
Whitford). While some of the information stated by Col. John has since
been found to be erroneous (i.e. that Martin Whitford lived and
married in Bladen County, N.C.), our Maryland roots are yet to be
proved. Hazel Baldwin has compiled a book on the Whitefords of
Maryland, but there does not appear to be any connection with our line
of Whitfords. There is a John Whitford of Hyde County, N.C., during
the 1700s that needs further investigation.
There is an early William Whitford near Bath, North Carolina, in the
1720s. It appears the William from Bath, N.C., may be the father of
our Thomas Whitford (and is so indicated in the pedigree on this site
despite the lack of proper documentation that William is Thomasís
father). Thomas and William do witness deeds for each other on
numerous occasions. Whether this William Whitford is the same William
Whitford that appears as a witness to a Barbados will in 1717 still
needs investigation. There is also a familial connection with William
Bastin Whitford and his brother William Whitford, known sons of
William Whitford of Bath. William Bastin Whitford moved from Craven
County to Jones County. He later shows up in Cumberland County before
he disappears from the records around 1800 in Moore County.
This Whitford family site tries not to include details on any living
people. If you find someone that is still living, please let me know.