|From Herbert F. Smith's "Some Desendant's of George Smith Sr."|
In the Whitesell families in Virginia, there was Peter Whitesell, born 23 Jun 1796. His wife was Hannah, born 1807. Peter was no doubt a cousin of some degree to the first Jacob who came to Indiana about 1830. I am deeply indebted for the records compiled by the late Merle Whitesell but he did not find any proof of a relationship between the two Whitesell branches. They did come from the same Virginia county - Rockingham. Peter Emmanuel Whitesell was born in Virginia to the first Peter and wife Hannah. He was born 2 Sep 1835, died 15 Mar 1917, buried in New Vermillion Cemetery in Fayette Twp. His wife was Frances Riddle. He was a soldier in the Confederate Army under Gen. Stonewall Jackson. The census of 1870 shows them in Fayette Twp., lists them as Peter age 34, Frances age 29, and Henry age 12, all born in Virginia. Henry was born 19 Apr 1858.85
Henry Whitesell second married Flora Hussong Todd, widow of William Todd.