Private William B. Whiteley, Co. B, 3rd Missouri Infantry, CSA

1838

  • July 4: William Baxter Whiteley was born to John and Priscilla Whiteley in Henry County, KY.

1850

  • October 26: The U.S. Federal Census enumerated in Miller Township, Gentry County, MO showed 10-year-old William living with his parents and siblings. His father John is a farmer.

1860

  • June 27: The U.S. Federal Census enumerated in Gentry County, MO showed 21-year-old William living with his father, stepmother and siblings.

1862

  • January 1: William and his younger brother Andrew enlisted in the C.S. Army in Springfield, MO, where they mustered into Co. B of 3rd MO Infantry on January 25th.
  • March & April: Company Muster Roll. Absent. Remarks “Sick at Hospital Van Buren March 21st.” His brother Andrew was also sick in the same hospital at the time.
  • May & June: Company Muster Roll. Absent. Remarks “Left at Hospital Vanburen, Ark. March 21st 1862.”
  • July & August: Company Muster Roll. Absent. Remarks “Left at Hospital Vanburen, Ark. March 21st 1862.”
  • September to December: Company Muster Rolls. Present.

1863

  • January to April: Company Muster Rolls. Present.
  • May & June: Company Muster Roll. Absent. Remarks “Sent to Hospital from Rovina May 10’62 Bounty due.” At this same time William’s brother, Andrew, is detailed as a nurse in this same hospital.
  • July & August: Company Muster Roll. Absent Remarks “Condition due in lieu of furlough $42. Absent with leave.”
  • September & October: Company Muster Roll. Present. Remarks “Bounty $50.”
  • November & December: Company Muster Roll. Present.

1864

  • January to April: Company Muster Rolls. Present.
  • May & June: Company Muster Roll. Absent. Remarks “At the hospital sick.”
  • July & August: Company Muster Roll. Present.
  • October 5: William and his brother Andrew both fought at the Battle of Allatoona and Andrew was killed.
  • November 30: William was wounded at the Battle of Franklin. His arm was broken at the elbow joint. He was captured while in a hospital in Franklin on December 17th.
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(source: pg. 19, CSR, fold3.com for Wm. B. Whitley)

1865

  • January 1: William was admitted to U.S.A. General Hospital No. 1 and had surgery to amputate his arm the next day.
  • April 2:  William was released from the hospital and forwarded to Louisville, KY and then on to Camp Chase, OH.
  • June 13: William was released from Camp Chase.
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1870

  • January 1: William married Isabel Smith.

1880

  • June 12: The United States Federal Census taken in Albany, Gentry County, Missouri showed William, a county clerk, and Isabelle living with their three young children. William is listed as having lost his left arm.

1900

  • June 7: The U.S. Federal Census enumerated in Athens, Gentry County, MO showed William, a farmer, and Isabel living with their son Abraham.

1910

  • April 20: The U.S. Federal Census enumerated in Athens, Gentry County, MO showed William, a farmer, and Isabel living with a cousin.

1920

  • January 15: The U.S. Federal Census enumerated in Athens, Gentry County, MO showed William, a farmer, and Isabel living with their son and daughter-in-law.

1923

  • April 14: William died in Gentry County, MO and is buried at the Grandview Cemetery.
  • April 19: The Albany Capital, Albany, MO.
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Biographical Sketch:

The History of Gentry and Worth Counties, Missouri, National Historical Company, 1882 pg. 340-341

William B Whiteley, the present (1882) popular clerk of Gentry County, and a member of the firm of Winningham & Whiteley, dealers in hardware, is a native of Kentucky, and was born in Henry County, July 4, 1838. His father, John Whitely, a Kentuckian by birth, was married in his native state, to Miss Priscilla J. Scisk, of Virginia. When William was but six years of age, he accompanied his parents to Missouri, locating in Lafayette County, from whence, after remaining during one winter, they went to Ray County. The following spring he came to Gentry County, where he was educated, his youthful days being spent on a farm. When twenty-one years old, he began teaching school, and after having charge of a school for one term, the breaking out of the war occurred. He enlisted in the Confederate service, in which he remained until the close of the war, having served in different regiments and companies. He participated in a number of engagements, and while in the battle of Franklin, Tennessee, had the misfortune to lose his left arm. When the war closed, he was a prisoner. After this Mr. Whiteley returned to his native county in Kentucky, and resumed the profession of teaching, and also attending school. He subsequently went to Millersburg, Bourbon County, and entered the Western University, of which institution he was a student for one collegiate year. From that time until July, 1869, he followed teaching in Kentucky, at which period he returned to Gentry County, where he has since continued to reside. Until 1875, he was interested in teaching, and in that year he was elected county school commissioner. He was re-elected in 1877, and in 1879 he was chosen to occupy his present position. Mr. W. is very energetic in completing the work assigned him, is aggregable to all, and a man who has the esteem and confidence of all county officials, as well as of the people in general. In October, 1881, he became a partner in the firm of which he is still a member. He belongs to Richardson Lodge, No. 100, A.O.U.W. He was married January 1, 1870 to Miss Isabel C. Smith who was born in Iowa in 1847. They have three children: Priscilla J., William A. and Andrew A.