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James Marion Whitsett
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Birth: Apr. 15, 1844
Franklin County
Missouri, USA
Death: Jan. 19, 1923
Jasper County
Missouri, USA

Top picture at right shows the J. M. Whitsett Dry Goods store, west of Central National Bank building, with Albert Deutsch's building 3rd, in this circa 1900 early day photo, with the trolley car at left.

It was noted in the Carthage Press Weekly newspaper on Thursday, April 14, 1898 that J. M. Whitsett's father had died. It read:
J. M. Whitsett's Father Dead
James Whitsett, father of J. M. Whitsett, the well known merchant of this city, died last night at his home at Pacific, MO. He was about 87 years of age and has been very feeble for sometime. Mr. Whitsett has been at his bedside since Wednesday, when he was called there by a telegram. His son, George P. Whitsett, will go to Pacific to attend the funeral which will be held tomorrow.


January 23, 1923 page 4

Carthage, MO., Jan 22. -The funeral of J. M. Whitsett, pioneer Carthage merchant, conducted at 2 o'clock this afternoon from the Whitsett home, No. 610 Howard street was largely attended.
The Rev. Dr. J. D. McCaughtry, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, was in charge. Mrs. Marian Wright Powers, Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Wallace and John Harris sang. Masons attended the services in a body and had charge of the services at the grave.
Pallbearers were Dr. E. Powers, Willis Wallingford, C. F. Drake, J. A. McMillian, J. E. Lang and R. C. Grissom. Burial was in Park Cemetery,
The obit below was provided by contributor Diane

January 24, 1923 page 5

Carthage, MO., Jan. 23 -James M. Whitsett, wealthy pioneer resident of Carthage who died last Friday, left no will it was announced today by heirs and D. G. Wells, his son-in-law, was appointed administrator of the estate. The administrators bond was placed at $10,000.
The son, Major George P. Whitsett and two daughters, Mrs. H. S. Julian of Kansas City and Mrs. D. G. Wells of Carthage, are the heirs to the estate.


h/o Laura Pentzer.

Birth: 2nd known child in Catawissa, Franklin county, Missouri.

Census: 1850, age 5 District #42, Jefferson county, Missouri with parents & three siblings.

Census: 1880, age 34 Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri with wife & two children on Howard street a dry goods merchant.

Mr. Whitsett was a Carthage drygoods merchant with his own building on north side of square, between Central National Bank's corner building, and Capt A B Deutsch's store (which became Halliburton & Grissom's store). Second floor of his building, during the worst depression known to our country in 1893, housed offices of Col Carl R Gray, then, of the "Frisco" railroad.

Around 1905, S.C. Boggess, of Carthage, and J.B. Gibson, Walker Koontz and F.G. Smart, of Webb City, who recently took a lease on 10 acres of the J.M. Whitsett land at Porto Rico and commenced drilling, made a good strike in the first hole put down. The ore was encountered at 130 feet and continued to 148 feet. The second hole is now down to a depth of about 60 feet. The prospectors will soon commence a sinking shaft to open up a prospect. ~ Source: Mornin' Mail.

His building along with the Deutsch building at 119 east Third street, on north side of square, suffered a major fire December 1917.

Census: 1920, age 73 Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri with single niece at 610 Howard street, manager, retail dry goods.

Death: at 77 years, 9 months & 4 days of age, of a cerebral hemorrhage in Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri. The death certificate can be viewed at Missouri Digital Archives/death certificates online website. Informant was D G Wells, son-in-law.

NOTE: Death certificate has birth date of April 15, 1845 which favors 1850 Federal census, however, gravestone has year as 1844.

Father: James Whitsett b: 10 JAN 1818 Lincoln county, North Carolina.
Mother: Mary Keatly b: 21 JUL 1819 Missouri.

Marriage: Laura Pentzer b: 25 OCT 1848 Germantown, Washington County, Ohio.
Married: before 1872, date & location currently unknown.

Known Children

George P Whitsell b: about 1872 Jasper county, Missouri.

Mabelle Whitsett b: 6 JUL 1873 Avilla, Jasper county, Missouri.

Winifred Whitsett b: MAY 1881 Jasper county, Missouri

Above information prepared in part by: Bill Boggess


Following article printed in the Carthage Weekly Press, October 25, 1894 showcasing local merchants in Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri. It read:

Dry Goods, Shoes, Etc.

As one of the largest as well as one of the oldest mercantile establishments in Carthage, dating it existence from 1877, the proprietor, J. M. Whitsett, a native of this state, displays in his building on the north side of the square that is 26x100 feet an immense assortment of domestic and imported dress goods in all the latest and most elegant pattern and designs, hosiery, underwear, trimmings, laces, gloves, handkerchiefs, cloaks and many other goods generally included under the head of furnishing and notions, which, with a full line of footwear for men and women's use, makes this emporium an especially attractive place for the purchasing public. Each department being complete in itself - an examination would convince any one of the futility of going away from home to procure anything needed for personal wear or home adorning. Employing the cash carrier system patrons, with the services of eight experienced clerks, receive prompt attention that is appreciated by every one and tends to make this place a favorite with our people. A director in the Central National Bank, and equally prominent in commercial and financial circles, Mr. Whitsett has by his efforts been enabled to occupy a position of eminence in all matters that reflects great credit upon the individual as well as the city in which these interest are centered.

An interesting fact.

Capt. and Mrs. Geo. P. Whitsett Nicely Situated There.

A letter received yesterday from Captain and Mrs. Geo. P. Whitsett by the latter's parents. They write that they are now very comfortably situated in Manilla.

The captain, as judge advocate, has two office rooms in the fine building occupied by the government as its headquarters. He also has two other office rooms in different parts of the city, which he has to look after, and he is furnished a horse and easy cart which is at all times at his disposal for carrying him back and forth between offices. He generally has his day's work completed, all but signing up the docket, shortly after noon.
Mr. and Mrs. Whitsett have secured two pleasant rooms, ready furnished, belonging to a lieutenant, whose wife has come back to the states for awhile. They are living there practicing light housekeeping, taking part of their meals out, and are "studying the problems of life" in the tropics.
Mrs. Whitsett describes the beach drive at Manilla as one of the finest she has ever seen. They generally go out in the late evening to enjoy this. The beach road is a fine one as if it were paved, and on one side are the ocean breakers while on the other are the most beautiful tropical trees and verdure of all kinds. ~ Source: Mornin' Mail
Family links: 
  James Whitsett (1818 - 1898)
  Mary Keatley Whitsett (1819 - 1892)
  Laura Pentzer Whitsett (1848 - 1910)*
  George Pentzer Whitsett (1865 - 1924)*
  Mabelle Whitsett Wells (1873 - 1960)*
  Winifred Whitsett Julian (1881 - 1937)*
  James Marion Whitsett (1844 - 1923)
  Alpha Paulina Whitsett Ritchey (1846 - 1923)*
*Calculated relationship
Park Cemetery
Jasper County
Missouri, USA
Plot: Traditional Section Bl 15 Lot 12 Sp 2
Created by: NJBrewer
Record added: Oct 17, 2009
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James Marion Whitsett
Added by: NJBrewer
James Marion Whitsett
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James Marion Whitsett
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