|Birth: ||Mar. 19, 1830, England|
|Death: ||Jul. 24, 1909|
Son of John Whitworth & Ruth
Married Rosa Margaret Dougherty, 19 Aug 1851, Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee
Married Francis "Fannie" Elizabeth Nichols, 25 Oct 1866, Austin, Texas
At the age of 13, Robert Walton Whitworth was apprenticed to the sea by his father and served two years before leaving the ship in New Orleans. He worked his way up the Mississippi River to St. Louis, Missouri, where in August 1846 he enlisted in Company E, Iowa Mormon Battalion to serve in the Mexican War.
This Company marched from Iowa to California by foot, the longest march in military history. After serving a year, he was discharged in California and went back to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas with a portion of the Regular U.S. Army, with intention of enlisting, and making the Army his career.
After learning of the discovery of gold in California from his Mormon friends, he returned there with his friend, Will Beddome (USMB Company E) and made his fortune in gold before he was 21 years old. He kept diaries of his experiences.
In December 1850 Robert and Will embarked on a return trip to England, after being away for 5 years. They sailed from San Francisco for Panama on the steamer "California", December 5, 1850. After arriving in Panama, they hired a black man to carry their baggage across the Isthmus to Gorgona, where they caught a boat to Chagres, Panama, and boarded the English steamer "Thames", sailing for Southampton, England. They arrived February 10, 1851.
Later that year, he returned to America and married Rosa Margaret Dougherty, August 19, 1851 at St. Peter's church, Memphis, Tennessee. They had met on the ship coming over from England. Rosa was born in March, 1833 in Baileboro, Cavan, Ireland.
On August 5, 1865, Robert Walton Whitworth was issued Parol #20(released because his wife and child were seriously ill, and they died) at Hempstead, Texas from the Civil War, listing him in Company A, 20th Texas Infantry. On August 25, 1864 he was a Sergeant in this company.
The 1853 tax rolls of Austin County, Texas list Robert Walton Whitworth as owning 550 acres of land, 1 negro, 4 horses, and 14 cattle plus a wagon and oxen.
His wife, Rosa died December 1865 in Austin County, Texas.
Robert Walton Whitworth's second wife was Francis (Fannie) Elizabeth Nichols. They were married October 25, 1866 in Austin County, Texas. She was born in Bellville, Texas, November 29, 1839.
Her parents were John and Frances Nichols, born in Mississippi about 1796. Frances was born in Tennessee about 1802.
Robert Walton and Fannie moved to Kendall County, Texas after the end of the Civil War in which he fought under General Magruder.
They established a home East of Boerne, Texas near San Antonio where the engaged in stock farming. They gave land for the second public school in Kendall County where the Pleasant Valley Community Center is now located.
Robert Walton Whitworth died in Boerne, Texas in 1909. His wife lived at the home place until her death January 11, 1920.
Robert Walton Whitworth enlisted in the Battalion in Ft. Leavenworth in Aug. 1846 along with his friend, Will Beddome. Robert had a younger brother William Henry who did not. William Whitworth was a transcription error from the Tyler list. He lived in Austin County, Texas from 1851 to 1871. He married Fannie Nichols in 1866 after the death of his first wife, Rosa, and three of his six children. He moved to Boerne, Kendall County, Texas where he reared six more children. He died in 1909 and is buried in the Boerne Cemetery. His journal was printed in "Arizona and the West, A Quarterly Journal of History" Vol VII Num 2, Summer 1965. ~Vern Taylor and Andy Crews 3great-grandson of Mr. Whitworth
* Mormon Battalion members
Frances Elizabeth Nichols Whitworth (1839 - 1920)
Rosa Margaret Doherty Whitworth (1833 - 1865)*
Rosa Whitworth (1852 - 1852)*
William Henry Whitworth (1860 - 1943)*
Margaret Whitworth Thompson (1864 - 1945)*
Richard N. Whitworth (1868 - 1950)*
Thomas Beddome Whitworth (1869 - 1950)*
Created by: Schott Family
Record added: Sep 28, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 30161047
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Mormon Battalion, rank as a PVT in Company E|
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