Lyttleton Albert Whitehurst

Lyttleton Albert Whitehurst

Virginia, USA
Death 14 May 1907 (aged 72)
Burial Gilroy, Santa Clara County, California, USA
Memorial ID 17958969 · View Source
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Lyttleton was the son of Hettie TOWNSEND Whitehurst and William WHITEHURST.

According to the History of Santa Clara County, California, Littleton moved with his parents when he was 6 to St. Louis, Missouri, and there resided for four years before moving to Lexington.

In 1849, he crossed the plains to California and proceeded to Bidwell's Bar, Butte county, and mined but met with little success. He returned to Missouri for a few years before coming back to California, arriving in Sacramento on September 22, 1859. Two months later, he moved to Santa Clara county and engaged in lumbering.

In 1875, he became connected with the Bank of Gilroy, eventually becoming president of the bank.

He was married January 31, 1860 to Hester "Hettie" Ann LOGAN Whitehurst, a native of Missouri. Together they had 7 children:

Florence M. WHITEHURST (1862-)
William A. WHITEHURST (1864-)
Logan L. WHITEHURST (1866-)
Jennie L. WHITEHRUST (1866-)
Sarah A. WHITEHURST (1868-)
Charles E. WHITEHURST (1870-)
Hattie E. WHITEHURST (1873-)

Lexington Intelligencer, June 01, 1907
[Lexington, Mo.]

Death of a Former Lexingtonian
Gilroy, Colo., Advocate:

It becomes our painful duty to chronicle the death of our foremost citizen, the Hon. L.A. Whitehurst, who for forty years has been an active leader and promoter of every worthy public enterprise. Death occurred early Tuesday morning, May 14, of dropsy. The sad news cast a gloom over the community. Mr. Whitehurst up to a few weeks ago, was a strong and active as many younger men of the town. In fact, after the fatal illness seized him, with indomitable grit he persisted in supervising affairs of the Bank, where he was the mainstay for nigh on to thirty years. Mr. Whitehurst possessed a remarkable strong character and will power, and was a dominant factor in politics and the business world of Gilroy. To his strict conservatism and integrity may be attributed the success of the Bank of Gilroy, and the Whitehurst & Hodges lumber yard. He was strictly honorable in all business dealings, was a natural leader of men, and believed that every citizen should take an active interest in the municipality, State and Nation. He was twice elected Mayor of Gilroy, and held other positions of trust and honor in every lodge and society to which he belonged.

In his home life, Mr. Whitehurst was the ideal husband and father. Here he was loved with a devotion that was beautiful, and the last week of his illness, when he required constant attention, his devoted sons and daughters gave him every possible care themselves. His wife is in delicate health and his consideration for her was touching.

Lyttleton A. Whiehurst was born in Princess Ann Co., Virginia, June 4, 1834 When six years of age he moved wit his parents to St. Louis, Mo., where he resided four years and then moved to Lexington. In 1849 he crossed the plains to California, proceeded to the mines of Butte Co., but meeting with little success returned to Missouri in the winter of 1851-2. He remained in that State until 1859, during which time he attended Prof. Van Doren's College at Lexington, and then returned to California, and settled on the San Jose toll road near Alma, where he engaged in lumbering. In 1869 he took a trip East, returning in March 1870 and taking up his residence in Gilroy where he engaged in the lumbering business. In 1879 he was elected President of the Bank of Gilroy, a position he filled up until the time of his death.

Mr. Whitehurst was married January 31, 1860 to Hattie A. Logan, a native of Missouri, and seven children were fruit of this union, (only one having passed away Charles) namely: Mrs. May Powell of Skagway, Alaska, Wm. A., Logan, Janet, Nettie, and Mrs. Hettie Cobb. All were with him when the end came with the exception of Mrs. Powell, who is expected to be on her way home now.

The funeral took place on Thursday afternoon from the family residence on south Church street. Seldom have we seen a more representative collection of men and women. Men in all walks of life from the humblest to the wealthiest citizen, the young middle aged and those whose hair is silvered by Father Time and whose span of life is rapidly growing shorter. All were there to pay their last respects to a good, moral, upright, honorable man, one whom they had known, some of them, for half a century, and never knew a flow in his character.

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