Since that time, their estate has funded professional genealogical research and has been able to go back to Mathew Whitton, born in Averham, Nottingham, England in 1536—a total of 11 generations on the Whetten ancestry, starting with Lester.
A stumbling block that has frustrated many genealogists and family historians was John Whetton, born 1804 in Southwell, Nottingham, England to Mary Whitton (spelling is different), who later married Thomas Morley when John was 8 years old. We do not believe Thomas Morley was John's biological father, so the Family Group Record for John Whetton shows him with an unknown father. A separate Family Group Record shows Thomas Morley and Mary Whitton and their posterity. The Thomas Morley genealogy has been separately researched and is availalable in the genealogy research index.
These records have been verified for accuracy of the direct line, spouse of the direct line and the children of the direct line, and to insure all temple ordinances have been completed (temple ordinance verification is still underway) through the 11th generation. (During the John Amasa Whetten reunion held in Colonia Juarez, Mexico in 2004, there were 56 endowments and sealings done in that Temple by their descendents.)
You can also visit the PAF, PDF and DOC files page to download a GEDCOM file containing all of the known ancestry of the Whetten family.
We are indebted to family genealogy enthusiasts including Jessie Larson, Ruthie Skousen, Ida Nunley, Karen Reed and Pam Whetten. They have shared accurate information from their records including the John Amasa Whetten family group records of 23 children. Ida has especially done extensive Whetten research.
We are grateful to Jessie Larson and Viva Whetten for their verification of the sealing of John Amasa and Martha on 22 February 1903 by Alexander F. Macdonald, who had been given the sealing power in the Mexican Colonies.
We also want to thank Tom Peterson who was the author of the John A. Whetten Life Story, who retyped many of the histories, and who did extensive research on the book, The Whetten Book of Ours (the history of the children of John A. Whetten). Likewise, we express our appreciation to Carl Whetten (Lester’s younger brother) and his wife, Viva, who have written extensively on the lives of many of these family members.
There may be those who would like to read the hard copy of two of these life stories contained in this website. Carl and Viva Whetten have written the books: The John Thomas Whetten Family and John Henry Carling and Mary Elizabeth Lovell Family and Ancestors. These two books are available in hard copy for $35 each, which includes postage, by writing to them: Carl and Viva Whetten, 557 West Del Oro Ave., Mesa, AZ 85210.
If you have information that you feel should be added to this web site or to the genealogical record, please contact John D. Whetten, Lester’s son, at email@example.com or Jessie Larson firstname.lastname@example.org. We will continue to add to this website as verifiable information is obtained. This information will also be shared with the John T. Whetten family organization. It will also be put on rootsweb.com and ancestry.com.
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