- In the 1880 Mortality Schedule for Sevier County, Tennessee gave the birthplace of William M. Whaley's parents -- father and mother were born in South Carolina.
Some researchers say he was born in Orangeburg District, South Carolina but have not provided the source.
Family traditions say William M. Whaley, his two brothers, John and Middleton, and a sister, Delania, came to Sevier County, Tennessee from South Carolina.
Records of William M. Whaley's military service in the War of 1812 were found in the National Archives, Washington, D.C. He enlisted on 13 November 1814 as a fifer in Captain John Porter's Company, Colonel Edwin E. Booth's Regiment, East Tennessee Drafted Militia and was discharged on 20 May 1815 at Mobile, Alabama.
On 4 November 1850 (aged 62 years) and 2 April 1855 (aged 66 years), William M. Whaley filed applications and received bounty land grants as a result of his service in the War of 1812.
William M. Whaley filed for pension for his War of 1812 service in the East Tennessee Militia. His pension papers give a detailed story of his military service in the War of 1812. It is given below:
"State of Tennessee)
Sevier County SS. On this 22nd day of May A.S. one
thousand eight hundred and Seventy one, personally appeared before me W. H.
Duggan, Clerk of County Court, a court of record within and for the County and
State aforesaid, William Whaley, aged Eighty two years, a resident of 2nd
district, County of Sevier, State of Tennessee who being duly Sworn according
to law declares that he is married that his wifes name was Mary Ogle to whom he
was married in Sevier County, State of Tennessee on the 26th day of December
1811 that he served the full term of Sixty days in the military Service of the
United States in the War of 1812. That he is the identical William Whaley who
was drafted in Captain Wilson Maples Company, Col Booths Regiment -- Brigade --
Division at Sevier County, State of Tennessee on or about the day of November
1814 and was honorably discharged at Mobile, Alabama on or about the day of
March 1815 that he does not recollect the Numbers of the Regiment or Brigade,
that Captain Maples resigned and the Company was then Commanded by Captain John
W. Porter that he at no time during the late rebellion against the authority of
the United States adhered to the Cause of the enemies of the Government giveing
them aid or comfort or exercised the functions of any office whatever under any
authority or pretend authority in hostility to the United States and that he
will support the Constitution of the United States, that he is not in receipt
of a pension under any previous act, that he makes this declaration for the
purpose of being placed on the pension roll of the United States under the
provision of the act approved February 14, 1871 and he hearby constitutes and
appoints with full power of Substitution and revocation M.W. McCown of
Sevierville, Tennessee his true and lawful attorney to prosecute his claim and
obtain the pension certificate that may be issued. And that his post office is
at Sevierville, Sevier County, State of Tennessee and that his domicile or
place of abode is on the big East fork of Little Pigeon river in Greenbyor
Jeremiah Chamberlain William X Whaley
John W. Huskey Mark
"Also personally appeared Jeremiah Chamberlain residing in 2nd district, County
of Sevier & John W. Huskey residing in 2nd district, County of Sevier persons
whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit and who being by me
duly Sworn Say, They were present and Saw William Whaley, the claiment make his
mark to the foregoing declaration, that they have every reason to believe from
the appearance of Said claiment and their acquaintance with him that he is the
identical person he represents himself to be, and that at no time during the
late rebellion against the authority of the United States did he adhere to the
cause of the enemies of the Government giving them aid or comfort, and they
have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.
John W. Huskey
"Sworn to and Subscribed before me this 22nd day of May 1871 and I hearby
Certify that the Contents of the foregoing declaration & c were fully made
Known and explained to the applicant and witnesses before Swearing and that I
have no interest direct or indirect in the prosecution of this claim
"Given under my hand and Seal of office at office in
Sevierville this 22nd day of May 1871
"W. H. H. Duggan, Clear"
In December 1817 when the White Oak Flats Baptist Church was formed as an arm of the Fork of Little Pigeon Baptist Church in Sevierville, William Whaley and his wife were listed as charter members.
At the July 1833 meeting of the Church, William M. Whaley said, "he had been led to think it (is) his duty to Execrcise a public gift where upon the Church grants to him the privileges of Exercising where in the County as duty may call him". At this meeting William M. Whaley was ordained as moderator.
It is not known just when William M. and Mary Ann Ogle Whaley moved to Big Greenbrier, Sevier County, Tennessee (now part of Great Smoky Mountain National Park), but they were well settled between 1830 and 1840.
William Sr. is listed in the 1840 Sevier County, Tennessee census 2 males 0-5, 3 males 5-10, 1 male 15-20, 1 male 50-60, 1 female 5-10, 1 female 10-15, 1 female 20-30 and 1 female 40-50
William M. Whaley died from "abcess of side" and was buried beside his wife Mary Ann.
"Smoky Mountain Clans", Donald B. Reagan, 1978, p 143, 288.
"Smoky Mountain Clans, Volume 3", Donald B. Reagan, 1983, p 3-5.
"Sevier County, Tennessee and Its Heritage", 1994, 45, 186, 214.
Wanda Schomp, email@example.com, 17 May 1999.