WILLIAM R. WHITMAN, Deputy Circuit Clerk of Clay County, Louisville. The subject of this sketch was born in Fulton County, Ill., February 18, 1844, and is a son of John T. Whitman (deceased), a native of Harrison County, Ind., who emigrated to Fulton County, Ill., in 1842, and to Clay County, 1852, where he died April 12, 1883. Mr. Whitman was brought up on the farm, and attended the common schools of Songer Township. He farmed until 1879, when he was appointed Deputy Circuit Clerk, which position he still occupies. He held the offices of Justice of the Peace and Tax Collector while in Songer Township. On the 16th day of January, 1870, he married Miss Mary A., daughter of James Songer (deceased). They have had five chileren, three living - Maud, Clyde and Jessie. Mr. Whitman holds the office or S. W. in the Louisville Lodge, No. 196, A. F. & A. M.
Transcribed by Laurel White from 1884 History of Wayne and Clay Counties, Illinois, Part IV, page 157.