John & Ann Pinfold Whiting

John was born January 15, 1821, in England to James and Mary Pickering Whiting. He came from Liverpool to New Orleans on the ship "North Atlantic", landing on November 1, 1850.   Ann was born January 18, 1827, in Weedon, Northampton, England to James and Sarah Cross Pinfold. The Whitings were married in 1844 in England and after the birth of 4 children: William, Sarah, and two boys who died in infancy, they migrated to America. It is unknown how they became associated with the Latter-day Saints, since there is no record of their baptism, but after spending some time in St. Louis, where another son, Brigham, was born, they came to Salt Lake City in 1854. 

John was a brick mason and good friends with the Walker brothers, the non-Mormon merchants and they chose him to build their store on Main Street. While in Salt Lake they had 4 more children: Mary Ann, Marchia Emma, James and Louise.  James and Louise died as infants, and they adopted an 11 year old boy, William Brown, whose parents and three siblings had died of cholera. John Whiting had known William's father, who was also a brick mason.  Ann died January 23, 1872 in Salt Lake City.

In 1874, John married Hannah Rose, daughter of Robert Rose (1792-1863) and Mary Ann Dayer (1794-1863).  She was born July 8, 1827 in England.  She married Charles F. Jones March 3, 1850 in Birmingham, England.  He was born in June, 1830.  They had several children and he died September 7, 1871.  When she married John Whiting she brought one of her children, Rob (Jones) (q.v.) with her and he became part of the Whiting family.

They moved south during the Utah War and settled in Alpine where William Brown's aunt (who had adopted his brother) lived. John acquired 160 acres in William Brown's name in the southwest quarter of section 25 (Number 44 on the 1958 Highland map) next to George Myers, who was Whiting's son-in-law (married to his daughter, Mary Ann).  John died April 9, 1882, in Salt Lake City. Hannah died March 25, 1880 in Salt Lake City.

John Brigham & Sarah Ann Sheppard Whiting

Brigham was the son of John and Ann Pinfold Whiting (q.v.) born February 7, 1852, in St. Louis, Missouri. Sarah Ann was born June 11, 1861, in Abermanshier, Glamorgan, Wales to George Henry and Mary Ann Ashman Sheppard and came to America in 1862. Their only marriage record shows 1877, after they had two children. They had twelve children: Marcia Ann, James Henry, Daisy Rebecca, John Raymond, Mary May, George, Norine, Wilford C, Elsie Sarah, Noel, Fredrix, and Anna Louise.

Brigham and Sarah Whiting

The 1880 census showed them in the Alpine Precinct living next to George Myers and Hyrum Healy (Number 42 on the 1958 Highland map). They were in Highland for the 1900 and 1910 censuses. Brigham was part of the 1870's water lawsuit argued by Attorney George Sutherland.

Brigham died September 22, 1913, and Sarah died May 1, 1926.

William James & Rebecca Ann Hennefer Whiting

William was also a son of John and Ann Pinfold (q.v.), elder brother to Brigham, born August 10, 1847, in Birmingham, England. Rebecca was born September 25, 1852, in Salt Lake City to William and Rebecca Ann Hayes Hennefer. They were married March 15, 1869, and had five children: Sarah Anne, Mary Rebecca, Liddie Birdie, William H, and John Mark. It is not known when or where they lived in Highland but William was part of the 1870's water lawsuit argued by Attorney George Sutherland.

They divorced and Rebecca married Lewis Demott Bunce October 31, 1886, and apparently they divorced also, as she married Robert J. Jepson March 4, 1899. She died December 12, 1908, in Salt Lake City and William died March 16, 1921, also in Salt Lake City. They are buried in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.

Rebecca Whiting

Rebecca Whiting

Source: HIGHLAND HISTORY: A compilation by Charles T Greenland II for the Highland Historical Society

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