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In May 2000, when Mr Strickland sent me these photos, Mr. and Mrs. Ed and Mary Avery owned the property with the graves of John and Sarah Whitsett. I am unable now to locate the site on Google Maps. His land was east of highway 69 a short distance south of Havana, Alabama.

Our thanks to Mr. Joseph Whitsitt Strickland who visited Havana, Hale Co., Alabama and took pictures of these grave stones for John and Sarah (Thompson) Whitsitt.

The original homsestead was just north of the grave yard (now gone).

John and Sarah were the grandparents of Sarah Childress Polk, wife of President James K. Polk. Click on pictues for larger images.

"JOHN WHITSITT WAS BORN the 8th of October 1743 and died the 11th of August 1810".


"SARAH WHITSITT was born 15th of January 1747 and died 31st of August 1831." Mr. Strickland was unable to enhance the photo to bring out the lettering, but was able to copy the inscription.

The grave sites for John and Sarah's daughter Mary and husband Josiah Perry were in the same area as theirs. These are the original pedestals for their headstones on the Avery farm.


These are the original headstones now in the Havana Methodist Church graveyard about a mile north of the original grave site.

Ronald N. Wall
Modified: 15 July 2020