George Whitfield Torbert

b. 26 December 1894, d. 10 August 1955
  • George Whitfield Torbert was born on 26 December 1894 in Old Spring Hill, Marengo County, Alabama.
  • He was known as Whitfield.
  • James Anthony Torbert and Anna Mary Pegues appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1900 in Jackson's Store Precinct, Marengo County, Alabama. Other members of the household included George Whitfield Torbert, Sidney Ernest Torbert, Florence Edna Torbert, Thomas Jefferson Torbert, Sarah Decima Torbert, James Everett Torbert, Rebecca Pegues Torbert, Sylvester Sledge Torbert and James Bartholomew Pegues.
  • On 16 January 1901, James Bartholomew Pegues wrote to Rebecca Pegues Torbert:
         New Orleans, Jan 16, 1901
         Miss Redie Torbert, Old Spring Hill, Ala
    My dear little daughter
         I know you thought I had entirely forgotten my promise to send you my picture; but you were mistaken. Grandpa seldom forgets a promise made to anyone and especially does he remember one made to his dear little children. I am sometimes slow in fulfilling my promises; but as soon as I can I always try to do it so you must forgive me for being so long about it. I send you my picture in this letter. Deccie & the boys Kit & Fletch say it is a good one, I don’t know whether it is or not myself. If I ever have the money to spare I am going to have some photographs taken and send some of you one of those. I had this picture taken for you alone. I want to see you all so bad. It seems like a year since I left home. I can’t tell now when I will come back home. Work is scarce here just now and hard to get so money is scarce with me. I would give a lot to see my & Dutchman, and in fact all of you. Tell my Dutchman that I will be sure to bring him a lot of nails when I come and tell Whitfield I have not forgotten his hatchet, and that it shall be a steel one that will not break so easy. I suppose you all go to school now to Miss Bertie Small, Do you like her. I hope my dear little Jimmie is well and finally rid of his chills. Tell your mama to open my box of scaley barks and take half of them out for you all if you want them, and if she can to sell the other half for me and pay Mr. Lowry the 30c I owe him and if she get more than 30c for them to buy her some postage stamps with the rest. I don’t know if she can sell them or not, or what they are worth. Kiss mama, the baby, my Dutchman, and Whitfield for me and give my love to all the rest. Now my dear little girl I must close. Deccie & the boys send love to all. Tell old man Isac howdy for me when you see him. Write to me when you can.
         Your loving Grandfather.
  • A photographic portrait was made of James and Anna Pegues Torbert and children (except older brothers Sidney Ernest and Thomas Jefferson), about 1903.
  • James Anthony Torbert and Anna Mary Pegues appeared in the US federal census of 15 April 1910 in Jackson Store, Marengo County, Alabama. Other members of the household included George Whitfield Torbert, Sarah Decima Torbert, Rebecca Pegues Torbert, Sylvester Sledge Torbert and Elise Louise Torbert.
  • The Torbert brothers were photographed together about 1915.
  • George Whitfield Torbert registered for the draft on 5 June 1917 in Linden, Marengo County, Alabama, while living in Linden, and employed there as a drug clerk at the Marengo Drug Company.
  • He married Frances Brunetta Cuninghame, daughter of William Cuninghame and Eula Woolf, on 6 January 1919 in Linden, Marengo County, Alabama.
  • George Whitfield Torbert and Frances Brunetta Cuninghame appeared in the US federal census of 1 January 1920 in Linden, Marengo County, Alabama, at East Street. Other members of the household included Gerald W. Torbert.
  • He was a druggist working in a drug store, according to the 1920 census.
  • The following appeared on 8 January 1922 in The Montgomery Advertiser: Mrs. George Whitfield Torbert and children of Linden, Ala., are the guests of her sister, Mrs. Roy Hartselle, 32 Virginia Avenue.
  • George Whitfield Torbert and Frances Brunetta Cuninghame appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1930 in Linden, Marengo County, Alabama, at East Street. Other members of the household included Jack Whitfield Torbert.
  • He was employed by a drug store as a salesman, according to the 1930 census.
  • George Whitfield Torbert died on 10 August 1955 at age 60 in Linden, Marengo County, Alabama.
  • His wife Frances Brunetta Cuninghame became a widow at his death.
  • He was buried at Old Linden Cemetery in Linden, Marengo County, Alabama.
  • Last Edited: 19 Aug 2013

Family: Frances Brunetta Cuninghame b. 7 March 1896, d. 16 June 1977