DAVID HOLMES
GOVERNOR OF THE MISSISSIPPI
TERRITORY


TO ALL WHO SHALL SEE THESE PRESENTS, GREETINGS


KNOW YE,

That reposing special trust and confidence in the patriotism, valor fidelity and abilities of


William Witherington

			I do appoint him   an Ensign of the 17th Regiment   Mississippi Territory, to take rank from the date hereof.  
He is therefore carefully and diligently to discharge the duty of   an Ensign     by doing and performing all manner of things thereunto belonging.  
And I do strictly charge and require all officers and soldiers under his command, to be obedient to his orders as  an Ensign .  
And he is to observe and follow such orders and directions from time to time as he shall receive from the Governor of the Mississippi Territory 
for the time being or the other superior officers set over him according to the rules and discipline of  war.  
This commission to continue in force during the pleasure of the Governor for the time being.

	
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF:
  
	I have caused these letters to be made patent and the seal of the Territory to be hereunto affixed.
	GIVEN under my hand at the      Town of Washington, Mississippi Territory	
		The  7th day of July     in the Year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and  13.
		and in the  38th  Year of the Independence of the United States of America.

 Seal of Mississippi Territory 	     		    David Holmes 
  
                          Attest:        Henry Daingerfield	                     		    	                     By The Governor
      		
					(Back Side of the Commission - Handwritten)

		


			Mississippi Territory, Jackson County
		
I do hereby certify that  William Witherington  came before me and was duly 
Sworn the Oaths that is appointed by law as an Ensign in Capt. James Ware's 
Company in the 17th Regiment of the Mississippi Territory.
				Sworn to before me this 4th Sept. 1813.

								James Ware  (L 2) 

			
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Rev. 8/11/2001 - WRK

BILL KING NOTES:	

(1) This is a transcription from a photocopy of original Ensign's Commission of  William Witherington, Jr.  (1773-1837) of Darlington, SC,  Feliciana Parish, LA and Conecuh County, AL, and who is thought to have fought at the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812. 

(2)  "GIVEN under my hand at the Town of Washington" (Mississippi)   

History of Mississippi Territory  (Encyclopedia Britannica 'on line')
	The original Mississippi Territory created by the U.S. Congress in 1798 was a strip of land extending about 100 miles north to south and from the Mississippi River to the Chattahoochee on the Georgia border. The territory was increased in 1804 and 1812 to reach from Tennessee to the Gulf. In 1817 the western part achieved statehood as Mississippi (the eastern part became the state of Alabama in 1819). Natchez, the first territorial capital, was replaced in 1802 by nearby Washington, which in turn was replaced by Jackson in 1822 as the Capitol of the State of Mississippi.

(3)  William Witherington, Jr.  was the 4th Great Grandfather of  William R. King, Jr. -14106 Carolcrest Circle, Houston, TX 77079  
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HOLMES, David  1769-1832 
Governor, Mississippi Territory 1809-1817
Governor, State of Mississippi 1817-1820

US Senate:
Years of Service: 1820-1823; 1823-1825 
Party: Republican; Jackson Republican 

HOLMES, David, a Representative from Virginia and a Senator from Mississippi; born at Mary Ann Furnace, near Hanover, York County, Pa., March 10, 1769; moved to Virginia as a child; attended Winchester Academy, Winchester, Va.; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1791 and commenced practice in Harrisonburg, Va.; held several local offices; elected to the Fifth and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1797-March 3, 1809); was not a candidate for re-nomination in 1808; chairman, Committee on Claims (Ninth and Tenth Congresses); moved to the Mississippi Territory; Governor of the Territory of Mississippi 1809-1817; Governor of the State of Mississippi 1817-1820; appointed to the United States Senate from Mississippi as a Republican to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Walter Leake; subsequently elected and served from August 30, 1820, to September 25, 1825, when he resigned; chairman, Committee on Indian Affairs (Sixteenth Congress); again Governor of Mississippi, but stepped down due to ill health 1826; returned to Winchester, Va., in 1827; died at Jordan's Sulphur Springs, near Winchester, Va., on August 20, 1832; interment in Mount Hebron Cemetery, Winchester, Va. 

Bibliography:  DAB; Conrad, D.H. 'David Holmes: First Governor of Mississippi.' Publications of the Mississippi Historical Society 4 (1921): 234-57; Hildreth, Howard P. "David Holmes." Virginia Cavalcade 16 (Spring 1967): 38-40.  

From the Political Graveyard:
Holmes, David (1769-1832) Born near Hanover, Pa., March 10, 1769. U.S. Representative from Virginia, 1797-1809 (at-large 1797-1807, 4th District 1807-09); Governor of Mississippi Territory, 1809-17; Governor of Mississippi, 1817-20, 1826; U.S. Senator from Mississippi, 1820-25. Died near Winchester, Va., August 20, 1832. Interment at Mt. Hebron Cemetery, Winchester, Va. Holmes County, Miss. is named for him. 




The above is a computerized version of the photocopy of the original handwritten document signed by Governor David Holmes of the Mississippi Territory dated 7 July 1813, which commissions WILLIAM WITHERINGTON (Jr.) as an Ensign in the 17th Regiment of the Mississippi Territory Militia.  It is not known if Ensign Witherington's service was in Alabama during the Creek Indian Wars of 1813-1814, or if he served with General Jackson at the Battle of Mobile Bay or the Battle of New Orleans (1815) during the War of 1812 against the British Empire.

William Witherington, Jr.
Born:  April 11, 1773 at Little Beaver Dam/Lynches Creek, Craven County, SC
Died:   August 25, 1837 at Sepulga District, Conecuh County, AL.
Place of burial is not known, but is said to have been buried on early Witherington land located near the Sepulga River, north of Evergreen, AL.
Wife:  Sarah 'Sally' Stanley, daughter of Sands Stanley and Zilphia Edwards.
Parents:  William Witherington Sr. and Elizabeth Lewis of Craven County, NC.

The family lived in Feliciana Parish, Mississippi Territory (now Louisiana) from about 1809 until 1819, when the family moved to Conecuh County, Alabama, a few miles northwest of Evergreen, Alabama.  Records indicate that William Witherington, Jr. served as one of the first Justices of the Peace in Conecuh County as early as 1820.

Note:  William Witherington, Jr and Sarah 'Sally' Stanley were the parents of John Witherington (1801-1855), who with wife Mary Ellis and their daughter, Martha Caroline Witherington King (and husband-John T. King), migrated from Conecuh County, Alabama about 1846 to Ouachita (now Calhoun) County, Arkansas and settled in the area near Artesian (south of Hampton).

Prepared by:  William R. King, Jr.  (Houston, TX)
4th Great Grandson of William Witherington, Jr. and Sarah 'Sally' Stanley
5th Great Grandson of Sands Stanley and Zilphia Edwards
5th Great Grandson of William Witherington, Sr. and Elizabeth Lewis
EMail Address:   Lynn.Bill.King@pdq.net