Sunny South Guards

Military Flag Presentation Ceremony


The following Florida Veteran is being honored in this project:

1st corporal willoughby AARON whidden - POW

Age at enlistment: Abt. 25

Born:  5 February 1836 in Columbia, Co., FL

 Father:  Noah WHIDDEN b: May 2, 1818 in GA
Mother: Rebecca "Betsy" Elizabeth VICKERS b: 1820's in GA

Died:  February 2, 1922 in Polk Co., FL

Final Resting Place:  Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Chicora, Hillsborough Co., FL

Married:  Susan Candacy Durrance 20 February, 1868 in Polk Co, FL


  1. William Wallace WHIDDEN b: September 18, 1889 in Polk Co. Florida

  2. Has No Children Jack W. WHIDDEN b: Abt 1872 in Polk Co. Florida

  3. Has No Children Jesse Calvin WHIDDEN b: Feb 1873 in Polk Co., Florida

  4.  Robert Earl WHIDDEN b: May 21, 1882 in Polk Co., FL

  5. Has No Children Henry M. WHIDDEN b: 1879 in Polk Co., FL

  6. Has No Children Cecil Benard WHIDDEN b: Aug 1892 in Polk Co. Florida

  7.  Nora L. WHIDDEN b: July 22, 1887 in Polk Co., FL

  8. Has No Children Lillian WHIDDEN b: 1875 in Polk Co., FL

  9. Has No Children Mittylene "Mittie" WHIDDEN b: April 1884 in Polk Co., FL

  10. Has No Children Walter WHIDDEN b: 1871 in Polk Co., FL

  11. Has No Children Willoughby, Jr. WHIDDEN b: Abt 1869 in Polk Co. Florida

Attributes:  6'3", blue eyes, fair skin, dark hair

Was a Seminole War veteran.  He enlisted 7/28/1861 at Tampa.  He appears as 1st Corporal in early 1863.   He was captured 9/1/1864 near Jonesboro, Georgia and exchanged later that month at Rough and Ready, GA. He was captured 12/7/64 at Murfreesboro and survived the winter in Camp Chase POW Camp, Ohio.  Was released on oath 6/12/1865.


He received a Florida Confederate Veteran's Pension A02376 in Polk County, FL on July 15, 1901.  Corp. Whidden's Widow, Susan also received a Confederate Veteran's Widow's pension while residing in Bradley Junction, Polk Co, FL on 13 March 1922.

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