Robert Ligon McWhorter
Contributed by
Thomas Baumgartner

descendant of the McWhorters of Greene County, Georgia


Robert Ligon McWhorter 1819-1908


Robert Ligon McWhorter was born June 19, 1819 in Bowling Green, Oglethorpe County, Georgia, the third son of Hugh McWhorter and Helena Ligon.

He attend Mercer University and was married to Nancy Winifred Janes, who was the daughter of Absolom Janes and Cordelia Callaway. Winifred lived only four years following their marriage and died, leaving one son, Robert Ligon McWhorter, Jr.

In 1849 Robert Ligon was married to Nancy Pope Thurmond. Their five children were: James Vason, John Alexander, Hamilton, Julia Pope, and Jessie Boyd McWhorter.

McWhorter enlisted in Company C ("Dawson Grays") of the 3rd Georgia Volunteer Infantry regiment as Captain on April 24, 1861. He was elected Major and Assistant Quartermaster of Wright's Brigade on April 28, 1862. He surrendered at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, on April 9, 1865.

Robert Ligon served in both houses of the State Legislature and as Speaker of the House during the Reconstruction period.


Major & Mrs. R. L. McWhorter on the occasion of their
50th Wedding Anniversary


Civil War bullet"Return Fire" to 3rd GVI Veterans Page, 3/12/2005