Counties of Morgan, Monroe and Brown, Indiana. Historical and Biographical.
Charles Blanchard, Editor. Chicago: F. A. Battey & Co., Publishers, 1884.
Monroe County Biographical Sketches, Van Buren Township, p. 652-653
I.J. WHISENNAND, an old settler and enterprising farmer of Monroe County, was born in
Sullivan County, Tenn., on February 18, 1829, and is the seventh of thirteen children born to
Isaac and Mary Ann (ISLEY) WHISENNAND, natives of Virginia, and of German descent.
Isaac WHISENNAND came to Monroe County in 1830, and brought our subject with him. He
entered 132 acres of land, improved it, and lived there till his death. Isaac WHISENNAND was a
member of the Board of Trustees in an early day. Our subject was reared on this farm, and was
sent to the common schools. On September 19, 1850, he married Mary Matilda FARMER, of
Monroe County, and a daughter of Eli P. and Elizabeth FARMER, natives of Virginia and
Indiana, and of Welsh and German origin. Eli P. FARMER was an itinerant Methodist Episcopal
minister. By this union Mr. WHISSENNAND (sic) had born to him four children, two living -
Albert W. and Carrie (ROCK). The mother died in July 1863, and on February 11, 1864, our
subject was married to Sabina CLARK, of Gibson County, Ind., and a daughter of William B. and
Mary (WIGENS) CLARK, natives of North Carolina and Kentucky, and of Irish and German
descent. William B. CLARK was born in 1798, and came to Gibson County in 1805, where he
lived the rest of his life, and was one of the old settlers of the county. Mr. WHISSENNAND (sic)
had five children by his last marriage - Samuel, Lillie P., Rosetta, Mary E. and Martha Ann. He
and wife belonged to the Church of God. Mr. WHISENNAND bought the farm of eighty acres
which he now occupies shortly after his first marriage. It is now in a good state of cultivation,
with a fine house, barn, etc. He gives liberally to all charities. For President, he cast his first vote
for PIERCE. In 1860, he voted for LINCOLN, but in 1876 he commenced voting with the
Greenback party, and has been ever since an active worker in that party.
Data Entry Volunteer - Linda Jenkins Wensel