I have very little information about the
Whitman's. I know that Joseph and Ella Whitman adopted Jean Andre
Obrion when he was a child. His name was later changed to John
Amos Obrion, then to John Amos Whitman. I'm
not even sure if "Obrion" is the original spelling of his
name. This is the spelling that appeared in the 1900 Davis, Pottawatomie, Oklahoma
Joseph was born in Illinois in 1859. His
first wife was Rhoda Downing. They were only married a short time
before she presumably died. They had no children.
Joseph's second wife was Martha Ellen (Ella)
Roger. Martha was born in 1866, also in Illinois. The only
child Joseph and Ella had was their adopted son, John.
For many years Joseph and Ella owned a feed store
in Oklahoma City. Joseph died in 1946 and Ella in 1956. They
are both buried in Rose Hill Burial Park in Oklahoma City.