Julia Jeanettie Phillips

Thomas Austin Whitted

Thomas Austin Whitted, 1858-1946
Julia Jeanettie Phillips, 1870-1949

Thomas Austin Whitted, 7th child of Elbridge and Caroline Whitted, was born in 1858 in Boone County, Iowa. His family went from Iowa to Florida in 1878. His parents settled in Oneco, while Thomas (T.A.) worked at a sawmill nearby. In 1884 he went to Disston City (now known as Gulfport) to run a sawmill for George King. In the summer, during the sawmill's slack period, he helped deliver the mail in a sailboat. T.A. planed and sawed much of the lumber used in the first buildings of St. Petersburg.

T.A. served on the town council in 1894-1895; he played the double bass viol in St. Petersburg's first orchestra as well as in the first St. Petersburg's band. He was treasurer of the Carpenters Union for eighteen years and a charter member of the IOOF. He was also a member of the Christian Church.

In 1887, he married Julia Jeanettie Phillips of Long Key, Florida. They were the first couple to be married in Long Key. They first met in 1884 and their romance and courtship were carried on by boat trips to and from the mainland. Grandson Eric Whitted described T.A. as a "window and sash man" who put in all the windows and doors in the early homes in the St. Petersburg area. At night, after work, he and Julia went out to Gulfport in a horse and buggy and built their own home by lantern light. Julia was a real personality in early St. Petersburg, active in society and real estate. Julia's niece, Anita Evanco, says her Aunt Nettie had red curly hair, blue grey eyes, played the piano beautifully, and sang opera with a wonderful voice. According to Eric Whitted, his grandmother Julia "wanted to throw the biggest party St. Petersburg ever had." She did, at the Vinoy Park Hotel. Shortly after that, the real estate crash hit St. Petersburg. Because of the expense of the party, his grandparents were unable to pay the taxes on Pass a Grille Beach [inherited from Julia's father, Zephaniah Phillips] and they lost it. Eric Whitted felt that the combination of the Depression and the death of his son, Albert, caused T.A. to lose interest in everything. T.A. and Julia celebrated their fifty-ninth anniversary in 1946, just before T.A. died. Julia lived until 1949. Both are buried in Greenwood Cemetery in St. Petersburg.

  • 9-generation report for descendants of Thomas Whitted, Esq., great great grandfather of Thomas Austin Whitted
  • Family group sheet for Thomas Austin Whitted
  • 4-Generation pedigree chart for Thomas Austin Whitted
  • Census Information for Thomas Austin Whitted, 1858-1946
  • Marriage License & Certificate for Thomas Austin Whitted & Julia Jeanettie Phillips
  • T.A. Whitted and Julia Jeanettie Phillips - Their courtship and wedding
  • The Whitted home in St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Obituary: Thomas Austin Whitted
  • Obituary: Julia Phillips Whitted
  • Gravestone, Thomas and Julia Whitted, Greenwood Cemetery [Roser Park]

  • James Albert Whitted, 1893-1923, son of Thomas A. Whitted and Julia J. Phillips
  • Marriage license and certificate: James Albert Whitted and Frances Louise Brent
  • Gravestone: James Albert Whitted, 1893-1923, son of Thomas and Julia Whitted

  • Marriage license and certificate: George B. Whitted & Beatrice Pepperdine
  • Obituary: George Bracie Whitted, 1898-1956, son of Thomas and Julia Whitted
  • Gravestone: George Bracie Whitted and Beatrice Pepperdine

  • Whitted family pictures
  • More Whitted family pictures

  • Picture of Julia Jeanettie Phillips with her parents and siblings
  • Julia Phillips' brothers and sisters

    Picture of Thomas Austin Whitted comes from History of St. Petersburg, Historical and Biographical, by Karl H. Grismer. Picture of Julia Jeanettie [Phillips] Whitted courtesy of Jean Healy.

  • 6 November 2004
    updated 12 Sept 2014