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How do you spell that last name? Follow my lineage through 14 generations as the family name changed from Visinand to Whisenhunt to Whisnant:

  1. Guillaume Visinand (born before 1570 in ?; died ?)
  2. Jean Visinand (born before 1584 in ?; died ?)
  3. Estienne Visinand (born 1-13-1610 in Corsier, Canton of Vaud, SWITZERLAND; died ?)
  4. Francois "Franz" Visinand (born 1-18-1647 in Corsier, Canton of Vaud, SWITZERLAND; died ?)
  5. Philip Peter Visinand (born 4-10-1684 in Heilsbruck, Edenkoben, GERMANY; died c. 1744 in Old Lancaster, PA, USA)
  6. Johann Adam Whisenhunt (last name originally Visinand) (born 9-3-1719 in Hassloch, Edenkoben, GERMANY; died 4-11-1784 in Lincoln County, NC)
  7. Philip Whisenhunt (born c. 1736 in Lancaster County, PA; died c. 1791 in Lincoln County, NC)
  8. Adam Whisnant (last name originally Whisenhunt) (born c. 1769 in North Carolina; died c. 1857 in Cleveland County, NC)
  9. David Whisnant (born 4-17-1800 in North Carolina; died 8-24-1879 in Cleveland County, NC)
  10. George M. Whisnant (born c. 1824 in Cleveland County, NC; died 1-3-1861 in Cleveland County, NC)
  11. David Courtsworth Whisnant (born 9-18-1851 in Cleveland County, NC; died 8-5-1926 in Kinmundy, IL)
  12. George March Whisnant (born 9-11-1886 in Kinmundy, IL; died 5-25-1949 in Urbana, IL)
  13. Lewis Edwin Whisnant (born 4-29-1921 in Decatur, IL; died 11-4-1994 in Chesterfield, MO)
  14. Kerry Lewis Whisnant (born 5-31-1955 in Decatur, IL; currently resides in Ames, IA)

Information on generations 1 through 9 was obtained from the book Whisnants Through the Ages by
Raymond C. Whisnant, which contains a wealth of other data on the Whisnant geneology. Information on generations 10 through 12 was obtained from the Whisnant Family Tree compiled by W. Dale Whisnant. For other interesting information see also the Whisnant Family Home Page, maintained by Raymond C. Whisnant.