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Joseph Elisha Whitaker

BIRTH 1 JAN 1836 • Harris County, Georgia

DEATH 3 DEC 1918 • Americana, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Married:  05 Sep 1866 • Monroe County, Alabama, USA

Isabella P. Norris

BIRTH JUNE 1, 1842 • Dallas County, Alabama

DEATH 1898 • Americana, Sao Paulo, Brazil

She was the daughter of William Hutchinson Norris and Mary Black.

Joseph and Isabella would at least two sons:

1.  Emlock M. Whitaker

BIRTH 3 OCT 1867 • Brazil

DEATH Brazil

Married : About 1895 in Brazil

Elizabeth Fenley


Henry Clay Whitaker

BIRTH 3 FEB 1874 • Americana, Sao Paulo, Brazil

DEATH 4 OCT 1951 • Brazil

Married:  1899 • Americana, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Mary Katherine Scurlock

BIRTH 7 APR 1875 • Santa Barbara d'Oeste, Sao Paulo, Brazil

DEATH 15 JUN 1941 • Santa Bárbara d'Oeste, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Henry and Mary Katherine would have four children:


                      Joseph Henry Whitaker

                      BIRTH 20 FEBRUARY 1901 • Americana,                            Sao Paulo, Brazil

                      DEATH 17 NOVEMBER 1977 • Brazil


                       Josephina Santon 


                       Anna Izabella Whitaker

                      BIRTH 1903 • Brazil

                      DEATH Brazil

                      Married: 1925, Brazil

                      William Daniel


                       Cicero Jones Whitaker

                       BIRTH 1905 • Americana, Sao Paulo,                                   Brazil

                       DEATH Brazil

                       Married:  About 1925, Brazil

                       Cacilda Silva

                      They would have at least one child: 

                                     1.  Ilvandro Whitaker born about                                                1930 in Brazil


                       Douglas Scurlock Whitaker

                       BIRTH 1907 • Americana, Sao Paulo,                                   Brazil

                       DEATH Brazil

                       Married:  About 1930, Brazil

                       Maria Terrine

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The Georgia Rattlesnake  -  Watermelons from Brazil

The Watermelon


Source:  The Confederados,  Cyrus.B. Dawaey & James M. Dawaey, Pages 87-88


... in the region surrounding americana, Santa Barbara, and Perak feed kava, floral evidence, such as an occasional pecan tree, still mark the presence of the Americas. We are most successful in production was the large striped Georgia rattlesnake watermelon from seed that Joe Whitaker trip to Brazil in his coat pocket. By the turn-of-the-century the harvest was so large that two box cars were needed to transport the crap to market.  When the railroad could not provide them, the American farmers threaten to deposit the rotting fruit company headquarters. A temporary setback to the watermelon enterprise occurred a few years later when the fruit was blamed for causing an epidemic of yellow fever....







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Nat'l #: 621360     Ancestor #: A124276


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The Said -- Name Restricted -- was the child of

Joseph J Whitaker born on - - at _______________  

died at Harris Co GA on - - 1838 and his ( 1st ) wife

Eliza Thomas born on - - at _______________

died at Harris Co GA on a - - 1837 married on 12 - Dec - 1820  


The Said Joseph J Whitaker was the child of

Thomas Whitaker born on c - - 1760 at Halifax Co NC   

died at Putnam Co GA on 25 - Feb - 1818 and his ( 1st ) wife

Mary born on c - - 1765 at _______________

died at GA on p - - 1818 married on c - - 1782  


The Said Thomas Whitaker was the child of

John Whitaker born on - - at VA   

died at Halifax Co NC on p 26 - Aug - 1781 and his ( 1st ) wife

Olive Taylor born on c - - 1735 at VA

died at Halifax Co NC on a - - 1781 married on c - - 1755  

** Additional, but unverified lineage is listed on the application. **



WHITAKER, JOHN  Ancestor #: A124276



Birth: 1732    VIRGINIA


Service Source: 

CLARK, STATE RECS OF NC, VOL 12, PP 554, 555, 777, 788; VOL 13, PP 534, 680; VOL 23, PP 992, 994

Service Description: 


In The Beginning

Descendants of Thomas Whitaker of the Holme

Generation One

1. Thomas1 Whitaker of the Holme was born circa 1400? at Lancashire, England; living in 1431.

In 1431, reference was made to Thomas Whitaker of The Holme. "It was originally a 40-room manor house built in 1603 and was the seat of the Whitaker family from the 15th century. The first Whitaker to arrive at The Holme was believed to be Richard de Whitacre, who arrived in Cliviger in 1340 from 'High Whiteacre' at Padiham. The families are descended from the first families of Lancashire, the Sherburnes, Townleys, Stanleys, and Harringtons and continued this tradition by later marrying into the Towneley family and later the Newells of Read," according to the celebrated historian Dr. T. D. Whitaker who, as well as being vicar of St. John's Church in 1788, also planted many of the fine trees around the house.

It sits on the site of an earlier property. "Originally built of wood, the center and eastern wing were rebuilt by 1603. The west remained of wood until 1717 and had one or more private closets for the concealment of priests, the family having continued as recusants until the end of Elizabeth's reign, if not later.

"Prior to the Whitaker ownership of the manor, Holme belonged to the Tattersall family . . . previously belonged to Edward Legh, to whomit probably descended from Margery de Middlemore, daughter of Gilbert de la Legh. It is conjectured that a Whitaker married a daughter of the Middlemore family."

Children of Thomas1 Whitaker of the Holme include:

     2 i. Robert, Thomas2 Whitaker II, married Johannah _____ Whitaker; born 1458 at Lancs.,                          England.










Owned by the Whitaker family from 1431-1959, in this photo Bill Read is shown in 1977 with its owner at the time, Eric Halstead.   The Holme, which had become a nursing or retirement home, burned in 2003


The ancestral seat of this Whitaker family is a "messuage" called The Holme, located near Burnley in Lancashire. 'Messuage' is a Latin word meaning a dwelling, together with its barns and outbuildings and adjoining land, what we might call an estate. It is contrasted with "menage," which refers to the people living in a household. The Holme, with about 34 acres of land, apparently came into the possession of our Whitakers early in the fifteenth century, perhaps in 1431, when Thomas Whitaker, our first known ancestor, appears in a land record.

As early as 1302, Henry de Lacy (a Lancashire nobleman) granted the tenement of Robert de Holme to William de Middlemore and Margery his wife, and to Margery's heirs (ref: Thomas Dunham Whitaker, "History of Whalley Parish," p.203). In 1334, Roger de Holme released to Richard de Towneley all the lands Roger's father had given; and Henry, son of Roger de Holme, confirmed the deeds of his father and grandfather ("History of Whalley," p.257, 219). The Whitakers may have acquired the estate either through the female line, via Margery Middlemore's heirs, or through the Towneleys, with whom the Whitakers were early related.

When William Whitaker died in 1641, he held the capital messuage called "The Holme," as well as other messuages called Thieveley, Grimshaw, and Backclough, with 42 acres. He apparently had to pay the king at his castle, Clitheroe, a sort of quitrent of 23 s, 7 1/2 d, per annum.

"The Holme is a picturesque two-story stonebuilt house, with stone-slated roof, standing amidst beautiful scenery in the valley of Cliviger, facing south. The plan follows the usual type of central hall and projecting end wings [the shape of an "H"], but in the course of time and as a result of rebuildings and alterations has lost some of its original features, though retaining many of the characteristics of the earlier building. It is said to have been constructed originally of wood, but the middle and east wings appear to have been rebuilt in stone about the year 1603 or before." (ref: "A History of Lancashire" p.482)

In March 2003, the middle and east wings burned (the police suspected arson). Three hundred-year-old oak beams fell in on the walnut floor in the living room, with its fieldstone fireplace and mirrored wall. Since The Holme is a national landmark, it is supposed to be restored to its former state, but by whom? The west wing and the 1854 northeast addition were not affected.

Robert Whitaker, son of Thomas Whitaker, was living at “The Holme” in 1480.

Thomas Whitaker, son of Robert Whitaker, was born at “The Holme” in 1458 and died their 1529; he married Johanna _______ and they had two sons:

1. John Whitaker, (no further information)

2. Richard Whitaker, living at The Holme in 1543

Thomas Whitaker, younger son of Richard Whitaker (living in 1543), b. c1504, d. 1588; m. 1530, Elizabeth Nowell, d/o John Nowell, Esq, of Read, England. When his older brother died in 1527, Thomas Whitaker succeeded to The Holme. Two of Elizabeth’s brothers were to be especially influential on the Whitaker Family.

1. Robert Whitaker, the oldest son of Thomas Whitaker and Elizabeth Nowell, m. Margaret Greenwood. They were the ancestors of Dr. Thomas Dunham Whitaker, noted divine and author of The History of the Original Parish of Whalley, 1806. This Branch of the family inherited The Holme and lived there until 1912.

2. Richard Whitaker, second son of Thomas Whitaker and Elizabeth Nowell. We have found no record of a marriage or children.

3. William A. Whitaker, third son of Thomas Whitaker and Elizabeth Nowell, b. 1547, d. 4 Dec 1595. William became a Doctor of Divinity and was Master of St. John’s College, Cambridge University.

Generation Two

2. Robert, Thomas2 Whitaker II (Thomas1) married Johannah _____. He was born in 1458 at Lancs., England. He died in 1529 at Lancs., England.

Children of Robert, Thomas2 Whitaker II and Johannah _____ Whitaker were:

     3 i. Richard, Thomas3 Whitaker III, born 1504; married Elizabeth Nowell.

Generation Three

3. Richard, Thomas3 Whitaker III (Robert,2, Thomas1) was born in 1504. He married Elizabeth Nowell, daughter of John Nowell Esq. of Read, in 1530. He died in 1599.

Children of Richard, Thomas3 Whitaker III and Elizabeth Nowell all born at Lancs., England, were as follows:

     4 i. Robert4 Whitaker; born circa 1531.
     5 ii. Richard Whitaker; born circa 1533?
     6 iii. William Whitaker D.D, married Miss Culverwell; married Joan Taylor Mrs. Dr. Fenner; born         circa 1548.

Generation Four

6. William4 Whitaker D.D. (Richard,3, Robert,2, Thomas1) was born circa 1548 at Lancs., England. He died on 4 Dec 1595. He married 1st Miss Culverwell, daughter of Nicholas Culverwell; and 2nd Joan Taylor (widow of Dr. Fenner). He was Master of St. John's College at Cambridge, England.

































































































Children of Rev. William4 Whitaker and Miss Culverwell all b. at England were as follows:

     7 i. Frances5 Whitaker; b. circa 1575?
     8 ii. Susanna Whitaker; m. Mr. Lothrop; b. circa 1578?
     9 iii. Mary Whitaker; m. Raynes Clarke; b. circa 1580?
     10 iv. Samuel Whitaker; b. circa 1582?; d. before 3 Sep 1617; when, on his death, the administration            of brother Alexander's estate was granted to their sister Susan Lothrop.
     11 v. Alexander Whitaker; b. 1585; d. before 4 Aug 1617 at James River, VA; when will was probated              in London. He drowned; never married.
          He immigrated in 1611 to Henrico Co., VA; had a good parish in northern England but gave it up              to come to Virginia; was called "the Apostle of Virginia"; was author of Good News from Virginia.            He left a will on 16 Feb 1611 at Blackfriars, London, England; ALEXANDER WHITAKER of                          Blackfriars, London, now crossing the seas to Virginia. Bequests to: my brothers SAMUEL,                   WILLIAM and JABEZ WHITAKER; my sisters FRANCES WHITAKER, SUSANNA LOTHROP, and           MARY CLARKE, wife of RAYNES CLARKE; my cousin WILLIAM GOUGE. I leave to my brother                SAMUEL my Bill of Adventure to Virginia and the profits thereof if I die without issue.                              Christopher Levitt, linen draper of the City of York, my cousin ANTHONY CULVERWELL and               Mr. Crashawe owe me money. Sir Henry Griffith of Burton Agnes, Yorkshire, owes me for a                   chest of viols. Exec. to be my said brother SAMUEL and overseer my cousin WILLIAM GOUCHE             of Blackfriars, clerk.
          Pr. 4 Aug 1617 in Commissary Court of London by SAMUEL WHITAKER and, on his death,                      admin. granted in PCC 3 Sep 1617 to the sister SUSAN LOTHROP.


          Alexander Whitaker was M.A. from Cambridge Univ. ca 1604; had a good parish in northern                      England, but gave it up to come as a missionary to Virginia. He immigrated in 1611 to Henrico                   Co.,   VA. He was called "the Apostle of Virginia"; was author of Good News from Virginia. Living             at his parsonage "Rock Hall" in Henrico Parish opposite Jamestown, he converted and baptized               Powhatan Princess Pocohantas in 1616, while she stayed at his home. A painting of her baptism               hangs in the U.S. Capitol in Washington. He performed her marriage to John Rolfe.

     12 vi. William Whitaker; b. circa 1587?
     13 vii. Richard Whitaker; b. circa 1590?

Children of Rev. William4 Whitaker and Joan Taylor Mrs. Dr. Fenner were:

     14 i. Jabez5 Whitaker, b. 6 Dec 1595 at Lambeth, England.


Generation Five

14. Jabez5 Whitaker (William4, Thomas3, Thomas2, Thomas1) was born on 6 Dec 1595 at Lambeth, England; posthumous son. He married Lady Mary M. Bourchier, daughter of Sir John Bourchier and Elizabeth Verney, circa 1616 at Hanging Grimston, Yorkshire, England. He died after 1649? He immigrated in Nov 1619 to Jamestown, VA; was sent to VA with the rank of Lt. by the Virginia Company, in charge of tenants for one of the plantations known as the College land -- set aside for the endowment of an Indian College "for the training up of the children of those Infidels in true Religion, moral virtue and Civility." By November he settled near Jamestown in charge of fifty colonists, and gave a "good acompt of the trust reposed in him." In May 1621, he wrote a long letter describing his activities to his "very loving friend Sr. Edwin Sandys," who had succeeded him as treasurer of the company in spring of 1619. He left Virginia in 1628; left VA -- for England? He immigrated in 1649 to Barbadoes; per Cary Adams. He was in VA 1626 when his Jabez's father-in-law wrote ordering him home to his wife and child; and soon afterwards they were in Virginia. Jabez constructed a guest house at Jamestown which was in effect the first hospital in America, and he invented the Virginia split-rail fence. Both Jabez and his only known son William served as Burgesses in Virginia.


Jabez Whitaker was sent to VA with the rank of Lt. by the Virginia Company, in charge of tenants for one of the plantations known as the College land -- set aside for the endowment of an Indian College "for the training up of the children of those Infidels in true Religion, moral virtue and Civility." By November he settled near Jamestown in charge of fifty colonists, and gave a "good acompt of the trust reposed in him."


In late 1619, Lieutenant Jabez Whittaker and perhaps as many as fifty men were sent by the Virginia Company to the Company's tract. According to Whittaker, he and his men built a 40' by 20' "guest-house" to season new immigrants. They also erected other dwellings, and fenced in their acreage and livestock. The tenants who worked on the Company Land agreed to serve for seven years in return for 50% of the profits of their labor. Additionally, the Virginia Company provided the tenants with a year's supply of food and cattle along with clothes, weapons, tools, and other equipment.


This "guesthouse" became, in times of illness, the first hospital in Virginia.


Aboard the Bona Nova in 1621 there were shipped "600 bushells of English meale whereof 36 were sent to Smiths hundred and 20 bushells to Mr Farrars Plantation soe there remayned to the 2 Companys of C. Weldon and Lieve-Whitakers 544 bushel onely witness the Cape Merchant. We do know that from reading the 'Records of the Virginia Company' that the ships in the 1618-1620 era left London on the Thames River and arrived in Virginia in the Isle of Wight at Cowes and that James-towne in Virginia had its own separate port. We know that, from this same passage, of 100 men aboard the first known trip of the Bona Noua, 50 were Captain Weldon's men and 50 were Lieutenant Jabez Whittaker's men."

From 1624-1626 he was Captain and a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses. In 1626 he was a member of the Colonial Council of Virginia, when he received a letter from his father-in-law Sir John Bourchier "ordering him back to England to his wife and child." He left Virginia for England in 1628.

That child was William Whitaker, born 1618 in Surry, England. It is uncertain when William came to Virginia, but he was a Major and a Colonel in the Virginia Militia, a tobacco planter; and in 1648-56 he was a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses. In 1656 he was granted a 90-acre patent on the N.E. side of the James River for transporting two persons to Virginia. He was a member of the Colonial Council of Virginia in 1659.

Jabez Whitaker

Jabez Whitaker, youngest son of Dr. William A. Whitaker and his second wife, Joan Taylor, was born in 1595, a few days after Dr. William A. Whitaker died. Joan Taylor Whitaker named the infant Jabez, citing I Chronicles 4:9: “and his mother called his name Jabez, saying ‘Because I born him in pain.’”

About 1617, Jabez married Mary Bourchier, daughter of Sir John Bourchier and Dame Elizabeth Bourchier, of Lambeth Parish, County Surrey, England. The Bourchiers are descended from the youngest son of King Edward, III. As far as is known, they had only one son, William Whitaker, b. 1618, England, d. after 1668, James City County, Virginia, of which more later.


About the time his son was born, Jabez left his wife and child in England and went out to Virginia, possibly because his brother, Alexander Whitaker, “The Apostle to Virginia,” had drowned in the James River in 1617 and he had to tend to his estate, though there are no surviving documents.


At any rate, Jabez soon became a noteworthy citizen of Virginia. The Records of the Virginia Company of London, the organization that “settled” Jamestown, notes of him on 23 June 1620: “Hee haveinge receaved notice of the good carriage of some psonnes in Virginia was specially to recommend unto them one Mr. Jabez Whittakers, Leiutennant of the Companies men who had given a good Accounpt of the trust reposed in him.” (p.22) “Ffor so much as it appeared y Mr. Whttakers has obeyed the Companies orders in buildinge a Guesthouse for entertaynement of Sick psonnes and for y relief and comfort of such cases as came weake from Sea and had allso begunn to plant vaine, Corne, and such good Comodities and rayled in 100 acres of ground, it was moved y the Court would please to bestow some reward uppon him for his better encouragement in soe good a course. Whereoppon itt was agreed and ordered that hee should have two boyes sent him when the Comp shal be able and that the reward of Tobacco allowed him by the Governor of Virginia shall be confirmed onto him.” (p.23)

This reference to Jabez Whitaker’s “rail fence” is the first mention of a fenced plot of land in America.

In 1623, Jabez was referred to as a Captain: “... and we further require and commaund all persons whatsover under the charge of the said Captain Jabez Whitaker, that they yield unto him ready obedience touching all our abovesaid commands, as they will answer the contrary at their utmost perills. Given at James City, the 13th of May 1623.” signed: Frances Wyatt, Governor (p.25)

Jabez Whitaker was Elizabeth City’s representative to the House of Burgesses in the session that met from 5 March 1623 to 1624. And he was a member of the Council of Virginia in 1626.

On June 16, 1622, The Records note: “Sir John Bourchier’s request by letter for his Sonn Whitaker’s returne to England who, (as he sayeth) intended not to stay here any longer from his wife and child, he means to leave behinde hime, than he can furnish himselfe with necessaries.”
Jabez died in Virginia in 1626, before he could return to England.


Children of Jabez5 Whitaker and Lady Mary M. Bourchier were:

15 i. Col. William6 Whitaker, b. 1618 at Surry Co., England; m. Mary Elizabeth Camm.


Generation Six

15. Col. William6 Whitaker (Jabez5, William4, Thomas3, Thomas2, Thomas1) was born in 1618 at Surry Co., England. He married Mary Elizabeth Camm circa 1640 at Warwick Co., VA. He died in 1662 at James City Co., VA. He had military service with rank of Col. and Maj. in Virginia Militia. He immigrated after 1620 to Jamestown, VA.


William Whitaker, only son of Jabez Whitaker and Mary Bourchier, was born in England in 1618, and died in Virginia after 1668.

His name first appears in the records of Warrick Co, VA, in 1639, when he was a “Viewer of Tobacco.” From 1649 to 1659, he was a member from James City County of the House of Burgesses at all its meetings, where he served on several important committees. In 1655, he was referred to as Lieutenant-Colonel, and in 1658 and later as Captain. In 1659, he was a Member of the Council of Virginia.

Two Land Grants were made to him: 90 acres, June 5, 1656, in James City County; and 90 acres, March 1662. He was an early resident of Martin’s Hundred.

(Source: History of Baldwin County, Georgia; Records of the Virginia Company; Virginia Magazine of Genealogy Vol. III.)

Children of Col. William6 Whitaker and Mary Elizabeth Camm were as follows:

     16 i. Richard7 Whitaker Capt, b. before 1643 at Warwick Co., VA; m. Elizabeth Crew; m. Elizabeth                    Pyland.

     17 ii. William Whitaker Jr, m. Frances _____ Whitaker; m. Mrs. Agnes Reader; b. circa 1645?


Generation Seven

16. Richard7 Whitaker Capt. (William6, Jabez5, William4, Thomas3, Thomas2, Thomas1) was born before 1643 at Warwick Co., VA. He married Elizabeth Crew circa 1693 at VA; widow, 2nd wife, several children. He married Elizabeth Pyland circa 1694 at Warwick Co., VA; 1st wife, no issue. He died in 1698; per Cary Adams. He died circa 1704 at Warwick Co., VA.


Richard Whitaker, the older son of William Whitaker of James City County, Virginia, was born about 1645 in Warrick Co, VA, and resided in the Colony of Virginia until his death, some time after 1696. He received a grant of 135 acres in James City County, 28 October 1666 (when he was only 21), adjoining 100 acres part given him by Major WILLIAM WHITTAKER, his DECEASED FATHER. In 1676 he patented 600 acres in Warwick Co. In December 1668, he stood sponsor for (another of) Edward Thurston’s sons, along with his brother William.

Nathaniel Bacon denounced Richard Whitaker in 1676 as one of the supporters of Governor Berkeley. Berkeley was governor of Virginia for 35 years and did much to establish a lifestyle which continued to modern times. In 1680 Richard was a military and civil officer in Warwick Co., and from 1680-99 he served 20 years as a member of the House of Burgesses.

Richard Whitaker held a number of public offices: In November 1685, 1688, April 1691, and Sept 1696, he was a member of the House of Burgesses, representing Warwick County. In 1680, he is mentioned as a civil and military officer of Warwick County, and Sheriff of Warwick County in 1696. He apparently died soon after.

Richard Whitaker married, first, Miss Pyland, and, second, Elizabeth _______.

As far as we know, he had only one child: John Whitaker, b. 1694, who married Martha Gough.

Children of Richard7 Whitaker Capt. and Elizabeth Crew were as follows:

     18 i. Col. John8 Whitaker, b. 1694 at Warwick Co., VA; m. Martha Gough.
     19 ii. Elizabeth Whitaker; b. before 1704.

          There were no children of Richard7 Whitaker Capt. and Elizabeth Pyland.

Generation Eight

18. Col. John8 Whitaker (Richard7, William6, Jabez5, William4, Thomas3, Thomas2, Thomas1) was born in 1694 at Warwick Co., VA. He married Martha Gough, daughter of Rev. William Gough and Alice Thacker, in 1716 at Warwick Co., VA. He died in 1748/49 at Warwick Co., VA. He immigrated circa 1740 to Halifax Co., NC.

All the sons of John Whitaker and Martha Gough left Virginia and settled in Halifax and nearby counties in North Carolina. James and William later went to Kershaw Co, SC. Robert died in Halifax Co, and his sons went to Wake Co, NC (a county which was later aligned out of existence). Descendants of John Whitaker and Olive Taylor are said to have settled in Georgia.


Children of Col. John8 Whitaker and Martha Gough all b. at Warwick Co., VA, were as follows:

     22 i. Robert9 Whitaker, b. between 1718 and 1725; m. Sarah Burton.
     23 ii. Richard Whitaker Sr, b. circa 1720; m. Elizabeth Cary.
     24 iii. James Whitaker, b. 1728; m. Catherine Wiggins.
     25 iv. John Whitaker II, b. circa 1732; m. Olive Arron Taylor.
     26 v. Gough Whitaker, b. circa 1734; m. Martha Cary.
     27 vi. William Henry Whitaker, b. circa 1736; m. Elizabeth Wiggins; m. Mary Lenoir.
     28 vii. Dudley Whitaker, b. circa 1740; m. Mary Pearce.
     29 viii. Martha Whitaker, m. Capt. Thomas Cary; b. between 1742 and 1746.

Generation Nine

25. John9 Whitaker II (John8, Richard7, William6, Jabez5, William4, Thomas3, Thomas2, Thomas1) was born circa 1732 at Warwick Co., VA. He married Olive Arron Taylor in 1755 at Halifax Co., NC. He died on 26 Aug 1781 at Halifax Co., NC. He immigrated circa 1755? to Halifax Co., NC. He left a will in 1781 at Halifax Co., NC.


Children of John9 Whitaker II and Olive Arron Taylor were as follows:

     55 i. Hudson10 Whitaker, b. 23 Oct 1757 at Enfield, Halifax Co., NC; m. Susannah Thomas.
     56 ii. Samuel Whitaker; b. circa 1759 at Halifax Co., NC.
     57 iii. Thomas Whitaker; b. circa 1761 at Halifax Co., NC.
     58 iv. Margaret "Peggy" Whitaker, b. Jun 1762 at Halifax Co., NC; m. James Josey.
     59 v. Olive Chambers Whitaker; b. circa 1764 at Halifax Co., NC.
     60 vi. Martha Whitaker; b. circa 1766 at Halifax Co., NC.
     61 vii. Edward Whitaker; b. circa 1768 at Halifax Co., NC.

Generation Ten

Thomas Whitaker  (John9, John8, Richard7, William6, Jabez5, William4, Thomas3, Thomas2, Thomas1) was born circa 1761 in Halifax, North Carolina and died on February 25, 1818 in Putnam County North Carolina.  In 1777 in Halifax, North Carolina, he married Mary Bell Wiiliams.  She was the daughter of Col. John Williams.  Mary was born in 1765 in Burke County, Georgia and died there in 1818. 


Notes on Col. John Williams

Lt. Colonel in the Hillsborough District Minutemen - 1775-1776
Colonel over the 9th NC Regiment - 1776-1778

On Sept. 9,  1775, John Williams was commissioned as a Lt. Colonel under Col. James Thackston in the Orange County Minutemen Regiment. Both men participated in the battle of Moore's Creek Bridge on Feb. 27, 1776. All Minutemen regiments were disbanded on Apr. 10, 1776.

On Nov. 26, 1776, John Williams was commissioned as Colonel/Commandant over the newly-created 9th NC Regiment on the Continental Line. On Jun. 1,  1778, this regiment was disbanded, never to be resurrected. John Williams returned to his home in Caswell County and continued to support the NC Militia in Orange County and Caswell County in many ways until the end of the war.

John Williams was born on Jul. 7,1740 in Hanover County, VA, the son of Nathaniel Williams and Elizabeth Washington. He married  Elizabeth "Betsy" Williamson on Mar. 16, 1767 in Charlotte County, VA, and they had two (2) known children. He died on 12/1/1804 in Caswell County, NC. John Williams was elected to represent Caswell County in the House of Commons during 1778-1780, and in the state Senate during 1782 and 1793-1794.

Thomas Whitaker

Revolutionary War Service Records, 1775-83 Record
Rank - Induction: PRIVATE 
Roll Box: 111, Roll Description: VA 
Source Information:
Direct Data Capture. Revolutionary War Service Records. [database online] Orem, UT: Ancestry, Inc., 1999.

Some Georgia County Records Vol. 2
Being Some of the Legal Records of
Clarke, Jasper, Morgan, Putnam, Oglethorpe and Greene Counties, Georgia (Pages 110 & 111)
Compiled by:  The Rev. Silas Emmett Lucas, Jr.
Published By:  Southern Historical Press
Property of Whittier Area Genealogical Society #1165

Pages 88-91:  Will of THOMAS WHITAKER of Putnam County, Dated 19 Jan. 1818..."weake in body...bel. wife MARY WHITAKER should possess tract of land where I live dur. her nat. life and 2 negroes...son HENRY WHITAKER and JOSEPH WHITAKER have lot 122 and 123...son CIRUS WHITAKER a negro woman, girl and boy, 2 beds and furn. & also 2 notes bearing dates April 2, 1807 and 31 Oct. 1808...son HENRY WHITAKER a negro man and bed and furn...son JOSEPH WHITAKER a negro man, bed and furn...daus. OLAVER BRODINAX a lot of land given me by Mr. WILLIAM NORWARD for sum of %538...dau MILLY WHITAKER a negro, bed and will and desire that my grandson WILLIAM MAXWELL be educated...and at age 16 be found to sadlers trade and I give one bed and furn. and $200 for his grandaus. MARY P. A. MAXWELL and LUVEZES C. MAXWELL one bed and furn. with $200 each when of age...all my children living in State of Ga. rec. equal parts of estate.  Appt's be son HENRY WHITAKER AND JOSEPH WHITAKER with ROBERT BRODENAX and JOHN ROBERTSON, Exors. Signed: THOS WHITAKER. Wit. CHARLES L. KENNON, WILLIAM TAFF, HOWEL L. KENNON, Pro. 25 Feb 1818.

See Broadnax (Robert and Olivia)

Generation Eleven

(Father of Joseph Elisha Whiitaker)

Joseph J. Whitaker  (Thomas10,John9, John8, Richard7, William6, Jabez5, William4, Thomas3, Thomas2, Thomas1)

Joseph J. Whitaker died relatively young at the age of 43.  He survived his first wife, Elizabeth Ann Thomas by two years.  They were residents of Harris County, Georgia.  He and Elizabeth would have eight children, the youngest being Joseph Elisha Whitaker being born shortly (within a year) before the death of Elizabeth, his mother in 1836. On December 29, 1830 he was appointed postmaster for Mountain Creek, Harris County.  

After the death of Elizabeth, Joseph J.  would marry again to Maian (Maria) Saxton on January 10, 1837 in Harris County.  A year and a half later Joseph would pass away in August, 1838.  They would have no known children.  In his will, Maria is specifically mentioned, but all his children are not mentioned by name.

BIRTH 1795 • Burke County, Georgia

DEATH AUGUST 30, 1838 • Harris County, Georgia

Married  December 12, 1820 • Putnam County, Georgia

Elizabeth Ann Thomas


BIRTH 1801 • Georgia

DEATH 1836 • Harris County, Georgia

the daughter of William Callahan Thomas and Nancy Whitehead

Thomas-Dowdell House  (This was the

Plantation home of Elizabeth's father. 

She had already married and died before

the house was built)
Built ca. 1840
Oakbowery, AL
William Callahan Thomas, born 1780, and

his wife Catherine Dowdell Thomas built

this house ca. 1840 and established a

plantation of about 1,600 acres. Their

youngest daughter Elizabeth married her

cousin William Crawford Dowdell, and

were owners of the plantation in 1860.

The 1860 Chambers County Census lists

48 slaves on the place.

The house consists of two large rooms

divided by a central hallway on both floors.

Brick and rock chimneys on each end of the house serve the wide fireplaces in all four rooms. The original kitchen built separately from the main house in the rear yard has been torn away.
Photographed in 1981, the house is located 1.5 miles west of Liberty Cross Roads on County Road 173.


Dr. William A. Whitaker

Master of St. John’s College, Cambridge University

William was a country boy,  born at The Holme in 1547.

Under the Law of Primogeniture, the estate was to pass

to his oldest brother, and he, as third son, was sent off

to get an education and enter the church. He advanced

in  life  through  the  preferment  and  influence  of  his

Nowell uncles and other powerful men. Thank goodness,

he acquitted himself creditably at every stage and gained

a reputation  of earning  the fame and power he came to


After attending the common school in Burnley, William

was taken to London, where his uncle Alexander Nowell,

D.D.,  Dean of St.  Paul's  Cathedral,  enrolled him in the

church's "prep school." At age 16, William matriculated

in Michaelmas Term, 4 Oct 1564, at Trinity College, Cam-


Another uncle, Robert Nowell, bequeathed an annuity of

40 lbs to his nephews, William and Richard Whitaker, in

his will in 1563, admonishing Richard to find a good wife, if he could. In a codicil to the same will, Robert  left an annuity of 40 lbs to his nephew,  William  Whitaker,  then A.B.,  scholar  of  Trinity College, Cambridge. The will was attested by William Cecil, later Lord Burleigh.

The master of Trinity College was the Rev. Whitgift (afterwards Archbishop of Canterbury), who singled William out for special favors, because of William's indefatigable study of scriptures, the commentators, and the schoolmen. William was regarded as an authority in both Latin and Greek. He took his B.A. in 1567-8, was made a Fellow of Trinity in 1569, and took his B.D. at Trinity in 1578.

He was ordained priest and deacon at Lincoln, 21 Dec 1576; was appointed University Preacher in 1577; and invested with the Prebendary of Norwich in 1578, in which year he was also "incor-porated" at Oxford University.

In 1580, through the influence of the Nowells and Lord Burleigh, Queen Elizabeth appointed William A. Whitaker "Regius Professor of Divinity" at Cambridge University. At the time, there were only three Regius Professors in all of England, and only one in Divinity. Shortly afterwards, the Queen also made William A. Whitaker Chancellor of St. Paul's Cathedral, 1580-1587. In 1587, also, he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Divinity.

In 1586, Queen Elizabeth appointed him Master of St. John's College, Cambridge, over the protests of some of the Fellows who objected to William's Calvinistic Puritanism. William had gained his position through influence and patronage, but his administration was based wholly upon merit, scholarship, ability. His judgements were soon regarded as fair, just, and impartial, which soon made him one of the most loved of Masters. In his "History of the College of St. John the Evangelist, Cambridge" (1869), Thomas Baker is almost unbounded in his praise for William Whitaker as one of the greatest Masters of all time. William held the post for eight years, until his death in 1595.

William published several major works of theology in his lifetime and left several others in manuscript. His works are all extremely Puritan in argument and tone, he being an ardent follower of Calvin and Deza. Still, he came to be respected as the foremost theologian in the time of Queen Elizabeth.

In 1573, 1574, 1578, and again in 1673, he published Greek translations of Latin verses by his uncle, Alexander Nowell. These translations were widely regarded for their grace and beauty. In 1581, he published a bilingual (Latin and Greek) "Ten Answers to Edmund Campion, the Jesuit." An English translation (?with the Latin on facing pages) was published in London in 1606, by Richard Stock. In 1582, William published "The Pope of Rome is the Antichrist."

Over the years, he published learned disputes over scriptures with John Durei, the Scottish Jesuit (1583), Robert Bellarmine (1588), and Thomas Stapleton (1588). In all these arguments, William was said to have stated the opposition's position fairly, with clarity, and then offered his counterarguments with such logic and force, that even his opponents respected his abilities and arguments. Some of his opponents are said to have hung his portrait on their walls as a gesture of admiration and honor.

In November and December of 1595, he was working with others in London on the socalled Lambeth Articles. In inclement weather, he caught a cold, which worsened, and he died 4 Dec 1595.

He was buried under a modest monument in Old Chapel, St. Johns College, Cambridge. This Old Chapel was demolished before 1869, and now all that remains are a few stones marking the foundation.

A memorial tablet to William Whitaker was installed in the center of the anteroom of the New Chapel. The epitaph reads (in English): "Here lies Dr. Whitaker, formerly Regius Professor Divinity, a man gifted with eloquence, judgement, clarity of mind, memory, industry and sanctity. But his humility, rarest of virtues, outshone all of these. He was Master of this College for more than eight years, farsighted, defending the right and punishing wickedness."

A biography of him was written by Rev. Edward C. Brookes, B.D., M.A., Somerleyton Rectory, Suffolk, entitled "Dialogue and Syllogism in the Sixteenth Century, a Study in the Life and Theology of William Whitaker (ob. 1595), Master of St. John's, 1587-1595, Regius Prof of Divinity, 1580-1595," (unpublished thesis, 1971, University of Leeds). The Archives of St. John's College has a [poor] typescript copy. I found the English practically impenetrable.

There are two portraits of William A. Whitaker in the Master's quarters at St. John's, one in the master's office, one in the guest bedroom.

William A. Whitaker married twice: first to _______ Culverwell, who was apparently mother of at least the oldest child, and second to Joan (Taylor) Fenner, widow of Dudley Fenner, mother to at least the youngest.

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The following is one of several lines that trace the ancient family of Whitaker back to Charlemagne.  Starting with Joseph E. Whitaker's father as Generation One


--- 1st Generation ---

1. Thomas Whitaker  was born circa 1761 in Halifax, North Carolina and died on February 25, 1818 in Putnam County North Carolina.  In 1777 in Halifax, North Carolina, he married Mary Bell Wiiliams.  She was the daughter of Col. John Williams.  Mary was born in 1765 in Burke County, Georgia and died there in 1818. 

--- 2nd Generation ---

2. John9 Whitaker II  was born circa 1732 at Warwick Co., VA. He married Olive Arron Taylor in 1755 at Halifax Co., NC. He died on 26 Aug 1781 at Halifax Co., NC. He immigrated circa 1755? to Halifax Co., NC. He left a will in 1781 at Halifax Co., NC.

--- 3rd Generation ---

4. John Whitaker was born in 1694. He married Martha Gough circa 1720? He died in 1749 VA.

--- 4th Generation ---

8. Richard Whitaker Capt married Elizabeth Pyland. He was born before 1645 VA. He died in


--- 5th Generation ---

16. William Whitaker Col married Mary Elizabeth Camm. He was born in 1617 VA. He died in 1662 James City VA.

--- 6th Generation ---

33. Mary M. Bourchier was born in 1591. She married Jabez Whitaker, son of William Whitaker D.D. and Miss Culverwell, in 1616 VA.

--- 7th Generation ---

66. Sir John Bourchier married Elizabeth Verney, daughter of George Verney. He was born in 1561 Lambeth, Surrey, England.

--- 8th Generation ---

132. Sir Ralph Bourchier Knt married Elizabeth Hall, daughter of Francis Hall and Ursula Sherington. He was born in 1531 of Benningborough, Yorkshire, England. He died on 11 Jun 1598.

--- 9th Generation ---

264. James Bourchier married Mary Banister, daughter of Humphrey Banister Knt. He was born in 1506.

--- 10th Generation ---

528. John Bourgchier K.B married Katherine Howard. He married Elizabeth Bacon concubine. He was born in 1467. He died on 19 Mar 1532 Calais.

--- 11th Generation ---

1056. Humphrey Bourgchier married Duchess Elizabeth Tilney, daughter of Sir Frederick Tilney and Elizabeth Cheney. He was born in 1440. He died on 14 Apr 1471 slain on Yorkist side battle of Barnet.

--- 12th Generation ---

2112. Sir John Bourgchier K.G., M.B., 1st Lord of Berners married Margery Berners. He was born in 1407? He died in May 1474.

--- 13th Generation ---

4225. Countess Anne of Buckingham etc. & Stafford was born in Apr 1383 of Gloucester. She married Edmund 5th Earl Stafford K.B., K.G., son of 4th Earl of Stafford, circa 1398? She married Thomas 3rd Earl Stafford circa 1402? She married William Comte d'Eu Bourgchier, son of Sir William de Bourghchier and Eleanor de Louvaine, circa 1406? She died in Oct 1438 at age 55.

--- 14th Generation ---

8450. Earl Thomas of Buckingham Duke of Gloucester was born circa 1349 of Woodstock. He married Alianore de Bohun of Gloucester, daughter of Humphrey de Bohun Earl of Hereford and Joan Fitz Alan, circa 8 Feb 1374. He died in 1397 murdered.

--- 15th Generation ---

16900. King Edward III of England married Phillippa of Hainault, daughter of Count William V of Hainault and Holland and Joan de Valois. He was born on 13 Nov 1312. He died on 21 Jun 1377 at age 64.

--- 16th Generation ---

33800. King Edward II of England married Isabella of France, daughter of King Philip IV of France and Queen Joan of Navarre. He was born circa 1248. He died in 1327.

--- 17th Generation ---

67600. King Edward I of England Longshanks was born on 18 Jun 1239. He died in 1307.

--- 18th Generation ---

135200. King Henry III of England was born on 1 Oct 1207 Winchester, England. He died on 16 Nov 1271 St. Edmundsburg at age 64.

--- 19th Generation ---

270401. Isabella de Tallifer of Angouleme married King John I of England, son of King Henry II of England and Queen Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine. She was born circa 1180. She died on 31 May 1246.-

-- 20th Generation ---

540802. Aymer de Tallifer Count of Angouleme married Alice de Courtenay, daughter of Pierre de Courtenay and Elizabeth _____. He was born circa 1155?

--- 21st Generation ---

1081604. Guilllaume IV de Tallifer married Marguerite de Turrene, daughter of Raymond I, Viscount de Turrene and Maude du Perche. He was born circa 1130? He died in 1178.

--- 22nd Generation ---

2163209. Ponce de Montgomery married Count Vulgrin II d'Angouleme, son of Guillaume III, Count d'Angouleme and Vitapay de Benauges. She was born circa 1080?

--- 23rd Generation ---

4326419. Adelmode de la Marche married Pons, Count de Toulouse, son of Guillaume III, Count de Toulouse and Emma of Provence. She married Roger III de Montgomery. She was born circa 1033. She died in 1116.

--- 24th Generation ---

8652838. Alberic III, Count de la Marche married Ponce _____ de la Marche. He was born in 1015? He died in 1086.

--- 25th Generation ---

17305676. Bernard I, Count de la Marche married Amelie de Aulnay. He was born circa 985? He died in 1047.

--- 26th Generation ---

34611352. Adelbert, Count de la Marche married Almode de Limoges, daughter of Geraud, Viscount de Limoges and Rotelde de Brosse. He was born in 950. He died in 995.

--- 27th Generation ---

69222705. Emme, Countess de Perigord married Boso I, Count de la Marche. She was born between 920 and 921.

--- 28th Generation ---

138445410. Guillaume I, Count de Perigord was born circa 860? He died in 920.

--- 29th Generation ---

276890821. Rosalinda de Toulouse married Vulgrin I, Count de Angouleme, son of William, Count de Toulouse and Auberge _____. She was born circa 830?

--- 30th Generation ---

553781643. Duodene of the West, daughter of Emperor Charlemagne of the West, King of the Franks, and Hildegarde Geroud of Swabia married Bernard de Toulouse. She was born circa 795?

1107563286. Charlemagne, Emperor of the West, King of the Franks was born on 2 Apr 742 Aix la Chapelle. He married Hildegarde Geroud of Swabia, daughter of Duke Gerold I of Swabia and Imma of Allemania, in 771. He died on 28 Jan 814 at age 71.

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