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(JUDGE) JOHN WHITEAKER

According to descendant Weldon Whiteaker, this particular family line spells the name Whiteaker. Please remember, however, that you will find the name spelled several different ways in the various source documents and with some researchers.

PERSONAL STATISTICS

Born March 21, 1795 in Washington County, Virginia.

According to a letter from Weldon Whiteaker dated February 1, 2002, he does have the documentation that Giles Whiteaker and Mary Polly Rice were the parents of John Whiteaker. For further information, please contact him at WeldonW@aol.com .

Washington County, Virginia.

Died August 20, 1884 in Ft. Madison, Lee County, Iowa

MARRIAGES OF JOHN WHITEAKER

Married DORCAS CAMPBELL JONES, widow of James Jones sometime between August 1815 and 1817 in Claiborne County, Tennessee, when we believe their first child was born.

August Term 1815 - Dorcas Jones is admitted to administrator all and singular the goods and rights and credits of James Jones deceased and gives bond in the sum of two hundreds dollars with George Campbell for security for her faithful administration of said estate. ---Claiborne County, Tennessee Court Records 1815-1817, page 104. LDS Film Number 1730834

August Term 1815 - Dorcas Jones returns an inventory of the estate of James Jones deceased which is filed and ordered to be recorded. ---Claiborne County, Tennessee Court Records 1815- 1817, page 105. LDS Film Number 1730834

These were sent to us by several different researchers and a lookup volunteer in Tennessee as well.

Married SARAH HOLTZCLAW, widow of Charles Holtzclaw,

88. John Whitaker married Sarah Holtzclaw, 24 August 1848. Whitaker resident of Jefferson County. J. Bachelder, M.G. 5 September 1848. Source: Des Moines County, Iowa Marriages 1847-1853. R929.3777 96 Des Arlington Heights, Illinois Public Library.

Source: Sent to us by Weldon Whiteaker and Denny Brubaker. However, the notes indicate they were sent to both of these men by a Mary Gibson, who also refers to a WGF161@aol.com as the person who sent them to her. Others who sent us the information indicate similar sources. It has been brought to our attention by Weldon Whiteaker that he owns the WGF161@aol.com address.

Sarah had unknown number of Holtzclaw children. John Whiteaker was named guardian of said minors. The document uses the word heirs, in plural, so we must presume there were at least two Holtzclaw children.

Holtzclaw, Charles H., died 17 November 1847. Charles H. Snelson, Nathaniel Bennet and M. W. Nealey, Administrators. Sarah Holtzclaw, Widow, owned land in Illinois. John Whitaker, guardian of minor heirs, unnamed. Source: Box B - 116. --Will Book 1, Des Moines County, Iowa, page 10. Arlington Heights, Illinois Public Library.

Source: Sent to us by Weldon Whiteaker and Denny Brubaker. However, the notes indicate they were sent to both of these men by a Mary Gibson, who also refers to a WGF161@aol.com as the person who sent them to her. Others who sent us the information indicate similar sources. It has been brought to our attention by Weldon Whiteaker that he owns the WGF161@aol.com address.

We believe they were divorced in April 1853 in Lee County, Iowa. However, please note the name of the wife is Eliza, not Sarah.

April 6, 1853 - Eliza Whitaker divorced from John Whitaker by R. T. Lowe, Judge of the First Judicial District of the State of Iowa. ---District Court, Fort Madison, Lee County, Iowa. Source: War of 1812 pension records of John Whiteaker.

Source: Sent to us by Weldon Whiteaker and Denny Brubaker. However, it notes indicate they were sent to both of these men by a Mary Gibson, who also refers to a WGF161@aol.com as the person who sent them to her. Others who sent us the information indicate similar sources. It has been brought to our attention by Weldon Whiteaker that he owns the WGF161@aol.com address.

Married ZELICHA YOUNG YANCY on November 28, 1853 in Schuyler County, Missouri. She was the widow of Thomas Yancy who died in 1849.

November 28, 1853 - John Whitecar married Zilacha Young in Lancaster, Schuyler County, Missouri by Isaac Foster, P. G. Sources: Schuyler County, Missouri Marriage Records, Book 1, page 76. War of 1812 pension records of John Whiteaker.

Source: Sent to us by Weldon Whiteaker and Denny Brubaker. However, it notes indicate they were sent to both of these men by a Mary Gibson, who also refers to a WGF161@aol.com as the person who sent them to her. Others who sent us the information indicate similar sources. It has been brought to our attention by Weldon Whiteaker that he owns the WGF161@aol.com address.

They were not living together in 1860 - see census page.

Zelicha apparently did not leave Missouri in 1861 when John Whiteaker went to Illinois, or she returned to Missouri before 1870. In 1870 she is living with a daughter and next door to a Yancy.

1870 US CENSUS, Newark PO, Fabius Twp, Knox County, MO
page 790 Enum 22 Jun 1870
RICH, William 31 M W Saddler KY
Julia 27 F W keeping house KY
James W 9 M W MO
Worth 2 M W MO
WHITAKER, Felica 63 F W without occupation KY

Source: 1870 US Census

RESIDENCES OF JOHN WHITEAKER

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*This is mentioned in both the History of Des Moines County, Iowa and History of Lee County, Iowa biographies.

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John Whiteaker purchased several partials of land in what is now Champaign County, Illinois as found on the Illinois Public Land Records:

Illinois Public Land Purchase Records
WHITEAKER JOHN FD W2NE 27 20N 09E 3 8000 125 10000 April 11 1831 092 291 053 131764 0
WHITEAKER JOHN FD W2NE 33 20N 09E 3 8000 125 10000 April 11 1831 092 291 053 131765 0
WHITEAKER JOHN FD E2SE 28 20N 09E 3 8000 125 10000 August 24 1831 092 236 001 211509 0
WHITEAKER JOHN FD SENE 28 20N 09E 3 4000 125 5000 March 21 1833 092 236 015 211510 0
WHITEAKER JOHN FD E2SW 27 20N 09E 3 8000 125 10000 December 04 1832 092 236 011

WAR OF 1812 MILITARY RECORDS

John Whiteaker fought in the War of 1812. He enlisted in Capt. John Fagan's Company of the 39th U.S. Infantry (regular army versus a state volunteer unit). He stayed with the unit at least until after March 1814 when the unit participated in the Battle of Horse Shoe Bend. The unit was under the command of Col. John Williams and Lt. Col. Thomas H. Benton and under the general command of General Andrew Jackson. We do not know his discharge date, but the History of Desmoines County biography says he was discharged in Florida, which would possibly indicate that the unit went with General Jackson through the Florida campaign, but not on to New Orleans for the final battle of the war which was in January 1815. The war officially ended I believe on February 17, 1815.

This site is a great history site, located at Hillsdale College, Hillsdale Michigan. They have many other historical events on line as well.

 

In the Lee County Iowa History, 1879, there is a mention of his 1812 war service

Lee County, Iowa History - 1879
At the age of eighteen years, he (John Whiteaker) enlisted in Capt. John Fagan's Company, Thirty-ninth United States Infantry, John Williams, Colonel, and Thomas H. Benton (afterward U.S. Senator for thirty years from Missouri), Lieutenant Colonel, and participated in the battle of Horse Shoe Bend, on the Tallapoosa (Alabama) River, in the War of 1812, which was fought under the direction of General Jackson....

Source: Sent to us by Weldon Whiteaker and Denny Brubaker. However, it notes indicate they were sent to both of these men by a Mary Gibson, who also refers to a WGF161@aol.com as the person who sent them to her. Others who sent us the information indicate similar sources. It has been brought to our attention by Weldon Whiteaker that he owns the WGF161@aol.com address.

Zelicha Young Yancy Whitaker applied for a widow's pension on March 5, 1885 based on John Whitaker's 1812 War Service.

March 5, 1885 - Zelicha Whiteaker aged 79 years a resident of Newark in the State of Missouri who being duly sworn according to law, declares that she is the widow of John Deceased, who was the identical John Whitaker who served the command of Capt. John Fagan in the War of 1812, the details of whose service are not known to or remembered by her, but that the same are shown fully by the papers of her said husband's claim No. 939, War of 1812, on file in the Pension Office. She further states that she was married to the said John Whitaker at the city of Lancaster in the county of Schuyler and in the State of Missouri on the ........... day Feby A.D. 1854 by one Isaac Foster who was a Minister of the Gospel and that her name before her said marriage was Zelicha Yancy and that she has not remarried since the death of said soldier; and that her said husband John Whitaker died at Fort Madison in the State of Iowa on the 17th day of August A.D. 1884. That both she and the said soldier had been previously married; her husband Thomas Yancy died Nov. 23, 1849, and his first wife having died, and his second wife been divorced previous to their marriage. (Signed - Zelicha Whiteaker) ---War of 1812, Claim of Widow for Pension. Pension records of John Whiteaker.

Source: Sent to us by Weldon Whiteaker and Denny Brubaker. However, it notes indicate they were sent to both of these men by a Mary Gibson, who also refers to a WGF161@aol.com as the person who sent them to her. Others who sent us the information indicate similar sources. It has been brought to our attention by Weldon Whiteaker that he owns the WGF161@aol.com address.

 

Physician's Affidavit. State of Iowa, County of Lee
In the Pension Claim of Zelicha Whitaker, widow of John Whitaker, War of 1812. Personally came before me, a Notary Public in and for the County and State aforesaid, Doctor A. C. Roberts whose Residence and Post-Office address is Fort Madison, Lee Co. Iowa well known to me to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who, being duly sworn, declares in relation to aforesaid case as follows:--
That he is a Practicing Physician, and as such attended John Whitaker the above named soldier, during his last illness;
That he died at Fort Madison, Iowa of the 17th day of August, 1884, and the immediate cause of death was anasarca of the legs with ulcerations and old age.
---War of 1812 pension records of John Whiteaker.

Source: Sent to us by Weldon Whiteaker and Denny Brubaker. However, it notes indicate they were sent to both of these men by a Mary Gibson, who also refers to a WGF161@aol.com as the person who sent them to her. Others who sent us the information indicate similar sources. It has been brought to our attention by Weldon Whiteaker that he owns the WGF161@aol.com address.

 

CHILDREN OF JOHN H. WHITEAKER AND DORCAS CAMPBELL JONES

Of the eleven children listed in John Whiteaker's obituary, nine of them have been identified by Whitaker/Whiteaker researchers as follows:

1. Elizabeth Whiteaker, born in Tennessee

1836 - over 21 (based on data sent by a Whitaker researcher. We have not seen this census, therefore have not verified it) - indicating around 1815

1840 - 15 to 20 age bracket - indicating between 1820 and 1825

1850 - 36 - indicating around 1824

1856 - 39 - indicating around 1817

1860 - 42 - indicating 1817-1818

1870 - 52 - indicating 1817-1818

1880 - 62 - indicating 1817-1818

We are going tentatively with the 1817-1818 birthdate, which would make her the oldest child. In all the census, she is always a year older than Mary Polly. This would indicate that probably as the oldest daughter she was named after the mother of Dorcas, Elizabeth Dobkins. See note at bottom of page on naming.

See separate page for her family information.

2. Mary Polly Whiteaker - born in Tennessee

3. James Madison Whiteaker, born in Tennessee.

1850 - 30, enum 1 Oct 1850. If above date is accurate, he was actually 29 not 30.

1860 - 36, enum 11 August 1860, indicating he was born between 12 August 1823 and 11 August 1824.

1870 - 49, enum 18 August 1870, which would indicate that the 7 November 1820 date is correct.

1880 - 59, enum June 1880, which would indicate the the 7 November 1820 date is correct.

1900 Census - have not located him yet.

In reviewing a possible naming pattern, however, the oldest son would be named after John Whitaker's father which would make him a James Whitaker, not a Giles Whitaker. Again, all questions, not answers. See note at bottom of page on naming.

4. Melvina E. Whiteaker, born in Tennessee.

CENSUS:

1830 US CENSUS, Vermillion County, IL

We believe she is the female, age 5 to 10, with her parents.

1840 US CENSUS, Jefferson County, IA

We believe she is the female, age 15 to 20, with her parents.

5. George Smith Whiteaker, born in Tennessee.

Is George named after Dorcas' father? Usually in a family following the old naming patterns, the second born son is named after the mother's father. Her father was George Campbell. See note at bottom of page on naming.

6. Unknown Female - between 1827 and 1830. (see census analysis)

7. Prior Lee Whiteaker, born in Indiana.

1850 - 21, indicating before 19 August 1829.

1860 - 29, indicating before 11 August 1830 and after 11 August 1829.

1880 - 50, indicating before June 1830 and after June 1829.

8. Rhoda Whiteaker, born in Illinois

1850 - 19 would indicate she was born between July 20, 1830 and July 19, 1831.

1860 census age is not readable.

1870 - 39, indicating between 6 August 1830 and 5 August 1831.

9. Frances Jane Whiteaker, born in Illinois

1850 - 17 would indicate after 19 August 1832 and before 19 August 1833.

1860 - 27 would indicate after 18 June 1832 and before 18 June 1833.

1870 census has not been found.

1880 - 47 would indicate after June 1832 and before June 1833.

10. John Campbell Whiteaker, born in Iowa.

1850 - 15 indicates before 19 August 1834 and after 19 August 1835.

1860 - 24 indicates after 11 August 1835 and before 11 August 1836.

1870 - 35 indicates after 29 July 1834 and before 29 July 1835.

1880 - we have found him in the census yet.

11. Isabel Whiteaker, born in Iowa.

1850 - 14 indicates after 19 August 1835 and before August 1836.

1860 - 23, indicating after June 1836 and before June 1837.

1870 -census has not been found yet.

1880 - 43, again indicating after June 1836 and before June 1837.

See page 3, Census Analysis, for an explanation of how we arrived at the other two children we believe belong to John Whiteaker and Dorcas Campbell - Melvina Whiteaker and an Unknown Female Child.

We mention the possible naming pattern of children based on the fact that the wife of John Whiteaker was Dorcas Campbell. The Campbell family in general is a long standing Scot family. Many Scot families continued to follow the naming patterns here, especially involving the firstborn. As a word of clarification, the first and second generations of Scots in America were more prone to following a naming pattern than were later generations. This is probably true of almost any of the immigrant families. Many nationalities had naming patterns, such as the English and Germans. To understand the Scot pattern more, please visit our Traditional Naming Patterns in Scotland, as part of our Scotland and United Kingdom Homepage. It is always good to keep naming patterns in the back of one's mind when researching any family.

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