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Catherine Rachel Whiteaker Fudge
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Birth: May 4, 1804
Washington County
Virginia, USA
Death: Aug. 26, 1868
Polk County
Oregon, USA

Below information provided by Find A Grave contributor Weldon Whiteaker:

Catherine Rachel Whiteaker was born in 1804 in Washington County, Virginia, the daughter of Richard Whiteaker and Rachel Bentley. She married Adam Fudge of Washington County, Virginia on September 30, 1824. Children born in Washington County were: David, born 1828; Elizabeth, born about 1829; and John, born January 22, 1832.

The Adam Fudge family moved to Putnam County, Illinois in 1835 where Catherine's brothers John and Aaron Whiteaker had settled. In the fall of 1836 they moved to Ogle County, Illinois near where brother John had moved. Children born in Illinois were: James, born April 9, 1836 in Putnam County; William, April 27, 1838 in Ogle County; twins Julia and Susan, born about 1841; Amanda, born about 1843; and Adam, Jr., born May 26, 1845.

On March 10, 1847, the Fudge family along with the Benjamin Whiteaker family started with ox teams for the Pacific coast, crossing the Missouri River at St. Joseph, and then proceeded by way of Platte River, Soda Springs, Green River, Snake River, the Barlow toll road through the Cascade mountains, Grande Ronde Valley, across the Blue Mountains at the present site of Pendleton, and finally arrived in Polk County, Oregon. Mr. Fudge took a donation claim on the Territorial road between Salem and Corvallis, about eight miles from Dallas and three miles below Independence, the same consisting of 640 cares. In March, 1848, he went to California, where he was among the early gold hunters, mining near Sutter's mill. After saving about $1,500 he started home on a sailing vessel, and was twenty-two days in reaching the mouth of Columbia River from San Francisco. He died there, July 4, 1848, without seeing his family, and was buried at Astoria. Catherine made the donation claim her home, with the exception of two years spent in Washington, until her death, in 1868. 
Family links: 
  Adam Fudge (1800 - 1848)*
  David Fudge (1828 - 1881)*
  John FUDGE (1832 - 1892)*
  Susan Jones (1840 - 1926)*
  Amanda J Hedges (1843 - 1915)*
  Adam FUDGE (1845 - 1901)*
*Calculated relationship
Burch Pioneer Cemetery
Polk County
Oregon, USA
Created by: Tami K.
Record added: Mar 17, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 25335170
Catherine Rachel <i>Whiteaker</i> Fudge
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Catherine Rachel <i>Whiteaker</i> Fudge
Added by: Bob Speckman
Catherine Rachel <i>Whiteaker</i> Fudge
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- Lori Cook
 Added: May. 7, 2011

- Burch Cemetery
 Added: Jul. 20, 2009
For my g-g-g-grandmotherCatherine Rachel Whiteaker Fudgeborn bet 1803-1804 in Virginia died in OregonLeft by her husband, so he could find gold in CA, with 12 children
- Margaret Branson
 Added: Oct. 8, 2008

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