North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Jun. 13, 1837|
John Whitaker Jr., son of John and Mary Williams Whitaker, was a Revolutionary War soldier along with his father in Pitt Co., North Carolina. D.A.R. applications by descendants give his birth as circa 1755 while some others give his birth as circa 1761. According to Harold Glenn Whitaker, co-author of the Keel-Whitaker Family, the unpublished revision of the book shows that John Whitaker Jr. was the grandson of William and Elizabeth (Carleton) Whitaker, Thomas and Mary (Howell) Williams. The first edition of this book had published the statement that John Whitaker Sr. was the son of William Whitaker's brother, Robert Whitaker.
N.C. REVOLUTIONARY ARMY ACCOUNTS, VOL VI, P 33, FOLIO 4, IN DATA; HAUN, Weynette Parks, NC REVOLUTIONARY ARMY ACCOUNTS, VOL VI, BOOK 23, p. 514.
Revolutionary War Pay Vouchers for John Whitaker (Pitt County):
voucher#3, New Bern District for Militia service - Oct. 1782.
John Whitaker Jr. moved first to Overton Co., TN., then to Mulberry, Lincoln Co. near his uncle Marcus Whitaker's two sons, Mark Whitaker Jr. (1750-1842) and John "Pegleg" Whitaker (1760-1837), "living there for two years," then moving to Alabama 1818-19. One reference says he was in Alabama by 1815 when his daughter Winney Sarah was born. Evidently he was back in Lincoln County in 1820 when his son Nathaniel was born there, if that is the correct year of Nathaniel's birth.
Ida May Whitaker's "Whitaker Notebook" (1925) states that Winny Whitaker died in Tennessee and then John Whitaker moved to Madison Co., AL. where he married Susan Graham. "He came down from Mulberry, Tennessee, to Madison County, Alabama. He was one of the pioneer settlers. He was a widower and had seven children when he came to Madison County. … He married Susan Graham and they had 11 children." (This information and the list of children was recorded from interview with her aunt, Mahala Whitaker Farmer, then aged 85.) "Second wife – Susan Graham (She saw this old man and 7 children in a well before he ever moved into the county where she lived. She was a young girl.) ..."John and Winnie (probably his second wife) sold their land in Pitt Co. in 1801 and headed west to Rowan County to settle next to relatives mentioned previously. I believe Winnie died there and John then married Susan Graham.
...John (Whitaker) Jr. left N.C. shortly after 1800 and moved to Standing Stone, Tennessee, now named Monterrey. The history of Putman Co., TN. States that John Whitaker was one of the early settlers. John Whitaker III settled there and reared a large family. After a period of several years, John Jr. again moves. This time on his way to Alabama." The latter statements indicate Winnie died in Rowan County, N.C., and that he married Susan there or in Tennessee.
He was in the 1830 census in Jackson County, Alabama, with a household of seven, next to John Stapler and Rebecca Craig, and near Lucretia Whitaker, probably a widowed daughter-in-law, James Troup, John Higdon, Christopher Grayson, and other familiar names near the Madison County and Marshall County lines.
This cemetery began as a family cemetery located on the Whitaker plantation, part of which nearby is still owned by descendants today. A portion of the original log house still stands as well. John Whitaker Jr. died about or before June 13, 1837. His grave was the first interment here, by the oldest cedar and next to the second grave, that of his son-in-law. Had 19 or 20 children by three wives, Priscilla, Winneford and Susan Graham, 7 children by the first, 2 by the second, 11 by the third, and a son named John by each, including John Hancock and Jack. Some descendants state that he had 21 children.
Proceedings of the Forty-Fifth Annual Meeting of the Alabama State Bar Association (Montgomery, Ala.: THE PARAGON PRESS, 1922), by Alabama State Bar, vol. 45, p. 216: "WILLIAM JASPER WHITAKER, Lawyer, Notary Public, and Judge of the Municipal Court of Birmingham, was born June 10, 1876, near New Hope, Madison County, and died June 10, 1921, in Birmingham. He was the son of Robert and Frances (Harper) Whitaker, of New Hope, the former a farmer, and a scout in the Union Army during the War of Secession. His grand parents were William and Elizabeth (Stapler) Whitaker of New Hope, and Jasper and Sally (Clapp) Harper, who lived near Guntersville, Marshall County. His great grandfather, John Whitaker, came from England (sic) with seven brothers, and settled in South Carolina, and afterwards moved to Tennessee, and thence to Alabama, a soldier of the Revolutionary War, distinguished for bravery."
The "great grandfather" referenced above was John Whitaker Jr., who did not come from England as stated in the preceeding but came from N.C. to S.C., then Tennessee, and eventually Madison County, Alabama 1819-20. Some later censuses show some of his children born in Alabama as early as 1815.
John Whitaker (1725 - 1785)
Susan Graham Whitaker (1790 - 1865)
Priscilla Whitaker Keel (1784 - 1865)*
William Whitaker (1805 - 1885)*
Temperance Whitaker Guffy (1814 - ____)*
Nathaniel Whitaker (1820 - 1867)*
Elijah Whitaker (1822 - 1895)*
James Whitaker (1826 - 1854)*
Simon C. Whitaker (1829 - 1905)*
Created by: Ray
Record added: Oct 26, 2009
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