MARTINSVILLE DAILY BULLETIN, Sat., June 24, 1939, page 2, col. 5 [edited]. Colored News. Matthew Thomas Whittaco, known to his close friends as "Tom", died in the Providence Hospital, at Bluefield, W. Va., Wednesday.
Mr. Whittaco had been a patient at the hospital about two weeks.
He was editor of the McDowell Times for 39 years and one of the most widely-known citizens of the state of West Virginia.
He was born at Chestnut Knob in 1867 and received his early schooling in the schools of Henry County, Va.
As a young man, he entered Lincoln University and graduated with honors.
He was for a number of years a teacher in Henry and Patrick Counties, after which he moved to McDowell County, W. Va., to do more for his race as well as mankind.
He was a staunch Republican, an orator, and man of considerable political power in West Virginia.
He was married twice. There are two sons, one daughter, one brother and other relatives. He will be buried in "the land he loved" Sunday at Chestnut Knob.
[His first marriage record is listed in Henry Co. Reg. of Marriages No. 2, 1893-1913, p. 34, line 113, Colored, 19 Oct. 1899: M. T. Whittico (sic), 35, Single, Born/Resides Henry Co., Teacher, Son of Kiah & Letitia Whittico, married Annie G. Lampkin, 25, Single, Born/Resides Henry Co., Dau. of Daniel & Lizzie Lampkin. I do not find a record of his second marriage in Henry County.
The marriage record of Tom's parents is listed in Henry Co. Reg. of Marriages No. 1, 1853-1893, p. 15, line 43, Colored, 18 Nov. 1865 (spellings are as they appear in this record) Chiah Whitico, 26, Single, Born/Resides Henry Co., Laborer, Son of Thomas & Catharine Whitico, married Letitia Napin, 21, Single, Born/Resides Henry Co., Dau. of Mat & Sarah - note in parentheses beside her name: "Former S. G. N. , Col'd."].source:Bruce Locke.
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