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James Whitaker, Sr.

Birthdate: (87)
Birthplace: Fairview, Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States
Death: May 23, 1892 (87)
Willard, Box Elder County, Utah Territory, United States
Place of Burial: Willard, Box Elder County, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Whitaker and Mary Whitaker
Husband of Melinda Whitaker and Nancy Whitaker
Father of Louisa Pierson; Solomon Whitaker; Martha Tull; Rozilla Dalton; Margaret Malena Woodland and 4 others
Brother of Margaret A McCrary; Henry Whitaker; William Whitaker; Sarah Jenkins; Martha Jenkins and 4 others

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About James Whitaker, Sr.

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868 William Snow/Joseph Young Company (1850) Age 45


Departure: 21 June 1850 Arrival: 1-4 October 1850

Company Information: 42 wagons were in the company when it began its journey from the outfitting post at Kanesville, Iowa (present day Council Bluffs). This company was organized near the Missouri River.

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Birth: May 14, 1805 Fairview Buncombe County North Carolina, USA

Death: May 23, 1892 Willard Box Elder County Utah, USA

James Whitaker was born in Fairview, Buncombe County, North Carolina, the sixth child of William Whitaker, Sr. and Mary Cannaday. He married Melinda Fishel in 1824. They settled on his father's farm and they had the first of their six children one year later.

In 1834 he and his wife joined other Fairview families who had moved to Davies, County, Missouri. In 1836 his wife Melinda died, leaving him with six small children.

In 1838 he married 17 year old Nancy Woodland, who was the daugher of John and Celia Steepleford Woodland. Davies County, Missouri was the home to many Mormons, including the Woodlands, and James converted to the Mormon Church. They lived in Davies County for two years until they and other Mormons were driven out by a mob who attacked and killed Mormons at the "Massacre of Haun's Hill". in 1839 they and thousands of other Mormons moved to Hancock County, Illinois, where they founded the town of Nauvoo. Nauvoo became a prosperous city, but by 1843 some Illinois residents became jealous of their growing political power and they were once again attacked. James and Nancy were camped on the banks of the Mississippi River on the night of January 14th, 1844 when their son Leander was born. They crossed the river and camped at the Mormon's winter quarter at Council Bluffs, Iowa. The Mormon leader Brigham Young asked James, a wheelwright by trade, to stay in Council Bluffs to repair and build wagons for the Mormon exodus to Utah. In 1850 James and Nancy, along with their children and other family members, joined the William Snow Wagon Train Company, arriving in the Great Salt Lake Valley in September 1850.

James and Nancy settled in Willard, Box Elder County, Utah. He built the first molasses mill in Willard and became a prominent farmer and rancher in the area. In 1865 James and his son Leander went to Marsh Valley, Idaho and erected the first sawmill in the area. Leander remained in Idaho, but James sold his interest in the mill and returned to Willard were he lived until his death in 1892. His wife Nancy outlived her husband by another 28 years, living into her 100th year.


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Parents:
Spouses:
  • Nancy Woodland Whitaker (1820 - 1920)
  • Melinda Fishel Whitaker (1806 - 1836)*
Children:
  • James Woodland Whitaker (1841 - 1893)*
  • Leander Jefferson Whitaker (1844 - 1912)*
  • John Nelson Whitaker (1853 - 1934)*

Burial: Willard Precinct Cemetery Willard Box Elder County Utah, USA


James Whitaker was born in Fairview, Buncombe County, North Carolina, the sixth child of William Whitaker, Sr. and Mary Cannaday. He married Melinda Fishel in 1824. They settled on his father's farm and they had the first of their six children one year later.

In 1834 he and his wife joined other Fairview families who had moved to Davies, County, Missouri. In 1836 his wife Melinda died, leaving him with six small children.

In 1838 he married 17 year old Nancy Woodland, who was the daugher of John and Celia Steepleford Woodland. Davies County, Missouri was the home to many Mormons, including the Woodlands, and James converted to the Mormon Church. They lived in Davies County for two years until they and other Mormons were driven out by a mob who attacked and killed Mormons at the "Massacre of Haun's Hill". in 1839 they and thousands of other Mormons moved to Hancock County, Illinois, where they founded the town of Nauvoo. Nauvoo became a prosperous city, but by 1843 some Illinois residents became jealous of their growing political power and they were once again attacked. James and Nancy were camped on the banks of the Mississippi River on the night of January 14th, 1844 when their son Leander was born. They crossed the river and camped at the Mormon's winter quarter at Council Bluffs, Iowa. The Mormon leader Brigham Young asked James, a wheelwright by trade, to stay in Council Bluffs to repair and build wagons for the Mormon exodus to Utah. In 1850 James and Nancy, along with their children and other family members, joined the William Snow Wagon Train Company, arriving in the Great Salt Lake Valley in September 1850.

James and Nancy settled in Willard, Box Elder County, Utah. He built the first molasses mill in Willard and became a prominent farmer and rancher in the area. In 1865 James and his son Leander went to Marsh Valley, Idaho and erected the first sawmill in the area. Leander remained in Idaho, but James sold his interest in the mill and returned to Willard where he lived until his death in 1892. His wife Nancy outlived her husband by another 28 years, living into her 100th year.

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James Whitaker, Sr.'s Timeline

1805
May 14, 1805
Fairview, Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States
1825
February 28, 1825
Age 19
Fairview, Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States
1826
August 21, 1826
Age 21
Fairview, Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States
1828
February 8, 1828
Age 22
North Carolina, United States
1829
December 12, 1829
Age 24
Fairview, Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States
1831
February 23, 1831
Age 25
Fairview, Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States
1832
November 8, 1832
Age 27
Fairview, Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States
1841
May 7, 1841
Age 35
Columbus, Adams County, Illinois, United States