Following John Whitaker and his family through the years
by Nova A. Lemons
13 Dec 2000
Circa 1770-1780 - John WHITAKER and Polly HOLLOWAY / HOLLIWAY were born, locations unknown. [By combining the ages from 1820 and 1830 censuses, John was born circa 1775-1780 and Polly circa 1770-1775.]
By 1796 - John WHITAKER and Polly HOLLOWAY / HOLLIWAY were married, location unknown. [If Daniel (b. c1796 SC) was their son, one wonders if they were in SC briefly before returning (or moving) to NC. See other article about possible parents of John WHITAKER.]
Circa 1796 - Possible son Daniel born in SC.
Circa 1796 - Daughter Mary born in NC.
Circa 1798 - Daughter Elizabeth born in NC.
1800 GA Census - Federal census lost for all counties, except Oglethorpe Co. [We do not know when John WHITAKER and his family came to GA.]
Morgan Co., GA
1807, 20 May - Possible son Berry [Littleberry] WHITAKER born in Morgan Co. [Taken from his obituary in the issue dated 12 Mar 1885 on page 15 in column 1. Obituaries Published by The Christian Index, 1880-1899 compiled by Mary McKeown Overby (1982), p. 247.]
1808 Tax Digest - John WHITAKER of District 20 was listed in Capt. COLEMAN's District (101-1/4 acres) on Hard Labor waterway and adjoining Tomlin. He was also listed in District 10 with land number 231 totaling 101-1/4 acres on I(ndian) Creek, adjoining Boon and formerly granted to Wood. One white poll was listed. [pp. 61-62] [This is the earliest record we have on John WHITAKER. I checked the tax digests for Morgan Co. from 1808 to 1836. No digests exist for the years 1811, 1813 to 1816, 1819, 1821, 1822, 1825, 1827, 1828 and 1831. According to The Source (p. 235), "Colonial and antebellum counties and towns usually taxed free adult males a set, uniform amount called the poll (head, capitation) tax, which became due when a young man reached twenty-one (sixteen or eighteen years in some areas) and ceased to be due when a man reached some age such as fifty or sixty."]
1809, 4 Aug - Possible son Pleasant Holoway WHITAKER born in Morgan Co., GA. [Source: Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery, Heard Co., GA.]
1809 Tax Digest - John WHITICOR of Capt. McAfee's District and District 15 was listed in Baldwin Co. with land number 321 consisting 202-1/2 acres on Indian Creek and 1 white poll. [no page numbers]
1809 Deed - A deed was made between West WHITAKER and Carleton (recorded 9 Dec 1809). [A:14.] [I have not been able to identify West WHITAKER.]
1810 GA Census - Federal census lost for all counties.
1810 Tax Digest - John WHITAKER of Capt. Watt's District and District 15 was listed in Baldwin Co. with land number 321 totaling 202-1/2 acres on Indian Creek and with one white poll. [no page numbers]
1812 Tax Digest - John WHITAKER of Capt. Brantley's District was listed twice with land (District 12, land number 91) 101-1/2 acres and (District 15, land number 391) 101-1/2 acres, both in Morgan Co. The first property adjoins Tomblinson and the second one on Indian Creek next to Boon's property. One white poll listed. [no page numbers]
1817 Tax Digest - John WHELLICAR Junr. was listed in Capt. Tolbert's District and District 20 with one white poll.
John WHITTICAR, Senr., was listed in Capt. Weltch's District, District 20, with 101-1/4 acres (land number 90) on Hard Labour watercourse and adjoining Tomblin, and with one white poll. [no page numbers]
Circa 1818 - Daughter Mary married John HARDEGREE, likely in Morgan Co. [Many marriage records for Morgan Co. during 1818 to early 1820s are obviously missing and were probably lost. Marriages were usually performed in the bride's county of residence. There was probably a marriage record for possible sons, John WHITAKER, Jr., during this time period, too.]
1818 Tax Digest - John WHITTICAR of District 19 and Daniel WHITTICAR of District 20 were both listed in Capt. Tolbert's District, each with one white poll.
John WHITTICAR, Senr., of District 20 was listed in Capt. Weltch's District with no land and one white poll. [no page numbers]
Circa 1818-1820 - Possible son Daniel WHITAKER married Sarah Ann (BOSWELL) HANSON, widow of Thomas. [Information from researcher Dorothy Haizlip Ward]