Male 1824 - 1902  (77 years)

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  • Name David Jesse WHITEAKER 
    Born 29 Oct 1824  Washington Co. VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    _UID 35478EF01DF645728B4896E82EA18676E088 
    Died 22 Oct 1902  Independence, Polk Co. OR Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried 23 Oct 1902  Whiteaker Cemetery, Polk Co. OR Find all individuals with events at this location 

      1850 Census
      Name: David Whitiker [David Whiteaker]
      Age: 25
      Birth Year: abt 1825
      Birthplace: Virginia
      Home in 1850: Polk, Oregon Territory
      Gender: Male
      Family Number: 121
      Household Members:
      Benj Whitiker 55
      Mary Whitiker 42
      David Whitiker 25
      William Whitiker 24
      Ellen Whitiker 18
      Joseph Whitiker 15
      Benjn Whitiker 12
      Maria Whitiker 9
      Washington Whitiker 7
      Mary Whitiker 4
      Baby Whitiker 9 months

      1860 Census
      Name: D T Whitaker [D. J. Whiteaker]
      Age in 1860: 35
      Birth Year: abt 1825
      Birthplace: Virginia
      Home in 1860: Independence, Polk, Oregon
      Gender: Male
      Post Office: Independence
      Household Members:
      D J Whitaker 35

      1870 Census
      Name: D J Whittaker
      Age in 1870: 40
      Birth Year: abt 1830
      Birthplace: Virginia
      Home in 1870: Walla Walla, Washington Territory
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Occupation: Farmer
      Post Office: Waitsburg
      Value of real estate: $3000 personal property $9450
      Household Members:
      D J Whittaker 40
      D S Denman 45 [miner]

      1880 Census
      Name: David J. Whitaker
      Age: 55
      Estimated birth year: <1825>
      Birthplace: Virginia
      Occupation: Dealer In Hardware
      Relationship to head-of-household: Self
      Home in 1880: Independence, Polk, Oregon
      Marital status: Married
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Spouse's name: Lucy L. Whitaker
      Father's birthplace: NC
      Mother's name: Mary B. Whitaker
      Mother's birthplace: VA

      1900 US Census
      Name: David Whiteaker
      Age: 75
      Birth Date: Oct 1824
      Birthplace: West Virginia
      Home in 1900: Monmouth, Polk, Oregon
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Relation to Head of House: Head
      Marital Status: Married
      Spouse's Name: Lucy L Whiteaker
      Marriage Year: 1870
      Years Married: 30
      Father's Birthplace: North Carolina
      Mother's Birthplace: Virginia
      Occupation: Farmer
      Household Members:
      David Whiteaker 75
      Lucy L Whiteaker 56
      John Desparois 22 [employee]
      James L Titus 79 [father-in-law]
      Leon Barnard 16 [nephew]

      Source - Lang, Herbert O., History of Willamette Valley, Lang & Himes, 1885, pg 699

      "Born in West Virginia, October 29, 1824; removed with his parents to Illinois in 1836, and came with his father, Benjamin Whiteaker, to Oregon twelve years after. Went to the California mines in 1849, and returned in 1850. In 1851 and 1852 was in the Rogue River county. Served in the Yakima war. IN 1859 went to the Upper Columbia region, and lived many years, returning to the valley in 1878, and settling in Polk Couny. Resides now on a farm near Independence. Married Miss Lucy L. Titus in 1871".

      Early Oregonians Database Index. Oregon State Archives, Salem, Oregon.
      Name: David Jesse Whiteaker
      Birth Date: 29 Oct 1824
      Birth Place: Washington, Virginia, USA
      Death Date: 22 Oct 1902
      Cemetery: Whiteaker Cemetery

      This writeup from the History of Oregon.

      "In 1879 David and Lucy retired to Polk County, Oregon and resided in Independence for five years, and then came to the donation claim on which they have since resided and they are living in the home he built forty years ago.  They are members of the Methodist Church.  Mr. Whitaker does not pay much attention to politics, but he always voted with the Democrats.  Mr. Whitaker has almost reached three score and ten mark; but he still retains his faculties, and has yet much strength and endurance.  While he does not need to work he keeps up his habits of industry, and still retains the 320 acres he took up as his donation claim.  In addition, he has stores and other property in Independence." 


      Fatal Accident

      Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR); 15 October 1902

      Serious Runaway Accident
      INDEPENDENCE, Oct. 14. (Special.) David Whiteaker, who. was Injured in a runaway accident here, yesterday, has not regained consciousness, and his death Is momentarily expected. Mrs. Whiteaker is much worse injured than at first expected, and she Is now unable to leave her bed.

      The Plaindealer (Roseburg, OR) 16 October 1902

      Mr. and Mrs. David Whiteaker, aged residents of Independence, were badly injured in a runaway Monday. Mr. Whiteaker, who is in feeble health, received a deep gash in the back of his head and a bad wound on the forehead.


      Independence Enterprise & West Side; 23 October 1902

      Died at his residence in this city, on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 1902, David Jesse Whiteaker, aged 77 years, 11 months and 26 days. The circumstances leading to the death of "Uncle Davey" are too fresh in memory to be rehearsed at this time. Suffice it to say that he scarcely regained consciousness from the runaway accident of last week.

      Mr Whiteaker was an honored pioneer of '48 and a veteran of the Oregon Indian wars. He was a native of Virginia. In '36 he, with his parents, removed to Illinois, they being pioneers to that state. His trip across the plains to Oregon is similar to those of all that heroic band, which braved the hardships and reclaimed Oregon to the Union.

      Funeral services were held today at 11 a.m. at the M.E. church, Rev G.H. Osborne officiating. Interment took place at the family burying ground on the B.F. Whiteaker farm, north of Monmouth.


      Burial: Whiteaker Cem, Independence, Oregon
      The Whiteaker Cemetery is located on the Bengamin Whiteaker D.L.C.in Township 8S, Range 5W, Section 11. It is a private family cemetery about .01 of an acre in size. All known burials are related to the Whiteaker family. It is about three miles northwest of Monmouth, Polk,County, Oregon. The cemetery has been abandoned to nature. It was last read by Addie Dyal Rickey in 1973.

      Tombstone Inscription:
      David J. Whiteaker
      1825 - 1902
      DISCREPANCY - Marker gives year of birth as 1825, biographical sketch in Lang and 1900 census records give year of birth as 1824.
    Person ID I848  Master File
    Last Modified 14 Apr 2015 

    Father Benjamin WHITEAKER,   b. Aug 1796, Lincoln Co. NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jul 1873, Independence, Polk Co., OR Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 76 years) 
    Mother Mary (Polly) HAYTER,   b. 27 Oct 1808, Washington Co. VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Dec 1882, Polk Co. OR Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 18 Sep 1823  Washington, Co. VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F130  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lucy Louise TITUS,   b. 20 Mar 1844, La Porte Co., Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jul 1925, Eltopia, Franklin Co., Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 19 Mar 1871  Washington Territory Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Washington State Archives. Olympia, Washington: Washington State Archives
      Name: David J Whiteaker
      Spouse: Lucy L Titus
      Marriage Date: 19 Mar 1871
      Marriage Place: Walla Walla
      Reference Number: eawwmcu177
    Last Modified 14 Apr 2015 
    Family ID F622  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S25] Descendants of Richard Whitaker, Jr. and Rachel Bentley, Joye Boardman.