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WHITAKER, WILLIAM

WHITAKER, WILLIAM (ca. 1784–1836). William Whitaker, pioneer and delegate to the Consultation in 1835, son of John and Martha (Willcockson) Whitaker, was born in either North Carolina or Kentucky about 1784, the year his parents left Wilkes County, North Carolina, for Fayette County, Kentucky. He grew up in Woodford County and in March 1805 married Elizabeth Hammond in Mason County, Kentucky. They had seven children. With his father and other relatives he moved to Lincoln County in middle Tennessee about 1809, where he became a constable and a justice of the peace. In 1818 he sold his land near Mulberry, where he was a member of the Ball Fork Baptist Church, and moved to Limestone County, Alabama. In the mid-1820s he settled in West Tennessee near Bolivar in Hardeman County. Whitaker probably arrived in Nacogdoches, Texas, in late 1833, but the first record of his presence there is dated October 11, 1834. His entrance certificate is dated January 29, 1835, and later that year he became a member of the Nacogdoches Committee of Vigilance and Safety. On October 1, 1835, he was elected a delegate from Nacogdoches to the Consultation that formed the provisional government. He was selected a supernumerary member of the General Council of the provisional government on November 18, 1835, but in January 1836, as he was preparing to leave Nacogdoches for San Felipe de Austin to replace Daniel Parker, he became ill and apparently was unable to go. Although later that month it was reported that he was slated to run in the election for delegates to the Convention of 1836, his illness apparently became worse, for he died in March or April of 1836 of unknown causes. He was buried in Old North Church Cemetery, north of Nacogdoches, without an inscribed marker.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Robert Bruce Blake Research Collection, Steen Library, Stephen F. Austin State University; Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin; Texas State Archives, Austin; Houston Public Library, Houston. Carolyn Reeves Ericson, ed., Nacogdoches County Cemetery Records (Nacogdoches, Texas, 1974-). Carolyn Reeves Ericson, Nacogdoches, Gateway to Texas: A Biographical Directory (2 vols., Fort Worth: Arrow-Curtis Printing, 1974, 1987). Louis Wiltz Kemp Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Donald G. Brown

Citation

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Donald G. Brown, "WHITAKER, WILLIAM," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fwh16), accessed July 25, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.