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William Whitaker (1620 - aft. 1672)

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William Whitaker
Born in Warwickshire, Englandmap
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Died after in James City, Colony of Virginiamap
Profile last modified 19 Sep 2019 | Created 7 Aug 2013 | Last significant change: 19 Sep 2019
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William Whitaker was the son of Jabez Whitaker and Mary Bouchier, also known as Bourchier.[1]

His parents married in London, England on 16 July 1619[2] and sailed to Virginia, where they settled, later that year. So his birth date will not have been before 1620, and the birth place was almost certainly in Virginia.

He married Mary Elizabeth Camm in about 1640.

In about 1655 Captain William Whitacre was awarded 90 acres in James City County.[3]

According the the website of the Jamestowne Society, he was alive in 1673, and had served as a Burgess for James City in 1649, 1652, 1653, 1654-55, 1656, and as a Virginia councillor in 1659.[4]

Research Notes

An inadequately sourced entry on Rootsweb[5], which contains some conflicting dates, states that "Lt. Col. William Whitaker was buried at James City County, Virginia... He died circa 1670. He died in 1672 at James City County, Virginia... William was the Viewer of Tobacco Crops in Warwick County, VA in 1639... William was a Major and later Lieutenant Colonel in the Virginia Militia in 1656."

A book on ancestor lineages of members of the Texas Society/National Society Colonial Dames Seventeenth Century says that he was born about 1620 and died in about 1670.[6]

According to information from Charles Brashear of Oregon, for which no source is given, William was a viewer of tobacco in 1639. A Land Grant was made to him of 90 acres, June 5, 1656, in James City County; and it was renewed in March, 1662 due to Oliver Cromwell was now in charge of England. He was an early resident of Martin’s Hundred.[7]


(Unsourced information)

Born: 1640/1646
Death: 1696
  • Child: William Whitaker


  1. Douglas Richardson. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 4 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham, 2nd edition (Salt Lake City: the author, 2011), volume IV, page 332 WHITAKER
  2. Parish register of Lamb's Chapel, London
  3. Louise Pledge Heath Fey (comp.), Early Virginia Families along the James River, vol. III, Genealogical Publishing Company 1990, p.54, Google Books
  4. Jamestowne Society website, accessed 6 February 2019
  5. Ancestors of Gladys Clifton Wallace (William Whitaker), compiler Lawrence Goldsmith
  6. Jeanne Mitchell Jordan Tabb (compiler), Ancestor Lineages of Members Texas Society National Society Colonial Dames Seventeenth Century, Genealogical Publishing Company 1991, p.217,
  7. Tree on Familysearch
  • Frederick Adams Virkuss (ed.), The Abridged Compendium of American Genealogy, vol. III, lineage records, 1928 (reprinted by the Genealogical Publishing Company 1968), p.83,


  • This profile derives originally from the import of David_s Family Tree_Ancestry_26Jun2013.ged on Jul 23, 2013 by David Black and of Whitiker tree_2014-08-14_2014-08-30_2014-08-30.ged on Aug 30, 2014 by John Floyd.

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On 5 Feb 2019 at 17:57 GMT Michael Cayley wrote:

William was the son of a Magna Carta Project Gateway Ancestor. I am Project Gateway Guardian for his parents, and hope very soon to do a little work on this profile. All offers of help welcome!

On 6 Dec 2018 at 01:04 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Richardson doesn't cite which source goes with which fact. You can see his list of sources following the entry for Jabez (Royal Ancestry, Vol I, p 492).

They're also viewable in Google Books' snippit view of Magna Carta Ancestry (p 332, assuming Vol IV, since it's on the same page as the heading WILLOUGHBY).

Tyler's is one of the sources listed, but no entry for Jabez (see the Whitaker entries on this page).

I think the best source listed to pursue would be Fam. Bible Recs., Wayne County, Tennessee (2002): 100. There are also a couple of references to Virginia Company records and an NEHGR record.

Cheers, Liz

On 7 Nov 2018 at 21:06 GMT Anonymous Read wrote:

Carroll Holland:

What contemporaneous evidence do you have that William was the son of Jabez? Like a church record, etc.

Thank you

On 11 Feb 2018 at 04:06 GMT Anonymous (Holland) Carroll wrote:

Richardson, Douglas. Royal Ancestry: A Study In Colonial And Medieval Families, in 5 vols. (Salt Lake City, Utah, 2013), Vol. I. page 492.

Mary Bourchier, married [Capt.] Jabez Whitaker, they had one son, William.

Thank you!

On 11 Feb 2018 at 03:20 GMT Anonymous (Holland) Carroll wrote:

Richardson, Douglas. Royal Ancestry: A Study In Colonial And Medieval Families, in 5 vols. (Salt Lake City, Utah, 2013), Vol. V. page 360.

Thank you!

On 5 Feb 2015 at 10:21 GMT Graham Whitaker wrote:

Whitaker-1455 and Whitaker-965 appear to represent the same person because: sufficient details the same, birth date , parents, death

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