Francis Marion Whiteaker

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Francis Marion Whiteaker
Francis Marion Whiteaker 1845-1933.jpg
The only known picture of Francis Whiteaker
Born9 March 1845
Fort Wayne, Allen, Indiana, United States
Died18 December 1933
Superior, Douglas, Wisconsin, United States
Cause of deathArterial Sclerosis
Burial placeGreenwood Cemetery, Superior, Douglas County, Wisconsin
Block 20 - Tier 15 - Grave 13
CitizenshipUnited States
U.S. Infantryman
U.S. Army
Spouse(s)Helen Adelaide Yule
FamilyHouse Whiteaker

Francis Marion Whiteaker (aka Frank Whiteaker) was the son of Samuel Hoffner Whiteaker (1818-1903) by his wife Catherine Marquette (1851-1910).[1] He married Helen Adelaide Yule (1851-1910), daughter of George Michael Yule (1819-1904) and Adeline O'Brien (1825-1909), in 1873 and had six children by that marriage. Francis Marion Whiteaker spent his whole life working and living on a farm with a short stent in the U.S. Army during the American Civil War. His wife was a school teacher who made sure all of their children were well educated.[2]

Spelling Variations

Some spelling variants or names with similar etymologies include Whittaker, Whitacre, Whittiker, Whitacker, Whiteaker, Whitakker, Whitakier, Whitakerr, Whitaaker, Whitecar, Wetaker, Wyteacre, Whitticker, Whittiker, Whitteker, Whittacker, Whitteaker, and Whiteker, and about 95 others. The correct way to pronouce this name is: wahyt-acre and not wit-a-ker. It is commonly mispronounced by American descendents. There are many Whiteaker lineages from England not to be confused with his lineage. This lineage descends from the Lords of Nether Whitacre.


American Civil War Campaign Medal

Francis Marion Whiteaker enlisted in the Wisconsin 9th Light Artillery Battery on 21 Dec 1863. Mustered out on 01 Aug 1864. [3][4] Francis Marion Whiteaker joined the unit at Council Grove, Kansas in August 1864. From there he engaged in escorting trains and U. S. mail coaches on the Santa Fe Road. Moved to Fort Riley, Kansas, in late August, 1864. Action at Smoky Hill Court House 16 May 1864. he participated in the defense of Fort Larned July 17, 18 and 19, 1863 (Left Section). Curtis' Campaign against Price in Missouri and Arkansas October, 1864. Big Blue and State Line on 22 October 1864 and at Westport 23 October 1864. The unit then had engagement on the Marmiton (or Battle of Charlot) 25 October. The Battery consolidated at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, December, 1864. Veteran Battery organized January 27, 1865. One section ordered to Fort Scott March 26, and duty there till June 18, then moved to Fort Riley and Fort Zarah. Battery mustered out at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, September 30, 1865. Battery lost during service 6 Enlisted men by disease.


Francis Marion Whiteaker married married Helen Adelaide Yule (1851-1910), daughter of George Michael Yule (1819-1904) and Adeline O'Brien (1825-1909), on 20 September 1873 in Osseo, Wisconsin, United States and had six children by that marriage:[5]

  • Myrtle Alice Whiteaker (1874-1955)
  • Francis Elmer Whiteaker (1875-1951)
  • Jennie Pearl Whiteaker (1881-1963)
  • Blanche Helen Whiteaker (1883-1974)
  • William Ralph Whiteaker (1887-1941)
  • Erma Beatrice Whiteaker (1900-1976)


Francis Marion Whiteaker died on 18 December 1933 in Superior, Douglas, Wisconsin, United States. He is buried at Greenwood Cemetery, Superior, Douglas County, Wisconsin. his grave is located at Block 20 - Tier 15 - Grave 13.


  1. Original Certificate of Death: Frank Whiteaker. Filed 22 December 1933. State of Wisconsin, Department of Health - Beauru of Vital Statistics. Superior, County of Douglas. Registered Certificate No. 387. Informant: Mrs. Phillips.
  2. United States Census Year: 1860; Census Place: Scott, Crawford, Wisconsin; Roll: M653_1402; Page: 895; Family History Library Film: 805402
  3. Historical Data Systems, comp. U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2009.
  4. Department of Veterans Affairs, 1773 - 2007; Record Group Number: 15; Series Title: U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934; Series Number: T288; Roll: 515
  5. Michigan Department of Community Health, Division of Vital Records and Health Statistics; Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan, Marriage Records, 1867-1952; Film: 100; Film Description: 1909 Newaygo - 1909 Wayne