Linda Jean Whiteaker, 4th Baroness Graves, DSMA

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Linda Whiteaker
4th Baroness Graves, DSMA
Linda Jean Whiteaker in the 1970s.jpeg
Linda Jean Whiteaker in 1979
Baroness Graves1985-Present
DaughterNatalie de Clare
Spouse(s)1st John Davis
2nd Gale Allen Foster
3rd Walter Marvin Daub
4th Howard Coville
FamilyHouse Whiteaker
FatherGlenn Elmer Whiteaker
MotherInez Eleanor Stephey
Born08 March 1947
Bessemer, Iron County, Michigan, United States
OccupationEuropean Nobility

Linda Jean Whiteaker, 4th Baroness Graves, DSMA is the only daughter of Glenn Elmer Whiteaker (1917-1997) by his wife Inez Eleanor Stephey (1916-1985). She married four times and has five children by those marriages. She has had a relatively uneventful life and took on the sex role expectations of her generation by marrying and having children rather than being politically active or advocating for women or her people. She does not care about her noble lineages.

Armorial Bearings

A rendering of Lady Graves Armorial Bearings issued in her Letters Patent.
Iron County, Michigan, United States. The birthplace of Linda Jean Whiteaker in 1947
Linda Jean Whiteaker in the early 1970s with her third child, Ronald Allen Davis

Armorial bearings are also known colloquially as a Coat of Arms. They are the principal part of a system of hereditary symbols dating back to early medieval Europe, used primarily to establish identity in battle.[1][2]They are still used today by royalty, nobility and knights to cover, protect, and identify the wearer; to denote their decedents, property ownership and their profession.[1][2] Armorial Bearings belong to specific individuals not families as there is no such thing as a family Coat of Arms or a family crest. [3][4]

Lady Grave's Armorial Bearings make use of elements of the Armorial Bearings of her Whiteaker ancestors from the Kingdom of England and the Van Tuyl Barons from the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Her great grandfather also had a Coat of Arms, but the information regarding those arms seem to have been lost with the passage of time or they are held by some unknown Whiteaker descendant somewhere. Her letters patent specifically allow inheritance by female primogeniture so women in her lineage can inherit her arms as they are not assumed or Burgher Arms. The arms of burghers bore a far wider variety of charges than the arms of nobility like everyday objects such as tools. Her Letters Patent also list who inherits her arms upon her death. In a twist of irony, her motto on her Coat of Arms means Motherly Love.

Spelling Variations

Some spelling variants or names with similar etymologies include Whiteaker, 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.

Family Ancestry

The surname Whiteaker belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The surname Whiteaker was first found in Warwickshire where the first record of the name was Johias Whitacre (1042-1066), who died while fighting at the Battle of Hastings on the side of King Harold. Despite the fact he was on the losing side of the battle, his family were permitted to keep their estates there. The place names Whitacre, Over Whitacre and Nether Whitacre were listed in the Domesday Book as Witacre and literally meant "white cultivated land."[5] This lineage came to the American colonies in the 17th century by Aaron Whiteaker (1640-1713) who was the son of William Whiteaker (1620-1690) by his wife Mary Elizabeth Camm (1620-1687). He married Catherine Gough (1640-1713) and had seven children by that marriage and settled in Baltimore, Maryland. This lineage would eventually become ranchers and farmers in Michigan and Wisconsin where cemeteries are filled with Whiteaker descendants.[6]


Linda Jean Whiteaker was born on 08 March 1947. She was not baptized until 8 Mar 1953 after her family moved from to Washington State in the United States.[7] She did not become heavily religious until later in life. She was a rebellious juvenile. She was opinionated, strong willed, and was not afraid to say what she meant or be vocal about things she found preposterous. Both her parents were quite conservative and highly religious and tried to instill order in their rebellious daughter. Her father worked long hours in the same job for most of this life and her mother took on the domestic duties quite well and proudly. During her youth her parents constantly used punitive sanctions in order to elicit compliance with proper social graces in order to make her a potential "proper wife" to someone. Even though she was a strong-willed young woman she received good grades in school and eventually wanted to be a Nurse. Her parents believed that marriage would be the institution that would tame their daughter. With her parent's permission, she married early at 16 to John Roy Davis on 18 Mar 1963 which resulted in the birth of three sons. Her first son was born a year later in 1964.

Marriage changed this highly opinionated, strong-willed woman into a complacent wife dependent on her husband. Her first marriage was fraught with negativity and control. She divorced John Roy Davis on 19 Sep 1969 while pregnant with their third child[8] After spending 6 years in a relationship where she was completely dependent on her husband, she became the self-sufficient and strong willed person of her youth. She was divorced for four years until she married her second husband on 16 Nov 1973 which resulted in the birth of two children. Like her first marriage, it was fraught with negativity and control. She stayed married to until 1978 and married a third time in 1979. She would not have any further children. After marrying for a third time Linda Jean Whiteaker went to business school where she graduated with a degree in accounting and office management, but she did not further her education passed those degrees. She worked sporadically in various offices and firms during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Her third marriage lasted 22 years and during that time her husband and her acquired numerous real estate holdings, ran various businesses, and had a marriage until the late 1990s. Her final marriage occurred in 2001 and she would work in Hotel Management the rest of her life until she retired. She now lives in the state of Washington in a small retirement community.


Lady graves married four times and has five children by those marriages. Her first marriage was to John Roy Davis on 18 Mar 1963 by which she had three children by that marriage:[9]

Her second marriage was to Gale Allen Foster on 16 November 1973 by which she had two children by that marriage:[9]

Her third marriage was to Walter Marvin Daub by which she had no children by that marriage.[9] Her fourth and final marriage was to Howard Ellis Coville by which she had no children by that marriage.[9] She is retired and lives in a retirement community in Northwest Washington State in the United States of America.


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  7. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.
  8. Washington State Divorce Indexes, 1969-2014. Washington State Archives, Olympia, Washington.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Washington, State Marriage Indexes, 1969-2014 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2017. Original data: Washington State Marriage Indexes, 1969-2014. Washington State Archives, Olympia, Washington.