Samuel Hoffner Whiteaker

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Samuel Hoffner Whiteaker
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Photograph in the late 1890s
Born23 December 1818
Dearborn County, Indiana, United States
Died08 June 1903
Ashton, Kendall County, Illinois, United States
Burial placeLittle Rock Township Cemetery, Plano, Kendall County, Illinois, United States
CitizenshipUnited States
OrganizationChurch of Latter Day Saints
Spouse(s)Catherine Marquart
FamilyHouse Whiteaker

Samuel Hoffner Whiteaker (1818-1903) was the son of Daniel Whiteaker (1789–1849) by his wife Catherine Shuman (1792-1874).[1] He married once on 15 August 15 1841 to Catherine Marquart and had at eleven children by that marriage whom all of survived them. [2] [3][4] Samuel Whiteaker lived in Plano for eighteen years and was respected by all who knew him. His quiet, gentle disposition won friends wherever he went. He was a respected elder of the Latter Day Saint Church, of which he was a member for many years. He was considered a good father, husband, brother and citizen.


Dearborn County, Indiana, United States. This is the Birthplace of Samuel Hoffner Whiteaker in 1818.
The Whitwater Canal which began in 1823 in Dearborn County, Indiana, United States.

Sameul Hoffner Whiteaker was born in the early 19th century to a modest family living in Indiana. His father was a soldier in the war of 1812 against the British Empire ironically where the family immigrated from. Once the war was over his father married Catherine Shuman (1792-1874) on 2 July 1813 in Hamilton, Ohio, United States and then they moved to Marion Township, Allen, Indiana, United States in the Fall of 1813 where they both remained until their deaths. When Samuel Whiteakerøs mother was still pregnant the Treaty of 1818 between the U.S. and the United Kingdom established the northern boundary of the U.S. as the 49th parallel from the Lake of the Woods to the Rocky Mountains, also creating the Northwest Angle. Right before his birth on 03 December 1818 Illinois was admitted as the 21st U.S. state to which he would eventually move to in 1885 and remain until his death in 1903. His father worked on the The Whitwater Canal in 1823 and even though it was never finished, parts of the canal can still be found to this day.

Many of his forthcoming children married and move to the state of Wisconsin where he made various trips. He even lived with some of his children in Wisconsin for a time before moving to Illinois in 1885. After moving to Illinois he lived through two typhoid fever outbreaks. The mortality rate in Chicago averaged 65 per 100,000 people a year. The worst year was 1891, when the typhoid death rate was 174 per 100,000 persons.

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.


Samuel Hoffner Whiteaker Married once on 15 August 15 1841 to Catherine Marquart, daughter of Jonathan Marquart (1790–1861) by his wife Catherine Bashore (1804–1890), and had at eleven children by that marriage, but only four are shown here:

  • Francis Marion Whiteaker (1845–1933); married Helen Adelaide Yule (1851–1910)
  • Clarissa Whiteaker (1847–1915); married Ratliff Toothman (1839–1918)
  • Ben Whiteaker (1849–1927); married Ella Wilson (1848–1911)
  • Laura Gertrude Whiteaker (1865–1933) married Chas Atkins


Samuel Hoffner Whiteaker died of natural causes at the home of one of his daughters in Ashton, Illinois, United States on 08 June 1903 at the age of 84 years, 5 months, and 16 days. He is alleged to be buried at the Little Rock Township Cemetery, Plano, Kendall County, Illinois, United States.


  1. Black, Harvey B. Early Members of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. 6 vols. Provo, UT: Infobases, 1996. Zion's Ensign Obituaries, 25 June 1903, p. 8.
  2. Allen County, Indiana; Index to Marriage Record, Indiana 1824 - 1920 Incl, W. P. A. Original Record Located: County Clerk's O; Book: 1-B; Page: 304
  3. Year: 1870; Census Place: Sumner, Trempealeau, Wisconsin; Roll: M593_1737; Page: 251A; Image: 505; Family History Library Film: 553236
  4. Year: 1880; Census Place: Otter Creek, Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Roll: 1425; Family History Film: 1255425; Page: 531C; Enumeration District: 139