Category:Whiteaker family

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The Coat of Arms associated with House Whiteaker since the 14th century.

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."One of the earliest rolls was the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. Those rolls listed: Alan Witacur in Oxfordshire; and Richard de Whitacre in Northamptonshire. Years later, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed: Henricus Wyteacre; Willelmus de Wetaker; and Rogerus Whitteacres. From the 14th to the 16th century a gentle family of this name lived at High Whitaker or Whitacre in the vills of Simonstone and Padiham, in the parish of Whalley: the Whitakers of Holme and those of Henthorn branched off in the 15th century and those of Healy about 1620.

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 settled in Baltimore, Maryland. This lineage would eventually become ranchers and farmers in Michigan and Wisconsin where cemeteries are filled with Whiteaker descendants. John Douglas Whiteaker (1820-1902), who was an American Democrat politician, Governor of Oregon, 1859-62; and a member of Oregon State House of Representatives, 1865-70; Member of Oregon State Senate, 1876; U.S. Collector of Internal Revenue for Oregon, 1885-90 is among some of the most famous Whiteakers in this line.