In my post of August 27, 2011 I gave documentation to support that Jabez Whitaker ( of the Holme) was in Barbados in the late 1640s. I went on to indicate that he was probably the Jabez Whitaker that is referred to on page 110 in the book " No Peace Beyond the Line" by Carl and Boberta Bridenbaugh. They state that Jabez Whitaker was one of the richest planters on the island. Their source was the short story written by a german who had been sold as a slave to a plantation owner in Barbados in 1652. The actual quote was " Uchteritz, Kurze Reise,3-10." Heinrich von Ucheritz was the german whoe wrote the story and Kurze Reise was the publisher who printed the story in 1704-1705 in german.
Recently I found on the web a translation of that short story by Alexander Gunkel and Jerome S. Handler. These two men had published a lot of research about Barbados back in the 1970s. For some reason Jerome S. Handler set up a web site in 2012 about Barbados which included the translation. The translation does not give the first name, it only states count Weitecker ( page 92). The name is repeated again, count Weitecker on page 94. Footnote 10 to that translation states that Weitecker is probably the english name Whittaker because of the map in the book "A True and Exact History of the Island of Barbados" that shows the names and location of plantation owners. On the south west coast between " the hole and the Rock" there is a plantation identified as Whittak" ( the " is really a little curved line that is a abbrevistion for er ).
So who do you believe?Finally I found on the web a copy of the original german publication. "A German Indentured Servant in Barbados in 1652" I made a copy of it and had a german friend do a translation. There is no first name given. No Jabez. Even I could see that Jabez was not mentioned in the story, only count Weitcker.
We know from a number of sources that Jabez Whitaker was in Barbados in the late 1640s and early 1650s as follows: From the wills as mentioned in my post of 8-27-2011.
From page 218 of the book " The Cavaliers & Roundheads of Barbados 1650-1652. There he is shown as a part of the Assembly ( 5-11-1651).
From " A Briefe Relation of the Late Horrid Rebellion Acted in the Island Barbados" On pages 71 and 72 it refers to Captain Jabez Whitticar. May 23, 1650.
What we do not know for sure is was Jabez a plantation owner? There is the map which shows a Whittaker plantation. There is a list " 1630-1644: Land holdings of 100 acres or more". No Whitaker listed. There is another list from the book " Some early Barbados History" by P F Cambell, that has land owners of 10 acres or more in 1638.There is a Henry Whitacre on that list. Maybe it was Jabez's brother William that owned the plantation? Who knowes?
From the account of " Father Antoine Biet's Visit to Barbados in 1654", he state on page 69 that all plantation owners carry the title of Captain or Colonel. See above about Captain Jabez Whitticar,1650.
The map mentioned above which was published in 1657 by Richard Ligon who was in Barbados from 1647-1650. In a new reprint of that book by Karen Ordahl Kupperman she states that that map or at least the location of the plantations were the same as a earlier map drawn by a Capt John Swan in 1638. See page 32 of the Introduction. This would indicate that at least by 1638 a person named Whittaker was a plantation owner.
The final point I want to make is that just because someone gives a source, that does not prove anything. Too often people will make it be like they want it to be!