Moses Whiteaker first appears in the Washington County, Virginia personal property tax lists in 1812.Assuming his age as 21 would make his birth year as about 1791.The 1850 Washington County census shows him as age 55 (birth year about 1795) and born in North Carolina.(1)The 1860 Washington County census shows his as age 61 (birth year about 1799) and born in North Carolina.(2) Moses' parents were Richard Whiteaker and Rachel Bentley.
Moses married Mary “Polly” Bowman in 1815.Mary was born in Tennessee in 1799, the daughter of Esaias and Ann Bowman.(3)This family later moved to Washington County, Virginia.The children of Moses and Polly were: Mary Ann, William Silvester, Calvin, Lydia E., Moses, Jr., Absalom Rufus, Julina O., and Eliza Adaline.
Moses purchased land with his father in 1814 in Washington County on both sides of the North Fork of the Holston River at the mouth of Tumbling Creek.(4)Moses purchased 200 acres of land in Poor Valley, on the south side of Clinch Mountain to the top of Piney (now Little) Mountain from Andrew J. Hayter in 1855.(5)This land was willed to his daughter, Lydia, wife of John Litton.It is said that John Litton disappeared somewhere in the West and Moses’ will states that his devises to Lydia were not be under the control of her husband if he is now alive...(6)
Moses died on September 14, 1875 in Washington County.He is buried along with his daughter Lydia E. Litton in the Hayter-Litton Cemetery.His stone is marked Moses Whiteaker “Father”, Lydia’s stone is marked Lydia E. Litton, “daughter”.Moses’ stone also says he was “about 84 y”.(7)
1)1850 Washington County, Virginia census, page 67.
2)1860 Washington County, Virginia census, page 373.
3)“Thompson Twigs” by Marie Thompson Egerle, page 138.
4)Washington County, Virginia Deed Book 6, page 21.
5)Washington County, Virginia Deed Book 22, page 345.
6)Washington County, Virginia Will Book 19, page 3.
7)Tombstone inscription in Hayter-Litton Cemetery, Washington County, Virginia.
THE MOSES WHITEAKER FAMILY
Born:about 1792 - North Carolina
Died:September 14, 1875
Buried:Hayter/Litton Cemetery, Washington County, Virginia
Married about 1815 to:
Mary (Polly) Bowman
Born:about 1799 - Tennessee
Died:February 10, 1870 - Washington County, Virginia
Buried:Esaias Bowman’s farm (her father), Washington County, Virginia
Mary Ann (married #1) James Snodgrass - 1850;#2) John R. Jackson - November 3, 1864, Washington County, Virginia)
Born:about 1818 - Virginia
Born:about 1821 - Virginia
Died:March 9, 1872 - Greene County, Illinois
Buried:Calhoun County, Illinois
Calvin Morgan (married Elizabeth McNew - April 26, 1855)
Born:about 1825 - Virginia
Lydia E. (married John W. Litton - about 1845)
Born:June 24, 1830 - Virginia
Died:May 14, 1901
Buried:Hayter-Litton Cemetery, Washington County, Virginia
Moses (married Susannah)
Born:about 1832 - Virginia
Absalom Rufus(married Elizabeth Ferrell - October 7, 1853, Blountville, Sullivan County, Tennessee)
Born:May 20, 1834 - Virginia
Julina O. (married William Ferrell)
Born:about 1836 - Virginia
Eliza Adaline (married Dr. Henry Davenport - May 19, 1857)
Born:July 20, 1838 - Virginia
Died:April 17, 1894
Buried: Henry Davenport Cemetery
WILL OF MOSES WHITEAKER
Washington County, Virginia Will Book 19, page 3, November 15, 1875.
Daughter, Lydia E. Litton to get land purchased from Andrew J. Hayter.The land is not to be under control of Mr. Litton if he is still alive.(John Litton went off to the west and is said to have died as an Indian fighter in Utah in 1867.)
Deceased daughter, Julina O. Ferrell - her children who are my grandchildren:Moses and Arkansas P. and William Ferrell, a tract of land on the North Fork Holston River near David Worley’s.
Daughter, E. S. Davenport, wife of Henry Davenport, lands of South side of Clinch Mountain purchased by me from W. Y. C. White and $400.00.
Son, Calvin, $300.00.
Granddaughter, Ellen, wife of David Worley, $100.00.
Granddaughter, Helen Woodward, wife of Newton, $100.00.
Granddaughter, Julina O. Webb, wife of Newton Webb, $100.00.
Children of my son, Moses Whitaker, Jr. and his wife, Ann, now living in Washington County, Arkansas, $300.00.
Absolum Rufus Whitaker, my son, $100.00.ALL HE GETS OF MY ESTATE.
Daughter, Lydia E. Litton, Son, Calvin, and the three children of my son Moses and his wife, Ann, now living in Arkansas whatever I am entitled to as heir of my deceased son, William, who died in the state of Illinois.This can be equally divided among them.
Lydia, Calvin and the children of Moses to have all my personal property to be divided equally.
Clementine Litton to have a bay mare called “Sal”.
Written March 31, 1871, signed Moses Whitaker.
Witness:Alexander Little, Brauson Little, A. Little, Teste H. Davenport, W. J. Henderson.
Securities for Bond:$4000.00.James C. Hope, David Worley and F. N. Webb.