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From: Kimberly Spangrude <>
Subject: Re: [Q-R] The Whitaker Bible
Date: Sun, 09 Jan 2011 13:34:59 -0700
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Thank you very much for this article; I loved reading it. I lived in Oakley, North Carolina and Asheville, for about 2 years in the 70's and know very well where Fairview is. A very good friend, Marianna Townsend and her family, lived in Fairview. But this article was also very interesting in terms of the history of Quaker Migration; my Townsend and Cock/Cox Quaker ancestors came from England between 1680 and 1712, to Pennsylvania and lived in Chester County. Their descendants lived in North Carolina and migrated eventually to Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and Kansas. Now I live in Utah; so many of the names and places noted in the article have special meaning to me.
Sincerely, Kim Townsend Spangrude
On Jan 8, 2011, at 11:34 AM, DKF wrote:

> http://www.fairview-community.com/2008towncrier/days-gone-by2.php?ID=55
> The Whitaker Bible Returns to Fairview
> Bruce Whitaker
> The Whitaker Bible is a Geneva Bible. The Geneva Bible was first published
> in Geneva (which is now part of Switzerland) in 1558. It is also called the
> “Breeches Bible” because Genesis 3:7 was translated to read “... and they
> sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves breeches.” The Geneva Bible
> was a revision of the Great Bible which had been issued in the name of King
> Henry VIII. Many religious reformers fled England during the reign of Queen
> Mary “called Bloody Mary”. Most of them ended up in Geneva. The reformers
> such as John Calvin, greatly influenced the translation found in the Geneva
> Bible. The Geneva Bible was famous for it’s extensive marginal notes, which
> translated the meaning of certain words or phrases. The new Bible was
> accepted by Queen Elizabeth I and was very popular among the masses. William
> Shakespeare, John Bunyan, John Milton, the pilgrims, the puritans and almost
> everyone else used the Geneva Bible exclusively.
> King James became King of England after the death of Queen Elizabeth I.
> James wasn’t a Christian and practiced a life style that would not be
> accepted even in the most liberal circles found today. The Geneva Bible hit
> a little to close to home for King James. He ordered the creation of a new
> version of the Bible that we now call the King James Bible. He had all the
> marginal notes taken out of the Bible. This allowed many verses in the Bible
> to be interpreted in several different ways. King James was able to
> gradually have the Geneva Bible replaced by his Bible. King James was a very
> unpopular king and so was his son King Charles. Charles was over thrown and
> replaced by Oliver Cromwell. Oliver Cromwell’s Lord Chief Justice was Lord
> John Lisle. Lord John Lisle sentenced King Charles to death. He was beheaded
> on Lisle’s orders. It has been said the Whitakers descend from Lord John and
> Lady Alicia Lisle. I do not know if this is true or not; however Lady Alicia
> Lisle’s will lists a daughter Margaret who married a Mr. Whitaker. Lisle’s
> daughter Bridget married Leonard Hoar who became president of what is now
> called Harvard University.
> The Whitakers were Quakers and backed Oliver Cromwell. Even if they don’t
> descend from Lord John Lisle, they were out of favor when the royal family
> returned to power. The Whitaker Geneva Bible was published in England in
> 1606. It was first owned by a Mr. Cock. He either died or got a new Bible.
> The Whitaker’s bought the Bible from Cock or his estate. This was common
> even to recent times. People did not have a great deal of money and were
> forced to buy second hand Bibles.
> The earliest known Whitaker ancestors were Joshua Whitaker and his wife,
> Jane Parker. They were born in the 1670s. They were forced to flee England
> around 1710 and went to the Isle of Man, which is located between England
> and Ireland. They almost certainly possessed the Whitaker Geneva Bible at
> this time. The Geneva Bible was over 100 years old when it left England. The
> Whitakers were Quakers and Joshua Whitaker was killedin some minor religious
> skirmish around 1715. Joshua Whitaker’s wife, Jane, and their four children,
> William, Robert, Catherine, and Peter, fled the Isle of Man and went to
> Ireland. They and the Bible went first to Timahoe, Ireland. Jane Whitaker
> and her children lived there several years. They then requested a
> certificate of removal from the Quaker Church allowing them to move to
> Dublin, Ireland. William Whitaker, born in 1701, the oldest child of Joshua
> and Jane Whitaker, requested a certificate of removal in 1719 from the
> Quaker Church in Dublin to go to Pennsylvania. It is not known exactly when
> William Whitaker arrived in America, but he presented his certificate of
> removal to the Newark Monthly Meeting (a short time later called the Kennett
> Square Monthly meeting) on December 2, 1721. William’s mother Jane, brothers
> Peter and Robert, and sister Catherine, as well as the Whitaker Bible soon
> moved to Chester County, Pennsylvania. William Whitaker married Elizabeth
> Carleton on February 13, 1722. William Whitaker being the oldest child got
> the Geneva Bible. William and Elizabeth Whitaker lived in Kennett Square
> from 1722 – 1734. They then moved to Bradford a few miles from Kennett
> Square. It was located in Chester County.
> William and Elizabeth Whitaker decided to moved back to Kennett Square in
> the winter of 1739. In December 1739 William and Elizabeth were all packed
> up to move back to Kennett Square when their house was destroyed by a fire.
> The Whitaker’s lost almost everything they had in the fire, even their seed
> for next year’s garden. They were able to save the Geneva Bible. You can
> still see where the fire melted and cracked on the leather outside of the
> Bible. The fire damage is also visible on the edges of the Bible’s pages.
> The Bible shows water damage as well. I do not know if this resulted from
> the 1739 fire when water was thrown on the Bible to put out the fire or some
> other event that occurred later. William and Elizabeth Whitaker were never
> able to recover from the disastrous fire of 1739. They were forced to accept
> help from the Bradford and Kennett Square Quaker Churches.
> William Whitaker requested a certificate of removal from the Bradford
> Meeting house on July 18, 1751. He then moved his family and the Whitaker
> Bible to what was then Rowan (now Davidson ) County, North Carolina. William
> Whitaker Jr. (1732 – 1802) married Abigail Donahue shortly after his parents
> moved to North Carolina. He was William and Elizabeth Carleton Whitaker’s
> second oldest son. The oldest son Samuel did not move to North Carolina with
> his parents. Samuel moved instead to Georgia. William and Elizabeth then
> gave the Whitaker Bible to their son William Whitaker Jr.
> William Whitaker Jr. settled on Dutchman’s Creek four miles east of the town
> of Mocksville in what is now Davie County, North Carolina. He was the first
> person to write the birth and death dates of his family in the 149 year old
> Whitaker Bible. William Whitaker Jr. had eight children by his first wife
> Abigail (Abrilla) Donahue. He had seven children with his second wife
> Abigail (Abrilla) Baker. Most of — if not all of — William Whitaker’s
> children moved away from what is now Davie County, North Carolina. His
> oldest son John died in Davie County when he was 45 years old. John’s widow
> and children moved to Clermont County, Ohio, which is now the east suburbs
> of Cincinnati. William’s sons, William III and Israel, also moved to
> Clermont County, Ohio. His son Joshua moved to Georgia. I do not believe the
> Whitaker Bible was given to any of William’s sons. I do not think Henry
> Whitaker (1811 – 1883) could have acquired the Bible from his distant
> cousins who moved to other states before he was born. I believe William
> Whitaker Jr or his second wife gave the Bible to one of four daughters who
> remained in North Carolina.
> William Whitaker Jr.’s oldest daughter Susannah Whitaker, born 1757, died
> before 1830. She married John Jackson and moved to Rutherford County, North
> Carolina. His daughter Sarah Whitaker, born 1767 and died around 1845,
> marriedJohn Moffit, moved to Burke (now McDowell) County, North Carolina.
> William’s daughter Lyddia married Richard Allison and moved to Burke (now
> McDowell ) County, North Carolina. When Lyddia died, Richard Allison married
> her half sister Eleanor Whitaker. They lived in what is now McDowell County,
> North Carolina. These four daughters lived in counties bordering Buncombe
> County. It is very likely they kept in touch with their widowed Aunt Mary
> Reed Whitaker (1748–1832), Uncle Peter Whitaker (1733–1815) and his wife
> Mariam Kent Whitaker (1745– 1826), and many first cousins who moved to
> Fairview.
> In 1872, James Whitaker Sr, (1805–1892) who lived in Willard, Box Elder
> County, Utah, contacted his youngest brother Henry Whitaker (1811–1883) in
> Fairview. He asked his brother Henry to put together Whitaker and related
> family history records. James, who was a Mormon, was required to gather
> genealogy as part of his religion. Henry Whitaker went to see all of his
> older brothers, sisters and cousins in the Fairview area, getting family
> records for his brother. Henry Whitaker’s son–in–law Jesse Garren
> (1828–1892) and nephew Henry Jenkins (1839–1919 helped gather the
> information. Henry Whitaker contacted at least one of the descendants of
> these four daughters of William Whitaker Jr. who moved to McDowell and
> Rutherford Counties to request information on this family. I believe he
> contacted the descendants of Susannah Whitaker Jackson in Rutherford County.
> Henry Whitaker’s older sister Mary Whitaker (1799–1896) married Hiram
> Jackson who was born in 1799. They moved to Fulton County, Indiana. I
> believe Hiram Jackson was a grandson of Susannah Whitaker Jackson. It was
> very common at that period of time to marry your second or third cousin. I
> do not know if Henry Whitaker had any contact with the Jacksons still living
> in Rutherford in 1872. If he did not, I am sure he wrote his sister Mary
> Jackson in Indiana. Her husband, Hiram Jackson, may have been given the
> Whitaker Bible since he married a Whitaker. Since, at that period of time,
> all of Susannah Whitaker Jackson’s children were dead, a grandchild would
> have had the Whitaker Bible. Since their name would have been Jackson, the
> Bible would not have been as important to them as it would have been if it
> was a Jackson Bible. Whomever had the Whitaker Bible sent it to Henry
> Whitaker in Fairview. He recorded the information in the Bible for his
> brother James Whitaker.
> James Whitaker came from Utah to Fairview in 1874. He spent two years among
> his relatives in Fairview doing mission work. This resulted in a large
> Mormon conversion in the Fairview area. While here, James Whitaker picked up
> the family material his brother Henry had gathered for him and took it back
> to Utah.
> Henry Whitaker kept the Whitaker Bible. He left it to his oldest child
> Mariam Whitaker Garren (1831–1890), when he died in 1883. Several in the
> family wanted the Whitaker Bible for themselves, however Mariam refused to
> give it up. When Mariam Whitaker Garren died in 1890, she left the Bible to
> her son Eli Garren (1853–1930). Eli Garren left the Whitaker Bible to his
> son J. Henry Garren (1881–1952) when he died in 1930. Henry Garren had no
> children of his own. He adopted several children. When he died in 1952, he
> left the Whitaker Bible to his oldest adopted child Aleatha Garren
> (1898/1901–2003). Aleatha Garren married Reverend Martin Luther Kirstein
> (1898–1980). She gave the Bible to her oldest son Reverend John A. Kirstein.
> Since John Kirstein was not a Whitaker descendant it wasn’t of any real
> importance to him. My cousin Constance “Connie” Hawkins Moore, 1927–2007,
> and her husband John Moore went to Maryville College with Kirstein. She
> wrote him and suggested that he send the Bible back to Fairview to me. After
> Connie died her husband contacted John Kirsten as well. He wrote John Moore
> back and told him if I came down to Birmingham, Alabama to see him he would
> give me the Bible. On March 6, 2009 I drove down to Birmingham and picked up
> the Bible and brought it back home to Fairview. The Bible is not in good
> condition and for that reason has little monetary value. However it is a
> physical, 403 year-old contact with the family’s past. I will try to find a
> means to preserve the Whitaker Bible for future generations of the thousands
> of people who descend from the past owners of the Bible.
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