Eli Swinford Whitaker

Male22 July 1848–10 October 1912

Brief Life History of Eli Swinford

When Eli Swinford Whitaker was born on 22 July 1848, in Adams, Green Township, Morgan, Indiana, United States, his father, John Aquilla Whitaker, was 30 and his mother, Margret W. Pruitt, was 29. He married Mary Louisa Erwin about 1870, in Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Adams Township, Morgan, Indiana, United States in 1850 and Illinois, United States in 1870. In 1910, at the age of 62, his occupation is listed as farmer in Spring Point Township, Cumberland, Illinois, United States. He died on 10 October 1912, in Spring Point Township, Cumberland, Illinois, United States, at the age of 64, and was buried in Brush Creek Cemetery, Spring Point Township, Cumberland, Illinois, United States.

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Family Time Line

Eli Swinford Whitaker
Mary Louisa Erwin
Marriage: about 1870
Anne Franklin Whitaker
Amos Franklin Whitaker
Dessa Whitaker
George William Whitaker
Adah Margaret Whitaker
Ida Maude Whitaker
Dessa May Whitaker
Ulysess Edgar Whitaker
Earl Monroe Whitaker

Sources (12)

  • Eli Whitaker, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Eli Swinford Whitaker - Government record: Census record: birth: July 1848; Indiana, United States
  • Eli Swinford Whitaker, "Find A Grave Index"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    about 1870Ohio, United States
  • Children (9)

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    World Events (8)

    1851 · Constitution of 1851

    Age 3

    Due to the state’s financial crisis during the previous decade and growing criticism toward state government. Voters approve the Constitution of 1851 which forbade the state government from going into debt.

    1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

    Age 8

    William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.


    Age 17

    Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

    Name Meaning

    English (Yorkshire and Lancashire): habitational name from Whitacre in Warwickshire or High Whitaker in Lancashire, both of whose names derive from Old English hwīt ‘white’ + æcer ‘field’. The name may also be derived from Wheatacre in Norfolk or Whiteacre in Waltham (Kent), both of which derive from Old English hwǣte ‘wheat’ + æcer ‘field’. Compare Whittaker .

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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