John O'kayne Whitaker

18 February 1853–22 May 1925 (Age 72)
Morgan, Indiana, United States

The Life of John O'kayne

When John O'kayne Whitaker was born on 18 February 1853, in Morgan, Indiana, United States, his father, John Aquilla Whitaker, was 35 and his mother, Margret W. Pruitt, was 34. He married Ora Ellen Bishop in 1885, in Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Chaves, New Mexico, United States in 1910 and Roswell, Chaves, New Mexico, United States in 1920. In 1870, at the age of 17, his occupation is listed as works on farm in Spring Point Township, Cumberland, Illinois, United States. He died on 22 May 1925, in New Mexico, United States, at the age of 72, and was buried in South Park Cemetery, Roswell, Chaves, New Mexico, United States.

Photos & Memories (0)

Photos & Memories

Do you know this person? Do you have a story about him you would like to share? Sign in or Create a FREE Account

Family Time Line

John O'kayne Whitaker
1853–1925
Ora Ellen Bishop
1862–1939
Marriage: 1885
Everett C Whitaker
1885–1886
John Clifton Whitaker
1887–1953
Mable Whitaker
1890–1981
Verna Victoria Whitaker
1894–1985
William Clinton Whitaker
1898–1982

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
1885
Illinois, United States
children

(5)

Parents and Siblings

siblings

(7)

+2 More Children

World Events (8)

1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 3

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.
1856 · The Town of Santa Claus

Age 3

The town of Santa Fe was denied their application for a United States Postal Service as a town of Santa Fe, Indiana, was already established. Several meetings were held and the name was changed to Santa Claus, Indiana. The United States Postal Service granted their application. Due to the name, the post office in Santa Claus continues to receive thousands of letters to Santa Claus from children around the world each December.
1872 · The First National Park

Age 19

Yellowstone National Park was given the title of the first national park by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant. It is also believed to be the first national park in the world.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places named with Old English hwīt ‘white’ or hwǣte ‘wheat’ + æcer ‘cultivated land’, as for example Whitaker in Lancashire and Whitacre in Warwickshire (both ‘white field’) or Whiteacre in Kent and Wheatacre in Norfolk (both ‘wheat field’).

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

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • John O Whitaker in household of Margret Whitaker, "United States Census, 1870"
  • John O Wittaker, "United States Census, 1920"
  • John C Whitaker, "United States Census, 1900"

Find more of your family story

As a non-profit, we offer free help to anyone looking to learn the details of their family story.

Create a free account to view more about your family.
Create a free account
Share this with your family and friends.