J William Whittecar

10 April 1830–28 October 1904 (Age 74)
Des Moines, Iowa, United States

The Life of J William

When J William Whittecar was born on 10 April 1830, in Des Moines, Iowa, United States, his father, Nathaniel Whitaker, was 50 and his mother, Elizabeth Shepard, was 42. He married Catharine Jane Whitaker about 1855, in Leon, Decatur, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Bloomfield Township, Polk, Iowa, United States in 1870 and Valley Township, Polk, Iowa, United States in 1880. He died on 28 October 1904, in Mitchell, Davison, South Dakota, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Elk Point, Union, South Dakota, United States.

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Family Time Line

J William Whittecar
Catharine Jane Whitaker
Marriage: about 1855
Frances Marion Whittecar
Marselis Whittecar
Arthur E Whitaker
William Spencer Whittecar
Ida H. Whittecar
George N Whittecar
Cyrus Hampton Whittecar
Martha Elizabeth Whittecar
Vercy Mae Whitaker
Dennis Fleet Whittecar

Spouse and Children

about 1855
Leon, Decatur, Iowa, United States


    Frances Marion Whittecar


    William Spencer Whittecar


    Marselis Whittecar


    Ida H. Whittecar



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World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 2

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

Age 16

Iowa is the 29th state.
1857 · The State Capital moves to Des Moines

Age 27

The Capitol was located in Iowa City until the 1st General Assembly of Iowa recognized that the Capitol should be moved farther west than Iowa City. Land was found two miles from the Des Moines River to start construction of the new building. Today the Capitol building still stands on its original plot.

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Sources (3)

  • J W Whitaker, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Wm Whitaker, "United States Census, 1860"
  • William Whitaker, "United States Census, 1880"

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