Emma Alice Whitehead

29 May 1860–7 February 1953 (Age 92)
Nelson, Kentucky, United States

The Life of Emma Alice

When Emma Alice Whitehead was born on 29 May 1860, in Nelson, Kentucky, United States, her father, James Monroe Whitehead, was 23 and her mother, Sarah Cunningham, was 24. She married Henry Johnson Wilks on 1 January 1879, in Caruthersville, Pemiscot, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. She lived in Little Prairie Township, Pemiscot, Missouri, United States for about 20 years and San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States for about 10 years. She died on 7 February 1953, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 92, and was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

Henry Johnson Wilks
Emma Alice Whitehead
Marriage: 1 January 1879
Delia Wilks
Addie Muriel Wilks
Mary Emma Wilks
William Henry Wilks

Spouse and Children

1 January 1879
Caruthersville, Pemiscot, Missouri, United States


Parents and Siblings



    Joseph Franklin Whitehead



    James Monroe Whitehead Jr.


    John Henderson Whitehead



+1 More Child

World Events (8)


Age 1

Kentucky sided with the Union during the Civil War, even though it is a southern state.

Age 3

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Age 26

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.

Name Meaning

1 English and Scottish: nickname for someone with fair or prematurely white hair, from Middle English whit ‘white’ + heved ‘head’.2 Irish (Connacht): erroneous translation of Ó Ceanndubháin ‘descendant of the little black-headed one’ ( see Canavan ), as if from Gaelic ceann ‘head’ + bán ‘white’.3 Translated form of German Weisshaupt ( see Weishaupt ) or Weisskopf ( see Weiskopf ).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Emma Wilks in household of Henry J Wilks, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Emma Whitehead in household of James Whitehead, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Emma A Wilks, "United States Census, 1900"

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