Whitaker, Altizer, Feud, Moonshine, Tazewell, Virginia, Va.
Any questions or new info are welcomed.
I have enjoyed reading about Whitaker Ridge and would like to learn more about it. I have heard stories growing up but it was like a big mystery as my dad, Jerry Whitaker, wasn't allowed to go there. His dad was Wade Mack Whitaker and his dad was John. As far as I know they lived in southern WV in McDowell county. I heard Wade was from the Big Creek area. Any information about this line of Whitakers would be appreciated. Thanks!
Eric, drop me an e-mail with some time frames. What years they were there. Ages, DOB and what have you. I have heard of a couple Jerimiah's and John's.
Your grandfather Wade Mack Whitaker and My Grandfather John Henry Whitaker were brothers. I have lots of information and id like to compare notes too. Send me an email email@example.com.
My dad is from war and went to big creek high school. My cousin still lives there.
Thank you Gary for the newspaper clips! I am searching my Dunford ancestry and have found that the Whitakers, Barnetts, Altizers, Dunfords, Christians and Davidsons are all connected! WOW! I appreciate the clips! Thanks again for sharing! Peggy.
Gary, I have a question about Thomas Whittaker and Mary Altizer. My mother was an Altizer, so would like to know Mary’s parents. And any children they may have had. Thanks
My mother’s grandfather was Jimmy B, father Bliss!
Sorry Gary, that should be Nannie Lou Altizer, not Mary.
Very interresting since i am a whitaker and more than likely related. My dad grew up in the same area.
What was your fathers name and when did he live in the area?
Gary, I remember stopping by to see Mertie and she would be sitting on the porch smoking her corn cob pipe! She was a sweet lady!!
Thanks so much for your comment. Mertie was quite a lady. Whitaker Ridge was and still is a beautiful and wild place.
I grew up on Whittaker Ridge and now I live on Greasy Creek..so we still go up there all the time...I love it here!!!
My granny and great aunt were Whittakers.I think Hiram was their brother.Their dad was Dock Snead Whittaker
i think the name was spelled with one t not two
Howdy cousin. Hiram and Dock Snead were brothers. Mertie was one of Dock's daughters. Here is a list of Dock's children;
1. Jennette Belle WHITAKER, b. 27 May 1882, Tazewell Co. VA , d. 16 Jan 1969, Chilhowie, VA
2. Frances Catherine WHITAKER, b. 18 Aug 1884, Tazewell Co. VA , d. 17 May 1969, Jacksonville, FL
3. Myrtle Zarilda WHITAKER, b. Jan 1886, d. 16 Jul 1965
4. Peery Brittain WHITAKER, b. 10 Aug 1888, d. 1957, California
5. James Robert Whitten WHITAKER, b. 19 Dec 1890, d. 25 Dec 1921
6. Nannie Rae WHITAKER, b. May 1893
7. Hobert McKinley WHITAKER, b. Dec 1895, d. 25 Jun 1966
8. William L. Graham WHITAKER, b. Oct 1897, Tazewell Co. VA , d. 28 Oct 1922, Whitaker Ridge, Tazewell, Co. VA
9. Rachel WHITAKER, b. Sep 1900, d. 1994
10. Elsie Jane WHITAKER, b. 1903, d. 4 Sep 1989, Jacksonville, FL
My great grandfather is Hobert McKinley WHITAKER, b. Dec 1895, d. 25 Jun 1966
I would like to learn more about the family tree. My grandmother grew up on Whittaker ridge.
My grandfather was Peery Brittain Whittaker....my grandmother added the extra T. While his family live on the west coast I was raised in Virginia for the most part and now live only a few miles from Whitaker Ridge.
My grandmother was nora whittaker harman and her father
Wow, great to hear from you. I do have quite a lot of info on that part of the Harman family. They were quite colorful.I believe these were Nora's children.
1. James Newton HARMAN, b. 17 Dec 1909, Tazewell Co. VA Find all individuals with events at this location, d. 5 Jul 1975, Fort Wayne, Allen Co. IN Find all individuals with events at this location
2. William Taft HARMAN, b. ca 1909, Tazewell Co. VA Find all individuals with events at this location
3. Anna M. HARMAN, b. 05 Sep 1915, Tazewell Co. VA Find all individuals with events at this location, d. 15 Oct 1938, McDowell Co. WV Find all individuals with events at this location
4. Henry Grat HARMAN, b. 03 Feb 1917, Tazewell Co. VA Find all individuals with events at this location, d. 20 Sep 1957, Welch, McDowell Co. WV Find all individuals with events at this location
5. Roy T. HARMAN, b. ca 1918, Tazewell Co. VA Find all individuals with events at this location
6. Tena HARMAN
William Taft Harman was my father.
I don't know much about his siblings. Grandmother Nora was a
School teacher in her younger years.
My granny was Francis ( Fanny )Whitaker , and my great aunt was Elsie.My dad was named after Peery Brittain WhitakerThe rest I didnt know well.I was especially close to Aunt Elsie .She was very special to me and my brother.She was kind of tough on the outside but kind to us.
Elsie Jane Whitaker died in 1989; I do not believe she had any children. Peery Brittain Whitaker was a singer and banjo player. I have a picture of him with Alex Barnett that I will be putting on the website. Frances Catherine WHITAKER, died in 1969 and was married to Alex Barnett. Your dad was Peery Brittain Barnett, I do not know when he was born or died. I would guess around 1920. He married Hazel Alexander Johnson. They had at least 2 children who were; . Marvin Johnson Barnett and Michael Barnett. I assume you are one of the 2.
Hey,Thanks for the pic of grandpa and uncle peery.Elsie had no kids.My dad actually spelt his name Perry.He was born in 1918.He died in 2008.My mom was a JohnsTon.She is still with us at 92.I am Michael (Mike) Barnett.I have a lot of pictures of the families you might be interested in if I can figure out how to send them!
Mike, I would love the pics. You can scan them or bring them to CVS or somewhere similar. I will e-mail you some articles like Mertie's brother getting killed in a card game, Doc and an Altizer getting arrested for moonshining. I have lots of crazy stuff.
Hi Gary! I would appreciate a copy of any of the Whitaker,Dunford, Barnett, Altizer pictures! I am a granddaughter of Sam Dunford. My Aunt Bessie married Graham Whitaker. Raymond Whitaker & his wife Rose lived across the road from us in Yukon. If you have a pic of them that would be nice too. I really enjoy your site!! Thank you for sharing all this great info! I think I am related to almost everyone in Tazewell County! I look forward to hearing from you! Thanks again! Peggy.
Google linked me to this page, nice reading
Glad you came here. I have lots of info I hope to add when time allows.
Love what you're doing. Often thought of something similar myself as I lived on Whitaker Ridge for some time.
But just as an FYI: the picture you have labeled as "lots of Altizers" are actually of a family of Alleys. The mother was an Altizer, but they were from Montgomery Co. and probably never heard of Whitaker Ridge.
Also, I could probably make you a better map than the one you have on the front page; one identifying just where familys lived on Whitaker Ridge.... when people actually lived there.
Thanks so much for the info. I would love to sit down with you sometime, I have hundreds of pages of info that can be hard to figure exactly what it is after all these years.. I will delete the photo and anything you can help me out with will be more than welcomed. The info I have includes many of the families in the area.
Interesting to read of people you have heard of all your life by your parents, but never met. Wonders never cease
Congrats on your new site! Your family certainly has a rich history.
See you all soon,
Christine, Chris & Family
Hi, I just stumbled onto this website and want to thank Gary for setting it up. I'm Wayne Whittaker, son of Peery (Perry) Whittaker) I'm told my mom added the extra t. I look forward to learning more about my ancestors
It that Peery the singer, banjo playing brother of Mertie, Child of Dock?
yes it is that's his picture on the right of the bottom photo
I have emailed you a couple of news clippings involving Graham, Peery and Mertie.
Hi I am a Whitaker with ancestors from Tazewell Co and Whitaker Ridge. My grandfather was Charles Francis Whitaker and his father was George Everett. I am looking for information on my family. I need someone's help. Please email me. I made a trip to Whitaker Ridge recently and to Welch. My grandfather died in 1944. He was born in Tazewell Co. in 1908. I would appreciate anyone's help!
Nice to hear from you Melvin; Charles Francis Whitaker was born in 1908 and in 1910 lived in Jeffersonville, Tazewell, his wife was Ollie Thea Turner and they had 4 children Melvin Whitaker, Sadie Whitaker, Emory Whitaker and Jetty Whitaker and his father was George Everett born in Nov of 1881 and Emma Jane Steffey. George had 5 children; Charles, Eugene, Buster, Woodrow and Vernit. George’s father and mother were Jeremiah Whitaker March 1848 and Hannah Chistian July 1850 in Tazewell. He may have had 2 wifes, 6 children with one 2 with the other. His father and mother were James S. Whitaker and Nancy Petts, etc. I will email you.
Thanks! My grandfather was Charles. His children were Eugene, Leonard, Charles Jr. Don, Pete, Kenneth and Betty. George was the father of Charles, Buster, Frank, Sadie, Jetty, Woodrow and Vernit.
I cannot find where my great grandparents are buried and I cannot find my grandfathers burial place.
I wrote a short story about JErmiah. A made up one just to go in the family book.! Was Whitaker Ridge in Va and WVA? I have been to the WVA side. Actually I was there last week. Hopefully I can have the privilege to meet you! So are we kin?
Yes we are kin. Jeremiah's father (James S.) had a son Hiram who is my great grandfather. Also he had Dock Snead as a son as well who was Mertie's father. So yes you are related to many of the people mentioned on this site. Whitaker Ridge as far as I know ends at the West Virginia line. I am not sure and will double check that That is what made it such a great moonshining area.
We should setup a phone call. Much easier to communicate that way.
Gary, I would be delighted to talk to you! I would like to meet you as well!
I have been searching for so much on my family. My dad is getting older and doesn't remember much. I need to keep our heritage alive.
You are a prayer answered!
I TRIED TO FIND YOU BY CALLING 411! ARE YOU IN THE TAZEWELL AREA? MY NUMBER IS 540-818-4013
No, I am in Yankee country. My father who was the last living sibling of William Riley Whitaker died recently. He got a job at Pratt and Whitney after the War. I will drop you an email. I have been very busy and have things going on every day.
I am very intersted in getting to more about the family. I am thinking that my grandfather and his father came from Tazewell, Va. I want to travel back there next week and try to find Whiaker Ridge on the Virginia side and the Whitaker cemetary.
We got disconnected during out telephone conversation. My battery went out on me. I am sorry! I hope to talk to you again soon!
Melvin, I will give you call next week. I will try for Monday or Tuesday.
Hi, My grandfather is James Franklin Whitaker, married Marguarite Schreiber. My Great Grandfather is James William Whitaker who came from Ohio , he married Jenny Parker from Ohio. My great great grandfather is William Whitaker who married Amanda Chance. I am trying to get information on the Whitaker family in that area or find out if this side of the Whitakers is part of your side. Can you help? Thanks Diane Whitaker-Wenzel
Hi Diane! I will be glad to help! My Aunt Cora Bessie Dunford m. William Graham Whitaker. Their kids: Darie Whitaker and I will get back to you on the other one, I THINK Lucille was their daughter. I have a picture of her when she was small! Dock Whittaker is WGW's Dad. This family is from Tazewell County, VA. If you look at the clips on this site you can find more info on this family!! Peggy.
Peggy, I will send you a clip on William Graham Whitaker's murder. Also you should check out my cousins website - http://appalachianaristocracy.com/search.php
Diane, I do not have anything on them. You might want to check my cousins website http://appalachianaristocracy.com/search.php she has info on thousands of families in the area.
Hey Gary! Thank you SO VERY MUCH for ANY info on ANY of my ancestors! I dearly appreciate your help! If I can help you with info just let me know! Looking forward to hearing from you again! I have really enjoyed your site! Hooray for you and your hard work! Thank you! Peggy Dunford W.
My family is traced back so far to Obed Whitaker. Does that name ring a bell to anyone ? He would have married Elisabeth Neel and they had son James and daughter Rachel.
My family roots go back to Obediah Whitaker, married Elizabether Neel, Had son James and daughter Rachel, Next generation Wiiliam Whitaker married Amanda Chase, had a son James William Whitaker, who married Jenny Parker, they had 3 children Emerson, James and Iris , James is my grandfather.
I didn't know about this feud, nor am I related. However, remind me not to tick you off when we're bowling.
Interesting family history.
Do not ever spill another pitcher of beer on me.
Anyone have information on farmers funeralhomesinrichlands ? I am trying trying to find information on my grandfather chatles francis whitaker? I cannot locate his grave
once again I have traveled to War and visited the cemetery there and was unable to locate my grandfathers grave. I have called every funeral home in the are and no one had his body. Richlands hospital refuse to release any information in regards to his death in 1944. His name was Charles Francis Whitaker. I want to locate his burial spot
Gary. I loved reading your articles on the Altizers, Whitaker or Whittaker depending on who you ask. 9My mother (deceased) was Pauline H. D. Whittaker sister to Mrs. Shirley W. Puckett, daughters of Fannie and Hobert Whittaker of Whittaker Ridge. Terry Damron.
My grandmother was nora whitaker harman.
I would love to know about her relatives.
hiram whitaker was her father
I was recently at the Tazewell County va library. I happened across the Obits for Hiram Whitaker, your great grandfather. Somehow I forgot to capture the actually year of death from the Clinch Valley News, but it does have the day and month he died and says he was 76 years old. In 1940 census, living in his home was Bob Crockett 89 (born 1851) who was Hirams father-in-law. I am trying to help one of Bob's (Robert) family find his obits or death certificate. If you're still on this page and want to contact me, I'd be happy to send you what I have on him. Take care, Sheila
Raised and live in Bandy, at the foot of Whitakerridge, most of my family was raised on Whitakerridge. Alex Barnett was my grandfather.
One queston, which Whitaker shot Dan Dunford?m If you know.
My nanny dads is bliss moody altizer. She was telling me stories today. Maybe you can shot me and email so we can talk more. I’d like to get more information about this.
Hi I'm looking for my family my grandfather Roy j Whitaker is from Whitaker ridge he had a twin named joy he has past but my grandmother tells me this is where he is from if anyone has any info please let me know
According to familysearch.org, Noah Altizer was my 1st cousin 3 x removed. My grandmother was Agnes Altizer Williamson, her father was William Fulton Altizer, and his father was William Riley Altizer. The clip about Bliss Altizer shooting Tom Short mentions that Magistrate Beavers released him on a $1000 bond. Any idea what his first name was? My 2x great grandfather was Moses Beavers whose father was James W, Beavers. No wonder my grandmother never talked much about her relatives!
My name is Gary Whitaker and William Riley Whitaker was my Grandfather.