Madison G. Whitaker Papers, 1839-1915 | East Texas Research Center

By Linda Comingore 1979, Natasha McClanahan 1992

Collection Overview

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ID: A/45

Extent: 1.5 Linear Feet

Subjects: Genealogy, Nacogdoches (Tex.) -- History -- Sources, Texas -- History -- Revolution, 1835-1836, Veterans -- Texas -- Nacogdoches, Whitaker, Madison G., b. 1811 -- Correspondence

Abstract

Deeds, survey plats, indentures, field notes, land grants, receipts, correspondence, and estate papers relating to the prominent early day Nacogdoches citizen and his heirs. Includes genealogical material relating to the Whitaker and Fitts families.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Included in these papers are deeds, survey plats, indentures, field notes, land grants, receipts, promissory notes, a limited amount of personal and business correspondence, and estate papers of Madison G. Whitaker. Also included is a limited amount of genealogical material on the Fitts and Whitaker families.

Collection Historical Note

Madison G. Whitaker, veteran of the battle of San Jacinto and state senator, was born on April 4, 1811, in Lincoln County, Tennessee, the son of John and Nancy (Guest or Guess) Whitaker. In 1835 he emigrated to Nacogdoches, Texas, and enlisted as a sergeant in the Nacogdoches company commanded by Capt. Thomas J. Rusk in October 1835, marching with it to San Antonio de Bexar. The General Council of the provisional government elected him second lieutenant of the revolutionary army in November of 1835, but he declined the commission. Instead, he enlisted as a private in the Nacogdoches Volunteer Company.

Whitaker fought at the battle of San Jacinto and was discharged on June 6, 1836. He appears as number thirty-three in the painting The Surrender of Santa Anna by William H. Huddle, which hangs in the Capitol in Austin. Whitaker was then briefly a captain in the Texas Rangers. In 1853 he was elected senator to the Fifth and Sixth Texas legislatures, representing Nacogdoches and Angelina counties. He was a longtime member of the board of trustees of Nacogdoches University, serving as treasurer, vice president, and president, and helped to found the rural Liberty School, north of Nacogdoches, in 1836.

M. G. Whitaker was a Mason and a longtime member of the Texas Veterans Association. He married Henrietta M. Fitts on August 25, 1841, and they had eight children. He died on January 23, 1893, in Nacogdoches County and was buried in Old North Church Cemetery.

(Brown, Donald G. "Whitaker, Madison G." The New Handbook of Texas.  Austin: Texas State Historical Society, 1996. p. 924).

Subject/Index Terms

Genealogy
Nacogdoches (Tex.) -- History -- Sources
Texas -- History -- Revolution, 1835-1836
Veterans -- Texas -- Nacogdoches
Whitaker, Madison G., b. 1811 -- Correspondence


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Deeds:

Trustees of Nacogdoches University to M. G. Whitaker, 1867. Edward Malloch, guardian of Catherine Blackburn, to M. G. Whitaker, 1861. R. H. Irion to J. M. Hawkins, 1880. Nicholas Moore, administrator of Richard Parmalee estate, to M. G. Whitaker, 1856. Madison G. Whitaker to Lewis Ezell and Jerry Terry, 1883. Executors of Robert W. Smith to Madison G. Whitaker, 1856. Courtney Ann Boatner by attorney C. A. Boatner to Eli F. Box, 1875-1878. W. T. Summers to J. F. Buckner, 1882. Edward Malloch and wife Lucy E. Malloch to M. G. Whitaker; bill of sale agreement is attached, 1861. M. G. Whitaker to J. E. Capps, 1885. S. Bullin to M. G. Whitaker, 1888. Robert Mosby to M. G. Whitaker, 1880. A. C. Watson and wife and R. G. Bruton and wife to M. G. Whitaker, 1890. Stephen F. Sparks to M. G. Whitaker, 1853. Peyton F. Edwards to M. G. Whitaker, 1869. Susannah Doyell to F. J. Ham and Isaac Whitaker, 1852. H. C. Whitaker, admin. of Isaac Whitaker, to M. G. Whitaker, 1856. Eli Box and wife to M. G. Whitaker, 1886. J. M. Rambo to M. G. Whitaker; field notes for 1000 acres, 1877. (2 docs.) Rena Buchanan to Ed Whitaker, 1901.

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Indentures, sales, suits re Jose Antonio Longoria League, Angelina County:

Augustus Hotchkiss to Charles M. Gould, 1839. (2 docs.) Charles M. Gould to Otis M. Wheeler, 1844. Romanzo W. Montgomery vs. John G. Berry, administrator of Wm. M. Loyd, et al, 1852-1855. James H. Starr to Romanzo W. Montgomery, release of Starr's interest in said league; blank page labeled "Sketch of Juan Antonio Longoria League", attached, 1859. (2 docs)

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Miscellaneous documents:

Land plat, M. G. Whitaker estate- no date, no place, no names. Fragment of field notes: "John Tacker 100 acres not taken...", n.d. Fragment of deed signed by Clifton Wells, deputy for G. B. Crain, 1876. Receipt to R. D. Whitaker for exchange, First National Bank, Nacogdoches to Dallas, 11/28/1890. Fragment of note, R. B. Powell to M. G. Whitaker, n. d. Two small pages of biographical dates: 1) marriage and birth dates, Fitts family, 2) birth and death dates of M. G. Whitaker, M. G. Whitaker, Jr., Henrietta M., wife of M. G. Whitaker. Field notes of... G. Luna League... for J. M. Miller, n. d. Survey of ... part of the Hiram Richey Survey... n. d. Note, S. F. Bancom to T. J. Lloyd, rough pencil copy, 1888. Contract and agreement between R. D. Whitaker and Mrs. E. Paine, 1908. Incomplete sale agreement between J. M. Hawkins and wife and J. L. Lang, for land in Nacogdoches, 1893. Antique cloth bag labeled "Louisiana Power Co.,... Buck Shot."

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Original land grant documents:

To Madison G. Whitaker, 1st class land grant, by virtue of Certificate # 63 (1 Feb. 1838) Sept. 3, 1850. To Madison G. Whitaker, 1st class land grant, by virtue of Certificate # 63 (1 Feb. 1838) Sept. 4, 1850. Donation grant to Madison G. Whitaker, Oct. 8, 1846. Headright grant to William C. Johnson, Feb. 7, 1846. Land grant to heirs of William Whitaker, Sept. 2, 1850.

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Miscellaneous papers:

Empty envelope. 1895. Voter registration certificate, Nacogdoches County...1871. Receipts to R. D. Whitaker: Ingraham, Ratcliff, & Ingraham (insurance), 1893. B. S. Wettermark (Nacogdoches Compress & Warehouse), 1897. C. J. Whitaker (interest in notes), 1898. Letters, business, to R. D. Whitaker: John T. Lucas, Sacul, Texas, 1910. Carson- Morris Co., Willis, Texas, 1897. Letters, personal, to R. D. Whitaker: Mattie Bonham, Texarkana, Ark., 1899. H.(?) G. Kimbrough, Dutch Mills, Ark., 1895. M. G. Whitaker estate papers: Receipt from W. P. Mims for casket, 1893. Receipt from Carraway for money received, 1894. Inventory of estate, ca. 1893. Unidentified, undated account sheets. Small ducking money sack marked "First National Bank, Nacogdoches, Texas, $100."

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Deeds and survey plats:

C. R. Jenkins and wife to Abe Forney, 1894. Victoria Durrett to T. J. Lloyd, 1900. G. B. and S. E. Crain to Ed Whitaker, 1896. John Brewer to W. W. Albritten, 1876. B. F. Hitchcock to M. G. Whitaker, 1890. Edward Whitaker, R. D. Whitaker, M. G. Whitaker, Jr., Olivia McKneeley to M. G. Whitaker, Sr., 1891. L. S. Whitaker and wife to J. W. Whitaker, 1884. B. K. King to R. O. Moore; R. O. Moore and wife to W. L. Harrison and J. A. Kelly, 1896. W. W. Albritton and wife to R. D. Whitaker, 1895. L. L. Martin and Nannie Martin to R. D. Whitaker, 1900. J. T. Buckner and wife to W. C. Lilly, 1890. Ed Whitaker, et al, to R. D. Whitaker, et al, 1912. 13. Ed Whitaker to R. D. Whitaker, 1902.

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Deeds and survey plats:

Charles. Hoya to O. C. Baker, 1898. R. D. Whitaker to Rolloe Blackshear, 1900. W. A. Gibbins and wife to Ed and R. D. Whitaker, 1877. O. C. Baker and Ella Baker to L. L. Martin, 1900. J. W. Byrd to R. D. Whitaker, 1910. Ed Whitaker to R. D. Whitaker, 1899. R. B. Powell and wife to R. D. Whitaker, executor, 1899. J. S. Russell to J. H. Biggs, 1896. W. C. Allen and wife, Ella; Ed G. Bruton; Mrs. Adna Watson; F. M. Bonham and wife, O. M.; C. J. Whitaker; M. G. Whitaker, Jr. - all heirs of estate of M. G. Whitaker, dec'd., to R. D. Whitaker, 1899. E. G. Evans to F. P. Stancil, 1886. Gus Upshaw and wife, Ella, to R. D. Whitaker, 1883. W. H. Gibbin to Gus Upshaw, 1879. Gus and Ella Upshaw to R. D. Whitaker, 1885. 14. Plats of Gertrude Luan League, Freestone County (2), n. d.

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Promissory notes - all land notes:

J. B. Leggett to R. D. Whitaker, 1888. (2 docs.) J. L. Rushing to J. A. Murphy, 1896. (3 docs.) L. L. Martin to O. C. Baker, 1898. (2 docs.) R. O. Moore to B. K. King, 1889. J. H. Biggs to J. S. Russell, 1895. (2 docs.) E. G. Evans to M. G. Whitaker; R. D. Whitaker claim against Evans estate, 1884, 1886. (2 docs.) J. S. Russell to J. W. Blackburn, 1895. W. L. Harrison to R. O. Moore, 1903. Abe Forney to C. R. Judkins and wife Ella T., 1894.

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Miscellaneous:

Land suit conducted for Madison G. Whitaker by R. T. Mills, W. D. Daniels, W. C. Wilson, Alexander Beaton, 1867. Land sale contracts: a. L. B. Leggett and wife, Anna, with Mrs. Frances A. Leggett, 1890. b. J. F. Bates and wife with J. N. and W. R. Sitton, 1897. Insurance Policies: a. R. D. Whitaker with German American, on brick building, 1911. b. R. D. Whitaker with Fidelity, N.Y., on dwelling, 1908-13. Lease of property: R. D. Whitaker to Erving Williams, 1902. Letters, personal: J. B. Leggett to "Bob," 1890. Anna B. to "Dear Brother," 1897. Adna Watson to "Dear Brother," 1898. Walter C. Allen to R. D. Whitaker, 1899. Niece "Carrie" to R. D. Whitaker, 1901. Account sheets, 1895, 1896, 1909. Official deed envelope- empty. Tax receipts (15), 1874-1908.

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Family pictures, not identified, no dates. (2 photos) Rusk Monumental Association- printed letter to the public from M. G. Whitaker, 1887. Postal from Tacker to R. D. Whitaker, 1897. Tax receipts: Confederate tax, 1862; Occupation Tax, 1863. Flyer, evidently reprint from newspaper account, of George N. Aldridge's speech for "Judge Clark" for governor, against Gov. Hogg, ca. 1892
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Deeds, 1835-1910:

M. G. Whitaker to John C. Chancy, 1879. P. R. McSwane to S. Bellin, 1883. Miss Carrie Bruton to R. D. Whitaker, 1899. J. R. Clute and wife, R. A., to R. F. King, 1877. George Clevenger, administrator of W. C. Johnson, to R. Parmalee, 1854. J. C. Fondren and wife to Joe Reindle, 1902. R. D. Whitaker and wife, Nancy, to Ed Whitaker, 1902. Ed Whitaker to R. D. Whitaker, 1897. (2 docs.) Ed Whitaker to R. D. Whitaker, 1882. F. P. Stancil to R. D. Whitaker, 1886. R. D. Whitaker to J. B. Leggett, 1888. J. M. Blackburn and wife, O. A., to R. D. Whitaker, 1899. Release of R. D. Whitaker to J. M. Blackburn and wife, 1899.

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Deeds, 1835-1910:

Otis M. Wheeler to Romanzo W. Montgomery, 1850. M. G. Whitaker to James Bullin, 1884. Sarah A. Liles, et al, to Victoria Durrett, et al, 1900. James Upshaw to E. G. Evans, 1885. R. D. Whitaker to M. G. Whitaker, 1890. Ed Whitaker to M. G. Whitaker, Jr., 1898. J. H. Biggs and wife to R. D. Whitaker, 1896. William. P. Mims to E. Whitaker, 1895. R. O. Moore and Sarah Moore to W. L. Harrison and J. A. Kelly, 1903. Mary E. Lucas, et al, to R. D. Whitaker, 1910. Lewis King and wife to R. D. Whitaker, 1905. J. E. Capps to M. G. Whitaker, 1891. Juan Antonio Longoria to Augusta Hotchkiss, 1835 - true copy in Spanish, 1852. Frost Thorn to M. G. Whitaker, 1850.

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Promissory notes, land, 1888-1903:

Lewis King to Abe and Ollie Forney, 1895 (3 docs.) R. O. Moore to B. K. King, 1889. (3 docs.) Abe Forney to C. R. Judkins and wife, Eliza F., 1892, 1894 (3 docs.) L. L. Martin to O. C. Baker, 1898. (2 docs.) Lewis King to W. J. Campbell, 1903. Wilkes Stegall (?) to M. G. Whitaker, 1892. J. B. Leggett to R. D. Whitaker, 1888. John W. Baker to Edward Whitaker, 1891. Wash Moore to M. G. Whitaker, 1892.

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Insurance policies, R. D. Whitaker, 1908:

Letter, George C. and F. H. Ingraham. German-American Co., for mercantile building. Fire Association of Philadelphia, for mercantile building. Philadelphia Underwriters, for dwelling.

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Power of attorney papers, 1898-1911:

M. F. Bonham and wife, O. M., heirs of M. G. Whitaker, Miller County, Arkansas, to R. D. Whitaker, Nacogdoches, August 1898. Ed Whitaker, M. G. Whitaker, Jr., Clint Whitaker, Adna Watson (widow), Anna Bruton (widow), O. M. McKneely (widow), heirs of M. G. Whitaker, to R. D. Whitaker, April 1898. O. M. Bonham, et al, to R. D. Whitaker, September 1901. Letter from M. F. Bonham, 1911, to R. D. Whitaker re request of King & King, Nacogdoches, to become attorneys-at-law for M. G. Whitaker heirs. Copy of King & King's request. Reply of Whitaker to Bonham.

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Field Notes-John A. Tacker Survey. In pencil, sketch on worn, torn half sheet of paper; probably is for property in Freestone County. Letters and card, business, 1899-1911. Short letter re insurance, deeds, sale of property. (7 docs.)
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Accounts and receipts, 1881-1907. (17 docs.)

Identified docs: bill of court costs, church subscription, stock in Nacogdoches Oil Co., R. R. donation, stock in Nacogdoches Compress and Warehouse Co., A. Wettermark and Son, Bankers, M. G. Whitaker estate.

Envelope, stamped, addressed to Mrs. T. Whitaker, Douglass, Texas, from F. G. Kimbrough, Dutch Mill, Ark. (letter lacking).

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Miscellaneous documents:

Tax receipts to R. D. Whitaker, 1875-1906. (55 docs.)

1870s - 9 receipts. 1880s - 7 receipts. 1890s - 10 receipts. 1900s - 29 receipts.

Tax redemption receipts, 1890-1902. (4 docs.) Brown envelope containing papers. Penciled note saying: "Tax and other receipts old, old receipts."

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Tax receipts, 1873-1899. (16 docs.)
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Flyers:

'Senator Garwood's Great Appeal to the People of Texas!" "Address of Hon. George Clark, Democratic Candidate for Governor of Texas," 1892.

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Miscellaneous correspondence, 1896-1901. (3 docs.)
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State and county tax receipts for Freestone County, 1859-1899. (22 docs.)
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State and county tax receipts for Hopkins County, 1877-1880. (4 docs.)
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State and county tax receipts for Nacogdoches County, 1861- 1898. (31 docs.)
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State and county tax receipts for Navarro County, 1859. (1 doc.)
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State and county tax receipts for Smith County, 1859-1886. (10 docs.)
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State and county tax receipts for Van Zandt County, 1859-1880. (5 docs.)
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State and county tax receipts for Wood County, 1859-1897. (15 docs.)
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State and county tax receipts, miscellaneous,1857-1873. (6 docs)
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State and county tax receipts, mostly Nacogdoches County, some Confederate, 1849-1911. (13 docs.)
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Not in Folder: Medium-sized wooden box with "M. G. Whitaker, Sr., Tax receipts" penciled on it. (It was originally a Standard Silver Ware Co. box.), ca. 1870s.

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