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


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

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

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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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