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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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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