| Henry Whitaker was born in Fairview, Buncombe County, North Carolina on March 26, 1811, the son of William Whitaker Sr. and Mary Canady. On May 8, 1830, he married Margaret Jerusha Harper, the daughter of Lot and Mariam Whitaker Harper. She was born in Fairview on Feb. 27, 1807.
Henry Whitaker became a fairly well-to-do farmer, owning a mill and a large tract of land on what is now Old Fort at Church and Whitaker Roads. They had a family of eight children, and Henry died October 11, 1883. Jerusha died June 11, 1888, and both are buried in Cane Creek Cemetery in Fairview.
There children were:
Mariam, born Aug. 22, 1831, married Jesse Garren, the son of Eli and Synthia Ward Garren. Mariam and Jesse had three children, and she died Jan. 15, 1890. Jesse was born Dec. 28, 1828 and died Feb. 7, 1982.
William Whitaker, was born March 19, 1834, and died on March 12, 1938.
Lot Whitaker, was born February 20, 1836 and died in the Battle of Atlanta during the Civil War, on August 19, 1864.
John Whitaker, born April 30, 1838, died in the Battle of Murfresboro,
Tennessee on December 31, 1862. He was a first Sergeant in the Confederate
Mary Whitaker was born October 22, 1840 and married 1st, William Alexander McBrayer, son of William and Elizabeth Fortune McBrayer. They had two children who died as babies, and “Alec” who died of a wound received at the Battle of Murfresboro, Tenn. She married, secondly, Millington Lytle, the son of George and Ann Clark Lytle and they had two children.
Margaret was born March 27, 1844 and married first, Lewis Garren, son of
Eli and Synthia Ward Garren who died in the Civil War. They had one daughter
Mary Louise. Margaret married secondly, John Coston Mitchell, son of Elbert
and Elizabeth Coston Mitchell, and had eight additional children.
Jesse L., born November 28, 1846, married Martha Rosilla Garren, daughter
of Joseph and Bertha Russell Garren.
Soloman was born September 3, 1849, and married his first cousin Anner Harper, daughter of Alexander and Lucinda Sales Harper and they had a family
of at least six children.
–Heritage I, article #665, p. 363