Biography of J. P. Whitaker
Marin County, CA Biographies





J. P. Whitaker. The subject of this sketch, whose portrait appears in this work, was born in Hamilton county, Ohio, October:31, 1824. When about two years old, he, with parents, moved to Michigan, and after one year's residence, went to La Porte county, Indiana. In 1835 he moved to the State of Illinois; finally in February, 1836, his parents crossed the Mississippi river, locating in that part of Iowa now known as Van Buren county, they being among the very first settlers of that country, which at that time was a comparative wilderness, their nearest neighbor being a distance of ten miles from them. In 1849 Mr. Whitaker crossed the plains with an ox team, being five months on the road to Sacramento, enduring many trials and hardships, known and realized only by those who made the journey at this early date. He then proceeded to the Rough and Ready mines, remaining there until the month of March, 1851, when he returned to Sacramento, where he engaged in farming and dairying until the following year, when he again mined in Placer county for about five months, and in the Spring of 1853 came on his present farm, situated on the north side of the Estero San Antonio. Again, in 1854, he went to the mines, this time at Grizzly Flat, where he remained from June till the following September, when he returned to the farm he had located in the Spring of 1853, and here has made a permanent home. Mr. Whitaker married Miss Jane Carroll September 28, 1858. She was born in Ireland. She came to New York City when quite young, and was there educated, emigrating to this State with other members of the family in 1855, and engaged in teaching school in Sonoma county till her marriage. Mr. Whitaker has never taken any active part in public life, preferring to remain at home devoting his time and energies to the interest and education of his children, as he is strongly in favor of a liberal education. His two elder children, Gilbert and Lottie, are both graduates of prominent colleges of this coast; and the two younger of the family, Fred and Wallace, are still attending school. Mr. Whitaker has been a strong and life long advocate of total abstinence, believing that the greater portion of crime and misery in this world is caused by intemperance. During a residence of thirty years in this State, even amid the temptations of the early days, he has as yet his first glass of liquor to take.

From:
History of Marin County, California
Alley, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1880


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