Fess Whitaker
and Samantha Mantie Ison

Fess Whitaker and His Family Going to His Job as Jailer of Letcher Co, KY

Fess Whitaker
and Samantha Ison

Fess Whitaker, Author of His Autobiography, "History of Corporal Fess Whitaker"

Fess Whitaker b 17 Jun 1880 Rockhouse, Letcher Co KY d 18 Sept 1927 Sandlick, Letcher Co KY as a result of an auto accident; buried Rockhouse, Letcher Co KY; s/o Isaac Whitaker and Matilda Hogg. Fess Whitaker military service; Co L 4th KY Volunteers enlisted 12 Feb 1898. Fess Whitaker wrote his autobiography and called it the History of Corporal Fess Whitaker. Fess Whitaker m. Dec 1904 Whitesburg, Letcher Co KY to Samantha "Mantie" Ison b 19 Oct 1880 Linefork, Letcher Co KY d 26 Dec 1948; served her late husband's unexpired term as jailer 1928; d/o Jefferson Jeptha Ison and Mary Stamper. While serving as a stand in jailer, a lynch mob of about 3000 people took black man, Leonard Wood and hanged him at Pound VA. See Obituary. Children of Fess Whitaker and Samantha Mantie Ison;

1. Carl Whitaker b 23 Oct 1905 Blackey, Letcher Co KY d 2 Oct 1939 Blackey, Letcher Co KY; buried Fess Whitaker Cemetery, Letcher Co KY.

2. Gale Whitaker b 30 Dec 1909 Amarillo, Potter Co, TX (or Blackey, Letcher Co KY) d 18 Nov 1944 Danville, Boyle Co KY; buried Fess Whitaker Cemetery, Letcher Co KY; m. Eula Bell McIntosh b 29 May 1911 d 15 May 1973 Letcher Co KY; buried Fess Whitaker Cemetery, Letcher Co KY. See Obituary. Children of Gale Whitaker and Eula Bell McIntosh;

i. Betty Gale Whitaker (f) b 3 Aug 1934 d 6 Jan 1972; m. Male Blair

ii. Billy Ann Whitaker (f)

3. Kirkwood Whitaker b 5 Jun 1912 Blackey, Letcher Co KY d 24 Jul 1933 Eolia, Letcher co KY; killed in a plane crash; buried Fess Whitaker Cemetery, Letcher Co KY. See News Article About Plane Crash

4. Langley Whitaker b 1919 Blackey, Letcher Co KY

5. James Dudley Whitaker b 8 Feb 1923 Letcher Co KY d 10 Oct 1991 Trimble Co KY; buried Fess Whitaker Cemetery, Letcher Co KY; Sgt. US Army, Medical Corps

6. Carrie Lee Whitaker b 18 Oct 1907 Letcher Co KY d 1 Apr 1987; buried Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Fayette Co KY; m. abt 1938 to Albert Owen Hitt b 4 Jun 1899 d 28 Jun 1982; buried Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Fayette Co KY; s/o William Henry Hitt Jr and Jenny L Moore.


Fess Whitaker and
Mary Jane Brown

Fess Whitaker b 17 Jun 1880 Rockhouse, Letcher Co KY d 18 Sept 1927 Sandlick, Letcher Co KY as a result of an auto accident; buried Rockhouse, Letcher Co KY; s/o Isaac Whitaker and Matilda Hogg. Fess Whitaker m. about 1900 to (1) Mary Jane Brown b 1880 Letcher Co KY d 3 Jan 1954; buried Smoot Creek, Van, Letcher Co KY; d/o William Tecumseh Brown and Letitia Day. Child of Fess Whitaker and Mary Jane Brown;

1. Ollie Katharine Whitaker b 17 Oct 1901


Mary Jane Brown
and George Washington Collins

Mary Jane Brown b 1880 Letcher Co KY d 3 Jan 1954; buried Smoot Creek, Van, Letcher Co KY; d/o William Tecumseh Brown and Letitia Day. Mary Jane Brown m. 10 Feb 1904 Letcher Co KY to George Washington Collins b 4 Apr 1876 Letcher Co KY d 15 Jan 1933 Tillie, Letcher Co KY; buried Smoot Creek Cemetery, Van, Letcher Co KY; s/o George Washington Collins and Lucinda Bowen.


George Washington Collins
and Mary Jane Collins

George Washington Collins b 4 Apr 1876 Letcher Co KY d 15 Jan 1933 Tillie, Letcher Co KY; buried Smoot Creek Cemetery, Van, Letcher Co KY; s/o George Washington Collins and LUcinda Bowen. George Washington Collins m. 15 Jan 1900 Tillie, Letcher Co KY to Mary Jane Collins b May 1878 KY d 3 Jan 1954 Smoot Creek Van, Letcher Co KY; d/o Dolton Collins and Elizabeth Unknown.


Letcher County Jailer Dies In
Automobile Accident Sunday Afternoon
Widely Known Official was Buried Wednesday
Monroe Sexton and Wife Also Seriously Injured in Wreck: Both May Live
Mountain Eagle Newspaper, Whitesburg, Letcher Co KY, Thurs. Sept. 22, 1927

Fess Whitaker
Fess Whitaker, jailer of Letcher county, was almost instantly killed in an automobile wreck on the Sandlick road about a mile from Whitesburg Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Monroe Sexton, who was driving the car, received serious injuries, and her husband was expected to die, but he now has a chance of recovery. He suffered a broken leg and internal injuries. The car evidently turned over several times when it left the road and plunged down the 100 foot embankment. Mr. Whitaker was found below the car and Mr. Sexton above it. Mrs. Sexton was not thrown from the automobile.

Cicero Combs of Seco is held under bond in connection with the accident. He passed the car in which the jailer rode, at the place of the tragedy, and he says that Mrs. Sexton, after giving him the road, cut back in, causing his rear wheel to hit the front of her car. She lost control of her machine and went over the bank. Mr. Whitaker, one of the most widely known men in Letcher county, lived an eventful life. For several years he has been active in politics, having served one term as jailer before this election, a term and a part of a term as county judge. He was a Spanish-American war veteran, having served in Theodore Roosevelt's Rough Rider outfit. As a young man he spent several years in Texas.

He was born June 17, 1880, and was reared on Rockhouse creek in this county. His parents were Mr. and Mrs. I. D. Whitaker. He has five brothers, Fred and Less, of Amarillo, Texas, Little, Gid and Jim of this county; and two sisters, Mrs. J. D. Stamper of Big Springs, Tex., and Mrs. Grant Ison, of Blackey. His parents are dead. He married Manta Ison, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Ison, and they have five children: Carl, Gayle, Kirkwood, Dudley and Carrie.

Mr. Whitaker wrote a book, "The Life of Fess Whitaker," which had considerable circulation. He was buried on Rockhouse, near the old home, Wednesday. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. O. V. Caudill of the Presbyterian church of Whitesburg, his brother Jim T. Whitaker and Elder Ira Combs of the Old Regular Baptist Church. A funeral procession was formed at Whitesburg Tuesday afternoon bearing the body to Blackey, where it was kept in the home of Dr. Little Whitaker for the night.


Obituary of Gale Whitaker
Mt Eagle, Whitesburg, Ky., 23 Nov 1944

Obituary of Gale Whitaker: Published in the Mt Eagle Newspaper, November 23, 1944: Death Claims Pvt. Gale Whitaker. Pvt. Gale Whitaker was born in Amarillo, Texas, December 30, 1909 and departed this life November 18, 1944, age 34 years, 10 months and 18 days. Gale was the son of the late Fess and Mantie Whitaker. His parents moved to Whitesburg when he was nine months old and here he resided until the Army called him to the service of his country. He became ill four months ago while at home on leave and was taken to the Hospital near Lexington where everything possible was done for him to the last. Rev. Joe T. Sudduth, former pastor here visited him in the Hospital several times. With the Chaplain's and Rev. Sudduth's help Gale accepted Christ and was baptized, along with his wife and requested membership in the Presbyterian Church here, where both of them were received on statement November 9, 1944.

Gale leaves to mourn his passing, his wife, Eula Belle Mcintosh Whitaker, his two small daughters, Betty Gale and Billy Ann, a mother, Mrs. Mantie Whitaker, a sister, Carrie Lee, Mrs. Owen Hitt of Lexington and a brother, Sgt. James Dudley Whitaker in the U.S. Army, in the Medical Corps. The father and two brothers preceded him in death. Dr. Gid Whitaker is an uncle. The funeral was held in the Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church, Whitesburg, Tuesday at 10:00 A.M., with the pastor, Rev. J. S. Robinson, in charge, assisted by Rev. L. O. Griffith. Mrs. Jones and the Glee Club of the High School gave several musical numbers. The burial was in the Whitaker family cemetery near Blackey, Ky. The Evans Funeral Home in charge.


Kirkwood Whitaker Killed in Plane Crash
The Mountain Eagle (page 1) 27 Jul 1933:
TWO YOUNG MEN ARE KILLED IN PLANE CRASH:

Young Kirkwood Whitaker and Lee Cole Meet Sudden Death at Eolia When Motor of Plane Fails. Only a few times in years has Whitesburg been so shocked and saddened as it was Monday at the noon hour when the word reached here that young Kirkwood Whitaker, son of Mrs. Mantie Whitaker, had been killed in an aeroplane crash at the flying field near Eolia. In a few minutes after the sad news was received, dozens of cars and scores of people were at the scene of the crash, working manfully to extricate the bodies of the two young men from the tangled and twisted wreckage. Both young Whitaker and Lee Cole, another young man from Jackson, were found to be killed outright.

The pilot of the plane was another young man, Earl Bach, also of Jackson. It seems that the plane had taken off from the field with the two young men in it intending to fly to Jackson. It circled low for a few minutes in an effort to get above the surrounding hills and then over the Pine toward its destination, but being an old plane, it failed to work. When about half a mile above the field and 100 feet in the air, the motor showed signs of failing and then finally stopped. A nose dive followed and the crash came. The two young men were crushed horribly. Young Cole only breathed a few minutes after the crash. The driver, being a few feet back in the body of the plane, was badly shaken and injured, but was able to get out upon the ground.

The plane reached ground across the creek in the small stretch of bottom almost opposite where Elder W. R. Boggs formerly resided. More than an hour elapsed before the bodies of the two young men could be extricated from the wreckage. They were crushed both in the lower limbs and bodies. The bodies were quickly brought to the city, where undertakers took charge. Younk Whitaker's remains were taken to the home of his mother while that of the other young man was dispatched to Jackson for burial.

Kirkwood Whitaker was in his 19th year and next to the youngest of a family of four brothers and one sister. No finer young man, more admired and loved, ever grew up in Whitesburg. He was the idol of his hundreds of school mates and those with whom he associated. He was a quiet, sober, genteel young man. Funeral services were conducted at the Baptist church at 1:00 Tuesday by Revs. Enlow and Caudill, after which the remains were taken to the old family cemetery near mouth of Caudill's Branch on Rockhouse, for interment; where another beautiful service was conducted.

The active pallbearers were young men who grew up with him from childhood. These were: Follace Fields, Woodford Webb, John Adkins, Olon Cook, Robert Bentley, James Reynolds, Clyde Collins, Blair Adkins, and Fred Day. Honorary: Orell Fields, Sam Potter, Wm. Vermillion, Tom Jennings, Lawrence Collins, James Bentley, Shy Isaacs, Archie Fields and Lexie Potter. The services at the church were excellent. The music was exclusively by young lady friends of the deceased, all dressed in white. The profusion of flowers were exhaustless and the church was overcrowded, many being forced to stay on the out side. Probably a thousand people were in attendance at the cemetery. The Eagle joins the hundreds of friends and relatives in this hour of their great loss and bereavement.


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