The Whitehead Family Tree,

Virginia Roots, 1600-1900

 

A Collection of Family Trees, Histories, and Biographies
about the early Virginia Whiteheads, their ancestors,
and their descendants (includes Whitted connection)


by Bert “Tiger” Whitehead
(Descendant of John & Sarah Burcher Whitehead
of Amherst County, VA)

 

 

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The Must-Read for
Whitehead/Whitted Family Descendants

 

This book is a collection of histories, biographies, and genealogies of early Virginia Whiteheads, their ancestors, and their descendants. This book is a must-read for all members of any “Whitehead” family, especially those who are descendants of Whitehead families who lived in Virginia between 1600 and 1800, and who lived elsewhere in the U.S. up to 1900. This is also a must-read for the “Whitted” family line who descended from Thomas Whitted Sr (Esq), and therefore who may have descended through Robert Whitehead of the Arthur Whitehead of Isle of Wight County, VA, family line.

 

This book includes information about:

·        The Whitehead family name and its origins – useful for all Whitehead/Whitted descendants, regardless of whether or not they are related to a Virginia Whitehead. Any genealogy research project on any Whitehead family should begin with this book, for the value of Chapter 2 alone! (See the book’s “Chapter 1 – Introduction” below for an overview of what you will find in Chapter 2).

·        Four Whitehead Coats of Arms from England and Scotland;

·        Over 220 Whiteheads (including some Whitteds) who lived from the 13th Century to the late 19th Century, including:

o       Ten of the earliest Whitehead’s known to have lived in Europe from the 13th Century to the 17th Century;

o       13 Whiteheads who immigrated from Europe to non-Virginia colonies;

o       23 Whiteheads who migrated to Virginia prior to 1670, and another 18 who sailed there from 1670 to 1750;

o       Biographical sketches of 76 Whiteheads who have lived in Virginia in the 17th and 18th Centuries.

o       Contains more biographical information about Arthur Whitehead (1625-1706) of Isle of Wight, his ancestors back to 1571 in England, and his descendants up to 1899, than any other single source in existence. Descendants include Thomas Whitted Sr, ESQ: a biographical sketch, a list of his children and some of his descendants, and information to support the feasibility that this branch of Whitteds is related to Arthur Whitehead.

o       Contains more biographical information about John Whitehead of Amherst, 1735-1787, his birthplace, his wife Sarah Burcher and their children, his potential ancestors, and his descendants up to 1899, than any either single source in existence – including DNA evidence!

o       Geneological listings of 80+ Whiteheads who’ve descended from Arthur or John, up to 1899.

·        The migrations of many Virginia Whiteheads to other states in the U.S., and other colonies within Virginia – See Appendix A.

·        Almost 90 References Used and Listed in Appendix B, including:

o       The Way it Was, William Tazewell Whitehead family, by Bess Scott Whitehead

o       An American Family, by Ruth Whitehead Dafoe

o       The Whitehead Story, by Ruth Whitehead Chorlian

o       A century in the Whitehead family. In: The Southsider. Charlotte, VA. v.4, no.2 (Spring 1985), p. 23-28.

o       Whitehead family of Isle of Wight and Southampton County, Virginia, by Eliza Timberlake Davis, b.1877

o       Whitehead, John Boswell, 1872-1954. The Whitehead family in southern Virginia. In: Virginia magazine of history and biography. Richmond, VA. v.44 (1936), p. 358-365.

o       John Whitehead : Biographical Sketch. In: Hardesty's historical and geographical encyclopedia [with Isle of Wight county supplement]. New York, NY. (1884), p. 440.

o       And over 70 more!

 

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·        Save Time: Save hours and hours of research and documentation

·        Exhaustive Research: 120 pages; 87 Resources Cited

·        Searchable: Completely searchable by key word

·        Printable: Print individual pages, ranges of pages, or the entire book

·        Easy to read: Zoom closer for easier reading

·        Comprehensive: Over 220 Whiteheads; bibliographic sketches of over 76 of them

·        Something for every Whitehead family: History of Whitehead name and early family lines dating back to 1200 AD and a listing of all known Whiteheads to sail to America prior to 1670.

·        A Must-Read for Descendants of Virginia Whiteheads: History, biographies, and/or genealogy of over 200 Virginia Whiteheads (1600-1800) and their descendants (up to 1900).

·        Learn who they were: More information on Virginia Whiteheads and their descendants than any other single source. Biographical sketches of 76 Virginia Whiteheads and their descendants from 1600 to 1900. Included are dozens of descendants of John Whitehead of Amherst County, VA (1735-1787), and of Arthur Whitehead of Isle of Wight County (1623-1705). Arthur’s descendants include John Whitted Sr. (a very likely descendant of Arthur), his children, and some of his Whitted descendants.

·        Not living in Virginia, but maybe related to an early Virginia Whitehead? Includes information about Whitehead migrations from Virginia to 20 different U.S. states

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Below is the actual Introduction to the Book….

 

CHAPTER 1

Introduction

 

            This book is a labor of love from one Virginia Whitehead descendant to all the other Virginia Whitehead descendants, their relatives, and all those otherwise interested in the Whitehead family history. My name is Bert “Tiger” Whitehead IV and I’m a descendant of John & Sarah Burcher Whitehead of Amherst County, VA, 1735-1787. This book includes information about: the Whitehead family name and its origins; four Whitehead Coats of Arms from England and Scotland; and over 220 Whiteheads who lived from the 13th Century to the late 19th Century.  This includes: ten of the earliest Whitehead’s known to have lived in Europe from the 13th Century to the 17th Century; 13 Whiteheads who immigrated from Europe to non-Virginia colonies; 23 Whiteheads who migrated to Virginia prior to 1670, and another 18 who sailed there from 1670 to 1750; 74 Whiteheads who have lived in Virginia in the 17th and 18th Centuries, including many from the prominent family lines of Arthur Whitehead of Isle of Wight and John Whitehead of Amherst; references to another 80+ Whiteheads who’ve descended from these early Virginia Whiteheads and who lived as late as 1899; and the migrations of many Virginia Whiteheads to other states in the U.S., and other colonies within Virginia.

 

            In preparing for this book, I have spent hundreds of hours combing through records, sites, and historical accounts; therefore, I am confident that my research will provide wonderful, detailed, and accurate records for thousands of Whiteheads in the world today who are known to, or who have likely descended from, a Virginia Whitehead. Nevertheless, despite how much information I have provided in this book, I also know that for many of your own family members who’ve descended from Virginia Whiteheads, I may have only scratched the surface! In fact, you may have much more information about a particular Virginia Whitehead or descendant than I have found because you have received information directly from your ancestors and relatives while doing your own research. Likewise, you may have even found that I’ve made an error in my own research. Therefore, in the interest of improving this book and its accuracy, and making it a blessing for many future Whiteheads to come, I have a Special Offer for all readers of this book! (See Page 3). I hope you will become an active participant in the future of this book about our Virginia heritage.

 

            Chapter 2, “Whitehead Origins, 5th Century to 17th Century Europe,” begins with a general history of the “Whitehead” name, having originated from Anglo-Saxon tribesmen who migrated from Germany to England as early as the 5th Century. The chapter highlights the development of England from the 5th Century to the 11th Century, the use of more reliable records starting in this latter Century, and the continuing development of the Whitehead name into other derivations including Whytehead, Whited, Whitted, and Whitehedd. This chapter discusses several known English Whiteheads, many with these variant spellings, who lived in the 13th through 17th Centuries: Roger Witheved, Adam Whytehevde, Robert Whitede, Agnes Wythod, Henry de Whiteheved, John Whitehead, Sarah Whithed, Richard Whitshead, John Whithaved, and some of the Whiteheads from the Tytherly-Lancashire Group of Whiteheads including Sir Henry Whitehead, Richard Whitehead, and Anne Whitehead. The section on English Whiteheads includes three known Whitehead Family Coats of Arms, including one that may have been used by the Whiteheads of Tytherly-Lancashire. The chapter also displays a Coat of Arms for Whiteheads from Scotland, as well as a few prominent Scottish Whiteheads of the 16th Century: Andrew Whitehead, Philip Whitehead, and the Whitehead of Park family. Finally, this chapter discusses the Whitehead migration to Ireland, including one known Whitehead of early 15th Century Ireland, John Whitehead. The chapter concludes with a brief discussion of political, social, religious, and economic trends in 17th Century Europe, and the emergence of the New World, which prompted many Whiteheads to migrate to America, including Virginia.

 

            Chapter 3, “Whitehead Migration to Virginia, 1620 to 1750,” discusses the 41 known Whiteheads who specifically came to Virginia, either by land from other colonies, or by sea from Europe, prior to 1750. The chapter begins with the first 24 known Whiteheads to migrate to the New World in the early 1600s, including Daniel Whitehead (Hempstead, NY, ca 1620), Richard Whitehead (“New England”, ca 1620), John Whitehead (New Haven, CT, ca 1620), and several others. The chapter then discusses the earliest known Whiteheads to migrate to Virginia: the first, John Whitehead, arrived in Virginia by 1625; another Whitehead may have arrived in Virginia as early as 1622. 21 other Whiteheads also arrived in Virginia from 1634 to 1670; these are all discussed in this chapter. This chapter then details the “Three Brothers Tradition,” which holds that most or all Virginian Whitehead families descended from the lines of three original brothers who were granted land in Virginia in the early to mid-1600s. This section discusses the five Whitehead men (Arthur, William, Richard, John, and Robert) who are the best candidates to be the three brothers of this tradition, but we also debunk this tradition by describing the 18 or 19 other Whiteheads who arrived and lived contemporaneously with these five men from 1620 to 1670, and therefore who likely make up at least 10 different Whitehead lines that originated from Virginia.  This chapter concludes with a list of 18 additional Whitehead arrivals to Virginia by sea during the years 1670 to 1750.

 

            Chapter 4, “Virginia Whitehead Biographical Sketches, 1620-1799,” takes your understanding of Virginia Whiteheads deeper by providing biographical sketches of 63 known Whiteheads to live in Virginia from 1620 to as late as 1799, including those identified in Chapter 3; in addition, this chapter lists 13 more Whiteheads in the Virginia Wills & Administrations of 1660 to 1800 (no biographical sketch provided). Many of the Whiteheads in this chapter are members of two prominent Virginia Whitehead families with perhaps the most known descendants of Virginia Whiteheads living today: Arthur Whitehead, 1625-1706, of Isle of Wight County, VA, and John Whitehead, 1735-1787, of Amherst County, VA. For these two family lines, this chapter simply lists the names of these men and their known family members and descendants who lived up until 1799 in Virginia; their biographical sketches are provided in later chapters: Chapter 5 (Arthur Whitehead) and Chapter 6 (John Whitehead).

 

            Chapter 5, “Arthur Whitehead, 1625-1706, of Isle of Wight County, provides the detailed biographical sketches of 30 known ancestors and descendants of Arthur Whitehead of Isle of Wight County up to 1899, and an additional listing of at least 40 more Whitehead descendants of these primary 30 Whiteheads. While Chapter 4 listed only the members of this line who actually lived in Virginia, and only those living as late as 1799, this chapter extends the Arthur Whitehead family tree another 100 years, to 1899, including ancestors from England and descendants who lived well beyond the Virginia borders in several other U.S. states.  Important Note about the Whitted Family Line: one of the biographies in this chapter is of Thomas Whitted Sr, Esquire, b. 1754. Many researchers believe Thomas Whitted was the son of Robert Whitehead, b. 1720, descendant of Arthur Whitehead. The biographies of these two men, included in this chapter, support the plausibility of this Whitehead/Whitted family connection.

 

            Chapter 6, “John Whitehead of Amherst County, 1735-1787,” provides the detailed biographical sketches of 37 known descendants of John Whitehead of Amherst County up to 1899, and a listing of at least 40 more Whitehead descendants of these primary 37 Whiteheads. While Chapter 4 listed only the members of this line who actually lived in Virginia, and only those living as late as 1799, this chapter extends the John Whitehead family tree another 100 years, to 1899, including descendants who lived well beyond the Virginia borders in several other U.S. states. 

 

            Appendix A, “Migrations of Virginia Whiteheads to Other U.S. States (and other VA Counties),” discusses the Virginia Whiteheads and their descendants who are known to have migrated from Virginia to other states throughout the country (as well as to other counties throughout Virginia). This chapter may help Whiteheads in other states to determine whether they are descended from Virginia Whiteheads.

 

            Finally, Appendix B, “References,” lists the 83 sources that this author used to provide information for this book. Note: there may be some information that I have gathered from a few other sources, such as independent websites, but that I have inadvertently failed to document the source because I had captured much information long before deciding to write this book. As I come across these sources again, or as readers inform me of the sources for some of the information that I have provided, I will update the References section accordingly.

 

 

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