He was born on 25 November 1830 (2, 8, 15; 4 (33 in 1864), 6 (70 years, 4 months, 11 days old at death), 7 (49 in 1880), 8 (69 in 1900)). He was born in Bedford County, Pennsylvania (2, 4, 7, 8, 15). He was born to Merkle Whitaker and Catherine Mauk (2, 8, 15).
On 20 September 1857, he married Lavinia Exline, in St. Clair Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania (2, 8). They had at least ten children (2):
(In 1900 and 1910, she reported having had ten children, eight of whom were alive (8, 9).)
When he enlisted, he was a laborer (4).
When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 7 inches tall, and had a dark complexion, hazel eyes, and sandy hair (4).
He was drafted (1, 4). He enlisted and was mustered into service on 21 September 1864 (1, 4, 12 [25 Sep 64], 15). He was enlisted for one year, at Chambersburg, Pennsylvania (4). His service was credited to the 16th Congressional District (4). He was a private in company G (1, 15, 16-18).
The ramrod for his rifle was accidentally run through his right hand (2).
On 28 May 1888, he successfully applied for a pension (13; see also 2).
In 1880, he was living in King Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania (7). He was living with his wife Lovina, and children Annamay, Linnie, Luther, Beleri, and Elmer (7) He was farming, and had been unemployed for three months in the previous year (7).
In 1890, he was living in Logan Township, Blair County, Pennsylvania (post office Altoona) (12).
In 1900, he was living in Logan Township, Blair County, Pennsylvania (8). He was living with his wife Levina and son Ira (8). He was a day laborer, and had been unemployed for three months in the previous year (8).
He again applied for a pension on 2 March 1907 (13).
He died on 11 April 1910, at his home in Logan Township, Blair County, Pennsylvania (6, 13, 15). (According to the order dropping his widow from the pension roll, he died on 3 March 1911 (2).) He was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Altoona, Blair County, Pennsylvania (6, 15).
On 19 April 1910, his widow, Lavinie Whitaker, applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension (5, 13).
In 1910, his widow, Lovina Whitaker, was living in Blair County, Pennsylvania (9).
In 1920, his widow, Lavina Whitaker, was living in West Saint Clair Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania (10). She was living with her son Harvey (10).
In 1930, his widow, Lavina Whitaker, seems to have been living in the Church of the Brothers Old Folks Home, in Point Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania (11).
His widow died in Barnhart, Missouri, but is buried in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Altoona, Pennsylvania (2).
1 Bates, Samuel Penniman. History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5. Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869-71. 5 volumes. 'Ninety-first regiment', volume 3, pages 186-233. (In the roster)
2 Phyllis Winthurst, "Joseph Whitaker", message on "Bedford" board at <www.ancestry.com>, 20 March 2000 (searched 2 July 2001)
3 company G, register of men discharged, #54 (Joseph Whitaker)
4 company G, second descriptive roll, [#38] (Joseph Whitaker)
5 pension index, by name (Joseph Whitaker)
6 Joseph E Whitaker. Bedford Gazette (Bedford PA), Friday 15 April 1910, page 4 (Joseph E Whitaker)
7 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, King Township, supervisor's district 8, enumeration district 236, microfilm series T9, film 1098, page 196 = 1 A handwritten (Joseph Whitaker)
8 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Blair County, Logan Township, supervisor's district 13, enumeration district 82, microfilm series T623, film 1381, page 40 A = 22 handwritten (Jos Whitaker)
9 1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Blair County, [illegible], supervisor's district 16, enumeration district 79, microfilm series T624, film 1317, page 264 = 17 [?] A handwritten (Lovina Whitaker)
10 1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, West St Clair Township, supervisor's district 20, enumeration district 27, microfilm series T625, film 1533, page 62 = 3 B handwritten (Lavina Whitaker)
11 1930 US census, Pennsylvania, Somerset County, Point Township, Church of the Brothers Old Folks Home, supervisor's district 24, enumeration district 56-40, microfilm series T626, film 2149, page 185 = 13 A handwritten (Lavina Whitaker)
12 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Blair County, Logan Township, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 52, page 2 (Joseph Whittaker)
13 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company G (Joseph Whitaker)
14 Pennsylvania veterans burial records, available on Ancestry (transcribed 20 December 2010) (Joseph E Whitaker)
15 Page 275. Floyd G Hoenstine. Military services and genealogical records of soldiers of Blair County, Pennsylvania. Harrisburg, PA: Telegraph Press, 1940. (Joseph E Whitaker)
16 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Joseph Whitaker)
17 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Joseph Witeaker)
18 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Joseph Whittaker)
Joseph E. Whitaker, a native of this county, died at his home in Logan Township, Blair County, on April 11, at the age of 70 years, four months and 11 days. He was a veteran of the Civil War, having served in Co. G, 91st Regt., Pa. Volunteers.
His wife, eight children and three brothers survive, one of the latter being Peter Whitaker of Queen. Interment was made at Altoona on Wednesday.[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, King Township, supervisor's district 8, enumeration district 236, microfilm series T9, film 1098, page 196 = 1 A handwritten]
|dwelling visit #||144|
|family visit #||148|
|name||Whitaker Joseph||- Lovina||- Annamay||- Linnie May||Luther Zinn||- Beleri||- Elmer F|
|month born if born in year|
|married during year|
|occupation||Farmer||House Keeper||At Home|
|school this year||1||1||1|
|name||Whitaker Jos||- Levina||- Ira|
|birth date||Nov 1830||Feb 1838||Mar 1881|
|# years married||43||43|
|mother of how many children?||10|
|# of children living||8|
|# years in USA|
|occupation||Day laborer||Paper hanger|
|# months not employed||3||2|
|# months in school|
|free or mortgaged||M|
|# of farm schedule|
|#years present marriage||33|
|mother of # children||10|
|mother of # living children||8|
|nature of industry etc.||Own Account|
|out of work 15 Apr 1910?|
|# weeks out of work 1909|
|school since 1 Sep 09|
|owned free or mortagaged||F|
|nr on farm schedule|
|civil war vet|
|deaf & dumb|
|street||On Road To Windren [?]|
|dwelling visit number||62|
|family visit number||63|
|name||Whitaker Harvey||- Lavina|
|free/mortgaged (if owned)||M|
|age at last birthday||26||65|
|year of immigration|
|year of naturalization|
|attended school since Sept 1919|
|father's native language|
|mother's native language|
|can speak English||Yes||Yes|
|occupation||Farmer and merchant||None|
|number of farm schedule||36|
|dwelling visit #||238|
|family visit #||245|
|value or rent|
|age 1st marriage||32 [?]|
|school/college since 9/29||no|
|can read & write||yes|
|can speak English||yes|
|at work yesterday|
|unemployment schedule #|
|farm schedule #|