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The WHITEOAK Home Page

Updated October 25, 2013

Welcome to The WHITEOAK Home Page.

I am working on the Family Tree of the Whiteoak family, with the hope of eventually linking everyone who has ever borne the name. I was a Whiteoak myself (Yorkshire-born) until I married, so I am researching my own maiden name.

I believe we are all descended from John Whiteoak and his wife Ellen Ward, who died in 1712 and 1713 respectively in Skipton, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, and were probably born about the middle of the 17th century. John and Ellen were married in Walton-le-Dale, 1671. Their son, also John Whiteoak, and his wife Mary Hustler had their large family baptised in Kildwick, near Skipton, around the beginning of the 18th century.

John and Mary's children and grandchildren spread out into the Craven area (Skipton, Kildwick, Carleton in Craven, Broughton, Thornton-in-Craven, Lothersdale etc.), but the name remained mostly very local until this century.

(Update on this: the family may have come to Yorkshire from Staffordshire, where the name seems to be WHITHAUGH. A Scottish origin has been suggested by some, but I have found no-one named Whiteoak in the Scottish census records between 1841 and 1901, and only a handful of early BMD references.)

There are also some known Whiteoak emigrants, to Australia, the USA and Canada, some of whom are included in the attached reports. (N.B. See Whiteoak Forum for more on this.)

If you have any Whiteoak ancestors in your family tree, at any time and in any place, please let me know, so that they can (with a bit of luck) be located on the appropriate branch. Any additional information which will help tie up loose ends is particularly welcome.

I have now collected and indexed the entries for all UK WHITEOAK deaths between 1851 and 2004, plus most from 1837 to 1850. So if you are looking for an ancestor's death record, I may be able to help. In most cases I do not have the actual certificate, but with luck should be able to give you the date, place and index number.

I'm still working on the births and marriages, but most are now indexed.

Questions and information can now be posted at the Whiteoak Family Forum (see link below). This is a fairly new venture, and all contributions will be very welcome. Posting your question at the Forum may also get you an answer from someone who knows more about your particular ancestor than I do!

Using the Forum will keep your e-mail address, and mine, hidden from the Spam pests who cause so many problems. It is hoped that this will become a valuable resource for us all.

The information given in the following tree and reports has been compiled from many sources, and I have not been able to check everything personally. I am constantly surprised and delighted at the ever-increasing number of people who have shared the results of their own researches, often over many years, and added greatly to the content of this page. I could not have done it without you all, and I am immensely grateful. Please keep writing!

Irene M Redpath

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GEDCOM Trees (viewing trees requires 4.0 or later)

  • My own ancestors (114 KB)
    This abbreviated Tree shows my own direct ancestors. For simplicity, no siblings are shown here. My paternal ancestors came mainly from Yorkshire, and maternal ancestors from Sussex, in the south of England. If you can't see the whole Tree, go to the person on the extreme left (Irene), right-click my name and select "Make primary individual".
  • Jon's ancestors (196 KB)
    Again, this shows only the direct ancestors of Jon Redpath (my husband). No Whiteoaks here, but I have put his Tree on this page for any visitors who are interested. Jon's paternal ancestors came mainly from East Lothian and Midlothian, in south-east Scotland, and his maternal ancestors from Berkshire and Wiltshire, in the south of England. To see the entire Tree, right-click his name, as above.

Family Photos

  • Hannah WHARTON nee WHITEOAK and her son Percy (34 KB)
    Anna Victoria (Hannah) WHITEOAK (b 15 Jul 1851) with her son, Percival Sydney Howard WHARTON (1875 - 1956). The photograph was taken on a trip to England, at W.H. Smith in Leeds, circa 1881, as it had written on the back "Percy aged 6". Hannah married Alexander WHARTON in 1872, and the picture was sent by their great-great grandson, Rodney BLYTHE.
  • Henry and Leah WHITEOAK (52 KB)
    Taken at Harrow Ings farm, Lothersdale, probably about 1905. Henry was christened at Carleton in Craven on 27 Sep 1835 and died on February 26th 1918 aged 82, and Leah was born in 1839 in Cowling, and died on January 31st 1922 aged 83. (With thanks to Alan BAKER for the photograph)
  • WHITEOAK boarding house (93 KB)
    This photo shows the family with their boarders, but unfortunately neither Pat GARTHWAITE, who provided the photo, nor I can name anyone here. Can you help?
  • Henry and Leah WHITEOAK with their family (39 KB)
    L to R as you look at it:- Standing : Harrison, Fred, Martha Ann, Elisabeth, Alfred; Seated : Henry, Sarah Jane, Selina, Leah; Ground Level : Smith, John Arthur. (Elisabeth married Frederick PICKLES, and is the great-grandmother of Alan BAKER, who supplied the photograph.) Possibly taken for Henry's 70th birthday, about 1905.
  • Agnes Louise PLASS (1875 - 1949) (11 KB)
    Agnes was first married to James Howard AXFORD, with whom she had two children, but later married Richard Holmes WHITEOAK, and the family lived in Maryland. Thanks to Pat GARTHWAITE, grand-daughter of Agnes, for these four photographs.
  • William Henry WHITEOAK (37 KB)
    Born 03 Sep 1890 at Markdale, Ontario, one of the youngest children of James W WHITEOAK and Mary Ann GILPIN. Served 3 years in Queens Own Rifles, 3 years in Canadian Expeditionary Force. Died 31 May 1969 at Toronto ? Photo from Karen HAFFERMEHL.
  • Edith Isabella PARKER, nee WHITEOAK (22 KB)
    Edith was born about 1874, and married Joseph Seafill PARKER in St. Thomas Church, Sutton in Craven on 27 July 1895. Edith and Joseph were the grandparents of Ray NICHOLLS, who provided this photograph.
  • William WHITEOAK and Elizabeth HERTER (35 KB)
    William (known as Wilfred) and Lizzie were the great-grandparents of Harold WHITEOAK, who sent the photo. It was taken in 1915.
  • John and Ada WHITEOAK & family at Ackworth (115 KB)
    John WHITEOAK (08 Aug 1863 - 19 Dec 1931) and Ada NUTTER (1870 - May 1934) are seated with their children around them: Back: Thomas Nutter, John Stell, Amy; Middle: John (seated), William Smith, Ada (seated): Front: Edith, Muriel, Edward Ernest (with Ada). Thanks to Tom WHITEOAK for the photograph.
  • William (Willie) WHITEOAK (28 KB)
    Willie was the grandfather of Harold Whiteoak. Thanks again to Harold for this picture.
  • Smith and Amelia WHITEOAK and family (105 KB)
    Smith WHITEOAK (01 Jul 1833 - 05 Dec 1897) is seated, holding a child, Amelia BRIGG (1829 - 1912) is holding a baby, with daughter Amy Brigg standing behind. The photograph was taken outside The Malt Shovel Inn, where Smith was landlord. The other men in the picture are unknown. Thanks to Tom WHITEOAK for the photo.
  • "WHITEOAK Tobacco" tin (26 KB)
    Family legend claims that an unidentified relation made a fortune producing "WHITEOAK Tobacco", and then died without issue, and leaving no clear Will. No-one has yet found the fabled "fortune", but Mick Whiteoak (in Australia) has found this tobacco tin!
  • John Stell WHITEOAK (53 KB)
    John Stell WHITEOAK in Saarbruchen, during his service with the Queen's 10th Hussars. John was born on 21 Dec 1896 at Ackworth Moor and died on 14 Oct 1960 at Harden. He was the uncle of Tom WHITEOAK, who kindly provided the photograph.
  • Thomas Nutter WHITEOAK (89 KB)
    Thomas Nutter WHITEOAK, in uniform as a Sergeant in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (1914-18). Thomas later served with the Russia White Expeditionary Force, before emigrating to the USA in 1923. He died in Rhode Island, where he had married Alice FIRTH in 1928. Thomas was another uncle to Tom WHITEOAK, who sent the picture.
  • Richard Holmes WHITEOAK's home (35 KB)
    Richard and his family lived at Cayot's Corner, Chesapeake City, Maryland, USA, across the road from his brother, Clifford Dodgson WHITEOAK. The picture came from Pat GARTHWAITE, Richard's step-grand-daughter.
  • Richard Holmes WHITEOAK's farm (29 KB)
    Richard (1874 - 1937) was one of the sons of George William WHITEOAK and Sarah W HOLMES. His farm was also at Cayot's Corner, Chesapeake City, Maryland.

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Related Files

  • Bolton Abbey Parish Registers (5 KB)
    Extracted WHITEOAK records, taken by JD Redpath (1689-1812) and IM Redpath (1813-1837), Skipton Library, Sept 1997.
  • Burnsall Parish Registers (1 KB)
    Extracted WHITEOAK records, taken by JD Redpath, Skipton Library, Sept 1997.
  • Carleton in Craven Parish Registers (5 KB)
    Extracted WHITEOAK records, sent to me by C Johnstone. Copied here as in the original, which is not in strict chronological order, complete with errors and amendments.
  • Census of Lothersdale, 1811 (1 KB)
    In 1811 the population of Lothersdale was 466, in 91 households. Only the 3 Whiteoak households are listed here. [From "The History of Lothersdale", by Kenneth Wilson & others, published by The Parish Council of Lothersdale, 1972.]
  • Ilkley Parish Registers (1 KB)
    Extracted WHITEOAK records, taken by IM Redpath, Skipton Library, Sept 1997.
  • Census of Lothersdale, 1838 (1 KB)
    This local census was carried out to estimate the numbers of the probable congregation for the new church. By 1838 the population had risen to 621 within the township, and 923 in the ecclesiastical parish as a whole. Only the 11 Whiteoak households are listed here. [From "The History of Lothersdale", by Kenneth Wilson & others, published by The Parish Council of Lothersdale, 1972.]
  • Kildwick Parish Registers (5 KB)
    Extracted WHITEOAK records, taken by JD Redpath, Skipton Library, Sept 1997.
  • Linton in Craven Parish Registers (1 KB)
    Extracted WHITEOAK records, taken by JD Redpath, Skipton Library, Sept 1997.
  • Lothersdale Parish Registers (4 KB)
    Extracted WHITEOAK records, sent to me by C Johnstone, and reproduced as closely as possible to the text in the original registers, complete with errors, corrections and additions.
  • Lest We Forget Them (43 KB)
    I don't know how many members of the family fell during, or as a result of, the two world wars. This is a list of those I am aware of at present.
  • Skipton Parish Registers (8 KB)
    Extracted WHITEOAK records, taken by IM Redpath (1680-1771) and JD Redpath (1745-1812), Skipton Library, Sept 1997.
  • York Parish Registers (2 KB)
    Extracted WHITEOAK records, taken from the Parish Registers of Holy Trinity, Goodramgate; St Mary, Castlegate; and St Michael-le-Belfry, York, by IM and JD Redpath, Skipton Library, Sept 1997.

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