A source told us they thought the great grandfather of John Day Whitten was an Indian Agent on the "Cherokee Strip" in Oklahoma. Equipped with the facts that John Day Whitten died around 1984 at age 70, we speculate that we should seek John's great grandfather in Oklahoma in about 1852. That date is arrived at by making John Whitten born approximately 1917, and his father perhaps born 30 years earlier in say 1887, and his grandfather born 30 years before that, around maybe 1857, and John's great grandfather born maybe 30 years before that, around 1827. Making this man an adult "Indian Agent" means he would need to be at least say 25 years old, bringing us to possibly around 1852. That is early as the history of the white settlement of Oklahoma goes. That's some 60 years years before the above-mentioned Cherokee Strip was avalanched-upon by white settlers in the famous "land rush."
We have it that either the great grandfather who was an Indian Agent, or his son after him, married an Indian woman (presumably Cherokee), and this line descends from that union.
Leaping forward in time, John Day Whitten and a young lady we here call "J" (as per the wish of presently living persons) married on May 15, 1946 and she (J) bore John a baby girl in February, 1947, in Alameda County, California, most likely in the city of Oakland. The name of their daughter was Bonnie Gae Whitten, or Bonnie Gay Whitten. When J re-married, Bonnie went by the surname of her "new daddy" all her life until she herself married. Later in life Bonnie took to signing her name as "Boni."
John Day Whitten also remarried. It is our understanding that he and his second wife had at least one son and at least two daughters. While we do not know if they lived in Alameda county in California, that is our hunch, and it is known that in about 1974 John was living in Orinda, California.
The large California cities of Oakland and Hayward are in Alameda county. The town of Orinda is in Contra Costa county, which borders Alameda county.
John's brother Frank (Francis J. Whitten) was known to be living in North Bend, Oregon in the 1990s.
John's daughter by "J," Bonnie, married and had several children, and those children had children, and a couple of those have had children. So there are presently (2006) about ten or twelve living descendants from the union between John Day Whitten & Jo An. All of these are relatives of the webmaster.
This page has just been begun, and is "UNDER CONSTRUCTION." If you have any information about the family tree of the John Day Whitten mentioned on this page, please do get in touch.