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SUMMARY of the HISTORY
of the WALTRIP FAMILY

The Beginning

The name "Waltrip" varied considerably thru the years starting with "Wardrope" from Scotland and then "Waldrop", "Worldrop" and finally "Waltrip" with additional spelling in records of "Wardroper" and "Walldrup'.

The name is occupational in origin meaning that the first bearer of the surname performed that trade or profession. In this case the name comes from the keeper of the royal wardrobe. The man in charge of the clothes of the household was a post of great responsibility. The wardrobe was a repository not only for articles of dress but for furniture not in use, and for spices and confections.

The first "Waltrip" came from Scotland.

The EIGHTH Generation   -   The Michael Wardrope Family          BACK to the GILLETT FAMILY

Michael Wardrope was born in Scotland in the late 1600's. By 1699 he was living in King William County, Virginia. Who, when and where he married is not clear at this time. He may have come to America around or before 1682 as a William Clairborne received land for transport of a Michael Wardrope.

King William County is located east of Richmond, Virginia, near Chesapeake Bay. He was assigned 90 acres of land there in June of 1699. In 1712 a Michael and Joseph Wallrup got a land grant of 100 acres in King William County. In 1715 he received an additional 100 acres.

Michael was the father of five known children, all born in Virginia:

  • Michael Wardope
      Born:   about 1705
      Died:   about 1775 around 70 years old
  • Luke Waldrop
      Born:   about 1706
      Married:   Christian Trevillian
      Died:   in 1783 about 77 years old
      Children:   6
  • Joseph Worldrop - (direct ancestor - see 7th generation)
      Born:   about 1716
      Married:   Elizabeth Ann Vest - she was born about 1716 in Virginia
      Died:   in 1775 about 59 years old
      Children:   10
  • James Waldrope
      Born:   about 1725
      Married:   Sarah ______
      Died:   about 1772 around 47 years old
      Children:   at least one son
  • John Waldrope
      Born:   about 1730
      Died:   after 1810 over 80 years old
Michael Wardrope died in King William County, Virginia.

The SEVENTH Generation   -   The Joseph Worldrop Family     BACK to the GILLETT FAMILY

Joseph Worldrop was born about 1716 probably in King William County, Virginia. He married Elizabeth Ann Vest. She was born about 1716 in Virginia.

Joseph and Elizabeth (Vest) Worldrop were the parents of ten children, all probably born in Virginia:

  • Mildred Worldrop
  • Ann Worldrop
      Born:   about 1737
  • Michael Worldrop
      Born:   about 1739
      Died:   about 1790 around 51 years old
  • Susanna Worldrop
      Born:   about 1741
  • Luke Waltrip - (direct ancestor - see 6th generation)
      Born:   about 1744 in Amelia County, Virginia
      Married:   Mary Bunton probably in Halifax, Virginia, in 1774 - she was born about 1754
      Died:   March 12, 1820, in Greene County, Illinois, about 76 years old
      Children:   6
  • Mary Worldrop
      Born:   about 1746
  • Chesiah Worldrop
      Born:   about 1750
  • William Worldrop
      Born:   about 1762
      Died:   in 1851 about 89 years old
  • Joseph Waltrip
      Born:   about 1765
      Married:   Polly McConnell
      Died:   about 1847 around 82 years old
      Children:   6
  • Jessie Worldrop
      Born:   about 1774
      Married:   (1) Mary Polly Galloway in July 1809 in Brunswick, Amelia County, Virginia -
             she was born in 1785 in Virginia
            Children:   3
      Married:   (2) Mary Crawley
Joseph Worldrop died in 1775 in Amelia County, Virginia, about 59 years old.

The SIXTH Generation   -   The Luke Waltrip Family     BACK to the GILLETT FAMILY

Luke Waltrip was born about 1744 in Amelia County, Virginia. Amelia County is located about 50 miles southwest of Richmond, Virginia. He married Mary Bunton, probably in Halifax, Virginia, in 1774. She was born about 1754.

Luke and Mary (Bunton) Waltrip were the parents of six children all born in Halifax, Halifax County, Virginia:

  • Luke Waltrip, Jr.- (direct ancestor - see 5th generation)
      Born:   in 1775
      Married:   (1) Susannah Fentress on July 13, 1812, in Breckenridge County, Kentucky - she died
                about 1836 in Washington, Arkansas
      Children:   11
      Married:   (2) Ann D. McCracken on September 15, 1842, in Clay County, Missouri - she died
                May 23, 1873, in Nodaway County, Missouri
      Died:   in 1845 in Clay County, Missouri about 70 years old
  • Joseph Waltrip
      Born:   September 19, 1776
      Married:   Henrietta Pryor about 1803 - she was born September 1, 1785, in Amelia County, Virginia
             - she died September 28, 1844, in Davies County, Kentucky
      Died:   September 19, 1822, in Davies County, Kentucky, at age 46
      Children:   13
  • William Waltrip
      Born:   August 1, 1777
      Married:   Elizabeth Thaxton on December 22, 1803, in Halifax, Virginia - she was born in 1787 in Virginia,
            the daughter of William and Sarah (Gravitt) Thaxton - Elizabeth died in Greene County, Illinois on
            August 23, 1855, about 65 years old
      Died:   February 28, 1850, of kidney stones in Greene County, Illinois at age 72
      Children:   10
  • Mary Ann Waltrip
      Born:   April 5, 1785 (a twin)
      Married:   James Everett on April 9, 1813, in Breckinridge County, Kentucky
      Died:   November 4, 1858, in Clay County, Missouri, at age 73
  • Sarah Ann Waltrip
      Born:   April 5, 1785 (a twin)
      Married:   Howard Everett on January 15, 1815 - he was born in 1793 - he died in 1877 about 84 years old
      Died:   November 5, 1859, in Clay County, Missouri - a year and a day after her twin sister, Mary Ann
      Children:   11
  • Michael Waltrip
      Born:   February 17, 1788
      Married:   Mary Polly Elizabeth Glascock on May 2, 1812, in Breckinridge County, Kentucky -
            she was born March 3, 1795, in Halifax, Halifax County, Virginia, the daughter of Gregory and Nancy
            Glascock - Mary died in Hutton Township of Coles County, Illinois, on January 12, 1879, at age 83
      Died:   March 21, 1843, in Hutton Township of Coles County, Illinois, at age 55
      Children:   10

Luke Waltrip died March 12, 1820, in Greene County, Illinois, about 76 years old. Greene County is located about 50 miles north of St. Louis. One source indicated that he actually died and was buried in 1819 and the funeral was held on the March 12th date when the Baptist minister came to the area. His wife, Mary (Bunton) Waltrip, supposedly died in the 1820's and was buried beside him.

The FIFTH Generation   -   The Luke Waltrip Jr. Family     BACK to the GILLETT FAMILY

Luke Waltrip, Jr. was born in 1775 in Halifax, Halifax County, Virginia. By 1810 he was living in Breckinridge County, Kentucky where he married (1) Susannah Fentress on July 13, 1812. She was born in 1795 probably in Albemarle County, Virginia. Breckinridge County is located half way between Louisville, Kentucky and Evansville, Indiana.

After scouting Missouri, Arkansas, and Illinois for land, in 1828 the Waltrips settled in Wright Township of Greene County, Illinois. By 1835 they were found in Washington County, Arkansas. Washington County is located in northwest Arkansas around Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Luke and Susannah (Fentress) Waltrip were the parents of eleven children:

  • James Waltrip
      Born:   June 7, 1813, in Hardinsburg, Breckinridge County, Kentucky
      Married:   Nancy Lucinda Oxford in 1834 in Washington County, Arkansas - she was born September 20,
             1821, in Giles County, Tennessee, the daughter of Abel and Edeith (Rogers) Oxford - Nancy (Oxford)
             Waltrip died in Watsonville, Santa Cruz County, California, on October 1, 1902, at age 81
      Died:   May 26, 1890, in Watsonville, Santa Cruz County, California, at age 76
      Children:   10 - the 1st 8 born in Washington County, Arkansas; the last 2 in Barry County, Missouri:
    • Malvina Waltrip
        Born:   in 1835
        Married:   John Dunlap on November 20, 1851
        Died:   (Date/Place Unknown)
    • Nathaniel Waltrip
        Born:   in 1838
        Died:   (Date/Place Unknown)
    • Mary Waltrip
        Born:   April 1841 - she was living with her parents, unmarried, in 1880 (39 years Old)
        Died:   (Date/Place Unknown)
    • John R. Waltrip
        Born:   August 1846 - John served in the Civil War as a private in the 46th Missouri Infantry -
               he enlisted August 13, 1864
        Married:   Margaret Mellon August 11, 1866 - she was born in 1850 in Missouri
        Died:   April 2, 1909 at the age of 62 - he was buried in the Elijah Waltrip Cemetery
               (now the Eugene Gates Cemetery)
        Children:   7 - all born in Barry County, Missouri
    • William Franklin "Frank" Waltrip
        Born:   February 24, 1848
        Married:   Sarah Birkes on September 8, 1868, in Barry County, Missouri - she was born
               July 9, 1850, in Carroll County, Arkansas - Sarah (Birkes) Waltrip died in Santa Cruz,
               California, on November 7, 1922, at age 72
        Died:   November 17, 1920, in Santa Cruz, California, at age 71
        Children:   11 - the 1st 10 born in Barry County, Missouri; the last in California
    • James Abraham Waltrip
        Born:   in 1851
        Married:   Eleanor Lasley October 26, 1879 in Barry County, Missouri - she was born in 1861
               in Kentucky
        Died:   (Date/Place Unknown)
        Children:   6
    • Elizabeth Waltrip
        Born:   in 1853
        Married:   probably Warren Birkes - he was born in 1851
        Died:   (Date/Place Unknown)
    • Nancy A. Waltrip
        Born:   in 1855
        Married:   John Foster before 1870 in Fayetteville, Washington County, Arkansas - he was
               listed as being born in 1827
        Died:   (Date/Place Unknown)
    • Martha J. Waltrip
        Born:   in 1859
        Died:   (Date/Place Unknown)
    • Elijah Greene Waltrip
        Born:   October 1863
        Married:   Martha Jane Wilson - she was born in January 1863 in Arkansas
        Died:   (Date/Place Unknown)
        Children:   4 - all born in Watsonville, Santa Cruz County, California
  • Elijah Waltrip - (direct ancestor - see 4th generation)
      Born:   October 7, 1815, in Hardinsburg, Breckinridge County, Kentucky
      Died:   January 12, 1892, in Barry County, Missouri, at age 76
              Married (1):   Esther Terry in 1841 in Barry County, Missouri - she was born February 3, 1823,
                   in Gibson County, Indiana, the daughter of William and Barbara (Ennis) Terry - Esther died
                   January 20, 1851, in Barry County, Missouri, at age 27
              Children:   Four - see Children of Elijah and Esther Terry Waltrip
      Married (2):   Delilah Haynes on March 4, 1851 - she was born October 12, 1835, in Missouri, the
             daughter of Eli and Mary (Branson) Haynes - Delilah died January 10, 1920, at age 84
      Children:   Eleven - see Children of Elijah and Delilah Haynes Waltrip
  • Lucinda Waltrip
      Born:   August 10, 1817, in Kentucky
      Died:   (date, place unknown)
      Married (1):   Ezekiel Boyd in McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee - he was born there in 1811 -
             he died around 1840 about 29 years old
      Children:   2 daughters, both born in McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee
    • Caroline Boyd
        Born:   about 1837
        Died:   (Date/Place Unknown)
    • Nancy Jane Boyd
        Born:   in 1838
        Married:   Abuel B. Stevens
        Died:   around 1928 about 90 years old
    • Married (2):   Willis Boyd about 1841 in McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee - he was born there
            on February 4, 1808 - he died December 31, 1882, in Goshen, Washington County, Arkansas at age 74
      Children:   five - all born in Goshen, Washington County, Arkansas
    • James Boyd
        Born:   1842
        Married:   Mary Harp in 1868 in Goshen, Arkansas
        Died:   (Date/Place Unknown)
    • Amanda Boyd
        Born:   1844
        Died:   April 27, 1912, in Goshen, Arkansas, about 68 years old
    • John Thompson Boyd
        Born:   June 24, 1845
        Married:   Mary Elizabeth Hale on December 30, 1866 in Gashen, Arkansas
        Died:   May 6, 1930, in Springdale, Washington County, Arkansas, at age 84
    • Adolphus Marion Boyd
        Born:   March 1852
        Died:   (Date/Place Unknown)
    • Darcadia N. Boyd
        Born:   in 1856
        Married:   David Smith on February 19, 1871
        Died:   (Date/Place Unknown)
  • Martha Waltrip
      Born:   in 1819
      Married:   John Mackey
      Died:   (Date/Place Unknown)
      Children:   at least one daughter
    • Martha Emaline Mackey
        Born:   March 1, 1859
        Married:   James M. Reed - he was born January 6, 1852, in Kentucky and
              died September 23, 1934, at age 82
        Died:   (Date/Place Unknown)
        Children:   at least one daughter
  • Mary Ann "Polly" Waltrip
      Born:   in 1820
      Died:   (Date/Place Unknown)
  • Valentine Waltrip
      Born:   June 30, 1828, in Greene County, Illinois
      Died:   September 12, 1905,in Gentry County, Missouri, at age 77
      Married (1):   Martha Mackey on January 4, 1849, in Gentry County, Missouri - she died August 24, 1863
            in Gentry County, Missouri
      Children:   four - all born in Gentry County, Missouri
    • Lucinda Jane Waltrip
        Born:   August 1850
        Married:   John Henry Spainhour in 1869 in Albany, Gentry County, Missouri - he was born
              March 8, 1836, in Casey County, Kentucky, the son of Warner and Jane (Cross) Spainhour -
              John died May 15, 1910, in Chula, Livingston County, Missouri, at age 74
        Died:   about 1905 in Livingston County, Missouri about 55 years old
        Children:   Six
    • John Waltrip
        Born:   in 1854
        Died:   October 20, 1885, about 31 years old
    • William Waltrip
        Born:   in 1858
        Died:   (Date/Place Unknown)
    • Wilson Waltrip
        Born:   in 1862
        Married:   Nancy _______ - she was born in 1864 in Iowa
        Died:   (Date/Place Unknown)
        Children:   Five
      Married (2):    Mary Jane Pierce on August 11, 1868 - she was born in 1847
      Children:   six - all born in Gentry County, Missouri
    • Mary F. Waltrip
        Born:   in 1867
        Died:   (Date/Place Unknown)
    • Sary E. Waltrip
        Born:   in 1870
        Died:   (Date/Place Unknown)
    • George L. Waltrip
        Born:   in 1873
        Married:   Clara _____ - she was born in January 1876 in Missouri
        Died:   (Date/Place Unknown)
        Children:   two
    • Selina D. Waltrip
        Born:   in 1876
        Died:   (Date/Place Unknown)
    • Asa I. Waltrip
        Born:   in 1879
        Died:   (Date/Place Unknown)
    • Luke L. Waltrip
        Born:   November 1886
        Died:   (Date/Place Unknown)
  • Susan Jane Waltrip
      Born:   (Date/Place Unknown)
      Died:   in 1840 about 10 years old or younger
  • Luke Waltrip
      Born:   about 1830
      Died:   (Date/Place Unknown)
           (a Luke Waltrip was killed by a horse kick October 7, 1860, in Greene County, Illinois,
            but it has not been proven this is the same person)
  • Elizabeth Waltrip
      Born:   (Date/Place Unknown)
      Died:   (Date/Place Unknown)
  • Sarah Waltrip
      Born:   (Date/Place Unknown)
      Died:   (Date/Place Unknown)
  • Samuel Waltrip
      Born:  (Date/Place Unknown)
      Died:   (Date/Place Unknown)
Susannah (Fentress) Waltrip died about 1836 in Washington, Arkansas. In her father's (Valentine Fentress') Will that was probated July 10, 1837, property was left to the children of Luke and Susannah Waltrip.

Luke then married (2) Ann McCracken on September 15, 1842, in Clay County, Missouri. Ann was born about 1820 in North Carolina probably the daughter of John and Sarah Margaret McCracken. Starting at this point sources do not agree -- some sources even indicate they were parents of up to six more children. If the dates are correct, at the time of the marriage Luke would have been 67 years old while Ann was only 22 years old. Even though most researchers indicated the two married, I strongly feel that the Luke Waltrip that married Ann McCracken was his son that was born about 1820.

Luke Waltrip died in 1845 in Clay County, Missouri, about 70 years old. Ann (McCracken) Waltrip died May 23, 1873 in Notaway County, Missouri, at age 53.

The FOURTH Generation   -   The Elijah Waltrip Family     BACK to the GILLETT FAMILY

Elijah Waltrip was born October 7, 1815, in Hardinsburg, Breckinridge County, Kentucky, the son of Luke and Susannah (Fentress) Waltrip. He married (1) Esther Terry in 1841 in Barry County, Missouri. She was born February 23, 1823, in Gibson County, Indiana, the daughter of William and Barbara (Ennis) Terry. They were the parents of four children. See Children of Elijah and Esther Terry Waltrip

Esther died January 20, 1851, in Barry County, Missouri at the age of 27. Elijah then married (2) Delilah Haynes on March 4, 1851. She was born October 12, 1835, in Missouri, the daughter of Eli and Mary (Branson) Haynes. They were the parents of eleven children. See Children of Elijah and Delilah Haynes Waltrip

For more information on the Elijah and Delilah (Haynes) family, go to:


Elijah died January 12, 1892 in Barry County, Missouri, at the age of 76. Delilah died January 10, 1920, at the age of 84.