SOME EDMONDSONS OF SARASOTA, FLORIDA, USA.
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At 1232, 12th Street in Sarasota. Florida, USA, just to the east of the junction with North Tamiami Trail, is the Whitaker Cemetery. William Henry Whitaker was the first permanent white settler in Sarasota County. He worked hard at selling dried salt mullet and roe to Cuban traders as well as raising a herd of cows, but he found time to go a-courting Mary Jane Wyatt, the daughter of a local plantation owner.
William and Mary had ten children. As the family grew up and deaths occurred, burials were made in the family cemetery. In the 1930s the Whitaker family gave the cemetery to the Daughters of the Americam Revolution on the understanding that any lineal descendents of William and Mary Whitaker and their spouses could be buried there as long as space remained. There are 85 plots in all, with 39 taken to date.
William and Mary's second child, and the second white child to be born in Sarasota County, was Louisa, born in 1853. She married Captain Thomas Gordon Edmondson, and between them they had two sons, Robert B. Edmondson and T. Gilmore Edmondson. All four Edmondsons are buried in the Whitaker Cemetery.
William Henry Whitaker, b 1 Aug 1821, d 18 Nov 1888