The Whiddon Heritage

by Hayes L. Whiddon Jr.



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/28/2020

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 116
ISBN : 9781665505192
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 116
ISBN : 9781438929842
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 116
ISBN : 9781438929859

About the Book

Almost ten years of genealogical research, on the Whiddon family, has provided a wealth of information that is the basis for an interesting story. The story in America began in 1635 when sixteen year old John Whiddon crossed the Atlantic and stepped onto Virginia soil. It continues through William, son of the immigrant, and covers nine generations. Although the author followed his direct line of descent, sufficient information is provided to permit other lines to be picked-up at any point. The story is told in semi-narrative form, with historical context, to make it human and personal. It covers the Whiddon family through time and place to give a clear picture of The Whiddon Heritage. Also, covered are the lines of descent of the other two sons of John the Immigrant.


This book has the most extensive coverage of the Whiddons of Tudor England ever published.


The Whiddon family of Chagford, in the county of Devon, was very prominent in the 16th and 17th centuries. The family reached it’s zenith under Sir John Whiddon, Judge of the King’s Bench. Included are several generations of this very powerful and influential family. They served both the Church and the English legal system.


Captain Jacob Whiddon was a 16th century seadog, a privateer in the service of Sir Walter Raleigh. The mariners with whom he sailed included Sir Francis Drake and Sir Richard Grenville. Vivid accounts of his adventures are provided that includes the fight against the Spanish Armada and his voyage to South America to discover gold in El Dorado.  


The book is well illustrated to illuminate the lives of the Whiddon forebears.

About the Author

Hayes L. Whiddon, Jr. (Lou) was born in 1942 in Norfolk County, Virginia. He is a retired Naval Logistics Engineer who worked as a civilian for the United States Navy for thirty nine years.  His son, Paul, is the fourth generation Whiddon to work for the navy. Lou, like Captain Jacob Whiddon, lives at a major seaport. His home in Virginia is only a few miles from where John “The Immigrant” first landed in America in 1635.


Lou authored an article on Captain Jacob Whiddon that was published in the Devon Historian. That article appears herein in expanded form. He is currently researching the Whiddons of Devon to produce a book on this noble family.


Lou lives in Chesapeake, Virginia with his wife, Elaine. They enjoy their children and grandchildren who they see often.