Tiger left his name and mark on the Carter County area
during a time when this area was still hostile and wild. But he left us with
more than his name and adventures. He left us a legacy of sportsmanship and
respect to all of God's creatures when this attitude was not popular. We can
only hope Tiger's legacy will live for many generations to come.
Note: We are not for sure who Tiger Whitehead's parents
were, but it appears he was raised with Whispering Tom Whitehead who would be
John Harvey Whiteheads grandfather.
1 Nov 1893
A week in the mountains, the following composed a crowd that spent a week
hunting in the mountains: Dr. James MARTIN, Alex GAMBLE, James HARMON, David
POLAND, Bud HITCH, Andy WHITEHEAD and sons, Harvey and Will, Able CARPENTER,
James McCOY, Lee Razor, and the publisher of this paper and son, Clyde.
The crowd landed in
the place known as Jeffrey's Hell after a two-day journey, about 15 or 20 miles
of which had to be traveled on foot as a team could not be taken into the
mountains. A deer drive was the program for the first day and this resulted in
the killing of two deer and quite an assortment of squirrel and mountain
"boomers." (chipmunks/ground squirrels) Some of the boomers were dressed and
some were put in the pot whole. After everyone had satisfied their hunger, Mr.
HARMON concluded he would have some more of the mess and happened to pull out
one of the whole ones. When he saw its condition he concluded he didn't care for
anymore boomer and remarked that he was glad he hadn't eaten any of the meat.
The old saying "Good beginning, bad ending" proved true in this case, for no
more deer were killed during the hunt. Several bears were heard, but as there
were no bear dogs along, none of the crowd felt disposed to investigate very
There is an immense
amount of valuable timber in these mountains. There are cherry trees--so the
crowd says--six feet through and from sixty to seventy-five feet to the first
limb. Any amount of yellow poplar, spruce pine and ash. One curly ash was seen
that was estimated as being worth five hundred dollars, if it could be gotten
out of there.
GAMBLE killed a
rattler which had swallowed a full grown grey squirrel, and that about ended the
excitement. When one gets to the bottom of Jeffrey's Hell, it looks like it
would be impossible to get out again. But after staying there and breathing good
pure mountain air for six days, it made the crowd able to climb almost as well
as do the little boomers and they were able to easily walk the distance back to
the teams. It can be sworn to however that some of them were rather sore for
several days after reaching home.
Where would Jeffrey's Hell be located?
Plains, TN and Citico, TN, in the Smoky Mountains. I am not sure, but think it
is on the NC side of the mountains, Probably very near the road from Tellico
Plains to Robbins, NC.
4 Jan 1932
The body of Harvey
WHITEHEAD, who it was feared had been slain in the mountains the past week, was
found late Thursday (New Years Eve) afternoon by Doug BORING, one of more than
50 men who were searching for the body. Death was from natural causes. The
funeral was held in Happy Valley Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. E. Z. BUCHANAN.
The deceased is
survived by his widow and 10 children, also 5 brothers, D.L.WHITEHEAD of TX;
R.B.WHITEHEAD of Six Mile; W.E. WHITEHEAD of Mint; W.M.WHITEHEAD of Chilhowee;
and Jeff WHITEHEAD of Rasar; also 3 sisters, Mrs. Martha HENDRIX of Oliver
Springs; Mrs. Mary McKINLEY of Knoxville, and Mrs. Lula PAYNE of Rasar.
and his brother, Jeff, went hunting last Tuesday (Dec 29), and were returning
home Wednesday (12/30) morning before daylight. Harvey's dog started off on the
trail of an animal, and Harvey
told his brother he would go with the dog and for him to wait where he was. In
about an hour after Harvey left, Jeff heard a gun fire, and when Harvey
did not return in a few hours, Jeff started in search of him, fearing he had
been slain. After an all day hunt Wednesday by a large company of men, news was
sent to Sheriff PATE Thursday (12/31), and he and his deputies assisted in
organizing other men for the search. More than 50 went on the hunt for
WHITEHEAD's body. WHITEHEAD's dog finally led them to Wildcat Branch where the
body was found. There was no mark upon the body, and it was believed he had died
from natural causes.
brothers had run into still operators on Tuesday afternoon, and were returning
to Chilhowee to get other men to help them pull the still. It was feared some of
the operators had killed him, as many threats had been made against WHITEHEAD,
who had done more than any other man in that section, said residents, in trying
to break up moonshining.
served many years as forest ranger, and on fire protection signs which he posted
in the mountains, threats against his life had been written by those who feared
he might be responsible for capturing their stills, said neighbors. He had also
served as a deputy sheriff.
was the first of a family of 9 children to die, the youngest of the 9 being 47
NOTE: Charles Benton WHITEHEAD is the son of
John Harvey WHITEHEAD & Laura Josephine ANDERSON Whitehead.
John Harvey WHITEHEAD is son of Andrew Jackson
WHITEHEAD & Elizabeth Jane BORING Whitehead
Andrew Jackson WHITEHEAD is son of Thomas WHITEHEAD JR.
& Elizabeth OAKS Whitehead
Tom WHITEHEAD JR. is son of Tom & Sarah WHITEHEAD, Sr of
Carter Co., TN. Tom SR. was probably born in Chatham Co., NC