My name is Mary Ann Whitehead Overson and this blog is dedicated to all the amazing men and women who came before me: my ancestors. I also want to acknowledge my father, Armand Toyn Whitehead, who is the person responsible for a lot of the content in this blog; my dad has spent countless hours collecting and preserving photos and histories, and preserving them on the computer so that they can be handed down for generations. Thank you, Dad!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Earnest Ludwig Whitehead & Verda Marie Cooke

Earnest Ludwig Whitehead mission photo, c. 1929 Taken by Stokes Studio, SLC

 Verda Marie Cooke, c. 1932 Graduation from Sparks, Nev. High
Earnest Ludwig Whithead was born 1 Feb 1906 in St. George, Washington, Utah.  He was the youngest of 7 children born to Erastus Goddard Whitehead (1871-1906) and Josephine May Nixon (1876-1962).  His first wife, Ella Lucile Ipson, died shortly after giving birth to their first baby girl (living).  Verda Marie Cooke was born 6 Apr 1914 in Grouse Creek, Box Elder, Utah.  She was the seventh child of 10 children born to James Cooke (1876-1960) and Frances Harriet Toyn (1877-1928).

Earnest and Verda were married 23 Jul 1935 in the Logan, Utah Temple.


  1. Glad I found your blog. My great grandfather was Erastus' brother, George Frank. We have great great grandparents in common.

    Edie Whitehead

    1. Thank you for leaving a comment - it's rewarding to know that others are benefiting from it! If you don't mind me asking, would you be interested in sharing your Grandfather's descendants and history with me? I really don't have much info on his children and grandchildren, etc. My email is paleofemme@gmail.com. If you have a moment, message me that way (much more private!) I have a great deal of personal histories and family tree info (mostly done by my father, who is serving a mission at the Family History Center right now in Salt Lake City). If there is anything you would like in particular, let me know. Again, thanks for your comment!

    2. I would be glad to email with you. My email is edphonhome@gmail.com. I will also send you a private email this morning with a little more of my family information.