Members of the Whittaker family, known for being America’s most inbred family, have their own private cemetery, Gordon Cemetery, which has around 30 graves of their relatives. They have been making their own concrete headstones since the 70s and bury their relatives more than an hour from their home. One family-run funeral chapel has provided services for the Whittakers, with obituaries for several of the deceased relatives appearing on their website. The chapel helped to take the Whittakers to a quiet private cemetery in Pearisburg, Virginia, and bury them there. The Whittakers always pay what is agreed upon and make their own headstones out of concrete. They have been doing this since the 1970s.
Although Gracie, the mother of the family, has a professionally made headstone, only she has one. The rest of the family has their own homemade headstones that they make with concrete. Some of the headstones have slight spelling mistakes, with letters and numbers appearing backwards, but many members of the family attended local schools. Not much is known about two of Gracie’s sisters, Nannie Lou Whittaker and Connie Jean Whittaker, both of whom married and are still living in Lowe. Lorene Whittaker was born in 1946 and had her one son, Timmy, in 1979.
John and Gracie Whittaker, who were first cousins, had 15 children in total, with two not making it through infanthood. Aileen, the first child of the couple, passed away in June 1997 after suffering from a heart attack. Barbra Whittaker was born in September 1940 and did not appear to marry before she died following a short illness in October 2008. Freddy Whittaker, the brother of Lorene, Betty, Ray, and Larry, was initially buried on the family property after his death in 2013, but he was later moved to the private plot.
Experts claim that inter-family relations could have caused some of the health conditions seen in the living family members. Many members of the family have suffered from a heart attack, while others did not make it through infanthood. The bloodline continued with a set of identical twin brothers, whose children got married. The siblings are the descendants of two sets of first cousins who got married.