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The Whitakers family tree wiki: All you need to know about the inbred story

The Whitakers are rated as the most inbred family in the United States because every one of them is related; however, recent records have revealed that their parents were cousins and not brother and sister as was earlier made to be believed.

Owing to the fact that the Whitakers are genetically and biologically related to one another, it has made it impossible for anyone to come up with their family history.

Also, the Whitakers family are secretive about their family history and are protected by the community where they reside, who have made it hard for anyone to interact with them.

However, a horror video of the life of the Whitakers went viral in 2020 after a channel named Soft White Underbelly shared the video.

Since then, attention has fallen on the Whitakers, leaving many wondering what could have happened to the family.

To know more about the Whitakers family, continue reading this article.

Profile Summary

NameThe Whitakers
Father John Whitaker
Place of residenceOdd, West Virginia
Video uploaded bySoft White Underbelly
DateJuly 4 2020
Video made byMark Latia
Family memberLorraine, Ray, and Timmy

The Whitakers Family

The Whitaker family are from Odd, West Virginia, where they currently reside. They are considered the most popular inbred family in the United States.

According to the record, The Whitaker family made it to the spotlight after a photographer named Mark Laita photographed them for his book titled Created Equal in 2004.

Mark Laita would revealed that he faced threats from neighbors while trying to photograph the family and had to explain why he was doing so before the locals gave him permission to do so, this is proof that the Whitakers are well protected in Odd, West Virginia.

In 2020, Mark Latia went to Odd, Virginia and visited The Whitaker family again and this time he made a video of his visit, which went viral.

Mark Latia titled the video “Inbred Family: The Whitakers,$ and the video has amassed over 19 million views and 250 thousand likes while over 12,000 people disliked the video.

The video showed the Whitakers, a British family with members of an older generations living in a small town in the Appalachian region, and working at their father’s farm.

However, from the look of the video, the Whitakers we’re struggling to make a living in their modest house with several dogs.

The Whitakers as of now comprises of three siblings and a cousin named Ray, Lorraine, Timmy, Freddie, and an unnamed sister. However, it is believed that there are a few more individuals of the family who have not been addressed.

As of now, no medical examination as been done on The Whitakers, but there are claims that their health issues arise from inbreeding.

47 Comments

47 Comments

  1. Holly

    April 2, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    Mark Latia has done a couple video’s of this family. The oldest sister is named Betty, she does the speaking in all of the video’s, Loraine does not speak,( Loraine & Ray never attended school) she nods her head. Ray barks like a dog, while Timmy, the nephew to Betty ( graduated from school) makes certain sounds ( He suffered a stroke awhile back). Freddie was Rays brother who died. Yes they always have a few dogs, who seem to be nice & fat, not bag of bones roaming around. A gofundme has been set up. The family have grown up in this trailer for many of years, & looks as though from the video’s it needs torn down & a new one erected. In the very first video Betty did not say if her parents were related, she simply did not know why Ray, Loraine & Timmy had a disability. Maybe instead of reading my comment you can go to Utube & watch the video & learn for yourself.

  2. Me

    April 21, 2022 at 3:54 am

    Can you please explain the nephew. Who is his mother and or father?

    • Mildred

      May 16, 2022 at 2:52 pm

      Mildred
      May 16, 2022
      The brother Freddie who is deceased – did he get a proper burial, meaning was he serviced by a funeral home/facility before being interred across the road in the yard of the old home place?
      I think they are a happy go lucky family and my uttermost prayers and blessings are with them.
      God takes care of his children and we are all His regardless of the circumstances!

      • Jojo Potadie

        May 31, 2022 at 11:50 pm

        No he was berried in the backyard only to be dug up and eaten by their own dogs not once but twice. They then took what remains were left and burned them

        • Bill

          June 5, 2022 at 1:34 am

          You would be much more creditable if you spelled your words correctly.

          • Anonymous

            June 5, 2022 at 10:20 pm

            ahahahaahahahaha

          • Moonchild

            June 7, 2022 at 12:29 am

            So would you.
            Mr “creditable”

          • Ralph

            June 22, 2022 at 1:27 pm

            Bill, let’s just say that you and Jojo went to the same school, shall we?

        • Tiff

          June 8, 2022 at 7:46 am

          That’s not true is it? Omg if that’s true and your not joking I swear I’m throw up!!!

  3. Steve

    April 25, 2022 at 1:29 am

    The sister who just nods is Timmy’s Mother ,I honestly feel very sorry for these folks ,They have big hearts it seems and I can’t imagine the horrible lives they’ve endured.

    • Blythe

      June 23, 2022 at 2:13 am

      How did you get this information?

  4. Anonymous

    April 28, 2022 at 10:02 pm

    It is hard for anyone to imagine the lifestyle this family currently lives. As shocking as this sounds it is actually all they know. They seem very happy. If this is all they have ever known for generations then they are not going to understand what the problem is.

    • Sam

      May 1, 2022 at 7:00 am

      I agree. In their eyes,there is no problem. This is how they live. They are not unhappy about it. A beautiful example of the phrase “There is no reality, only perception”. To some, they are horror stories. To them, it’s just normal and Happy living.
      I think it is so important for people to donate money to help these people out. But we must also remember that it’s up to them to decide how to use that money. They may not use it in the same way others might. But if that is what makes them happy, then the goal is achieved. May they continue to be blessed with the love and protection of their community, and now, the world.

      • Tiffany

        June 8, 2022 at 7:53 am

        Who takes care of them? It’s clear that none of them could really work somewhere. So I’m guessing that most of them if not all of them get disability every month. They probably have caseworkers or caretakers that stop and check in on them too. God bless them!

  5. Jann Webb

    April 29, 2022 at 1:04 am

    Someone did research and the parents were cousins whose parents were twins. This resulted in them being like siblings and even twins

    • Toni

      June 3, 2022 at 7:34 pm

      Yes. A quick search results in “Familial update: Fascinating story and I am so impressed with Mark’s sincerity and gentle nature with them. As an amateur genealogist I was intrigued about their lineage, so I dove in. For anyone else also curious, it seems that the parents of this clan were indeed first cousins, but to complicate it further, and something I have yet to run across elsewhere in 25 years of research, they were first cousins born to IDENTICAL TWINS. Twin boys, one had a girl and one had a boy and those kiddos made this family. The parents were father John E Whittaker born to one twin brother and Gracie I Whittaker born to the other twin brother. Originating in Virginia, they moved a short distance over some years to reach nearby Odd, WVA. I pray they continue to thrive with the assistance of caring folk. And before you say “thrive?” …it’s all relative. Clearly.” –

      • Tiffany

        June 8, 2022 at 7:59 am

        Thank you for telling us because I was really wanted to know how they were all related. Awesome!!

        • Ellen

          June 12, 2022 at 3:40 am

          So, the parents of the Whittakers were equivalent to half siblings in terms of genetic similarity?

      • Blythe

        June 23, 2022 at 2:12 am

        Wow. That’s really interesting. Thank your for sharing.

      • Bruv

        June 25, 2022 at 9:04 am

        Wait I’m confused. So that’s as far as the inbreeding goes? Two cousins having kids. Like there’s no more inbreeding down the line or does it continue?

  6. Sam

    May 1, 2022 at 7:03 am

    I agree. In their eyes,there is no problem. This is how they live. They are not unhappy about it. A beautiful example of the phrase “There is no reality, only perception”. To some, they are horror stories. To them, it’s just normal and Happy living.
    I think it is so important for people to donate money to help these people out. But we must also remember that it’s up to them to decide how to use that money. They may not use it in the same way others might. But if that is what makes them happy, then the goal is achieved. May they continue to be blessed with the love and protection of their community, and now, the world.

  7. Fran

    May 1, 2022 at 12:11 pm

    Mark from SWU is the reason this family has so many needed things and the new home that was built was from findings off from the go fund me Mark started up. He’s safe and will not exploit them. I think this family has so much love for each other. More than most families I know including my own.

  8. Michael George Avery benedict Thomann III

    May 6, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    What a happy and beautiful family. May god bless them and protect them so they can each live a long and peaceful life.

  9. Michael George Avery benedict Thomann III

    May 6, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    May god bless them and protect them so they can each live a long and peaceful life.

    • Sterling

      May 10, 2022 at 5:20 am

      Thats the least he can do since he created them like this.

      • Moonchild

        June 7, 2022 at 12:40 am

        You’re blaming GOD for brothers and sisters and first cousins f***ing each other and conceiving severely disabled children?

        Did you miss the whole health class lecture on Human Reproduction in school?

        Moron

        • Leslie

          June 18, 2022 at 2:17 am

          Moonchild, you are so correct. The previous commenter is a moron

          • ytui

            June 23, 2022 at 9:47 am

            yeah

  10. Mary Earley

    May 10, 2022 at 3:01 am

    God bless the Whitaker family.

  11. MNMo

    May 18, 2022 at 6:14 pm

    What a unique look into a very unique family & their way of living.

    I’d say I feel sorry for them but they really seem like a happy go lucky family. I do like how Mark shows their life while respecting and helping the family.

    They don’t appear to be Malnourished, unhealthy, sad, lonely, etc…..which is a lot better than I can say for some people who live alot more traditional lives.

    I do wish there were some way to help them get the home habitable and clean, as well as working to give the family some basic help with hygiene and housekeeping.

    • Nemo

      May 20, 2022 at 8:22 am

      I wonder who’s Timmy’s dad?

    • Cory Meadows

      May 26, 2022 at 8:06 pm

      I used to live in Odd. Every home and family lives in poverty like they do,

      • Anonymous

        June 1, 2022 at 3:35 pm

        Yeah just like your mothers your sister

    • Tana

      June 3, 2022 at 1:17 am

      They have ago fund me acct. set up by Mark Laita the photographer of Soft White Underbelly you tube channel. He has taken them to Walmart and they have put a new floor in, new cabinets, tv and other stuff. He is respectful to them too.

  12. Tdogg67

    May 25, 2022 at 1:57 pm

    At no point does this family need to be a public presence. It is not educational at all and serves no one other than YouTube or others trying to make money off of their situation. They’ve come this far in life without being noticed they should be left alone where they are because this does nothing to benefit anyone

    • P family

      May 27, 2022 at 7:24 pm

      I’m not sure. Initially I thought they may be exploited but they have been helped with money to fix up the home and hopefully, a better, easier life. Seems they are happier in the every day life than many. I wish them well and hope the video has improved their lives and made them more comfortable.

      • Laurie Swenson

        June 3, 2022 at 7:45 am

        I can see both sides to this. I think they should have one or more social workers to help them navigate situations where they’re being videotaped, asked questions when they can’t answer most of them, etc. The videos may have drawn attention to their needs, which is a good thing, but I was uncomfortable with questions being asked repeatedly of the two men who could not really answer. I feel sympathy for this family and I feel they would qualify for some help like this.

        • Ellen

          June 12, 2022 at 3:44 am

          I dunno. I think I felt differently about the questions being asked of Timmy and Ray. I think most intellectually disabled people find it more respectful to be spoken to and addressed normally. So I thought it was nice that Mark spoke directly to them. Also, both of them, but especially Ray, do have communication methods they use to answer many questions. For example, Ray will gesture, nod, or lead Mark to things he wants him to see that answer his questions.

          I certainly agree that they should be given access to social services, if they want them.

    • Toni

      June 3, 2022 at 7:59 pm

      The YouTube videos are a major avenue of fundraising for the family. The proceeds have gone towards putting a new roof on the trailer, getting a new truck, buying a freezer, putting in kitchen cabinets so the food can be put away, getting a new box spring for Ray’s bed, and much more. The money is given to the family to spend how they want. They now have money to pay the electric and buy enough food to feed the family every week.

      The family members are disabled. Most have decreased mental function. Some can’t speak at all. Those that could worked in the coal mines. This income dried up when mines were shut down.

      There aren’t enough “social workers” to take care of the impoverished families living in this area of WV. Some households keep their refrigerator on the porch because they’ve pirated electricity from a nearby pole. The house itself isn’t wired. Some households still have outhouses. The night soil is used as fertilizer for the garden. No internet or smart phones some families. No phones at all in some places. Welcome to Appalachia.

      We have it a bit better in my neck of the woods… which is just a stone throw from WV, across the Ohio River. We don’t have trash service. We have wells. The county finally put sewer along the highway. We use our septic pump to get our waste into it. We heat with oil. We have a landline. We don’t have cable or satellite. We have a 5G tower nearby so we can use our data plan (it’s 4G, actually). We have a small market but it’s 20 minutes away. Kroger, Walgreeens, Walmart and everything else is a half hour drive through winding roads. We have our packages sent to some family in the city because all we have is a tiny box across the county road. That’s life.

      • moondance

        June 16, 2022 at 10:23 pm

        Sounds good to me.The basics.

  13. Cory Meadows

    May 26, 2022 at 8:03 pm

    Please leave them alone. I used to live in Odd (my family is related to them through marriage. Two of my cousins and second cousins are blood related to them.)
    I used to stand on the porch with my grandma sometimes and run interference when people would go down to their homes and harass them. We also had to rescue a horse from them because they didn’t know how to properly take care of them. There’s loads of videos on the internet and on reddit making fun of them and spreading lies. It’s sickening.

    • Anonymous

      May 29, 2022 at 5:12 am

      No way you serious

  14. Frederick P Watson

    May 27, 2022 at 12:52 am

    I’ve heard from the people in town that they have orgies at the house and Mark wanted to cash in on filming the action until the neighbors stepped in. Then he had to pretend he was filming a documentary instead.

    • Jen

      June 2, 2022 at 4:23 am

      What a stupid comment!! Mark has raised a lot
      of money to help this family. They were able to buy a truck, 4 wheeler, a new home, kitchen cabinets and other things that has made their life better.

  15. Art

    May 30, 2022 at 6:15 am

    I found one of the videos particularly disturbing. Towards the end of the video Ray (the one who barks) was crying like he was experiencing pain and no one, including Mark Latia and Ray’s sister Betty even paid any attention to him. It seemed that Ray needed some medical attention and no one seemed to care.

  16. VM

    June 6, 2022 at 12:11 pm

    I think it is great that Mark has raised a lot of money for them as it’s sad to see the conditions they are living in. Essentially he is paying them for the chance to interview them though. I doubt very much that he would have given them all the money etc if he hadn’t got his footage.

  17. Ralph

    June 22, 2022 at 1:42 pm

    Bill, let’s just say that you and Jojo went to the same school, shall we?

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