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John WHITE

1811-1879


 


This page last updated: 1 September 2007



John2 WHITE (William1) was born in 1811[1] to William WHITE and Dinah (Blandina) FLAGLER.[2], [3]  There is confusion as to where John was born.  There is a Boston Transcript genealogy inquiry dated 1921, regarding William White of State [sic] Tract [Short Tract], Allegany County New York, and sons “. .. Moses, Justus, Duty, William and John, born 1811 . . . married Thankful Clark . . . daughter of Thomas and Samantha (Fowler) Clark.”[4]  Another, dated 1934, lists William WHITE of Allegany County, died Oct. 1, 1838, age 70; and his second wife, Dinah FLAGLER, died Feb. 8, 1843, age 70, “. . . had children born in Massachusetts, perhaps near Blandford [Hampden County].”[5]  It is unknown if this information is the result of family tradition or speculation based on incomplete genealogical research of that author.  John and his brother, Moses WHITE, are listed in the 1850 census[6] with a birthplace of Massachusetts, however, the 1860[7] and 1870 census both show John[8] and Moses[9] birthplace as New York.  A biographical sketch of John’s son, John Wilbur, states that his father was born near the city of Rome, Oneida County, New York.[10]  John’s obituary states he was a native of the state of New York,[11] and Moses’ obituary states he was born in Oneida County in 1809.[12] 


John was married to Thankful CLARK in Dansville, Steuben County, New York,[13] according to one DAR record, in 1833,[14] however there is evidence that suggests that 1833 was too early.  Another DAR record shows the dates, ‘33 and ‘44 imposed one over another, but, from the copy, it is impossible to tell which one is the overwrite.[15]  The 1840 Federal Census for Granger, Allegany County, New York, lists John WHITE, born between 1811 and 1820, living with a female, born between 1771 and 1780, and no other person.[16]  This is probably John and his widowed mother who died 1843.[17]  All of Thomas CLARK’s unmarried children, including Thankful, are accounted for in the 1840 Dansville census, living at home with their parents.[18]  John and Thankful’s first known child was born in May 1845.[19]  This would place their marriage between 1840 and 1844, probably 1844.


In 1850, John and Thankful are farming in Granger Township, Allegany County.  Their children are listed as: Emily, age 6; Zenas, male age 4; Clarissa, age 2; and Lewis, age 3/12..[20]   During this period, John was appointed Captain of the State Militia of the section where he resided, by Governor Seward, a commission from which he had to resign when he moved from Allegany County.[21]


In 1852,[22] John and Thankful removed to Ashbury (Asbury), Northville Township, LaSalle County, Illinois, just south of Sandwich, DeKalb County,[23] following his brother Moses, who moved there in 1851.[24], [25]  Their son, Lewis P.  died on 17 September 1852, at Ashbury (Asbury). [26]


Thankful died in 1855 at age 41, while living in Northville Township, and is buried at Millington-Newark Cemetery, Fox Township, Kendall County, Illinois.  Thankful CLARK was born on 12 February 1814[27] to Thomas CLARK and Samantha FOWLER , probably after her parents moved to Aurelius, Cayuga Co., New York by 1810.[28]  In 1820, at the age of 6, her parents lived in what would become Conesus, Livingston County, New York.[29]  She was probably living with her parents in Conesus in 1830[30] and in Dansville, Steuben County, New York by 1840.[31] 


On 31 October 1858, John married Elizabeth Orina (Badgley) Murray, widow of Elijah Murray[32] in LaSalle County.[33]  The Murray’s had a daughter, Mary Louise Murray, born 1851.[34]  In 1860, still living in Ashbury (Asbury), are John and Elizabeth age 30, Emily age 15; Albert (Adelbert), at age 13;  Clarissa, age 10; Wilbur age 8; Justin, age 5/12, probably the son of John and Elizabeth; and Mary Murray, age 9, born in Ohio.[35]  In 1864, the WHITEs moved to Hahanaman Township, Whiteside County, Illinois, and in 1868, to Missouri  where they spent one winter, returning to Whiteside County[36]  In 1870, the WHITE’s were living in Sterling, Tampico Township, Whiteside County, with Adelbert, Clarissa, Wilbur, Justin and Edison living at home.[37]  Mary Murray, daughter of Elizabeth and step-daughter of John, is not found in the 1870 census.  At age 19, she could be married by this time.


For several years, John had been in poor health, suffering from consumption (tuberculosis, as diagnosed in 1879). John WHITE died on 30 June 1879 in Tampico, and is buried next to his first wife, Thankful (CLARK) at Millington-Newark Cemetery,[38]


John’s obituary described him:


Father White's greatest strength was probably his firmness.  He was not hasty in deciding, hence his conclusions were usually correct, and a position once taken was firmly maintained.  In policy he was conservative, both in church and personal interests, deeming it better to move slowly and surely, even at the sacrifice of display or convenience, than to incur loss.[39


John and Thankful (Clark) White grave


John and Thankful (CLARK) WHITE gravestone.  Millington-Newark Cemetery, Millington, Kendall County, IllinoisPhoto by Chuck Rodekohr, 10 Aug 2002.


Children of John2 White and Thankful Clark were as follows:


+ i..    Emily Elizabeth3 WHITE, born 6 May 1845 at Short Tract, Granger Township, Allegany County, New York; married Joseph DIR.


+ ii.    Adelbert Zenus WHITE, born 04 October 1846, at Granger, Allegany County, New York; married Carrie S. PIERCE.


+ iii. Clarissa WHITE, born 22 August 1848 at Granger, Allegany County, New York; married William SPAULDING..


iv.    Lewis P. WHITE was born, calculated, on 9 February 1851 at Short Tract (Granger), Allegany County, New York.[40]  He died on 17 September 1852, in Ashbury (Asbury), Northville Township, LaSalle County, Illinois,[41] at age 1.  He is buried next to his parents at Millington Cemetery, Kendall County, Illinois.[42]


Lewis P. White Gravestone


Lewis P, Son of John and Thankful WHITE - Died Sep 17, 1852 - Aged 1 year  7 mos 8 days.  Photo taken by Chuck Rodekohr on Aug 10, 2002.


+ v.    John Wilbur WHITE, born 7 October 1852 at Adams Township, LaSalle County, Illinois; married Mary Elizabeth PAYSON.


+ vi.    Henry M. (White) ROGERS, born circa 1854 probably at Northville Twp., LaSalle County, Illinois; married Della Barker.


Children of John2 White and Elizabeth Orina BADGLEY are as follows:


i. Justin WHITE was born, calculated, in January 1860, probably at Ashbury, LaSalle County, Illinois[43].  In 1880, a year after the death of his father, he was a boarder with the Ludwig Bensinger family in Sterling, Whiteside County.[44]


He married Matilda May Black 29 March 1884 in Whiteside Co., Illinois.[45]  By 1910, Justin is living in Salt River Township, Audrain County, Missouri, with May age 46, and daughters Blanche, age 21 and Esie, age 19.[46]  In 1920, Justin and Matilda M. are living alone in Salt River.[47]  The 1930 census shows Justin and Matilda M. living in Mexico City, Salt River Township with a boarder, Carl R. Anderson.[48]


Children of Justin WHITE and (Matilda) May Black were: 


i.  Blanch WHITEwas born about 1889; and


ii.  Esie WHITE was born about 1891.


ii.    Edson WHITE was born, calculated, in 1862, probably at Ashbury, LaSalle County, Illinois.[49]  He is living with his widowed mother in Tampico Township in 1880.[50]   In 1900, in Iowa City, Iowa City Township, Johnson County, Iowa, there is an Edson White, a teamster, born in Illinois in January of 1882, who's father was born in New York and mother in Ohio which matches the profile of our Edson perfectly.  This Edson is married to Anna, age 34, born in September of 1865.  They had been married five years.  A stepson, Raymond S. Hoffman, age 13; and stepdaughter, Julia S. Gisne are living with them.[51]  In  1910, as Edison White, he and Anna are living at Iowa City with stepdaughter, Julia Gisne, and A. Burnett, a lodger.52  Edson WHITE,  died on 30 September 1916, and is buried in Oakland Cemetery, Iowa City.  [From his gravestone, he was born 8 January 1862.53 








[1] John and Thankful (Clark) White gravestone, Millington-Newark Cemetery, Section 31, NE 1/4 of NW 1/4,, Millington, Kendall County, Illinois, right side of central cemetery road, seven trees up, towards the center.





[2] Copy of The Boston Transcript, 30 Jan 1922, #9163; American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI).





[3] White, Flagler, Copy of the Boston Transcript, 24 Oct 1934, #9334:, American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI) 





[4] Copy of the Boston Transcript, 21 Mar 1921, #8722, American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI).





[5] Copy of the Boston Transcript, 24 Oct 1934, #9334, American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI) 





[6] 1850 United States Federal Census, New York, Allegany County, Roll M432_475 Granger Township, Page: 11, Image 24, Enumerated  26 December 1850: Line 3, Dwel 177, Fam 181, Moses WHITE; Line 36, Dwel 183, Fam 186, John White





[7] 1860 United States Federal Census, Illinois, LaSalle County, Northville Township, Northville and Ashbury Post Office, Roll:M653_196: Page 91, Image #93, Enumerated 9th day of June , Line 24,Dwe 651, Fam 656, Moses White; Page 92, Image 94, Enumerated 09 June, 1860, Line 3, Dwel 654,Fam 659, John White.





[8] 1870 United States Federal Census, Illinois, Whiteside County, Tampico Township, Sterling P.O., Roll: M593_290, Page 9, Image 334,  Enumerated 20 July 1870, Line 6, Dwel 59, Fam 58, White, John





[9] 1870 United States Federal Census, Illinois, De Kalb County, Somonauk Twp., Roll M593_215, Page 51, Image 553, Enumerated 21 June 1870, Line 2, Dwel 412, Fam 405, White, Moses.





[10] Portrait and Biographical Album of Whiteside Co., Illinois, Chapman Brothers, Chicago, 1885, p. 771.





[11] John White obituary, unknown newspaper, from the scrapbook of Bessie (White) Morrow, page 30.  Original in possession of Chuck Rodekohr <RodekohrC@jps,net>.





[12] Moses White obituary, unknown newspaper, from the scrapbook of Bessie (White) Morrow, p. 32.





[13] Chapman Brothers, Chigago, Illinois, 1885 :    "Portrait and Biographical Album of Whiteside County, Illinois ... also containing a history of the county, from its earliest settlement to the present time."  p. 771:  JW White.  The senior White went in his early life to Allegany County, in his native State, and was married in Danville [sic] to Thankful Clark,





[14] Marjorie Gertrude Morrow application (original) to the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution :





[15] Emily Elizabeth (White) Dir, .Copy of Application for Membership of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, March 8, 1916, National Number 122764, Volume 123, page 234





[16] 1840 United States Federal Census, New York, Allegany County, Northern District, Roll:  M704_265, Town of Granger, Page: 288, Image 574, Line 9, John White M000 010 000 000 0 F000 000 001





[17] WHITE, FLAGLER, Copy of the Boston Transcript, 24 Oct 1934, #9334:, American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI) 





[18] 1840 United States Federal Census, New York, Steuben Co, Dansville Township, Roll: M704_340, Page 5,  Image 10, Line 19,  Tho Clark, M001 220 001 F001 020 01.





[19] Tampico Area Historical Society, 119 South Main Street , P.O. Box 248  Tampico, IL 61283



http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/page/page/22555.htm, Tampico Memorial Cemetery, DIR Emily E. WHITE, 5/6/1845 April 01, 1924 J.





[20] 1850 United States Federal Census, New York, Allegany County, Roll M432_475, Granger Township, Page: 11/21, Image 24 (Ancestry.com), Enumerated 26 December 1850, Line 36, Dwel 183, Fam 186, John WHITE





[21] Chapman Brothers, Portrait and Biographical Album of Whiteside County, Illinois, Chapman Brothers, Chicago, 1885, p. 771.





[22] John White obituary, unknown newspaper, from the scrapbook of Bessie(White) Morrow, page 30.  Original in possession of Chuck Rodekohr RodekohrC@jps,net, 2003.





[23] 1860 United States Federal Census, Illinois, LaSalle County, Northville Township, Northville and Ashbury Post Office, Roll:M653_196, Page 92, Image 94, Enumerated: 9th day of June, 1860, Line 3, Dwel 654,Fam 659, John White





[24] John and Thankful (Clark) White gravestone at the Millington-Newark Cemetery, Kendall Co., Illinois. Photo by Chuck Rodekohr on August 10, 2002.





[25] 1850 United States Federal Census, New York, Allegany County, Roll M432_476, Birdsall Twp., Page 8, Image 344, Line 19, Dwel 113, Fam 112, Moses CLARK; Granger Twp., Page: 11/21, Image 24, Enumerated 26 December, 1850, Line 36, Dwel 183, Fam 186, John White.





[26] John White obituary, unknown newspaper, from the scrapbook of Bessie (White) Morrow, page 30.  Original in possession of Chuck Rodekohr 2003.





[27] Bible Family Record of Thomas and Samantha (Fowler) Clark Photocopy of a page listing the children and dates of birth.  Copy received from Eleanor (Osborne) Ratsep on 7 Jul 2003.  Bible page belongs to, the Butler family, grandchildren of Lewis and Sarah (Stevens) Clark.





[28] 1810 United States Federal Census, New York, Cayuga County,  Aurelius Township , Genoa, Roll M252_31, Line 28, Thomas Clark, 200 10//101 00





[29] 1820 United States Federal Census, New York, Ontario County (Livingston Co. by 1821), Freeport  Township (Conesus by 1830)





[30] 1830 United States Federal Census, New York, Livingston County, Roll: M19_93, Conesus Township



Page 100, Image: 203, Line 5, Thomas Clark, M112 110 01 F101 200 1





[31] 1840 United States Federal Census , New York, Steuben Co, Dansville Township, Roll: M704_340, Page 5, Image 10, Line 19,  Tho Clark, M001 220 001 F001 020 01





[32] Ancestry.com, Janet Skelton janetskelton0713@aol.com, Elijah Murray, b. 1813, Botetourt County, VA, m. Elizabeth Orina Badgley, b. 19 Sep 1829, Dau. Mary Louisa Murray, b. 1851 in Botetourt County, VA, m. James Shields Graham.





[33] Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763–1900



http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/GenealogyMWeb/MarriageSearchServlet, White, John, Murray, Elizabeth (Mrs.), 10/31/1858 C  /  468, La Salle. 





[34] SOURCE??





[35] 1860 United States Federal Census, Illinois, LaSalle County, Northville Township, Northville and Ashbury Post Office, Roll:M653_196,Page 92, Image 94, Enumerated: 9th day of June, 1860, Line 3, Dwel 654, Fam 659, John White.





[36] John White obituary, unknown newspaper, from the scrapbook of Bessie (White) Morrow, page 30.  Original in possession of Chuck Rodekohr, 2003.





[37] 1870 United States Federal Census, Illinois, Whiteside County, Tampico Township, Sterling P.O., Roll: M593_290, Image: 669., Page 9, Image 334, Enumerated on 20th day of July, Line 6, Dwel 59, Fam 58, White, John.





[38] John and Thankful (Clark) White gravestone at the Millington-Newark Cemetery, Kendall Co., Illinois. Photo by Chuck Rodekohr on August 10, 2002.





[39] John White obituary, unknown newspaper, from the scrapbook of Bessie (White) Morrow, page 30.  Original in possession of Chuck Rodekohr 2003.



 





[40] 1850 United States Federal Census, New York, Allegany County, Roll M432_476, Birdsall Twp., Page 8, Image 344, Line 19, Dwel 113, Fam 112, Moses CLARK; Granger Twp., Page: 11/21, Image 24, Enumerated 26 December, 1850, Line 36, Dwel 183, Fam 186, John White.





[41] John White obituary, unknown newspaper, from the scrapbook of Bessie (White) Morrow, page 30.  Original in possession of Chuck Rodekohr 2003.





[42] Lewis P. White gravestone at the Millington Cemetery, Kendall County, Illinois, right side of central cemetery road, seven trees up, towards the center, next to parents gravestone, Photo by Chuck Rodekohr, 10 Aug 2002.





[43] 1860 United States Federal Census, Illinois, LaSalle County, Northville Township, Northville and Ashbury Post Office, Roll:M653_196,Page 92, Image 94, Enumerated: 9th day of June, 1860, Line 3, Dwel 654, Fam 659, John White.





[44] 1880 United States Federal Census, Illinois, Whiteside Co. , Roll T9-259, Sterling Twp., Supervisor's Dist. No 2, Enumeration Dist. No.  212,, Page 22,  Image 195, Line 38, Dwel 204, Fam 209, Bensinger, Ludwig





[45] Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763–1900, http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/GenealogyMWeb/marrsrch.html, White, Justin; Black, May M; 03/29/1884 ;  00006340 Whiteside.





[46] 1910 United States Federal Census, Missouri, Audrain Co., Roll T624_767, Salt River Twp., , Sheet 6, Image 122, Supervisor's District No. 9, Enumeration District No, 10, Enumerated 26 April 1910, Line 15, Dwel 120, Fam 119, White, Justin,





[47] 1920 United States Federal Census, Missouri, Audrain County, Salt River Twp, Roll 625_903



Supervisor’s District No 9, Enumeration District No. 11, Page 6A, Image 811, Enumerated 19, 20, 21 January 1920, Line 20, Dwel 134, Fam 134, White, Justin




[48] 1930 Unites States Federal Census, Missouri, Audrain County, Salt River Township, Mexico, City, Ward 4, Roll T626_1174, Enumeration District 17, Page 2B, Image 1059, Line  54, 1123 Promonade St., Dwel 37, Fam 44, Justin White




[49] 1860 United States Federal Census, Illinois, LaSalle County, Northville Township, Northville and Ashbury Post Office, Roll:M653_196,Page 92, Image 94, Enumerated: 9th day of June, 1860, Line 3, Dwel 654, Fam 659, John White.





[50] 1880 United States Federal Census, Illinois, Whiteside Co., Tampico Township, Page 13,  Micro Film Image 308, Image 13 0f 22, 11th Day of June, Enumerator: J.W. White, Line 39, Dwel 156, Fam 159, White, Elizabeth





[51] 1900 United States Federal Census, Iowa, Johnson County, Iowa City Township, Iowa City, Ward 4, Roll T623 440, Sheet 9/148, Supervisor's District No. 2; Enumeration District No. 85, 7 June 1900, 1027 Market St., Dwel 181, Fam 197, White Edson C., MW, Jan 1862, 38, M 5yrs, Ill, NY, Ohio, Teamster; Anna, Wife, WF, Sept 1865m 34, M 5yrs, Iowa, Ger, Ger; Hoffman, Raymond, S. Son, WM, May 1886, 13, S, Iowa, Germany, Iowa, At school; Gisne [indexed as Crisue], Julia, S. Dau, WF, May 1896, 8, S, Iowa, Iowa, Iowa



52 1910 United States Federal Census, Iowa, Johnson County, City of Iowa, Ward 1, Sheet 13A/137, Supervisor's District No. 2, Enumeration District No. 84, 22 April 1910, 217 E. College, Line 16, Dwel 247, Fam 268, White Edison [sic], Head, MW 48, M2 15 yrs, Ill, NY. OH; Anna, Wife, M[sic]W45, M 15 yrs, Iowa, Germany, Germany; Julia Gisne (Indexed as Gissie), Step dau, FW 17, S, Iowa, 17, Ill, Iowa; A Barnett,Lodger, MW 28, S, Penn, Eng, US, Salesman



[53] Iowa Cemetery Records, Johnson County, Iowa Wpa Grave Registrations, Page: 180, Name: Edson White




 



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