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John Wilbur WHITE

1852-1904


 


This page last updated: 17 August 2007



John Wilbur3 White (John2, William1) was born to John WHITE and Thankful CLARK on 07 October 1852[1] at Adams Township, La Salle County, Illinois.  After his mother died in 1855 when he was three, his father remarried and moved to Sterling, Tampico Township, Whiteside County, Illinois, where, in 1870, John Wilbur was going to school and helping his father on the farm.[2] 


In 1875, John Wilbur went to Minnesota and then to Iowa.[3]  He took a course in the law department at Iowa University[4] and became a student of law with the legal firm of WHITE & VARNER of Adel, Dallas County, Iowa.[5]  He returned to Illinois and was admitted to the Illinois State Bar in 1878.[6]  The attorney under which he studied, J. B. WHITE, was born in Kentucky 14 January 1849 and came to Iowa in about 1854.[7]  There doesn’t appear to be a family connection.


J. W. WHITE was elected a Supervisor of Tampico Township in 1879 and 1881-’83.[8]  In 1880, John Wilbur is living with the Jacobs family at Tampico and working as an attorney.[9]


On 05 April 1883, he married Mary Elizabeth (Lizzie) PAYSON[10] at the home of her parents at Rock Falls, Whiteside County, Illinois.[11] 


He was the Tampico Village Attorney in 1885.[12]  In 1891, he was a member of the Illinois House of Representatives.[13]     


On 30 January 1893, Lizzie died.[14] 


In 1900, John W. WHITE, widowed, is living on 8th Avenue at Rock Falls, Coloma Township, Whiteside County with his daughter Bessie M.; sons Leo P. and Ralph M.; his mother-in-law, Mary A. PAYSON and her son Edger C.; and a servant, Mary E. Johnson.[15]  He was on the Board of Directors and Attorney for Modern Woodmen of America, a fraternal life insurance society.  He served four terms as a member of the legislature.[16] 


 Joihn Wilbur White


John Wilbur (J.W.) WHITE.  Original photograph in possession of E. C. (Chuck) Rodekohr, 2004 


John Wilbur, known as J. W., died on 04 March 1904 and is buried at the IOOF Cemetery, Rock Falls.[17]


Mary Elizabeth (Lizzie) PAYSON was born 23 October 1854 at Waverly, Tioga County, New York to Charles H. PAYSON and Mary Ann RUSSELL .[18]  She is called Lizzie in all the documentation found for her, except for the 1860 census, where she is listed as Mary E.[19]  It is assumed that her given name was Mary Elizabeth, but was known as Lizzie the rest of her life.  On 30 January 1893, Lizzie died at the Elgin Hospital and Asylum, Elgin, Kane County, Illinois. Apparently Lizzie suffered a long illness.[20]  From her obituary,


Mrs. WHITE's case was pronounced incurable upon her return to Elgin last fall.  About two months ago she commenced to sink rapidly, and early last week her immediate relatives were notified that her dissolution was imminent.  Her death was very peaceful.  The deceased who was the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. PAYSON, of this city, was possessed of an unusually charming personality, even under all of her sad mental affliction. 


Lizzie is buried in the IOOF Cemetery, Rock Falls.[21]


Lizzie’s family has been researched and documented by me back to the immigrant, Edward PAYSON, baptized 3 October 1613 at Nazing, County Essex, England. 


Children of John Wilbur3 WHITE and Mary Elizabeth PAYSON were as follows:


+  i.    Mary Bessie3 WHITE, born 11 February 1884 at Rock Falls, Whiteside Co., Illinois; married Merrill Martin MORROW.


ii.    Leo Payson WHITE was born on 5 Apr 1889 at Rock Falls, Whiteside Counjty, Illinois of Auburn, California in 1932.  He married Gertrude E. SIMMONS on 30 June 1909 at Clinton, Iowa.  He died in August 1964 in Illinois at age 75.


+ iii.    Ralph Macaulay WHITE, born 24 June 1892 at Rock Falls, Whiteside County, Illinois; married Liz CUSTINE.


 










[1] Marjorie Gertrude Morrow application to the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution:





[2] 1870 United States Federal Census , Illinois, Whiteside County, Tampico Township, Sterling P.O., Roll: M593_290, Image: 669. cal, Page 9, Image 334, Enumerated on 20th day of July, Line 6, Dwel 59, Fam 58, WHITE, John





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





[4] The Sterling Standard, Whiteside County Illinois Businessmen of 1897, Page 48. Dec. 1897.





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





[6] The Sterling Standard, Whiteside County Illinois Businessmen of 1897, Page 48. Dec. 1897.





[7] History of Dallas County, Iowa, 1879, pp. 443, 554, 555.





[8] Chapman Brothers, Portrait and Biographical Album of Whiteside County, Illinois, Chapman Brothers, Chicago, 1885, pp. 894, 896.





[9] 1880 United States Federal Census, Illinois, Whiteside Co., Tampico Township. Page 17, Image 17 (Ancestry.com), Enumerated on 17 & 18th day of June, Enumerator: J.W. White, Line 36, Dwel 195, Fam 198, Jacobs, Joseph and family, White, J W, M, 27, Boarder, S, Attorney at Law, Illinois, New York(?),New York





[10] Illinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763-1900:



 http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/GenealogyMWeb/marrsrch.html, White, J Wilbur, Payson, Lizzie, Whiteside County.   Date: 04/05/1883, Lic: 00006050.





[11] Scrap Book kept by Bessie (White) Morrow, page 27, two marriage notice of: J. Wilbur White to Lizzie Payson, unknown newspapers, in possession of Chuck Rodekohr 2004.





[12] 1900 United States Federal Census, Illinois, Whiteside County, Coloma Twp., Roll T623_352, Rock Falls City, Enumerated: 04 June 1900, Sheet 5, Image 109, Supervisors District No. 4, Enumeration District No. 141, 8th Avenue, Line 29, Dwel 98, Fam 103, White, John W.





[13] TAMPICO TORNADO January 3, 1891, TORNADO Gossip Column Jan 3, 1891:   Hon. J. W. WHITE leaves for Springfiled next Monday to begin his work in the House. His chances for the Speakership are rather slim now, but had the republicans a majority in the house he surely would have been the next Speaker. Before election it was conceeded tht he would be the unanimous choice of his side of the House. We feel sorry on Mr. WHITE's account, for it would have been an honor to him that few men of his age has bestowed upon them.





[14] Resolution adopted by the Modern Woodsman of America Board of Directors, regarding the death of Mrs. White, February meeting, 1893.  Original from page 39 of scrapbook kept by Bessie (White) Morrow, in possession of Chuck Rodekohr, 2004. .  





[15] 1900 United States Federal Census, Illinois, Whiteside County, Roll T623_352, Coloma Twp , Rock Falls City, Enumerated: 04 June 1900, Sheet 5, Image 109, Supervisors District No. 4, Enumeration District No. 141, 8th Avenue, Line 29, Dwel 98, Fam 103, White, John W, Head, WM, Oct 1852, 47, WD, Illinois, New York, New York, Lawyer, 0, R/W Eng, Rent, Home, Bessie M., Daughter, WF, Feb, 1884, 16, S, Illinois, Illinois, New York, At school,9, Y,  Y, Y; Leo P., Son, WM, Apr 1889, 11, S , Illinois, Illinois, New York, At school, 9,Y, Y , Y; Ralph M, Son,  WM, June 1892, 7, S, Illinois, Illinois, New York, At school, 9, Y,Y , Y; Payson, Mary A., M-in-law, WF, June 1825, 74, WD, NY, NY, Penn, Y ,Y,Y; Edger C., Bro-in-law    WM  Jan   1850  50, D, Machinist  8, Y, Y, Y, R, H,; Johnson, Mary E., Servant , WF, July 1879, 20, S, Sweden Swdn Swdn 3  Domestic  Y, Y,Y





[16] The Sterling Standard, Whiteside County Illinois Businessmen of 1897, Page 48. Dec. 1897.





[17] White, John W. gravestone, IOOF Cemetery, Section 16, Coloma Twp., 606 Emmons Avenue, Rock Falls, Whiteside County, Illinois 61071, (815) 626-3073. Whiteside County, Illinois, Illinois Trails Website http://www.iltrails.org/whiteside/, Cemeteries, IOOF Cemetery, Jennifer Slaney, http://www.slaney.org/jenni/IOOF.html, 1998:





[18] Helen Estella (Morrow) Rodekohr hand written notes, prior to 1960.  In possession of E. C. (Chuck) Rodekohr, 2003





[19] 1860  United States Federal Census, New York, Tioga County, Barton Township, Waverly Post Office, Enumerated 15 Jun3 1860, Page: 5, Roll M653_867,   Image: 499, Dwel 37, Fam 36, Charles H. Payson





[20] Resolution adopted by the Modern Woodmen of America Board of Directors, regarding the death of Mrs. White, February meting , 1893.  Original from page 39 of scrapbook kept by Bessie (White) Morrow, in possession of Chuck Rodekohr .  





[21] White (Payson), Lizzie E. gravestone, IOOF Cemetery, Section 16, Coloma Twp., 606 Emmons Avenue, Rock Falls, Whiteside County, Illinois 61071, (815) 626-3073. Whiteside County, Illinois, Illinois Trails Website http://www.iltrails.org/whiteside/, Cemeteries, IOOF Cemetery, Jennifer Slaney, http://www.slaney.org/jenni/IOOF.html, 1998:




 



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