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1759 – 1836

Nathaniel White was born July 25, 1759, in Dutchess County, New York.  His father was a captain in the battles of Saratoga and Fort Ticonderoga. His grandfather was a member of the Albany Committee of Correspondence, one of the earliest attempts at replacing British rule with an independent government.

Nathaniel married Hannah Finch in 1785 in New York, and they had the following children:
     §Annie born 1789
     §Lodema born 1794
     §Patience born 1796
     §Lanson born 1801, Married Mary Daugherty and is buried in the 
           Cosby cemetery in Lauramie Township
     §George C born 1804
     §Lucinda and Lucia (twins) born 1806
     §Samuel F. born 1812

As soon as he was old enough, Nathaniel enlisted at Albany, NY, and joined a state militia outfit commanded by Marivanus Willett’s Company in and around the city of Albany, NY, in 1781.  White fought heroically in the Revolution, and once led an attack on an Indian encampment near Canada. He received a pension in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, in 1833.

After the war he settled into a civilian life of farming and hunting near Albany until his family began their westward trek in 1806. In 1828 he came to the new area of Tippecanoe County on a flatboat and settled on the Wea Plains, in what was known as Durkee’s Settlement.  In 1833, he purchased about 80 acres in Lauramie Township at $1.25 an acre, thanks to a government land grant awarded for his military service.

Toward the end of his life Nathaniel moved to West Point, which was then call Middletown, and opened a dry goods store in 1834. Shortly after that he moved into Lafayette and married a widow, Priscilla Goldsberry, on Christmas Eve of 1834. White’s first wife had died a few years earlier.

Nathaniel White died January 25, 1836, and was buried in the Goldsberry lot at the Greenbush Cemetery. Mrs. White was buried there 18 years later. But it was not until 1903 when the General de Lafayette Chapter of DAR found the grave and erected a stone marker with his name on it. 

The General De Lafayette Chapter DAR and the William Henry Harrison Chapter SAR will hold a Graveside Memorial service, May 21, at 11:00 AM, at the Greenbush Cemetery.   Descendants of Mr. White will be present. The public is welcome.

Researched and Written by Peggy Reen

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