WILLIAM WHITE, JR.
WILLIAM WHITE was born abt 1730, probably in Prince William County
Virginia. His parentage is unknown.
WILLIAM WHITE is listed in 1761 on the roster of Captain William Edmonds
as a soldier from Fauquier (formerly a part of Prince William) County
Virginia in the French and Indian War. He served with his lifetime
friend Carr Bailey as well as James and Stephen Bailey.
Following the French and Indian war WILLIAM WHITE owned land near Carr
Bailey, noted planter, and was himself a miller. At a court held for
Fauquier County 28 May 1783, WILLIAM WHITE was one of three ordered to
assist the Surveyor of the County to "divide the lands devised by the
last Will and Testament of Carr Bailey, deceased, to be sold after the
marriage or death of his widow …and allot to each of the children of the
said Carr Bailey…" WILLIAM WHITE is listed on the 1787 tax list for
Fauquier County Virginia. He made his mark on various documents
including one granting permission for James Bailey to marry his daughter
Elizabeth dated 27 February 1786, and another for his son Carr White,
who was underage, to marry Nancy Donaldson 19 February 1795.
According to one DAR record WILLIAM WHITE was first married to MARY
(Unknown). To them were born the following children listed in DAR and
the will of WILLIAM WHITE:
1. John White: born abt 1753, (Rev. War) married Ann Bailey 7
January 1783, died 1843-1852.
2. WILLIAM WHITE, JR. born 10 January 1755, (Rev. War) married
1.(Unknown), 2. ELIZABETH (Unknown) before 1814, died 6 May 1833 in
Lincoln County Tennessee.
3. Ann/Nancy White: born abt 1764, married William Waddell, Sr. 13
4. Hannah/Hanna White: born abt 1765, married Thomas Russell James
13 Dec. 1787, died 1840 in Clay County Kentucky.
5. Sarah/Sally White: born abt 1768, married George Roach 25 Aug.
1789, died after 1816.
6. Elizabeth/Betty White: born abt 1770, married James Bailey 28
7. Jemima/Mima White: born abt 1772, married 1. George Greene
Waddell 10 Jan. 1791, 2. Stephen Wade 1847.
8. Carr White: born abt 1777, married Nancy Donaldson, d/o John, 19
All of the children of WILLIAM WHITE and wife MARY were born in Prince
William or Fauquier County Virginia. MARY apparently died sometime after
the birth of her last child. WILLIAM married Ann Bailey, widow of James
Bailey, before 1787. WILLIAM and Ann had no children. However, WILLIAM
was given legal guardianship of James and Ann Bailey's children: Nanny,
Molly, Thomas and William.
The will of WILLIAM WHITE was written 7 May 1796 at Haymarket, Prince
William County Virginia. He bequeathed all of his estate "to Ann my
dearly beloved wife…so long as she liveth or widowhood and at her death
or marriage, it is my desire that all my estate should be sold and
equally divided amongst the seven children named: John White, Betty
White, Nancy White, Sally White, Carr White, Hanna White and Mima
White." He added: "I give and bequeath to my son, John White, a Negro
girl named Janney and all her increase as a legacy left him and his
Then appears this startling statement: "And to my son, William White, I
give and bequeath one shilling Virginia Currency and never no more of my
estate to him or his heirs." It appears that for some unknown reason
WILLIAM SR. disinherited his son WILLIAM, JR who had probably migrated
to Rowan County North Carolina six or more years earlier.
WILLIAM WHITE, SR. must have died shortly before 31 October 1804 when
George Roach (son-in-law) and William Hunton (neighbor) made an
appraisal of his property. Ann Bailey White did not probate her deceased
husband's will for several years, not until the Fauquier County Court
forced her to do so in May 1816. In the meantime all of the heirs of
WILLIAM WHITE, except Sarah Roach, had moved to Mason County Kentucky,
from whence they sent legal authority for George Roach to sell the land,
which he did to William Hunton on 22 May 1816. However, the estate was
not fully settled until 1825.
WILLIAM WHITE, JR.
WILLIAM WHITE, JR. was born 10 January 1755 in Prince William County
Virginia. (This part of Prince William County was formed into Fauquier
County 1 May 1759)
On 17 October 1832 WILLIAM WHITE "appeared before the Justices of the
County Court of Lincoln County Tennessee" where he was a resident and
under oath made a "declaration in order to attain the benefit of a
provision made by act of Congress passed June 7, 1832" to provide
pensions for Revolutionary Service. (The record of his petition is
recorded in the National Archives # S1735). WILLIAM recalls "That he
volunteered in Colonel Stephen's Regiment of Minutemen in Fauquier
County, Virginia some time in the month of September in the year 1775."
His company "was commanded by Captain John Shelton … and also by
Lieutenant John Marshall, son of Major Thomas Marshall, and now Chief
Justice of the United States."
WILLIAM WHITE describes some of the skirmishes that he was in during his
7 to 8 months of service. In the middle of May he went to Alexandria,
Virginia where he found his brother John White "so unwell as to be
unable to do service" and became a substitute for his brother for three
months. When John recovered and resumed his place WILLIAM returned home.
"In the latter part of 1780" WILLIAM "enlisted in the service of the
United States for the term of 18 months." He was "attached to the
regiment of regulars commanded by Colonel Gaskins and Major John Willis,
in Fauquier County, Virginia." He was appointed Orderly Sergeant and
continued in that capacity for the remainder of his service.
WILLIAM WHITE recounts his Revolutionary War experiences telling of
battles, places, dates and names. He wrote: "I was acquainted with
General Washington, Col. Hamilton, his aid, … Generals Wayne, Green,
Lee, Scott, Woodford, Sumpter, Morgan and others."
He was at Yorktown when Lord Cornwallis surrendered. In the latter part
of April, he "being very unwell," was discharged and went home. "I
think," WILLIAM recalled, "the term of my service…was about 14 or 15
In his pension application WILLIAM WHITE said: "After the Revolutionary
War, I moved to Rowan County, North Carolina, where I lived about 30
years, then came to this county where I now live." He was on the 1787
Fauquier County Virginia tax list. The 1790 federal census for Rowan
County has a William White who may be our WILLIAM. However, he is
mentioned in 1795 Fauquier County court minutes which may mean that he
had returned briefly or was still living there at that time.
Rowan County was formed in 1753 from Anson County and originally
included the entire northwestern sector of North Carolina, with an
indefinite western boundary. In 1771 Surry County was created out of the
northern part of Rowan, followed by the formation of other counties,
which made Rowan much smaller by the time of WILLIAM'S arrival.
At the turn of the century WILLIAM WHITE was living on Reedy Creek north
of the Yadkin River on 105 acres purchased 13 June 1797 from Isaac White
of Wilkes County N. C. (Deed Book 15, page 162) The 1799 Rowan County N.
C. Tax List gives WILLIAM WHITE as owning 108 acres. On 24 December 1801
WILLIAM deeded this land to John Zimmerman. (Deed Book 20, page 533-34)
May 1803 WILLIAM paid Frederick Miller $300 for 150 acres on Muddy
Creek. (D.B. 18, p. 523) This land was sold 21 March 1807, for the same
amount, to Charles Frederic Bagge of Rowan County. (D.B. 18, p. 562)
WILLIAM WHITE is on the 1815 Tax List for Rowan County N.C. as owning 78
acres. In a Rowan County deed dated 27 December 1818 WILLIAM WHITE
conveyed 78 acres on Cedar Creek to James Tomlinson. This was just
before he began his migration to Lincoln County Tennessee.
(In the above transfer of property by WILLIAM WHITE to Bagge, WILLIAM is
said to be of Stokes County North Carolina. Other documents place him in
Stokes County from 1813-1818. In 1789 the eastern half of Surry County
became Stokes County. In 1822 part of Rowan County south of Stokes
County became Davidson County. In 1849 the southern half of Stokes
County became Forsyth County. Apparently, when WILLIAM lived in Rowan
County he was then in what is now the northernmost part of Davidson
County, and when he lived in Stokes County it was the southernmost part
of what is now Forsyth County. The obituary of his son CARR BAILEY WHITE
published 26 August 1775 in the Pulaski Citizen says that he was born in
Stokes County North Carolina).
It is believed that WILLIAM WHITE, JR. was married in Virginia and
perhaps had some children before and after migrating to North Carolina.
This unknown wife probably died in North Carolina in the first decade of
the 19th century. At least two children, and perhaps three, of WILLIAM
WHITE and his unknown first wife seem to be:
1. Edith Chapman White: born 10 July 1792 in North Carolina,
married James Tucker 14 August 1814 in Stokes Co. N.C. died after 1870
in Lincoln County Tennessee.
2. Hannah White: born about 1790-1795 probably in North Carolina,
married William Ledford 30 Aug. 1812 in Stokes Co. N.C. where she
3. Thomas J White: born abt 1801 in North Carolina, married Malinda
(Unknown) abt 1821, he died abt 1850 in Lincoln County Tennessee or
Limestone County Alabama. (It is not certain that this was a son of
WILLIAM WHITE, JR. married ELIZABETH Unknown in 1813 or earlier. She was
born in 1775 in Rowan County North Carolina. Children of WILLIAM WHITE,
JR. and ELIZABETH were:
1. Martha White: born 1814 in North Carolina, married Samuel C.
Miles 26 March 1840 in Lincoln County Tennessee, died after 1880 LCT,
buried in White Cemetery Mulberry, Tenn.
2. James Franklin White: born 10 August 1816 in North Carolina,
married Martha V. Payne in Lincoln County Tenn., died 2 August 1852 LCT,
buried in White Cemetery Mulberry, Tenn.
3. CARR BAILEY WHITE: born 18 January 1818 in Stokes County North
Carolina, married 1. MARTHA WARREN 18 February 1836, 2. Mary Elizabeth
Watson 16 October 1859, (both in Lincoln County Tenn.), died 16 August
1875 in Giles Co. Tenn., buried probably Oxford Cemetery.
4. William Clark White: born 8 August 1820 in Lincoln County Tenn.,
married 1. Polly M. Nixon 12 December 1839, 2. Elizabeth K.Wilkerson 20
May 1843, died 24 December 1864, buried in White Cemetery on Shoal
Bluff, Giles County Tenn.
Early 1819 WILLIAM WHITE, JR and his family began their migration toward
Tennessee. Family tradition says that they stopped in Cumberland Gap,
Kentucky where they planted and harvested a corn crop before continuing
their journey. Late 1819 or early 1820 they reached Lincoln County
Tennessee where they settled on Mulberry Creek in the northeast section
of the county. Ten years earlier David Crockett had lived and hunted in
this same area. WILLIAM arrived in his new country in time to be
included in the 1820 federal census for the county. This census showed a
population of 14,963 for the ten-year-old county.
On the 5th day of December 1825 David Ewing "in consideration of five
hundred dollars" deeded to WILLIAM WHITE 50 acres of land in Lincoln
County Tennessee situated "on the west fork of Mulberry Creek a north
branch of Elk river … beginning at the northwest corner of Thomas
Eastland's 5000 acre survey being the corner of the section." On the 6th
day of March 1829 WILLIAM WHITE deeded this same tract of land to
Benjamin Boone, a neighbor, for the sum of "three hundred fifty
dollars." Unless there were other considerations not stated it seems
that WILLIAM suffered a huge loss in this transaction.
WILLIAM WHITE, JR. died 6 May 1833 in Lincoln County Tennessee. The
location of his burial plot is unknown at this time.
On 26 June 1837 James F. White and CARR B. WHITE, acting as
administrators of their father WILLIAM WHITE's estate, deeded 100 acres
of land on Stephens Creek in Lincoln County Tennessee to G. W. Martin
for the sum of $100. James was now almost 21 and CARR was past 19. The
sale was to be completed "so soon as we obtain a grant from the State of
Tennessee." The deed was finalized 4 December 1837 and recorded 27
December 1837. (Deed Book K1, page 558.)
The 1840 census gives ELIZABETH WHITE as head of household consisting of
three females: one age 10-15, one age 20-30, and one 50-60. The 1850
census lists ELIZABETH WHITE, age 75, as living with Samuel Miles, his
wife Martha (her daughter), and their 7 children. ELIZABETH died 7
August 1852. The following report is from the Fayetteville Observer 19
August 1852: "Old Mrs. White, her son James, and two of her
grandchildren, died on Mulberry, in this county, a few days since, of
flux. A heavy bereavement to surviving friends." One grandchild was
reported as the son of CARR BAILEY WHITE, about 13, (more likely 5), and
the other a one-year-old child of James White.
CARR BAILEY WHITE
CARR BAILEY WHITE was born 18 January 1818 in Stokes County North
Carolina. (This was what is now the southern part of Forsyth County). He
was probably less than two years old when his family moved to Lincoln
County Tennessee. He grew up in the Mulberry community and lived there
until the latter half of 1859.
(The first names Carr, Bailey and Carr Bailey are found repeatedly among
the descendants of WILLIAM WHITE, SR. of Fauquier County Virginia.
WILLIAM'S lifelong friend Carr Bailey was the son of John Bailey, Jr.
and Elizabeth Carr. It is possible that these names were derived from
such a friendship but it seems more plausible to me that there was a
closer connection than that. I have searched in vain to find if WILLIAM,
SR was first married to a sister of Carr Bailey. As shown above, at the
time of his will, WILLIAM, SR. was married to Ann, who was not the
mother of his children. She was the widow of James Bailey who may have
been related to Carr Bailey. However, the names Carr and Bailey have
continued in the WHITE family.)
CARR BAILEY WHITE married MARTHA WARREN 18 February 1836.
She was born 26 May 1818 in Lincoln County Tennessee. To this union were
born the following children, all in the Mulberry community:
1. Santford Monroe White: born 26 September 1837, married 1. Sarah
Owen 16 June 1857, 2. Amanda M. Spencer, died 25 February 1925, buried
Stella Giles County Tennessee.
2. William Ransom White: born 25 October 1839, married Elizabeth
Harrison 4 November 1861, died 5 August 1911, buried White Hollow,
Limestone County Alabama.
3. Willis Warren White: born 7 December 1841, married 1. Martha
Bullington 11 October 1865, 2. Maggie M. Morris 7 March 1875,died 17
October 1922, buried Booth's Chapel Giles County Tennessee.
4. M. Amanda Elizabeth White: born 30 June 1844, married Rufus
Strange 7 October 1865, died 14 July 1871.
5. Sterling Council (Bud) White: born 13 May 1847, probably the
child that died Sunday 15 August 1852.
6. Philander Franklin Moore White: born 26 August 1849, married
1) Clavissa L. Thomas, 15 Aug 1870; 2) Mahala J, Ashford, 23 Nov 1873;
died 31 December 1880.
7. Martha Caroline White: born 27 June 1850, not married, died 10
8. DOVEY MORIER IOWAY WHITE: born 18 December 1855, married 1.
COLUMBUS LAFAYETTE THOMAS 28 Jan 1879; 2.
Robert Campbell Abernathy 9 Jan. 1889, died 16 March 1946 Maury County
Tennessee, buried Old Cemetery Ethridge, Tennessee.
In 1838 CARR BAILEY WHITE bought four tracts of land totaling 227 acres,
situated on Dukes Creek and the south side of Elk River in District 23,
being the estate of Ethel Dred Cobb. The total price paid for the land
was $237.50. The deeds for these tracts were conveyed by Allen Holland
and wife, and by David Jean, and were registered 3 and 8 October 1838.
In 1846 he paid $0.4125 in taxes and paid $0.35 in 1847.
CARR BAILEY WHITE is listed in the 1840 census for Lincoln County
Tennessee. However, he is not found in the 1850 census or in any other
that year. He was appointed 14 April 1850 to the bridge building
committee in Lincoln County. In the spring of 1854 he became a
magistrate for the 4th district. I have located records of at least ten
marriages that he performed as Justice of the Peace, the last on 12 June
In late 1854 CARR B WHITE was on the jury that convicted Drury
Richardson of the murder of his son-in-law James Mansel Bartlett.
Richardson was sentenced to four years in the State Prison. Governor
Andrew Johnson later pardoned him.
This death notice is from the Fayetteville Observer 5 March 1857:
"MARTHA WHITE, wife of C.B. WHITE, was born May 26, 1818, married
February 18, 1836, M. E. Church 1856, and departed this life Feb. 13,
1857, (Survived by) husband and seven children."
Her grave is thought to be under an old church building in Mulberry.
C. B. WHITE married Mary Elizabeth Watson 16 October 1859 in Lincoln
County Tenn. W.E. Carter, J.P. officiated. She was born 20 October 1830.
Two sons were born to this union:
1. John Thomas White: born 25 July 1862 in Giles County Tenn.,
married K. Bridgeforth, died 12 November 1899, buried Oxford Cemetery
Giles County Tenn.
2. James C. White: born 17 September 1868, died before 1870.
The land that C. B. WHITE purchased in 1838 he sold to David Jean in
1859 for the sum of $220. The deed was recorded 9 July 1859. Apparently
the Whites moved away from Lincoln County shortly thereafter.
CARR B. WHITE, his wife Elizabeth, and six children are listed in the
1860 census in Limestone County Alabama. Next on the list are his eldest
son Santford M. White, his wife Sarah, and their two children. They were
probably in the northernmost part of the county near the Giles County
Tennessee state line.
The political climate in Lincoln County was intensively heated just
prior to The War Between The States, (as it was called in the South).
According to Goodspeed's History, the vote in 1861 for separation from
the Union was 2,890, for no separation 0. Since the Whites were loyal to
the Union this was probably the primary reason for their move in 1859.
CARR BAILEY WHITE'S younger brother, William Clarke White, must have
moved before 1860 as he and his family are listed in the Giles County
Tennessee census for that year. He was a prosperous farmer who owned
about 267 acres of land on the west fork of Little Shoal Creek in the
4th District. On 24 December 1864 bushwhackers invaded his premises,
shot and killed him at his front door in the presence of his wife and
children. They demanded the location of his horses, which they intended
to take. His wife, who was pregnant, went into labor and gave birth to a
son that night.
While there is no record of any of the sons of either C. B. or W. C.
White being in the Union army, some of the older ones did serve as
couriers for the Northern army and even as virtual spies. After the war
CARR B. WHITE, his sons Santford and William R., along with the estate
of William C. White, received reparations from the United States for
damages and losses done to them during the war.
On 10 August 1867 Lewis H. Walker sold 159 ½ acres of land on Sugar
Creek in Giles County Tennessee to CARR B. WHITE of Alabama. C. B. moved
to this farm about the first of 1868. He is listed in the 1870 census
for Giles County along with his wife Elizabeth, and the remaining
children still at home: Philander 20, Martha C. 17, DOVEY I. 14 and John
CARR BAILEY WHITE died 16 August 1875 at his home on Sugar Creek. The
location of his burial is unknown but is probably Oxford Cemetery in an
unmarked grave. His wife Elizabeth Watson White and six children
survived him: Santford Monroe, William Ransom, Willis Warren, Philander
Franklin Moore, DOVEY MORIER IOWAY, and John Thomas. His widow lived her
last years with her stepson Willis W. White and was known as "Granny."
DOVEY MORIER IOWAY WHITE THOMAS ABERNATHY
DOVEY WHITE was born 18 December 1855 in Mulberry, Lincoln County
Tennessee. She was the last child of CARR BAILEY WHITE and MARTHA
WARREN WHITE. She was hardly fourteen months old when her mother died.
She was two months shy of her fourth birthday when her father married
again. She lacked four months being twenty when her father died. She
was a little over a month past her twenty-third birthday when she
married. Five years later she was a widow with a small child. She was
about thirty-three when she married again and inherited four
stepchildren. Two months before her sixty-fifth birthday she was widowed
again. At ninety-one and three months she died.
DOVEY WHITE was four when her family moved to Limestone County Alabama
and twelve when they moved to Giles County Tennessee. She married
COLUMBUS LAFAYETTE THOMAS 28 January 1879 in Giles
County Tennessee. David M. Booth, MG officiated. One child was born to
1. WALTER CLAUDE THOMAS: Born 26 January 1883 in Giles County
Tennessee, married 1. Mazie Aurora Appleton, and 2. ELLA MAE CLIFTON,
died 18 July 1948, buried in Old Cemetery Ethridge, Tennessee.
COLUMBUS LAFAYETTE THOMAS died 11 March 1884 and is buried in Oxford
Cemetery Giles County Tennessee. On 9 January 1889 DOVEY WHITE THOMAS
married Robert Campbell Abernathy, a widower with two sons (Elvis and
Walter) and two daughters (Olna and Myrtle). One child was born to this
union, who died in infancy.
DOVEY and Bob Abernathy lived in the Puncheon, Peach and Appleton area.
About 1910 they moved to Ethridge in north Lawrence County Tennessee.
Bob Abernathy was a stonemason, undertaker and country preacher. He died
19 October 1919 and is buried in the Old Cemetery, Ethridge, Tennessee.
After the death of her husband, DOVEY Abernathy made her home with her
son, WALTER CLAUDE THOMAS, for the remainder of her life. They lived in
the Union Hill community near Ethridge. In 1925 the family moved to Mt.
Pleasant Tennessee in Maury County. A year later they moved to the
McAnally place west of Mt. Pleasant and then two years later to nearby
Gibson Hollow. At the beginning of 1930 a move was made to Enterprise
east of town, then three years later to Scott's Mill and in 1938 to
Holt's Hollow between Scott's Mill and Screamer.
This is where DOVEY died 16 March 1946. She was buried beside her
husband, Robert Campbell Abernathy, in the Old Cemetery in Ethridge,
Tennessee. She was known as "Mammy" to all of her grandchildren.
(Researcher's Note: Since my grandmother, Dovey Morier Ioway White,
had made her home with her son, my father, for more than a decade before
my birth and continued to live with us until her death just past my 14th
birthday, my earliest knowledge of the White Family came from her and my
father, Walter Claude Thomas. In 1972 Paul Richard White published his
findings on his ancestor Carr Bailey White and his descendants. Oswald
White Thomas, my brother, contributed to this work. I am indebted to
Virginia White Keefer, a renown White genealogist, for much of my
information about the White Family, especially concerning William Sr.
and William Jr.)