William White Family
North Carolina, South Carolina,
Tennessee, and Natchez Territory
father: Thomas Davenport
|Children (ten) with Sophia Davenport|
|Mary White||b. 1755||d.||m. George Hickman 1772|
|Phobe White||b.||d. .||m.|
|Sarah White||b. ? VA*||d. by1785||m.|
|Elizabeth White||b.||d.||m. Parmenas Taylor about 1780|
|"Cary" Catherine White||b.||d. LA||m. Wm Dewitt 1782 Burke Co., VA (a widower)|
|Taylor White||b.||d.|| m.
1757- Land grants were given by the colonial governments to family members in Craven Co., South Carolina, an old but extinct county with it records in many places. Sometimes records of the PeeDee River area can be found in conjunction with St David's Parish. [Land grant records are in the Archives at Columbia, South Carolina]
14 Jan. 1758. "To James Taylor White, 300 acres in the Welch Tract, Craven Co., [Memorial Book No. 7, p 163]
10 Feb. 1761. "Reuben White was witness to sale of land in the Welch Tract, Craven Co. [Pre-Revolutionary Charleston Deeds, Book C-3]
1768- August 15 -reported an incident near Marr's Bluff, on Pedee River. An armed company of Regulators, "headed by one Gideon Gibson, on the 25th past, near Marr's Bluff, surrounded a constable and twelve men, who were sent to bring one of the villans before a Magistrate, and after a short skirmish, where two of the Constable's Party were mortally wounded, and one shot thro the shoulder, took the Rest Prisoners, whom he discharged, after ordering them 50 lashes each." [South Carolina Gazette, August 15, 1768]
"If we are to credit the depositions of George Thompson, William Loving, James White, Stephen Sebatian, Godfrey Kerfoy, John Holloway, Reuben White, and William White, misrepresented in the Paper of the 15th of August, unless by the omission of some aggravating circumstances. " [South Carolina Gazette, Oct. 24]
1770- Aug. 15 - William White and James Taylor White submit their cases to the Commons House of Assembly for South Carolina based on the Marr's Bluff incident reported above. William had been a constable in South Carolina for years before this and took his job very seriously although he was a "cooper", barrel maker, by trade.
A Petition, of William White, was presented to the house, and Read in the words following (viz) That on the 24th day of July 1768, your Petitioner was summoned by George Thompson, Sergeant of the Company of Militia, to which your Petitioner belongs, to assist him, who was also a Constable, in serving a warrant of Robert Weaver Esquire for relieving Joseph Holland, Lieutenant of the said Company of Militia, who was taken and forceable confined by a number of disorderly People. That he being ready and desirous to shew his affection for the Laws and Liberties of his Country, did meet at the place appointed by the said Sergeant, and did on the next day, march under his Command towards the house where Mr. Holland was confined, near which they were met by a great number of People of different Colors (viz) Whites, Blacks and Mulattoes, who formed two Lines, into which as soon as the Constable and four men had entered, the rioters immediately surrounded, and knocked them down. That when this was done, one of the chief of the Rioters, Gideon Gibson, called shoot down Billey White, for I have got Reubin, and if you kill Billey we will manage the rest easy enough. Your Petitioner finding several armed Men surrounding him, drew his Cutlass, desired them to keep off, and endeavoured to defend himself, but was soon knocked down. That by his Fathers help (James Taylor White - EC), he got up, and tried to get his Father away, but in a very little time, the latter being again knocked down, he turned to his assistance, when several Guns were discharged at your Petitioner, a Ball from one of which passed thro the skin of his Hip, and a second entered the Bone of his right arm, about five Inches above the Elbow, and going along the said Bone, came out a little below his Elbow, totally shattered and destroyed the bone of his said arm. That your petitioner finding himself thus disabled, either to help his Father or himself, endeavoured to make his Escape, but after running a little way, fainted and fell; after some time recovering, he found several of the Rioters about him one of which said shot him thro' the Head at once; but another replied, no Damn him he can't live long, let him feel himself Die. That they carried him into the house, and threw him on the Floor, where he lay weltering in his own blood; when after having whipped his brother and others of the Party whom they had taken, they permitted your Petitioners Brother to take him away. That your Petitioner by this Melancholy accident, hath not only lost the use of his right arm, but finds his Constitution greatly weakened and impaired by the great quantity of Blood which he lost. That your Petitioner is by Trade a Cooper, and did usually earn thirty shillings per day, by working at the Trade, by which he was enabled to support his large Family, consisting of his wife and eight young Children, besides three poor Orphans, Relatives of his wife, who have not any other Person to take care of them. But that by loss of his arm, he is not only totally disabled from working at his Trade, but also in a very great measure to do anything in the Planting business. Your Petitioner therefore humbly Prays your Honors to take his Malancholy case into Consideration, and to grant him the Annuity allowed by the Militia Act, to such as are maimed and disabled in the Public Service, or to relieve him in such other Manner, as to your honors great Wisdom shall seem meet.
A Petition of James Taylor White
presented to the house, and Read, Complaining of his being
Maimed, by the Riotous Persons mentioned in the foregoing
that the annuity may also be allowed to him.
[South Carolina Journal of the Commons House of Assembly]
by 1777 - The entire White family had moved to Burke Co., North Carolina. [Gifford White]
James Taylor White may have died before the move to Burke Co., NC. [Gifford White]
1777-78 - John White and James White received land grants in Burke Co., NC but they did not stay long. [Gifford White]
1780-81 - John White and James White appeared on the property tax rolls of Washington Co., TN
1782, May - John White and James White arrived with their families in Natchez Terr. on the lower Mississippi River. James dies here c1783. [Natchez Court Records 1767-1805]
John White settled on the lower Vermilion River of Louisiana. he and others of the family received land grants there.
1 June 1782
... appeared James White who sold to Widow Anne McIntosh, resident of the post, a negro woman "Bretha", native fo Barbadoes, aged 40; consideration $300, which sd. purchaser has paid in cows and horses. Witnesses: Francois Farrell and Silas Crane. Signed James White." [Mc Bee]
No. 1236 to John White March 30,1816.
arpents -338.87 acres Order of Survey by Baron Carondelet, dated
April 1794. Situate
in the County of Atakapas in the Prairie Sorel on vermillion
above by Madam Carre and below by vacant land.
The first survey of B1236 to John White was made on Nove. 3 1810 by Thomas Orme, Surveyor, and James Quinn with Charles Macatee as chain carriers. This survey was found erroneously 1816 located and therefore rejected. Another was made on May 6, 1816 by William Johnson, Surveyor, with James Tailor [White?] and Michael Goldrick as chain carriers. This last plat shows the house location. [records of Lafayette Parish, Louisiana State Office]
1782- Several of the White family and William Dewitt, married to Catherin White, show up on a list of recent arrivals in Natchez after a flat boat trip down the Mississippi from Tennessee. The record is originally written in spanish due to the Spanish control of the territory at this time. Some of the larger numbers of family members listed may have been slaves brought as portable property and sold soon after arrival.
13 familias como sigue: Individuos[Gifford White 66] 1785 - William Dewit, the husband of Catherine "Cary" White above, is taken to court and the many records associated with this trial lay out the history of the family and their migration to Natchez Territory.
Thomas Green, wife & children 11
Thomas Marston Green, wife & son 3
Cato West, wife & son 3
Guillaume Duelt, wife & chldren 5
David Smith, wife & children 4
Guillaume Smith, wife & children 4
Guillaume David & wife & children 11
Juan White, wife & children 8
Tiago (James) White, wife & children 11
Ricardo Gooden, wife & children 5
Thomas Ethridge, wife & children 4
Xphal Ryer & wife 2
Guillermo Barland 1
Pasageros y enganchados: 7 72
Elizabeth Stillee in the following document is the sister of William White who had been previously married to John Holloway. She gives testimony in several different court cases in the Natchez Postscripts. Note the differing spelling of William Dewitt and John Stilly. [Wills, Carol. Natchez Postscripts 1781-1798,]
p. 51 Elizabeth Raby certifies that she heard Mr William Duett say he had never given anything to his wife or children. 4 Feb.1785. Witness: John Bernett. Elizabeth Raby is Elizabeth Stillee' s oldest child with John Hollaway now married to Cady Raby.
John Lovelace deposes that last September Wm Dewitt sent for him to make Deed/Gift of all his negroes to his wife and children, giving the name of Justice/Peace John Sumter, desiring to antedate sd writing 1st writing 1st January 1781, which Lovelace did. Natchez, 6 March 1785, Witnesses: William Smith, Janes Armstrong, Estevan Minor
North Carolina, Burk County. Deed of Gift, William DeWitt to Catharine White: Negroes Ben, Filis, Jinny, and Mary; to my daughter Catherine Dewitt Negroes Febe and Sambo June. To my son Jesse Negroes Cuffey, Stephen, Eudgo, Manday, James, Dol and Lammenton; to my daughter Martha Negroes Filis and her child, and Jupiter. 1 January 1781. Witness: John White, Benjamin White, Joseph White, Thomas White
p. 52 John Still Lee certifies that Wm Dewitt asked John White and wife to go to New Orleans to testify that deed/gift to wife and children was just. White asked Commandant for a passport, but was required first to pay his debts. White asked John Still Lee to be security for money owed Alex. Moore; he would repay because Wm. DeWitt would pay White upwards of 100 Dollars for his trouble.
p. 125 To end the affairs of John Stilles, absconded, three persons who have not had yet any connections which might hinder them in settleing difficulties arising between interested parties, James Kirk, Peter Walker, Eben Wilkens are to examine books and accounts of John Stilles, hear witness, take oaths, and determine every particular in litigation. to defend the absent part, George Fitzgerald. Debtors mentions in Stilles' books must present themselves before the gentlemen, who will meet in Mr. Voushere's house every weekday except Saturday to begin Monday the 21st of this month until the 1st of June inclusive. May 1787. Carlos de Grand Pre.
p. 144-145 John Still Lee and Elizabeth Still Lee, Natchez, for $600 Pd by John Girault, Natchez, sell Negro Bella age about 26 yrs, American born, and her child, Rose, about 2 1/2 years. Ack. before Stephen Minor, Gov. Pro Tem. 5 Dec. 1798. John Still Lee. Elizabeth W. Still Lee. Witness: William Moss, Thomas Tyler. 6 Dec. 1797. ack. before Estavan Minor in presence of William Vousdan and Windsor Pipes [Wills, Carol. Natchez Postscripts 1781-1798,]
1789 or early 1780- family tradition says that Elizabeth White married Parmenas Taylor without the approval of her father, William White. Although they later reconciled their relationship, the couple moved immediately to what is now Jefferson Co., Tenneessee. [Gifford White p.10]
Parmenas T. Turnley, the grandson of
wrote some interesting notes on the family to Mrs J. A. Hogan.
"As to Whites of N. C. old Col. White was a Scotchman my
his father was a Scotchman by both birth and parentage and
Carolina about 1720". He states in other writings that his
at his residence in Taylor's Bend, Jefferson County, Tennessee
1827 ( or 28 February) in the 74th year of his age. His widow,
at the same place, eleven years later (1838) also in the 74th
age. The parents of the latter were of the English Church; and
later years attached herself to the Methodist Society..."
White 10 & 11
1809 - Davenport: D. On the 10th of
December, 1809, at the house of Martin Davenport in Burke cunty,
Thomas Davenport, in the 96th year of his age... six daughters
son ... eldest dau Sophia, the wife of William White, Esq.,
Mulberry in ... Burke ...
RANCWx Thurs 8 Mar 1810 39:2 ["Abstract of Vital Records From Raleigh, North Carolina Newspapers 1799-1819", Neal]
D. In Burke county, WM. White, Esq., at a very advanced
age -- a
man of almost unrivalled memory and integrity. RaNCSw Fri
1818 3:3. ["Abstract of Vital
From Raleigh, North Carolina Newspapers 1799-1819", Neal]
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