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Descendants of John White

Generation No. 2


2. HANNAH2 WHITE (JOHN1) was born Oct 1820 in South Carolina, and died 31 May 1905. She married SHADRACH BRAY. He was born 03 Mar 1818, and died 09 Feb 1906.

Notes for H
ANNAH WHITE:
LINDA BRAY YORK is descendant of Shadrach and Hannah White Bray, and 3rd great-granddaughter of JOHN and CLARA WHITE. She was instrumental in the installation of the new Bray tombstone at White Hall Cemetery in 2002. She said that HANNA had left home when they began enumerating each member of the family, thus she is not named on the census. She was born in South Carolina.
SOURCE: Linda Bray York, per conversation at White Hall Cemetery Decoration, May 2002

More About H
ANNAH WHITE:
Burial: Unknown, White Hall Cemetery, DeKalb Co., Alabama

More About S
HADRACH BRAY:
Burial: Unknown, White Hall Cemetery, DeKalb Co., Alabama

Marriage Notes for H
ANNAH WHITE and SHADRACH BRAY:
"HANNAH married SHADE BRAY and he was rough and unfriendly and they lived mostly to themselves on Sand Mountain. So far as I can find out, they had six children; (1) JOHN, (2) CAD, (3) WILLl, (4) CLARA, (5) JANE, (6) EVIE."
SOURCE: 1966 writing of Pallie Margaret White Ellis, daughter of Wm. H. White & Margaret Jane Todd.

CENSUS: 1860 US Census DeKalb Co., Alabama, Northern Division, P.O. Valley Head, Dwelling #403.
BRAY, SHADRACH 42, farmer, Value of Real Estate: 600, Value of Personal Estate: 300, b. Kentucky; HANNA 41, domestic, b. South Carolina; WILLIAM 20, laborer; JOHN 18, laborer; NANCY M. 17, domestic; ELIZABETH 15, domestic; MANDA 13; JOSEPH 12; JAMES T. 10; LOUISE 8; PELIMA 6, female; MARTHA 3; EVELINE 2. All children listed born in Alabama. (NOTE: Living next door to Hannah's brother, Joseph White and family) (Ancestry.com-CENSUS: Image #64)
     
Children of H
ANNAH WHITE and SHADRACH BRAY are:
  i.   WILLIAM CARROL3 BRAY, b. 1839; d. 1889.
  Notes for WILLIAM CARROL BRAY:
William Carrol Bray's daughter was Malura Bray who married James West. Malura and James daughter Lent Adell West married a Downer. Their daughter is Carolyn Downer Wooten, (She is 3rd great-granddaughter to John & Clara White.) Carolyn Downer Wooten's daughter is Robin Wooten.

  More About WILLIAM CARROL BRAY:
Burial: Unknown, White Hall Cemetery, DeKalb Co., Alabama

  ii.   JOHN BRAY, b. Unknown; d. Unknown.
  iii.   CAD BRAY, b. Unknown; d. Unknown.
  iv.   CLARA BRAY, b. Unknown; d. Unknown.
  v.   JANE BRAY, b. Unknown; d. Unknown.
  vi.   EVIE BRAY, b. Unknown; d. Unknown.


3. WILLIAM H.2 WHITE (JOHN1) was born 24 Mar 1822 in South Carolina, and died 23 Apr 1904 in Alabama. He married MARGARET JANE TODD 27 Aug 1846, daughter of ROBERT TODD and ELIZA KEYS. She was born 04 Dec 1827 in Virginia, and died 01 Apr 1896.

Notes for W
ILLIAM H. WHITE:
NOTE:
Grandpa Keith, Luther Dallas, gave me the name of Manuel William White, who married Margaret Jane Todd, all records point to his name as being William H. White."

"William H. White and his family lived at White Hall until 1859 when he bought a farm two miles north of Valley Head, Alabama where he lived until after his wife died and his children were all married. He then lived with his youngest daughter at Valley Head until his death in 1904."
SOURCE: History of the White, Keith, Todd, Crow and Kirby Families of DeKalb Co., Alabama..compiled June 1955 by E.J. White, great grandson of John White. Dekalb County Public Library, Fort Payne, Alabama

"William H. White and Margaret Jane Todd were married August 17, 1846. They moved to themselves immediately and began work on the farm. William never was anything but a farmer and he loved it as long as he lived, but between the farming seasons, he taught writing schools and did shop work for the neighbors, he was never idle but worked from early morning until late afternoon at something that would help financially. Margaret, who was above the average in intelligence and was also an energetic woman, managed her household affairs with great efficiency. She did also most of the chores night and morning. At this time, the women of the country had to spin the thread and weave it into cloth to make their clothes, then set it together with needle and thread. Margaret, sitting up until late in the night to keep her family clothed. They lived on a farm about four miles south of Valley Head until they had children old enough to go to school, then they moved to White Hall to send the children to school. They lived there a few years and William bought a farm of 160 acres two miles north of Valley Head from one Mr. Bass, and they lived there the rest of their lives. Twelve children were born to this union.....

They moved to this farm when James Mason (also called Doc) was a baby. By this time Lou and Dell were large enough to be a great help to their mother by doing the chores outside and helping with the housework and tending the younger children. Also, John L. and Ben were old enough to make regular hands in the field.

They were just getting started to live more comfortably when the Civil War broke out in 1861 and Joe was born in May of that year. Then hardships began and grew worse and worse through the four years of the cruel war. All of the able bodied men were taken to the army. William had a large blacksmith shop and they left him with the shop to shoe the soldiers' horses any time they might come by. William immediately moved his mother and sister from White Hall to a place close by so he could see that they were not molested during the war. Also, he took the responsibility of looking after the families in the neighborhood whose husbands had been taken to the army. In the fall of 1863, Mrs. Kirby, who lived on an adjoining farm and was one of their nearest and best neighbors, got word that her husband was very ill in the camp near Huntsville, Alabama. So she left her one year old baby, Amanda, with Margaret and William went with Mrs. Kirby to Huntsville. She rode a mule and William walked along with her. At that time all able bodied horses and mules had been taken for the cavalry. They found Mr. Kirby very ill with pneumonia and he died within a few days after they came home and is buried at Huntsville. This same year, 1863, Annie was born in September. "

"By this time, war had so ravaged the country that few things could be bought, Calico was one dollar a yard and hard to get at that price. Everything was sold at an extortionate price and money scarce too and this made it very hard for people to live. William had one old steer left and Ben, being a sturdy young fellow, made the crop during the summer of 1864. He plowed old Buck all day and then turned him outside at night to feed through the night. I have heard William say that Ben made a bumper crop of corn that year, that the Lord sent a shower of rain every night, just enough to refresh the earth, but not enough to hinder the work. In the next year, 1865, came the surrender and Yankees began to take over which caused a great deal of unhappiness in the South. The soldiers in gray broken both in mind and body, dragged themselves home the best way they could. Then the reconstruction began and the few men that were left went to work to salvage what they could of their former possessions out of the worn-torn remains. The Negroes were freed at that time, most of them were uneducated and ignorant and they didn't know what to do or where to go, many of them stayed with their owners until they died. As they could afford it, the white people built school houses for the colored people and have given them college educations and now, one hundred years later, they are clamoring for equality in everything."
SOURCE: 1966 writing of Pallie Margaret White Ellis, daughter of Wm. H. White & Margaret Jane Todd.



More About W
ILLIAM H. WHITE:
Burial: Unknown, White Hall Cemetery, Valley Head, DeKalb Co., Alabama

Notes for M
ARGARET JANE TODD:
"Margaret lived as a child about 4 miles north of Fort Payne, Alabama between the R.R. and Lookout Mountain. Margaret planted several Weeping Willow trees at this place which grew to an unusually large size. Many times I pass by them and always told the ones with me "my Grandma planted those trees".
SOURCE: History of the White, Keith, Todd, Crow and Kirby Families of DeKalb County, Alabama Compiled June 1955 by E.J. White, great grandson of John White. Dekalb County Public Library, Fort Payne, Alabama

"Nina's(Nina Maye White Culberson) earliest memory concerns the death of her Grandmother White. She remembers her beautiful auburn hair and the calla lily in her hand, as her body lay in the casket in the W.H. White home two miles north of Valley Head. This home has the typically southern porch across the entire front of the house, beyond which were four bedrooms with the kitchen and back porch behind them."
SOURCE: Excerpts from Biography Nina Maye White Culberson On Her Birthday (80th) April 13, 1966 The DeKalb Legend, Volume Five 1977-78

More About M
ARGARET JANE TODD:
Burial: Unknown, White Hall Cemetery, Valley Head, DeKalb Co., Alabama

Marriage Notes for W
ILLIAM WHITE and MARGARET TODD:
Land Deed:Cert. # 8139 James Gardner and William White of DeKalb Co., Alabama; Land Office, Lebanon, Alabama; SE1/4SE1/4; Section 22; Twn.3; Range 10E; 39.89 Acres. Dated Oct. 1, 1845.

CENSUS: 1850 US Census DeKalb Co., Alabama, TWN: Dist. 24, Roll: M432_5, page 392, Image 136, Dwelling #263, Family #263.
WILLIAM WHITE 29, farmer, b. South Carolina; Margarette 23, b. Virginia; JOHN L. 2; THOMAS B. 4/12. Both sons born in Alabama. (Living next door to William's parents, John and Clara White) (Ancestry.com-CENSUS: Image)

CENSUS: 1860 US Census DeKalb Co., Alabama, Northern Div. P.O. Valley Head, Roll: M653_9, Page: 20, Image: 21, Dwelling #126.
WHITE, WILLIAM H. 39, farmer, value 1500, b. South Carolina; MARGARET J. 33, domestic, b. Virginia; JOHN L. 13, attends school; THOMAS B. 11, attends school; MARY L. 9, attends school; IDELLA J. 4; JAMES M. 1. All children listed born in Alabama. (Ancestry.com-CENSUS: Image)

CENSUS: 1870 US Census DeKalb Co., Alabama, TWN: 6, Range 9, P.O. Rawlingsville, Dwelling 20.
WHITE, W. H. 48, farmer, Value of Real Estate: 1000, Value of Personal Estate: 676, b. South Carolina; MARGARET 42, keeping house, b. Virginia; THOMAS B. 21, works on farm; MARY L. 16; IDELLA 14; JAMES M. 11; JOSEPH L. 9; ANN E. 6; AMANDA 4; MARTHA H. 9/12. All children listed born in Alabama.
(Ancestry.com-CENSUS: Image #125)

CENSUS: 1880 US Census DeKalb Co., Alabama, TWN: 5, Beat 11 page 547C, Dwelling #21.
WHITE, WILLIAM H. 58, farmer, Sick or temporarily disabled: Sore eyes, b. South Carolina, Father/South Carolina, Mother/Georgia; wife, MARGARET J. 52, keeping house, b. Tennessee, Father/Virginia, Mother/Tennessee; JAMES M. 21, works on farm, attends school; JOSEPH L. 19, works on farm, attends school; CLARA A. 16, domestic, attends school; MANDA 13, attends school; MARTHA H. 10, attends school; WILLIAM C. 8, attends school; MARGARET P. 5. All children listed born in Alabama. (Ancestry.com-CENSUS: Image #3)

CENSUS: 1900 US Census DeKalb Co., Alabama, TWN: Sulphur Springs, Precinct #13, Dwelling #69.
WHITE, WILLIAM 78, b. March 1822, South Carolina, Father/?, Mother/South Carolina, Widower; PALLIE M. dau., 35, b. Feb. 1878, Alabama. (Ancestry.com-CENSUS: Dist. 71; Image #8)
     
Children of W
ILLIAM WHITE and MARGARET TODD are:
8. i.   ELDER JOHN LOWRY3 WHITE, b. 23 Jan 1849; d. 07 Oct 1912, DeKalb Co., Alabama.
9. ii.   THOMAS BENJAMIN WHITE, b. 27 Jan 1850, Alabama; d. 30 Sep 1901.
  iii.   LENNIE REBECCA WHITE, b. 10 Mar 1852; d. 13 Aug 1852.
10. iv.   MARY LOUISE WHITE, b. 19 Aug 1853, Valley Head, DeKalb Co., Alabama; d. 17 Dec 1929, Valley Head, DeKalb Co., Alabama.
  v.   IDELLA JANE WHITE, b. 02 Apr 1856; d. 27 Apr 1937; m. SAMUEL MARION BIDDLE, 14 Dec 1876, DeKalb Co., Alabama; b. 26 Oct 1852, DeKalb Co., Alabama; d. Unknown.
11. vi.   JAMES MASON WHITE, b. 22 Oct 1858, Valley Head, DeKalb Co., Alabama; d. 08 Jul 1955, DeKalb Co., Alabama.
12. vii.   JOSEPH LEONADAS WHITE, b. 14 May 1861; d. 03 Apr 1934.
  viii.   CLARA ANN ELIZA WHITE, b. 12 Sep 1863; d. Aft. 08 Jul 1955; m. DR. J. H. ABRAMS; b. Unknown; d. Unknown.
  ix.   AMANDA E. WHITE, b. 17 Jun 1866; d. 16 Jan 1882.
  x.   MARTHA HASSELTINE WHITE, b. 14 Aug 1869; d. Aft. 08 Jul 1955; m. JOE G REECE; b. Unknown; d. Unknown.
  Marriage Notes for MARTHA WHITE and JOE REECE:
Martha and Joe had two children.
SOURCE:1966 writing of Pallie Margaret White Ellis, daughter of Wm. H. White & Margaret Jane Todd.

13. xi.   WILLIAM COTNAM WHITE, b. 02 Jul 1872, Alabama; d. 1935.
14. xii.   PALESTINE MARGARET WHITE, b. 04 Feb 1875, Valley Head, DeKalb Co., Alabama; d. 09 Dec 1969.


4. BENAJAH2 WHITE (JOHN1) was born 01 May 1825 in South Carolina, and died 17 Jun 1896. He married (1) PAULINA JANE RUSSELL 27 Oct 1852. She was born Unknown, and died 1862. He married (2) LOUISA GALBREATH Aft. 1862. She was born Unknown, and died Unknown.

Notes for B
ENAJAH WHITE:
SOURCE: John Yancy, Alabaster, AL

"BEN AGEE WHITE married a Miss RUSSELL and they lived on a farm three miles south of Valley Head in the Railroad Valley, and had a family of six children. The baby, JOHN, was three months old when diphtheria broke out in the family and the wife and all the children died except the baby. Diphtheria was so fatal at that time that their neighbors were afraid to go near, and BEN would have to take the bodies after dark and go alone to White Hall to bury them. A maiden sister, AMANDA, took the baby, JOHN, and she and her mother raised him. After a few years, BEN married LOUISA GALBREATH and they had five children. DOLLY, VERDA, ROLLINS, BEN and GEORGE. But BEN never took the baby away from his sister."
SOURCE: 1966 writing of Pallie Margaret White Ellis, daughter of Wm. H. White & Margaret Jane Todd.

Wife and children are probably the unmarked graves which are around BENEGA'S tombstone.

More About B
ENAJAH WHITE:
Burial: Unknown, White Hall Cemetery, DeKalb Co., Alabama

More About P
AULINA JANE RUSSELL:
Cause of Death (Facts Pg): 1862, Diphtheria

Marriage Notes for B
ENAJAH WHITE and PAULINA RUSSELL:
CENSUS: 1860 US Census DeKalb Co., Alabama, Northern Division, P.O. Valley Head, Dwelling #316.
WHITE, BENAJAH 30, farmer, Value of Real Estate: 1200, Value of Personal Estate: 1500, b. South Carolina; PELINA J. 25, domestic, b. Alabama; CALVIN 5; MATILDA J. 3; CLARA E. 1. All children listed born in Alabama. (Ancestry.com-CENSUS: Image #50)

Marriage Notes for B
ENAJAH WHITE and LOUISA GALBREATH:
Ben Agee and Louisa had five children;
(1) Dolly, (2) Verda, (3) Rollins, (4)Ben, (5)George
SOURCE: 1966 writing of Pallie Margaret White Ellis, daughter of Wm. H. White & Margaret Jane Todd.
     
Children of B
ENAJAH WHITE and PAULINA RUSSELL are:
  i.   CALVIN3 WHITE, b. Abt. 1855; d. Abt. 1862, DeKalb Co., Alabama.
  More About CALVIN WHITE:
Burial: Unknown, White Hall Cemetery, DeKalb Co., Alabama (unmarked grave)
Cause of Death (Facts Pg): Abt. 1982, Diphtheria

  ii.   MATILDA J. WHITE, b. Abt. 1857; d. Abt. 1862, DeKalb Co., Alabama.
  More About MATILDA J. WHITE:
Burial: Unknown, White Hall Cemetery, DeKalb Co., Alabama (unmarked grave)
Cause of Death (Facts Pg): Abt. 1862, Diphtheria

  iii.   CLARA E. WHITE, b. Abt. 1859; d. Abt. 1862, DeKalb Co., Alabama.
  More About CLARA E. WHITE:
Burial: Unknown, White Hall Cemetery, DeKalb Co., Alabama (unmarked grave)
Cause of Death (Facts Pg): Abt. 1862, Diphtheria

15. iv.   JOHN LORENZA WHITE, b. 1862; d. 1936.
     
Children of BENAJAH WHITE and LOUISA GALBREATH are:
  v.   DOLLY3 WHITE, b. Unknown; d. Unknown.
  vi.   VERDA WHITE, b. Unknown; d. Unknown.
  vii.   ROLLINS WHITE, b. Unknown; d. Unknown.
  viii.   BEN WHITE, b. Abt. 1878, Alabama; d. Unknown; m. RUBY (UMN); b. Abt. 1895, Alabama; d. Unknown.
  Marriage Notes for BEN WHITE and RUBY (UMN):
CENSUS: 1930 US Census RE: JOHN LORENZA WHITE (half-brother)

  ix.   GEORGE WHITE, b. Unknown; d. Unknown.
  More About GEORGE WHITE:
Baptism: 29 Jun 1897, By Elder C.G. "Uncle Tobe" Keith



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