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The family of William & Mary Ann White came from Ireland via a short time in Greenbush and Buffalo NY and New Jersey in 1865. They lived in Grand Rapids, Michigan and then moved to Casnovia,Michigan in 1871.Their five sons and 1 adopted daughter lived the American dream in the end of the 1800's. They worked as farmers, teachers, photographers, midwives, cowboys, and sheriffs in the America of that time.

John Alfred White
Michael Francis White
Christopher James White
Thomas Patrick White
Gearge Edward White
Elizabeth Lucy White (taken into family)

We hold a White Family Reunion every September. Contact me for the time and place! We would love to have you come! :)

The letters in the White Family collection are transcribed by Judith Pulte in the Western Michigan Genealogical Society quarterly magazine "Michigana'. [I went up to 1900 and the chatty letters give a lot of information and gossip about people living in and around the Casnovia Township, Muskegon County, Michigan area as well as any place the family went in America; ie; Nebraska, South Carolina, the Spanish American War, etc. Go to the 'Michigana' link in the Western Michigan Genealogical website link and search the index for more.]

I am also transcibed the Tyrone Township School District No. 1 student census lists for the school where the White family's children attended. The school in 1865 was located just south and east of the little town of Casnovia, Michigan; just across the county border in Kent County, Michigan. The student lists for the years 1865 through 1885 are now on the Kent County Genweb site for access to all. [The last listed School Superintendent in the journal was Edgar Chase, a brother of my Great, great grandfather Arnold Chase. The White and Chase families joined through my grandparents Rose White and Cleo Chase.]

The mystery of Elizabeth Lucy White's actual relationship with the family has never been solved. [Although in 2007 we went to Buffalo, NY and found a very likely answer! The Buffalo Historical Society was very helpful. Thank you!] Lizzie was a distant relative and came from the care of an elderly aunt in New York. The Aunt's name may have been Mary Garrity who lived in Buffalo in 1880. Lizzie always thought her name was Nellie and we found a 'Nellie White' being picked up by her Aunt Mrs. Garrity. Lizzy tried to find her family in the 1930's without success, She always felt that she had a sister in New York. The census for Nellie White in 1880 Buffalo, NY shows the family of Charles White with a sister Susan White 2 years older than her living next door to Mary Garrity.

White Family History
Updated November 11, 2011

Judith M. Pulte
2468 Winkleman
Waterford, Michigan 48329
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Family Photos

  • Great Uncle Mike; Michael F. White. (224 KB)
    Great Uncle Mike was born in Ireland in 1862 and lived a many faceted life. He left home to go west in 1884 and was the rambling son of the family. He was a cowboy, Life Saver in the Great Lakes, soldier in the Spanish American War, photographer, and security guard in old Los Angelus where he died in a motorcycle accident in 1922.
  • The old White family farm house circa 1906 (179 KB)
    The Old farm house still stands on Newago rd in Muskegon Couty, MI but has been remodeled since. Last year we stood in front of it and saw the changes!
  • William & Mary Ann White circa 1880's (2299 KB)
    William White came to America in 1864 to join his brother Christopher White in Greenbush, NY. He sent for Mary Ann and their two sons Michael and John. They came into America in 1865 on the SS Virginia. This close family kept in contact and wrote many letters and preserved family photos. This portrait of William & Mary Ann was in their later life as West Michigan farmers in the 1880's.
  • Part of a letter from Chris White to brother Mike (661 KB)
    The letters to family wrote give us a real peak into their personalities. Here is part of a letter Chris wrote to his older brother Mike when he was up in the UP as a Life Saver on the coast of the upper great lakes.

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