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White Famlies of Clinton Co., Illinois ca. 1850
Jerry Finlayson
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  My ancestors Jacob R. & Catharine White moved from Pennsylvania  to Clinton Co., Illinois in mid 1840's, died shortly thereafter (suspect from Asian Cholera) leaving several orphans.  Have traced some of their whereabouts... into Curry Co., OR, Bourbon Co., KS and Berry Co., MS.  Am anxious to reconnect or at least find more info... anyone researching this area?
Jerry Finlayson
Livingston Manor, NY
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RE: White Famlies of Clinton Co., Illinois ca. 1850
Sheila Coomer
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Hi,

 I am a granddaughter to Samuel Ellysworth (Garner) White. I was told by my father William Peter White, that Sam was born in County Cork, Ireland Dec. 18, 1877. The story goes, Sam's the second child was coming to America his mother pregnant with the third child and father and older brother family name was Garner. While on board the ship his father died. Sam's was traveling with another family from Ireland named White. Mr. White and his family had very large family and they had a farm on the Maryland Line in Harford County (Norrisville) known then, Maryland. Mr. White's wife was dead and he and Mrs. Garner married.  He needed a wife and mother and she needed a husband and father. Mr. White gave the unborn baby his name. Togother, they decided that all children with the name of Garner would carry the name of White. This was not done in Court. My father would tells us that Sam had alot of family. Here is how it gets dificult, Sam at the age of 41 met my grandmother Anna Maria Mowery (age 20) from Shamokin,Pa., and they got married and had eight children. Anna had alread one child a girl named Bettye Irene Mowery (age 2).  Bettye would live with both Sam and Anna as well as her Grandparents Daniel and Elsie Mowery. Sam always loved and treated Bettye as his own. Together they had the following children; Alda Mae White, William Peter White, June Irene White, Russel Arthur White, Charlotte Lorraine White, Melvin James White, Marion Elizabeth White, and Margaret (Peggy) Ann White. Sam traveled around Pa for work and was not always home during the Twenties. Anna did not know that Sam had been married before until a man and woman came to her front door asking for their father just this way. My dad was about three at the time and remembered that this happened at  three different times. Anna, not knowning would always say that their father did not live there.  Sam was in the other room on the last visit and overheard what was going on and went to the door. This is how Anna discovered that Sam had been married and divorced before. Sam had married and had five children with his first wife. They are as followed; Walter White, Howard White, Raymond White, Beatrice White and Dorothy White. Anna was the same age as Sam's older chilren. Dad would say the his older brothers and sister came to the house all the time and they would treat the younger siblings with great love. My dad would go into the Milatary because of Howard, Walter and Raymond he was very proud of the fact that they all fought in World War I. My dad fought in WWII, and the Korean Conflict. Dad would often tell us how he would go to family affairs with his older siblings and the White's. He tell us that Sam's first wife would be there as well and she would treat him goog as well; but he did not know that she was Sam's first wife for many years. I am a member of Ancestry.com please look at the tree. I have been talking with a young man who says that he is a member of the White family and has simular stories that I have. His info also has the Garner side as well.

Sheila Coomer
Maryland
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RE: White Famlies of Clinton Co., Illinois ca. 1850 [2]
Jerry Finlayson
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Hi Sheila,

That's quite a story!  I've no Samuel Ellysworth White in my database.  Your Sam came to America quite a bit later then my ancestors.  My gr,grandparents left Perry Co., Pa for Illinois, abt 1845.   We may have a connection way back there in Ireland, but don't see any other tie possible. (I realize you weren't necessarily expecting a tie.)  I'm not an Ancestry member... therefore could not access your tree.  Good luck in your searching!

Jerry

 

Jerry Finlayson
Livingston Manor, NY
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