Hi! I descend (several times over in fact!) from a Joseph White, first Sheriff of Anson County, NC, This was shortly before the Revolutionary War.
Joseph was born probably in Pennsylvania or New Castle County, Delaware. He married a Sarah Headley in Pennsylvania before moving south. He was the son of another Joseph White who married Margaret Leeth. (It's possible I have these Josephs backwards--the Whites used the same given names over and over and I can't tell you how confusing it gets!! )
Anyway--the original Joseph was the son of a Moses White, who emigrated from Northern Ireland with his brother Hugh to Bucks Co, PA, in the late 17th century. Hugh White stayed in Pennsylvania altho his descendants later moved--I believe he is the ancestor of Hugh Lawson White. My ancestor Moses arrived first (with brother Hugh) at Nashimany Presbyterian Church in PA with a letter of recommendation from their pastor back home in Ireland. Moses later moved to New Castle, Delaware (we think he may have emigrated as a widower, but he had several children.) Moses's will in Delaware lists his occupation as "schoolmaster". It was probably shortly after his death that my Joseph moved south to Anson County, NC.
After that things get even murkier! I have a very long list of White ancestors, but I would love to verify these records.
Looking for ancesters of James A. White, born in Mississippi abt 1854, father of Hugh Louis White born in Union City Tennessee 1888, father of James Archie born in Memphis TN 1912, brother of Hugh Anthony, Werdna, Lois and India White.