Joseph G. White

Brief Life History of Joseph G.

When Joseph G. White was born on 13 April 1817, in Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Joseph White, was 23 and his mother, Barbara Boehringer, was 19. He married Mary Ann Williams on 8 February 1839. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Eugene, Eugene Township, Vermillion, Indiana, United States in 1850 and Christian, Illinois, United States in 1860. He died on 13 August 1884, in Mound City, Linn, Kansas, United States, at the age of 67.

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Joseph G. White
Mary Ann Williams
Marriage: 8 February 1839
Lewis Hyrum White
Isaac G. White
Elizabeth J White
Jeremiah White
Barbara Ann White
Mary Malisa White
Elmira White
George Franklin White
Joseph Laurence White

Sources (7)

  • Joseph White in household of Nancy Flecher, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Joseph White, "Indiana Marriages, 1811-2019"
  • White in entry for Sarah Matilda Vaughn, "California Death Index, 1940-1997"

World Events (8)

1825 · State Capital Moves to Indianapolis

The state capital was moved from Corydon to Indianapolis on January 10, 1825.


Historical Boundaries: 1826: Vermillion, Indiana, United States

1836 · The Massive Internal Improvements Act

The Massive Internal Improvements Act of 1836 loaned Indiana $10,000,000 to create infrastructure such as canals, railroads, and roads across the state. The act was signed by Whig Governor Noah Noble and passed by the Indiana General Assembly. However, the financial crisis known as the Panic of 1837 thwarted these plans as costs ballooned. Construction on the infrastructure was not completed and the state debt rapidly increased.

Name Meaning

English: from Middle English white, wit (Old English hwīt ‘white’), hence a nickname for someone with white hair or a pale complexion. In some cases it is perhaps from a Middle English survival of the Old English personal name Hwīta, a short form of names in Hwīt- (from hwīt ‘white’). The name may also be topographic, referring to someone who lived by a bend or curve in a river or road (from Old English wiht ‘bend’), the source of the placename of Great Whyte in Ramsey, Huntingdonshire (compare Wight ). This name is also a variant of Wight . The surname White is also very common among African Americans.

Irish and Scottish: adopted for any of several Irish and Scottish Gaelic names based on bán ‘white, fair’ (see Bain 1, McElwain ) or fionn ‘fair’ (see Finn 1). The English surname has been Gaelicized in Ireland as de Faoite.

Americanized form (translation into English) of various European surnames meaning ‘white’, for example German Weiss , French Blanc , Polish Białas (see Bialas ), Slovenian Belec , or any other synonymous Slavic surname beginning with Bel-, Bev-, Biel- or Bil-.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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