John Henry White

Brief Life History of John Henry

When John Henry White was born on 22 November 1862, in Earl, Cleveland, North Carolina, United States, his father, Henry Powell White, was 44 and his mother, Sarah Jane Wilson, was 39. He married Lillian Grace DeStaffino on 15 December 1885, in Gaffney, Cherokee, South Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 9 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Cherokee, South Carolina, United States in 1920 and Limestone Township, Cherokee, South Carolina, United States for about 10 years. He died on 25 October 1955, in Gaffney, Cherokee, South Carolina, United States, at the age of 92, and was buried in Oakland Cemetery, Gaffney, Cherokee, South Carolina, United States.

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John Henry White
Lillian Grace DeStaffino
Marriage: 15 December 1885
Floyd Holmes White
Frederick Patrick White
Herman Eugene White
Eloise Christine White
John Freeman White
Henry Powell White
Robert Lamar White
Harry Earl White
Lillian Eleanor White
Francis Wardlaw White
Joseph Edward White

Sources (22)

  • John H White, "United States Census, 1930"
  • John Henry White, "South Carolina Deaths, 1944-1955"
  • John H White in entry for Floyd Holmes White, "United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011"

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1865 · Battle of Bentonville

The Battle of Bentonville took place in Johnston, North Carolina from March 19, 1865- March 21, 1865. It was considered the bloodiest battle of North Carolina, with around 4,000 casualties.

1890 · The Sherman Antitrust Act

This Act tried to prevent the raising of prices by restricting trade. The purpose of the Act was to preserve a competitive marketplace to protect consumers from abuse.

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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