Mary Magdalene White

9 December 1858–24 December 1933 (Age 75)
Marshall, Tennessee, United States

The Life of Mary Magdalene

When Mary Magdalene White was born on 9 December 1858, in Marshall, Tennessee, United States, her father, Thomas Lewis White, was 38 and her mother, Sidney Collins, was 34. She married Thomas Andrew Foster on 19 June 1888, in Christian, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Finley Township, Christian, Missouri, United States in 1880 and Sparta Township, Christian, Missouri, United States in 1900. She died on 24 December 1933, in Sparta, Christian, Missouri, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Sparta Cemetery, Sparta Township, Christian, Missouri, United States.

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Family Time Line

Thomas Andrew Foster
Mary Magdalene White
Marriage: 19 June 1888
Henry Clay Foster
T. L. Foster
Knox White Foster
Sydna Elizabeth Foster
Mary Josephine Foster
Dudley Ross Foster

Spouse and Children

19 June 1888
Christian, Missouri, United States


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings



    Lucy Frances White


    James Willis White


    Franklin Worth White


    Thomas Henry White


    John Holland White


+6 More Children

World Events (8)

1862 · Battle of Shiloh

Age 4

The battle of Shiloh took place on April 6, 1862 and April 7, 1862. Confederate soldiers camp through the woods next to where the Union soldiers were camped at Pittsburg Landing on the Tennessee River. With 23,000 casualties this was the bloodiest battle of the Civil War up to this point.

Age 5

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1878 · Yellow Fever Epidemic

Age 20

When a man that had escaped a quarantined steamboat with yellow fever went to a restaurant he infected Kate Bionda the owner. This was the start of the yellow fever epidemic in Memphis, Tennessee. By the end of the epidemic 5,200 of the residence would die.

Name Meaning

1 English, Scottish, and Irish: from Middle English whit ‘white’, hence a nickname for someone with white hair or an unnaturally pale complexion. In some cases it represents a Middle English personal name, from an Old English byname, Hwīt(a), of this origin. As a Scottish and Irish surname it has been widely used as a translation of the many Gaelic names based on bán ‘white’ ( see Bain 1) or fionn ‘fair’ ( see Finn 1). There has also been some confusion with Wight .2 Translated form of cognate and equivalent names in other languages, such as German Weiss , French Blanc , Polish Białas ( see Bialas ), etc.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Mary M Foster, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Marey M White in household of Thomas L White, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Mary M White in household of Thomas L White, "United States Census, 1860"

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