Willis White

12 August 1840–31 December 1932 (Age 92)
Deerfield, Ward Township, Randolph, Indiana, United States

The Life of Willis

When Willis White was born on 12 August 1840, in Deerfield, Ward Township, Randolph, Indiana, United States, his father, Drury Andrew White, was 43 and his mother, Elizabeth Fields, was 37. He married Rachel S Hall on 19 September 1861, in Grant Township, Newton, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 9 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Farmington Township, Washington, Kansas, United States in 1900 and Benton Township, Atchison, Kansas, United States in 1910. He registered for military service in 1916. He died on 31 December 1932, in Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas, United States, at the age of 92, and was buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas, United States.

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Willis White
Rachel S Hall
Marriage: 19 September 1861
John Andrew White
Charles Francis White
George Edwin White
Albert Harvey White
Eliza Doretta White
William Finney White
Dr Frank Hall White
Mary Catherine White
Laura Belle White
Thomas Henry White
Willis LeRoy White
Elmer Jackson White

Spouse and Children

19 September 1861
Grant Township, Newton, Indiana, United States


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World Events (8)

1841 · Indiana Nears Bankruptcy

Age 1

The State of Indiana was near bankruptcy in 1841 due to the inability to repay interest incurred for the Massive Internal Improvement Act. The state liquidated much of its public works. Many of the projects were handed over to the state’s creditors as a way to reduce debt. Only two of the eight proposed infrastructure projects were completed by the creditors.

Age 20

In 1860, the Pony Express used men riding on horseback to carry mail between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California.
1865 · Slavery Abolished

Age 25

On January 11, 1865, slavery was abolished in Missouri.

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)

  • Willis White, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Welles White, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Willie White, "United States Census, 1920"

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