Helen White

16 September 1817–16 March 1891 (Age 73)
Moriah, Moriah, Essex, New York, United States

The Life of Helen

Helen White was born on 16 September 1817, in Moriah, Moriah, Essex, New York, United States as the daughter of Elial White and Mary Lewis. She married Gardner Thurston Barker on 20 August 1840, in Moriah, Moriah, Essex, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States in 1860. She died on 16 March 1891, at the age of 73, and was buried in Springdale Cemetery And Mausoleum, Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States.

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Gardner Thurston Barker
Helen White
Marriage: 20 August 1840
Walter Barker
Ellen B Barker
Walter Gardner Barker
Nathn G Barker
Jessie Barker

Spouse and Children

20 August 1840
Moriah, Moriah, Essex, New York, United States


Parents and Siblings

    Elial White


    Mary Lewis




World Events (8)


Age 1

Illinois is the 21st state.
1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 2

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 
1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

Age 22

By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.

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)

  • Helen Barker in household of Gardner T Barker, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Helen White Barker, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Helen White in entry for Ellen Barker Mcroberts, "Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947"

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