John Reaves White

Brief Life History of John Reaves

When John Reaves White was born on 8 July 1860, in Perry, Alabama, United States, his father, John "Jack" White, was 38 and his mother, Mary Emeline Richardson, was 30. He married Helen Caroline Plummer on 26 April 1880, in Perry, Alabama, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 6 daughters. He lived in Radford, Perry, Alabama, United States in 1880 and Election Precinct 12 Oak Grove, Perry, Alabama, United States in 1900. He died on 13 December 1934, in Selma, Dallas, Alabama, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Selma, Dallas, Alabama, United States.

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John Reaves White
Mary Ann or Annie Middleton
Marriage: 30 January 1901
Ellie May White
Ola Lee White
Ollie T. White
John R White
William Thomas White
John Howard White
Annie Myrtle White

Sources (14)

  • John R White, "United States Census, 1870"
  • J R White, "Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950"
  • John Reaves White, "Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974"

World Events (8)


Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

1863 · The Battle at Gettysburg

The Battle of Gettysburg involved the largest number of casualties of the entire Civil war and is often described as the war's turning point. Between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers lost their lives during the three-day Battle. To honor the fallen soldiers, President Abraham Lincoln read his historic Gettysburg Address and helped those listening by redefining the purpose of the war.

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

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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