Biography of Thompson WHITE
Thompson WHITE was born
on July 11, 1807 in Westmoreland
County, PA. He was 25 years old when he married Martha
1833, June 20 - Thompson WHITE married Martha CURRY. They had three children all born in Wellsburg, Brooke Co., W. VA.
1834- Jun 24 Hugh WHITE
was born in Wellsburg,
1836/7 - Sep 2 - Mary Margaret WHITE ,Wellsburg, West VA
1839 - June 23 Elizabeth Mitchel WHITE, Wellsburg, West Virginia This child died January 05, 1840 at the age of six months. Her mother, Martha died six weeks later.
When Martha died in 1840, she was buried in Grove
Cemetery, W. Middleton, Washington County, PA. Perhaps
this is due to family ties at the cemetery? Thompson was 33 years old
with a son, Hugh, about 6 and daughter, Mary Margaret, about 4 when their mother
A year and a month later he married Sarah FULTON. They had six children and were married 21 years when she died of cancer in 1862. He was 54 at the time of Sarah's death. The Civil War (1861-1865) broke out while she was dying. They lived near the Mason-Dixon Line, the area of SW PA that was often claimed by PA. Land deeds for the "Steam Mill" purchased by Thompson and Sarah WHITE are dated May 1855.
.......... +Martha CURRY b: 1811 in Westmoreland County, PA m: June 20, 1833 d: February 22, 1840 in Grove Cemetery, W. Middleton, PA
.... *2nd Wife of Thompson WHITE: ... +Sarah FULTON b: January 21, 1811 in South Huntington Township, Westmoreland Co., PA m: March 30, 1841 d: August 14, 1862 in Brooke Co. Cemetery (died of cancer)
Six children of Thompson and Sarah WHITE: Oldest daughter, Elizabeth died at age six in 1850. Youngest daughter, "Nannie" died at age nine in 1860. Second son, Albert died in 1864 in Civil War battle. Daughter, Clara J., died at age 25 in 1874.
....... *3rd Wife of Thompson WHITE: ... +Nancy J. Boone b: Abt. 1831 in Washington County, PA m: 1863 in date estimated after 1862 death of Sarah
1880, July 28, Thompson WHITE died in Wellsburg, W VA - Georgeann visited Brooke County Cemetery on September 5, 2005 and took photographs of Thompson White tombstone, 2nd wife Sarah White, next to him and third stone believe to be daughter Mary White Odenbaugh's stone.
(info on descendents further down this page)
Jacob White/Elizabeth, Brooke
County, W. VA deed book 18 Page 424, May 9, 1855 Lot 324 to John Ervin Jacob
White/wife Elizabeth, Brooke County, W. VA May 10, 1856, Book 18, Page 324
(Jacob and Elizabeth WHITE are Thompson WHITE's parents - I haven't found reason
to believe they moved to Brooke Co. W. VA. even though it wasn't very far, the
deed might be a result of their investment in their son's business? This deed
has same date as "Steam Mill" below.)
Thompson/Sarah White & William/Sabina White of Fulton County, Illinois, sold lot 424 to Jacob White on 3 February 1852.
Other family transactions in Brooke County in 1846 and 1852. Hugh , Jacob, William and Thompson White to John Ervin "Steam Mill" Recorded May 9, 1855, Wellsburg, W. VA.
Civil War (1861-1865) - purchase of "Steam Mill" was 10 years before the Civil War
FROM THE HISTORY OF THE PAN HANDLE, PAGE 328
TWEED & WHITE ON THE NE Corner Urbana AND YANKEE STREETS. HE IS ALSO ENGAGED IN BOATING ON THE OHIO AND MISSISSIPPI RIVERS AS FAR AS NEW ORLEANS.
HE BECAME ONE OF THE PIONEER BUSINESS MEN OF WELLSBURG. HE PURCHASED LAND THERE IN 1846, HOWEVER, BELIEVE HE MAY HAVE BEEN THERE 1833 OR BEFORE.
Picture of TriState area (West VA, Ohio, PA) including Wellsburg, W. VA
Thompson WHITE b: July 11, 1807
in Westmoreland City, PA d: July 28, 1880 in Wellsburg, W VA
.......... +Martha CURRY b: 1811 in
Westmoreland County, PA m: June 20, 1833 d: February 22, 1840 in
Grove Cemetery, W. Middleton, PA Father: CURRY
.......... 5 Hugh WHITE b: June 24, 1834 in Wellsburg, W. VA d: March 26, 1906 in Annawan, IL
............. +Elizabeth Roberts m: April 02, 1854 d: June 19, 1855
.......... *2nd Wife of Hugh WHITE: ............. +Elizabeth Grape b: September 16, 1832 in Prussia, Germany m: May 19, 1857 in Peoria, IL d: 1933 Father: Frederick Grape Mother: Carolyn
.......... 5 Mary Margaret WHITE b: September 02, 1836 in or 1837,Wellsburg, West VA d: April 01, 1915 in Chicago, IL
............. +Franklin ODENBAUGH b: July 28, 1839 in West Middleton, Washington Co., PA m: October 16, 1860 in Williamsburg, W. VA or W. Middletown, PA d: July 10, 1911 in Chicago, IL Father: Thomas Jefferson ODENBAUGH Mother: Susan W. CRAIG
.......... 5 Elizabeth Mitchel WHITE b: June 23, 1839 in Wellsburg, West Virginia d: January 05, 1840 in her mother died six weeks later
....... *2nd Wife of Thompson WHITE:
.......... +Sarah FULTON b: January 21, 1811 in South Huntington Township, Westmoreland Co., PA m: March 30, 1841 d: August 14, 1862 in Brooke Co. Cemetery (died of cancer) Father: Henry FULTON Mother: Jane (sometimes spelled Jean) Hartley
.......... 5 Elizabeth Fulton WHITE b: May 20, 1844 in Wellsburg, West Virginia d: 1850
.......... 5 William Henry Fulton WHITE b: May 28, 1842 in Wellsburg, West Virginia d: April 29, 1914 ... +Emma McREDMOND b: 1869 in probably Redmond or Seattle, WA m: 1898 d: 1932 in probably Redmond or Seattle, WA Father: Luke McREDMOND Mother: Kate BARRY
.......... 5 Albert Wheeler Fulton WHITE b: February 28, 1846 in Wellsburg, West Virginia d: June 05, 1864 in Battle, Piedmont, VA
.......... 5 Martha Jane "Mattie" Fulton WHITE b: May 05, 1847 in Wellsburg, West Virginia d: December 18, 1912
............. +William Pierce FULTON b: May 02, 1848 m: August 08, 1871 Father: Robert FULTON Mother: Firstnameunknown CROW
.......... 5 Clarissa (Clara J.) WHITE b: March 28, 1849 in Wellsburg, West Virginia d: March 04, 1874
.......... 5 Nancy (Nannie) WHITE b: November 18, 1851 in Wellsburg, West Virginia d: August 02, 1860
....... *3rd Wife of Thompson WHITE:
.......... +Nancy J. Boone b: Abt. 1831 in Washington County, PA m: 1863 in date estimated after 1862 death of Sarah
LOG OF KEEL AND FLAT BOATS FROM WELLSBURG TO NEW ORLEANS BETWEEN 1834-1836. http://www.angelfire.com/wi/bcga/sp10.html
WILL of THOMPSON WHITE
Brooke County. West Virginia Will Book 4, Page l34 probated August 9, 1880 I, Thompson WHITE of the town of Wellsburg and Stare of West Virginia do make and and publish this my last will and testament.
Ist I give and bequeath to my son Hugh WHITE one hundred dollars.
2nd I give and bequeath to my son William H. WHITE one hundred dollars.
3rd I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary ODENBAUGH the annual interest for and during her natural life on four hundred dollars to be retained by my personal representatives hereafter named, or securely invested by them so that she may be paid annually the said interest and paid only to her, and after her death the principal to be paid equally to her children or their heirs - each branch to share equally.
4th give and bequeath to my wife Nancy J. WHITE the profits of one half of the remainder of my estate real and personal for and during her natural life and after her death to go to my children now living and their heirs- each branch to share equally.
5th I give and bequeath to my daughter Mattie J. FULTON the other half of the said remainder of my estate real and personal to be hers absolutely.
6th Before any distribution is made under this will I direct all just debts to be paid by my said personal representatives and that they collect all moneys due me either by note or bank account.
7th I appoint my said wife Nancy J. and daughter Mattie J. executrixes of this my last will and testament and exonerate them or either of them from giving security on their bond and I hereby revoke all former wills by me at any time made and declared this to be my only last will and testament.
Witness my hand and seal this 27th day of November 1879 and to my grandson Walter FULTON I give my gold watch.
(signed) Thompson WHITE Signed sealed published and declared by the testator Thompson WHITE as and for his last will and testament, who in his presence and in the presence of each other, and at his request sign our names as witnesses this 27th day of November 1879. Witness our hands and seals the day and year above written (signed) James Hervey (signed) Robert Mansbarger
History of Northern WV Pan-Handle, by J.H. Newton, org. pub. 1879
Thompson WHITE died in Wellsburg, Brooke County, West Virginia. (It was part of Virginia before the Civil War.) He had a steamboat that went as far south as New Orleans. See story about steamboats in this area: http://www.angelfire.com/wi/bcga/sp10.html