Third Great-Uncle John David White, and a U-Turn to Mary

John David White was born May 1845 in Shelburne, Nova Scotia, the third child of Job R. and Elizabeth Phoebe White.  He was christened on August 22, 1845 at Christ Church (the combined parishes of St. George & St. Patrick),just like his brother Edgar.

Other than being enumerated in Yarmouth on the 1861 Census with his family, I have no further record of John.  I assume that he lived to adulthood, based on the fact that his mother Elizabeth said she had six living children in 1900.   With such a common name, it hasn’t been easy to find definitive records that identify him (a marriage record would be perfect).

My “U-turn” is back to Mary Roberts (White) Goodwin, sixth child and second daughter of Job and Elizabeth White.  I previously wrote that Mary lived for many years with her daughter Augusta.  Just recently, I found out that Mary is buried in Pine Grove at Mayflower Path Section-3, Lot-68, in the same plot as her mother Elizabeth, but not mentioned on Elizabeth’s gravestone.  Find a Grave tells me that Mary died in August 1924.  Augusta is buried in Pine Grove as well, at Plot-K, Lot-750, but with no gravestone.  She passed away in December 1950.  I have to wonder if my grandfather knew her.

Third Great-Uncle Edgar Douglas White: A World Away

There are others (cousins) who could probably give a more detailed and colorful account of Jennie’s oldest brother Edgar, but this is my own account, based on my own research.

Edgar Douglas White was born to Job R. and Elizabeth White on October 3, 1840 in Shelburne, Nova Scotia. He was christened on January 8, 1842 at Christ Church (the combined parishes of St. George & St. Patrick). (Interestingly, this church was founded in the 1780s by Loyalists and is still an active church to this day.) By 1846, the family lived in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

Like his parents, Edgar left Nova Scotia in 1869; but unlike them, he did not go to the United States. Instead, he traveled to Little Akaroa, New Zealand. From there he made his way to the Coromandel area, where gold mining was booming. I don’t know how successful Edgar was in finding gold, but he did manage to find a wife in Thames, New Zealand. In 1872 he wed Frances Organ in the parsonage of St. George’s Church. The two went on to have a very large family:

  • William Edgar (born 1874)
  • Richard James (born September 25, 1875)
  • Frances Elizabeth (born November 1, 1877)
  • Annie Jane (born September 25, 1879)
  • Rose Mary (born 1881)
  • Flora Isobel (born November 23, 1882)
  • Alice Matilda (born 1884)
  • Edgar Douglas (born 1886)
  • Joseph Milton (born March 18, 1889)
  • Rachel Eleanor (born August 15, 1891)
  • twins James & unnamed (born and died March 10, 1895)
  • Gladys May (born January 7, 1898)

As Edgar’s family was growing, misfortune struck. On April 1, 1887, he had to file for bankruptcy. That must have been difficult with so many mouths to feed. From what I can tell, however, Edgar continued to be involved in the mining industry.

Edgar and his descendants did not forget their home folks. Correspondence was kept up with Elizabeth White, her granddaughter Bertha Colomy, and Bertha’s granddaughter Cherie Pleau. I’m sure other members of the family were written to as well. Today, I am blessed to be in contact with one of Edgar’s great-grandsons.

Third Great-Grandparents Job R. and Elizabeth Phoebe White

The following sketch is based on the best information that I have, which is quite limited. Some information is from online trees, some from family stories. It’s all I have, so that’s what we’ll be going on. If there are any cousins out there who have any documentation, it would be most welcome!

Job was born in 1816. Some trees list him as Joseph Job R. White, but I haven’t found any documents naming him as such. Not sure about who his parents were. At least once he was in the United States, he was a carpenter.

Elizabeth Phoebe White (yes, that’s her maiden name, from what I can tell) was born in 1817 in Tusket Lake, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia. Her parents, if several online trees and family stories are to be believed, were David White and Mary Hurlbert.

The 1900 US Census stated that a Elizabeth gave birth to 12 children, six of whom were living at that time. I can account for eight of them, so I can only assume that four died at a very young age, likely by 1861 (based on the number of children in the household at that Nova Scotia Census). Their children were:

  • Edgar Douglas, born October 3, 1840 in Shelburne, Shelburne County, Nova Scotia
  • William Faulkner, born 1843 in Nova Scotia
  • John David, born May 1845 in Shelburne, Shelburne County, Nova Scotia
  • Frances A., born circa 1846 in Yarmouth, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia
  • Milton K. (later known as James M.), born March 30, 1849 in Yarmouth, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia
  • Mary Roberts, born September 1851 in Yarmouth, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia (who I wrote of here)
  • Jennie (or Jane) E., born September 1856 in Yarmouth, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia (who I wrote of here)
  • Theodore W., born 1860 in Yarmouth, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia

Job and Elizabeth and at least some of their children immigrated to Massachusetts in the late 1860s (they are not present on the 1865 Massachusetts Census, but are present in the 1870 US Census). I suspect they may have come over in 1869 on the ship “Linda” to Boston (at least Milton and Theodore did; I still need to see a complete passenger list).

By the 1880 Census, Job and Elizabeth were living at 5 Clinton Street in Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts. As I noted here, their granddaughter Augusta Goodwin was living with them, along with their youngest son, Theodore.

In 1886, according to family legend, Theodore was very sickly (perhaps tuberculosis?), so Job and he traveled to Florida to see if the warmer climate could help him. Apparently the trip was helpful to Theodore, but Job died suddenly in Martin County, where he was buried. Theodore returned to Massachusetts sometime before 1890. There is another story, saying that the family (at least Job, Elizabeth & Theodore) moved to Florida at this time, but I can’t prove this either.

Rhodes Memorial Chapel.  Author's collection

Rhodes Memorial Chapel. Author’s collection

According to Lynn City Directories, Elizabeth lived with Theodore until his death in 1898, after which she lived with her widowed daughter, Mary Goodwin, until her own death on December 28, 1901. Elizabeth died of a cerebral hemmorage. Her funeral was held at Rhodes Memorial Chapel, which still stands (but is closed) at Pine Grove Cemetery in Lynn. Elizabeth was laid to rest in the Mayflower Path section of Pine Grove.

Elizabeth White's grave.  Author's collection

Elizabeth White’s grave. Author’s collection