White

MERCER COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA
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Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
“John “Bill” Wheeler”
wheeler@gru.net
December 7, 1999
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The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.
Chicago and New York, Volume ll.
pg. 113

The White family was of English origin, coming to America in the early days
of the Colonies and settling on the James River in Virginia, William White, who
married a Miss Workman was the progenitor of the family in Tazewell County,
Virginia, and Mercer County, West Virginia. He came to this region from Campbell
County, Virginia. Benjamine White, his son, was sheriff of the County of Mercer
and represented this County in the general assembly of Virginia before the
states were separated and was prominent in the business and political affairs of
the county for more than half a century. He married Elizabeth Pearis and
enjoyed a long and happy married life, having been married sixty-one years
before the death of his wife at the age of eighty-six and his wife at the age of
eighty-three. He was a man of very strong mind and sterling character. To them
were born the following children: George W., who married Alice Bailey; John H.
who married Julia Cunningham; Charles, who was never married; Sarah Louisa, who
married Andrew J. Hearn; Elizabeth Pearis, who married Richard C. Christie; and
three daughters, Bell, Mary and Minnie, who died at the ages of fifteen,
sixteen, and seventeen, all within two weeks from diphtheria.