Friday, June 17, 2022

52 Ancestors - Week 434: #704 William White (c1683-c1780) of Dartmouth, Massachusetts

 William White (1683-c1780) is #704 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandfather, who married #705 Elizabeth Cadman (1685-c1780) in about 1707, probably in Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their son #352 William White (c1708-c1780) who married #353 Abigail Thurston (1700-1770) in 1729.
*  their son #176 Jonathan White (1732-1804) who married #177 Abigail Wing (1734-1806) in 1756. 
*   their son, #88 Humphrey White (1757-1814) who married #89 Sibel Kirby (1764-1848) in 1786.
*  their son, #44 Jonathan White (1803-1850) who married Miranda Wade (1804-1850) in 1824.
*  their son #22 Henry Arnold White (1824-1885) who married Amy Oatley (1826-1864) in 1844.
*  their daughter #11 Julia E. White (1848-1913) who married #10 Thomas Richmond (1848-1917) in 1868.
*  their daughter #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) who married #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) in 1900.
*  their son #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) married #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002) in 1942.
*  their son #1 Randall Jeffrey Seaver (1943-living)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Name:                         William White[1–5]

*  Sex:                            Male

*  Father:                        Sylvanus White (1667-c1688)
*  Mother:                      Deborah --?-- (1667-c1688)

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Birth:                         about 1683, probably Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States[1]

*  Distribution:             6 January 1718/9 (about age 35), Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[6]

*  Death:                       before 3 October 1780 (before about age 97), Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[1,2,5]

*  Probate:                    3 October 1780 (before about age 97), 1768 will proved; Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[1,2,5]

3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1:                 Elizabeth Cadman (1685-1780)
*  Marriage:                 about 1707 (about age 24), probably Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[1]

*  Child 1:                   William White (c1708-c1780), married 1729 Abigail Thurston (1700-b1770).
*  Child 2:                   George White (c1710-1764), married 1731 Debroah Shaw (1711-1766).
*  Child 3:                   Sarah White (c1711-1795), married 1726 John Brown (1705-1773).
*  Child 4:                   Hannah White (c1712-1792), married 1730 William Taber (1705-1758).
*  Child 5:                   Roger White (c1713-1802), married 1736 Rebecca Grinnell (1710-1802).
*  Child 6:                   Christopher White (c1715-1795), married 1739 Elizabeth Thurston (1719-1782).
*  Child 7:                   Susanna White (c1717-a1780).
*  Child 8:                   Elizabeth White (c1719-1749), married 1737 Benjamin Slocum (1714-1792).
*  Child 9:                   Oliver White (c1723-1791), married 1747 Mary Sherman (1725-1811).
*  Child 10:                 Abner White (1725-1794), married 1746 Ruth Brownell (1727-1806).
*  Child 11:                 Thomas White (1730-a1768), married 1755 Sarah Norton (c1730-????).

4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):    

William White was born in about 1683 in probably Scituate, Massachusetts Bay, the only child of Sylvanus and Deborah (--?--) White[1].  The Mayflower Families book, Volume 13, provides the Mayflower descent of William and Susanna (Jackson) White who came to Plymouth on the Mayflower.  William White (1683-1780) is the great-grandson of the Pilgrim William White, through Peregrine White and Sylvanus White[1].  

George Ernest Bowman suggested that William White may have been sent to Dartmouth as a young man to look after the land there of Thomas Coleman of Scituate (Mayflower Descendant, 22:7-11)[2].

It is known that William White was an adult (age 21) by 5 July 1705, when he was a member of the petit jury in Dartmouth (Mayflower Descendant, 12:97, 117).  Consequently, he was born before 5 July 1684, and therefore could not have been the William White, born 6 June 1690 at Rochester, Massachusetts, the son of Samuel White[4].  Other writers and researchers have frequently confused the two William Whites.

William White signed, with George Cadman, the will of Richard Kirby, Jr. of Dartmouth, on 30 January 1707/8[3].

He served the town again on the petit jury in 1713, as Constable in 1716, and as surveyor in 1719[3].

On 19 June 1713, he requested that lands in Dartmouth be laid out to Thomas Coleman[3].

William White married Elizabeth Cadman (1685-c1780) in about 1707, probably in Dartmouth, Massachusetts[1]. Elizabeth was the daughter of George and Hannah (Hathaway) Cadman of Dartmouth.  They had 11 children, all probably born in Dartmouth, but none are recorded in Dartmouth town records:

*  William White (c1708-c1780), married 1729 Abigail Thurston (1700-b1770).
*  George White (c1710-1764), married 1731 Deborah Shaw (1711-1766).
*  Sarah White (c1711-1795), married 1726 John Brown (1705-1773).
*  Hannah White (c1712-1792), married 1730 William Taber (1705-1758).
*  Roger White (c1713-1802), married 1736 Rebecca Grinnell (1710-1802).
*  Christopher White (c1715-1795), married 1739 Elizabeth Thurston (1719-1782).
*  Susanna White (c1717-a1780).
*  Elizabeth White (c1719-1749), married 1737 Benjamin Slocum (1714-1792).
*  Oliver White (c1723-1791), married 1747 Mary Sherman (1725-1811).
*  Abner White (1725-1794), married 1746 Ruth Brownell (1727-1806).
*  Thomas White (1730-a1768), married 1755 Sarah Norton (c1730-????).

William and Elizabeth (Cadman) White received land in Dartmouth from George Cadman, Elizabeth's father, who died in 1718, in his will, which reads[6]:
"To my loveing daughter Elizabeth White & to her Husband William White all the upland & meadow that is laid out where they now live with two acres & fifty Rods of Sedg flat Lying in acoxset river at the Shiprock flat & one hundred & five acres of land in the four hundred acre devition as it is laid out & quallified & one quarter of an acre of Seder Swomp all the ab[ovesd] land meadow & Ceder Swomp is ... within the Township of [Dart]mouth afre Sd [Farther I Give ... to] my Sd daughter Elisabeth & her Husband William White the one half of my last dev[i]tion of land the above Sd land meadow & Ceder Swomp given to my Sd daughter Elisabeth White & her Husband William White to be & remain to them dureing ... their naturall Lives and after their deceas the Homested farm where the Sd William White now liveth I Give to my Granson William White."
William White, "Gentleman" of Dartmouth, died testate before 3 October 1780 in Dartmouth, having written a will dated 6 January 1768, which was proved 3 October 1780[1-2,5].  The will was abstracted by George Ernest Bowman, in "The Wills of William White of Dartmouth and his Son William," published in The Mayflower Descendant, Volume 22, Number 1, January 1920[2].  Bowman's article notes that the original will, found in the Bristol County Registry of Probate, included a bequest to son William White, while the version recorded in the Probate books omitted this bequest[5].  The abstract includes:
"Imprimis  I Give and bequeath unto my Well beloved Son William White my Gun Which he hath now In his possession & Improvement"

To "my teen Well beloved Granchildren namely Israel Peleg William Silvenus Obed Ruth Sarah Hannah Mary & Unice all Children to my Son George White Deceased the Sum of one Spanish Silver mill'd Doller to be paid unto them by my Executors hereinafter Named and to be Equally Divided to & amongst them my sd ten Granchildren."

To "my Well beloved Daughter Sarah Brown my Bead that Standeth in the South east Corner of my Great Chamber together with all the furnature belonging to it"

To "my Well beloved Daughter Hannah Taber .... twelve Spanish Silver mill'd Dollers to be paid unto her .... Within one year after my Deceas"

To "my son Roger White all my Wareing apparel .... and my Gun which I now have in my house & also my Case of Reazers & my hone"

To "son Christopher White .... five Spanish silver mill'd Dollers"

To "my son Thomas White my silver Tankard"

To "my three Well beloved Sons namely Roger White Christopher White & Thomas White that note of hand which is now Due unto me from Henry Soule of Newport" dated 9 September 1765, with "all the principal & Intrest Due unto me upon sd note of hand In the old tenner . & to be Devided to & amongst them .... as followeth Roger is to have" 200 pounds "old tenner out of sd note and Christopher is to have" 200 pounds "old tenner .... And Thomas to have all the Rest .... of the sd old tenner money Which is Due unto me upon the sd note of hand both principal & Intrest  It is to be understood If they my three sd sons Can Recover the Sd note or at Least the old tenner money Due upon the sd note then it shall be Divided to & amongst them as above set forth but if other Wise by any ways or means Means that note of hand Should fail and they .... Could not Recover or get the sd money thereon due that then the Gifts to them in this parragraf shall be null & void & not be paid or Discharged with any other part of my Estate"

"I give ... four Spanish Silver Mill'd Dollers to be Equally Divided amongst all my servi Granchildren that are Children to my Daughter Elizabeth Slowcum Deceased"

To "son Oliver White ... the bed & bedding And the Smithing tools he hath already In his possession"

To "Son Abner White my Gun Which he now hath in his Possession"

To "Grandaughter Phebe Smith .... Nine Spanish silver mill'd Dollers"

To "Daughter Susannah White all the Rest & Residue of my Estate ... She my Said Daughter providing procuring & Decently maintaining ... my ... wife In her aged week & Low Condition ... During the term of the Natural Life of my Said wife Elizabeth White her mother and with ye use & Improvement of the farm & houseing together with the profits thereof Whereon I now Live to maintain her sd mother with all sorts of nessasaries of Life Decently During the term of my sd Wifes Natural Life If my sd Daughter Lives So Long but if she my sd Daughter should not Live so Long as her mother then so much of that Estate which I have herein given her my said Daughter to Enable her to maintain her mother shall Return and pay all the Charges that shall a rise for Looking after my sd wife after the Death of my sd Daughter Susannah"

"I do hereby order my sd Daughter Susannah White to pay all my Just Debts funeral Charges And I do Likewise nominate my sd Daughter Susannah White & my well beloved Granson Peleg White Son to my son George White Deceased ... to be Joynt Executors."
The witnesses were William Gifford, Daniel Hathway and Restcome Sanford.  William Gifford testified on 3 October 1780 that he, with Daniel Hathway and Restcome Sanford both deceased, witnessed the will in 1768.

There are no death or burial records for William White or Elizabeth (Cadman) White.

1. Robert S. Wakefield (editor), Mayflower Families Through Five Generations: Volume 13: Family of William White (Boston, Mass.: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1997), pages 46-47, Family #53, William White family sketch.

2. George Ernest Bowman, "The Wills of William White of Dartmouth and his Son William," The Mayflower Descendant (Boston, Mass. : General Society of Mayflower Descendants), Volume 22, Number 1 (January 1920), Pages 7-11, will of William White of Dartmouth, proved 3 October 1780.

3. George Ernest Bowman, "White Notes," The Mayflower Descendant, Volume 12, No. 1 (January 1910), pages 97-99.

4. George Ernest Bowman, "William White of Dartmouth Not a Son of Samuel White of Rochester," The Mayflower Descendant, Volume 12, No. 1 (January 1910), pages 117-118.

5. Bristol County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Case file 28020 - William White 1780; "Bristol County (Massachusetts) Probate Records, 1636-1899," digital images, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2017, American Ancestors ( accessed 17 May 2018).

6.  George Ernest Bowman, "The Wills of George Cadman and his Widow Hannah," The Mayflower Descendant (Boston, Mass. : General Society of Mayflower Descendants),  Volume 22, Number 1 (January 1920), Pages 2-7.


NOTE:  Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post 
 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  I have extended this theme in 2022 to 468 Ancestors in 458 Weeks.

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