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James Henry White

Male 1839 - 1877  (38 years)


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  • Name James Henry White  [1, 2
    Born 31 Jan 1839  Henry Co, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died 7 Aug 1877  Ashland, Clay Co, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Buried Old Ashland City Cem, Ashland, Clay Co, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I1606762280  Earnest
    Last Modified 10 Jun 2003 

    Family Ella Catherine Victoria Folk,   b. 12 Aug 1846, Newberry County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Aug 1894, Ashland, Clay Co, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years) 
    Married 22 Sep 1864  Talladega, Talladega Co., AL Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Children 
     1. Ora Ella White,   b. 1 Nov 1865, Ashland, Clay Co, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Dec 1935, Mountain Park, Kiowa, Oklahoma, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     2. Dora Leila White,   b. 28 Aug 1867, Ashland, Clay Co, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Nov 1953, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
    +3. Willie Permelia White,   b. 28 Jun 1869, Ashland, Clay Co, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Apr 1954, Lawton, Comanche County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     4. Emma Lee White,   b. 22 Jun 1871, Ashland, Clay Co, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jul 1959  (Age 88 years)
     5. James David Bascom White,   b. 21 Feb 1873, Ashland, Clay Co, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Bulah Sarah White,   b. 3 Jan 1875, Ashland, Clay Co, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Tilden Hendricks White,   b. 8 Oct 1876, Ashland, Clay Co, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 10 Jun 2003 
    Family ID F1041155951  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • James Henry White [The following notes written by and provided by Mary Weaver Garcia]

      "Lieutenant James Henry White was born I Henry County, Georgia on 31 January 1839 to William Darling and Sarah Ann Green White who were both born in Georgia and married 4 Jun 1835 in Newton County, Georgia. James was the second child as well as the second son of the couple who had eight more children, making a total of six sons and three daughters. The family lived in Walton County, Georgia until about 1857 when they moved to Talladega (later Clay) County, Alabama.

      On 29 July 1861, in Lineville, Talladega County, Alabama, Captain J T Bell enlisted James Henry White in the Army of the Confederate States of America. His regiment the Fourteenth Alabama was organized at Auburn, Alabama on 1 August 1861; White was in Company I (Talladega Hillabee Rifles) as well as three of his future wife's brothers – Captain Elias Folk who was killed in action 31 July 1864, 5th Sergeant J B A Folk who was wounded 30 June 1962 and Private J W Folk who was also wounded 30 June 1862.

      Until October the regiment spent time in the Huntsville area; then they went to Fredericksburg, Virginia but had to go on to Richmond to recover from camp diseases, especially measles. By April 5, 2862 the 14th was in Yorktown and brigaded (5th) under General Roger Pryor of Virginia, Longstreet's division. They fell back with the army to fight at Williamsburg where the regiment included about 700 men and later at Seven Pines (Fair Oaks), Virginia. The end of June found them fighting around Richmond including the battle at Mechanicsville on 26 June as well as the deadly fights at Frazier's Farm on 30 June and Malvern Hill on 1 July. The 14th lot most of its officers because the regiment repeatedly charged the enemy's most impregnable positions 9there were 335 casualties; White was wounded).

      By the end of August, the 14th had moved with the Confederate Army toward the Potomac River to participate in the second battle of Manassas in which there were 47 casualties. The middle of September found them t Sharpsburg where the regiment suffered many casualties.

      At this time, the 14th became a part of Calmus Wilcox's Brigade, Anderson's Division which also included the 8th , 9th, 10th and 11th Alabama Regiments. They spent the winter of 1862-3 on the Rappahannock and were in the line of battle on the heights when Burnside was repulsed at Fredericksburg, December 11-13. In May, the 14th fought again with heavy losses at Chancellorsville but they went on to participate in the Pennsylvania campaign including the battles at Gettysburg in July. On the 2nd, Wilcox's Alabama Brigades were on the left of Brigadier General William Barksdale's Mississippi Brigade as they drove the Union soldiers back toward Cemetery Ridge; then on the 3rd the men from Alabama sustained heavy losses as they attempted to support Pickett's charge. They spent the winter of 1863-4 in camp near Orange Court House only to be involved again the next May in a vicious fight in the Wilderness where the Confederate Army defeated grant. It was in this battle on 6 May 1864 that Lieutenant James Henry White was severely wounded.

      After spending time in the hospital in Richmond, he was back on active duty by August. Then in September Lieutenant White asked for and received a furlough to go back to Talladega and marry Ella Catherine Victoria Folk on the 22nd. She was born 12 August 1846 in Newberry County, South Carolina to David and Permelia Audelina Kibler Folk. This family which was quite wealthy and moved to Talladega County about 1847.

      White never fully recovered from the wounds he received in the Wilderness and was back in the hospital in Richmond by the first of December. Consequently he applied for retirement which he received on 22 December 1864. He returned t Talladega to serve as an enrolling officer under Captain Ravizee until the end of the war. In 1867 White was elected as the first tax assessor of Clay County but was removed with the other officers of the county by the Republican authorities as “Hinderances to Reconstruction.” Nevertheless White was elected to the Alabama legislature in 1870-1872; he was admitted to the bar in1874 and began his law practice in Talladega; then in 1875 he was sent as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention.

      As a result of wounds received during the war, James Henry White died on 7 August 1877 and was buried in Ashland, Clay county, Alabama. He left Ella his widow with seven children: the oldest, Ora was eleven years old; the youngest, Tilden Henry was only ten months old while my Grandmother Willie Permelia was just eight years old.

      Sometime during the war, someone gave a little Bible to lieutenant James Henry White. On the first page the following is written: “G.T. Perry, Winchester, N.H.” On the second page these words appear: “Presented by Sergt R.H. Scott Co “E” 9th LA Regt. C.S.S. Jany 10th 1862 at Montgomery, Ala. trophie of the battle of Winchester fought Sept 19th /64.” And further down on the second page: “For my own Ella. J H White.”

      James H White is buried in the Old Ashland city Cemetery, Ashland, Clay County, Alabama. It is located near downtown Ashland on 2nd Avenue (off of Hwy 77) next to a Baptist church. His epitaph reads “Not my will but Thine be done.” At the foot of his grave there is a confederate star which reads “C.S.A. Veteran 1861-65”


      Mary Weaver Garcia Cites Sources:

      1) Willie Permelia White Weaver, Grandmother of Mary Weaver Garcia.
      2) Jack Bascom White (deceased) son of Tilden Henry White.
      3) Bible of Willie Permelia White Weaver.
      4) Bible James Henry White gave to his wife Ella.
      5) Department of Archives & History, Montgomery, Alabama, Confederate Service Record of Lieutenant James Henry White, Co I, 14th Alabama Infantry.
      6) County Records, Talladega & Clay Counties, Alabama.
      7) U S Census, 1840-1870, South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama.
      8) Henry S Marks, Who Was Who in Alabama. Huntsville, AL, The Strode Publishers, 1972.
      9) Bobby L Lindsay, The Reason for the Tears, A History of Chambers County Alabama, 1832-1900, West Point, GA, Hester Printing Co, 1971. “Brief History of the 14th Alabama Regiment from Willis Brewer's Alabama War Record: 14th Alabama Infantry.”
      10) Thomas M Owen, History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, Vol 4, Pg 1757.
      11) Ken Jones, Librarian, Dick Smith Library, Tarleton State University, Stephenville, Texas.
      12) 14th Alabama Infantry Muster Roll.
      13) Cadmus M Wilcox' Alabama Brigade 1862-1865.

      [The preceeding notes written by and provided by Mary Weaver Garcia, transcribed by Steve Mears.]" [1]

  • Sources 
    1. [S91457] Folk, David Desc by Mary Weaver Garcia, Mary Weaver Garcia, Isweaver@aol.com, 1416 Barberry Lane, Peachtree City, Georgia 30269-6916, (Information provided by Ms Garcia includes pedigree chart, various family records, photographs, and will transcriptions for Johann Jacob Folk b: , and John Adam Folk married to Mary Elizabeth Folk, a truly wonderful contribution to the family tree effort.).

    2. [S91421] "Desc of Jacob Folk" by Frank/Perry/Mike/James Folk, Perry Folk, 6 Inglewood Drive, Greenville, SC 29609, earle234@aol.com, (Published Sep 2001 (if some entries are dated before Sep 2001, I received an advance draft of several "Mears" pages from the book a few months before it was published - Steve Mears, Family Tree Compiler)).