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Descendants of Nathaniel F White

Generation No. 1


1. NATHANIEL F1 WHITE was born Apr 16, 1811 in Hamilton County, Ohio, and died Jun 17, 1883 in Tippecanoe Twp, Henry Co, Iowa. He married MARY A ROSE Oct 10, 1833 in Schuyler County, Illinois, daughter of EZEKIEL ROSE and CATHERINE STITES. She was born Feb 1, 1814 in Fleming County, Kentucky (Source: Obit.), and died Jan 28, 1897 in Mt. Pleasant, Henry, Iowa.


1856 Iowa State Census, Tippecanoe Twp, Henry Co. Stamped page 331.


Name, age, sex, marital status, #yrs res in IA, POB, Occup.


Nathan White,45,m,m,20,OH,Farmer

Mary A White,42,f,m,20,KY

Emiline White,17,f,s,17,IO

Rachel White,15,f,s,15,IO

John N White,15,m,s,15,IO

Edward White,7,m,s,7,IO

1860 Federal Census, Tippecanoe Twp, Henry Co p. 361

Nathaniel, 49, Farmer, 1600,600,Ohio

Mary,46, Ky, can't read or write

John N, 14, Iowa

Edward, 11, Iowa

Naoma (domestic), age 14 b. Ill

Nathaniel and Mary Rose were early settlers in Henry County , Tippecanoe County.


Nathaniel T. White, a farmer in Henry County, was born in Hamilton County, Ohio in 1811; moved with his parents to Indiana then on to Illinois in 1820. He met his wife, Mary Rose in Brown County, Illinois and married in 1833. They lived in Illinois until 1836 when they moved to Burlington, Iowa. They resided there for 3 years.

In 1839 Mr. White bought a track of wild timber in Henry County. IN the midst of a green forest, he built in 1841, a one room log cabin. Having provided shelter for his family, he began to clear the land and placed fifty acres into farm land. He also worked his trade of cabinet making. His brother, Samuel S. White built the first log cabin in Flint Hills, later Burlington, Iowa.

With his father and brother, Nathaniel explored the Iowa purchase as early as 1835 and often saw the Sac warrior, Black Hawk. They staked out claims for homestead on the Des Moines River in what is now Van Buren County, but becoming convinced that civilization would never permanently extend so far westward, they abandoned the claims. Mr. and Mrs. White were the parents of four children.

Obituary from the Mt. Pleasant Free Press, 21 June 1883:

DIED- On the 17th day of June, 1883, at his residence in Tippecanoe township, Mr. Nathan F. White, in the 72nd year of his age.

Father may be Jacob White. Jacob is living very close to Ezekiel Rose in 1830 Schuyler County, Illinois Census.




Obituary from the Mt. Pleasant Free Press, 21 June 1883:


Mr. White was born in Hamilton county, Ohio, April 16th, 1811, moved with his parents to Indiana in 1819, from thence to Schuyler county, Ill. in 1820, and settled with his parents on the land on which Rushville, the capital of Schuyler county now stands, which his father entered and owned for some years. At the age of eighteen, he learned the trade of cabinet making, which trade he worked at for some years. Moved to Burlington, Iowa, in 1836, worked at his trade while there, helped make the furniture for the new State House after the old one had burned,-the capital being at Burlington. As a cabinet maker he was second to none. He removed to Mt. Pleasant in the year 1839. Here he worked at his trade for about one year, he then moved on to the farm owned since the year 1840.-Maried Mary A. Rose, a native of Kentucky, Oct 10, 1833. Had four children, two of whom survive him, Edward E., of Tippecanoe township, and Mrs. Mark Smith, of Jefferson county.

He, with his father and brother, traveled over Iowa as early as the year 1835.-Has seen the Chief Blackhawk and family. While traveling throughout Iowa staked themselves claims on the Des Moines river, in what is now Van Buren county, but thinking that the country would never settle up so far west, never returned to their claims.

He was a wise counsellor and a friend in time of need. In the year 1851 when the Asiatic cholera raged in Tippecanoe township, he spent his time day and night caring for the sick and burying the dead. By his gentlemanly bearing, his uniform kindness and noble generosity he created many warm friends. In all the elations of a husband, father, neighbor, citizen and friend, he discharged his duties with uprightness and fidelity. Over his family he watched with all the tenderness and solicitude of a kind father.

He was a lover of education, greatly enjoyed the presence of children. He will be missed greatly by the children of the school which he visited while his health permitted.

HIs death was caused by Brights disease. Has been an invalid for nearly five years, gradually growing weaker and weaker. He suffered much bodily pain but endured it with patience and fortitude. He had premonitions of his death and his firm faith in God caused him to look forward to his dissolution with hope, not with dread.

His funeral was attended by a large concourse of friends and neighbors who deeply sympathize with the bereaved family. The loss his death has caused cannot be repaired


Burial: Jun 1883, Oakland Milles Cemetery, Henry County, Iowa

Cause of Death: Bright's disease

Notes for MARY A ROSE:

Excerpt from The History of Henry County, Iowa; Copyright 1982 (Submitted by Maisie Green)

Actual Biography was on husband, Nathaniel White:

"Mary Rose was a native of Fleming County, Kentucky and the daughter of Ezekiel and Catherine Sites Rose, both of them being natives of New Jersey. In 1828 she accompanied her parents to Brown County, Illinois where she met Nathaniel White."

Henry Co., IA Genealogical Society could not locate obit for Mary Rose White.


p. 301 Brown Co. History

"Ezekiel Rose, Sr. was one of the early pioneers of Brown County. He was born in Virginia in 1876 and while still young moved to Kentucky. There he married Catherine Stites and they came to the "wilds of Illinois" by

prairie schooner in 1829. On that trip they brought with them some of the first livestock along with their family of sons. They chose the nortwest quarter of Section 16 in Cooperstown Township to make their homestead and here they built a log cabin and put in a crop. The original grant was from the U.S. Government and remained in the Rose family for over a hundred years when it was sold to the Volk family in 1932.

The hardships that must have been endured by these early settlers can easily be imagined. There is the story of the terrible winter of 1830. Former neighbors of the Roses in Kentucky, the Ralph Alexander family, came to

Illinois that fall. They offered to help Ezekiel harvest his first corn crop, in return for help in building a cabin. Alas! the "Big Snow" came before they were finished. As a result, all of them lived in the Roses' cabin that

winter. It is said there were seventeen.

Ezekiel and Catherine reared a family of ten. Three of the children spent their entire lives in Brown County, founding families well known in the community. Rachel married William Mobley; Martha married G. R. Logsdon;

and Ezekiel married Elizabeth Logsdon. Ezekiel and Elizabeth remained on the home place, living in a large two story house, set well back in a grove of maple trees, at a cross roads, known for years as the "Rose Corner." To them seven children were born: Lucy, 1860; Kate, 1863; Joe, 1866; George, 1870; James, 1873; Herbert, 1876; and Ira, 1880. Ira died in infancy.

Of these children four: Kate, George, James, and Bert spent most of their lives in Brown County, except for time away at school.

Lucy married John Hankins and they settled near Springfield, Illinois. They had two children, Lloyd and Rosalie. Lloyd has one daughter, Mary Lou.

Joe married Grace Nye and later moved to Nebraska.

Kate married DR. James Snyder. After his early death, she resided with her widowed mother on the home place. James remained a bachelor and made his home with them.

George married Maude Cox. Their children were: Eugene C., James Robert, and a daughter, Lula Jean, who died in childhood.

Herbert first married Nelle Cox, daughter of Stephen Cox. She died in the second year of their marriage. Later he married Elizabeth Morrison. They had one daughter, Barbara.

All of the children of Ezekiel, Jr. were interested in music. They boys all played in the old Brown County Band. George and Bert were also talented violinists, and kept up their music throughout their lives. Kate Snyder

taught piano and elocution. She was noted in the community for her ability to give readings, which she was able to do even in her ninetieth year."

From Katherine Sparks,cousin, descendant also of Mary Rose and Nathaniel White; Rachel White and Marcus K. Smith: (She received from someone else in Brown Co, IL)

>From my own files I show Ezekiel had a brother, Richard. Their father was

Jonathan Rose and his father was Ezekiel Rose and his father John Rose and


father Tormut Rose. I do not show anywhere that Ezekiel had a daughter



Ezekiel Rose found in 1820 census of Brown Co, IL as well as Richard Rose. Perhaps Richard Rose is Mary's father? Richard Rose also found on 1820 census.


Mt. Pleasant Weekly News

Mt. Pleasant, Henry, Iowa

Wednesday, Feb 3, 1897

Mrs. Mary WHITE died Thursday morning about 4 o'clock. She had been sick for some time. She was buried at Oakland cemetery Saturday, Rev. Walters, of Mt. Pleasant conducting the service at the Oakland school house


Mt. Pleasant Weekly News

Mt. Pleasant, Henry, Iowa

Wednesday, Feb 24, 1897

Obituary of Mary White

Died at her residence three miles west of this city on the morning of January 28th, Mrs. Mary A. White, aged 83 years, 11 months and 27 days.

Mary A Rose was born in Fleming county, Kentucky, February 1st, 1814, moved with her parents to Brown county Illinois in the year 1828, married Nathaniel F. White, Oct. 10th, 1833, moved to Burlington, Iowa in the year 1836, here her husband worked at this trade, that of cabinet making for three years. Burlington at that time was but a small village of log huts having been laide out in the year 1834 by Samuel S White, a cousin to Mrs. White's husband. Moved to Mt. Pleasant in the year 1839. Here her husband worked at his trade for one year, moving on the farm in the spring of 1840 where they remained the rest of their lives. Mrs. White having lived almost 67 years at the same home. They had four children, two sons and two daughters. One daughter died in the year 1858 and one son in the year 1878, leaving one son Edward E., of LaHoyt and one daughter, Mrs. Mark Smith of Glasgow, Jefferson, Iowa.

Mrs. White's husband died in the year 1883. Since that time she has made her home with her son and little grand daughter, on the old homestead. Her last illness was caused by her falling down while walking across the room. She having injured herself in such a way that she never again stood on her feet.

She suffered a great deal, and the ten weeks that she was afflicted she received the most kind and constant care and attention that her relatives and many kind friends could bestow. Like a peaceful river with green and shaded banks she flowed without a murmur into the waveless sea where life is rest.

Deceased was not for many years a member of any church. She believed in a religion not of creeds, but of good deeds and there was no night too dark stormy or cold for her to minister to a sick neighbor or friend when health permitted. With Paine the world was her country, to do good her religion. She believed it to be no crime to think independent of any book or creed; then after she had thought, she believed it to be no crime to express her honest thoughts. She climbed the heights and left all superstition far below. She had no faith in the change of heart that comes to a person impelled by a fear of death, believed that when a person comes to the end of their life, they must go into the other world with the record of their entire life before them. They could not in her opinion, be judged by anything else. Certainly the record of an upright honest life, that has never bowed to bigotry, but has moved clear and free in a channel of its own making, cleft by its onward rush of thought, must weigh against the record of a bad ife, that is only supposed to be cleansed for the next by a death-bed repentance. Her conscience did not trouble her. She did not fear death. She died as she had lived. Here was one honest woman going to her death with her mind clear and untroubled. Her belief was to her an earnest faith. Unmoved in her calm belief that she should be fairly judged. She passed away without murmur. The funeral oration was delivered at the Oakland school house by Bennett Walters, of Mt. Pleasant. The remains were interred beside her husband in the Oakland cemetery.

More About MARY A ROSE:

Burial: Oakland Cemetery, Henry County, Iowa


Marriage: Oct 10, 1833, Schuyler County, Illinois


Children of NATHANIEL WHITE and MARY ROSE are:

i. EMELINE2 WHITE, b. 1839, Iowa (Source: 1850 Henry Co. Census.); d. 1858; m. SAMUEL SUMMERS, Dec 9, 1857 (Source: Henry County, Iowa Marriages Book E-1 1857-1864.).


Marriage: Dec 9, 1857 (Source: Henry County, Iowa Marriages Book E-1 1857-1864.)

ii. RACHEL A. WHITE, b. Jul 21, 1841, Illinois (Source: est from Jefferson Co. Birth Records); d. Oct 16, 1923; m. MARCUS KILBOURNE SMITH, Mar 5, 1857, Henry County,Iowa; b. Mar 13, 1834, Hancock, Indiana (Source: est. from Jefferson Co Birth Records); d. Oct 15, 1909.

Notes for RACHEL A. WHITE:

Obit of Rachel Smith from Daily Ledger Wednesday Oct 17, 1923 page 1 col 3:

Mrs. R. Smith Died Yesterday

Funeral Services Held Tomorrow Afternoon at 2 O'Clock

Mrs. Rachel Smith died yesterday morning at 10 o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Metcalf, 4 miles east of Glasgow. The funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock from teh Round Prairie Baptist Church and interment will take place in Lambert cemetery.

Mrs. Smith was one of the older residents of this county having been born July 21, 1841 near Mt. Pleasant.



Event 1: buried Lambrith cemetery


The book Jefferson Co. Birth Records lists the following:

Smith fa;Marcus Kilbourne occ. farmer b. Indiana

mo;Rachel A. White b. Iowa

3 Aug 1883 ch #11 Iantha Dorinda b. Round Pr Twp fa 49 mo 42

9 Jul 1885 ch #12 male b. Round Pr Twp fa 51 mo 44


1870 Census, Round Prairie Twp, Jefferson Co, IA

Pg 18

148-144 Smith, Mark, 40,m,w,farmer,3500,1200,Ohio (Note this census says b. OHIO)

Rachel,35,f,w,Keeping House,Illinois





Lucy,7/12,f,w,Iowa b. Oct


1880 Census Place: Round Prairie, Jefferson, Iowa

Source: FHL Film 1254347 National Archives Film T9-0347 Page 468A


Relation Sex Marr Race Age Birthplace

Marquis SMITH Self M M W 46 IN

Occ: Farmer Fa: IN Mo: IN

Rachel SMITH Wife F M W 39 IA

Occ: Keeping House Fa: KY Mo: KY

America SMITH Dau F S W 19 IA

Occ: At Home Fa: IN Mo: IA

Catharine SMITH Dau F S W 17 IA

Occ: At School Fa: IN Mo: IA

Arinnita SMITH Dau F W 12 IA

Occ: At School Fa: IN Mo: IA

Lucy P. SMITH Dau F W 10 IA

Occ: At School Fa: IN Mo: IA

Frank M. SMITH Son M W 5 IA

Occ: At School Fa: IN Mo: IA

Charlie C. SMITH Son M W 4 IA

Fa: IN Mo: IA

Martha A. SMITH Dau F W 2 IA

Fa: IN Mo: IA


The Fairfield Tribune

Fairfield, Jefferson, Iowa

Thursday, July 14, 1881

Mr. M.K. Smith and John Wilson are each building a bank barn. Mr. Smith's bank is above the surface of the ground and will require heavy grading. Mr. Wilson is making his bank in a sharp ridge and will open out on the east and west sides of the barn.




1900 Census, Round Prairie Twp, Jefferson Co, IA

108-110 Smith, Markes K, b. Mar. 1834,age 66,m. 43 yrs,b. Indiana, f. b. North Carolina, m. b. Kentucky, farmer, owns farm.

Rachel,wife, b. July, 1841age 48, gave b. to 12 children, 10 living, b. Iowa, f.b. Ohio, m. b. Kentucky

Antha D, dau Aug 1883, age 16, b. Iowa

George S., son, b. July 1885, age 14, farm laborer, b. Iowa


In the early 1860s Marcus went prospecting with brother, Hiram via wagon train in Idaho and was gone for two years. With the gold he brought back he bought a farm in Round Prairie vicinity of Jefferson County,IA. Marcus made the brick to build the house and brought the stone for the window sills and wall from the White's home.

The Smith's were a musical family, and with daughter, Martha, playing the organ spent evenings singing.


Listed as farmer on Henry Co. 1850 census


Mt. Pleasant Weekly News

Mt. Pleasant, Henry, Iowa

Wednesday, Feb 3, 1897


LaHoyt, Feb. 1 (Correspondence)-

Mr. Mark SMITH and family of Glasgow, attended the funeral of Mrs. SMITH's mother Mrs. WHITE, Friday




Obit of Mark Smith Oct 15, 1909 front page:

Old Resident Passed Away

Pioneer Resident of the Township Dies at His Home Monday Morning.

Mark Smith, one of the oldest residents of this place died Monday morning after an illness dating back into February. He was born in Hancock, Ind., March 13, 1831.

The funeral took place Wednesday and was largely attended.

The remains were interred in Lambert (sic) cemetery.

In 1819 he was united in marriage to Miss Rachel White. Ten children were born to them who are:

Mrs. Ella Tilford, Salem; Mrs Emma Cheesum [sic Chezum), Stockport; Mrs. Josephine Garretson, Beaver, Nebraska, Mrs. Arminta Lawrence, Mt. Pleasant; Mrs. Lucy Watkins of Lockridge; Mrs. Martha Litton of Glasgow; Antha Smith of Glasgow; Frank Smith of Stockport and Charles and George Smith of Lockridge.

Mr. Smith and family have resided near Lockridge for many years and a large circle of friends will deeply sympathize with the surviving relatives.



Event 1: buried Lambrith cemetery

Occupation: farmer


Marriage: Mar 5, 1857, Henry County,Iowa

iii. JOHN N WHITE, b. 1846, Iowa (Source: 1850 Henry Co. Census.); d. 1878; m. ELIZABETH LOWEN; b. Nov 23, 1848; d. Sep 21, 1874.

iv. EDWARD E WHITE, b. 1849, Iowa (Source: 1850 Henry Co. Census.); m. DORA; b. Abt. 1858, Iowa (Source: 1880 Tippecanoe, Henry, Iowa Census.); d. 1917.


1880 Census Place: Tippecanoe, Henry, Iowa

Source: FHL Film 1254344 National Archives Film T9-0344 Page 274D


Relation Sex Marr Race Age Birthplace

Edward E. WHITE Self M M W 30 IA

Occ: Farmer Fa: OH Mo: KY

Dora A. WHITE Wife F M W 22 IA

Occ: Keeps House Fa: OH Mo: OH

Nathaniel F. WHITE Father M M W 70 OH

Occ: At Home Fa: PA Mo: PA

Mary WHITE Mother F M W 62 KY

Occ: At Home Fa: NJ Mo: NJ

Henry H. DENMAN Other M S W 22 IN

Occ: Farmer Fa: IN Mo: IN

1920 Census, widower, Tippecanoe Township.

Living with niece, Leray Watkins, aged 50 (dau of Lucy Prudence Smith and A. Watkins?)

Mt Pleasant Weekly News

Mt Pleasant, Henry, Iowa

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 1898

La Hoyt Locals

Mr E.E. WHITE lost to hogs last week from over heat. They would weigh close on to 200 lb....


Burial: Oakland Milles Cemetery, Henry County, Iowa

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