Select White Miscellany
accounts over the years:
- The Whyte Family in Ireland
- Early Whites in England
- The Whites of Farnham
- Peregrine White, First-Born in New England
- Martin White, Texas Pioneer
- Early White Settlers in South Australia
The Whyte Family in Ireland
the following entry about the Whytes:
family of Whyte held a distinguished position in Wales in the reign of
II, where Ethebert Whyte governed the southern province as Justiciary
Proconsul. His son Chevalier Gautier (Walter) Whyte and his
Strongbow, Earl of Pembroke, in the invasion of Ireland.
The Whyte family established themselves in
county Waterford and in different parts of Ireland.
Sir Nicholas White was Master of the Rolls in
the reign of Queen Elizabeth and owner at that time of Duncannon
Abbe MacGeoghegan remarked that the Whites
were to be found in the counties of Kilkenny, Wexford, and Down. Among
different families of the Whites, “that of Lexlip was the most
its opulence, magnificence and illustrious alliances.”
Leixlip lay outside Dublin and had been
acquired by Sir Nicholas White in 1567.
Early Whites in England
Whyte, knighted by Henry II in 1171, was the first known bearer of the
White surname in England. He was
one of the soldiers of fortune who
accompanied Strongbow to Ireland in 1168. He
died in the year 1188 and was buried at the Abbey of
Robert Whyte of Egton in the
North Riding was recorded as a knight in Yorkshire in 1303. His line has been traced in Yorkshire through
the 14th century. Johannis White was
alderman of York in 1394. His son of the
same name, then living at Cilyngham in Nottinghamshire, was named in
of landed gentry in 1428.
The Whites of Farnham
first sighting of this family was in Yateley in
Hampshire and Robert White, recorded as a wool merchant there. He may have been the mayor of Sandwich in the
1430’s. He died in 1467 and his son John
died in 1469 two years later.
John’s son was the Robert White who made the
family fortune as a merchant in Calais.
During his lifetime Robert acquired estates at Farnham in Surrey
South Warnborough in Hampshire.
Robert died in 1518. Eight sons were
mentioned in his will:
Robert, Henry, Thomas, William, John the elder, John the younger,
Eustace. John the elder was the
Bishop of Winchester, John the younger the future Sir John White, MP
Mayor of London in 1563. The line
meanwhile from the eldest son Robert descended to Sir Thomas White of
John the Bishop and Sir Thomas had strong Catholic tendencies. John the Bishop was described as follows:
of austere life, eminent for piety and learning, an eloquent orator, a
divine, a nervous preacher, and a tolerable poet for the time.”
He was also a resolute pursuer of heretics during
Queen Mary’s reign. Afterwards he was
briefly imprisoned, deprived of his see, and soon died.
His nephew Sir Thomas then died. An
ex-Marian priest was charged in 1567 with
having buried him “with tapers and other papistical ceremonies.”
First-Born in New England
The name Peregrine is derived from the Latin word peregrinus,meaning
“pilgrim.” He was the second
son of Mayflower Pilgrim William White and his wife Susanna. Susanna was pregnant during the Mayflower
voyage and gave birth to Peregrine in late November 1620 while the ship
anchor at Cape Cod.
Peregrine is thus believed to have the distinction of being
the first known English child born in America.
Hall in fact owns and exhibits the cradle of Peregrine White. His
father did not survive the first winter and his
mother remarried in the first wedding to take place in New England.
settled in Marshfield north of Plymouth with his older brother Resolved
1636. He died there in 1704 at the age of
83. We have not much idea of his
character, but certain traits reported about him suggest a possible
youth (at least in terms of the Puritan norms):
- in 1648 Peregrine and his wife
Sara were fined for fornication before marriage
- in 1649 Peregrine and William
Halloway were cautioned for fighting
- in 1696 Peregrine White, “the first born
child of New England” was finally admitted into the Marshfield church
age of 78.
- in 1704, on his death it was said that “although he was in
part of his life extravagant, yet was much reformed in his last years
His descendants remained in Marshfield until the
War. Whites later migrated north to Maine.
Martin White, Texas Pioneer
White, born in Louisiana, came early to
Texas. He moved to Sabine, Texas in 1822
his mother and his brother Benjamin, having received a land
the Mexican government. Their family was
listed in the 1835 census for Sabine. As
was required by Mexican law, the religion of all of them had to be
shown to be
1836 Martin joined Sam
Houston’s army fighting for independence and was involved in the
Battle of San Jacinto. For his service
he received a bounty land grant.
following years, Martin and his brother Benjamin moved around various
East Texas. Benjamin served as a sheriff
of Trinity county and Martin died at Alabama Creek in the same county
Settlers in South Australia
brothers, John and George White from
Worcestershire, were early settlers in South Australia, arriving at
Adelaide on the Tam O’Shanter in 1836.
was a building contractor and a man of some means.
He had brought with him a large load of
building materials, as well as nine laborers and their families. John
pre-purchased town acres and a section of land in Reedbeds on which he
established the Fulham Farm suburb of western Adelaide.
His son Samuel developed some reputation as
his younger brother George was a carpenter who
experienced some financial problems early on in the colony. He recovered and settled with his wife Mary
Ann and family at Scotts Creek in the foothills of the Lofty Ranges
Adelaide. He lived there until his death
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