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Consider White, whose ancestry is unknown, was born possibly at Sharon, Connecticut, 12 August 1763.1 He died at Greenwich, Washington Co., New York, 6 January 1837,2 and was buried at the Bottskill Baptist Church Cemetery, Greenwich, Washington Co., New York.2

Consider married (1) Sarah Washburn, daughter of Noah Washburn and Bathsheba Sexton, at Hartford, Connecticut, 4 October 1788;1,3 he married (2) Sarah Tefft, daughter of William Tefft and Elizabeth James, at Greenwich, 18 July 1819.4,1

In 1790, his household was probably the one enumerated at Hartford, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, with 1 free white male over 16, and 2 free white females.5
****Genealogical Hypothesis****

Consider White is the brick wall of all genealogical brick walls. His life is completely documented, but nothing is known of his ancestry, other than he was orphaned as an "infant", and was born in 1763 in Sharon, Connecticut.

The possible ancestry of Consider White from John and Prudence (Carrier) White is now disproven. My hypothesis that Consider was their son is shown to be FALSE by an affidavit of a resident of Sharon, Connecticut identifying the members of the John and Prudence White family. Consider is not listed. The original (NOW DISPROVEN) hypothesis is shown here so others WILL NOT go astray:
In 1808, Consider wrote his daughter Sarah that he had lost his parents as an "infant", the term infant indicating only sometime before he was of legal age and most likely before he joined the army in April, 1780 at age 16. John White died probably in late 1774 as two of his sons chose guardians in January 1775 and John was mentioned as late of Alford, deceased. It is not certain when Prudence died, but in 1769, a John White joined the Sharon church by himself, and there is no sign that Prudence was ever a member.

There is a gap (1762-1767) in the births of the confirmed children of John and Prudence. Consider easily fits in the family. The twins born in 1761 in Kent were numbered as the 7th & 8th children of John & Prudence. This is accurate if the daughter Prudence is born somewhat earlier than thought, but the numbering could also be in error.

Consider gave the name Augustus or Augusta as a middle name to four of his own children. John and Prudence had a child Augustus (or Argulus) born in 1768 who would be Consider's younger brother. Consider also named a child George, possibly after his would-be grandfather, George White, and another child named Sarah, possibly after his grandmother, Sarah (Bumpas) White.

In his will, George White specified: "Imprimis I give to the heirs of my eldest son John White, Deceased, the sum of twenty shillings Lawful Money." The distribution was made 19 Sep 1788 and shows 1-0-0 given to "The Heirs of John White" without naming them or indicating how many there were. Given 20 shillings to the pound, it would appear the bequest was a token to ensure John's heirs could not contest the will.

Of possible interest, Hannah White married 2nd, Amos Allen. From her 1st marriage, her daughter Marilla married Daniel Barker. Of Consider's daughters, Clementina married Joseph Allen and Mary Augusta married Peter Barker. Was this coincidence or did these families know they were relatives and the couples became acquainted through their distant relationships?

At present, no records have been found that might associate him with his would-be brothers or sisters, his Carrier grandparents, nor any aunts or uncles from either side. Timothy Carrier left no probate records and no land records of use.

Further evidence disproving the hypothesis can be found in the land records of Brooke Co., in the pan handle of what is now West Virginia. There we find an affidavit from someone who knew John & Prudence White and their kids, and named them. There are also full records of the powers of attorney from each, granting their brother, Argulus, power of attorney in the settlement of the estate of their brother George. There is no mention of any missing brother Consider White. There's a very comprehensive index of Brooke Co. court records, but again, no Consider.

It is perhaps worth noting that Consider named his second daughter Laura Canfield. There was a Canfield family in Sharon, and a John Canfield did have a daughter Laura. Canfield himself was elected to Congress, but died before taking office. A search of records pertaining to him, including his will and other probate documents found no references to Consider.6,7,8 The children of John and Prudence [and would-be siblings of Consider] are identifed in a deposition at Litchfield Co., Connecticut:
Personally appeared before me John C. Smith Notary Public within and for the County aforesaid Joseph Landers of the Town of Sharon in said County Gentlemen, who being duly sworn deposeth and saith that he this Deponent is upwards of seventy five Years of age, and that he hath lived said town of Sharon for more than fifty two years that he well know Doctor George White formerly of said Sharon, who went to Virginia and is now said to be deceased, and that this deponent also well knowes the family and connections of the said George, that the said George was the son of John White to whom this deponent was a near neighbor untill his the said Johns death, that the said John White had several Children with all of whom this depoonent was and is well acquainted [To wit] the sons of the said John Whites were John, George now deceased, Solomon David, and Argulas, the daughters of the said John White the elder was Hannah who first married Gamaliel Pardee after whose death the said Hannah married Amos Allen with whom she now lives in the State of Vermont, Prudence who married Seth Frink with whom she now lives in said Sharon and Partana who married James Gray with whom she now lives in the County of Otsego in the State of New York the deponent further saith that Argulas White one of the sons of the said John White the elder deceased, and brother of the said George deceased is now present at the taking of this Deposition, being as he says about going to Virginia to attempt a settlement of the estate of the said George White deceased further this deponent saith not.
Joseph Landers

Sworn the eleventh day of June one thousand seven hundred & ninety eight
John C. Smith

Also on the day and year aforesaid personally came and appeared before me John C. Smith Notary Public as aforesaid the reverend Cotton Mather Smith of the Town of Sharon aforesaid Clergyman who being duly sworn dposeth and saith that he this deponent hath been the settled and ordained Minister of the said Town of Sharon for more than forty two years that he well knew Doctor George White formerly of Sharon, late of Commonwealth of Virginia deceased, and is well acquainted with the family & connections of the said George that this deponent fully agrees to the representation made by Joseph Landers in the foregoing deposition, and further adds that the Ceremony of Marriage was administered by this deponent to the sisters of the said George White deceased with the persons mentioned in the foregoing Deposition, and further this Deponent saith not

Sworn the 11th June A D 1798
Cotton Marther Smith

In Testimony Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my Notarial Seal the eleventh day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Ninety eight
John C. Smith

Brooke County Virginia July Term 1798
I do certifiy that the foregoing is a True copy from the Original, which was by the Court orderd to be Recorded.
Attest     John Connell Clk.9
***Military Service***

Consider was a private in the revolution as shown in the muster rolls and payrolls of various Connecticut units in Continental service:

In Lt Col Jonathan Johnson's Company of Col Phillip Bradley's 5th Connecticut Regiment, Consider is shown as having enlisted 2 April 1780 for a term of 1 year, 8 months. He appears on the rolls for July, September, October, and December; other months in the period are missing. A pay roll for July shows him being paid $6.60 for 3 months, 2 days of service through 2 August 1780. He is shown in an accounting of that regiment having enlisted 2 Apr 1780, being paid £17-8-2 in wages for 8 months, 23 days, and reimbursement for blanket, less the value of cloth supplied.

The Connecticut Line was reorganized in early 1781, reducing the number of units, but generally retaining the same strength. This could easily explain some of the missing paperwork for this period. Consider is next found on the muster rolls for Capt John St. John's Company (succeeded by Capt David Strong) of Col Heman Swift's 2nd Connecticut Regiment for March through July 1781, with the same enlistment date and term of service. Connecticut records show his term commenced 1 Jan 1781 and ended 7 Dec, for 11 months, 7 days, and was paid £22-9-11 for his services, with adjustments made for rations and blankets.

A portion of this company under Capt St. John (succeeded by Capt Elijah Chapman) formed one of eight "light infantry" companies that went to Yorktown under Lafayette, but Consider is not on that list.

In Capt David Strong's 8th Company, 2nd Connecticut Regiment, he appears on the Roll and Muster reports for April through August 1782 which show he enlisted 1 April 1782 for a one year term. In September and October he is shown on the roll as "transporting wood to West Point." In November he had returned to post with 4 months remaining on his term and as having last mustered in September. He appears in the December (combined with January) through March reports with the last noting he was discharged 1 April 1783. Published Connecticut records reflect the same enlistment and noted his residence as Sharon.

In Pierce's Register of payment certificates there are two entries for Consider White: Certificate #51945 for $60.00 and #42041 for $19.32. Per the general index to the register, the first is in a series for an unidentified regiment paid to 1 Jan 1783; the second is in a series made out for a Regiment, supposed to be Connecticut, paid to 4 Nov 1783.

In sum, the records show total service of 2 years, 8 months with a four month break between December 1781 and April 1782.

His pension application includes this deposition:
State of New York
Washington County…Consider White of Greenwich in said County being duly affirmed saith that he made application for a pension under the act May 15th 1828 and that he then made a declaration agreeably to the said act that his declaration bore date agreeably to the best of his recollection on the twenty first day of January 1831 and this deponent further saith that the only evidence he has of his service is his own personal oath and that his said declaration was duly qualified by his own affirmation and contained the truth which declaration this affirmant caused to be forwarded to the City of Washington by mail and received an answer from the Secretary of the Treasury that his claim was disallowed because it appeared by the record that this affirmant enlisted for Twelve months and this affirmant further saith that his said declaration was not returned to his knowledge and he supposes that it is still in the department which letter bore date the 17th February 1831—And this affirmant further saith that although his enlistment appears to have been for but one year yet he did serve as set forth in his said declaration until the close of the war and this affirmant further saith that when he entered the service Colonel Swift had the command of the first Regiment in the Brigade and this deponent served in said Regiment until after Swift was promoted to the office of Brigadier General, and until the close of the war.—and received an honorable discharge on West Point which discharge is lost. And this affirmant further saith that at the time of making his application under the act 15th of May 1828 he resided in the Town of Greenwich in the County of Washington and State of New York and still resides at the same place.

Sworn the 17th day of July 1832.

One further note to his military service record: An 1868 article in the Register reports a Consider White in Rounsville's militia from Freetown, Bristol, Massachusetts that marched on the Alarm of April 1775. The record was transcribed in 1868 by the historian of the town of Freetown but on the original document, the line is on a crease in the paper and is difficult to read. The author, General Ebenezer Pierce determined the name was Consider, but as early as 1832 the Massachusetts Office of the Secretary of State was reporting this service as belonging to Simpson White as shown in that man's pension file. Simpson White is also on later muster rolls of Rounsville's company during the seige of Boston and his service at the Lexington Alarm was credited to Simpson White in Massachusettes Soldiers & Sailors.

It's unlikely the Massachusetts office erred in reading the document, but it is tempting to consider the possibility. John White and Consider Crapo were sergeants in this company. John and Consider Crapo were probably neighbors and had trained together in the Minute company. Could John have named his son Consider after his friend Consider Crapo, and taken his son with him as part of the militia company? Probably not. In 1775 he would have been not quite 12 years old which is really stretching the bounds of credibility, presuming his birth date is accurate. Consider White is not recorded in Massachusettes Soldiers & Sailors for any service and this service is not mentioned in his pension file. There is a family story that he was a drummer but this may have been during his first enlistment, when he was not yet 17.10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20

After his discharge in 1783 at age 20, he next appears on the records in Hartford, Connecticut, where he is on the 1790 Federal Census as Consider White, 1-0-2. According to his bible, he married in 1788 and his first two children were likely born in Hartford. Later in life he was member of a Baptist church and so far, neither his marriage nor baptism records for any of his children (other than his own Bible) have been found.5,1,21

Newspaper ads or court records show the creation, existence, or disolution of several partnerships:
Hartford, 12 Aug 1794, dissolved with Benoni Case
Hartford, 25 March 1797, dissolved with James Burr
Worthington, 24 Sep 1798, he and Asa Bigelow of Worthington, traders, were plaintiffs in a suit brought in Berkshire Co.
Troy, 3 May 1804, he, Randal Rice, and Henry Townsend were named as joint dealers in Merchandise under the firm of Rice, White & Townsend as plaintiffs in a suit in Berkshire Co., Massachusetts

In Troy he was a member of the Troy Baptist Church.

He sued Calvin Clark for debts in 1808, and in the newspaper notice of his daughter Sally’s marriage (1812), he was called a merchant.22,23,24,25

In April 1791 at age 27 he advertised his services:
"CONSIDER WHITE Respectfully informs his customers and the public, that he as taken him a shop at the head of ferry lane, in Hartford, where he keeps for sale the best of Linseed Oil prepared for painting--White Lead, and all kinds and colours of Paint ground in oil, mixt, or dry--and two or three hundred weight of Putty, very low.---He also carries on the business of House and Ship Painting, Papering and Glazing in all its various branches. The satisfaction he has given his customers in the quality of his work encourages him still to continue, with a determination to his work as well and as low as can be done by any workman inthe state. The least favour will be gratefull acknowledged by their obedient servant.
N.B. Wanted, a likely Lad that may be trusted, as an apprentice to the above business."]

In March 1792 he advertised a lot for sale in the Hartford Courant [the land record is not yet located] and the ad again noted that he "carries on the business of House and Ship Painting, Papering and Glazing and the least favour will be thankfully acknowledged, as he is determined to use his utmost skill in giving satisfaction to his customers." If he was ever bound to an apprenticeship to learn that trade, those records have not yet been found.26,27

By August 1794 he and Benoni Case ended their partnership as merchants in Groceries and Dry Goods.

Consider had moved to Worthington in Hampshire Co., Massachusetts and formed a new partnership with James Burr of Hartford by 1796. From January 1796 to late 1797 they are both named as joint plaintiffs in at least nine small claims actions in the Court of Common Pleas in both Hampshire and Berkshire counties. In 1797 he was awarded 25 acres in Berkshire County by an execution against John Newman.

Worthington, and his later residences in Troy, Rensselaer Co. and Greenwich, Washington Co., New York were all very close to where he might have grown up in Alford, Berkshire Co., and Sharon in Litchfield Co. Connecticut.28,29,30

In 1795 he was of Worthington when he loaned his father-in-law, Noah Washburn of Hartford, 595 pounds, 18 shillings by a mortgage. Noah was in financial difficulty, and eventually lost a suit in 1796 to Michael and Thomas Bull of New York. Noah still lost a small portion of his property to the Bulls. This transaction is likely what Consider was alluding to in the first of his letters when he wrote of what he had done for the Washburns who had apparently been very kind to him.

Consider appears in numerous other land records of Hampshire, Berkshire, Rensselaer, and Washington Counties. Most of these seem to be related to his various business dealings. They show movement between various localities, but not any particular relationhips between the grantees/grantors.

There is one very curious 999 year easement he made with neighbors to a partnership (which included some of the neighbors) to allow the laying of "leaden pipes" to carry water. No wonder our ancestors died young!31,32,33,34,35,36,37

While at Worthington he was one of the founding members of the Franklin Lodge of Free Masons in Cheshire, Berkshire Co. This lodge was the earliest in Western Massachusetts and nearest to Worthington. Records from the Lodge were lost in a fire and records from the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts only show he was “in existence 1795-1835.” Later he was a member of the Apollo Lodge in Troy but withdrew in March 1806. The records of the Rising Sun lodge in Greenwich are scant, and do not show him as a member.38,39,40 In the 1800 census he is shown living in Chesterfield, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts, very near to Worthington, but by 1801 it appears he had moved to Troy, Rensselaer Co., New York where he was a member of a committee of the local Federalist Party working to elect a slate of candidates for state office.41,42

He appears often in court records from Hampshire and Berkshire Co between 1796 and 1804. Most if not all the cases are what we would call today "small claims" arising out of his business dealings as a merchant. He was usually the plaintiff attempting to collect from customers who failed to make good on their promises to pay. The records are useful in pinpointing both his residence, and his various trading partners.43,44

Sarah’s sister, Abigail Bigelow, died in childbirth at Worthington in 1805. Sarah and Consider apparently cared for the child as Worthington death records show it died in Troy six months later.45

In Troy he served as a Village Fire Warden in the Second District area from Ferry Street north to State Street from 1809-1812 and was ennumerated in the 1810 census of that city.46,47

Two advertisements describe the nature of his business and goods that he sold. In 1814 he advertised, "a consignment of
     50 Bundles Cotton twist and filling
     3 Boxes, cotton cards
     3 Rolls Harness leather
“A constant supply of cotton yarn will be kept at wholesale and retail, at the Factory prices.
The Cards and Leather will be sold in whole or small lots, at reduced prices for cash”
He also “has on hand of superior quality,
     Old Jamaica Spirits,
     Cogniac Brandy,
     India Point Gin,
     St. Crox Rum
     and “a general assortment of other Groceries & Dry goods”

In 1816 he advertised a consignment of wines that were “represented in the letter of consignment” to be “of the best quality and to be sold at New York prices by the cask only:
     4 quarter casks Sherry,
     4 quarter casks Malaga
     3 quarter casks Calmanar
In the same ad he requested “all whose notes and accounts have become due to make payment by the 20th of February—more especially those of more than one year’s standing, which will, if not settled by the said 20th day of February, be prosecuted for collection without any further notice.”.48,49

A deed made 7 Feb 1818 but not recorded until 1856 shows he was of Troy at the time, but his urgent letter of July 1818 shows he was in Greenwich, and his wife is buried there.50,8

In 1819, the New York City Postmaster advertised that Consider had a letter remaining at the post office [I wonder if he ever received it?].51 It appears he remained in Greewich for the rest of his life, appearing there in both the 1820 and 1830 Federal Census' and in the 1825 and 1835 New York state census.52,53,54,55'

Two letters surfaced recently that say much about the man Consider was. He certainly was a god-fearing man who cared deeply for his family.

The first letter was to his daughter Sally who married Joshua Robbins. In 1808 she appears to have been visiting her grandparents (Washburn) in Hartford. Genealogically, it explains much about why we can't identify his parents, who we now know died when he was an infant. The last page is missing, and the daughter is unidentified, but the letter is owned by a descendant of the Robbins. Words or blanks in brackets [ ] are best guesses on my part or the word is indecipherable to me. I've added paragraphing to indicate where there are page breaks, either from being torn or moving to the second page.
Troy Sept 16th 1808
Dear Daughter
Your kind Epistle of the 29th August was received in my absence and I have but just returned [say] from Canada. Whare I have been a long a Dangerous and tiresome journey which I have been obliged to perform, & travel both night & day exposed to the lake fogg & [ ] has made me great un will, but am now threw the protection & mercy of a good god in good health together with all the Family. Your mam & and Aunt Hawkins left home on Monday to make Aunt Grayham a visit at Catskill,--you seam to rite very pressing for me to

[consent] to have your mam make a visit to hartford to see grandmam in her old age—and you seam to think that. could I possess those tender [ ] feelings of a mother, I should not object—here my daughter let me state that although a father cannot posses those feelings of Nature, as keen as a mother yet they have them impressed on their sences and on their judgements, which will always promp them to action with that. Decorum & prudence which most commonly terminates to the good of the whole of all the family in connection—you or to [Rightest] also, my child. That he who is now Riting to you was Bereafet of his parents in his Infant days—of Course, your grandpaw & grandmam become his and I think I feel for them as much as any of their naturall children Does-- if any think not, Let what I have done for them come in as a Witness, which I think will speak in my behalf—notwithstanding this however

their still remains something of more importance for our consideration, (Viz) that should we labour hard from day to day & obtain a little money, and should we possess breath & spirits, to travil and Vissett even as often as our Inetination would let us yet this would not preserve life a moment nor benefit our famalyes, neither would it bring salvation & comfort to our poor souls, --Let me here (my child) observe for your consideration (provided you should ever become a parent after he who is now Riting may be laid in the cold clods of the earth)—(Viz) that there is two of the greatest of obligations that a parent is bound to observe, first to give themselves up unreservedly to god, soul & body to be his, to love, serve & obay him in all his commands to forsake all even father mother, houses & lands for Christ

sake—Second, when we make a choice of a partner in life, we are again brought to relinquish, our near [and] dear friends and even parents and most solemnly promiss to, cherish love & obay this connetion is most commonly brought to more Indearing ties, when their is aded a number of small children and babes to Nurse cherrish & provide fore. it is then the natural duty for both, say, father & mother to give up their time and talants to nurture & provide for their little family which a good & kind god may see fit to bless them with, their is also an other great and important duty for parents jointly to attend to (Vez)—Educate, advise, & Instruct them the true fear of god & saviorer Jesus Christ to warn them, Constantly, against a wicked & ungodly life ways & manners,--now my child, it so happens sometimes that mothers, Don’t always have those thoughts on their minds—and sometimes that fathers don’t…[rest is missing]

The second letter was written when his wife was suddenly stricken and he urgently pleaded for Sally to come home:

Grenich July 9th 1818
Dear Children,
I wish you to hasten home if you expect ever to see your mother again. She was attacked yesterday morning with a fitt and all medical aid seems to have no affect. I have sent a waggon after you. You had Best to leave your oldest child and if Joshua cannot come I hope Sally will make no delay—Ride night & day if you can stand it—in haste yours in great affliction C. White.8
He left a will dated 5 August 1834 and proved 24 October 1837:
I Consider White being in the possession of my reason and judging it my duty to make this my last Will and Testament do most sincerely surrender up my soul into the hands of a righteous, just, and good God and humbly pray for and in hopes of eternal life and salvation through and by virtue of the blood and righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ—and further I give and bequeath my mortal body to death, to dust, and the grave to be decently interred by the side of my departed wife.

1st      I order my funeral expenses to be paid.

2nd.     I order and direct that all my Just debts be next paid out of my personal property not herein specially bequeathed, if that shall prove sufficient, if not then out of such other personal property as my Executors shall see fit if my personal estate shall prove insufficient then I authorize my Executors to sell and convey so much of my real estate as shall be necessary for the payment of my debts and appropriate the proceeds to that use.

3rd     I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Sally and to my daughter Mary Augustas the whole of my household furniture of every description both of the parlor and kitchen together with all my beds and bedding (excepting all such articles as are hereafter otherwise disposed of) and my desire is that my wife should sell or cause to be sold, such articles of furniture which may belong to my daughter Mary as shall not be necessary for immediate use and put the amount with good security on interest for the said Mary’s benefit

4th     I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Sally my one horse pleasure wagon, my horse and harness, also the choice of any one of my cows, ten sheep my silver double capt Watch as her own property

5th     I give unto the said Sally for her the said Sally’s support and those of her four children during their minority, the use, occupation, rents, profits, and income of the following real estates if she remains my widow subject only to the sixth article of this Will. Viz, the house and lot in Union Village, bounded north by William Bosworth, westerly by my homestead, southerly by Archibald Moores, and easterly by the highway, also my farm lying and being in Greenwich bounded east by the highway, south by the Bleeker lot west by land of Peleg Sherman, and north on lands of David Crandell, containing about sixty five acres, together with three cows to be left on the farm, also I give unto her for the aforesaid purpose during the time she continues to be my widow that part of a lot called the Jerman lot now in my possession lying east of the road running from Nathan Teffts Junior to Amos Fosters, and joins on to the west line of my farm as before described containing about twenty three acres, I also give and bequeath unto her the said Sally, if she remains my widow, for the aforesaid purposes the dividend upon forty shares of Bank Stock in the Troy Bank, to be drawn by her or by her order, or power of attorney upon ten shares until George Henry White arrives to the age of twenty one years, and upon ten shares until Mary Augustas arrives to the age of eighteen years, and upon ten shares until James T. White arrives to the age of twenty one years, and upon ten shares until Darwin Washburn White arrives to the age of twenty one years—the aforesaid provisions for my wife is in lieu of all dowry or dowers out of my estate (excepting what may hereafter be stated)—as I have consulted her upon the disposition of my property and she well acquainted with the provisions of this will and gave her consent and approbation.

6th     I order and direct that in case the said Sally should marry or decease before the said George Henry and James Teff, Mary Augusta, or Darwin Washburn should arrive or attain to their lawful ages, that then and in that case my Executors or their survivors, shall lease out or rent or on shares as they may think best the farm, and house and lot as already described and appropriate the rents and profits thereof to the support, maintenance and education of the aforesaid George H, Mary A. James T and Darwin W. if they shall require it, until they shall separately arrive to lawful age as hereto described, and in the case of the death of either them to the survivor or survivors of them.

7th     I give and bequeath unto George Henry White, James Tefft White, and Darwin Washburn White their heirs and assigns forever the aforesaid mentioned farm of sixty five acres and the twenty three acres of the Jerman lot, as tenants in common and in the death of either before arriving to lawful age or dying without issue, then I give the same to the survivors their heirs and assigns forever, and in case of the death them all three, then I give the same to Mary Augusta White her heirs and assigns forever, but they are not to enter into the actual occupation nor into the receipts of the rents and profits of the property until the death or marriage of my wife Sally without her consent nor in that case without the advise and consent of my Executors, until the said George, James, and Darwin severally attain the age of twenty one years, and I further direct that if my Executors shall think best and that it will promote the interest of my children that then they sell & convey the aforesaid property and invest the same on good security at interest to be paid to them or to the survivors, when they shall severally come of age in equal proportions, and in the case of death of the three without issue and Mary Augusta still survive, then to the said Mary or her heirs.

8th     In further providing for my beloved wife Sally and my infant children I order and direct that she and they remain in quiet and peaceable possession of the house and premises where I now live and that my beloved son Albert Consider White make all reasonable provision and support for them and continue to and become a brother and friend, in deed and in truth and as one family, until he should marry and wish to occupy the premises, for himself, then to assist to remove her to the house in the Village, as the same described heretofore, in this my Will, and pay her two hundred dollars.

9th     In case of the marriage of my wife I order and direct my Executors to sell and convey the aforesaid house and lot in Union Village and from the purchase money I direct the sum of two hundred dollars to be kept on interest for the benefit of Mary Augusta White to be paid to her, with it’s increase when she attains the age of eighteen years, and the residue of the amount for which the property may have sold for to be divided into three equal shares, one share for each of the sons as heretofore described which shares shall also be kept on interest until they severally come of age, then to be paid to them with it’s increase, and in case of the death of either of without lawful issue then I direct his portion to be paid to the survivors, but in case of the death of all three without lawful issue, then to Mary Augusta & her heirs.

10th     I give and bequeath to my Executors in trust for my eldest son William Augustus White twelve hundred dollars after deducting out the amount charged him on my books and several notes for cash advance to assist him into business, he still remaining intemperate and unsteady, I hereby prohibit the balance being paid him only as it may become necessary for his immediate comfort and support, and should any part of the above sum remain __expended after his decease, I order and direct that it be put at interest for his infant daughter Almenia Georgiana, to be paid to her with its increase, at the age of eighteen years, and in case she the said Almenia Georgiana should not arrive at the age of eighteen years or die with out issue, then in that case I bequeath all such balance to my son Albert Consider White.

11th     I devise unto my son Albert Consider White my homested where I now live purchased of Simeon Taylor with all its appertances thereunto belonging, also all the remaining part of the Jerman lot being west of the road leading from Nathan Tefft Junior to Amos Fosters, the fee is in me but is subject to an estate for the life of Isaac Jerman. I also give him the said Albert C. White the amount of a debt against Joseph Allen issued to me by bond and mortgage which said Albert C. shall control and at his pleasure discharge, I also give him my mahogany secretary and mahogany hair bottomed settee and family brass clock all the aforesaid real estate in fee simple I give to him his heirs and assigns forever. Also I give and bequeath unto the said Albert C Sixty shares of bank stock in the Troy Bank.

12th     I give and bequeath unto my third son Fisher Ames White one thousand dollars after deducting all demands on book act & notes which I may have against him at my decease, but it is upon this only condition, that he return to his family and render unto them kind treatment and a rational comfortable support according to his ability within one year after my decease otherwise I order and direct that after deducting out all such sum standing against him the half of any such balance shall be put and kept at interest for the benefit of his infant son Albert until he shall attain the age of twenty one years and then paid to him with the increase and the other half I give and bequeath to my son Albert Consider White as well as the whole of said balance provided the said Albert infant son of Fisher A. White should not arrive to the age of twenty one years or die without issue.

13th     I give and bequeath unto my eldest daughter Bathsheba S. Henry ten dollars, having given her in the year of her marriage five hundred sixty nine dollars and seventy fine cents and in the year 1828 her dividend of furniture remaining after her mothers death what is here now stated is all she can have out of my estate.

14th     I give unto my second daughter Laura C. Henry fifty dollars, having given her on the year of her marriage five hundred & twenty dollars and eighty cents and in the year 1828 her dividend of furniture remaining after her mothers death, I hereby order a full discharge of all demands against her husband Doctor Simeon Z Henry which amounts to rising twelve hundred dollars, what is herein mentioned is all she can have out of my estate.

15th     I give and bequeath unto my daughter Sarah Robins ten dollars having given her in the year of her marriage five hundred dollars and in the year 1828 her dividend of furniture remaining after her mothers death Joshua N Robins having removed to Troy Linton County, State of Missouri in the year 1818, at which time he was owing me the sum of $1044.18 on which bond and evidence of debt my attorney Charles Wheeler obtained a judgment in September term 1833 for the sum of $1857.37 and on May the 7th 1834 the said Charles Wheeler in his letter of that date suggested to me that it might be an essential benefit to Joshua N Robins to relinquish in part my demand; and in answer I wrote and authorize_ him to give to him the said Joshua all over six hundred dollars which amount of six hundred dollars I should hold him responsible. I therefore order and direct a full discharge of said Judgment on receiving the amount of six hundred dollars which is all she or they can have out of my estate.—see letters and memorandum on 202 page my day book.

16th      I give unto my daughter Julian Mariah Payne ten dollars together with a full discharge of a debt against her husband Hiram Payne which amounted on the 21st Sept 1827 to $522.58 which debt by note I gave to my son Fisher and was then charged to him, see day book page 140 but on his arriving at said Paynes in Ohio he got the note and neither returned it nor paid it the charge therefore against Fisher A. White is now canceled and Hiram Payne is now discharged she the said Julian Mariah having received in the year of her marriage five hundred dollars and since then a dividend of furniture remaining after her mothers death is all that she can have out of my estate.

17th     I give unto my daughter Clementina Allen my silver plate consisting of a silver Teapot Silver sugar bowel silver creamer and a sliver cream spoon, she being a kind and an affectionate child to me. I further order and direct my Executors to pay her out of the avails of my personal estate two hundred dollars she having received in the year of her marriage five hundred twenty four dollars and ninety eight cents and in the year 1828 her dividend of the furniture remaining after her mothers decease, this is all she can receive out of my estate.

18th     I give and bequeath unto my grand daughter Sarah Henry an instrument of music now in the possession her mother called a piano fort, which cost two hundred and fifty dollars.

19th     I give and bequeath unto my grand daughter Sarah Allen a silver coffee urn that cost forty dollars.

20th     I also give order and direct that all my real and personal estate of every description other than what is now disposed of be sold to the best advantage by my Executors and conveyed by them to the purchasers as in their wisdom they may think best, let my debts be collected and the whole be disposed of in the following manner, First.—to extinguish all my just debts. Secondly to the payment of legacies as above described. Thirdly to loan on bond and mortgage or in such other manner that shall be safe and that my Executors may think best for the benefit of my infant daughter Mary Augusta White three hundred dollars the interest to be paid annually and kept on loan until she arrives at the age of eighteen years and then to be paid to her with the income thereon after deducting the reasonable charges that may arise to my Executors in doing the business—and my further will is that in case of her decease without issue or before she arrives to the age of eighteen years that my executors make an equal division of the same and pay the whole of said amount to George H, James T. and Darwin. or their survivors and heirs, when they severally arrive to the age of twenty one years, and in case the all four of the aforesaid children should decease with out issue and before they arrive to lawful age, then all their property, profits and income be divided equally one third to my son Albert C. White, one third to my beloved wife Sally and the remaining third equally to Albert White the son of Fisher A White and Almenia Georgiana the daughter of William A. White their heirs and assigns forever.

21st     All the residue of my estate real and personal after paying the above debts and legacies and all reasonable charges which may be necessarily made__ my Executors or any other duties authorized including all moniys or the avails arising by the sales of my real estate and personal estate I divide in manner following two hundred dollars to my wife Sally as before stated and one half of the residual to my son Albert Consider White and one fourth part to my son Fisher A. White (upon the aforesaid condition that he returns within one year after my decease and become a steady support of his family) and the remaining one fourth to remain in the hands of my Executors in trust for the comfortable support of my son William Augustus White provided he may need it.

I further order and direct that in case my son Fisher A. White should not return and that any amount of the portion of the fourth part here set apart for the support of William A White should not be needed, caused by his decease or any other way then I give and bequeath the whole of their part or portion to my son Albert Consider White his heirs and assigns forever

Lastly I appoint my dear and confidential son Albert Consider White, my son in law Joseph Allen, and my beloved Wife Sally Executors of this my last Will and Testament

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fifth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty four.56

Family 1

Sarah Washburn b. 5 Dec 1770, d. 13 Jul 1818
  • Bathsheba Sexton White1,4 b. 16 Feb 1790, d. 11 Jan 1850
  • Laura Canfield White+57,58,1,4 b. 9 Jan 1792, d. 12 Mar 1865
  • Sarah White4,1 b. 8 Sep 1794, d. 23 Oct 1870
  • Juliann Mariah White4,1 b. 28 Oct 1796, d. 9 Nov 1865
  • Clementine White4,1 b. 15 Apr 1799, d. 9 Jun 1858
  • Albert Augustus White4,1 b. 28 Jul 1801, d. 4 May 1802
  • William Augustus White4,1 b. 1 Apr 1803, d. aft. 1837
  • Albert Consider White4,1 b. 14 Mar 1806, d. 17 Apr 1890
  • Fisher Ames White4,1 b. 11 Mar 1808, d. aft. 1880

Family 2

Sarah Tefft b. 18 Mar 1796, d. 6 Jan 1881
  • George Henry White4,1 b. 10 Mar 1821, d. 23 Apr 1911
  • Mary Augusta White4,1 b. 17 Nov 1823, d. aft. 1900
  • Noah Washburn White4,1 b. 25 Jul 1826, d. 9 Sep 1827
  • James Tefft White4,1 b. 21 Nov 1828, d. 28 Sep 1903
  • Darwin Washburn White4,1 b. 8 Mar 1832, d. 29 Oct 1909
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