Mr. William White

 
The Cartersville Courant
Cartersville, Georgia
May 7, 1885, Page 3
 
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Mr. William White.

Father of our countyman, Col. James White, paid the Courant a visit a few days ago.  He will be eighty-one years of age next Saturday, was born in Pendleton district, S. C., moved to this county in 1838, when the Indians were being collected to be carried West of the Mississippi.  He owned the lot of land on which ‘Possum Trot is now located.  His wife is still living.  They raised thirteen children, ten boys and three girls. Of these one son fell in battle and two died in the Confederate army.  Nine of the children are still living – and they have now one hundred and five grandchildren.  He is a hale, vigorous man, spry and active as to bodily strength and remarkably bright as to mental vigor.  His reminiscences of the old times, when this country was new to the whites, are very interesting.  He was well acquainted with many of the prominent characters mentioned by Judge Underwood.  He now owns a mare, that is in good working order, which was ten years old at the surrender, making the faithful animal over thirty years old.  Mr. White was, he tells us, a sickly boy, and took to chewing tobacco to help his health, and he has chewed regularly, not excessively, however, during his long life, and yet he is so well preserved.  When he was a boy he says tobacco was the only crop that went to market.  It was rolled in hogsheads to Charleston, there to be inspected before a pound could be sold.  In looking at this hearty veteran one cannot help wondering if the race of strong men is running out.  We see so few who can compare with them.

 

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