James White (1804 - 1854)

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Birthplace: Armstrong, Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Died in Canemah, Clackamas, Oregon Territory, USA
Cause of death: died in the explosion of the steamer Gazelle
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About James White

James and Rhoda crossed the plains with the Applegate wagon train in 1842, from Missouri to Oregon. Children:

1. Leonard White b. 1826-7 Indiana

2. Methotomy White b. 1828-9 Indiana

3. Sarah White b. 1833-4 Indiana

4. Sophia White b. 1836-7 Indiana

5. Elizabeth White b. 1840-41 Michigan

6. Theodore White b. 1844-5 Oregon Territory

7. Lavina White b. 1847-8 Oregon Territory

8. Rhoda A. White b. 1850 Oregon territory

They are on an 1850 census in Polk County, Oregon. James is a ferryman. Leonard is a steamboat captain of the ‘Forty Nine’ and went up the Columbia into BC.

Less than five years after the establishment of Salem's Oregon Institute, James White settled on his Polk County land claim. "directly opposite" the school that would become Willamette University. He early saw the need for a transportation link across the river and, with two grown sons from his first marriage, White had a ready-made crew to operate that first primitive rope ferry.

Forming a partnership with W. H. Willson in Salem and lodging his son Bartholemew with merchant James Holman in the city to handle business on the east side of the Willamette, "Capt' White" inaugurated ferry service in 1846.

Capt' White died in the explosion of the steamer Gazelle at Canemah on April 8, 1854. Ferry operations devolved upon his sons and his wife Rhoda. Following her husband's death, the widow moved to Salem and actively ran the ferry.

Source: http://www.salemhistory.net/transportation/ferries.htm

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James White's Timeline

1804
May 4, 1804
Armstrong, Pennsylvania, USA
1826
1826
Age 21
Indiana, USA
1828
1828
Age 23
Indiana, USA
1833
1833
Age 28
Indiana, USA
1836
1836
Age 31
Indiana, USA
1842
March 25, 1842
Age 37
MI, USA
1844
1844
Age 39
Oregon Territory, USA
1847
1847
Age 42
Oregon Territory, USA
1850
1850
Age 45
Oregon Territory, USA
1854
April 8, 1854
Age 49
Canemah, Clackamas, Oregon Territory, USA