William White (ca1708-ca1780) data here is messed up

Started by Randall Jeffrey Seaver on Tuesday, August 23, 2011


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8/23/2011 at 10:04 AM

The sketch for this William White, in the book "Mayflower Families Through five Generations: Volume Thirteen: William White" published by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants in 1997, provides the best information about this person and his family.

This William White is #201 in the book (page 129). Here are the assertions from the book:

* William White was the son of William White and Elizabeth Cadman (page 46). He was NOT the son of "William Fuller White" and "Phillipa Wood." That link should be eliminated.

* William White was born around 1708, probably in Dartmouth MA, not in 1632 in Boston MA. His father, William White was born in 1683 to Sylvanus and Deborah (--?--) White. This birth year of 1632 for this William is a major error in this database and should be corrected.

* His siblings were George, Sarah, Hannah, Roger, Christopher, Susanna, Elizabeth, Oliver, Abner and Thomas. He was not a brother of Ursula, Isaac, Cornelius, and Margaret - these links should be eliminated.

* William White married Abigail Thurston on 2 Oct 1729 in Little Compton RI. He was not the husband of Phillipa Wood - that connection should be eliminated.

* William and Abigail (Thurston) White had children: Sarah, Hannah, Jonathan, Elizabeth and Abigail. Those appear correct.

* William White did not die on 17 Feb 1777. He wrote his will on 17 Feb 1777, and it was proved on 3 Oct 1780 in Bristol County MA Probate Court. It would be more accurate to say that he died before 3 Oct 1780.

The book mentioned above is on bookshelves all over the country. Geni.com users should be using authoritative books written by respected and credentialed researchers when they are available, rather than picking likely parents, siblings and children off online family trees.

8/23/2011 at 7:34 PM

Randall Jeffrey Seaver

The profile has been corrected for William White, Jr.. Still working on the siblings.

Many thanks for the notes, they were very helpful.

8/26/2011 at 3:41 PM

I'm looking for any information on edwin P. white b. ca. 1800 Rhoad Island. Had a son George Washington White B. 1828 Little Falls, New York. This family is said to be desended from William White Of The Mayflower.


8/26/2011 at 6:11 PM

This is the profile in the geni database for Edwin White born around 1800. Please evaluate to see if it's a fit.

Edwin White

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