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Eleanor White (Smith)

Birthdate: (52)
Birthplace: Stourton Le Steeple, Nottinghamshire, England, (Present UK)
Death: April 7, 1599 (48-56)
Stourton Le Steeple, Nottinghamshire, England, (Present UK)
Place of Burial: Saint Peter and Saint Paul Churchyard Sturton-le-Steeple Bassetlaw District Nottinghamshire, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Smith, Esq., of Honington; Katherine Disney and Katherine Disney
Wife of Alexander White and Alexander White, of Stourton le Steeple
Mother of Bridget Robinson; Charles White; Katharine (White) Legatt Carver, "Mayflower" Passenger; Roger White; Bridget Robinson and 4 others
Sister of Augustine Smith and William Smith
Half sister of Thomas Smith; Jane Disney; Edward Disney; John Disney and Thomas Disney

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About Eleanor White

She is NOT A KIRTON, and married Alexander White of Sturton-le-Steeple in Nottinghamshire.

Eleanor Smith, dau. of William Smith and Katherine Porter, bapt. on an unrecorded date at Honington, Lincolnshire, England. She died testate at Sturton-Le-Steeple, Nottinghamshire, England between Apr. 7, 1599 (date of her will) and Aug. 2, 1599 (date her will probated).

In husband Alexander's 1595 will and Eleanor's 1599 will they both declared, in similar language: "my bodie to be buryed in the earth where it shall please god to appoint." It is assumed both were buried at the churchyard of the Sturton-le-Steeple Anglican church, but no gravestones are known to exist.

She m. Alexander White, son of Thomas, who died testate at Sturton-Le-Steeple between the Mar. 15, 1594/5 and May 6, 1596 writing and probate of his will. By the combination of their respective wills, they had the following eight known children not necessary in the following order:

• i. Catherine (q.v. Katherine) White; m. 1) George Leggett before 1599 and 2) before May 1615, John Carver. Catherine had one child, dau. Marie, by George Leggett, but the fate of husband and dau. are unknown. She and 2nd husband John Carver had one known but unnamed child who was buried at Leiden Nov. 11, 1617. John Carver and Catherine White were passengers of the 1620 Mayflower passage to Plymouth, Mass. where they both died by June 1621. John Carver, brother-in-law by marriage to Rev. John Robinson, was designated the first Gov. of the Plymouth Colony, but upon his death was succeeded by William Bradford, the historically celebrated Gov. of the Plymouth Colony.

• ii. Charles White; d. testate at Beauvale Abbey, Greasley, Nottinghamshire, England between the Mar. 1, 1733/4 and Oct. 9, 1634 writing and probate of his will. His will includes his wife Elizabeth (who is not identified by name), who was appointed executor of his estate; he had at least two children who are included in his will: son Charles, who was to inherit his father's lease at Beauvale Abbey, and daughter Anne, who married William Thompson of Roxholme, Lincolnshire, at Greasley, by license dated Feb. 11, 1631/32.

• iii. Bridget White; m. Feb. 15, 1603/4 at St. Mary's Church, Greasley, Nottinghamshire, Rev. John Robinson, s. of John and Ann Robinson of Sturton-Le-Steeple; she d. testate after Oct. 28, 1643, the date her will was written at Leiden, Holland.

• iv. Thomas White; a minor under 14 years of age at the time of his mother's 1599 will; no further record of him has been uncovered as the Sturton-le-Steeple parish records do not exist prior to 1629.

• v. Roger White; a minor under 14 years of age at the time of his mother's 1599 will; m. Mar. 13, 1620/1 at Leiden, Holland, Elizabeth Wales and was a tobacco merchant at Leiden living in Mar. 1633/4 when named in his brother Charles White's will. After the sailing of the Mayflower in 1620, he was a Deacon of the remaining congregation of his brother-in-law Rev. John Robinson's Leiden church.

• vi. Edward White; a minor under 14 years of age at the time of his mother's 1599 will; no further record of him has been uncovered as the Sturton-le-Steeple parish records do not exist prior to 1629.

• vii. Frances White; m. Jan. 24, 1604/5 at Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England as his 1st wife, Francis Jessop; was living in Leiden on Oct. 27, 1628 when she witnessed the betrothal of Thomas Nash; Dexter claims she died in 1636 possibly at Beccles in Suffolk, England.

• viii. Jane White; m. Apr. 26, 1611 at Leiden, Holland, Randalf Thickens. Prior to marriage, her legacies from her father and mother were used as a 1/4 share of the purchase of the Groenport home at Leiden of her brother-in-law Rev. John Robinson. Following her marriage husband Randalf took Jane's place as one of four named purchasers. In June 1621 Thickens, called a mirror maker in the Leiden record, gave brother-in-law Robinson a power of attorney to sell his 1/4 share of the Leiden property as he then intended to return to England.[1] Dexter and the Leiden Pilgrim Archives consistently call Randalf by the English name of Ralph (Ralph in Dutch is Roelof or Rolfe, Randall in Dutch is Randolph, and Ralph in Latin is Rodolphus.) In the Rare Book division of the British Library at London is an original copy of John Robinson's 1614 published Of Religious Communion, Private & Publique, with substantial hand-written marginal notes and underlined passages. Across the center of the title page in a clear and careful hand is written Randalf Thickins.[2] Obviously Randalf Thickens never was "Ralph" Thickens.

[1] Dexter parenthetically added to the Dutch record of this power of attorney that Thickens had relocated to Amsterdam, which is not part of the actual notary record. No record has been found that Thickens relocated from Leiden to Amsterdam prior to returning to England. [2] This book was purchased in England in 1843 as part of a group of books acquired by the British library at an estate auction. However, the provenance of the book is not part of the library's purchase record.

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Eleanor White's Timeline

August 28, 1546
Stourton Le Steeple, Nottinghamshire, England, (Present UK)
August 28, 1546
Wootton Wawen, Warwickshire, England

Elenora White
in the Warwickshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1535-1812
Name: Elenora White
Baptism Date: 28 Aug 1546
Baptism Place: Wootton Wawen, Warwickshire, England
Father: White
Mother: White
Source Citation
Warwickshire County Record Office; Warwick, England; Warwickshire Anglican Registers; Roll: Engl/2/1086; Document Reference: DR 195
Source Information Warwickshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1535-1812 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.
Original data: Warwickshire Anglican Registers. Warwick, England: Warwickshire County Record Office.
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Age 26
Sturton-le-Steeple, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
Age 28
Sturton-le-Steeple, Bassetlaw District, Nottinghamshire, England
Age 31
Stourton, Le Steeple, Nottinghamshire, England
November 10, 1579
Age 33
Stourton, Le Steeple, Nottinghamshire, England

Eleanor Smith
in the Millennium File
Name: Eleanor Smith
Gender: Female
Birth Date: 1546
Birth Place: Stourton, Notts, England
Death Date: 1599
Father: William Smith
Mother: Katherine Porter
Spouse: Alexander White
Children: Bridget White
Source Information
Heritage Consulting. Millennium File [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2003.
Original data: Heritage Consulting. The Millennium File. Salt Lake City, UT, USA: Heritage Consulting.
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Age 32
Age 34
Sturton-le-Steeple, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
Age 38
Sturton-le-Steeple, Nottinghamshire, England