About Rev. Josias White, vicar of Hornchurch
Rev. Josias White
- Born about 1573 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, , England
- Died before 3 Mar 1622/3 (will proved)
- Son of John White and Elizabeth Bawle
- Brother of Mary (White) Terry, John White MA, Stephen White and Elizabeth (White) Gardner
- Husband of Anne Barlow
- Father of Josias White, John White, William White and James White
Rev. Josias White BD born c.1573, d. 1622/3 was educated at New College Oxford where he matriculated at the age of 20 on 10th Feb 1592/3 and was made a fellow in 1594. He was awarded his BA in 1596 and ordained as a deacon and priest in Queens College Chapel Oxford on 3 June 1599, the same year he was awarded his MA. In 1606 he became a licensed preacher (presumably taking over from his brother John) and in 1608 he contributed to Sir Thomas Bodley's Library a collection of a dozen manuscript lectures by Portuguese & Spanish Jesuits written between 1585 and 1600 at Evra in Portugal. He was awarded his Bachelor of Divinity on 21st June 1610. He married Anne Barlow [Barlowe] of Petersfield in Hampshire and became the Vicar of Hornchurch in Essex in 1611 when as was traditional he resigned his fellowship. His great uncle Richard White (c.1508 - aft 1588) another Fellow of New College Oxford had also previously been vicar at Hornchurch.
Josias White senior died in February 1622/3 and his widow Anne remarried to Francis Drake of Walton in Surrey. When Francis also died on 17 March 1633/4 her brother-in-law Rev. John White persuaded Anne to move to Dorchester.
Josias & Anne had 4 children:-
- Rev. Josias White MA (1613-1643) baptised at Hornchurch in Essex on the 8th August 1613, his education was also committed to New Inn Hall Oxford at the age of 13 (admitted 15 Jun 1627) and he went on to obtain his BA at Magdalen Hall Oxford in 1630/1 and his MA in 1633. He was incorporated at Cambridge in 1635 and went on to obtain holy orders. He was appointed to the living of Langton Matravers on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset in 1640 taking over from the Rev. John Ball (1591-1639), undoubtedly at the behest of John White who I notice signed the Protestation Return for Langton Matravers on behalf of Josias on the 27th Feb 1641/2. Possibly he was already ill as Josias junior died and was buried at Poole on 10th December 1643.
- John White (1615-1659/60) bap Hornchurch 31st Aug 1615, John according to the 1634 Visitation of Hampshire, married Mary the daughter of William Darby [Derby] of Dorchester who was an investor in the Dorchester Company where there is more information about him. Rose Troup thought that he was probably the John White buried in St Peters Dorchester on 8th Feb 1659/60.
- William White (1617- aft 1684?) bap Hornchurch 13th May 1617 He was apprenticed at the age of 15 on 25th June 1632 by his mother Anne Drake to Richard Bury of Dorchester to learn the grocery trade (Apprentices had to be between the ages of 10 & 18 and he was bound to serve for 8 years). As a result he and his brother John became merchants there for a while before removing to London. He married Dorothy the daughter of Richard Bury and they had at least 6 children which are mentioned in his brother (James) Will in 1666 as being John, William, Ann, Dorothy, Josias and James. We know that his son Josias who would appear to have been the eldest was educated at Wadham Hall Oxford where he matriculated on 18th March 1663/4 at the age of 16 so he was born circa 1647. He is recorded as a Pauline exhibitioner 1663-7 and was awarded his BA 28th Jan 1667/8. William and his family suffered badly from the Great Fire of London loosing all their household goods. William was one of six executors to his brothers will, the others being advised to follow his advice, and there is speculation that he went to Boston to live following his brother James death in 1666 (26) but he was certainly in London when he proved the Will on 11 February 1668.
- Capt. James [Jeames] White (1621-1666) bap Hornchurch 18th Nov 1621. Their last son James also became a merchant of London prior to 1634 became wealthy and invested in a plantation in Barbados where he eventually married Kathleen who was pregnant when he wrote his Will in 1666. 
the following brief summary is taken from the book 'John White The Patriarch of Dorchester [Dorset] and Founder of Massachuesetts' by Frances Rose-Troup published by GP Putnam's Sons in 1930.
Will of Josias WHITE Clerk of Hornchurch Essex [PCC11/141] 5th Feb 1622. To son Josias, at 21 messuage and farm called Fetches or Thetches containing 35a. in Roxwell. To sons John & William, at 21, crofts etc of 26a. called Cookes, adjoining Thethes, and Cookes land mead, ½ a., all in Roxwell and 100li each. To son James 150li. Wife Anne to have benefit of land during sons minority and to be executrix. Overseers brothers John and Steven White. Wits: - Ad Harsenett, John Morse, isaack reynolds. Proved 3rd March 1622, by Relict
- DRAKE, Francis (c.1580-1634), of Esher Place and Walton-on-Thames, Surr. married (3) Anne (d.1665), da. of ?John Barlow of Petersfield, Hants and wid. of Josias White, vicar of Hornchurch, Essex, s.p.