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D. A. White
      In among the oldest natives born citizens of Washington county. He was born in what is now the north-west part of Richview precinct July 30th, 1826. He was the sone of Samuel and Elizabeth White, and was the oldest of a family of eight children.
      Samuel White was a native of South Carolina. His father, Andrew White, was a native of England, and emigrated to this country, when a young man, and settled in South Carolina, where he remained a few years; he then moved further west and settled in St. Clair county about 1810. It was here that Samuel White was raised; during his minority he assisted on his father's farm. In 1823 he was married to Miss Francis Thornhill. She only lived about six months, and he again married in 1825 to Miss Elizabeth White, the same name but no relative. Upon his second marriage he immediately moved to Washington county and settled near what now is called Newman's Point, where he remained two years. He then removed to Grand Point, where he made a permanent settlement. He died on the place he improved November 8th, 1871. He lived a Christian life, and by his death the community lost a good citizen. His amiable disposition endeared him to friends and family.
      The subject of our sketch lives near the old homestead, and has a fine, well improved farm. He was brought up on a farm and thoroughly educated to farm life ; during his boyhood he attended the common school in the neighborhood during the winter months, and thereby received a fair education. March 19th, 1844, he was married to Miss Mary A. Downs. The following August she died, and Mr. White was married the second time July 9th, 1845 to Miss Matilda George. By this union they had one child born to them, Charles L. now living at home. Mr. White had the misfortune to loose his second wife April 10th, 1848. He was again married to Mrs. Elizabeth Livesay, October 20th, 1848. They had five children born to them, three sons living. John M. lives near the old homestead, Joseph H. now in Texas, and James I. M. at home. In politics Mr. White is a Democrat ; he has never aspired for political favors, desiring rather to make his mark by improving a model farm. He is a member of the Masonic fraterinty and also an Odd-fellow ; he takes great interest in both societies. As above stated, in his youth he had the advantage of such education as the country schools of that day afforded, which at best ws meagre, but yet with his great love for reading he keeps himself thoroughly posted on the events of the day, and is better informed and speaks more intelligently upon questions of a public nature than those of far greater pretensions. Quiet ands unassuming in his manners, genial in disposition, he dispenses a liberal hospitality with the ease and grace of the olden time.
Source :
1 1879 History of Washington County, Illinois
      Brink, McDonough & Co.; Philadelphia;   Corresponding Office, Edwardsville, ILL.; 1879

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