There seems to be a controversy of what Levi White fought in the battle of San Jacinto. Here is my information on Levi White of Houston county Tx. His father was:
Stephen White b. 1786
m. 17 Jan 1782 Union co, SC to Nancy Betterton b. 1782
Their children are:
John S. b. 1807 m. Athena Harwell b.1810
Tilman B b. 1809 m. Sarah Harwell b. 1818
Mildred W. b. 1811 m. Sion Pritchard
Stephen M. b. 1814
Lavina B. b. 1816 m. Middleton W. Luckie
Levi W. b. 1818 m. Sarah
William W. b. 1820
Nancy M. J. b. 1823
Stephen, Levi, and Sion Pritchard are known to have arrived in Houston county TX January 1836. Houston county is sometimes confused with the city of Houston in Harris county. Houston county was sparsely populated at this time. The tax records can be viewed at the Texas GenWeb site at www.rootsweb.com/%7Ehousto/. You can find the White’s starting with the first 1838 taxes. Levi appears in 1839, he should have just turned 21 so this would be his first appearance. Stephen White signs off for him. In the 1850 census he appears as family 612. Family 611 is living on land owned by Stephen and has a Middleton W. ?.,perhaps Mr. Luckie. Tilman is family 603. Stephen and Nancy are living in Huntsville, Walker county which adjoins Houston. They are family 423 and have the orphaned children of Mildred and Sion living with them. This is a town of less than 1500 but does include the former President of the Republic, Sam Houston. In 1860 Levi is family 715-669 and has the 2 youngest of the Pritchard orphans living with them. The above stated website doesn’t have it, but I believe Stephen has returned to Houston and is living next door. Levi White enlisted in the army and served under Capt. Bryant at the Battle of San Jacinto. The unit is listed at www.mindspring.com/~dmaxeyl. It consists of 20 men of which one is William Pate. William Pate also arrived in Houston County in January of 1836. In the 1840 tax list you can see him listed right next to Stephen White. At the Texas State Library and Archives Commission accessed at www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/index.html you can a great number of documents concerning Stephen interacting with Levi and William H. Pate. In it you find Capt Bryant stating that the William H. Pate in his unit is from Houston county. You will find Stephen getting authorization to obtain Levis pay and bounty lands. Back at the military rosters at the mindspring site you can see both Levi and William H. Pate served in Elisha Clapp’s Houston county rangers from Sept. 10, 1836 to December 10, 1836. Sam Houston had ordered him to rally a group of men for no longer than 3 months. In this group of 55 men there is a Stephen White and Isaac Parker, famous for riding through the south in 1835 to rally men to fight for Texas independence. It appears he was successful with the Whites and Pates. Levi uses his military and bounty land grants in Houston county and sells some of them. These records can be found at the Texas General Land office website at www.glo.state.tx.us/ I think this paper trail confirms that Levi is the son of Stephen White and he is the Levi who served at the Battle of San Jacinto. A good chronology is on the White Family message board at Rootsweb www.boards.ancestry.com/mbexec?htx=message&r=rw&p=surnames.white&m=10041. I do not know what became of Levi after 1860. A followup to the above listed message states that a family in FL applied in 1906 for a land patent for Levi’s service. It’s a bit unusual to file 70 years after the fact when all involved are dead and gone. It also states that relatives nearby were not informed. It has a Levi from Conecuh AL. I would love to hear from this line so we could compare notes and perhaps finally put the question of Levi to rest. There are so many Whites and so many with the same names they can be a very confusing bunch!
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