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Re: Stephen White b.1786 SC d.unk
Posted by: K. Mays (ID *****7371) Date: November 06, 2007 at 14:47:49
In Reply to: Re: Stephen White b.1786 SC d.unk by Faye Reynolds of 951

I am a descendant of Stephen White . A few years ago I was in contact with Mike but have not heard from him lately. Back then I was the only descendant he was aware of so some of the info you received I had obtained. I am not nearly the skilled genealogist he is but have some interesting things to add. I donít know what info you have so I will go with the basics for review. Stephen White was the son of Robert and Mildred (Whitehead) White. He married Nancy Betterton (Beddington) 1806/1807 in Union/Spartanburg SC. The information Mike received about his childrenís name was from a man who did not have any confirmed sources but what has been discovered has been pretty spot on. Their children are:

John S. b 1807 m. Athena Harwell in Lowndes AL
Tilman B. b.1809 m. Sarah Francis Harwell in Lowndes AL
Milly W. b. 1811 m. Sion Pritchard in Lowndes AL
Stephen M. b. 1814
Lavina B. b. 1816 m. Middleton Luckie in Lowndes AL
Levi W. b. 1818 m. Sarah
William W. b. 1820
Nancy M. b 1823

I have not put their places of birth because that is in question. First letís talk timeline. His father Robert appears in the Padgett Creek Baptist Church records. This was a very active Primitive Baptist family and Robertís children spread out all over actively participating in and/or starting up churches. After his son Stephen marries Nancy he is in the 1810 Spartanburg census and appears with his father-in-law in a number of Spartanburg deeds. These were found by Mike White:

Spartanburg Deed Book 'L'
P. 420-421 (book page 386)

Mar. 5, 1808 John Low (Spartanburg) to Stephen White
(same); for $100 sold 320 ac on waters of Thickety Cr;
border: N-formerly owned by Lewis, NE-Lewis and Thickety Cr, SE-
Duberry, NW-Templemon, and SW-vacant; part of tract John Low;
100 ac of tract excluded from upper part of tract. Witness Thomas
Betterton, Warren Shurbutt, and Towmans (or Townens) Horton. Signed
John Low. Wit. oath Oct. 22, 1808 Warren Shurbutt to John Lipscomb.
Rec. Feb. 6, 1809.

Spartanburg Deed Book 'M'
P. 130-131 (book page 405)

Oct. 24, 1809 Thomas Betterton (Spartanburgh) to Stephen
White (same); for $150 sold 233 ac on the waters of Thickety
Cr. Witness William Dewberry and Warner Shearbutt. Signed Thomas
Betterton. Wit. oath Oct. 24, 1809 William Dewberry to Henry
Turner. Rec. Oct. 1809.

Spartanburg Deed Book 'M'
P. 132 (book page 405)

Oct. 24, 1809 Thomas Betterton (Spartanburgh) to Warner
Shurbutt (same); for $25 sold 25 ac on waters of Thickety
Cr. Witness Stephen White and William Dewbery. Signed Thomas
Betterton. Wit. oath Oct. 24, 1809 William Bewbery to Henry Turner.
Rec. Oct. 27, 1809.

Notice the Shurbutt/Shearbutt name. Iíll get back to that.

After 1811 they disappear from Spartanburg and there is no trace of Stephen and Nancy until the 1830 Lowndes AL census. The 1850 Houston co TX census states Tilman and Levi were born in GA. 1860 Houston has Levi in GA but 1860 Walker has Tilman being born in SC. John S. has been Unknown, SC and in 1880 AL. Consistent they are not. They went somewhere and Mike believed it was probably GA. Nancyís parents had moved there but Stephen was not to be found. I donít need to tell you that looking for the name White is a bit overwhelming. Mike thought that perhaps they had gone to Elbert GA as a number of Spartanburg families had as had a number of Whites from other places. There was a Stephen White but he appears to have lived out his days in Elbert.
There is a Stephen White in the 1813 Putnam GA tax list and your posting brought me back to it. In the past I found it interesting that William Hearn Sr. was listed five people up from Stephen because he moved to Lowndes AL and bought land at the same time in close proximity to the Whites. He was from Somerest MD, not Union SC, so he wasnít the complete continuum I hoped to find. Two names up from Stephen is Jason Greer who comes from the Greer family that married into the Whites. Thomas Greer was the pastor of Padgett Creek Church. Two names down is Moses Padgett but I cannot connect him with the church. Right below Stephen is Warner Sherburth, a strange name that wasnít ringing a bell until your posting had me go back and review the land deeds and who do I find but Warner with the strange last name that I have found as Sherbert, Shurbutt, Sherburt. He is listed on the same page as Stephen in the 1810 Spartanburg SC census and is also not there in 1820. I just answered a posting on the Sherbert family site trying to get more info about him. I think this is my Stephen and ironically there is your Vincent.
I have asked myself why would Stephen move his family into the middle of a violent revolution that was Houston Co. TX in January of 1836. Family always comes to mind. Are Stephen and Vincent related? When did your family group arrive? What are all the names in your group? There is one more less obvious White to think about. Isaac Parkerís mother was Sarah ďSallyĒ White. This is a well documented family due to the massacre but not much is known about her. The Parkers, like the Whites, were devout Primitive Baptists that moved a lot spreading the church word. Interestlingly they lived in Elbert GA before moving to IL where Sarah died. Isaac Parker made his ride through the south in October of 1835 (I think I recall) calling for arms for Texas. This would fit into Stephenís arrival time in TX. Something brought him to TX.

In another strange quirk, there may be some connection to the Harwell wives of John S. and Tilman. Their parentage is unknown but the only Harwell in Lowndes AL is John Harwell who buys land in the 1820s. He is a mystery to the knowledgable Harwell researchers but is a ďbest guessĒ by elimination. He is not in the 1830 census (presumed dead) but Louden Harwell Jr. appears living 5 down from William Hearn Jr. (See Putnam tax list). He has moved from Marlboro SC where you can find him and Isaac Parkerís uncle (Moses) living 6 doors down on the 1810 census. This Parker group intermarries with Pates but do not know it they are related to Houston Pates. This just may be a coincidence but a few names keep popping up. Do you ever run into Prewett/Pruitt. This name is in Padgett Creek Church, Spartenburg witnesses to deed, Lowndes, and Houston co. John S. appears to be in MS 1834-1838. The only John S. White I have found is in Itawamba co. and he has a loan with a Prewett. Yarbrough is another that keeps popping up. This may all be coincidence but perhaps you might recognize some of the same names since finding a White alone doesnít tell you much.

Iím afraid that this is mostly speculation but your note put me back on the trail of Stephen and Iím feeling pretty good about 1813 Putnam GA. Next door in Morgan GA, there is no Stephen on the 1812 tax list, one appears in 1817 and 1818, but is gone by 1820. Do you have any info on this Stephen? Hope some of this has been helpful.

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