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White, George 1827-1911


Posted By: S. Ferrall - IAGenWeb volunteer
Date: 4/8/2012 at 06:29:20

Colesburg, Iowa, March 17 - George White, one of the oldest residents of this section of the country, and a civil war veteran, passed away at his home near Colesburg the first of the week, after a brief illness.

Mr. White was born in Baltimore, Maryland, February 4, 1827. In April, 1861, he enlisted in Company I, Third regiment, Missouri volunteers, and by brave service worked to the position of captain of his regiment. On June 16, 1866, he received an honorable discharge, having served his country during the long strife.

He leaves to mourn his death a wife and eight children. The funeral was held at the home, and interment was made in Mt. Harmony cemetery.

~Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette, March 17, 1911

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Added by Reid R. Johnson 2/9/2019:

Elkader Register & Argus, Thur., 16 Mar. 1911.

George White was born in Baltimore, Md., Feb. 4, 1827, and died at his home in Volga township, at 4:40 Sunday morning, March 5, 1911, aged 84 years, 1 month and 1 day.

He was the eldest of a family of thirteen children. His father, having died, he was left with the care of the family, when a boy if 16 years, educating himself as well as helping his younger brothers and sisters of whom only one is now living, a sister, Mrs. Julia Musgrove, of Baltimore, Md., aged 81 years.

In Dec. 1853 he was married to Francis J. Palmer. To this union were born five children, four daughters and one son. The son and one daughter died in infancy and one daughter, Fannie J. Linn, died but a few years ago in Basin, Wyoming.

In the month of Aug. 1855, he, with his wife and an infant daughter came to Iowa, locating in Elkport, Clayton Co., where he resided until his wife's death in March, 1861.

In April of the same year he left his three little girls with friends and joined the army at the first outbreak of the civil war. He enlisted in Company I, 3rd Regiment, Missouri Volunteer Infantry, of which he was a Corporal, later Sargent and finally made Captain of the 51st Regiment U.S. Volunteer Infantry. He was honorably discharged, June 16, 1866, at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, thus giving his service to the country cause from the breaking out till the close of the great Civil War; the struggle that meant perpetual Union or the downfall of an American Nation

How much we of the present day owe "The Boys In Blue," we will never be able to realize for under such ___ circumstances as, and for which, they fought only those who lived then may know.

Oct. 16, 1867, he was married to Mary E. Ridenour. To this union was born six children, three sons and three daughters, all surviving. Tho' he was firm and unbending in his command, yet he was kind and loved by all who knew him. He leaves to mourn his death, a wife and eight children, two daughters by the first union, Mrs. Alice Roberts, of Sanger, Tex.; and Mrs. Martha C. Long, of Phroso, Okla. Three sons and three daughters by the second union, Samuel E., of Chicago; Peter, of Ames, Iowa; Mark W., of Los Angeles, Cal.; Mrs. Nettie Purman, of Garber, Iowa; Mrs. Edith Beatty, of Hamburg, Iowa; and Mrs. Ida M. Thornton, of Camanche, Cal.; also twenty-one grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

The children present were Samuel E., Peter, Mrs. Nettie Purman, and Mrs. Edith Beatty.

The funeral was held at the home at eleven o'clock Wednesday forenoon, where a large concourse of friends met to pay their last sad rites to a kind and loving friend and comrade. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Hirsch. Those chosen to act as pallbearers were Michael Thein, George Borrett, Mead Bloodworth, Wm. Appleton, David Leighty, and John Seivie, who are old soldiers and life long friends of the deceased. Interment in the Mt. Harmony cemetery.

We miss thee from our home dear
We miss thee from thy place;
A shadow o'er our life is cast;
We miss the sunshine of thy face.
We miss thy kind and willing hand;
Thy fond and earnest care;
Our home is sad without thee,
We miss thee everywhere.

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