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Benjamin Franklin White
Birth: Sep. 20, 1800
Union County
South Carolina, USA
Death: Dec. 5, 1879
DeKalb County
Georgia, USA

Musician, Music Editor, Journalist. Known as "The Singing Master", he was an important figure in American spiritual music. With Elisha James King he compiled the influential shape note tunebook "The Sacred Harp". White was a fifer in the War of 1812, and moved his family to Harris County, Georgia by covered wagon in May of 1842. He served as Clerk of the Inferior Court of Harris County, Georgia, and mayor of Whitesville, Georgia. He was also editor of the first Harris County newspaper, "The Organ". "The Sacred Harp" was first published in 1844; co-editor King died that year and White oversaw four reissues through 1870. He then bequeathed the rights to the book to his sons. "The Sacred Harp" is used by spiritual singers to this day. The most recent edition was published in 1991. (bio by: brenda joyce) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Robert White (1743 - 1843)
  Mildred Whitehead White (1745 - 1807)
 
 Spouse:
  Thurza Melvina Golightly White (1805 - 1878)
 
 Children:
  William Decatur White (1826 - 1901)*
  David Patillo White (1828 - 1903)*
  Mary Caroline White Adair (1831 - ____)*
  Robert H. White (1831 - 1891)*
  Nancy Ogburn White Byrd (1835 - 1924)*
  Thurza Melvina White Mann (1843 - 1934)*
  Benjamin Franklin White (1845 - 1921)*
  James Landrum White (1847 - 1925)*
  Martha America White Clarke (1848 - 1936)*
  Martha America White Clarke (1848 - 1936)*
 
 Siblings:
  William White (1776 - 1829)*
  John White (1778 - 1778)*
  Delilia Susanna White Murphy (1780 - 1851)*
  Jane White (1782 - 1782)*
  Robert White (1784 - 1880)*
  Stephen White (1786 - ____)*
  Mary White Rhodes (1788 - 1875)*
  Tillman White (1791 - ____)*
  Elizabeth White Bobo (1793 - 1845)*
  Mildred White Bullington (1795 - ____)*
  Elias White (1797 - 1873)*
  Benjamin Franklin White (1800 - 1879)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Oakland Cemetery
Atlanta
Fulton County
Georgia, USA
 
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Originally Created by: brenda joyce
Record added: May 06, 2009
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