|Birth: ||Aug. 22, 1822|
New York, USA
|Death: ||May 25, 1848|
American missionary assigned to the American Southern Methodist Episcopal Mission.
Daughter of Ezra Atwater and Esther (Leaming) Atwater. Her mother died when she was 4 yrs of age. Her father was an ardent member of the Methodist community. At the age of 16, Jane entered the Onieda Conference Seminary, and at 18 she began teaching in a public school in Homer, New York while attending the Academy at Homer. In Sept. 1841, she returned to the Seminary and completed her course of study the next summer.
On March 13, 1847, in Rochester, New York, she married Rev. M.F. White, a fellow student at the Seminary. Hardly a month later, they set sail for mission in China, and arrived in Fu-chau in September. She became ill, and was the first to be buried in the Missionary Cemetery at Fu-chau.
"During the ensuing winter Mrs. White was attacked with a severe cold, which no treatment would relieve, and which soon manifested all the symptoms of consumption. She soon began to realize that her missionary life was to be a short one, and that her mission to China was to be like that of those who being dead still speaks. She was to make the first missionary grave in Fuh-Chau, and her preaching was to be the silent preaching of the fallen pioneer addressed to the missionaries and the heathen around her, and to the Church that sent her forth. Yet this conviction did not shake her faith, nor make her spirits droop, nor subdue the ardor of her missionary devotion. 8he worked while she lived, and trusted in the God of missions when she died. On the 25th of May, 1848, she fell asleep, and awaits, in the mission cemetery, the coming of the Lord."
A cenotaph for Jane appears on the Atwater Monument in Atwater Cemetery, Homer, New York.
Ezra Atwater (1778 - 1855)
Esther Leaming Atwater (1776 - 1827)
Elizabeth A Atwater Brewster (1804 - 1898)*
Joshua Atwater (1806 - 1857)*
Emily Atwater (1807 - ____)*
Mary Atwater (1809 - 1839)*
Horace C Atwater (1811 - 1879)*
John L Atwater (1813 - 1814)*
Lucy Atwater Richards (1816 - ____)*
Isaac Atwater (1818 - ____)*
Julia Atwater Hinman (1820 - 1859)*
Jane Isabel Atwater White (1822 - 1848)
Note: Quote from "The Fuh-Chau Cemetery" (Ladies Repository, September, 1858.
Foo-Chow Mission Cemetery
Created by: Rebecca Ewing Peterson
Record added: Jan 03, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 82895239