|Birth: ||Sep., 1836|
|Death: ||Sep. 8, 1920|
Caroline Williams was born in September, 1836, to Ariann Ingram and Patrick Williams. Patrick was a landowner. He was born in Virginia, and later moved to Talbot County, Georgia. Caroline was the second of ten children born from 1834 to 1856.
On December 31, 1860, she married William Valentine White, a tenant farmer. In the spring of the next year the first shots of the Civil War rang out. By this time Caroline and William were expecting their first child.
William, along with his brother Cyrus, joined the Confederate Army in Talbotton, Georgia on April 28, 1862. Moses, the oldest of the three brothers, did not join until April, 1864. Caroline remained at home with their six-month-old baby daughter "Mattie".
As the war continued, the family was to hear that William had been captured and sent to a military prison, later to be exchanged for Yankee prisoners. Then the news came that Cyrus had been wounded, eventually dying from those wounds. A heavy burden must have rested upon the shoulders of this young wife and mother, but what a happy day when word came that the war was finally over.
On February 14, 1867, Caroline's sister Mary and William's brother Moses were married.
According to the 1870 Census, William was working on a farm. He and Caroline were living in Talbot County, Georgia and they had three children: Martha, Benjamin, and William Augustus.
The 1880 Census showed the family living in Upson County, Georgia, along with Moses' family and their father, John L.
In 1883 William was licensed to be a preacher at Valley Grove Baptist Church in Thomaston, Georgia.
The 1890 Census showed the family to be living in Woodbury, Meriwether County, Georgia. William was 65 and indigent. He and Caroline lived in rooms. In the Soldiers Book in Greenville, Georgia, on Page 195, William was described as follows: A great sufferer from rheumatism, paralyses on the left side, old age and general infirmities. Can do no work."
In 1910 William and Caroline were living in Griffin, Spalding County, Georgia.
In his old age, William went practically blind. He died January 03, 1918, and is buried in the Sunnyside United Methodist Church Cemetery on Georgia Highway 3 (Old Atlanta Highway), in Sunnyside, Spalding County, Georgia.
Sometime after the death of William, Caroline went to live with her granddaughter Kate White Sampler and her family. They were living on Turner Street in Griffin. Marie White Simpkins, another granddaughter, remembered her grandma in her big old straw hat and long dress, coming across the field to visit their family on Cherry Street.
Caroline died at Kate's home on September 08, 1920. She is buried in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Griffin, Georgia. (White Family Plot, Lot 306 NW 1/4). The inscription on her grave is barely visible now. It reads: Wife of W. V. White, Died September 8, 1920. (Her name is not inscribed.)
William Valentine White (1838 - 1918)
Martha Ann White Kersey (1861 - 1949)*
Cyrus Benjamin White (1867 - 1945)*
William Augustus White (1869 - 1957)*
Mary Elizabeth White Taylor (1872 - 1929)*
John Edward White (1874 - 1945)*
James Patrick White (1876 - 1967)*
Oak Hill Cemetery
Created by: Katrina McGhee
Record added: May 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 52064814