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 Levi W White

Levi W White

Birth
Morgan County, Georgia, USA
Death 1 Feb 1868 (aged 49)
Houston County, Texas, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 100024362 · View Source
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In Memory Levi W White, whose burial site is currently unknown, though it is suspected he is buried in Houston Co TX.

Levi's middle name has appeared as Wiley and William, on old sources, one who had access to a bible record, now lost, listed him as Levi Wiley White, and provided middle names of his siblings as well, some of those have been proven, thus, Wiley, may be the most likely probability. His first name has been spelled, Levy, and Lewis, common misspellings for Levi, and abreviated LW, or L. W. White.

He was the son of Stephen & Nancy [Betterton] White, of Houston Co TX, the Grandson of Robert & Milly [Whitehead] White, of Cross Keys Union Co SC. Nancy's parents were, Thomas and Palatia [Baily] Betterton, of Spartanburg Co SC.

Levi married Sarah J Young, born VA, about 1847, in Houston Co TX, on the 1850 census, her Mother Ann Young, is living next door. Their first child Laura Alice White was born 20 Aug 1848 in Madison Co TX, formerly part of Houston Co, her death certificate verifies, Levi and mothers maiden name, her parents were still living in Houston Co TX, at least until 1865, they are on the Tax records, until this time, and on the 1850 & 1860 Census, after 1865, neither Levi nor his father Stephen are found in Houston Co census or tax records, there is a 1878 entry for Levi, involves 320 acres, but it is worded in a way that indicates, to me, that he was deceased or living else where, A 1906 Claim on 320 acres of Levi's land, was submitted by the Heirs of Levi, which were not listed on the land records, so, will take a search of local will/estate/land records to determine, which Heirs, filed this claim or false claim, thinking he was their Levi?.

Levi's siblings were:
John Stephen White, Tilman Baily White, Mildred "Milly" Whitehead Pritchard, Stephen Murphy White (?), Lavina Bailey White Luckie, William Whitehead White, Nancy Matilda June White.

Levi's family migration path:

1788 Our White Family, arrived Cross Keys, Union Co SC from Caswell Co North Carolina, father Stephen and mother Nancy Betterton, married, and moved west, next door, to Spartanburg Co SC, by 1807, where his wife's father sells Stephen White a parcel of land. Stephen migrates to Putnam Co GA 1810/1813, with his father-in-law, Thomas Betterton, in 1813, Stephen moves next door to Morgan county to join up with Thomas Betterton, and his brother-in-laws. Levi W White is born July 20, 1818, Morgan Co GA, by 1819, Stephen and the Betterton's have sold their lands, in Morgan Co GA, the Betterton's migrate to Fayette Co GA, Stephen White, Levi and family, migrate west, eventually, to Lowndes Co AL and are on the 1830 census, Stephen received a land grant/patent there, in 1831, also, receiving a grant/patent, in 1831, is his brother-in-law, Nathan Betterton. The family may have arrived before 1830, when Lowndes Co AL was formed, prior to 1830, it was Montgomery Co AL and couple or others. In 1836, Stephen and some of his family, along with Levi, and son-in-law, Sion Pritchard, migrate to Mustang Prairie TX, formerly part of Nacogdoches Co TX, later to become, Houston Co TX, in 1837, via a petition, his father, Stephen signed.

Levi, had taken some of his headright lands in McLennan Co TX, and is on a list, shown as one of the oldest land owners in McLennan Co TX, he had received bounty grant lands for his two enlistments, in the Texas Revolution of 1836, and bonus/donation lands, for serving in the San Jacinto battle, and for service in the Texas Ranges of Houston Co TX, later in 1836. He had lands, in addition to Houston Co TX, in both Ellis Co TX and McLennan Co TX, where he paid to have it surveyed and mapped, much of this land was from his headright/grants for migrating to Texas prior to the revolution. His sister, Lavina White Luckie and her husband were living in McLennan Co TX, at that time. Darius Edens, was on 3 of Levi's patents, he became the patentee, in all 3 of the Counties; Houston, McLennan, and Ellis. However, it appears Levi, remained in Houston Co TX, most of his life, he had considerable land there.

Levi was a member of the IOOF, San Pedro Lodge #86, whose meeting hall was in Augusta Houston Co TX, and Masonic Lodges #93, also, in the town of Augusta, this lodge is no longer in existence. He was in the IOOF, organization Nov, 14, 1860, and probably before, but on this date appeared as a member, in a local newspaper, list of members, of said year, newspaper was the "Crockett Printer".

Levi's Military History:

Texas War of Independence, 1836

1. Enlisted Mar 31th, 1836, Discharged May 2, 1836: Enlisted into the 2nd Regt, 7th Infantry Co, cmd Capt. Benjamin Franklin Bryant. Also serving in this unit is William Harrison Pate, friend & neighbor of Levi White, and family, in Houston Co TX. They both fought in the same unit. at the Battle of San Jacinto.

Levi was 18yrs old in 1836, thus, for emigrating to Texas, he received only 1/3 League of land, as he was single and did not have children, and was not head of household, these were the rules prior to the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence. In contrast, his father received 1 league and 1 labor of land, as he was head of household, married with children. (over 4605 acres)

Houston County Texas Rangers, 1836

2. Enlisted September 10th, 1836, Discharged December 12, 1836: served with Capt. Elisha Clapp's, Houston County Texas Rangers. Elisha Clapp was also at the Battle of San Jacinto. Levi was 18yrs old in 1836, he receive 640 acres of land for this 3 months of service. Also in this unit was his father Stephen, and again, neighbor, William H Pate. This enlistment was to protect the settlements, against frequent Indian and Bandit attacks, in a section of East Texas, that included, Houston Co.

Civil War Service, Houston Co TX, 1863

3. At 44 yrs old, one year before being to old to serve, Levi mustered/enlisted, January 8th, 1863, initially for 3 months, however, most enlistee's were held in service until they aged-out, or the end of the war, Levi was still in service Feb 3, 1864. He may have been discharged on February 03, 1864? Served in Co C Houston Co TX Volunteers, Capt Thomas W Warren's Co, Jone's Regt, 11th District Brigade, Texas State Troopers (TST), cmd Brigadier Gen. W. H. Farrish. Levi served his time at Camp Shiloh, Houston Co TX.

End of Military Service.

Levi shows up on his first tax poll in 1839, he must have, just about, turned 21, the age when you had to start paying taxes, his father Stephen paid his Poll Tax. Levi is on every poll tax, from 1839, to 1865, in Houston Co TX, except 1864 (Civil War).

At no time during Levi's stay in Houston Co Tx is there ever more that '1' Levi W White, on either the Poll Tax, or Census records.

The 1850 and 1860 census for Houston Co TX, indicate, Levi's Parents and/or siblings and wives family are living as next door neighbors. Several Houston Co Texas documents, clearly indicate, and show that Stephen White is the father, of Levi W White born 1818 died 1868.

1836 - Migration and patents: Head of households received 1 League of land and 1 labor of land, you had to be 17 years or older to be eligiable for a patent, in Texas, 1836. If you were single and no children, and NOT the head of household, you received 1/3 League of land. A league of land was measured differently, before and after the Texas revolution, and different still, under Mexico's rule.

Both Stephen and his son Levi, Migrated from Lowndes Co AL and arrived in Texas January 1836, son-in-law Sion Pritchard, who married Stephen's daughter Mildred, also arrived with the family in Jan 1836, he also served in the Texas Revolution, but not at San Jacinto. Levi's brothers, John S and Tilman B White arrived in 1838, from Lowndes Co AL.

The above information has been documented and sourced.


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  • Created by: Mike White
  • Added: 2 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100024362
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