James Madison White

Machias, Washington County, Maine, USA
Death 11 Feb 1877 (aged 67)
Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Plot Unknown
Memorial ID 141736935 · View Source
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1850 census for Springfield, Hampden, MA family #1143:
White, James, 40, b. Maine, wheel wright
White, Charlott, 37, b. NY(?)
White, Eliza, 16, b. Mass.
White, Emily, 11, b. Mass.
White, James, 9, b. Mass.
White, Mary, 7, b. Mass.
White, Hellen, 4, b. Mass.
White, Henriet, 1, b. Mass.

1857 MN census for Faribault, Rice family #504:
(3 other people omitted here)
White, James, 50, b. Mass., shingle maker
White, Charlot, 47, b. Mass.
White, James M., 18, b. Mass.
White, Mary, 15, b. Mass.
White, Hellen, 12, b. Mass.
White, Harriet, 8, b. Mass.
White, Wm, 6, b. Mass.

1860 census for Faribault, Rice, MN family #26:
White, James M., 50, b. Maine, carriage maker
White, Charlotte, 48, b. N.Y.
White, James, 18, b. Mass.
White, Mary, 16, b. Mass.
White, Helen, 14, b. Mass.
White, Harriet, 11, b. Mass.
White, William, 9, b. Mass.
White, Chas, 2, b. Minn.

1865 MN census for Faribault, Rice, family #54:
(no ages or birthplaces)
White, James M; Charlotte; Nella H.; Hallie; Willie; George

1870 census for St. Paul ward 2, Ramsey, MN family #340:
White, James, 60, b. Maine, carriage maker
White, Charlotte, 38[sic - 58], b. Maine[sic]
White, Willie, 18, b. Mass.
White, Georgie, 9, b. Minn.
White, Hattie, 21, b. Mass.
White, James, 28, b. Mass.
White, Willie, 19, b. Mass.[dup.]

1875 MN census for Brainerd, Crow Wing family #165:
(unrelated Wadham family)
White, J. M., 60, birthplace not given

The Federal censuses are consistent with James being born in Maine about 1810.

His wife Charlotte died in Brainerd - she was the second death recorded after county-wide record keeping started:

Crow Wing County Death Records, Book A, page 1, line 2:
Charlotte White died of dropsy in Brainerd on 20 November 1874 aged 62y 13d; Arrived in MN July 1, 1855; Born in Franklin, N.Y. to Daniel & Mehitable Eddie, who were born in East Hampton, L. I.

Children in Familysearch "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915" (all children born Westfield, Hampden Co.):
25 Sep 1843: Mary
25 Sep 1843: Saphrona
25 Feb 1846: (unnamed - Helen?)
06 Jul 1849: Harriet
28 Dec 1851: (unnamed - William?)
[Contributed by John Van Essen]


      WHITE.—On Sunday night the 11th inst., at Whitaker's Hotel, James M. White, aged 70 years. (Brainerd Tribune, 17 February 1877, p. 4, c. 1)

      SUDDEN DEATH.—Our citizens were both startled and grieved on Wednesday morning last to learn that James M. white, one of the employees in the Northern Pacific car shops at this place, and boarding at Whitaker's hotel, was found dead in his bed, the cause of his death unknown. He was over 70 years of age, and has been a highly respected citizen in this place for a number of years, was well known to everybody here, and always had a friendly greeting for all. He attended church on Sunday morning, ate a hearty supper on Sunday evening and retired in apparent good health. The position of his lamp, glasses, and a book he had purchased at the book-store on Saturday evening indicated that he had spent some time in reading after he went to his room before going to bed, and his position in the bed when found in the morning told that he had died without a struggle—probably without waking. Everyone felt a deep interest in the solution of the mystery of his death, and Dr. Rosser was promptly called and examined the body, and has since handed us the following, which explains it:
                           BRAINERD, Feb. 12, 1877.
      W. W. Hartley, editor: With regard to the sudden death of Mr. J. M. White, I would respectfully give as my opinion (from a superficial examination of the body and the history of his case) that the cause of death was the result of irritation of food taken into the stomach just before retiring to bed, irritating the epigastric or sola plexus of nerves, and which irritation was communicated to the deep cardiac plexus, and probably the branches of the pneumogastric nerve, producing death instantly by suspending the heart's action.                        J. C. ROSSER, MD.
      Mrs. White, his wife, died about two years ago, but he has several sons and daughters residing at MInneapolis and Rush City, Minn. They were immediately telegraphed the sad news, and J. E. White and wife, W. R. White and J. C. Brown, a son-in-law, of Rush City, and Mrs. W. W. Dorwood, a daughter, of Minneapolis, arrived on Tuesday evening's train to perform the last duty to a kind father. His funeral took place at the Congregational Church on Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock, and was largely attended, the spacious church being crowded almost to overflowing. The sermon was preached by Rev. M. B. Smith, from Numbers xxiii. 10.—"Oh that I may die the death of the righteous, that my last days may be like theirs," and was very impressive. (Brainerd Tribune, 17 February 1877, p. 1, c. 7)

                      Card of Thanks.

      RUSH CITY, MINN., Feb. 18, 1877.
Ed Brainerd Tribune:
      Please convey to the many kind friends at Brainerd who gave us such generous sympathy and assistance in our late bereavement, our warmest thanks; and we hope if they are ever called upon to suffer like affliction, that it will be their good fortune to find friends so kind and true.                        The children of the late
                                    J. M. White.

(Brainerd Tribune, 24 February 1877, p. 1, c. 7)

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Madison White (12 Nov 1809–11 Feb 1877), Find a Grave Memorial no. 141736935, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by A. Nelson (contributor 47143984) .