Mary <I>Lawson</I> White

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Mary Lawson White

  • Birth 1742 Rowan County, North Carolina, USA
  • Death 1 Mar 1819 Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee, USA
  • Burial Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee, USA
  • Memorial ID 5846728

Knoxville Register, 16 March 1819
DIED-On Wednesday last. Mrs. Mary White, consort of Gen. James White, aged 77 years. Mrs. White emigrated, with her husband, from North Carolina and was among the earliest settlers on this part of the Holston. Endowed with a mind of much native energy, and sanctified by divine grace, she was remarkably qualified to sustain the difficulties, and encounter the dangers attending the settlement of a new country. In this trying situation, her fortitude, wisdom, perseverance and affection, were will calculated to support the efforts and cheer the heart of her companion, in his toils and perils. "She looked well to the ways of her house-hold, and ate not the bread of idleness; and the heart of her husband, safely trusted in her." She has the ... testimony of all who have been acquainted with her, that she acted well her part in the various relations in which she stood to society. Ardent in her affections, and attached to her relatives, it is not surprising that she should keenly feel, when their interests were attacked. Yet her affections were not confined to her family connections. Placed by Providence among the first settlers of the country, she cherished a zealous regard for its welfare; and was ready to make any personal sacrifice to maintain its rights. The stranger ever found her house a home; and multitudes, while this state was yet a wilderness, have been refreshed and comforted by her hospitality. Distress was a sufficient recommendation to her benevolence; and the sick and way worn traveler has often been made to forget his absence from his friends, by her cheerful and unwearied endeavors to alleviate his sufferings.
In this bright career of usefulness, entered upon, as we trust, from a sense of duty to God, and pursued in reliance on the aids of his spirit, thro' the merits of the Redeemer, she signally experienced the divine blessing. She lived to see her children useful and respected, and to receive the reverence and affection of their numerous descendants. The wilderness around her has long since become a fruitful field; and the town of Knoxville, the capital of East Tennessee has risen under her eyes, on ground originally occupied by her husband, as part of his plantation. In the early period of its settlement, when her assistance was particularly needed, she was regarded by its citizens as a common mother; and she has ever been ready to show them her affection, by her kind offices and counsels.
She early made a profession of christianity, and has always maintained the character of a consistent christian. She was exemplary in her reverence for the divine ordinances, and particularly in her attendance on public worship. She persevered in resorting to the house of God, even when her friends apprehended serious injury from it to her health; and nothing but absolute inability to go, withheld her from being present there, to the last. The God whom she thus honored, did not forsake her, when her flesh and heart failed. In passing thro' the valley of the shadow of death, she found his rod and staff to comfort her; and with all assurance of hope, and in complete possession of her faculties, she breathed, her last, tranquilly committing her spirit into the hands of the Redeemer.


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Gravesite Details Consort of Gen. James White. Died in the 77th year of her age.

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  • Maintained by: Lexie
  • Originally Created by: Kim Slayton
  • Added: 15 Oct 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5846728
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Lawson White (1742–1 Mar 1819), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5846728, citing First Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Lexie (contributor 47918828) .