Edward “Uncle Ed” White, Sr

Edward “Uncle Ed” White, Sr

Pomfret, Windham County, Connecticut, USA
Death 4 Apr 1893 (aged 81)
Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Memorial ID 66959966 · View Source
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Illinois State Archives: Edward White m. Ann Goudy 21 Sep 1949 in Peoria Co.

1850 census for Peoria, Ill., family #635:
White, Edward, 38, b. Conn., carpenter
White, Ann, 18, b. Ill.
Snyder, Julia, 16, b. Pa.
Snyder(?), Louisa, 15, b. Mass.
White, Mary J., 9, b. Ill.
White, James E., 6, b. Ill.

So Edward seems to have married a woman before 1841, possibly in Mass., who already had at least two children with a man named Snyder. Together, they had Mary and James. That wife died(?) perhaps around 1848 and he married Ann in 1849. Their first child together, Mary, was born shortly after the 1850 census was taken.

1860 census for Peoria ward 5, Ill., family #2798:
White, Edward, 48, b. Conn., carpenter
White, Ann, 28, b. Ill.
White, Samaria J., 19, b. Ill.
White, James E., 16, b. Ill.
White, Mary E., 10, b. Ill.
White, Isaac U., 6, b. Ill.
White, Wm. L. M., 3 (twin), b. Ill.
White, Chs. T. B, 3 (twin), b. Ill.
White, Ida S., 2, b. Ill.
(children starting with Mary are Ann's.)

1870 census for Franconia, Chisago, MN, family #108:
White, Edward, 58, b. Conn., carpenter
White, Ann, 38, b. Ill.
White, Israel(sic), 16, b. Ill.
White, William, 13, b. Ill.
White, Charles, 10(sic), b. Ill.
White, Kate, 6, b. Minn.
White, Frank, 4, b. Minn.
White, Henry, 5/12, b. Minn.

1880 census for Brainerd, family #52:
White, Edward, head, 68, b. Conn.
White, Anne, wife, 48, b. Ill.
White, Charles, son, 20, b. Ill.
White, Mary(sic), dau., 16, b. Ill.
White, Frank, son, 14, b. Minn.
White, Henry, son, 12, b. Minn.
White, Northern Pacific, son, 9, b. Minn.

[Above contributed by John Van Essen]

White, Edward

Born in Pomfret, Connecticut, on the 4th of April, 1812. He learned the carpenter trade in his native town, and at the age of twenty years, went to Worcester, Massachusetts, and engaged in building for four years. He then went to Tazwell county, Illinois, which was his home until 1860, when he came to Minnesota. he lived at Glencoe three years, and then went to Franconia, on the St. Croix river, where he was Postmaster five years. He came to Brainerd in July, 1870, and was in the employ of the Northern Pacific Railroad Company for several years. He is now carrying on the business of contractor and builder, his son Isaac being a partner. (History of the Upper Mississippi Valley, Winchell, Neill, Williams and Bryant, Minnesota Historical Company, Minneapolis: 1881; p. 654)

           Uncle Ed. White is Dead.

On Tuesday, April 4th, on his 81st birthday, Edward White, Sr., commonly known as "Uncle Ed. White," breathed his last. He had been dangerously ill with pneumonia a couple of weeks before, and his death was then momentarily expected. To the surprise of everyone his remarkable constitution at this advanced age pulled him through and he had recovered sufficiently to be about the house. He took cold on Saturday last and had a relapse, and on Tuesday he died surrounded by his family and loved ones with the esteem and respect of everyone who knew him. He was an honest, honorable, enterprising citizen, and to the last, at his advanced age, was interested in, and helped to promote all enterprises that sought to build up the city. In his family relation he was an ideal father and husband, and his death is a severe blow to the aged widow and grief stricken children who survive him. His funeral occurred yesterday a private service being held at the residence and a public funeral at the Congregational Church, which was conducted by Unity Lodge of Odd Fellows of this city of which he was a faithful member. Rev. J. A. Jenkins preached the funeral service, and he was assisted in the service by Rev. J. C. Huntington. His six sons who reside here were pall bearers. Notwithstanding the unusually inclement weather the church was filled with friends who wished to pay their respects to the deceased by attending the last sad rites.
Mr. White was born in Pomfret, Conn., April 3th [sic] [4th], 1812, where he lived until manhood. Late in the 30s he moved to Illinois when Chicago was no larger than Brainerd. He settled in Peoria, Illinois where he married his surviving widow over 48 years ago. He was a large contractor while living there, building some of the largest public buildings in that section of the state. He was twice elected mayor of Peoria. He moved to Glencoe, Minn., where he had taken a contract to build an agricultural college for the state. The war broke out and the college was not built. He moved to Franconia, where he resided with his family until 1870, when the N. P. road began to be built from Duluth west, when he came to this part of the state. With the exception of Hon. L. P. White, he was the first resident here. He was supt. of bridges for the N. P. for several years during the 70s. He has resided with his family in the old homestead on Main street for the 23 years of his residence here. He has had 16 children, 10 of whom, seven sons and three daughters survive him. (Brainerd Dispatch, 07 April 1893, p. 4, c. 4)

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edward “Uncle Ed” White, Sr (4 Apr 1812–4 Apr 1893), Find A Grave Memorial no. 66959966, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Jim Lee (contributor 46942055) .