The White family in America

SIR - I write in connection with the Mayor of Bideford s research into the founding fathers of America and his theory that North Devon settlers got there first. My earliest documented relative was James Taylor White born about 1710, but first documente

SIR - I write in connection with the Mayor of Bideford's research into the founding fathers of America and his theory that North Devon settlers got there first.

My earliest "documented" relative was James Taylor White born about 1710, but first documented in Orange Co., VA in 1732.

He received a Lord Baltimore Land Grant in 1742 and an inheritance of land that same year from his father listed as James Whyte. How either of them arrived in VA is unknown, but both seem to have been in the VA and Burke Co., North Carolina areas prior to that time.

I have documented the family lineage from that period to present.


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In 1759, my branch of the White family relocated to the "Old Cheraw District" of South Carolina. Listed as Craven Co., Great Neck of Pee Dee River area. They moved to Burke Co., NC in 1776.

What I find interesting is that White, Taylor and Jones surnames are on your list. These and other families seemed to have travelled together. Others in the group migrations included Davenport, Allen, Gambill, Hollaway and their children inter-married before additional migrations occurred.

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Jim White,Round Rock, TX

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