During the years of an active business life Moses Taft White devoted his energies to farming and appraising
property, but this did not comprise the extent of his activity, for in office he proved his loyalty to the best
interests of the community and in other connections proved a helpful factor in promoting public progress. He was
born at Western, New York, October 20, 1840, and his life record covered about sixty eight years, his death occurring
on the 19th of February, 1908. His parents were Moses T. and Phoebe White, whose family numbered ten children.
His grandparents came from Connecticut and were among the early settlers of Western, where his parents were born.
After attending the district schools Moses T. White had the benefit of further instruction in Whitestown Seminary
and in early manhood devoted his time to farming. In his farm work he was diligent and industrious and excellent
results were secured. In 1864 he made preparation for having a home of his own in his marriage to Miss Mary A.
Fraser, a daughter of Charles E. and Caroline Fraser, of Delta. New York.
Soon afterward he and his wife removed to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he engaged in the commission business for
about five years. On the expiration of that period, however, they returned to Western, where Mr. White again took
up the occupation of farming. There he continued to reside until about 1892, when he retired from active life and
removed to Rome. While upon the farm his place had always presented a most neat and thrifty appearance, indicating
his careful supervision and practical methods. He was also an excellent judge of real estate and after taking up
his abode in the city was many times employed by the New York Central Railroad to appraise property here and at
other points. He also acted as appraiser for the Oneida County Savings Bank, in determining the amonnt to be loaned
on realty and his judgment of property values was most accurate.
The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. White was blessed with four children: Dr. Charles E. White, who is now a resident
of Fairport, New York; Helen F., deceased; Grace L., an instructor in drawing in the public schools of Kingston,
New York; and M. Maud, at home. The family circle was broken by the hand of death when on the 19th of February,
1908, the husband and father was called away. In an active life his labors had counted for good in every instance.
His political allegiance was given to the democratic party and while living at Western he served for sixteen years
as justice of the peace, in which connection his opinions were fair and impartial. His religious views were indicated
by his membership in the Presbyterian church and while living in Rome he served on the church board of sessions.
He was public spirited in all things and manifested attractive social qualities, which won him warm friendships
and kindly regard wherever he was known.
White family members in Oneida County
White, De Lancey P.
White, Fortune C.
White, Henry D.
White, Hugh, Hon.
White, Moses T.
White, William M.
White, William P.
Young, William C.
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Oneida County, NY
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