In preparing the history of Oneida county, it becomes necessary to outline briefly the history of the White
family, and the proprietary settlement of this county by this family and the development of the commerce of the
state through its waterways by Canvass White, one member of the family, and a similar development of its commerce
by railroads by William Clark Young, another member of the family; and in fact the family's continuous association
with the growth and development of central New York ever since the original settlement here, June 5, 1784.
The family trace their descent from Elder John White, one of the first settlers of Cambridge in Massachusetts,
of Hartford in Connecticut and of Hadley in Massachusetts. Elder John White landed in Boston, Massachusetts, on
the good ship Lyon, September 16, 1632, and his home lot was on the street called "Coward Row" not far
from Gore Hall, where the beautiful library building of Harvard University now stands. The standing of the family
was that of the well to do middle class, their home life in England had been one of comfort, and their departure
for this country was on account of religious intolerance.
John White and his family moved, as one of the followers of the Rev. Thomas
Hooker, to what is now the city of Hartford, Connecticut, where he assisted in founding the settlement, and
where he died in 1684, about the age of eighty one years. He held several offices of importance, such as magistrate,
selectman, member of the general court (legislature), and lived an active, ususefuld Christian life, respected
by all who knew him. He was the founder of a numerous family, many of whose members became prominent and influential
factors in civil, social and business affairs His descendants, without exception, have held high rank in their
respective communities, and are numbered today among the most patriotic and useful citizens.
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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