Biography of Royal S. White
Steuben County, NY Biographies





White, Royal S., was born in Cayuta, Schuyler county, April 30, 1832, son of Hiram and Cornelia White, who had eleven children, six daughters and five sons, Royal S. being the youngest except one daughter, Adelia. Hiram White emigrated from Connecticut, and was one of the first settlers in Cayuta, then known as Pony Hollow, which derived its name from being a windfall where General Sullivan, in his march from Ithaca to Elmira, pastured hishorses. Cayuta at that time was in Tioga county, afterwards Chemung county, now Schuyler county. The parents of Cornelia Van Etten, mother of R. S. White, came from Germany and were the first settlersin Van Ettenville, Chemung county, from whom Van Ettenville takes its name. Royal S. in early life was a lumber inspector at Albany, N. Y., but since 1865 has been engaged in farming. He enlisted in Chicago, Ill., September 16, 1861, under Capt. Wm. Medill, brother of Joe Medial, editor of the Chicago Tribune, in Co. G, 8th Ill. Cavalry, and was in the following engagements: Rappahannock Station, Beverly Ford, Williamsburg, Hanover Court House, Mechanicsville, Beaver Dam Creek, Cold Harbor, White Oak Swamp, St. Charles Court House, Malvern Hill, South Mountain, Antietam, Gettysburg, Snicker's Gap, besides a great many skirmishes. He was taken prisoner in the fall of 1861 near Snicker's Gap on the Shenandoah River, taken to Libby prison, where he remained most of the winter of 1861-62 until exchanged. He was mustered out of service in June, 1865. He married Margaret, daughter of Thomas and Mary (Wilson) Campbell of the town of Cameron, by whom he had four children, two sons and two daughters, now living. He has been supervisor of Cameron three terms and assessor for twelve consecutive years. He is a member of Hallett Post of Cameron, and the F. & A. M. lodge at Cameron Mills.

From:
Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted by: L. C. Aldrich and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1896


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