With PERKINS & SPRAGUE FAMILIES
AS RECORDED IN:
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF
TOLLAND AND WINDHAM COUNTIES CONNECTICUT.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT AND
REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS AND OF MANY OF THE EARLY SETTLED FAMILIES
PUBLISHER: J.H.BEERS & CO., CHICAGO; 1903 P. 1013 - 1016
EDGAR D. WHITE. The origin of
this family of Whites in America is somewhat uncertain.
According to various records and other sources of information they appear
to be descended from James White, a Spaniard.
James White, the first representative in
America, was born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1675, of Spanish Catholic parents.
According to tradition, when he was a lad of sixteen he either shipped or
was enticed aboard a sailing vessel, and for a time was a slave; but securing
his freedom, he sailed for America, where he landed both penniless and
friendless. He found friends,
however, in Boston, where he learned the tailor’s trade, and in time married
Martha Owen, a woman of English blood. His
death occurred in 1782, and he left the following children:
James (2), ancestor of Edgar D.; William;
Samuel, who probably settled in Maine; and a daughter, whose name is
to Nancy White, granddaughter of James White (2), however, it was the latter who
first came to America, on a whaling voyage from Lisbon, Portugal, and it is
positively known that James (2) was born in Lisbon.
He afterward decided to make his home in this country, and settled in
Hebron, Conn. He persuaded his
father, James White (1), to come to the New World, and the latter also made his
home in Hebron, where he followed the tailor’s trade.
The wife with whom he lived there is supposed to have been American-born,
and was his second wife; they probably met and married in Boston before his
removal to Hebron.
White (2) settled in Hebron, Conn., where it is recorded that he was married
Jan. 14, 1747-48, to Rachel Chappell, daughter of Jonathan and Ruth Chappell.
Mrs. Rachel White was born in Hebron, May 24, 1728, and died Jan. 10,
1795. Mr. White died July 23, 1806,
at the age of eighty-eight years. To
this union came nine children: Joseph,
born Oct. 23, 1748; Alexander, Dec.
2, 1750; Adonijah, Oct. 22, 1752;
Rachel, Aug. 15, 1754; James
(3), Oct. 10, 1756; Mary, May 26,
1759; Mabel, April 24, 1761;
Ebenezer, Feb. 13, 1764; Aaron,
the grandfather of our subject, Sept. 20, 1767.
Of the sons of this family, the five eldest served in the Revolution.
Joseph and James served the longest period, and Joseph was present at the
capture of Gen. Burgoyne. His
military life was full of privation, and in the evolutions that culminated in
the battle of Saratoga, for two days the Continental forces to which he belonged
went without food or drink. When
water was found the soldiers were forbidden to take more than a certain number
of swallows, on pain of being shot. This
was simply a precaution. At another
time a half-decayed pumpkin furnished him all his food for the day, and it was
pronounced by him the sweetest food he had ever tasted.
White, the grandfather of Edgar D., was born in Hebron, where he always lived,
following the double occupation of farmer and joiner, and having his home in
that part of the town which is now Andover.
He died March 15, 1838. On
March 25, 1790, he married Salome Hibbard, who was born April 17, 1771, daughter
of Joseph and Temperance Hibbard, and died Dec. 25, 1816.
To this union came the following children:
Aaron, Jr., born Sept. 11, 1790, deceased April 6, 1794;
Laura, April 5, 1792; Erastus,
June 5, 1795; Nancy, May 9, 1797;
Harriet, Oct. 2, 1800; Orrin
Chester, April 23, 1803; Charlotte
B., Aug. 27, 1807; George Hibbard,
father of Edgar D., Aug. 25, 1814.
this family, Nancy White never married, and lived to a ripe old age.
The following appeared in the Hartford Times,
for April 16, 1891:
Nancy White, Andover’s oldest inhabitant, died of pneumonia, on Friday
evening, April 10, after an illness of about ten days, at the advanced age of
ninety-three years eleven months and one day.
By the death of her mother, when Miss Nancy was only nineteen years old,
the latter had almost the entire care of her youngest brother, George H. White,
of Andover, who was at the time only two years old.
She afterward kept house for him until he was married, and soon after
that made her home with him, within a mile of the birthplace of her father’s
and grandfather’s families, where she remained until the time of her death.
writer of this has heard her tell of the hardships endured by her five uncles
during the Revolutionary war, and how she made home-spun cloth for the family
use; also has seen her card and spin flax with the little old-fashioned spinning
wheel. It is rarely that one meets
an aged person with so good a memory of the many things that had come within her
life. Her knowledge of scripture was
equal to the best.
are but few persons ever found who are permitted to live long enough to see
relatives representing six generations, as has been her lot, viz: Her
grandfather, who died at her father’s home when she was nine years old; her
father and uncles, her brothers and cousins, one of her cousins being
grandfather to Judge J.Hurlburt White, of Hartford, whose father she well knew,
and whose son she had met, as well as quite a number of others of the same
Hibbard White grew up in his native town. During
his young manhood he was almost an invalid, recovering his strength so much,
however, that his life was afterward devoted to farming.
In politics he was a Democrat, and in religion a Baptist, belonging to
the church at Andover. Mr. White was
married Oct. 28, 1840, to Lucia Parker, daughter of Asa and Hannah (Sprague)
Parker, of whom a sketch appears elsewhere.
Mrs. Lucia Parker White was born in Coventry, June 16, 1813, and is now
living with a daughter, Mrs. Burnham, in Andover.
Mr. White died Sept. 11, 1885. To
them were born the following children: Henrietta,
born July 18, 1841, deceased at the age of ten days;
Adaline Calista, born May 12, 1845, who has been twice married, Jan. 22,
1867, to Joseph J. Watson, and Nov. 23, 1884, to Selah A. Burnham;
Lorin Fulton, a deaf mute, born Sept. 2, 1846, who has his home in
Andover; Edgar Davis, born Feb. 20,
1848. The family home was about one
mile south of Andover depot, at the junction of the Gilead and the Hebron roads.
DAVIS WHITE grew up in Andover, which became a town the year he was born.
His education was secured in the local schools, and at the age of
seventeen he began teaching on Grant’s Hill, in district No. 9, in the town of
Coventry. In the twenty-three terms
that he has been in the school room he has taught during every month in the
year, though the greater part of his work has been done in the winter time.
Mr. White feels that during his first year as teacher he learned more
than in any year of his life, not only along educational lines, but in
discipline and patience as well. His
work was in Coventry and Andover, in three districts in the first town, and in
every district in Andover. In all
but two districts he taught more than one term, showing that his efforts were
some years after his marriage Mr. White continued teaching, carrying on farming
operations as well. In recent years
he has given most of his time to farming, bestowing special attention on matters
of trust, settling estates and similar undertakings.
1893 Mr. White traveled extensively in the West, visiting the World’s Fair at
Chicago, stopping at Denver, Col., and at a number of points in Wisconsin, Iowa,
Kansas, Colorado and Ohio, where he spent much time among relatives.
He made other visits to Ohio when he was called there for the purpose of
contesting the will of his wife’s uncle, William A. Perkins, who had given
$20,000 to Oberlin College during his life time; he brought the contest to a
successful conclusion after three trials.
White has always been an out-and-out Democrat, taking a leading part in the
political doings of the town, and has been collector for ten years, assessor,
justice of the peace, constable, grand juror, school director and auditor.
For four years he was clerk of probate, for nine years notary public, and
in 1899 represented his town in the General Assembly, serving on the committee
and Mrs. White are both members of the Andover Grange, of which he has been
master. Both belong to the Andover
Baptist Church, of which for a number of years he has been trustee and deacon.
Since 1883 Mr. White has been active in church work, having been since
that time clerk and treasurer of the church, serving as superintendent of the
Sunday-school. Mr. White was on the
committee that built the temporary home for Dependent Children at Vernon, which
was completed in 1900, and is a credit to the committee having it in charge.
White was married March 16, 1869, to Lydia Amanda Sprague, who was born Feb. 1,
1848, and to this union came one child – Edith Bell, born April 12, 1872; she
married William J. Maxwell, of Bolton, Nov. 7, 1892, and they have the following
children: Edgar Norman, born Oct. 1,
1893; Helen, Jan. 4, 1895;
Mary Sprague, Jan. 19, 1898; Avery
Brewer, Aug. 8, 1899; Francis
Herbert, Aug. 13, 1901. Mrs. White
is a daughter of Norman and Laura (Perkins) Sprague, both the Spragues and
Perkins being old and well-known families in New England.
Mrs. Laura Sprague was a daughter of Amos and Olive (Alford) Perkins.
Perkins, of Lebanon, and Olive Manley, of Coventry, were married Sept. 9, 1778,
and had the following children: Asa,
born March 12, 1780, who died in 1851; Amos,
the grandfather of Mrs. White, who was born Nov. 20, 1781;
George, born July 17, 1783; Chester,
July 17, 1785; Darius, May 3, 1787;
John, April 23, 1789; Septimus
Manley, April 21, 1791; William Bela,
June 6, 1793; Selah, March 26, 1795;
Olive Manley, Sept. 20, 1797. Soon
after the death of this last daughter the mother died and Asa Perkins married
Lois Loomis, of Coventry, in February, 1800, the ceremony being performer by Dr.
Perkins, the maternal grandfather of Mrs. White was born Nov. 20, 1781, and died
July 3, 1849. Olive Alford became
his wife Feb. 7, 1805. She was born
Oct. 12, 1786, and died July 25, 1848. In
1844 Amos Perkins and his wife removed to Ohio, where they spent the remainder
of their lives. The following year
their son William A. also went to Ohio to live.
To Amos and Olive Perkins were born four children:
(1) Laura, born Jan. 11, 1806, died Feb. 4, 1894;
(2) Olive Amanda, born Oct. 23, 1807, married Dr. Lemon Sperry, of Ohio,
in August, 1848, and died March 3, 1853; (3)
William Alford, born July 31, 1809, died in Windham, Ohio, May 26, 1894.
He married Eliza Boynton, of Coventry, May 20, 1838, who was born June
16, 1816, and they had a daughter, Mary, born July 17, 1839, who became the wife
of M.C. Woodworth, M.D., and bore him one daughter.
Both are now deceased. (4)
Sally Maria, born July 22, 1816, married Nov. 28, 1850, David J. Martin, and
died June 26, 1852. They had one
daughter, Sarah A., who was born Sept. 11, 1851.
The mother with her babe in her arms was thrown from a buggy, and in
falling struck her head against a bridge, living only forty-eight hours after
the accident. Her child fell into
the stream, but was rescued, and lived to become the wife of William Herman
Critchet, and the mother of three children:
William Legrand, born Feb. 18, 1877;
Bird Byington, Aug. 13, 1879; and
Minnie Belle, Aug. 25, 1881.
Spragues are an old New England family. Eliakim
Sprague was born about 1710, and died Dec. 10, 1786, aged seventy-five, being
survived six years by his widow Hannah. They
had three children: (1) Samuel, who
died March 18, 1806, aged seventy. His
wife Jerusha bore him six children: Samuel,
Jerusha, who married Stephen Bingham and lived to be eighty-one years
old, her husband dying at ninety-four; Daniel,
whose son, Daniel Porter, was the father of Mrs. Albert Lyman, of Andover.
(2) Elisha. (3) Molly, Mrs.
Bidwell, died July 15, 1793, at the age of thirty-six.
Sprague, the great-grandfather of Mrs. E.D. White, was born July 15, 1751, and
died Jan. 7, 1824. Sybil Jones, who
was born Dec. 10, 1747, and died July 16, 1827, became his wife, March 31, 1774.
Her parents, Jonathan and Abigail Jones, lived to be seventy-eight and
eighty-eight years old, respectively. Their
children were: Sybil, Levi, Esther,
Amos, Samuel, Simon and Enoch. Mr.
Jones was a farmer all his life. To
Elisha and Sybil Sprague came: (1)
Elisha, Jr., born Feb. 18, 1775, in Coventry, who became the grandfather of Mrs.
White; (2) Hannah, born in 1783, who
married Asa Parker, Dec. 23, 1806, and whose daughter is the mother of Edgar D.
White and Mrs. Selah A. Burnham; (3)
Asenath; (4) Lydia, who married
Israel Loomis, of Coventry; (5) Bela,
who married May 7, 1806, Esther Parker, born April 24, 1785.
He was the father of Almira; Louisa;
Charles, who was a physician, and died in 1867, leaving a son, Charles;
Willard, who died in 1857, leaving a widow, who died in 1864, and three
children, George, Lester and Louisa; Ralph,
deceased April 4, 1838; Betsy;
Electa; and Sally.
The last three were unmarried, and Electa is still living.
Sprague, Jr., the grandfather of Mrs. White, was married Nov. 12, 1803, to Mrs.
Lydia (Young) Woodward, who was born Nov. 26, 1774, in Windham, and died Nov.
24, 1858, outliving her husband by seventeen years.
She was a daughter of William Young, who came to this country from
Ireland, where he left two children, Robert and Polly.
His children probably born in this country were Alfred, Zephaniah,
William, Fannie House and Polly (2).
Sprague engaged in farming and carpentering, making plows and cider mills, and
won an enviable reputation as an honorable and upright man.
When the stage coaches were the principal vehicles of conveyance he kept
a hotel for some five years near the present depot, just north of the tracks.
In politics he was a Democrat. Mrs.
Sprague was a Baptist. By her first
husband, Mr. Woodward, she had one son, Horatio N.
Mr. and Mrs. Elisha Sprague came three children:
(1) Norman, the father of Mrs. Edgar D. White, was born in Coventry, Jan.
11, 1805, and died Jan. 22, 1894. Laura
Perkins became his wife Jan. 1, 1835. (2)
William Young, born June 9, 1808, died in New York, May 17, 1854.
(3) Fanny Y., born March 20, 1810, died March 19, 1831.
She was an idolized daughter, and her marriage, Oct. 28, 1829, to William
D. Townsend, of Columbia, was an event of social notice, her bridal outfit
costing a great sum of money for those days; her wedding gown, of white silk,
trimmed with white satin, was a splendor and cost much beyond the means and
ideas of the day. She died March 19,
1831, a few years after her marriage, leaving a daughter, Fanny Elizabeth, born
Oct. 13, 1830, who died March 16, 1833.
the children of Norman Sprague and Laura Perkins, (1) Henry, born Oct. 25, 1835,
married Mary Augusta Dickinson, Oct. 19, 1865, and died Sept. 24, 1868.
They had one daughter, Nellie Augusta, who was born Jan. 28, and died
Dec. 16, 1868, the same year. (2)
William, born Nov. 7, 1837, never married, and died Jan. 27, 1870.
(3) Fanny Jane, born June 25, 1840, died July 14, 1852.
(4) Sarah Maria, born Nov. 7, 1844, never married, and died Sept. 30,
1873. (5) Lydia Amanda, Mrs. E.D.
White, was born Feb. 1, 1848.
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