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the important Colonial military operations under
Sir William Pepperell, and his son Ebenezer and
cousin, William Pray, were enrolled in the same
company. He resided in Kittery, and on Novem-
ber 17, 1726, married for his first wife Alice Men-
dum, daughter of Jonathan and Sarah (Downing)
Mendum, of York county, Maine. She died April
20, 1757. His children were: Ebenezer, born Oc-
tober 24, 1728, married Elizabeth Gunnison. Sam-
uel, born April 19, 1731, married Susanna Dunn.
Joshua, born February 14, 1733, married Ruth Gun-
nison. John, who is referred to in the next para-
graph. William, born March 16, 1740. Joseph,
born August 6. 1^42. Nathaniel, born March 29,
1747. Samuel Pray (2) died in January, 1762.

(V) John, fourth son of Samuel and Alice
(Mendum) Pray, sea captain, was born in Kittery,
February 14, 1736. He married Mary Orr, daugh-
ter of John and Eleanor (Dennett) Orr, and of
this union there was but one child. John Orr was
an officer of the frigate "Alliance."

(VI) Captain Samuel, only child of John and
Mary (Orr) Pray, was born in Kittery, December
3. 1789. From his native town, he removed to
Portsmouth. New Hampshire, and was a sea captain
and ship builder. During the second war with
Great Britain (1812-15) he was engaged in pri-
vateering. December 14, 1814, he was made prize
master of a British ship with orders to take hel
to Portsmouth, but was shortly afterwards over-
hauled by a British seventy-four gun frigate, which
recaptured his prize, jind with the American prize
crew he was sent to Dartmoor prison in England,
and was in that prison when the prisoners were fired
upon. He was subsequently released and returned
to America. He married (first), April 23, 1809,
Lucy Fernald, who was a daughter of Daniel and
Hannah (Manson) Fernald, and who died Octo-
ber 27, 1826. She bore him six children : Adeline,
born September 16, 1812, married James Neal, and
died October 8, 1845. Sarah Ann, born. July 29,
1814, married Nathaniel K. Walker, and died April
6, 1875. John Samuel, born August 3, 1816, men-
tioned below. Lucy Maria Fernald, born June 28,
1821, married Charles Gerrish, and died September
5. 1864. Margaret Wooster, born Julv 15, 1825,
married James M. Salter, and died July 5, 1881.
William Fernald, born May 13, 1823. died Dayton,
Ohio. Samuel Pray married (second), Ellen

Brown, September 6, 1827, and their children were:
Julia Ann, born November 12, 1829, died April 12.
1903. Charles Henry, born January 10, 1832,
drowned off Cape Horn, September 30, i860. La-
vina Ellen, born June 11, 1835, married Edwin A.
Gerrish, and died December 17, 1891.

(VII) Captain John Samuel, eldest son of Cap-
tain Samuel and Lucy (Fernald) Pray, was born
in Kittery, August 3, 1816. Like his father he
became an efficient master-mariner, and for a num-
ber of years was engaged in the West India and
cotton trade. In 1849 he made a voyage around
Cape Horn to San Francisco, and during the Civil
war was a ship owner in Portsmouth and New
York. He was a trustee of the Portsmouth Sav-
ings Bank, director of the Portsmouth National
Mechanics' & Traders' Bank, served as president
of the Portsmouth Atheneum, and was a prominent
member of the Unitarian parish. His death oc-
curred August 21, 1889. He married Rosalina A.
Tisdale. November 17, 1849, who died December 4,
1877, and their children were : Elizabeth Shattuck,
born November 23, 1851, married Charles K. Wad-
ham, and died April 9, 1906. Samuel, born July
9, 1854. Frank Wendell, born April 20, 1857, mar-
ried Elizabeth M. Cjrider. John Wesley, born July
II, 1858, married Elizabeth. Seeley. Maurice, born
November iq. 1861, died January 8, 1878. Lucy,
born February 5, 1863, died May 31, 1863. Mary
Cambridge, born February 26, 1867. Henry Thorn-
ton, born January 6, 1870, died August 14, 1S70.

(VIII) Captain Samuel, eldest son of Captain
John S. and Rosalina A. (Tisdale) Pray, was born
in Portsmouth, July 9, 1854. After attending the
Portsmouth high school three and one-half years,
he adopted a seafaring life, and shipping before the
mast in New York on the ship "Yosemite" he
sailed to San Francisco, thence to the far east, be-
ing two years and a half on the voyage. His sec-
ond voyage, a Mediterranean voyage, was in the
Portsmouth ship "Semiramis," commanded by the
late Captain Edwin A. Gerrish, of Portsmouth.
In 1878, when twenty-four years old, he superin-
tended the building of and later took command of a
clipper bark, the "Harvard," and later commanded
the ship "Gov. Goodwin," and was a successful ship
master, making long and exceedingly prosperous
voyages. Retiring from the sea, he became quite
extensively interested in shipping, and at the pres-
ent time is the Boston representative of the Ameri-
can Hawaiian Steamship Company. Captain Pray
is an advanced Mason, a member of Dalhousie
Lodge, West Newton, and a Knight Templar. He
is a trustee of the Boston Marine Society and a
member of Massachusetts Society Sons of Ameri-
can Revolution. He married, February i, 1881,
Emma S. Barnard, of Franklin, New Hampshire,
daughter of Daniel Barnard, who was at one time
attorney-general of that state. Captain and Mrs.
Pray reside in West Newton, Massachusetts, and
have one daughter, Dorothy, born December 11,

The great number of persons in the
WHITE New England and western states

whose surname is White are de-
scended in most instances from John White, of
Salem, Massachusetts, 1638, or from William White,
of Ipswich, Massachusetts, 1635. Both were pro-
genitors of a multitude of descendants, and num-
ber among them many of the most active and prom-
inent participants in the social, religious and civil
affairs of the communities and commonwealths in
which thev have lived.



(I) The present article deals with the descend-
ants of William White, who came from Norfolk
county, England, landing in Ipswich, Massachu-
setts, 1635. Shortly afterward he settled in New-
bury, w^here he became an influential citizen, and
later was a pioneer in Haverhill, being one of the
first company of twelve settlers. His name is men-
tioned as one of the six grantees of land at Paw-
tucket by the two Indians, "Passaquo and Sagga-
he_w," November 15, 1642, and he was one of the
thirty-two landholders in Haverhill in that year. He
was one of the selectmen chosen in the town at a
meeting held October 29, 1646, and is listed as one
of those who shared in the second division of
ploughland laid out June 7, 1652, his portion being
seven acres. He died September 28, 1690, aged
eighty years. His widow soon afterward moved
to Ipswich, where she died in 1693. Mr. White
settled on the farm owned in 1861 by James D.
White, and we find that he owned a farm in New-
bury in 1650. Soon after the church was gathered
he became a member, and was one of its firmest
pillars. He had the honor of the town very much
at heart, and was esteemed by its citizens and was
frequently intrusted with its most important busi-
ness. He left one son, John.

(II) John, only child of William White, mar-
ried, at Salem, August 25, 1662, Hannah French.
He died January i. 1668-69, aged twenty-nine years,
leaving one son, John.

(III) John (2), only son of John (i) and Han-
nah (French) White, was born March 8, 1664. He
married, October 24, 16S7. Lydia Gilman, daughter
of Hon. John Gilman, of Exeter, and had many
sons and daughters, "whose descendants," says an
old record, "are exceedingly numerous." Another
account says "Said John and Lydia had sons:
William, Samuel, Nicholas, Timothy (graduate of
Harvard College, 1720). James and John; and
daughters: Mary, Hannah, Elizabeth, Abigail, Ly-
dia, and Joanna." John White died November 20,

(IV) Nicholas, third son of John and Lydia
(Gilman) White, was born in Haverhill, December
4, 1698, and died at Plaistow, New Hampshire, Oc-
tober 7, 1782. By his first wife, Hannah Aver,
whom he married in 1722, he had five children, and
by his second wife, Mary Gulf, he had ten chil-

(V) Noah, third child of Nicholas and Hannah
(Ayer) White, was born February 15, 1728, and
settled at Coos, New Hampshire. He married
Sarah Sweet, by whom he had nine children

(VI) Nathaniel, the eldest child of Noah and
Sarah (Sweet) White, was born April 10, 1752.

His first wife was Betty , who bore him

three children. After her death he married Re-
bekah Foord, by whom he also had three children,
the youngest of whom was Samuel. In 1700 he
removed with his family to Lancaster, New Hamp-
shire, where he spent the remainder of his life. He
served in the revolutionary war, and his wife Re-
bekah received a pension. He died April 28, 1809.
He was public-spirited and benevolent, and was
held in high esteem as a man and a citizen.

(VII) Samuel, youngest child of Nathaniel and
Rebekah (Foord) White, was born September 14,
1787, at Bradford, Vermont, and died June 4, 1854,
at Concord, New Hampshire. When three years
old he accompanied his parents in their removal
to Lancaster, where he grew to manhood. April
2, 1810, he married Sarah Freeman, by whom he had
nine children. In February, 1848, he moved to Con-

cord, where he spent the remainder of his life.
His wife died December 30, 1857.

(VIII) Nathaniel, oldest son of Samuel and
Sarah (Freeman) White, was born at Lancaster,
New Hampshire, February 7, 1811. He received
the kind and amount of education incident to most
boys at the time and in the locality where he grew
up, with the exception that his religious education
and training, owing to his mothers' tender care,
were far above those of the average boy. At four-
teen years of age he went to Lunenburg, Vermont,
where he entered the employ of a general merchant,
and spent about a year. General John Wilson, of
Lancaster, about that time assumed the manage-
ment of the Columbian Hotel at Concord, and
young Nathaniel White took a position in the em-
ploy of the General, whose wife was a woman of
many noble qualities. Knowing that their son was
going to a place where he would be under good
influences made the young man's parents the more
readily consent to this arrangement. On his ar-
rival at Concord, April 26, 1826, Nathaniel White
had a solitary shilling in his pocket, but by saving"
the perquisites that came to him about the hotel
he accumulated in the five years he was there the
sum of two hundred and fifty dollars. He kept a
strict account of the salary he earned and turned
it over to his father. In 1832 he borrowed money
to start in business. This was the only loan he
ever received or asked for business purposes. With
his savings and this loan he purchased for one
thousand dollars an interest in the stage line be-
tween Concord and Hanover, driving the stage
himself. In one year he was free from debt, and
a short time later he purchased the stage route
between Concord and Lowell. In 1838 he became
a partner with Captain William Walker Jr. in es-
tablishing the express business, making the weekly
trips to Boston, where he personally attended to
the delivery of all packages, goods or money in-
trusted in his care. He was eminently adapted to
this business, paying great attention to details, even
the smallest thing, and thus he was an ideal ex-
pressman. Upon the opening of the Concord rail-
road in 1842 he became one of the original mem-
bers of the express company then organized to de-
liver goods throughout New Hampshire and Caa
ada. Soon after, Mr. White bought Captain
Walker's interest, and was the principal owner with
B. P. Cheney. They sold to the American Express
Company in the spring of 1880. The business was
long conducted under the name of the United
States & Canada Express Company, and has con-
tinued in successful operation to the present day,
. and to Nathaniel White's business capacity it has
been greatly indebted for its remarkable financial

Mr. White was strongly attracted to Concord
from the time he became a resident of the city until
his death. To him it is indebted for many of the
beautiful structures which make it an attractive
city. In the founding of benevolent and charitable
institutions he was one of the foremost, taking a
deep interest in the establishment of the New
Hampshire Asylum for the Insane, the State Re-
form School, the Orphans' Home at Franklin, to
which he gave a generous endowment, and of the
Home for the Aged at Concord.

In 1852 Mr. White was chosen by the Whig
and Free-Soil parties to represent Concord in the
state legislature. He was an Abolitionist from the
start and a member of the Anti-Slavery Society
from its inception. He extended his aid to negroes



escaping from slavery in the south, and the attic
of his house and the hay mows of his barn har-
bored many a negro on his way to Canada and
freedom. In 1875 Mr. White was a candidate for
governor on the Prohibition ticket. In 1876 he
was sent as a delegate to the Cincinnati Republi-
can convention which nominated Rutherford B.
Hayes for the presidency. In 1880 he was placed
by his party at the head of the list of candidates
for presidential electors. As far back as 1846 Mr.
White purchased four hundred acres of land lying
about two miles from the state house, in the south-
western part of the city, and gave much of his at-
tention to farming, making his estate one of the
most highly cultivated in the state. He also had
a beautiful summer retreat at Sunapee Lake. In
addition to his large interest in the express com-
pany and his farm, he was interested in real estate
in Concord and Chicago, in hotel property in the
mountain districts, in railway corporations, in
banks, in manufacturing establishments, and in ship-
ping. He was a director in the Manchester & Law-
fence, the Franconia & Profile House, and Mount
Washington railroads, and in the National State
Capital Bank. He was a trustee of the Loan and
Trust Savings Bank of Concord, of the Reform
School, Home for the Aged, the Orphans' Home,
and other private and public trusts. Mr. White
was a man of noble character. As a child he grew
up under christian influences ; as a young man he
was honest, honorable, free from vices, prudent,
economical, temperate, diligent in business, ener-
getic and well-liked ; as a man he was strong, firm,
reliable in every way, tactful, successful, and one
who was sought out to care for the interests of
others because he had succeeded so well in the
management of his own affairs. Mr. and Mrs.
White were among the foremost members of the
Universalist Church of Concord, and he was ever
striving to spread the faith that was in him. Among
the liberal contributors to Tufts College, he was
the friend of education and every liberal move-
ment, and ever cherished a keen interest in the
welfare of mankind. He did more than any other
one man to retain the capital at Concord, both giv-
ing land and contributing in cash to buy land of

Mr. White was married November i, 1836, to
Armenia S. Aldrich, who was born November i,
1817, in Mendon, Massachusetts, a daughter of
John and Harriet (Smith) Aldrich (see Aldrich,
VI). Mrs. White has always been interested in
the movement for woman suffrage and every effort
for the improvement of the condition of her sex.
She was a warm friend of Frances E. Willard and
other workers in the field of human advancement,
whose warm regards have ever been hers. On the
maternal side Mrs. White's ancestry includes the
Pilgrims of the "Mayflower" — Edward Doty,
Francis Cooke, and Stephen Hopkins, also Mr.
Hopkin's second wife, Elizabeth, and their daughter,
Damaris, who both came with him to Plymouth.
Mrs. White's mother, whose maiden name was Har-
riet Smith, was a daughter of Samuel Smith and
his wife Hope Doten, who married at Plymouth, Mas-
sachusetts, May 3, 1791. The "Doty-Doten Gene-
alogy" shows that Hope Doten. born in 1765, was
a daughter of James and Elizabeth (Kempton)
Doten, and was descended from Edward Doty and
his wife. Faith Clark, through John and Elizabeth
(Cooke) Doty, Isaac and Martha (Faunce) Do-
ten, and Isaac and Mary (Lanham) Doten, Isaac
being father of James and grandfather of Hope Do-
ten. Mrs. White's maternal grandmother, Eliza-

beth, wife of John Doty or Doten, was the daugh-
ter of Jacob Cooke (son of Francis) and his wife,
Damaris, daughter of Stephen Hopkins and his wife

Nathaniel and Armenia S. (Aldrich) White
were the parents of seven children: John A., Ar-
menia E., Lizzie H., Annie Frances, born May 22,
1852, died November 9, 1865; Nathaniel, Seldon F.,
born July 13, 1857, died April 24, 1858; and Ben-
jamin C. They also adopted and reared a daugh-
ter Hattie S., who is now the widow of D. P. Dear-
born, M. D., late of Brattleboro, Vermont.

(IX) Colonel John A. White, eldest son of Na-
thaniel and Armenia S. (Aldrich) White, was born
March 31, 1838, died November 26, 1899. He mar-
ried, October 5, 1869, Elizabeth Mary Corning. She
died in May, 1873, leaving no children. He married
(second), August 31, 1881, Ella H. Corning, a
cousin of his first wife. Arnold White, of Con-
cord. New Hampshire, born October 20, 1883, is
the only child of this union.

(IX) Armenia E. White, born March 22, 1847,
married Horatio Hobbs, who died April 24, 1889.
He left two children: Nathaniel White Hobbs,
born November i, 1873; and Annie White Hobbs,
born July 28, 1875.

(IX) Lizzie H. White married, October 12, 1881,
C. H. Newhall, of Lynn, Massachusetts. She died
December 12, 1887.

(IX) Nathaniel White, Jr., born June 8, 1855,
and died October 4, 1904, was a citizen of Con-
cord. He was general manager of the farm and
other properties left by his father, and was a di-
rector of the Mt. Washington Railway Company.
He married, November 17, 1881, Helen Eastman,
daughter of Charles S. and Charlotte (Bedlow)
Eastman. They had two children: Nathaniel Al-
drich, born November 19, 1883; and Charlotte,
July 21, 1889.

(IX) Benjamin Cheney White was born June
16, 1861. He is a resident of Concord, and is a di-
rector of the State Capital Bank, the Concord
& Montreal railroad, and manager of the White Op-
era House, Concord. He married, January 12,
1887, Mabel M. Chase, of Concord, daughter of
James H. and Augusta S. (Lamprey) Chase. They
had two children : James Chase, born August, 1890.
died October 5, 1895; and Rose Aldrich, born June
5> 1895.

(Second Family.)
The branch of the White family with
WHITE which this narrative is concerned
traces its descent from Robert White,
a native and resident of Scotland, and a Presbyterian
in religion. His two sons, Robert and James, came
to America from northern Ireland about 1729, first
locating in Lancaster, Massachusetts. Prior to
1740 they located in the town of Pembroke, New
Hampshire, where they resided the remainder of
their lives, and were farmers by occupation. Rob-
ert White took a deed of his right in Suncook
of Benjamin Prescott, of Groton, Massachusetts,
March 10, 1732, and deeded one-half of the same
to James White, April to, 1733. Both probably lo-
cated soon afterward on lot number 54, first di-
vision, Robert on the southerly and James on the
northerly half.

(I) James White, above mentioned, married in
Scotland a Miss McAllister, and their children
were: Isaac, Mary Moore and Jane.

(II) Isaac, eldest child and only son of James

and — (McAllister) White, was born in

Pembroke in 1736. He resided on the homestead
upon which his father located, and followed farm-




ing. He sold this farm to Samuel Kimball, and
bought another on the street, February' 10, 1773,
and subsequently sold it to John Head, of Brad-
ford, Massachusetts. About 1778 he settled in Bow,
on land now occupied by his descendants. His
first house stood on the site now occupied by the
school house in district No. 3, known as the White
district. December 15, 1765, he married Mary
Moore, of Pembroke. She was born in March,
1739, and died March 29, 1838; he died in August,
1806. Their children were: i. Margaret, born
October i, 1766; married Moody Dow, of Concord,
New Hampshire. 2. Mary, born July 11, 1768;
married Jonathan Cavis, of Bow. 3. James, born
April 21, 1770; married Polly Alexander, Novem-
ber 28, 1779. 4. Robert, born May 7, 1772; mar-
rier Sarah Frye. 5. Mary Ann, born May 21,
1774; married Jonathan Farmer, June 15, 1797. 6.
John, born May 9, 1776; died unmarried. 7. Isaac,
born November 6, 1778; married Elizabeth Ryder.
8. David, born March 22, 1781 ; married Betsey
Carter. 9. Nancy, born September 21, 1783 ; mar-
ried Chauncey Newell. 10. Daniel, (mentioned at
length in this article). 11. Susan, born July 12,
1789; married Wells Carter. 12. Betsey, born
June 2, 1792; married a Mr. Cavis, and resided in

(HI) David, eighth child and fifth son of Isaac
and Mary (Moore) White, was born March 22,
1781. He resided in the town of Bow, and was a
farmer by occupation. He married, July 16, 1807,
Betsey Carter, daughter of Colonel John Carter
(see Carter, VI), of Concord, and died June 29,
1833. His children were: i. Lucy Carter, born
May I, 1808, died November 14, 1835. 2. Rev.
John Brown, born March 10, 1810; married (first),
Mary P. Merriman, and (second), Elizabeth R.
Wright, and died in Greenville, Illinois. 3. Rob-
ert Davis, born March 5, 1812 ; married Mary
Shute, of Bow, and lived and died in that town.

4. Uella, born July 7. 1814, died August i, 1814.

5. Emily, born July 13, 1816 : married John Albin.
(See Albin, II). 6. Judith Cofiin, born October 16,
1819; married, February 10, 1842, William Albin
(see Albin, II). 7. David, mentioned below. 8.
Henry Kirk, born September 3, 1S30, died Decem-
ber 2. 1809, in Bow.

(IV) David (2), seventh child and third son of
David (i) and Betsey (Carter) White, was born in
the town of Bow, New Hampshire, April 11, 1826,
and his education was received in the public schools
of his native town. While he was a resident of
Bow he followed farming, and w-as also interested
in the lumber business. Later he located in Con-
cord, where he continued in the latter occupation.
He was a member of the Universalist Church in
Concord. In politics he supported the principles
and policies of the Democratic party. He married,
December 29, 1853, Charlotte Page, daughter of
Jeremiah and IMehitable (Shute) Page. She was
born January 29, 1832, and died August 4. 1876,
surviving her husband, who died August 17, 1875.
They were the parents of two children : i. David
Waldo, born June 30, 1864. 2. Una Gertrude, born
in Concord. October 2, 1869 ; married Richard C.
Goodell : she died April, 1895, in Antrim, New

(V) David Waldo, eldest child and only son of
David (2) and Charlotte (Page) White, was born
in the city of Concord. New Hampshire, June 30,
1864. He received his education in the public
schools of his native city, in Tilton Seminary, and
in Dartmouth College, from which he graduated in
the class of 1887. After his graduation he entered

the employ of the Lake Shore railway, in the engi-
neering department, and subsequently was appointed
to the position of engineer of the Concord street
railway. In 1899 he purchased the flour, feed, hay
and lime business of F. Coffin, in Concord, which
he has successfully conducted to the present time.
He is owner of the family homestead in Bow,
where he with his family passes the summer
months, their residence being in the city of Con-
cord during the remainder of the year. He takes
an active part in community affairs. He is a Re-
publican in politics, and in 1902 was elected as a
representative in the legislature from the town of
Bow. He is a member of various fraternal and
social bodies — Blazing Star Lodge, No. 11, An-
cient Free and Accepted Masons; White Mountain
Lodge, No. 5, Independent Order of Odd Fellows ;
and Bow Grange, No. 189, of which he has been
master. He married, June 28, 1893, Miss Eva May
Colby, daughter of Anthon W. and Jessie Louise
(Brown) Colby (see Colby, VII). She was born
June 10, 1874. Their children are: i. Lloyd
David, born in Concord, May 29, 1894, died May
10, 1897. 2. Una Goodell, born in Concord. Au-
gust 21, 1895, 3. Irene Bernice, born in Concord,
September 14, 1898,

(III) Daniel, tenth child and sixth son of Isaac
and Mary (Moore) White, born in Bow, March 22,
1786, died March 16, 1826, was a blacksmith and
stoneworker, and lived in Bow. He married. July
13, 1815, Mary Carter, of Bow, born May 3, 1793,
died January it, 1847, daughter of Moses and Molly
(Robinson) Carter (see Carter, VI), who lived

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