William White (1822-1896) was the third son of John White (c.1779-1861) and Harriet White nee Davis (c. 1789-1873). William, was baptised at St. Andrew’s Church, Bloxworth on 6 October 1822.
William married Elizabeth Kingsbury Fry (1827-1900) in 1846. Elizabeth, baptised at Bloxworth on 23 March 1823, was the daughter of William Fry and Deborah Kingsbury who married at Morden in November 1808. William and Elizabeth had five children, all born at Bloxworth:
- James Edward White (1850-1919)
- George White (1852-1899)
- Harriet Deborah White (1854-1947)
- Edmund William White (1859-1896)
- Charles White (1861-1913)
In 1851 William, aged 20, was an agricultural labourer living at Woodlake in the parish of Bloxworth with wife Elizabeth aged 23 and young son James aged just 1. Ten years later the family of seven was complete, still living at Woodlake and with William still a labourer.
By 1871 the family were living at Willwood, Kingston with William now employed as gamekeeper and Elizabeth a laundress. James a bricklayer, Harriet a schoolteacher and Edmund and Charles scholars. George was a live-in servant for Nathaniel Bond over at Creech Grange. By 1881, George had returned to Willwood and was following in his father’s footsteps as a gamekeeper. James and Harriet had left home, Edmund had become a general labourer and Charles had become a carpenter journeyman.
Ten years on, William now aged 69 was still employed as a gamekeeper, and sons Edmund and Charles were living there still, both unmarried.
William died on 6 February 1896 aged 73 and was buried two days later in the lower churchyard behind the old church.
Elizabeth died on 12 January 1900 aged 72 and was buried three days later, also in the lower churchyard but in a separate grave.
More information of William’s parents:
John White (c.1779-1861) was born at White Bay in Newfoundland, Canada c.1779.
It is likely his parents had migrated to Newfoundland through the Port of Poole which had strong links with the emerging colony. By his late thirties, John was living in England, as he married Harriet Davis (c. 1789-1873) at Bloxworth St. Andrew on 28 January 1817. Harriet, also in her late thirties, had a three year old son, Thomas Miles Davis, from a previous relationship. John and Harriet had six sons, all baptised at Bloxworth: Edward born in 1818, James in 1820, William in 1822, John in 1827, George in 1834 and Joseph in 1836 (when Harriet was aged 47). Joseph died as an infant just two years later. John senior, an agricultural labourer, died in 1861 aged 82 and Harriet died a decade later in 1873 aged 85. They are buried at Bloxworth.