Jennie M. White gravestone
(Photo by Vernon B. Paddock)

B. April 7, 1860 in Illinois
D. March 30, 1861 (ae. 11 mos, 23 d’s)
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(NOTE: “Horatio White” and “Jannie M.” are also listed on the gravestone of “Nahum White” and “Maria wife of Nahum White” buried in the Grant Cemetery, Ingleside, Lake County, IL)

  • Father: Edward Newell White born July 26, 1829 in Cummington, Hampshire County, MA, son of Nahum White (1800-1875) and Maria (Kingman) White (1806-1875); married Hannah Hamlin on June 15, 1851; Edward died March 7, 1898 in Spirit Lake, Dickinson County, IA; buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Spirit Lake, Dickinson County, IA (NOTE: Edward was the brother of Horatio N. White (See section pertaining to Horatio N. White buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery))

According to the Spirit Lake Beacon (Spirit Lake, IA) Friday, March 11, 1898, page 3:

“WHITE. At his home in Spirit Lake, March 7th, Edward N. White, of paralysis, aged 69 years.
   Death in this instance came as a relief from long suffering, the deceased having been an invalid and great sufferer for several years. He was born in Cumington, Massachusetts, and when a small boy moved with his parents to Lake county, Ohio, later locating at Waukegan, Illinois, where he accumulated quite a fortune and united in marriage with Miss Hannah Hamlin, the companion who survives him, in 1854. As a result of this union seven children were born – Loren, Charles, Newell, Horatio, Sadie and Mrs. A. H. Jemerson, one dying in infancy. In 1881 the family came to this county, where they have since resided, with the exception of Loren and Newell, who for a number of years have resided at Estherville. Misfortune in business exhausted the fortune of the deceased before coming to this county, and since his residence here he has been a very poor health most of the time. He was a machinist and wheelwright by trade.
   Funeral services were conducted in the Presbyterian church by the pastor, Wednesday afternoon.
   The family keenly appreciate the kindness of neighbors and friends in their hour of affliction, and extend sincere thanks for the kind and thoughtful assistance rendered.”

  • Mother: Hannah (Hamlin) White born August 28, 1837 in Cattaraugus County, NY; Hannah died September 13, 1920 in Dickinson County, IA; buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Spirit Lake, Dickinson County, IA

According to the Spirit Lake Beacon (Spirit Lake, IA) Thursday, September 16, 1920, page 1:


   A veil of sadness rests over a number of Spirit Lake homes this week caused by the death of Mrs. Edward Newell White, mother of Mrs. L. B. Lindquist, Mrs. A. H. Jemerson and H. E. White, who passed to her eternal rest at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lindquist, aft a long, busy and useful life. Death came on Sunday, surely a most fitting day for a pure spirit to take its flight heavenward. She had but recently entered upon her eighty-fourth year and had always been very active until the last few months when she began to fail.
   The funeral services were conducted from the L. B. Lindquist home Wednesday afternoon by Rev. R. N. Miles of the Presbyterian church. Interment was made in the family lot beside her husband in Lake View cemetery.
   Hannah Hamlin White was born in Cattaragus county, N. Y., on August 28, 1837. When she was about 14 years of age she moved with her parents to DeKalb county, Illinois, where she resided until her marriage to Edward Newell White on June 15, 1851. Mr. and Mrs. White took up their residence at Hainesville, Lake county, Illinois. To this union were born several children. The eldest child, Jennie, died in infancy. Those remaining to mourn the death of a dear mother are L. E. White of Estherville, H. E. White of Spirit Lake, Charles R. White of Sioux City, and Mrs. L. B. Lindquist of Spirit Lake. One son, H. N. White of Estherville, passed away on June 6, 1910.
   Mrs. White also leaves one brother, Benjamin Hamlin of Lake Villa, Illinois, and several grand children.
   In May 1881 she came with her husband and family to Spirit Lake and has made this place her home since that time. Her husband passed away March 7, 1898. Since that date she has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Lindquist, who has tenderly cared for her during her declining years.
   After a long, busy and useful life, Mrs. White died as she had lived, honored, trusted and loved. She reared her own monument while she lived in the hearts of all who knew her. She was always ready to assist all in distress or need and uncomplainingly did whatever she saw was her duty. Her whole life has been devoted primarily to her home and family, with always a good word for everyone. She has been a mother in the fullest sense. Her life was completed if work all done and well done constitutes completion.”

  • Siblings:
    • Loren Ellsworth White born June 9, 1860 in Hainesville, Lake County, IL; married Anna Turner (1864-1947) on February 12, 1890 in Castle Grove, IA, daughter of James Turner (1830-1898) and Catherine (Welsh) Turner (1833-1924); Loren died July 14, 1944 in Estherville, Emmet County, IL; Loren and Anna are buried in Saint Patrick’s Cemetery, Estherville, Emmet County, IA

According to the Estherville Daily News (Estherville, IA) Thursday, July 20, 1944, page 1:

“L. White
Came to Estherville In
1891 And Has Been Act-
ive In Community Affairs
Since That Time

   Funeral services were held Monday at 9 a.m. in St. Patrick’s church for Loren Ellsworth White who died Friday at his home in Estherville. Services were conducted by Father Keane and internment was made in the Catholic cemetery. 
   Loren Elssworth White was born in Hainesville, Ill., June 9, 1860. He was the oldest child of Edward and Hannah White. His parents and six brothers preceded him in death. Mr. White and his parents moved to a farm east of Spirit Lake in 1888, coming to Estherville in 1891.
   He was united in marriage to Anna Turner in 1890. The Whites had no children of their won but they took into their home a young nephew, Leo Turner and raised him to manhood.
   Two weeks ago Mr. and Mrs. White adopted the nephew who is now married and has four children.
   Mr. White always has taken an active part in community affairs, having served on the police force, as a member of the social welfare board, and as a game warden at Orleans for the state fish and game commission.
   For a number of years he was engaged in the butcher business and also as switchman at the tower for the Rock Island railroad. For the past seven years, White was custodian at the Estherville city hall, where he worked until about two weeks ago when he became seriously ill.
   He died suddenly at his home Friday from a heart attack. He was 84 years old at the time of his death. During his life had made many friends.
   Besides his widow he is survived by his adopted son

    • Charles R. White born November 7, 1865 in Hainesville, Lake County, IL; married Jessie M. Brown (1874-1901) on January 1, 1893; Charles died February 27, 1942 in Omaha, Douglas County, NE; Charles and Jessie are buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Spirit Lake, Dickinson County, IA

According to the Spirit Lake Beacon (Spirit Lake, IA) Thursday, March 5, 1942, page 4:


   Funeral services were conducted at the Burngardner Funeral Home Friday afternoon by Rev. Roy H. Cox for Chas. White of Omaha, Nebr. Mr. White passed away about 4 o’clock Wednesday morning, February 25, at Omaha, following a short illness. Interment was made at the Lakeview cemetery.  
   Chas. R. White was born at Hainesville, Ill., November 7, 1865, son of E. N. White and Hannah Hamlin, and died in Omaha, Nebr., February 25, 1942.
   The deceased was one of a family of six children having two sisters and three brothers of whom two are now living, Mr. L. E. White of Estherville and Mr. H. E. White of Spirit Lake.
   In January, 1893, he was married at Spirit Lake, Iowa, to Jesse Brown. To this union three children were born. Chas. White of St. Louis, Mo., Howard White of Lake Park and Gerald White of Spirit Lake. Mrs. White passed away April 13, 1901.
   Besides the children and relatives he leaves to mourn two grandchildren, one having preceded him in death.
   Mr. White followed the carpenter trade his entire life and had been working up until about two weeks ago.”

    • Minnie Maria (White) Jemerson born November 27, 1867 in Hainesville, Lake County, IL; married Alexander Hoxie “Alex” Jemerson (1858-1930) in Dickinson County, IA; Minnie died September 28, 1931 in Center Grove Township, Dickinson County, IA; Minnia and Alexander are buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Spirit Lake, Dickinson County, IA

According to the Spirit Lake Beacon (Spirit Lake, IA) Thursday, October 1, 1931, page 6:


   Mrs. Minnie Jemerson, aged Spirit Lake resident, who has lived in Dickinson county ever since a child, 13 years of age, passed away Monday morning at the home of her nephew, Howard White, with whom she had made her home. She had not been in very good health for some time, but her death was a very sudden and unexpected.
   Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Moore Funeral chapel.
   Minnie White Jemerson was born near Hainesville, Lake county, Illinois, November 27, 1867. When she was 13 years of age she came with her parents to Dickinson county, moving to a farm east of Spirit Lake. Later moving to Spirit Lake, where she has lived ever since. except a short residence in Estherville.
   She was married to A. H. Jemerson November 28, 1888, and resided on the farm west of Spirit Lake for about two years, moving then to Estherville, where Mr. Jemerson engaged in the meat business with her brother, L. E. White. About two years they moved back to Spirit Lake and have resided here since that time. Her husband, A. H. Jemerson, passed away April 1929. Since then she has been living with her nephew Howard White, who has shown her every kindness.
   She passed away very peacefully September 28, 1931, at the age of 63 years, 11 months, and one day old. She is survived by three brothers, L. E. White, of Estherville; H. E. White, of Spirit Lake, and C. R. White of Omaha, Nebr., and several nieces and nephews.”

    • Newell Horace “Pete” White born September 21, 1871 in Hainesville, Lake County, IL; married Mary Ann Howe on October 20, 1894 (1872-1956) in Estherville, Emmet County, IA, daughter of Patrick Howe (1845-1921) and Ellen Carigg (1853-1910); Newell died June 12, 1910 in Estherville, Emmet County, IA; buried in Saint Patrick’s Cemetery, Estherville, Emmet County, IA

According to the Estherville Democrat (Estherville, IA) Wednesday, June 15, 1910, page 1:

Passed Away Sunday Afternoon After
Brief Illness.

   This community was shocked Sunday afternoon when it was announced that N. H. White had passed away at 2:30. Very few outside of his immediate relatives knew of his serious illness. He had been on the street it seemed only a few days ago and now he was cold in death. His sickness was of short duration. Two weeks ago he remarked that he was not feeling well and remained at home part of the time, coming down town only when business demanded his attention. About ten days ago he was compelled to remain in his room and it was found that he had a well developed case of bronchial pneumonia. He was given the best of medical attention, but to no avail. Death is cruel. It was the writer’s good fortune to have known him long and well and we only knew him to esteem him more highly as the years passed by. Today we miss his kindly smile and friendly greeting; we long in vain to hear the ring of his jovial laughter and to feel again his gentle presence. “Pete” White had many friends in Estherville who regret to learn of his untimely death. He was a devoted father, but greatest of all he was a man.
   He was born in Hainesville, Lake County, Ill., September 22, 1871, and came to Spirit Lake in May 1881. In the spring of 1890 he came to Estherville and soon after engaged in the meat business with his brother, L. E. White, under the firm name of White Brothers and remained in business for several years. For the past ten years he has been engaged in the dray business here. On October 20, 1891, he was married to Mary Howe and to this union six children were born, five of whom are still living. Ellen, Sadie, Mary, Walter and Hazel. Ellen is thirteen years of age and Hazel four. Besided a wife and children he leaves an aged mother, Mrs. E. N. White, two sisters, Mrs. L. Lindquist and Mrs. A. H. Jemerson and one brother, Horatio White, at Spirit Lake, and two brothers, L. E. and Charles White, residing in Estherville. He was a member of the Masonic order, Elks Knights of Pythias, Woodmen, and Estherville Fire Company. He carried $5,000 insurance in the Des Moines Life and $3,000 in the Woodmen. Funeral services will be held at the Catholic church Wednesday morning at 10:30, conducted by Father Kelly, of Graettinger, and his remains interred to the Catholic cemetery.”

    • Horatio Elmer White born April 5, 1870 in Hainesville, Lake County, IL; married Rickie Anna Nagel (1872-1943) on August 11, 1896 in Dickinson County, IA, daughter of John H. Nagel (1838-1909) and Anna (Horn) Nagel (1844-1907); Horatio died April 17, 1944 in Spencer, Clay County, IA; Horatio and Rickie are buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Spirit Lake, Dickinson County, IA

According to the Estherville Daily News (Estherville, IA) Thursday, April 27, 1944, page 1:


   Loren White of Estherville mourns the death of his brother H. E. White of spirit Lake who died at the Delaney Nursing home at Spencer Tuesdoy (sic) morning of last week.  
   Mr. White had been a resident of Spirit Lake for over fifty years. The last several years he has been in ailing healthy and was taken to the nursing home at Spencer about three months ago, where his death comes as a release from much suffering.
   H. E. White is also survived by a daughter, Mrs. C. E. Walston of Los Angeles, Calif., a niece Mrs. Don Col of Oelwein, two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
   Funeral services were held at the Donavan Funeral Parlor Friday aftersoon (sic) at 2 o’clock with the Rev. J. E. Feller officiating.”

    • Sarah Elizabeth “Sadie” (White) Lindquist born April 30, 1874 in Hainesville, Lake County, IL; married Louis “L B” Lindquist; Sarah died July 2, 1926 in Spirit Lake, Dickinson County, IA; buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Spirit Lake, Dickinson County, IA

According to the Spirit Lake Beacon (Spirit Lake, IA) Wednesday, July 8, 1926, page 6:


   Mrs. L. B. Lindquist who has suffered a nervous breakdown about two years ago, and has suffered extremely poor health in spite of all efforts to find relief, passed on from this earthly sphere on Friday forenoon. Only a fortnight before her death she was sent home from the Iowa City hospital as much improved but all of no avail. The sympathy of the community has gone out to the members of the grief stricken family in this, their sad bereavement.
   Sadie Elizabeth White was born at Hainesville, Illinois, April 30, 1874, and died at her home in Spirit Lake, July 2, 1926. At the age of 5 years she came to Spirit Lake where she has since resided except a three year period of time when with her husband and son, she lived in Des Moines. She was married to L. B. Lindquist, May 11, 1898, at Spirit Lake. One son, L. B. Jr., came to bless this home, July 3, 1910.
   Mrs. Lindquist was a member of the Episcopalian church in her youth but with her husband joined the Presbyterian church of Spirit Lake about 17 years ago. Besides her husband and son she leaves one sister, Mrs. Alex Jemerson and three brothers, Loren White of Estherville, Charlie White of Omaha, Nebr., and H. E. White, of Spirit Lake, besides many other relatives and friends.
   The funeral service were held at Presbyterian church Sunday, July 4, at 2:30 p. m. Rev. Herbert Marsh officiated. interment at Lakeview cemetery.”

Additional Information:

According to the 1860 U.S. Census for the Town of Avon, Lake County, IL with a Fox Lake Post Office the household members were:

“Nahum White, age 58, Occupation: Farmer, born in Maine; Maria White, age 54, born in Maine; O. White, age 30, Occupation: Machinist, born in Maine; Edward White, age 29, Occupation: Farmer, born in Maine; Horatio White, age 30, born in New York; H. White, age 20, born in New York; Jenny White, age 1, born in Illinois; George Bar, age 35, Occupation: Farm laborer, born in Scotland.”