Person:James White (125)

Gen. James White
d.14 August 1821 Knox County, Tennessee
m. Abt. 1740
  1. David WhiteAbt 1740 -
  2. William WhiteAbt 1742 -
  3. Elizabeth White1743 -
  4. John WhiteAbt 1744 -
  5. Gen. James White1747 - 1821
  6. Sarah Whiteest 1748-1764 -
  7. Jean Whiteest 1748-1764 -
  8. Mary WhiteAbt 1754 -
  9. Katherine White1755 -
  10. Penelope White1766 - 1819
  • HGen. James White1747 - 1821
  • WMary Lawson1742 - 1819
m. 14 APR 1770
  1. Margaret White1771 -
  2. Judge Hugh Lawson White1773 - 1840
  3. Moses White1775 -
  4. Andrew White1779 -
  5. Mary McConnell White1782 -
  6. Cynthia Berry White1786 - 1855
  7. Millenda White1789 -
Facts and Events
Name[1] Gen. James White
Gender Male
Birth? 8 August 1747 Rowan County, North Carolina
Marriage 14 APR 1770 Rowan County, North Carolinato Mary Lawson
Death? 14 August 1821 Knox County, Tennessee
Reference Number? Q6145411?

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James White (1747 – August 14, 1821) was an American pioneer and soldier who founded Knoxville, Tennessee, in the early 1790s. Born in Rowan County, North Carolina, White served as a captain in the county's militia during the American Revolutionary War. In 1783, he led an expedition into the upper Tennessee Valley, where he discovered the future site of Knoxville. White served in various official capacities with the failed State of Franklin (1784–1788) before building White's Fort in 1786. The fort was chosen as the capital of the Southwest Territory in 1790, and White donated the land for a permanent city, Knoxville, in 1791. He represented Knox County at Tennessee's constitutional convention in 1796. During the Creek War (1813), White served as a brigadier general in the Tennessee militia.

White had a reputation for patience and tactfulness that was often lacking in his fellow Euro-American settlers on the Appalachian frontier.[1] As lieutenant colonel commandant of the Knox County militia, White managed to defuse a number of potentially hostile situations between the settlers and the local Native Americans. He donated the land for many of Knoxville's early public buildings, and helped establish Blount College (now the University of Tennessee). White's descendants continued to play prominent roles in the political and economic affairs of Knoxville into the twentieth century.[1]

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Information on James White

From "Tennessee Cousins", by Worth S. Ray, pg. 247:

Moses White and Mary Campbell were the parents of Moses White, Rowan County, North Carolina, who married Mary McConnell and became the father of Gen. James White, whose wife was Mary Lawson, and who was the founder of Knoxville, Tennessee.

(23) James3 WHITE, Gen, (Moses2 WHITE, Moses1) was born Aug 8, 1747 at Rowan Co., NC, and on Apr 14, 1770 at Rowan Co., NC, married (34) Mary LAWSON, daughter of Hugh LAWSON, who was born in 1742. James died on Aug 14, 1822 at Knox Co., Tn. Mary died on Mar 10, 1819 at Knox Co., Tn.

Notes for James WHITE Gen:

James White was a soldier, public offical, Founder of Knoxville, born in Rowan Co., NC now part of Iredell Co. NC. His parents were Moses and Mary White. During the American Revolution, James White was a Captain of the N.C. Militia, he was entitled for his military services to a grant of land. In that year he with Robert Love, Francis A. Ramsey, Alexander McMillan and others made a tour of exploration to select desirable tracts of land in East Tennessee. They traveled as far down the Holston (Now the Tennessee) river as the present Lenoir City. The next year Capt. White moved from N.C. to Fort Chiswell, Va, whre he remained about one year. In 1785, he helped organize the State of Franklin, & was member of the General Assembly and its Constitutional Convention that met at Greenville. That same year he removed with his family to what is now Knox County and settled on the North side of the French Broad, near the present Riverdale, the same place that Alexander Campbell, who established Campbell's Station later, had lived on in 1790. The next year, 1786, Capt. White and some other families settled on White's Creek, built a cabin and cleared lands. 1789 he was representative from Hawkins Co. in the Legislature of N.C. and a member of the convention that ratified the Constitution of the U.S. In 1790 he was appointed by Wm. Blount Major of militia and Justice of the Peace of Hawkins Co. Oct 3, 1791 the town of Knoxville was laid out and Knox Co. created from Hawkins and Greene Co., and Major white was appointed lieutenant-colonal commendant. Was member of the territorial H. of R. and Knox Co. member of the Constitution convention & Senator & resigned his seat for William Blount, etc.

35 + Margaret4 WHITE b. Apr 8 1771 d. Aug 27 1827
36 + Hugh Lawson WHITE b. Oct 30 1773 d. Apr 10 1840
37 + Moses WHITE b. Apr 22 1775
38 + Andrew WHITE b. May 9 1779
39 + Mary McConnell WHITE b. Nov 11 1782
40 + Cynthia Berry WHITE b. Apr 7 1786 d. Aug 11 1855
41 + Melinda WHITE b. Feb 15 1789 d. Mar 2 1838
  1. Tennessee Cousins, A History of Tennessee People, by Worth S. Ray, Genealogical Publishing Co., 1984, pg. 722.
  2.   Jeanette Tillotson Acklen (compiled). Tennessee Bible Records and Marriage Bonds, comp. by Jeannette T. Acklen. (Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1980), pg. 118.