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HISTORY OF TEXAS. 639
Jones; Mary, deceased, married J. R.Jones;
Sanders, a resident of Leon county; and an
infant who died.
The father of our subject, Joseph White,
is not an educated mnan, in fact he grew up
when school-houses were considered somewhat
of a novelty in Texas, and when private
teachers were partakers of the hospitality
of those only who could afford luxuries. At
the age of seventeen Mr. White married, and
undertook the battle of life with a few head
of horses and cattle as his only capital. In
1844 lie settled where he now lives, on Jones
prairie, making a hundred acre purchase.
Hie has re-invested some of his profits in real
estate, owning now 720 acres and cultivating
300 acres of it. He produces a large amount
of cotton annually, enough to warrant his
owning and operating a gin, with which he
does work for the public also.
Mr. White was very extensively engaged
in the stock business both before and after
the war, closing out about 1868. Out of this
he made his greatest profit. When he entered
the army his large lierd of cattle was
left without a protector and to shift for
itself, and as a consequence many were lost,
the year 1863 being especially disastrous because
of the severe drouth, his loss being
1,000 head. The Brazos and Little rivers
were the only streams furnishing water, and
the cattle were worried out going the long
distance to and froIn it.
In 1862 Joseph White went into the Confederate
army, entering Alfred Johnson's spy
company, which was captured at Arkansas
Post, at which time, luckily for him, Mr.
White was absent, being at home on a furlough.
Upon his return to service lie joined
Colonel Duff's regiment, which operated in
the Indian Nation and the Trans-Mississippi
Department generally. The only fight in
which he participated was one in Arkansas
willie he was connected with the spy colnpany.
In 1841 Mr. White was married to Miss
Sarah, the daughter of William Coinstock, of
Louisiana, and of this union were born thle
following children: Henry C., our subject;
Albert; William; Robert; Elijah, deceased;
James; Emma, the wife of Thomas Roberts;
Mary, the wife of Dred Massengale; Adlee,
the wife of Thomas Estes; and Sallie.
Henry C. White was only partially educated,
the common school system being yet
in its infancy. Until the age of eighteen he
might have been seen the most of his time
armed with a whip and spur astride of a
Texas pony. At this age lie entered the
army, under Captain Wayman and Colonel
Duff, and his service was on the Rio Grande
until the fall of 1864 and the spring of 1865,
when lie was transferred to the eastward as
far as Missouri. One little engagement at
Cabin creek, was all of the real glory our subject
obtained out of his service. The commnand
was disbanded at, or near, Port Sullivan
in Milaml county. Since the war Mr.
White has devoted his time to agriculture.
He purchased a 200-acre tract and upon this
he now resides, and 170 acres of this he has
under cultivation, getting, in 1891, sixtyfour
bales of cotton and an increase of sixteen
bales in 1892.
In 1871 Mr. White married Miss Rhoda,
the daughter of Rev. Mr. Mcelorse, of William
son county. There are no living children
of this union, and Mrs. White died in
1873. One year later Mr. White married
Miss Harriet Ann Stockman, of Alabama, and
no children of this union yet survive, and in
1876 our subject again mourned the loss of a
companion. His third and last marriage
occurred in 1878, to Miss Rosy, a daughter
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