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The American progenitor of the White family of Freetown and Acushnet, Massachusetts, William White, was a passenger on the Mayflower and an early settler of Rochester, Mass. The Freetown branch of the family, headed by Thomas White (1722-1799), principally consisted of yeomen farmers, although one member, Marchant White (ca. 1795-1880), served as a Massachusetts state legislator in 1856. William White (1721-1817) was the head of the Acushnet branch of the family whose most notable members, William White (1757-1865) and his sons, Phineas White (1785-1877), William White Jr. (b. 1787), and Benjamin White (b. 1798), owned and operated a cotton mill from about 1800-1844 in a part of Fairhaven which later became the town of Acushnet. The mill was built near the site of a sawmill and between 1800-1814, several other buildings were added to the complex including a gristmill, dye house, and dwellings for operatives. Before the company was sold in 1844, it was known as William White Jr. & Company until 1841 and then as Phineas White & Company from 1841-1844.
Of primary importance among the materials in this collection are the business records of William White Jr. & Company and its successor, Phineas White & Company, cotton manufacturers at Fairhaven, Mass. The records of the former company encompass a ledger, 1815-1845, labor records, 1822-1831, and deeds, 1777-1841. The latter company is represented by financial records, 1841-1845, including a day book, and incoming correspondence, 1842-1844.
Other papers in this collection reflect the activities of members of the Acushnet and Freetown, Mass., branches of the White family from 1746-1916, and include correspondence; deeds, estate records, guardianship papers, and similar legal documents; general and tax receipts, bills, promissory notes, and similar financial records; and personal papers. Family members represented by the largest amount of material are William White, 1780-1829, his son Phineas White, 1828-1907, and his grandson, Augustus White, 1853-1916.
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Photograph of house of William White (1721-1817), built in 1741 in Acushnet, ca. 1950. 1 item.
Materials in this collection were given to the Old Dartmouth Historical Society by Miss Emma L. White in 1957 and on 21 September 1966.
Processed by: Barbara B. Austen ca. 1982
Encoded by: Robbin Smith, 09 January 2012
Funds for processing this collection were provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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Account books--Fairhaven, Mass.--1815-1845
Distribution of decedents' estates--Mass.--Acushnet
Phineas White & Company, Fairhaven, Mass.
Taxation of personal property--Mass.--Acushnet
Taxation of personal property--Mass.--Fairhaven
White, Ansel, 1796-1871
White, Augustus, fl. 1853-1916
White, Benjamin, b. 1798
White, Hannah B, b. 1804
White, Hannah Brown, b. ca. 1775
White, Henry C, b. 1877
White, Henry, fl. 1867
White, John, fl. 1819-1831
White, Joseph, b. 1755
White, Marchant, d. 1802
White, Marchant, d. 1880
White, Melora, fl. 1880-1890
White, Phineas Jr., fl. 1860-1877
White, Phineas, 1785-1877
White, Thomas Jr., fl. 1806-1841
White, Thomas, 1722-1799
White, William Jr., b. 1787
White, William, 1757-1835
William White Jr., & Company, Fairhaven, Mass.
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