It is with great sadness that I pass along the news of Mary Spencer Betts (daughter of Howard and Mary White Spencer) has left us to join Bill and Kerry. She had been fighting cancer for about a year and wasn’t expected to be with us until Thanksgiving 2019, but was able to survive an additional two months. May she rest in peace. Service details are not available at this time.
On the hunt for more Revolutionary War ancestors after my visit to Yorktown, VA. I have now submitted two more on the White side of the family. They are George Eckert and Samuel Milliken/Milligan. Now the wait is on for the year it will take before they are reviewed by NSDAR. In the meantime, I’m trying to find a woman in my ancestry that may have assisted in the Rev. War. Always a feather in your cap if you have one of the ladies proven.
Yorktown is a wonderful place to visit. They have an American Revolution of Yorktown Museum that is worth the trip. They have an encampment that is very interesting. This includes a kitchen, medical facility, supply hut and very knowledgeable staff.
Inside of the museum there are many artifacts and movies. Both are helpful in following the war. This is a State of Virginia museum. Kudos to Virginia for such a wonderful asset. The museum is designed with many areas that flow one into another and they seem to go on forever. It is truly an amazing place to visit.
The battlefield at Yorktown is also very interesting. Suggestion – don’t try to drive your motorhome around the battlefield. We found a couple of areas we couldn’t access because of the bulk of this RV even though it is small by comparison to most. We saw the redoubts taken by the Patriots, the digs that the soldiers did in the middle of the night to surprise the British, the National Cemetery, the Yorktown Victory Monument, and lots of wildlife.
The Moore House is especially nice. It is fully restored and historically is the home where the terms of agreement of surrender were worked out. It is not the house where the British signed the agreement. Still worth the visit if you like old homes.
This was a special week of White family connecting. Cousin Tim White, from California, called and we had a lovely discussion about our family. Probably the last time I saw him was in the 1960’s when we were visiting Great Uncle Tom White, my grandfather’s brother, in Harrisburg. I’m hoping to catch up with him next time he is in PA and show him where our family grew up, married, had children and are buried, starting with the Gailey-White cemetery in Marysville.
I also got a note from Cousin Lesley Padgett Austin that James Hooker III passed away November 5th and also that his mother, Ann passed away in April of this year. We were in Colorado Springs a couple of years ago and had a lovely lunch with James and Deborah. So glad we take advantage of these opportunities while we are traveling to catch up with relatives.
Mom and I met the Spencer’s in Malvern for lunch this week. What a wonderful visit with Bob, Phil and Mary (Betts), and Sid Baglini. Bob is the oldest of the Alex and Mary Ella (Hess) White grandchildren at 97 years. Still very active as are his siblings. We had a wonderful time reminiscing about visiting “The Farm”, meaning a trip for the Spencer’s to Snedekerville, PA. Growing up in Sned, we always were excited for the Philadelphia cousins to visit and spent much of our time exploring the hills and bringing in the cows.
My nephew, Jeffrey Carroll, also came for a visit and to spend some time with Grandma White. Now living in Lockport, NY it is quite a trip, but we are thankful for the time he makes to visit with Mom. She is a good hostess and so proud of her new digs in Elizabethtown at the Masonic Village.
At this time of the year with, Christmas closing in on us, family is THE most important things in our lives. Here’s hoping this new year will bring us more family visits.
Another death in the family to report – Aunt Bertha Dean White Wolfe has passed away at the age of 94. She was the wife of Hugh Alexander White, my Dad’s brother, who died in 1962. Bertha remarried Robert Wolfe, who died in 2013. She was born in Snedekerville, PA, one of the few of this generation who could say she was born and lived almost her entire life there.
Bertha and Bob Wolfe lived on a farm on Snederville Road, but with the address of Columbia Cross Roads. When Grandma Effie White died in 1963, the post office she ran in Snedekerville was moved to a Columbia Cross Roads address, thus ending zip code 16944.
The Snedekerville Post Office served this rural area for many years and covered a large area that went into Tioga County, PA. Effie’s husband, Walter was the Postmaster before her, but she took over and continued the position of Postmistress of Snedekerville, from 1953-1963.
Reservations are starting to arrive for the July 23rd White Family reunion. If you know someone who isn’t on my mailing or emailing list, please share the information. We would love to have as many of Alex and Mary Ella’s children represented as possible.
There is a block of rooms at the Comfort Inn Lancaster – Rockvale Outlets, 24 S. Willowdale Dr. in Lancaster. You will need to request White Family Reunion rooms. There may be some confusion since they were formerly Holiday Inn Express, but are now Comfort Inn Lancaster – Rockvale Outlets 877-859-5095 or 717-293-9500.
Also, we are using Perfect Potluck to sign up for what you are bringing. Distance travelers, if you want to bring something easy like snack foods, let me know if you will need containers and I can provide those. http://www.perfectpotluck.com
The group for Perfect Potluck is Hershey, password 1203.
Hope to see you there.
We have the place, time, food and now we need you — to fill in the attached form so we know you are coming to the Alexander and Mary Ella (Hess) White family reunion July 23, 2016 at Paradise Park, Paradise, PA.
Meet those cousins you never knew you had. Bring your photos, histories, and stories to share. Please share this information with your brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles.
This has been the Christmas of sad news with numerous friends and relatives passing away. I have one to share. Sara Jane Bell Nebiolo passed away in August 2015. She is a cousin on the Bell side of the family and there are far too many already. I grew up knowing her as Janie Bell and when I moved to Hershey, occasionally visited with her parents, George and Sara Bell who lived in Harrisburg.
Janie and I reconnected and she was coming for a visit, but something came up so she was unable to Hershey at that time. We have kept in touch occasionally, mostly at Christmas, so was very happy to see Thomas’ name pop up on our TV. Thomas was calling to let me know about Janie’s passing. She had a stroke in June and just never recovered.
Please remember Sara Jane, Thomas and son, Ted in your prayers. And reach out to those who you haven’t been in touch with for a while before they too, join that great triumvirate.
It is better to carry a single flower
To a living friend at any hour
Then to pile roses white and red
Upon their coffin when their dead.
It’s that time again to gather the troops. I have set up the date for the Alexander Right and Mary Ella (Hess) White families to gather July 23, 2016 at Paradise Park, Paradise, PA. It is just off Route 30. Pavilion #2. Further details will be coming in the New Year.
Please mark your calendars so you can be plan to be there.
It was a wonderful celebration of Romaine Myers Roberts life at the Glenvale Church of God this past Saturday (Oct. 31, 2015) as she was laid to rest. The children of Romaine and Jim Roberts offered memories that made you smile and shed a tear.
Romaine and Jim were married 66 years and as long as I’ve known them, were residents of Kings Highway in Marysville, PA. It is another wonderful wife, mother, grandmother gone now.
For the White’s who don’t know Jim and Romaine, Jim is descended from James McMaster White, whose daughter, Sarah White married a Roberts. Jim took care of the Gailey-White Cemetery along with Harold Branyan for many years. Many of the older generations of Roberts are also buried there.
Some time ago Cousin Mark Myers was in to PA for a visit and asked if we had any White’s who fought in the Revolutionary War. I answered that I thought they came to late, but then questioned if I ever looked. I set out to look for an ancestor and with little effort found Thomas White. Actually, Thomas was not a soldier, but pay the Pennsylvania Supply Tax that helped fund the war. So Mark, yes we do have an ancestor that makes you eligible for Sons of the American Revolution or Sons of the Revolution. Two separate organizations.
Well, it finally was approved. My two submissions for Revolutionary War Patriot, Thomas White, was approved adding two more bars to my NSDAR chest of pins. Because Thomas’ great grandchildren married, I can apply for two lines for the same patriot. I recently was approved for a second line of Adam Shafer.
So, all of you White’s who want to join NSDAR, I have paved the way for this line. Just let me know if you are interested in joining the Daughters of the American Revolution and I can help with your application.
While I’m on the subject of White Descendants, we will be having a White Reunion next July 2016. I am looking for a place to hold the picnic, but hope to have a Lancaster County, PA site soon. So stand by and keep checking my blog. With this much lead time, I’m hoping the Westcoast cousins will try to make it in for the occasion.