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Below is a family biography included in The History of McDonald County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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James M. White was born in Maury County, Tenn., on January 16, 1841. He is a son of Robert A. White, who was born near Dublin, Ireland, and when ten years of age was brought to Nashville, Tenn., where he was reared and educated. In 1854 he immigrated to Greene County, Mo., settling near Springfield, where he spent the remainder of his life. James M. White secured a good education in the Springfield city schools. When a boy he learned the bricklayer and plasterer’s trade, at which he worked until the beginning of the Civil War. On June 2, 1861, he enlisted in the Federal army, joining Company C, Second Kansas Volunteer Infantry, with which he served until his term of enlistment had expired, it being three months. He then enlisted in Company I, Twenty-fourth Missouri Volunteer Infantry, and served until 1864, when he veteranized in Company C, One Hundred and Eleventh Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served until the war was over. He participated in the following engagements: Wilson Creek, Fredericktown, Belmont, Pea Ridge, Pittsburgh Landing, Fort Donelson, Corinth, Yazoo Bayou, Champion Hills, Jackson, Miss., the siege of Vicksburg, Fort Derusa, La., Pleasant Hill, Marksville Prairie, Yellow Bayou, Pilot Knob, Columbia, Franklin, siege of Nashville and Fort Blakely. Mr. White was wounded in the head at Fort Derusa by a piece of shell. He was wounded twice in the left leg, once by a shell and the other time by a bayonet, at Franklin, Tenn., and was shot in the right leg by a musket ball at Pilot Knob. He draws a pension, and was appointed superintendent of the National Cemetery at Springfield, Mo., in 1866. He filled this position, until 1874, when he resigned and went to Denison, Tex., removing to Waco, Tex., the following year. Thence he came to Joplin, Mo., in 1877, and came to McDonald County two years later, settling on his little farm of sixty acres, where he now resides. He was married on February 11, 1866, to Jennie A. Keltner, a daughter of William Keltner (deceased). She died leaving one child, John L., who was born on June 29, 1867. Mr. White married Mrs. Georgia Long on June 6, 1888. She was the widow of Frank Long, and a daughter of John Anderson. By her first marriage she has one child, Lillie Long. Mrs. White was born in Canada, near Montreal.

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This family biography is one of 82 biographies included in The History of McDonald County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: McDonald County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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