"More people of Irish descent live in the United
States than in Ireland itself" claims DK
Publishing's Eyewitness Travel Guide for
Although not yet proven, our family's oral
history says our lineage is Irish. On the 1900
Franklin County, KY Thornhill Precinct, Census of
Population (Vol 23, ED 73, Sheet 4, Line 50)
beside the entry for Thomas Lee White there was a
notation in the "where are you from" column reading
Ireland. Contributing researchers Diane
R. Prewitt (White) and Pam
Dale (White) have traced family roots back to
Virginia in 1805 with hope of extending that to the
Further links in Virginia are being researched
and the jump to Ireland is yet to be discovered.
The Surname White, present on the Mayflower and in
Virginia and Massachusets early history makes
research quite challenging. In a recent visit to
the Library of Virginia I discovered that there
were 32 John White's wills recorded in Colonial
Virginia. A John White, who was an Irish artist,
came to America with Sir Walter Raleigh. Also a
John White was responsible for settling the Roanoke
Colony and there are many references to him which
clutters any attempt to find our Col. John White,
the current search focus.
The surname White is documented in Irish history
to 17th Century Ireland in Counties Down, Kildare
& Sligo. Richard White, an Irish war hero, was
named the first Earl of Bantry in the late 1700's.
The inscription on the crest "deFaoite" is the
Galic pronunciation of White.