ANTHONY   WHITE

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THE STORY AS I KNOW IT

 Anthony White was born about 1700 in  Scotland. - There is no documentation to confirm this

There are a number of web statements that give his parents as James White and Agnes McCloskey.   So far I cannot find documentation.  However, those names were certainly found in Cumberland County where Anthony and his family lived.  Perhaps in the county records may be found.

Again, no documentation, but a lot of circumstantial records imply that Anthony married   Margaret Ralston probably in Cumberland County.  

Settlers first entered the Cumberland Valley between 1725-1727.  The majority were Scots Irish.  The area was first part of Chester County, then Lancaster County and in 1750 Cumberland County.  It is about 40 miles due west of Harrisburg.

There are records in the Cumberland County PA Historical Society that do connect Ralston, Laughlin and White families. They may all have come about the same time from North Ireland and may have known each other there.

*Cumberland County PA Deed Book B1-2  The deed states that Dec. 4, 1760 Andrew Ralston of West Pennsborough Twp granted to Anthony White of Middletown Twp. 152.10 pounds for Improvement on east side of Big Spring "being the one half of Andrew Ralston deceased plantation David Ralston has the south side of the said plantation bounded the east by William Laughlin and on the south east by John Hodge and open to the Barrons. Witnesses were James Laughlin and Allen Leeper.

From this we can suggest that Margaret was Anthony White's wife.  It has been suggested and it fits what we are given that Margaret was the sister of David Ralston and daughter of Andrew Ralston.  Deed B2-4 notes that the Orphans Court was petitioned.  It would be very helpful to read that document.

It seems highly likely from the deed B1-2 that Andrew Ralston owned a large piece of land that was then divided to his children, ie son David Ralston, son-in-laws Anthony White, William Laughlin and John Hodge.  We know that John Laughlin, William's son married Andrew's granddaughter, Mary White. and William Laughlin was married to Nancy Hodge.  There must be a connection to John Hodge, but I don't know what it is.

Big Spring Creek is beautiful, shallow and clear to the bottom in 2009.  It winds through lovely farm land for 4-5 miles to the Laughlin Mill - built by William Laughlin.  The Mill was in the family for over 100 years.  The original meeting house was constructed in 1737 and the stone structure in 1789.  Newville (New Village) was founded in 1790 when the Big Spring Presbyterian Church laid out the town on their land and sold the lots.  Therefore, all of the Ralston land mentioned above would be just east of Newtown, as the town is on the west side of the Spring.

Margaret and Anthony White probably moved into the area of Big Spring maybe by 1737 or very near there after.   It is stated on the web that they had 4 children.  However, as Anthony died intestate, I know of no direct sources.  Descendants of John Laughlin noted above states that Mary White wed John Laughlin.  I don't know of the source of the other children.  the children listed are
1.  Mary White born 1725 in Scotland, wed John Laughlin c 1750 in Pennsylvania
2.  Thomas White
3.  Samuel White
4.  David White

* Deed Book B2-4  The north moiety of tract formerly possessed by Andrew Ralston, now deceased, who gr. Dec. 4, 1760 to Anthony White, who lately died intestate and whose admrs petitioned Cumberland Ct. Orphans Court.  The court ordered a public sale May 21, 1764, the sale was held June 4, 1764.  Margret White and David Ralston were the admirs. of Anthony White, deceased yeoman of West Pennsborough Twp.  The 200 - 250 acres was granted to Jospeh Jacobs for 238 pounds. Witnesses were William Plunket and William McCoskey or McCoskry

* Court House Record #24 W  Estate Inventory of Anthony White, deceased Feb. 20, 1764. James Laughlin and Patrick McFarlance filed the inventory May 21, 1765.  The first item listed in the Inventory is his whiskey still.

It is not known when Margaret Ralston White died, but it would have been after 1764. We would guess they are both buried at the Big Spring Presbyterian church cemetery - now called John Graham Memorial Cemetery.


 

 

 

RESEARCH QUESTIONS

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1. Confirm Mary's birthplace and date.

2. Search for immigration records for the White family/

3.  Find the Orphan Courts records for Anthony White's young children.

4. Search Cumberland County records for any info on the family.

5. When and where did she die?

 

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