JOHN M. WHITE, of Lawndale Township, has been a resident of McLean County since a boy thirteen years of age. He was born in Tippecanoe County, Ind., Aug. 17, 1837, being the son of George C. and Julia A. (Noel) White, the father a native of New York State, and the mother of Ohio. The latter died in Towanda Township, March 25, 1865. The father still survives and lives in this township. The subject of this history was the seventh of twelve children born to his parents. He received a fair education in the common schools, and lived under the home roof until he was twenty-five years old. In the spring of 1862 he left Towanda Township and settled on a tract of eighty acres of land on section 11, Lawndale Township, where he has since lived. He has been greatly prospered in his farming operations, and added to his first purchase until he now owns 412 acres, all improved and under good cultivation, with a fine set of farm buildings.

The marriage of our subject took place in Clinton, De Witt Co., Ill., March 10, 1864, the maiden of his choice being Miss Emily G. Hampleman, who was born in Perry County, Ill., and died the same night on which Mr. White's mother died, March 25, 1865. Mr. White was a second time married, in Lawndale Township, April 18, 1867, to Miss Theresa Hamilton, who was born in Brown County, Ohio, June 18, 1847. Of this latter marriage there were born two childrenóClarence M. and Maurie H. Mr. White has served in his township as School Director and Trustee, and Highway Commissioner. Socially he belongs to the Masonic fraternity, and politically is an earnest supporter of the Republican party. In connection with his farming operations Mr. White makes a specialty of Norman horses, and in company with his brothers, George W. and Edward M., has been quite extensively engaged in the importation of these from Europe. His stables contain about thirty head of these fine animals, in addition to which he has fifty to seventy head of cattle and fifty to 100 head of hogs.

Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 648. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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