Bio - James White
WHITE, James
Submitted by: Glenda Frank Moser
Source: BELMONT COUNTY, OHIO HISTORY 1988; pub. by OH Extension Homemakers; pg. 152.

"JAMES WHITE - My Belmont County Roots"  by Martha Heskett Vaughn

"Goshen Twp. near Center Cemetery means HOME to me in many ways.  Here I was born in the brick house built by my great great grandfather, James WHITE in 1804.  It still stands just off SR 26.  My relatives are buried here at Center and Ebenezer Cemeteries.  My early education both secular and religious came at the Union Ridge School.  On Sunday afternoons we gathered for Sunday School and preaching whenever a preacher from Bethesda could come. We represented many denominations, but were gathered there in unity - people - and a dog which belonged to the Enfield WOOD family.  he always lay across the doorway when services were held but never came on school days.

"James WHITE, son of Jesse and Mary WHITE, married Mary KENT, daughter of Revolutionary veteran Thomas KENT who was dismissed from Westland MM for marrying a non-Quaker.  Their daughter, Mary Ann married Amos MARTIN.  Jesse and Mary WHITE natives, of Chester County, Penna., came via Greene County, Pa. to Belmont County where he was an early member of Stillwater MM.  Jesse's father, Uriah was the son of Nicholas WHITE who emigrated from Gloucestershire, England in 1711 being the son of Edward and Grace WHITE.

"Mary Ann WHITE and Amos G. MARTIN had five children.  Martha Ann married Selkirk LINGO and moved to Iowa.  Mary Elizabeth married Corwin MEAD and also lived in Iowa.  Laura was an artist.  Alvin G. married Clara HUNT, and my grandfather, James White MARTIN, married Roxy LANGLE and their daughter Nellie married Blaine HESKETT and lived on the farm adjoining her brother, Hilles MARTIN.  Hilles married Nellie GREGG.  Their children were Betty Louise married to Robert BOLON and living in Northfield, Oh.  Their son, Robert, married Marietta RICE and they live near Cincinnati,O.

"Blaine HESKETT was oldest of 12 children born to Clarence and Emma (BROWN) HESKETT.  Roland married Edna LONG having children, Roger, Elizabeth, and John David.  Florence married Henry COMPTON and their daughter, Mary Flo married David McCLAIN now a judge in Warren, Ohio.  Harry married Grace IMLER had daughters, Jane, unmarried and Mary K. is Mrs. Thomas COONEY of Pueblo, Colorado.  Katherine taught many years before marrying Homer UTH.  Gertrude married Warner KENNON of Barnesville and their daughter Rosanne married Charles SCHOLLENBERGER.  Dewey, a teacher in Belmont County for many years married Susan BROWN and were parents of David, Benjamin, and Susan Jane. Aunt Susan still lives on the HASKETT homestead.  Marie married James GREENLEE of Bellaire and their daughter, Eleanor married Stewart MERRILL and lived for years in Rochester, N.Y. and are now in Seneca, S.C.  John married Mary DOLAN and had twin daughters.  Sally Jo married James CARTER and Sandra Jean married Arthur MONAHAN a school principal in Barnesville.  Jean married Thomas McCOUNAUGHY and both taught in the Massillon Schools, having children Mary Jean and Thomas.  My uncle, Clarence "Tip" HASKETT, whose wife was Bessie IRWIN, was principal of Bethesda High School when I graduated in 1932.

"After graduation I entered Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.  There I met and married Gordon VAUGHN of Waukon, Iowa.  Our four children were born while we had pastorates in Pennsylvania before moving to Kewanee, Illinois and to Ft. Collins, Colorado.  Our children are Dale Eaton, a graphics artist, Kenneth Lee, a computer consultant, Arthur Blaine, a writer and actor, and Diane Jean, a legal secretary.  All live in the Denver area.

"Gordon died in 1964 and in 1967 I married Cassius CONGER a newspaperman in Illinois and Nebraska, who died in 1980.  I retired in 1977 after teaching 29 years.  I am a writer, genealogist, and knit and quilt and am active in the Baptist Church.  I've travelled in Europe, Canada and Mexico. Submitted by: Martha Heskett VAUGHN"

Typed as written (with the exception of capitalizing surnames) by Glenda Frank MOSER in Sep 1997.    (NOTE: Martha Heskett Vaughn CONGER [b. 1915 OH - d. 1996 CO] - we are very grateful for all of the work she did on her ancestry during her lifetime - GFM)

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