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Thomas White (March 19, 1739 – September 13, 1820) was an American Patriot who took part in the Boston Tea Party, was a member of the Sons of Liberty, and served under General Washington in the American Revolution.

Early lifeEdit

White was born in Kilkenny, Ireland in 1739. In 1771, he immigrated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A tailor by trade, he married Elizabeth Jones, a descendant of Sven Gunnarsson. They removed to Boston shortly thereafter, where White joined a Masonic order, possibly St. Andrews Lodge, and participated in all the anti-Crown protests.[1]

Boston Tea PartyEdit

On December 16, 1773, members of the St. Andrew's Lodge and others boarded British vessels disguised as Indians, and threw shipments of tea into the harbor to protest the Tea Act. Thomas White was among the participants.[2][3]

American RevolutionEdit

White returned to Pennsylvania, serving as soldier in the Continental Army in 2nd Pennsylvania Regiment in the American Revolution.[4]

Later yearsEdit

Following the war, his family migrated west, settling in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania. He built a farm and raised his children there, who numbered 21. Three of his sons served in the War of 1812; one of them, Ezekiel White, was captured at the Battle of Lundy's Lane, and died of dysentery at a prison camp.[5]

MonumentEdit

On July 4, 1899, members of patriot societies unveiled a monument in honor of White, located at the Evans Cemetery in Huntingdon County.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Thomas White Biography", USGenWebArchives, Retrieved 30 sept 2009.
  2. "Boston Tea Party Participants", Boston Tea Party, Retrieved 30 sept 2009.
  3. "The Colonial Magazine", The Colonial Magazine, p. 197, Retrieved 30 sept 2009.
  4. "Thomas White Biography", USGenWebArchives, Retrieved 30 sept 2009.
  5. "Thomas White Biography", USGenWebArchives, Retrieved 30 sept 2009.
  6. Fairfield [Iowa] Ledger, August 9, 1899. Also The Hyndman Bulletin, Hyndman, PA

The Evans Cemetery where Thomas White is laid to rest is actually in Bedford Co. PA. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=44770&CScn=Evans+Cemetery&CScntry=4&CSst=40&CScnty=2245& Evans Cemetery Coaldale Bedford County Pennsylvania USA GPS Coordinates: Latitude: 40.18190, Longitude: -78.19000

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