Robert Marshall White Sr. was born in 1851 in Fayette County, PA, the son of Perry G. and Charlotte (McClatchey) White. When he was age seven, in about 1858, his mother died. His father then married Mariah Minerd.
At age 18, circa 1870, Robert labored in a local coke works near Uniontown.
Robert married Mary Rebecca Pope (1855-1937), daughter of Thomas and Mary Pope of Hopwood, Fayette County.
Their family of 10 children were Mary E. White, Harriet White, Charles Henry White, Thomas Perry White, Elizabeth Dawson, Raymond G. White, Daniel D. White, Robert M. White Jr., Lula Mitchell and Jenny (White) Miner.
Sadly, daughters Mary (age four) and Harriet (age two) died 15 days apart in the summer of 1886. Their tender remains were lowered into eternal sleep in Hopwood Cemetery.
The Whites resided at Hopwood on the south side of the National Turnpike (Route 40). Following in his father's footsteps, Robert was employed by the turnpike as a laborer under superintendent Jacob M. Beeson. His sons Thomas, Raymond and Charles also were road laborers in Hopwood.
In a memoir authored by a niece, she wrote that Robert "was a worker with the five (White) men breaking stones which were used before the pike was paved."
In the early months of 1909, at age 55, Robert became despondent over the prospects for regaining his declining health. So on the fateful day of May 14, 1909, he took his own life in the back yard of his home by shooting himself in the temple with a revolver. The tragic incident made headline news in the Uniontown and Connellsville newspapers.
The Connellsville Courier reported that:
He had been ill and despondent for some time past and this was the cause of his act. White had not worked for several months. He was about the house as usual this morning but shortly after 10 o'clock went to the dining room, took a revolver off the mantel, went out in the year yard and fired the fatal shot. He died within a few minutes and never regained consciousness. Some years ago White worked on the old National pike. His father, Perry G. White, for many years kept the toll gate near town and was well known by the older generation.
Serving as his pallbearers were members of the Junior Order of United American Mechanics.
Mary Rebecca outlived her husband by more than a quarter of a century. She endured unspeakable heartache when learning of the death of her soldier-son Raymond in France during World War I.
She made news in March 1920, said the Uniontown Morning Herald, "when the French memorial certificates will be presented to the nearest of kin to those who died or were killed while in the service, [which] promises to be one of the most impressive ever held in this city." A seat was reserved for her at the new American Legion Home's service, held at Third Presbyterian Church.
She also was a member of the Leola Sewing Club of Hopwood and hosted events in her home with the help of her daughter Irene Provance. The time was spent in sewing and also playing jigsaw puzzles.
Suffering from an embolism caused by a fractured left femur, she died in Uniontown Hospital at the age of 82 on June 11, 1937. Funeral services were preached in the Christian Church by Rev. W.H. McKinney. She rests for eternity beside Robert at Hopwood Cemetery. An obituary in the Uniontown Evening Standard mentioned that she "was one of the oldest residents of Hopwood." She left behind 20 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
~ Son Charles Henry White ~
Son Charles Henry White (1876-1942) was born on Feb. 21, 1876, in Hopwood.
At the age of 24, on June 20, 1900, he married 23-year-old Elizabeth Ann "Lizzie" Johnson (June 24, 1876-1965), the daughter of J. Frank and Sarah M. Johnson of Souith Union Township. C.H. Plattenburg officiated.
Their children were Viola Rebecca West, Irene Provance, Ralph White and Gerald Curfman White.
Son Ralph appears to have died young.
The Whites resided at Hopwood, where Charles worked as a laborer and where they were members of the Hopwood Christian Church. Elizabeth may have been the namesake of the church's Elizabeth White Bible Class.
Said the Uniontown Morning Herald, Charles was "employed for a number of years by the Pennsylvania State Highway Department... He also was a devoted member of the Hopwood Central Christian Church and superintendent of the Church Sunday School." He also was a member of the Masons.
Charles suffered from hypertension and blockage of his arteries for the last five years of his life. He died at age 66 on May 5, 1942, at home. Interment was in Hopwood Cemetery, following funeral services held at their church led by Rev. A.J. McCloy and Rev. J.C. Clark.
Elizabeth outlived her husband by 23 years. At the age of 89, having borne insufficient blood flow into her cerebral area, she died on July 1, 1965, at home. An obituary in the Uniontown Evening Standard noted that she was survived by eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Rev. Albert E. Thomas led her funeral service.
Daughter Irene White (1904-1983) was born on May 17, 1904. On June 20, 1923, she eloped to Oakland, MD to wed Guy F. Provance ( ? - ? ). The couple resided in Hopwood and were the parents of Glenn Provance and Jason D. Provance. The marriage was troubled, and Irene sued for divorce in September 1937, citing "cruel and barbarous treatment and indignities." She was was a longtime pianist and private teacher and often performed in Uniontown playing solos and duets. She also regularly hosted recitals for her students. Some of here performances were broadcast circa 1938 on WMBS-AM Radio. Circa 1940, she was connected with Cohen's Amateur Hour on WMBS. Irene died on Nov. 17, 1983, with burial in Hopwood Cemetery. Musical notes were inscribed on the face of her grave marker.
Daughter Viola Rebecca White (1908?-1973) was born in about 1908. She wedded a cousin, Charles LaClair West ( ? -1974), son of George and Mary A. (Devan) West of the family of William A. and Arthilla (Fell) West of Hopwood. View the West biography for more.
Son Gerald Curfman White (1911- ? ) was born in 1911. On Oct. 19, 1935, he was joined in marriage with Mabel "Maxine" Griffith (Jan. 22, 1917-2009), a native of Confluence, Somerset County and the daughter of Charles Victor and Rebecca Jane (Wright) Griffith of Hopwood. The wedding was held in the parsonage of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Grantsville, MD, officiated by Rev. C.J. Allender. The news was announced in the Uniontown Evening Standard, which said that "Both the bride and bridegroom are well known throughout the vicinity." The known offspring born to this union were Ronald White and Rebecca White. They made their home with his parents in 1942. In 1956, at the death of his uncle Thomas Perry White, he received a bequest of $56.95. Gerald remained in Hopwood as of 1965. Gerald passed into the realm of eternity in 1986. Maxine outlived him by 23 years. She succumbed to death at the age of 92 on Sept. 24, 2009. They rest together in LaFayette Memorial Park in nearby Brier Hill, Fayette County.
~ Daughter Jane "Jennie" (White) Miner ~
Daughter Jane "Jennie" White (1878-1921) was born in about 1878.
On May 14, 1895, when she was age 18, Jennie married 22-year-old Charles Marion Miner (Oct. 3, 1874-1962), a native of Ohio, but at the time a resident of Hopwood and the son of William A. and Mary Elizabeth (Smith) Miner. The couple eloped to Cumberland, Allegany County, MD, where Rev. J.C. Nicholson of the Methodist Episcopal Church led the nuptials.
It's not known if Charles is related to our German Minerd-Miner family. His great-grandfather, who died prior to 1830, is a mystery but known to have been in Tyler County, WV at an early time.
Charles was tall with a medium build, with light brown hair and light brown eyes.
The Miners produced a family of six children -- among them Paul Miner, Arthur Miner, Albert Miner, Charles Wayne Miner and Everett Ross Miner.
They lived along Pine Knob Road in Hopwood and were members of the Hopwood Christian Church.
Heartache rocked the family in the summer of 1908 when five-month-old son Everett Ross Miner became deathly ill with cholera infantum -- otherwise known as an intestinal infection. The baby died on Aug. 3, 1908, with burial in Hopwood Cemetery. Two other children died before 1910.
When the federal census was enumerated in 1910, the Miners lived in Hopwood, where Charles earned a living as a coal miner.
With World War I raging in Europe, Charles was required to register for the military draft at the age of 44. At the time, he worked in the Crossland Mine of the H.C. Frick Coke Company.
At the age of 42, in 1920, Jennie was stricken with tuberculosis of her abdomen. While enduring the illness for a year, she was unable to regain health, and died on Nov. 4, 1921. Burial was in Hopwood.
Charles survived his wife by more than four decades, making his home in Hopwood during that time. He was employed by the Curry Lumber Company of Hopwood, and eventually retired from his work.
Having suffered from hardening of the arteries and heart disease for years, he was admitted to the Weimer Nursing Home in Uniontown. There, he died at the age of 87 on Aug. 21, 1962. Burial was in the Hopwood Cemetery. The Uniontown Morning Herald noted that he was survived by 14 grandchildren and 16 Grandchildren.
Son Paul Miner (1896-1968) was born on Feb. 25, 1896 in Hopwood, Fayette County. As a young adult, Paul was of medium height and build, with brown eyes and dark hair. In 1917, he was a clerk for the Union Supply Company in Lamberton, PA. and during World War I served with the U.S. Armed Forces as an infantryman. After the war's end, he returned home, where he married Johanna Hayden (1899-1978). The couple produced these eight known children: John Glen Miner, Charles Paul Miner, Eugene Doran Miner, Donald Wayne Miner, Yolande Bost, Genevieve Fox, Twila Nellie Miner and Shirley Lois Miner. In the 1920s, Paul served as Sunday School Superintendent at the Hopwood Christian Church under the pastorate of a distant cousin, Ray G. Manley. Later, the Miners belonged to the Lumberton Union Church. He was a member of the Last Battalion of World War I Veterans in Uniontown. The family was plunged into overwhelming grief in November 1948 when their teenage daughter Twila was struck and killed by an automobile accident while riding her bicycle along Route 40. At the death of Paul's father, in 1962, Paul was named in the Uniontown Evening Standard obituary and dwelled at the time in Hopwood. He suffered for years from heart disease and enlarged heart as well as gallbladder inflammation. He suffered an acute heart attack and died in the Uniontown Hospital at the age of 72 on May 1, 1968. An obituary published in the Uniontown Morning Herald said that he was survived by 21 grandchildren. He was laid to rest in the Hopwood Cemetery. Johanna survived him by a decade. She passed away in 1978 at the age of 79.
Great-granddaughter Rev. Kimberly Miner married Timothy Brodkorb. Their two children were Skyeler Brodkorb and Laurel Brodkorb. Circa 1998-2001, Kimberly served Thomas Unitarian Universalist Church of Smithton, PA. She is known to have written one or more letters to the editor of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review criticizing President George W. Bush and the "campaign against terrorism" in the Middle East. The family relocated to Little Falls, Herkimer County, NY, where she accepted the pastorship of St. Paul's Universalist Church.
Son Arthur Miner (1900-1943) was born on Oct. 19, 1900 in Hopwood. He married Elsie (?) who had a daughter from an earlier marriage, Matilda. The family resided in Philadelphia at 3481 Emerald Street. Arthur was employed as a machinist at Cramps Shipyard. In July 1943, he received a visit from his aunt Josephine Danser and cousin Elsie (Danser) Roby, who had traveled from their home in Uniontown, Fayette County. Sadly, he died at the age of 43 on Dec. 13, 1943, in Philadelphia. No cause of death was disclosed on his official death certificate. Burial was in Northwood Cemetery. A brief obituary was printed in the Uniontown Morning Herald.
Son Albert W. "Bert" Miner (1906-1986) was born on May 22, 1906 in Hopwood, Fayette County. Dr. Jacob S. Hackney of Uniontown assisted in the birth. By 1925, Albert relocated across the state to Philadelphia and secured work as a knitter. In 1925, in the City of Brotherly Love, the 19-year-old Albert was united in matrimony with 17-year-old Grace Elizabeth Bryant (Aug. 14, 1908-1961), daughter of James H. and Lilla May (Morgan) Bryant of 2148 North Fourth Street. Pastor George W. Foster officiated the wedding ceremony. News of their marriage license was printed in the Philadelphia Inquirer. At the time of marriage, Grace earned a living as a mender. The couple proceeded to bear the following seven children -- Albert Myron Miner, Lilla Mae Miner, Ruth Josephine Miner, Nancy Jane Miner, Karl William Miner, Edward Stewart Miner and Raymond E. Miner. Sometime between 1938 and 1940, the Miners relocated to New Jersey where the family spent many years of their years. Their youngest sons Edward and Raymond were the only known of their offspring to be born in New Jersey. The federal census enumeration of 1940 shows Albert and Grace and their brood in Camden, Camden County, with Albert earning a living as a knitter in a hosiery factory. That year, Grace's widowed mother lived in the household. They moved back to Hopwood to make a home with Albert's widowed father and were there in 1950-1951. Albert's occupation as shown in the 1950 federal census enumeration was as a knitter in a hosiery mill. By 1961, they had relocated back to New Jersey and made a home in Delair, Camden County. Sadly, Grace passed away in Delair in July 1961. Albert's aunt Josephine (Miner) Danser traveled from her home in West Leisenring, Fayette County to attend the funeral. The widowed Albert dwelled in 1962 in Cherry Hill, NJ at the time he received word that his father died. Albert survived his bride by a quarter of a century and earned income as a gardener at the Riverton Country Club. He made his final residence in Voorhees, NJ. He succumbed to the spectre of death in December 1986 at the age of 80. One of their daughters, Marie, married (?) Kelly and was in Alabama in 1996.
Great-granddaughter Karen Miner ( ? -living). Circa 2005, she was employed as a registered nurse at the FBI Academy at Quantico. On Feb. 15, 2013, she was joined in wedlock with Kenneth Sabin. She graciously has provided content for this biography.
Great-grandson Thomas Miner wedded Dianne Fogle.
Great-granddaughter Linda Miner married (?) Knopple. Her children are Anna Marie Knopple and Sahra Elizabeth Knopple.
Great-grandson Albert Myron Miner Jr. was joined in matrimony with Rita Hiers.
Great-grandmother Charlene Miner
Great-granddaughter Cindy Miner wedded (?) Arnold. They have lived in Evesham, NJ.
Great-granddaughter Wendy Miner married (?) Rossner. She was in Voorhees, NJ in 1996.
Great-granddaughter Betty Miner was united in marriage with (?) McCurry. Her home in 1996 was in Feasterville.
Great-grandson Steve Terebecki was in Hatboro in 1996.
Great-granddaughter Karen Villanova made a residence in King of Prussia, PA.
Great-granddaughter Dawn Miner married Richard Schmidt and lived in Moorestown.
Great-grandson Raymond E. Miner Jr. wedded Kaye. Their home in 2017 was in Philadelphia.
Great-grandson Steven Miner was joined in matrimony with Mary. They put down roots in Atco, NJ.
Great-granddaughter Jennifer Miner was united in wedlock with Mark Bitting. They dwelled in Marlton, NJ.
Great-grandson Aaron Miner married Lisa. They have resided in Berlin.
Great-granddaugher Amanda wedded Tara Klemash and established a home in Berlin.
Great-granddaughter Kimberly Miner was united in the bonds of matrimony with Stephen Chapman. They have lived in Bellmawr.
Great-grandson Mitchell Miner has dwelled in Atco, NJ.
Great-grandson Mark Miner was joined in wedlock with Alexis. Circa 2017, they were in Watsontown, PA.
Son Charles Wayne Miner ( ? - ? ) served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Later, he lived in Cumberland, MD in 1962. Evidence suggests that he was employed for many years in the tube room of the Cumberland plant of Kelly-Springfield Time Company, celebrating a 30-year work anniversary in December 1975.
~ Daughter Lula (White) Mitchell ~
Daughter Lula White (1880-1947) was born on April 14, 1880 in Hopwood.
She wed James G. Mitchell (May 25, 1877-1952), a native of West Virginia and the son of John S. and Martha (Spurgeon) Mitchell.
The couple had one son, Louis Paul Mitchell.
They lived at 406 Evans Street in Uniontown.
James was a longtime custodian at the Benjamin Franklin Junior High School and the Park School of Uniontown. He retired on June 1, 1947, following two decades of service.
They were members of the Central Christian Church, and he belonged to the Fort Necessity Lodge of the Odd Fellows.
Sadly, suffering from hardening of the arteries and chronic Lula died at the age of 66 on Jan. 12, 1947.
James survived her by five years in his home in the Milner Hotel on Uniontown's Main Street. He died in Uniontown Hospital at age 75 on Dec. 21, 1952. Burial was in Park Place Cemetery.
Son Louis Paul Mitchell (1914-1993) was born in 1914. On June 16, 1947, he wedded Dorothy Jean Wandel (Dec. 24, 1920-2008), daughter of Charles C. Wandel of Uniontown. The ceremony was held in the First Christian Church of Uniontown, presided over by Rev. Earl P. Confer. The Uniontown Morning Herald reported that the "bridal gown of marquisette was designed with lace bodice, sweetheart neckline, puffed sleeves and lace insets in the skirt to match herlong mitts. Edged with lace, the fingertip veil fell from a tiara of seed pearls, and a shower bouquet of garden flowers atop a white Bible completed the lovely ensemble." At the time of their marriage, Dorothy Jean earned a living with C.S. Abel Dental Laboratory. They were the parents of Eileen Virginia Bassin Chisnell, George Neil Mitchell and Carolyn Joyn Mitchell. Circa 1952, they lived at 406 Evans Street in Uniontown. By 1972, they had moved on top of the mountain to the town of Farmington. Louis was employed in the late 1940s and early 1970s by Sears Roebuck and Company. He helped to incorporate a charter of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church of Connellsville and held the post of trustee and board director. One of the other incorporators was Grant William Younkin Sr., of the family of "Weasel Jake" and Catherine (Faidley) Younkin. The couple celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in June 1972. Louis died in 1993 and was laid to rest in Sylvan Heights Cemetery near Uniontown. Dorothy survived for another 15 years. She relocated to Sevierville, TN to be near her married daughter. She succumbed to death in Sevierville on July 17, 2008.
~ Daughter Elizabeth (White) Dawson ~
Daughter Elizabeth White (1887-1947) was born on Feb. 16, 1887, a twin with her brother Thomas Perry White.
Circa 1906, when she would have been 19 years of age, she married Charles Kenneth Dawson Sr. (June 18, 1882-1965), son of John S. and Sarah (Hayes) Dawson.
They resided in Hopwood and produced a family of these children -- Sarah E. Burkett, Charles Kenneth Dawson Jr., Mary Rebecca Cramer and Rosamond Addis. One unidentified child died in infancy.
Charles was a graduate of the Barnes School of Anatomy of Chicago and held a variety of diverse jobs over the years.
When the federal census enumeration was made in 1910, the Dawsons lived in or near Hopwood, with Charles working as proprietor of a retail grocery store. Making a home under their roof that year were his 68-year-old widowed mother and 37-year-old widowed sister Julia D. Dawson.
By 1930, with the family continuing to dwell in Hopwood, Charles earned a living as a fire boss in a local coal mine. He worked in the field of mining for 44 years, in the employ of H.C. Frick Coke Company, of which 27 years were spent at the Lemont Furnace facility. He was a member of the Elks and Eagles Clubs and the United Mine Workers of America.The family were members of the Central Christian Church.
Elizabeth and her twin brother celebrated their mutual birthdays with a family dinner in February 1943. She bore the heartache and grief when her twin took his own life in June 1945.
Elizabeth often traveled to Philadelphia to see her married daughter Sarah. After retirement, by 1947, Charles and Elizabeth and their daughter Rosamond Addis relocated altogether to the City of Brotherly Love, with an address of 2638 North Fifth Street.
As her health failed, Elizabeth was admitted to Episcopal Hospital in Philadelphia. She died at the age of 60 on Oct. 2, 1947. No cause of death was marked on her official Pennsylvania certificate of death. Officiating the funeral service was Pastor E. Clark of the First Century Gospel Church. Interment of the remains was in Hillside Cemetery in Roslyn, Montgomery County, northeast of Philadelphia. An obituary appeared in the Uniontown Morning Herald.
The widowed Charles outlived his wife by 18 years. He make a point of returning to Hopwood for visits. In June 1951, a family party marked his 69th birthday, held at the Savage Gun Club near Bethelboro. The men spent the afternoon pitching horseshoes.
Evidence shows that by 1954, Charles had returned to live in Hopwood.
Heartache rocked Charles again in 1957 at the death of their married daughter Sarah Burkett.
Charles spent his final years on Pine Knob Road in Hopwood. He was felled by a heart attack and died upon arrival at Uniontown Hospital at age 82 on June 12, 1965. Funeral arrangements were handled by the Minerd Funeral Home. Burial was in Hopwood Cemetery.
Daughter Sarah E. Dawson (1909-1957) was born on Feb. 26, 1909 in or near Hopwood. She married James R. Burkett ( ? - ? ). The couple produced these children -- James Robert "Buddy" Burkett and Sarah "Sally" Collins. During her early adult years in Uniontown, Sarah earned a living at the Fashion Hosiery Shop. Then in 1946, the couple relocated to Philadelphia and established a home at 1144 West Tioga Street. There, she helped earn a living through her work as a clerk with the Woolworth Company. Circa 1952, she shared a home with her father and sister Mary Rebecca Cramer at 1948 Cayuga Street in Philadelphia. Toward the end of her life, physicians considered her obese. At the age of 48, while at home, Sarah suffered congestive heart failure on June 17, 1957. She was dead on arrival at Temple University Hospital. Burial of the remains was in Hillside Cemetery in Roslyn, Montgomery County, PA.
Son Charles "Kenneth" Dawson Jr. (1910-1984) was born on Sept. 28, 1910 in Hopwood. News of his birth was printed in the Uniontown Morning Herald. In adulthood, he appears to have performed in a vocal trio at the Lions Club Minstrel Show in Uniontown. In 1930, at the age of about 30, he married Marie Adelyn Ciarlo (May 17, 1918-2003), a Uniontown native and the daughter of Lawrence W. and Theresa D. Ciarlo. The couple bore these known offspring -- Joan Dawson, Charles Kenneth Dawson III and Deborah Dawson. In 1976, Kenneth was hired by Uniontown City Council as a parking lot attendant. He held a membership in the Masons lodge. The family enjoyed one or more vacations at Ocean City, MD. He died at the age of 74 on Dec. 8, 1984. Interment of the remains was in Sylvan Heights Cemetery. Marie survived for another nearly two decades. She passed into the arms of eternity on June 3, 2003.
Daughter Mary Rebecca Dawson (1914- ? ) was born in about 1914 in or near Hopwood and was named for her maternal grandmother. As a young woman, she was employed as manager of Tri-State Cleaning Company on Beeson Boulevard in Uniontown. On Aug. 3, 1941, she was joined in marriage with Richard Andrew Cramer ( ? - ? ), son of E.L. Cramer of Uniontown's Kerr Street. The wedding was held in Oakland, MD at St. Paul's Methodist Church, officiated by Rev. Minor Sprague. The bride "was becomingly gowned in a blue sheer print, with natural straw hat and matching accessories. She wore a corsage of red and white rosebuds," said the Uniontown Morning Herald. Richard's work at the time was with Moser's Ice Cream store, also on Beeson Boulevard. The couple maintained a residence in Hopwood. Skipping ahead to 1952, she was discharged from the Illinois Veterans Hospital in Downey, IL after a stay of two-and-a-half years. She immediately went to Philadelphia to live with her father and sister Sarah Burkett.
Daughter Rosamond Dawson (1921-1995) was born in about 1921 in Hopwood. When she was 16 years of age, on Dec. 8, 1937, she traveled to Maryland to marry Albert Searight Addis (June 27, 1912-1982), son of W.S. Addis of Brownsville. The wedding was led by Rev. George Baughman in the Methodist Protestant Church of Cumberland. In announcing the marriage, the Uniontown Evening Standard said that she wore "a gown of dubonnet trimmed in silver with black accessories. Her corsage was of American beauty roses." At the time, Albert was employied by a cleaning company in Brownsville, Fayette County, and was considered a "well-known musician." At least one child was born to this marriage -- David Clind Addis. By 1947, the Addises and Rosamond's parents had moved to Philadelphia and made a home at 2638 North Fifth Street. The family grieved when their son David died at age 24 days on Sept. 2, 1948. Albert was swept away by the Grim Reaper in Philadelphia in May 1982. Rosamond married a second time to (?) Paton ( ? - ? ). Rosamond succumbed to death in Philadelphia on Feb. 4, 1995, at the age of 73. She joined her mother and sister Sarah in eternal repose in Hillside Cemetery in Roslyn, Montgomery County, northeast of Philadelphia.
~ Son Thomas Perry White ~
Son Thomas Perry White (1887-1945) was born on Feb. 16, 1887, a twin with his sister Elizabeth Dawson.
At the age of 27, at Christmastime 1914, he purchased one-fifth of an acre of land from his mother for $400. He appears to have flipped the property at no profit when he sold it to his brother-in-law Daniel Downer, also for $400.
He made his home in Hopwood in 1942, and making a living as a laborer on the state highway.
He apparently neither married nor reproduced.
Tragically, on June 27, 1945, the 58-year-old Thomas was despondent over his poor health. He decided to follow his father's example by ending his life, pointed a gun toward his heart and pulled the trigger. The body was discovered in his home by neighbor and brother-in-law Charles Miner. "Police said a .38 caliber revolved was found near the body," said the Uniontown Morning Herald. "A bullet pierced the man's chest."
Burial was in Hopwood Cemetery, with Rev. L.T. Belden officiating. His estate was divided among his sisters and brothers as well as nephews and nieces.
~ Son Daniel Downer White ~
Son Daniel Downer White (1893-1986) was born on March 6, 1893 in Hopwood, Fayette County.
In adulthood he stood 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighed 15 lbs.
On June 3, 1914, at the age of 21, he married 22-year-old Alice "Pearl" Miller (1892- ? ), daughter of Joseph and Jennie (Hunter) Miller of Fairchance. Their nuptials were held in New Salem near Uniontown. At the time of marriage, Daniel worked as a clerk while Pearl was a teacher in Hopwood.
Their family of five known children were Daniel "Arden" White, Rev. Joseph White, Ruth Bailey, Anna Jane Moore and Martha Hames.
The Whites' home for years was on Buttermilk Lane in Hopwood. When Daniel was required to register for the military draft during World War I, he stated his occupation as laborer, working for the South Union Township Road Supervisor. The federal census of 1930 shows Daniel working as a grocery store merchant.
Pearl was a substitute teacher following their marriage in schools such as New Salem. She appears to have had singing talent and frequently performed in Uniontown. She passed that ability on to their son Arden.
During the World War II years, Daniel was self-employed. He was active with the Hopwood Volunteer Fire Department, which he helped found in 1939 and was a charter member in 1942.
By the early 1960s, the couple had relocated from Hopwood to Smithfield, Fayette County. Circa 1964, they also spent part of their year in St. Petersburg, FL.
Daniel and Pearl marked their golden wedding anniversary in June 1964 with a dinner at the Uniontown Country Club. The couple also was honored in a Sunday morning worship service at the Central Christian Church. They were pictured in a related story in the Uniontown Morning Herald.
The Whites reached their 60th anniversary in June 1974. Their final years were spent in McKeesport, near Pittsburgh, where their daughter Anna Jane Moore resided.
Sadly, wife and husband died just a few months apart. Pearl passed first, at the age of 94, in February 1986. Daniel succumbed four months later in June 1986. Their remains were returned to Uniontown for placement in eternal repose in Sylvan Heights Cemetery.
Son Daniel "Arden" White (1915-2003 ? ) -- whose middle name originally was "Ardenne" -- was born on Sept. 2, 1915 in Hopwood or Uniontown, Fayette County. He was talented tenor singer and often gave solos in local performances and on radio in Uniontown, and garnered a number of awards. Upon graduation from high school, he enrolled in Bethany College in West Virginia, where he sang in the college glee club. He stood 5 feet, 11 inches tall. At the age of 26, on Sept. 13, 1941, he married 19-year-old fellow singer Dorothy Ann "Dotty" Crow ( ? - ? ) of Wheeling. Rev. William Haney McKinney officiated. Arden and Ruth Ann were the parents of Richard A. "Rick" White. Arden and Dorothy likely met when they sang solos on the "It's Wheeling Steel" radio show -- also known as "Musical Steelmakers" -- broadcast nationally by WWVA-AM. The Whites resided in Wheeling for the balance of their lives. There, Arden was employed by Wheeling Steel Corporation circa 1940. Then during World War II, he joined the U.S. Navy. In the years after the war, he joined the staff of the Oglebay Institute as director of radio and visual education. In time he joined Wheeling Dollar Savings and Trust Company. In Wheeling, they were members of Christ United Methodist Church. Arden also led the choir of the Fourth Street United Methodist for four decades. He also served as a cantor in various local synagogues and was a member of the Kiwanis Club. Sadly, Ruth Ann died in 1994. Arden lived for another nine years. A day after playing golf in Pymatuning, PA, at the age of 87, he passed into eternity on Aug. 29, 2003. Burial of the remains was in Wheeling's Greenwood Cemetery..
Daughter Ruth Louise White (1917-2010) was born on Aug. 10, 1917 in Uniontown, Fayette County. On Jan. 13, 1940, when she was 22 years of age, she was united in wedlock with Charles "Richard" Bailey (Nov. 11, 1915-2000), a native of Orviston, Clinton County, PA. Their nuptials were held in Connellsville. The pair bore two daughters -- Karen McLaurin and Kathleen R. Steber. The Baileys made a home for years in Oakmont, a tony community in Pittsburgh. Richard earned a living with Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company, while Ruth taught for more than 15 years in the Penn Hills School District. She also was a Welcome Wagon hostess in the community. At one time Ruth was a member of the choir at the Wilkinsburg Christian Church, but later joined the Oakmont Presbyterian Church. The Baileys celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a family dinner gathering, and were pictured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Sadly, Richard died the following month on Feb. 28, 2000. Ruth passed away on April 18, 2010, at the age of 92. The couple sleeps side-by-side in Sylvan Heights Cemetery in Uniontown. Their obituaries appeared in the Post-Gazette.
Son Rev. Joseph Ray White (1919-1998) was born on Aug. 13, 1919 (or 1922) in or around Uniontown, Fayette County. His residence in 1940 was Buttermilk Lane in Hopwood. As with his elder brother Arden, Joseph studied at Bethany College in Bethany, WV. He stood 5 feet, 11½ inches and weighed 185 lbs. In December 1941, at the age of 19, he wedded fellow Bethany College student Ruth Helen Braem (Oct. 29, 1920-2016), a native of North Haven, Suffolk County, NY, and the daughter of Dr. Ernest Henry and Ruth Helen (Samuells) Braem. Their union endured for 56 years. The couple bore three children -- Sandee Mirell, Daniel White and Joseph White. After obtaining their degrees at Bethany, Joseph enrolled in Yale University's School of Divinity and Ruth at Boston's Emerson College to train for a future in the radio industry. One of Joseph's first pastorates as at the Congregational Church in Stony Creek, MD. Later he was tapped to be pastor of a church in Charleston, WV. Then in 1951, he accepted a call to the Pacific Northwest to become director of Christian education at Seattle's University Christian Church, remaining for six years.
The Whites moved again to San Diego in 1957 when Joseph was named senior pastor at the same-named University Christian Church. Ruth assisted him in this work by producing religious drama performances. Ruth further pursued her passion as the character "Miss Ruth" on the "House of Happiness" television show broadcast locally in San Diego during the 1960s and '70s. She also made hand-crafted "Bears by Ruth" teddy bears to give as gifts for church members in the hospital. Joseph passed away in LaMesa, San Diego County on June 20, 1998. His remains were placed into eternal sleep in El Camino Memorial Park in San Diego. Ruth lived for another 18 years and married a childhood friend, John Chadwick "Chad" Worden ( ? -2011) of Sag Harbor, NY. She was honored for her teddy bear ministry in 2012 with an award by the United Methodist Women. She was swept away by the Angel of Death at the age of 95 on Aug. 11, 2016. An obituary was printed in the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Daughter Anna Jane "Janie" White (1923- ? ) was born in 1923. She was joined in matrimony with Franklin L. Moore ( ? -2011). Their brood of sons included Bradley S. Moore, Erich A. Moore and F. Richard Moore. They put down roots in McKeesport near Pittsburgh. For more than four decades, Franklin owned and managed his own property and casualty insurance agency in the community of White Oak. He also was employed as an insurance instructor by Pennsylvania State University, "where he developed the insurance licensing course," said the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "He has helped prepare thousands of students for state licensing examinations. In addition to "A Study Manual For Pennsylvania's Surplus Lines Agent's State Examination" textbook, he is also author of "A Study Guide On Property and Casualty Insurance," "The Pennsylvania Supplement," "Fundamentals Of Bonding" and "Agent's Bonding Guide.".He led numerous professional seminars in the insurance field and once served as regional manager in Pittsburgh for the Pennsylvania Insurance Department. He appears to have served in the U.S. Army Reserves until 1981 and belonged to the White Oak post of the American Legion. In 1991, the pair retired and relocated to Edgewater, FL with their final years spent on Flagler Lane in Holly Hills, FL. Franklin died on Aug. 27, 2011.
Daughter Martha Joyce White (1927- ? ) was born in about 1927 in Hopwood, Fayette County. As a young woman, she earned a living working for Prudential Life Insurance Company. On Oct. 16, 1946, she was united in marriage with William Kenneth Hamer Sr. (Dec. 7, 1921-1997), son of Edward and Luella (Stark) Hamer of 100 East Berkeley Street in Uniontown. The ceremony was led by her brother, Rev. Joseph R. White, and held in the Asbury Methodist Church. Martha's wedding portrait appeared in the Uniontown Morning Herald, which called her "one of the fall season's most attractive brides." At the time of their marriage, William was an alumni of the Wharton School of Finance in Philadelphia, had completed three years of military service as a U.S. Army Air Corps flier during World War II, and was working as assistant cashier in a bank. The family resided along Uniontown's Stockton Avenue and produced a son, William Hamer. Martha was active with the Order of Eastern Star and modeled for a style show at the Uniontown Country Club in 1952. She also helped organize her class reunion of South Union High School. They were members of the Asbury Methodist Church. The Hamers' address in 1959 was 2 Meadow Lane. William was employed with Gallatin National Bank, of which his father was board chairman, and in 1957 left to become a partner in the real estate and insurance firm, the Hamer Sprowls Agency, on South Beeson Boulevard. In 1959, he was elected to the board of trustees of the Uniontown Hospital Association. He also was active in the community as a board director of the Uniontown Chamber of Commerce, Salvation Army and YMCA. William was a charter member of the Uniontown Junior Chamber of Commerce, and belonged to the Rotary Club of Uniontown. Hamer Sprowls dissolved in 1962, and William rejoined Gallatin as vice president. He made headlines in 1966 when he resigned to move to Marietta, OH to become assistant to the president of Peoples Banking & Trust Company. After retirement, the couple moved to Florida. William died at the age of 75, on Aug. 2, 1997, in Volusia, Volusia County, FL. His remains were returned to Uniontown for burial in Sylvan Heights Cemetery. Martha was known to be living in New Smyrna, FL in 2003.
~ Son Robert Marshall White Jr. ~
Son Robert Marshall White Jr. (1896-1964) was born on Nov. 8, 1896 in Hopwood.
Robert was of medium height and slender build, and had brown eyes and black hair. At age 21, he was employed as a coal miner with the A.C. Weimer Company of Brownfield, near Uniontown.
At the age of 20, circa 1916, he was united in the bonds of matrimony with a cousin, 18-year-old Lenora "Nora" Turner (1899-1973), the daughter of Homer W. and Sarah B. "Sallie" (Hull) Turner.
They produced four children: Madelyn Walters, Robert W. White, Frances Meyer and Sally Cluelow Wise.
The Whites lived in Hopwood and were members of the Central Christian Church.
When the federal census enumeration was made in 1920, the family lived next to Robert's married sister and brother-in-law, Jennie and Charles Miner, and two houses away from cousin Daisy Varndell and her husband William. Robert earned a living that year as a bookkeeper with a garage company.
The United States Census of 1930 shows the Whites remaining in Hopwood, on Pine Knob Road, next door to the Varndells, and with Robert earning income as a driver doing odd jobs.
They endured heartache when son Robert was killed in a truck accident in Uniontown in 1950.
Robert passed away in Uniontown Hospital on April 6, 1964. The causes of death were congestive heart failure, cirrhosis of the liver and acute pancreas disease. Rev. Dr. Earl P. Confer led bye funeral service. Burial was in Chalk Hill Cemetery following funeral arrangements handled by the Minerd Funeral Home.
Later in life, Lenora made her home with or near her daughters at 409 Amherst Avenue in Coraopolis, Allegheny County, PA, where she belonged to the St. Andrew Lutheran Church. She passed away at the age of 74 on Dec. 6, 1973, at the Sewickley Valley Hospital. She was laid to rest in the Chalk Hill Cemetery. She was survived by four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren as well as her sisters Sophia Holland of Conshohocken, PA and Hazel Johnson of Trevose, PA.
Daughter Madelyn White (1918-1990) was born on July 7, 1918 in Hopwood near Uniontown. She married Lindsay Brown Walters Jr. (Dec. 5, 1915-2002), son of Lindsay Brown Walters Sr. Children known to have been born to this union were Beverly Jean Ullein, Judith Ann King McCarthy and Lindsay B. "Jack" Walters III. The couple relocated to Beaver County, PA and were in the town of Ambridge in 1943. By the mid-1950s, they returned to Hopwood and dwelled on Pine Knob Road. Lindsay Jr. and their son enjoyed fishing trips to Canada in the late 1950s. Madelyn appears to have been active with the Loyal Daughters Class of the Central Christian Church. She passed into the arms of eternity on March 26, 1990 at the age of 71. Interment of the remains was in Chalk Hill Lutheran Cemetery. Lindsay outlived her by a dozen years and remained in Hopwood. He died on Dec. 29, 2002.
Son Robert W. White (1919-1950) was born on Dec. 29, 1919. He resided in Hopwood in adulthood and earned a living as a truck mechanic for Smith Material Company. On Christmas Day 1943, he was united in the bonds of matrimony with Dorothy Crago ( ? - ? ), daughter of Clayton Crago of Hopwood. Rev. W.E. Hickey, of the Hopwood Free Methodist Church, officiated. Said the Uniontown Morning Herald, "The bride was attractive in powder blue, with black accessories." At the time of marriage, Dorothy earned income through her work at Books Shoe Store. One son was born to the union, James R. White. The Whites belonged to the Free Methodist Church. Tragically, Robert was killed in a senseless accident in Uniontown at the age of 30, on Aug. 25, 1950. In reporting on the incident, the Morning Herald said that death was almost instant "when his parked truck was struck by another truck on West Main street, after he had stopped to examine a tire.... While he was in a kneeling position the vehicle was struck in the rear by the [other] truck going in the same direction. Police said the impact of the collision hurled Mr. White approximately seven feet from the scene of the crash." The matter occurred west of the intersection of West Main and Nassau Streets. Rev. W.C. Sell, Rev. Carraway and Rev. Cooley jointly conducted the funeral service. The remains were laid to rest in Chalk Hill Lutheran Church Cemetery.
Daughter Frances Marie White (1925- ? ) was born in about 1925 in Hopwood. She was joined in wedlock with Capt. A. Glenn Meyer ( ? -1984), son of Irene Meyer of Uniontown. The couple dwelled in Coraopolis/Moon Township, Allegheny County, PA, where Glenn was a commercial pilot employed by USAir for three decades. The couple bore one son, Glenn D. Meyer. They were members of St. Andrew Lutheran Church. Glenn retired from the airline in 1978 and was a member of the company's retiree group, the Soaring Eagles. He also liked to hunt and fish. Sadly, his health declined and he was admitted to Sewickley Valley Hospital, dying there at the age of 60 on Jan. 3, 1984. A feature obituary was printed in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Daughter Sally White ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). She was joined in the bonds of marriage with Harry Cluelow III ( ? - ? ) and in 1973 were in Indianapolis. The marriage did not work out, and Sally filed for divorce in 1975, with the news appearing in the Indianapolis Star. Evidence suggests that she wed again in 1982 to Willliam M. Wise ( ? - ? ) of Indianapolis. The couple divorced in about 1996.