WHITE (William Clark) CEMETERY (Shoals Bluff)GILES COUNTY TENNESSEE

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WHITE, Eliza, 12 Jane 1823 - 10 May 1894.5065

WHITE W.C. (William Clark),8 Aug 1820 - 24 Dec 1864.(son of William White who was a Rev War Soldier who died in Lincoln County)5067/5069/5068

WHITE W.K., 22 Aug 1852 12 Sep 1876 (son of William Clark White & Elizabeth K. Wilkerson White.)5066

William Clark White, born in Lincoln County, Tennessee was murdered Christmas Eve, 1864 by Bushwhackers who came to his farm. He had moved from Lincoln County, Tennessee from his fathers old place near Mulberry thinking the political climate would be better. He did not believe in slaves and kept none and sent no sons to fight in Civil war. He gave to the soldiers what he had until his stock and supplies were so low he was concerned. He had 8 children and a wife due in less than a month. She delivered within 48 hours after her husband's murder. He had two eldest sons, 15 and 16, to take the family into the woods and hide them. The Bushwhackers were made up of neighbors along for the ride, a Confederate leader and a young man named Benjamin Franklin Herrin of Lawrence Co TN. They were all drinking. The young man said his Capt. forced him to shoot White when he came out the door with his wife to talk to the men. William's wife, son and daughter and some neighbors who followed the group, but were hidden, stated all of the men were drunk and very pleased over the murder. This is an interesting but sad story of the times just after the Civil War. If you are interested in more on this story E-mail Virginia Keefer VLKeefer@comcast.net of Nevada
 

Photography by Jim & Ruby Thomas. See Findagrave.com for further information and more photos about this White family. Listed on page 519, of the book Giles County Tennessee Cemeteries, by the Giles Co Historical Society, 1986
 

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