I’ve been thinking about my father’, father’s, father’s mother. I can only imagine who she was. I have made a lot of discoveries on her. I found out her name through my Great Grandfather, Isaac Blakey’s death record.
Her name was Julia White. She was most likely born into slavery in Virginia. Her parents were born in VA. Julia was the wife of Andrew /Andre White. Andrew who was born between 1810 – 1813 in Virginia.
What have I discovered about Julia WHITE?
As I’ve traced Julia through her slave-owners from Virginia, Julia was in Missouri about 1836.
Her name was either Julia or Julian (FINNEY) WHITE.
Oral history states that she and her children came on a ship from Africa.
I found no evidence of that…
Census records states Julia was born in Virginia (between 1818 to 1820)
Her slave owners came from Orange and Middlesex County Virginia
Julia was most likely with her slave holders Frances (WHITE) BLAKEY
and her husband John BLAKEY around 1835.
She could have been a wedding gift to the Blakeys from Frances’ father.
The slave holders resided in Forest Green MO, Chariton / Howard County in MO
The BLAKEY / WHITE slave family was divided in 1858 – 1861.
The mother, Julia and her son, Isaac were the last sold. And they went south.
Oral History states, Natchez, Mississippi
Julia could have remarried after slavery. But most likely didn’t.
She was listed as a widow in the 1880 MO census.
Don’t know how long she was married to Andrew White during slavery.
Or if Julia and Andrew re united after slavery.
Andrew was with the slave family in March of 1858.
|These slaves were believed to have been a family. The father Andrew and the mother Julia.|
Discovery while searching for the name of the mother:
Majority of Julia’s known children didn’t name their children after her.
This might mean that the children did not know her or their father.
The family was separated…the father passed when some where young.
Julia had about 11 to 13 children born between 1840 – 1866
There could have been more than one father.
One of Julia’s children was born in VA.
On 1880 Julia had a granddaughter named Rebecca White.
Rebecca was born in MO and her parents were born in VA.
Names listed on children’s death record.
On three children’s death record state Andrew White as father.
On John White’s death record Julia White as his mother.
On Isaac Blakey’s death record Andrew White was listed.
On Spencer White’s death record Andre White and Julia Finney were listed.
On Richard White’s death record parents unknown
No death record found on Martha / Mattie White
The other children death records not found.
Julia WHITE was listed on the 1880 MO Census as a widow. The year of her death is not known…It may have been in the 1880’s. Oral History states that she died and was buried in Forest Green, MO.
The First Baptist Church in Forest Green, Missouri would have been where the family gathered as the church. The cemetery is near far from the church.
There is a possibility that Julia and Andrew had family connections in MO.
There was family with the White surname that lived next door to Julia White.
In Howard County MO on the 1880 Census record.
Chariton, Howard, MO abt 1800 Virginia (Self) (Head)
Andrew White Isaac, Laura
Chariton, Howard, MO abt 1850 Missouri (Son)
Laura White Andrew, Laura Chariton, Howard, MO abt 1855 Missouri (Andrew’s Wife)
Mariah White Andrew, Laura Chariton, Howard, MO abt 1874 Missouri (Daughter)
July A. White Andrew, Laura Chariton, Howard, MO abt 1876 Missouri (Daughter)
Isaac White Isaac
Chariton, Howard, MO abt 1878 Missouri (Son)
The names are similar
Perhaps Isaac White born in 1800 was a brother of Andrew born in 1810
This Isaac wasn’t old enough to be Andrew’s father.
Do you see any Family Connections?
Or can add to this blog?
This blog was written on Aug 10, 2007.
I made some corrections and updates on Dec 3, 2009.
And again in July and August of 2015
Thanks for reading,