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Richard White

Richard White was born 23 November 1800 in Sydenham, Oxfordshire, and died
9 February 1868 at Seven Oaks Farm, Canning, WA (BDM 3788/1868. He married Elizabeth Watson (daughter of Thomas Watson and Sarah Watson) 28 July 1821 in Sydenham, Oxfordshire, England. She was born 17 May 1801 in Noke, Oxfordshire, and died 31 March 1882 at Seven Oaks Farm, Canning, WA (BDM 11563/18825).

They arrived 20 August 1842 at Fremantle per Simon Taylor.

West Australian, Wednesday 21 January 1931, page 10
Interesting incidents in the early settlement of Western Australia are recalled by the recent death, at Rockingham, of Mr. John White, who arrived in Perth with his parents in August, 1842. The family consisted of Richard and Elizabeth White, four sons and three daughters, the youngest of whom died in infancy, and a large area of land was taken up at Kelmscott under an agreement entered into with Mr. J. S. Roe, Surveyor-General. The locality was known as Sott's Flat, and a two storey building, erected in those far-off days, is still in occupation by the Harris family, who were also early settlers on the Canning River. The White family came from Oxfordshire, and portion of the estate at Armadale, owned by the descendants, is named Chinnor, after their English birthplace. The eldest son, Jabez, married and settled near Gosnells, and the brothers John and Frank married two sisters—the daughters of George Stedman Watts, also of Oxfordshire. Two of John's daughters married brothers—F. J. and W. E. Saw of Rockingham and Armadale, respectively, and the remaining brother, Phillip, who formed a homestead near Maddington left a large family. Of the two sisters, the oldest, Rachel, married Captain John Bateman, founder of the Fremantle firm of J. and W. Bateman, and the second became Mrs. Robert Hicks, also of Fremantle.

WHITE, Richard, b. 1801 (Eng), arr. 20.8.1842 per Simon Taylor with family & brother ?James & Jabez, m. (Eng) Elizabeth WATSON (Sydenham, Eng) b. 1801 d. 31.3.1882 (Canning). Chd. Richard b. 1822, Jabez b. 1823 d. 1899, Emmanuel b. 1826, Rachel b. 1829 d. 1899, Mary b. 1831 d. 1910, Philip b. 1634, John b. 1837, Thomas b. 1839, Henry b. 1840 died at sea, Sarah Eliza b. 1843 d. ?1849 of an accident. Francis. Canning. Agricultural labourer 1840s. Yeoman farmer 1850s. 15 acres Cockburn district. 1855. Sawyer, Fremantle & Seven Oaks, Canning district. (Erickson)

WHITE, Jabez Isaac, b. 17.9.1823, d. 1899, son of Richard & Elizabeth, arr. 20.8.1842 per Simon Taylor, m. 1.1848 (Frem) Sarah LEWIS b. 2.1832 d. 30.1.1884 (Canning), dtr. of Sarah Day & William Meall Lewis. Chd. Elizabeth b. 1849 d. 1915, Mary Ann bp. 1856, Elba b. 1851, John b. 1854 d. 1877, Barry b. 1856, Jabez, Priscllla b. 1868, (?Emmanuel), Thomas, Samuel. Canning farmer/10 acres 1855 & 20 acres 1866 Cockburn Sound, 80 acres 1866 Canning River. (Erickson)

References, links, acknowledgements


Many thanks to Robert Ward for an invaluable, comprehensive genealogy of Richard White's family.

Heritage Council page for Jabez White's 1860 cottage in Orange Grove. (See also G. McDonald & W.S. Cooper, The Gosnells Story, City of Gosnells, 1988.)

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