Surnames in bio: WHITE-HARMON-BENHAM-ROUSE-REDMAN-
He is residing on Section 5,Tippecanoe Twp., Henry Co.,
Iowa, is a native of Crawford Co., IN, born Nov. 16,
1821. His parents, Richard and Barbara (Harmon) White,
the father a native of Bullock Co., KY, the mother of
Virginia, were pioneer settlers of Indiana. They reared
a family of ten children, all of whom grew to adulthood.
Five are still living and five are deceased; Ravie,
b. Dec. 28, 1815 was the deceased wife of Granville
Rouse, she died Sep. 20, 1844; Susan,Born Sep. 20,1817
is the wife of Luther Benham, now residing in KY;
Abraham, b. Dec. 18, 1819 is a resident of IA.;
Genius, our subject, ; John S. b. Mar 25, 1824, d.Apr.
28, 1848 in Van Buren Co.; William H.., b. June 28,
1827, d. Apr 20, 1848 in same county; Eliza, b. March 27, 1830 is the
deceased wife of Elijah Redman, of MO;
Nancy. b. Dec. 6, 1832, is the wife of Elisha McCall,
now residing in Republic Co., KS; Columbus, b. Aug. 1,
1835, died in CA, and James H. b. July 9, 1840, is a
resident of Los Angeles CA.
The father, Richard White, was born Jan 25, 1792,
and died Apr. 8, 1847. Mrs. White, b. Feb. 12, 1794,
died Mar. 1, 1883. They were both members of the M.E.
Church. He was a pioneer of Van Buren, and also of
Our subject, Genius White was reared upon a farm in
IN, and at age 21 removed with his parents to Van
Buren Co, IA, where he remained until the fall of
1852 when he crossed the plains with an oxen-team to CA.
He remained there for 11 months engaged in mining, in
which he was reasonably successful. He returned by
water to New York City, thence to Rock Island, then
down the river to Burlington, and by state to this
county. In 1853 he purchased 120 acres on Sect. 22,
Tippecanoe Twp. Mr. White improved the farm, residing
on it until 1865 when he bought 120 acres on Sect. 22.
making that his home until 1871. He then bought 120
acres on Sect. of the same Twp. At one time he had
over 300 acres, 160 of which he has given his children.
Genius White was married June 29, 1849 to Mary Ann
Grant, a native of Harrison Co., IN. She was born
July 16, 1826, the daughter of Wilkinson and Christiana
(Ward) Grant, the father a native of KY and the mother
of NC. They came to this county in 1843, settling in
Tippecanoe Twp. on Sect. 7. Mr. Grant died here July
24, 1872 at age 78. He was a Republican. Nine of his
children survive, two living in this county: Harvey B.
and Mrs. White, the remaining seven reside in KS.
Mrs. Grant who was b. Aug. 4, 1804, makes her home with
Mr. and Mrs. White have had seven children: Clarissa Jane, b. Apr 26,
1850, the wife of J. H. Ginn of
Republic Co., KS; George W., b. Sept 3, 1851, d. in CA,
Sept 4, 1879; Columbus, b. Aug. 21, 1854, d. Apr 26,
1856; Emily, b. Apr 21, 1856, d. Apr 22, 1881; Richard
W. b. Feb 1, 1858, now resides in Tippecanoe Twp.;
Maria, b. Apr 23, 1860, d. May 23 of the same year;
and Pleasant Genius, b.Apr 26, 1867, is still residing
Mr. and Mrs. White are both members of the M. E. Church.
He is a Republican in politics.
Henry County, Iowa 1888 bio.