A family member writes of having worked on the Whites for nearly 2 years trying to find the parents of William W. White b. 1820, James Rufus White b. 1822 and Archie White b. 1824, all in Alabama.
"It was impossible to break that White name down to fit these 3 boys. Not knowing of any other siblings, we don't know how to find their parents on the 1830 and 1840 census records. I went through all of the Alabama census index on Whites in 1830 and 1840 trying to find any white that had sons who fit the ages of these 3 males. The closest I got was a John White on the 1830 Lawrence Co., Alabama census. John White 40/50, wife 40/50 1 male 10/15 (W.W. White 10) 1 male 5/10 (James Rufus 8 1 male under 5 (Archie 5) 1 female 5/10 2 females under 5.
This would indicate, if this is the father of our 3 brothers, that there were 3 sisters, names unknown. In 1840 Walker Co., Alabama census Delila White 50/60 (could be the wife of John White 40/50 in 1830) 2 males 15/20 ( W.W. 20, James Rufus 18) 1 male 10/15 (Archie 16-could be 15) Delila also had 2 females 15/20, 1 female 10/15, 1 female 5/10 and 1 female under 5.
This complicates things a little bit but I still believe she could be the mother of our brothers. We just have no idea who the females were.
Now, in 1840 Walker Co., Alabama I found: James Mobley 60/70, wife 40/50 1 female 15/20 (could be Permelia Caroline, wife of W.W. White) 1 female 10/15 (could be Cynthia wife of James Rufus White) 2 females 5/10.
From the obit. of Mrs. W. W. White in 1905 Upshur Co., it states she was nee Miss P. C. Mobley, born March 14, 1827 in Walker Co., Ala. She married W. W. White in 1842 and moved to Texas in 1849. This places Permelia Caroline in Walker Co. in 1840 and it is my belief Delila White on the 1840 Walker Co. census was the mother of our three brothers.
I have no definate proof of this but apparantly Cynthia Mobley who married James Rufus White and Permelia Caroline who married W. W. White may have been sisters.
In 1850 both W. W. White and James Rufus White were on the 1850 census in Upshur Co. but my Archie White remained in Alabama and is listed on the 1850 census in Marion Co., Ala. He moved to Upshur Co. by the 1860 census. I have no idea who Archie married but it could have been to another daughter of James Mobley.
The fact that two of the brothers stated their parents were born in S.C. I even checked back on the Whites in S.C. but the fact there are many many Whites it was impossible to figure them out. That is about all I have on the Whites and since the obit. for Permelia Caroline stated she was born in Walker Co. and married in that county, it is apparant that the Whites were also there by 1840."