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White family papers, 1794-1936.
White family.
Library Call Number Copy Material Location
Vermont Historical Society Library  MSA 109 (cont'd in MSA 110-111)  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Personal Author : White family.
Title : White family papers, 1794-1936.
Physical Description : 1 linear foot.
Summary :

The collection consists of the miscellaneous papers of five generations of the White family, long-time residents of Shelburne, Vt., and captains of Lake Champlain steamers. The largest number of papers in the collection are letters belonging to the family of Nathan and his wife Elizabeth Sproat (1764-1813) as well as letters written by Elizabeth's brother, Samuel, to his nephew, Robert (1810-1850). Nathan White's legal papers include those relating to his guardianship of Lucinda and Sally Sproat and the administration of his estate.

The many legal documents include deeds, wills, and estate inventories. In addition, there are photographs, account books, receipts, marriage records, and newspaper clippings, both obituaries and articles about Lake Champlain steamers. Of interest is Frank G. White's log book for the Ticonderoga for the years 1916-1919.

In addition to the White family, the collection includes papers belonging to the families of the women the White men married. Surnames which appear in the collection include: Sproat, Collamer, Tabor, Pierson, Blinn, Lambert, LaFountain and Crannell.

Biographical or historical data :

Nathan White (1863-1828), son of Captain Benjamin White (1716-1774) and his second wife, Hannah Shaw, was born in Middleboro, Massachusetts. In 1787 he married Elizabeth Sproat (1764-1813), the daughter of Zebedee Sproat. Elizabeth's oldest brother was Samuel (1772-1847). Nathan moved his family to Burlington, Vt., in 1791 and to Shelburne, Vt., in 1799 where he bought the north end of Shelburne Point. White's Island, also known as Hog's Island, remained in possession of the family until 1901. Nathan and Elizabeth Sproat White had three sons: Robert, Andrew, and Lavater S.

Lavater "was a master builder of many of the larger steamers in the days of wooden hulls." He married Polly J. Tabor; their children were: Jane Melodia (1824-1859), Henry B., Robert J. (1829-1912), and Polly T.

Robert J. White married Louisa Blinn (d. 1902) in 1854; he was a farmer and orchardist as well as a steamer captain for the Lake Champlain Transportation Company. Robert and Louisa White's children were: Henry S., Frank George (b. ca. 1856) and Channing T.

Frank G. White followed the family tradition and became captain of the steamer, Ticonderoga. He married Estella LaFountain, daughter of Charles and Maria Lambert LaFountain, in 1896; their son Robert Lambert was born in 1905. After Frank White's death, Estella married Edward W. Crannell (d. 1931).

Little is known about Robert Lambert White (b. 1905) from the collection. In 1935, he was living in Burlington, Vt., and was executor of his mother's (Estella White Crannell) estate.

Personal Subject : Sproat, Lucinda.
Sproat, Sally.
Corporate Subject : Vermont Laker steamer
Subject Term : Lake steamers.
Funeral sermons.
Geographic Term : Shelburne (Vt.) Social life and customs.
Champlain, Lake Navigation.
Genre/Form : Inventories of decedents' estates.
Account books.
Inventories of decedents' estates.
Added Author : White, Nathan, 1763-1828.
White, Elizabeth, 1764-1813.
Sproat, Samuel, 1772-1847.
White, Robert J.
White, Andrew.
White, Lavater S.
White, Frank G., b. 1856.
Allen, George W., 1863-1871.
Collamer family.
Tabor family.
Pierson family.
Blinn family.
Lambert family.
LaFountain family.
Crannell family.
Crannell, Estella, d. 1936.
Added Author : Ticonderoga (Lake steamer)
Electronic Resource : Click here for full text of finding aid.