October 2019 BioBuilders - Surnames That Are Colors

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This month’s Bio Builders Challenge theme is people whose surname is a color (Brown(e), Gray/Grey, Green(e), White, Gold, Black, etc.). Variant spellings are OK, but must be recognized as such. Everyone have fun.

Thank you for your support.

Here's our checklist:

Data Section:

  • birth date/place
  • names of parents
  • marriage date/place and spouse name
  • names of children, if any
  • death date/place

Biography Section:

  • Written (full) sentences stating the facts above, adding inline sources to each fact.
  • Is the profile '''Genealogically Defined?'''
  • As a general rule biographies should be in your own words. Paraphrase and rewrite, don't copy/paste.
  • Baptism, burial, military, and other life events with inline sources.
  • Something to "humanize" the person, such as career or avocation with sources.
  • List of children with at least one pertinent fact.
  • Some list siblings. (I think this takes up real estate.)
  • Explanatory remarks, if needed (e.g. disputed persons information, Research Notes, whatever needs extra explaining).
  • Photos or pictures, background. Not a must, but nice (you need to own the copyright unless they are in the public domain).
  • Categories.
  • Connection to the Global Tree.
  • All duplicates merged or initiated.
  • Links to persons and events, perhaps from Wikipedia.
  • Historical context as related to the person's life.
  • Sources, Sources, Sources.

You can see some ideas on where to find some of this information on the Biography Builders space page.

Use "comments" below to ask questions.

NOTE: Biography Builders will not show on the tracker. Please add a list to your answer.

WikiTree profile: Space:Biography_Builders
P.S. Suggestions for future themes are ways welcome, especially if they tie into, or help, a Wikitree Project.
in Requests for Project Volunteers by Bob Keniston G2G6 Pilot (186k points)

I never list living people - and as far as a "list" goes, Wikitree already provides that - so I don't reiterate it in their biography. It just seems redundant. When you enter a living person on Wikitree, it makes their profile unlisted, so I don't see the point of listing living people. No one else can see them anyway.  I usually say something like "The couple had 3 children during their marriage" and leave it at that - and create profiles for the non-living children.
The people I entered are deceased. I'm asking about listing their children who may not be deceased because the guideline specifies "list of children..."
List any living children as “Living” without an ID or link. Don’t even include son or daughter.

Diane, here is an example from my own grandmother's profile:

Ruth Violet Lenore (Herling) Ranck (1919 - 2007)


The couple had 4 children, three who survived to adulthood:

i. Herbert Edward Ranck, b. 20 Jul 1941, Long Beach, California, d. 20 Aug 2007, Huntington, West Virginia.[22]
ii. Samuel Ranck (died in infancy)[17]
iii. Living Ranck[17]
iv. Living Ranck[17]
Are we required to create a profile for the living children? I don't see the point as they are living. No one can see their profile - and it ends up limiting the number of profiles we can manage. We are only allowed 5000, and I don't want to fill them up with living people no one will ever read about.
No Alicia, it is not required and best not to add living people as their will automatically be hidden and if they actually decide to join wikitree and create a profile for themselves, they may not be aware that they already had a profile for them created. The Biography Builder list of things to include is just a quideline anyway.

lol, and don't forget all the Leblanc, Lenoir, Leroux...........  laugh


It's been a while since I've participates and I just finished my first new one and plan to do more before the month is out. Do I just add them here as I do them and edit this comment?

Done so far:

1) Nicholas White Sr. - arrived in Massachusetts in 1643

You add them as an answer instead of a comment :) I think you can actually convert your "Comment" to an answer if you click "Edit"
Thanks. I tried to convert but no go unless I did it wrong or missed it. I guess I'll just add it as a answer. Thanks again.

27 Answers

+15 votes

LOL . . . this could be fun!  I wonder whether I can find someone named Magenta!  After working on a Beige family and running into a paucity of sources, I remembered a whole line named Swartz.  Slow going for three days of research on one profile.

1.  Jennettie (Head) White 

2.  Martha J. (White) Chase 

3.  Minnie Flora (Swartz) Rohrbach 

by Kathy Rabenstein G2G6 Pilot (191k points)
edited by Kathy Rabenstein
+16 votes
by Jennifer Robins G2G6 Mach 2 (21.9k points)
edited by Jennifer Robins
+15 votes
Joining! Sounds like fun.
by Briana Roop G2G2 (2.2k points)
+14 votes
I will try to do some this month.

1. Daniel Todd White. (1873 - 1948) https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/White-39877
2. Margaret Ann Pink (1867 - 1951) https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Pink-31
3. Rachel Stelling Pink (1869 -1899) https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Pink-32
4. Mary Elizabeth Pink (1871 - 1872) https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Pink-33
5. Mary Elizabeth Pink (1873 - 1903) https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Pink-37
6. Samuel George Pink (1880 - 1942) https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Pink-9
7. Samuel George Pink (1844 1902) https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Pink-10
8. Frederick Benjamin West Gray (1869 -1949) https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Gray-15472
9. William Arthur West Gray (1866 - 1892) https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Gray-15471
by Joan Whitaker G2G6 Mach 7 (74k points)
edited by Joan Whitaker
+14 votes

I'll do this one! Should be able to find some Whites and Greens, maybe a few LeBlancs too.

  1. Dudley Joseph LeBlanc - a notable
  2. Francis Evelyn (Hebert) LeBlanc - his wife. I added her so not sure if she should count.
  3. Marie Esther LeBlanc
  4. Linnie Mae White - also did a lot of work on her husband but he's not a "color" name.
by Joyce Rivette G2G6 Mach 6 (60.2k points)
edited by Joyce Rivette
+14 votes

I am quite sure I have none in my tree; I will cast my net wider this month.

Watchlist color free - casting a wider net...  selected the "Blue" family at random; found an interesting name to create a profile and develop: Lael Zann Blue.


1. Francis Sherman Currey, 1925-2019, Medal of Honor recipient (color curry red)
2. Ann (White) Cobb, (1608 - bef. 1656)
3. Robert White (bef. 1570)
4. Susanna (Boulden) White (1570 - 1625)
5. Susan (White) Cobbs (abt. 1600)
6. Lael Zann Blue (1917 - 1965)
7. Prudence (Lanckford) Clayton (color clay)
8. Sarah "Sallie" (Francisco) Edlin (color San Francisco Bay)
9. Nancy (Unknown) Francisco

by SJ Baty G2G6 Pilot (744k points)
edited by SJ Baty
+14 votes

I think I'll be able to add a few for my Grandma White's family.smiley By the way, how could someone born in the 1980s possibly witness something that occurred in the life of someone who died in 1952?

  1. My grandmother, Anne White Mathews.
  2. Added Anne's father, Thomas John White.
  3. Added Anne's mother, Julia Brennan White.
  4. Added Anne's oldest sister, Dora White, also known as Sister M. Pascal.
  5. Added Anne's sister, Helen White, also known as Sister Annette.
  6. Added Anne's oldest brother, Denis Patrick White.
  7. Added Denis's wife, Anna Rall White.
  8. Added Anne's brother, John David White.
  9. Added John's wife, Marie Beck White.
  10. Added Anne's brother, Thomas John White Jr.
  11. Added Anne's sister, Mary Theresa White Meyers.
  12. Added Anne's brother, George F. White.
  13. Added Anne's grandfather, Denis White.
  14. Added Denis's wife, Honora Carey White.
  15. Added Anne's aunt, Annie White.
  16. Added Anne's uncle, Denis J. White.
  17. Added Anne's uncle, John W. White.
  18. Added Anne's great grandfather, Thomas White.
  19. Added Anne's great grandmother, Catherine Reilly White.
  20. Added Anne's grand uncle, Patrick White.
  21. Added Anne's grand uncle, John White.
  22. Added John's wife, Catherine Brien White.
  23. Added John's son, Thomas White.
  24. Added John's daughter, Mame White.
  25. Added John's son, Michael White.
  26. Added John's daughter, Anna White Landers.
  27. Added John's son, James White.
  28. Added John's daughter, Bridget White.
  29. Added Michael's wife, Mary Ann Shea White.
  30. Added Michael's daughter, Catherine White who died in infancy.
  31. Added Michael's son, John Joseph White.
  32. Added Michael's daughter, Catherine White.
  33. Added Michael's daughter, Mary White Russell.
  34. Added Michael's son, James White.
  35. Added Anne's nephew, Jerome White.
  36. Added Anne's niece, Mary R. White Coleman.
  37. Added Anne's niece, Helen E. White Del Signore.
  38. Added Anne's nephew, Thomas Julian White.
  39. Added Tom's wife, Ada Bloemhof White.
  40. Added Anne's nephew, John William White.
  41. Added John's wife, Myra Rowley White.
  42. Added John's 2nd wife, Catherine Wire White.
  43. Added Anne's nephew, Francis "Frank" White.
  44. Added Frank's wife, Maxine Snyder White.
  45. Added Anne's nephew, Robert Alvin White.
  46. Added Robert's son, Raleigh C. White.
  47. Added Anne's niece, Margaret White.
Yeah! I'm done with grandma's family laugh

by Diane Hildebrandt G2G6 Mach 4 (41.2k points)
edited by Diane Hildebrandt

I created a space page because I'm having trouble locating information on some of this White family. It records what is missing for each record and where I've searched.

+14 votes

I'll do a few. I have some Whites and Browns.

  1. Amanda (White) Merritt
  2. Brown-79152
by Traci Thiessen G2G6 Pilot (101k points)
edited by Traci Thiessen
+15 votes
I'll get started on Pink.  Does a one-name rock star count?
by Jo Gill G2G6 Mach 7 (79.4k points)

laughcrying thanks for the laughsmiley

+14 votes

Love this idea, great challenge. Have a white or two, oh and a few Blackman's from Shorpshire

So I am in, shall work on the following

1. Henry Charles White his wife and children.

2. Alice Margaret Clara (Langridge) White  wife of Henry

3. Maud White Daughter

4. Horace White Son

5. William White Son

6. Alice White Daughter

7.  Henry White Son

8. Ernest White Ernest White

9. Jane (Langridge) White Jane (Langridge) White wife of Henry White see below No.12

10. Emma White Daughter of Jane and Henry

11. Alice White Daughter of Jane and Henry

12. Henry White  Husband of Jane and father of Emma and Alice

13. Sarah Redhead  my Great Aunt and her family

14. Maria Redhead Sister to Sarah -my Great Aunt

15. Ellen (Wells) Brownfield - this is a work in progress as assisting PM

16.James Enos Brownfield

17. Jonathan Pink father of Mary Pink

18. Mary Pink 

by Janet Wild G2G6 Pilot (114k points)
edited by Janet Wild
+14 votes

I have "Greene" in my family tree. I'm sure I have a few that need some bios written. :)

  1. Capt Henry Bloodworth Sr (1772-1858)
  2. Timothy Bloodworth (1802-1885)
  3. Henry Bloodworth (1824-1866)
  4. Benjamin Franklin Bloodworth (1849-1924)
  5. Carrie Smith (Greene) Ivey (1892-1983)
  6. Benjamin Carlton Greene (1890-1957)
  7. Norma Belle (Greene) Wall (1912-2002)
  8. Alice Louise (Greene) Stewart (1918-1991)
  9. Julian Howard Greene Sr (1924-1997)
  10. Julian Howard "Buck" Greene, Jr (1943-2012)
  11. Judith Louise (Greene) Pewitt (1945-1978)
  12. Bidwell Watson Greene (1950-1980)
  13. Dwayne Kevyn Greene (1959-1959)
  14. Thelma Louise (Watson) Greene (1924-1996)
  15. Katie Belle (Butts) Greene (1890-1976)
  16. Sarah Florence (Greene) Floyd (1895-1959)
  17. Willie Arthur (Greene) Baker (1897-1967)
  18. Mamie Ella (Greene) Pearce (1898-1968)
  19. Rufus Edward Greene Sr (1902-1973)
  20. Minnie Ruth (Turbeville) Greene (1902-1998)
  21. Annie Ruth (Greene) Martin (1925-2005)
  22. Unnamed Infant Daughter Greene (1943-1943)
  23. Thomas Whitfield Greene (1855-1929)
  24. Mildred (Sanford) Greene (1850-1926)
  25. Annie Ridley Greene (1889-1907)
  26. Richard Lemuel Greene (1857-1927)
  27. Sarah Anne Elizabeth (Underwood) Greene (1869-1951)
  28. Della Mae (Greene) Thompson (1890-1984)
  29. Jesse Thomas Greene (1893-1940)
  30. William Benjamin Greene (1859-1864)
by Karen Herndon G2G4 (4.8k points)
edited by Karen Herndon
+12 votes
I love the color purple and I did not realize that Purple was a surname.  I will have to work on one!
by Michelle Enke G2G6 Pilot (185k points)
+11 votes
I am in for this month
by Anonymous Barnett G2G6 Pilot (453k points)
+13 votes

Hmmm... Interesting twist :) I will give it a try.

  1. Nancy S. Brown https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Brown-85634
  2. Lowden Brown https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Brown-85589
  3. Lucy Leftwich Brown https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Leftwich-963
  4. Hazel Elicia Crooke Brown https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Crooke-238
  5. Roy Black https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Black-14569
  6. Unnamed Infant Redmon https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Redmon-446
  7. Nonie Lavada Armstrong Redmon https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Armstrong-13570
  8. Pearl Marie Blackwell https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Blackwell-3576
  9. Henry Ervin Whiteaker https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Whiteaker-172
  10. Martha Elizabeth Harding Whiteaker https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Harding-5624
  11. Samuel James H White, Jr. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/White-52908
  12. Elicia Placette Crooke White https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Crooke-274
  13. Kathyrn Elicia White https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/White-52911
  14. Jane Frances Brown https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Brown-96611
  15. Elizabeth White https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/White-46833
  16. Roy C Black https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Black-14571
  17. Donna Faye Redmon https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Redmon-393
by Alicia Taylor G2G6 Mach 3 (32.7k points)
edited by Alicia Taylor
+11 votes

I am in for the month.  Should be fun.  I have some Blues and some Whites on my watchlist.

1. John Blue 1697 - 1770

2. Michael Blue 1720 - 1819

3.  Barnabas Blue 1757 - 1837

4. Solomon Blue 1784 - 1856

5.  Daniel White 1767 - 1845

by Caryl Ruckert G2G6 Pilot (173k points)
edited by Caryl Ruckert

It's the Blacks and Blues you must watch out for.wink

Oh my goodness! My ex-husband's middle name was Blue, and so was his father's. Of course, named after a great-grandmother maiden name Blue! I wonder if there is a relation?
Haha Kathy!  :)

Alicia that is interesting.  I don't think it is a very common surname. Although there are Dutch Blues and Scottish Blues.  Have you checked out the National Blue Family Association?  They have a lot of info on both. http://freepages.rootsweb.com/~bluefamily/genealogy/index.html

This guy is my immigrant ancestor and he had a bunch of children.  https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Frederickse-5  Maybe you connect to him?
He was a Scottish Blue - and very proud of the fact that he was the descendant of Kings. I haven't done a lot of research on John's side, so the connection finder is saying your ancestor and I aren't connected. He's my ex, and we don't have children together, so I haven't done much on him. His last name is Boswell - and I keep finding them in my family tree (which is honestly scaring me a bit!) LOL.
LOL!  I reread that and saw the ex-husband part.  I have one of those too ;)

I am of the Dutch Blues so I am not related to your ex.
It occurred to me... His Boswell dad was Scottish. I'm not sure what lineage his Blue ancestry was.
+12 votes

After a few months of copping out, I'll try this one.  I have some White ancestors, some of whom badly need a proper biography!

1. Elizabeth Mary White My great x4 grandmother, whose silver spoons I still keep.

2. Blake Leay White  Her father, Revolutionary War Veteran and early South Carolina planter/carpenter/tavern keeper/roads commissioner...

3. Elizabeth Bourquin White His wife

4. John White Blake's father - Militia Colonel and early landowner in South Carolina

5. Sarah White John's first wife

6. Mary White John's second wife

7. John White Snr John's father and early immigrant to South Carolina from Bermuda

8. Hannah White His wife

9. Anthony White John's father and early Bermuda resident

10. Elizabeth White Anthony's wife

11. Anthony White Anthony's father and founding emigrant to Bermuda

by Stephen Trueblood G2G6 Mach 2 (29.6k points)
edited by Stephen Trueblood
+11 votes

Great theme for the challenge. I'll be working on my White and Black lines this month.

1. Henry Charles White - my 2x great-grandfather. Alas, this one's still a brick wall w/ regard to his parentage, but I've come a long way from having nothing more than his name at this time last year. 

2. Edwin Bienvenu White - Henry's youngest son, born 6 months after Henry's death. This challenge reminded me that I'd wanted to dig around and find out what happened to Edwin after he was orphaned. Found it!

3. Harry Caldwell White - Another from the same White family. Another time I wished the 1890 Census hadn't been destroyed. 

4. Lafayette Dancy White - Continuing with the White family. Didn't realize until this week that I had a notorious narcotics cop / CIA guy just hanging out on my Watchlist (not this guy, but his son -- bio to come).

5. Virginia R. White - Still on this California White family. Wish I could find more about Virginia's whereabouts past 1940.

6. Maj. Bernard J. Black - My third great grandfather. Civil War soldier turned architect. 

by Lauren Hopkins G2G2 (2.1k points)
edited by Lauren Hopkins
+11 votes

I'm a bit late to this as i was searching and couldn't find it (so I carried on working on last months ones as some still need something extra lol)

I remember doing a colour one before so will try to find a different colour - I think I have plenty to choose from: White, Brown and Green are my obvious ones, but will see if I have anymore unusual ones! I just realised I have Pinks in my tree but they are quite far back in time.

My first one will be 

#1 Sarah Owers nee Green I probably did her before as she is quite well sourced, but I now have more DNA info that I can put into a chart and attach.

#2 Maud Lavinia Grey nee Johnson added profiles for husband and children

#3 Alfred Edward Gray

#4 Albert Henry Grey

#5 Gladys Maud Wise nee Grey

#6 Leonard George Grey

#7 Florence Rose Cheeseman nee Grey

#8 William Henry Grey

#9 Dorothy Eileen Grey

#10 William White b. 1831

#11 William White b. 1810

# 12 John White b. 1777

#13 John White b. 1738

#14 John White b. 1697-1699

#15 Daniel White b. abt. 1660

#16 Sarah White nee Mason

#17 Jane White nee Staines

#18 Mary White nee Tyler

a double one with #19 Sarah White nee Brown

#20 Mary Ardley nee Green added profiles for husband and children, tabulated census data

#21 William Geen - added profiles for children and spouse

# 22 Maria Green nee Mott

#23 Richard Green added census, profiles for children and added sources

#24 Sarah Green nee Constable added profiles for children

#25Thomas Green

# 26 Samuel Green

#27 Ann Peck nee Green

#28 Ann Green nee Meers

# 29 Nancy Ray Johnson nee Blackbourn added profiles for parents

#30 William Blackbourn b. 1748 added profiles for wives and children

#31 Ann Blackbourn nee Ray

#32 William Blackbourn b. 1775

#33 Elizabeth Blackbourn late Lawrence nee Adams

#34 Elizabeth Preese nee Green

#35 Elizabeth Green nee Howell

#36 Margaret Urquhart Brown nee Bremner added profile for husband, list of children & census. now adding profiles for children

by Michelle Wilkes G2G6 Pilot (114k points)
edited by Michelle Wilkes
+10 votes
  1. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/White-2864
  2. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/White-2748
  3. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/White-2854 some of these still have a temporary checklist attached, awaiting typo checks, but I needed to add them before I forget.
  4. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/White-31906
  5. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/White-5096
  6. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/White-5100
  7. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/White-5094
  8. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/White-5095
  9. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/White-5097
  10. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/White-5098
  11. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/White-5099
  12. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/White-5110
  13. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Bassett-176 m. White
  14. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/White-23655
  15. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/White-23649
  16. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/White-2164
  17. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/White-2107
  18. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/White-2352
  19. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/White-23650
  20. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/White-2837
  21. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/White-23644
  22. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/White-11222
by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
edited by Anne B
moved to answer
+11 votes
by Melissa Arjona G2G2 (2.5k points)
edited by Melissa Arjona

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