Note: A biography of William White was published by Carl Boyer 3rd in
"Ancestral Lines, Third Edition," published by the author in Santa Clarita, California in 1998.
George Ernest Bowman suggested that William White may have been sent to Dartmouth as a young man to look after the land there of Thomas Coleman of Scituate (Mayflower Descendant, 22:7-11).
It is known that William White was an adult (age 21) by 5 July 1705, when he was a member of the petit jury in Dartmouth (Mayflower Descendant, 12:97, 117). Consequently, he was born before 5 July 1684, and therefore could not have been the William White, born 6 June 1690 at Rochester, Massachusetts, the son of Samuel White. Other writers and researchers have frequently confused the two William Whites.
William White signed, with George Cadman, the will of Richard Kirby, Jr. on 30 January 1707/8.
He served the town again on the petit jury in 1713, as Constable in 1716, and as surveyor in 1719.
On 19 June 1713, he requested that lands be laid out to Thomas Coleman.
He was a blacksmith by trade.
William White, "Gentleman" of Dartmouth, died testate, having written a will dated 6 January 1768, which was proved 3 October 1780. The will was abstracted by George Ernest Bowman, in "The Wills of William White of Dartmouth and his Son William," published in The Mayflower Descendant, Volume 22, Number 1, January 1920. Bowman's article notes that the original will, found in the Bristol County Registry of Probate, included a bequest to son William White, while the version recorded in the Probate books omitted this bequest. The abstract includes:
"Imprimis I Give and bequeath unto my Well beloved Son William White my Gun Which he hath now In his possession & Improvement"
To "my teen Well beloved Granchildren namely Israel Peleg William Silvenus Obed Ruth Sarah Hannah Mary & Unice all Children to my Son George White Deceased the Sum of one Spanish Silver mill'd Doller to be paid unto them by my Executors hereinafter Named and to be Equally Divided to & amongst them my sd ten Granchildren."
To "my Well beloved Daughter Sarah Brown my Bead that Standeth in the South east Corner of my Great Chamber together with all the furnature belonging to it"
To "my Well beloved Daughter Hannah Taber .... twelve Spanish Silver mill'd Dollers to be paid unto her .... Within one year after my Deceas"
To "my son Roger White all my Wareing apparel .... and my Gun which I now have in my house & also my Case of Reazers & my hone"
To "son Christopher White .... five Spanish silver mill'd Dollers"
To "my son Thomas White my silver Tankard"
To "my three Well beloved Sons namely Roger White Christopher White & Thomas White that note of hand which is now Due unto me from Henry Soule of Newport" dated 9 September 1765, with "all the principal & Intrest Due unto me upon sd note of hand In the old tenner . & to be Devided to & amongst them .... as followeth Roger is to have" 200 pounds "old tenner out of sd note and Christopher is to have" 200 pounds "old tenner .... And Thomas to have all the Rest .... of the sd old tenner money Which is Due unto me upon the sd note of hand both principal & Intrest It is to be understood If they my three sd sons Can Recover the Sd note or at Least the old tenner money Due upon the sd note then it shall be Divided to & amongst them as above set forth but if other Wise by any ways or means Means that note of hand Should fail and they .... Could not Recover or get the sd money thereon due that then the Gifts to them in this parragraf shall be null & void & not be paid or Discharged with any other part of my Estate"
"I give ... four Spanish Silver Mill'd Dollers to be Equally Divided amongst all my servi Granchildren that are Children to my Daughter Elizabeth Slowcum Deceased"
To "son Oliver White ... the bed & bedding And the Smithing tools he hath already In his possession"
To "Son Abner White my Gun Which he now hath in his Possession"
To "Grandaughter Phebe Smith .... Nine Spanish silver mill'd Dollers"
To "Daughter Susannah White all the Rest & Residue of my Estate ... She my Said Daughter providing procuring & Decently maintaining ... my ... wife In her aged week & Low Condition ... During the term of the Natural Life of my Said wife Elizabeth White her mother and with ye use & Improvement of the farm & houseing together with the profits thereof Whereon I now Live to maintain her sd mother with all sorts of nessasaries of Life Decently During the term of my sd Wifes Natural Life If my sd Daughter Lives So Long but if she my sd Daughter should not Live so Long as her mother then so much of that Estate which I have herein given her my said Daughter to Enable her to maintain her mother shall Return and pay all the Charges that shall a rise for Looking after my sd wife after the Death of my sd Daughter Susannah"
"I do hereby order my sd Daughter Susannah White to pay all my Just Debts funeral Charges And I do Likewise nominate my sd Daughter Susannah White & my well beloved Granson Peleg White Son to my son George White Deceased ... to be Joynt Executors.
The witnesses were William Gifford, Daniel Hathway and Restcome Sanford. William Gifford testified on 3 October 1780 that he, with Daniel Hathway and Restcome Sanford both deceased, witnessed the will.