John White – On This Date in 1929

John White – On This Date in 1929
Black River Bridge in Jonesville, Louisiana

Rapides Parish, Louisiana*(a). Recorded by OT Belgard*(b) as being buried in Cushman Cemetery, Marksville, Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana but not verified.

Black River Bridge in Jonesville, Louisiana
Black River Bridge in Jonesville, Louisiana (Photo taken by Jennifer D. Adams)

John was born to James K White and Elvira Freeman around 1853 at Black River, Catahoula Parish, Louisiana.*(a)

John’s parents were probably James Keitha White and Elvira Freeman based on information found from the United States Federal Census. According to the 1880 US.Federal Census, John Smith was still single and living in Marksville, Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana with his younger brother, Louis Franklin “Frank” White, and sister-in-law, Louise Smith White (listed on census as Lonera).

Louis Franklin White’s ancestry was located on Our Family History, which should be similiar to John’s:

Name Louis Franklin “Frank” White

Born Nov 1856 Louisiana
Died 25 Jun 1930 Rapides, Rapides Parish, Louisiana

Father James Keitha White, b. 1821, Louisiana  d. 11 Nov 1859, Catahoula Parish, Louisiana
Mother Elvira Freeman, b. around 1830, Tennessee, d. around 1860, Louisiana
Married 1 Jul 1847 Louisiana

John married Azaline Deville on December 16, 1880. They had 4 children including our maternal great grandmother, Azelia Sidonia..

Interesting Tidbits:*(d) According to the 1900 United States Federal Census, John White was a farmer. He had no formal education, and could not read or write, which was the case for most everyone on the census registry for Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana.

Here is how we are related:

Our parents –Nelda Grace LaPrarie was married to Floyd Dee Adams

Nelda’s parents – ^John Alvis LaPrarie was married to Lucy Dee Wright

John A.’s parents – ^^Azelia Sidonia White was married to John Louis M. LaPrarie

Azelia’s parents – ^^^ John White was married to Azeline Deville

(^) stands for 

each generation 

between our

parents and John.


(a)  “Louisiana Deaths Index, 1850-1875, 1894-1956,” database, FamilySearch( : accessed 16 September 2015), John White, 04 Oct 1929; citing Pineville, Rapides, Louisiana, certificate number 13065, State Archives, Baton Rouge; FHL microfilm 2,311,167.

(b) OT Belgard Genealogy (  accessed on 7/29/13, Family Group Sheet.

(c) Heritage Quest

(d) Our Family History

(e) WikiTree


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