Benton "Lucas" White was born in about 1867 or on Aug. 1, 1872 near Uniontown, Fayette County, PA, the son of Joseph Benton and Priscilla B. (Farr) White.
On June 26, 1895, when he was 28 years of age, Lucas was joined in wedlock with 20-year-old Elizabeth "Lizzie" Devan (1883- ? ), the daughter of John W. and Susan Devan, members of an old Hopwood family. Rev. John C. Johnson performed the nuptials at 77 Mt. Vernon Avenue in Uniontown. News of their marriage license was printed in the Connellsville Weekly Courier. At the time, Elizabeth dwelled in Dunbar, Fayette County.
The couple went on to produce a brood of seven children -- Wilbur H. White, Harry E. White, Joseph Benton White II, Clarence White, Mildred Einzig Cain, Virginia Margaret O'Brien and Kathryn Pearl McKnight.
He was a longtime member of the Hopwood United Methodist Church, and sang in the church choir.
At the time of marriage, Lucas worked as a blacksmith. When the U.S. census was recorded in 1910, the family resided on Elm Street in South Greensburg, Westmoreland County, PA. He made a living that year as a carpenter on the railroad.
In 1920, the federal census enumeration shows the Whites making their home in Hopwood, on the southeast side of Mill Street. Lucas' occupation was listed as "railroad carpenter."
Lucas was stricken with stomach cancer which developed into anemia and an inestinal obstruction. He died at the age of 67 on March 18, 1940, "after an illness of a complication of diseases," reported the Uniontown Morning Herald. Following funeral services held in the White residence, led by Rev. Wayne Moore of the Hopwood Methodist Church, he was laid to rest in the Hopwood Cemetery.
The widowed Elizabeth survived for another eight years and remained in Hopwood. She died at the age of 73 on Feb. 8, 1948. An obituary was printed in the Connellsville Daily Courier.
~ Son Wilbur H. White ~
Son Wilbur H. White (1896-1937) was born on April 21, 1896.
Circa October 1916, he was married to Ada Rosensteel ( ? - ? ), a resident of Greensburg, Westmoreland County, PA. Notice of their marriage license appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Two daughters born to the couple were Elnora Hess and Helen Atkins.
The marriage was troubled, and Ada filed for divorce in April 1936. After that time, Wilbur resided along Bennington Road in Hopwood.
Wilbur earned a living for the last two years of his life as an automobile salesman. Suffering from hypertension and heart problems, he was forced to quit working in November 1936. His sister Mildred Einzig traveled from her home in Harrisburg to provide care as he was dying.
He passed away on March 8, 1937, at the Uniontown Hospital. He was laid to rest in the Hopwood Cemetery, with Rev. J.D. Stillwagon officiating the funeral service. An obituary was published in the Uniontown Evening Standard. His sister Virginia O'Brien signed the official Pennsylvania certificate of death.
Ada moved with the daughters to Youngwood, Westmoreland County.
Daughter Elnora V. White (1916-2003), also spelled "Eleanor," was born on Nov. 22, 1916 in Pittsburgh. She wed George Miles Hess Jr. (March 30, 1914-1953), son of George Miles and Ada (Moore) Hess Sr. They were the parents of Marjorie Fay Hess and made a home in Youngwood in 1935-1940. The United States Census of 1940 shows George working as an independent newspaper dealer and mail carrier. The family address in the early 1950s was 405 South Fifth Street. Tragedy struck on the fateful day of Dec. 8, 1953. While George and Elnora were seated in their station wagon near their home in Hempfield Township, the vehicle was rammed by a truck driven by an employee of Northeastern Container Corporation of Bradford, PA. George suffered a fractured neck and went into shock, and when rushed to Westmoreland Hospital was pronounced dead on arrival. Elnora suffered injuries but survived. His remains were laid to rest in Youngwood Cemetery. Months later, in August 1954, Elnora filed a wrongful death claim for $100,000 against Northeastern Container and its driver. She eventually wed again to Robert Thomas Eichner Sr. (Jan. 26, 1908-1989). He had been married previously to Cecilia Carbone (May 2, 1908-1982) and brought three stepchildren into this union -- Alice Grace Knizner, Janet Carns and Robert T. Eichner Jr. Robert was a longtime employee of Westinghouse Electric Corporation, working at its plant in East Pittsburgh as a solder-hand. He also belonged to the Polish Club of Jeannette and the Knights of St. George of Youngwood. They made their home in North Huntingdon Township near Greensburg. Robert passed away in Westmoreland Hospital at the age of 81 on April 18, 1989. His obituary was published in the Latrobe (PA) Bulletin, which noted that his survivors included eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. As a two-time widow, Elnora survived for another 14 years and dwelled in Hunker. She held memberships in the Middletown Methodist Church and McKenna Senior Citizens Center. Toward the end she was admitted to Westmoreland Regional Hospital in Greensburg. The angel of death cleaved her away at the age of 86 on March 25, 2003. Following services led by Rev. Kenneth L. Bossart, her remains were laid to rest beside her first husband in Youngwood Cemetery. An obituary was printed in the Greensburg Tribune-Review.
Daughter Helen White ( ? - ? ) dwelled in Youngwood in the late 1930s. She wed (?) Atkins ( ? - ? ). In 2003, she is known to have been in Middletown, PA.
~ Daughter Mildred (White) Einzig Cain ~
Daughter Mildred White (1901-1982) was born in about 1901 in Greensburg, Westmoreland County, PA.
At age 21, Mildred worked as a clerk in Uniontown.
On March 20, 1922, at Harrisburg, Dauphin County, PA, she married Herman Leo Einzig (1900-1980). He was the son of Anthony J. and Gertrude C. (Zinn) Einzig, also of Harrisburg. At the time of marriage, Herman was employed as an assistant manager in Philadelphia.
They together produced two known children -- Eugene Herman Einzig and Cecelia M. Lewis Hamilton.
In 1930, when the federal census was taken, the Einzigs lived on Fulton Street in Harrisburg, where Herman was manager of a lunch room. In 1940, their address was 2619 Lexington Street.
By 1948, Mildred wed Harry Allen Cain ( ? - ? ), son of Mary Margaret (Rockwell) Cain. At that time they resided in Hopwood.
Former husband Herman remained in Harrisburg.
Harry died in Uniontown Hospital at the age of 67 on or about April 23, 1971. Funeral services were held in the Minerd Funeral Home. His obituary was published in the morning and evening Uniontown newspapers and the Connellsville Daily Courier.
Mildred joined him in death in 1982. Their remains sleep in eternal repose in Lafayette Memorial Park.
Son Eugene Herman Einzig (1924-2017) was born on March 22, 1924 in Greensburg. He relocated to Harrisburg, PA with his parents and made his home there. He stood 5 feet, 8¼ inches tall and weighed 150 lbs. in young manhood, with a mole on his neck and a 1-inch scar on the left knee. When registering for the military draft in World War II, he dwelled at 423 Broad Street, Harrisburg. He joined the U.S. Navy the day after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, trained in Newport, RI and was assigned to the ship USS Merak. Then at the age of 27, in 1951, he earned a living as a roofer, making his home at 2619 Lexington Street in Harrisburg. On June 16, 1951, he was joined in marriage with 31-year-old Beatrice Loretta Tadych ( ? - ? ), a native of Middletown, PA, the daughter of Edward and Carrie (Snyder) Tadych and divorced from her first spouse. Their wedding was held in Frederick, VA, officiated by Congregational Church minister Rev. Robert A. Whitten. The couple eventually divorced, with Eugene going to live at 1062 South Cameron. When he was 45 years of age, on July 5, 1969, he tied the knot with 32-year-old Lucille Arlene Steele (April 28, 1937-1972), a resident of State College, PA and the daughter of Jasper and Thelma (Rambu) Steele. They held their nuptials in Winchester, VA, by the hand of Rev. E.T. Clark of the Baptist Church. The trio of known children of this marriage were Robert Scott Einzig, Linda June Einzig and Michael Einzig. Sadly, Lucille died in 1972. Eugene wed a third time in early 1974 with Harrisburg native Virginia L. (White) Federico Medellin (Aug. 28, 1930-2014), with whom he was residing at 8191 Jefferson Street, Hummelstown. She was the daughter of Harry J. and Lucille K. (Collins) White Sr. and had been married previously as well. She thus brought four stepchildren into the union with Eugene -- Charles Frederico, Kathy Frederico, Richard Medellin and Lori Bruno. Their union endured for four decades. Eugene continued working in the roofing trade and held a membership in the United Union of Roofers Local 30. Said an obituary, "He was also a tinkerer by nature and loved working on clocks and watches." Sadly, Virginia passed away at the age of 83 on March 28, 2014. Eugene outlived her by three years. He succumbed to the spectre of death at age 93, in Harrisburg, on March 24, 2017.
Daughter Cecelia May Einzig (1926-2014) was born on Jan. 19, 1926 in Harrisburg. She appears to have been twice-wed. She first was joined in wedlock with Clyde Lewis ( ? - ? ). Together, they produced two sons -- Barry Lewis and Thomas Lewis. They made a home in Solon, OH. She also raised Jennifer. Then on March 27, 1982, at age 56, she entered into marriage with 37-year-old Wallace Edward Hamilton (Nov. 9, 1944- 2000), a resident of Cuyahoga County, OH and a native of Juniata, Blair County, PA. Three other children in the combined family in some way were Susan, Bill and Dennis. Grief blanketed the family when Wallace died on Aug. 3, 2000. Her final years were spent in Altoona, PA. Cecilia passed away in UPMC Altoona at the age of 88 on Oct. 19, 2014. An obituary appeared in the Altoona Mirror. Cecelia and Wallace repose for the ages in Greenwood Cemetery, Altoona.
~ Daughter Virginia Margaret (White) O'Brien ~
Daughter Virginia Margaret White (1902-1989) was born in 1902.
She married Samuel A. O'Brien (1899-1963).
They lived in Revere and Uledi, Fayette County and did not reproduce.
The O'Briens were members of the Central Christian Church of Uniontown. At the death of Virginia's father in 1940, she signed the official certificate of death.
Samuel was a longtime bus driver for the South Union Township Schools. In January 1951, while turning onto Dixon Boulevard from Frankhoover Street in Uniontown, his bus was struck by a moving vehicle. While damages were estimated at $452, "no one was injured," reported the Uniontown Morning Herald.
Samuel died suddenly at home on Nov. 27, 1963, just five days after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. He was age 64. Funeral arrangements were handled by the Minerd Funeral Home of Uniontown, followed by burial in Oak Lawn Cemetery. Pallbearers included Donald Dugan, John Lilley, Gerald Jordan, Earl Hall, Earl Everly and Arthur Everly.
Virginia survived her husband by 26 years. On the first anniversary of his death, she published a short poem in his memory in the Uniontown Morning Herald. It read: "His memory is all I have now. His cares are all at rest. But thankful am I who today can say, I loved and did my best."
She passed away in 1989 at the age of 87.
~ Daughter Kathryn (Pearl White) McKnight ~
Daughter Kathryn Pearl White (1911-1991) was born in about 1911.
At the age of 22, in the early 1930s, Kathryn was employed as a telephone operator in Hopwood for the Bell Telephone Company.
On Oct. 4, 1933, she was united in the bonds of matrimony with 22-year-old barber Charles Edward McKnight (June 28, 1911-1954), the son of John and Emma (Dugan) McKnight of Brownfield/Hutchinson, Fayette County. Rev. William S. Volveridge performed the ceremony, held in the parsonage of the First Presbyterian Church of Washington, PA
The McKnights had produced a pair of children -- Arbutus Kay "Bootie" Zebley and John Benton McKnight.
They were members of the Brownfield Methodist Church. Said the Uniontown Herald, Charles "was a barber by trade, working in Uniontown and Brownfield for the past twenty years" up to the time of his death. Their address in Brownfield was Box 111.
(It is not known whether Charles was connected with two other McKnight families that married into the Minerds in the 1800s -- William and Mahala (Minerd) McKnight and Henry and Barbara [Minerd] McKnight, both of Fayette County. Charles' grandparents were John and Missouri (Conn) McKnight of Fayette County. Charles is not to be confused with another known cousin Charles Edward McKnight of Dawson, Fayette County.)
Kathryn outlived her spouse by 37 years. The angel of death cleaved her away in 1991.
Son John Benton McKnight (1938-2007) was born on Valentine's Day 1938 in Uniontown. At his first birthday, he was pictured in the Uniontown Morning Herald. On April 20, 1958, John married Betty Ellen Landman (Dec. 26, 1936-living), daughter of Ernest and Carrie Elizabeth (Zebley) Landman of Mount Braddock. Their "quiet ceremony" was held in the Pentacost Church, by the hand of Rev. Leonard Skelton. Said the Uniontown Morning Herald, the bride "chose a street-length gown of blue lace styled with a V-neckline, cummerbund and a full skirt. She wore a pink and white carnation corsage." The McKnights resided in Brownfield, Fayette County. They together were the parents of one son, Michael Raymond McKnight. John passed away at home in Brownfield at the age of 69 on May 27, 2007. Burial was in the Franklin Cemetery in Dunbar. Officiating his funeral was a distant cousin, Pastor Lee Maley, of the family of Lewis and Martha Ellen (Mayle) Mayle of Philippi, WV. Betty has outlived her husband by many years.
Daughter Arbutis Kay "Bootie" McKnight (1942-1987) was born in 1942. She was a 1960 graduate of South Union Township High School. In young womanhood, she was employed by Rockwell Manufacturing Company. In August, 1966, she entered into marriage with Charles Raymond "Buster" Zebley (1940-1998), son of Raymond Zebley of Mount Braddock. Charles was a veteran of the U.S. Army, belonged to the Army Reserves and at the time of marriage worked for Sproul Lumber Company. News of their engagement was published in the Uniontown Morning Herald. The Zebleys were the parents of four, among them Mary K. Guthrie. Sadly, Arbutus died at the age of about 45 in 1987. Burial was in Hopwood Cemetery. Charles lived for another 11 years. He passed away in 1998.
~ Son Joseph Benton White II ~
Son Joseph Benton White II (1914-1982) was born on Sept. 29, 1914 in Greensburg, PA.
Son Joseph Benton White II (1914-1982) was born on Sept. 29, 1914 in Greensburg, PA.
He also used the alternative middle name "Benjamin." He lived in Fairchance and Connellsville, Fayette County. In young manhood he stood 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighed 170 lbs. and bore a scar on his left wrist.
On Dec. 13, 1935, at Cumberland, Allegany County, MD, Joseph wed Eleanor Mercedes Humphrey (1919-1993), daughter of Ora Humphrey of Fairchance, PA. The ceremony was held in the manse of the Methodist-Protestant Church, by the hand of Rev. George E. Baughman. News of the marriage appeared in the Uniontown Morning Herald.
They together bore six children -- Patty Jo Warner, Robert Dale White, William Joseph White, Lynette Kaye Myers Little, Thomas Calvin White and Terri Carol White.
The Whites relocated to New York, living in 1940 in Niagara Falls, NY, with Joseph employed by Union Carbide Company.
Joseph served in the U.S. Army during World War II, enlisting on June 22, 1945 and receiving his discharge on Nov. 13, 1945.
Their off-and-on residence in 1935-1948 was in Hopwood. As of 1940, Joseph was employed as a stove dresser for a road building project of the Works Progress Administration. The WPA was one of the ways President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the federal government tried to overcome unemployment during the Great Depression. It's widely considered one of the Roosevelt's largest and most ambitious undertakings of his "New Deal" to get the nation back on sound economic footing. Over the years, the WPA hired millions of out-of-work individuals to build public works projects, such as roads, bridges, retaining walls and buildings.
When the federal census enumeration was made in 1950, the family dwelled in Henry Clay Township, Fayette County, with Joseph working in a gasoline service station.
By 1954, Joseph relocated the family to Detroit. He and Eleanor are believed to have divorced. Eleanor spent her final years in Michigan and died in October 1993.
At the age of 59, on May 7, 1974, Joseph entered into marriage a second time with 57-year-old Isadora "Isadore" Ruff (Dec. 8, 1916-1998), a resident of Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County and the daughter of Abraham and Clara (Lankey) Ruff. Their nuptials were held in Winchester, VA, by the hand of court appointee Martha Grim.
Sadly, Joseph died in Connellsville on July 10, 1982 at the age of 67. His remains sleep for all eternity in Hopwood Cemetery.
Isadore is believed to have outlived him by 16 years and to have passed away in Scottdale, PA on May 20, 1998.
Daughter Patty Jo "Pat" White (1937-2008) was born in about 1937. She wed (?) Warner ( ? - ? ). They became the parents of Donald Warner and Cheryl Matthews. Patty spent her final years in Taylor, MI. There, at the age of 71, she died on Aug. 10, 2008. A brief obituary in the Detroit News said that she was survived by seven grandsons and one great-grandson.
Son Robert Dale White (1939-2020) was born on Jan. 7, 1939 in Uniontown. News of his birth was printed in the Uniontown Morning Herald. He migrated to Detroit with his family. There, on Nov. 3, 1956, he was joined in matrimony with Joann M. Hall ( ? - ? ), daughter of George and Sarah Brashears. The pair became the parents of an only daughter, Connie Green. His final years were spent in Loveland, CO. The angel of death carried him away at the age of 81 on Oct. 4, 2020.
Son William Joseph "Bill" White (1943- ? ) was born in about 1943 in Pennsylvania. He is believed to have resided in adulthood in Canton, MI and to be the father of Chris White, Stephanie Dennis and Jamie White.
Daughter Lynette Kaye "Lynne" White (1951- ? ) was born in about 1951. She married (?) Myers and Doug (?) Little.
Son Thomas Calvin White ( ? - ? ) tied the knot with Hillary.
Daughter Terri Carol White ( ? - ? ) may have died in 2010, but this is unconfirmed.
Son Harry E. White (1922-1978) was born on Feb. 9, 1922.
He joined the U.S. Army during World War II and was inducted on Dec. 1, 1942. He is known to have trained at Camp Shelby, MS in early 1943 and later that year at Los Angeles Army Camp. At some point he was assigned to the 565th Army Air Forces base. He received his honorable discharge on Feb. 4, 1946.
Harry's residence in 1948 was in Hopwood.
He died on May 24, 1978 at the age of 56. Burial was in Hopwood Cemetery.
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