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Re: Warner White - Canada (English)


I suspect that your White family were the Warner and Louise White who were living in Harwich Twp, Kent County, in the 1861 Canadian Census (p. 24). Though there were only listed with their initials in that record, there are other Canadian records that mentioned Warner's name and approximate age.

In 1861, W. White (Warner) was 45 years old, b. USA, a farmer, and was Episcopal Methodish. Living with him were L. (Louise) White, 36, b. USA, same religion, and their two children: R. A. (female) 3 years old, b. UC (Upper Canada .... later known as Ontario); and L. (male) 2 years old, b. UC, they were all listed as black.

Since Canada didn't start collecting vital records country-wide until 1869, there probably aren't birth records available for these children, but there may be church records. Church records in Canada play a VERY important role for genealogists, unlike in the U.S., as many more denominations collected these records and many still exist either in original form or microform.

Though that one US Census record says that Warner White (Jr.) immigrated to the U.S. in 1870, his father, Warner White, appears in the 1871 Canadian Census (Kent, Harwich, Div 2, p. 9), where he was 54, African origin (Canadian-speak for "black"), a farmer and methodist. The 1871 Canadian Census is not digitized, so I could not display an image to see who else was living in his household, but I'm sure you could order the microfilm from the Mormon Family History Library. You can view the 1871 index info on (the server is busy tonight, so I cannot get into the detail, but perhaps you'll have better luck):

By the way, in the 1861 Canadian Census (Ontario), the enumerator for that area of Kent County used first initials for most of the people in that enumeration district. Warner White and family were on page 24, and checking nearby pages, I found another black White family on page 22, where the adults and older children were born in the USA but the youngest child in UC. They MIGHT be related. That family was headed by a man named V. White (34) and his apparent wife was M.A. White (28). They were all listed as mulatto.

That's all I have at the moment, but I'll continue to check with some of my other sources and will let you know what I find.

Good Luck in your research.

- Lisa B. Lee
Oakland, CA

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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