William J. White

William J. White, merchant, Nathan, Ark. This prominent business man is a    
native born citizen of this county, his birth occurring March 17, 1866, and  
is the sixth and last child born to the marriage of Pleasant and Nancy A.    
(Rose) White, natives of Tennessee and Arkansas, respectively. The father    
left his native State in 1829, emigrated to Pike County, Ark., and here he   
has resided ever since. Of the six children born to his marriage only two    
are now living, our subject and a sister, Mrs. N.L. Jones, who is residing   
 in Quanah, Hardeman County, Tex. William J. White was reared in this county 
and received a good English education in the common schools. At the age of   
nineteen years he started out to fight life's battles for himself and        
engaged in the milling business, which he has since carried on. His          
machinery was put up at a cost of $2,500. Mr. White is also engaged in       
merchandising, and is doing a good business of $8,000 per year. He carries   
an average stock of $2,000, sells on time and makes close collections. He    
is also the owner of a farm of 115 acres, with about fifty acres under       
cultivation, form which he always gathers and average crop. He was married,  
in 1888, to Miss Mary M. Ferguson, a native of Howard County, Ark., and the  
daughter of F.M. and Lucy (Merrill) Ferguson, who are an old and respected   
family of Howard County. To Mr. and Mrs. White have been born one child,     
Ella May. Mr. White is at present postmaster at Nathan, and discharges the   
duties of that office in a highly satisfactory manner. He is a members of    
the Christian Church. Mrs. White is a member of the Missionary Baptist       
Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas, 1890, Pike County, 
County, page 346.                                                            
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