The White family of Stockton and Hopewell


Robert White = Jane Gibson

     |         other children

Ann White = John Wigham

      |         other children

Jane Wigham = Edward Richardson

      |         other children

Elizabeth Richardson = Robert Spence Watson

      |         other children

Mary Spence Watson = Francis Edward Pollard



Ann White, of Lames[ley], was baptised on the 15th April 1770, at Whickham, Durham.1

She married [P2] John Wigham at Stockton on the 4th June 1807.2

She was a convinced Friend, and a considerable heiress. Her elder brother much resented her joining Friends and her marriage, and left his money to a younger brother; but on the death of the latter, Ann inherited both fortunes.3

Ann and John had only one child: [P1] Jane (18081873), born at Edinburgh.4

She was delicate, and needed much loving care. Of 10 Salisbury Road, Edinburgh, she died on the 5th November 1823, and was buried at Edinburgh on the 9th.5

In 1916 Elizabeth Spence Watson found a portrait of Ann White, which she sent to Stella Merz, wife to her nephew Charles Hesterman Merz, she having become absorbed in family history. The present whereabouts of this portrait is unknown, but it seems likely that it was destroyed during the Blitz along with the Merz family home, and all the Merz family except Stella herself.6

Ann White may have been the daughter of [P8] Robert and [P9] Jane White.7


1 bishop's transcript; "England Births and Christenings, 15381975," database, FamilySearch: 30 December 2014, Ann White, 15 Apr 1770, citing WHICKHAM, DURHAM, reference FHL microfilm 91,143, 91,144; the Annual Monitor, however, gives a calculated year of birth of 1781, which suggests this may be an incorrect identification

2 TNA: RG 6/203, /527

3 Journal of the Friends' Historical Society 10:2 1913

4 DQB; Strath Maxwell

5 DQB; JFHS 10:2 1913; Strath Maxwell; The Edinburgh Advertiser, 1823-11-14; Blackwood's Magazine, Dec 1823; The Scots Magazine, 1823-12-01

6 Alice Mary Merz, 'Family Notes', typescript

7 RG 6/203; DQB


Robert White was born in 1728 or earlier, and was baptised at Barnard Castle, Durham, on the 24th April 1728. He was named in his father's will in 1746.1

He may have first married Ann Myers (? ?) on the 20th May 1755, at Gainford, Durham.2

On the 14th November 1772, a yeoman, of Gainford, Durham, he signed a marriage bond and allegation with George Gibson, of Whittingham, Durham, in respect of his prospective marriage. He married (possibly secondly) [P9] Jane Gibson on the 16th November 1772, at Gainford. Their children were: Robert (1768 before 1823), [P7] Ann (17701823), and Nicholas (1773 before 1823); all were baptised at Whickham, Durham.3

He is believed to have made his fortune in India.4

He became a farmer in Hopewell, Durham, and died before June 1787. In his will, which was proved in the Prerogative Court of York that month, he is described as "White Robert form[erl]y of Hopewell but late of Fishburn Co Durham".5



1 marriage bond and allegation; "England Births and Christenings, 15381975," database, FamilySearch: 11 February 2018, Robert White, 24 Apr 1728, citing index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, FHL microfilm 91,081; Durham Wills; the Robert White of Hopewell who made his will in 1746 (Durham Wills), and appears to have died in 1747 ("England Deaths and Burials, 15381991," database, FamilySearch: 10 February 2018, Robert White, burial, citing index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, FHL microfilm 812,196) may have been his grandfather, as the age given at burial (92) is consistent with his self-description in his will as "being very old"

2 "England Marriages, 15381973," database, FamilySearch: 10 February 2018, Robert White and Ann Myers, 20 May 1755, citing Gainford, Durham, reference index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, FHL microfilm 90,786, 908,027

3 marriage bond and allegation; Dictionary of Quaker Biography; Joiner marriage index; Genuki; Journal of the Friends' Historical Society 10:2 1913; FamilySearch

4 Journal of the Friends' Historical Society 10:2,1913

5 TNA: RG 6/203, /527; Prerogative & Exchequer Courts of York Probate Index


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