White-Wells Family Documents
Is that Penny Wells sitting on the boardwalk?
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- "Gaylord Starin White 1864-1931," Union Seminary Alumni Bulletin, circa 1932.
- Written by his colleague, Professor William Adams Brown
- Includes this account of the deaths of G.S. White and his wife, Sophie Douglass Young White:
- "One more memory, the most intimate of all, carries me back fifteen years to a cloudless afternoon in 1916, when all the White family were gathered at their summer home on Cape Cod. Mr. and Mrs. White had just returned from a week's motoring with friends, a sort of belated honeymoon, to which he always looked back as a time of peculiar happiness. In the afternoon the children had gathered for bathing at the beach and Mr. and Mrs. White were watching them. After a while she rose, saying she was tired and would go to her room to rest. When an hour later he rejoined her he found her sleeping the sleep from which there is no waking here.
What she had been to him in all their years of married life, no words of mine can tell. What the Settlement would have been without the home she helped to found, no one who knew it can imagine. Of all my memories of them, that center of peace in East 104th Street [the location of Union Settlement] is the most sacred and abiding.
And now he too, after fifteen more busy and useful years, has come to the time when rest was earned. How could one imagine a fitter homegoing. Like hers, it was a falling asleep after a useful and happy day. For him, as for her, we may be sure that useful and happy days are waiting."
- Articles about Gaylord Starin White
- Meeting to aid the Normal College Alumnae Settlement
- "Clergymen Visit Radical Centres"
- "White Chosen Dean at Union Seminary"
- "Rev. Dr. G. S. White Found Dead in Bed"
- Gaylord White Houses in NYC -- how they got their name.
- Gaylord S. White, "The Social Settlement after Twenty-Five Years," The Harvard Theological Review, vol. 4, no. 1 (Jan. 1911), 47-70.
- Gaylord S. White, "Reflections of a Settlement Worker," Scribner's Magazine LXXVI (July-December 1924), 633-638.
- Harry P. Kraus, The Settlement Movement in New York City, 1886-1914 (NY: Arno Press, 1980).
- A thesis, written in 1970, about New York social settlements, which includes this acknowledgement: "l owe a special debt to Mrs. Franklin C. Wells and her brother, Mr. Charles T. White, for materials and
personal recollections concerning their father, Gaylord
- GSW is quoted and cited several times, and over three pages are devoted to his life and his participation in the Union Settlement (including his annual salary of $3,500!) -- pp. 93-96.
- Camp Gaylord White
- Postcard from Camp Gaylord White (as above)
- Letter to the editor asking for assistance for the Camp (1936)
- "Settlement Camp Opens" (1952)
- "Parents, Be Prepared: Your Child May Bring a Friend From Camp" (1958)
- Miscellaneous White-Wells family news
- "Lake Forest Alumni Dine"
- "Miss White to Wed F. C. Wells, Jr."
- Dr. Franklin C. Wells, Sr. Obituary
- "Katharine White Weds H. H. Hopkins"
- "The City's History Told in a Pageant" -- designed by F. C. Wells, Jr.
- F. C. Wells paintings
- My Father, Franklin Chamberlain Wells [Sr.]: A Genealogy, aka The Genealogies of the Downs and Wells Families, compiled by Elizabeth Wells Shoemaker, 1973-1976.
- Richard Lowitt, A Merchant Prince of the Nineteenth Century: William E. Dodge (NY: Columbia University Press, 1954).
- W. E. Dodge is my 4th-great uncle. Chapter One of this biography goes into considerable detail about W. E. Dodge's father (and my 4th great-grandfather), David Low Dodge (1774-1852).
- See also:
- Erskine Norman White, Norman White, His Ancestors and His Descendents (New York: n.p., 1905).
- Among Norman White's descendents:
- Charles Trumbell White (January 20, 1835-February 9, 1890; photographed 1886). "In 1885, his health, undermined by undue application to a business which was causing him serious anxiety, began to fail, and a decline in strength commenced, continuing until his death..." (p. 126)
who married Georgiana Starin White (September 25, 1837-February 17, 1904; photographed 1896) on September 30, 1857 in Auburn, NY.
- "Gaylord Starin, second son of Charles Trumbull
and Georgiana (Starin) White, was born March 3d, 1864" (p. 129)
- "He married, June 6th, 1892, Sophie Douglass, daughter
of James Hyde and Sophie (Douglass) Young. She was born
May 29th, 1866. One of her forefathers, James Hyde, was
also an ancestor of her husband.
Their children are:
- Sophie Douglass, born April 3d, 1893. [Later known as Susie.]
- Charles Trumbull, born October 6th, 1896.
- Cleveland Stuart, born July 28th, 1900.
- Katharine Gaylord, born April 9th, 1903. [Later known as Katie.]" (p. 130)
- White family coat of arms: "Maximum Praeli Impetum Et Sustinere" ("maximum battles attack and sustain"?).
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