Manuscript Collection


White Family



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Accession 97

Inclusive Dates

1865, 1937-1945


Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Collection Size

400 pieces, .25 pieces



Historical Note

The White Family is one of the founding and most prominent families in Rock Hill, SC's history. The White Home, which is a current tourist attraction, was one of the first constructed in Rock Hill and White Street in the Rock Hill downtown area was named in the families' honor.

Scope and Content Note

The White Family Papers consist of a genealogical chart of the White family of Rock Hill, SC, four American Civil War letters of Rev. James Spratt White I (1841-1891) written in 1865 to his sister Mary Elizabeth White from the battle front near Richmond, Virginia, in which Spratt expresses alarm at General Sherman’s march through South Carolina; discusses how the weather hampered military operations, the problem of dealing with General Joseph Wheeler’s Confederate forces, often criticized for their lack of discipline, and the military conditions of various Confederate troops. There is also correspondence, newspaper clippings, program notes, bylaws, membership and officer lists relating to the role of James Spratt White II (1878-1950), Rock Hill, SC resident and veteran of the Spanish American War, in organizing and promoting the William J. Neely Camp of Spanish American War veterans.


The papers of the White family of York County, SC were deposited with the Archives by Mrs. James S. (Grace H.) White on May 19, 1977.


American Civil War, Spanish American War, White Family, Reconstruction in South Carolina


For information concerning copyright please contact the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University.

White Family Papers - Accession 97

LC Subject Headings

White family; White, James Spratt, 1841-1891--Correspondence; White, Mary Elizabeth, 1839-1923--Correspondence; Wheeler, Joseph, 1836-1906; White, James Spratt, 1878-1950; Sherman's March through the Carolinas; Spanish-American War, 1898; Spanish-American War, 1898--Veterans; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives; Rock Hill (S.C.)--Genealogy; York County (S.C.)--Genealogy