Today I introduce to you my great-great grandfather Thomas Jefferson White born 9 Apr 1851 in Surry County, NC. He married Joanna Wilmoth (b. 1852) 20 Sept 1874 in Bryan, Surry, NC. I have been fortunate to trace Thomas back through the federal censuses from 1920 to 1860. Fortunately for me, he did not move around much! In 1860 and 1870 he is listed in the household of his father, Joseph Pearson White. Interestly, Thomas is enumerated as J. J. White. In looking at the original document (online), he is indeed T. J White with all other known information about him being consistent. By 1880, Thomas is married and living in Bryan, Surry County, NC with their children Mary A and Byrd. His parents Joseph and Temperance White are also living with them.
Thomas and Joanna went on to have more children including Columbus, Martha, William Thomas, Nathan, James Abe and Lily.
Thomas spent his life farming in Surry County. In 1920, 2 years before his death, he was living as a widow next door to his youngest son James Abe White and his family. Thomas passed away on 8 Mar 1922 from a stroke.