Robert Harvey White | an enterprising farmer of the Twelfth District, is a son of William Harvey and Mary (Greer) White. He was born in Tippah County, Mississippi, in 1851, and is one of nine children – two sons and three daughters living. They are all in the Twelfth District. Robert H. was raised and educated in Tipton County, where his parents moved when he was five years old.
March 23, 1870, he married Helen, daughter of Dabner [Abner] and Jane Dewese. They have eight children. There were two sons and three daughters all still living: Nellie Estelle, Earnest L., Olive E., Mary Grace and Clarence Wilson. Since his marriage, Mr. White has lived on the farm on which he was raised, one and a half miles north of Covington. Furthermore, he owns 360 acres of very fertile land, in different tracts. The home tract is well improved, has a large, nice dwelling, and beautiful surroundings. He is also extensively engaged in ginning, having one of the most complete machines in the county, with a capacity of ten bales a day.
He has made his own way in the world, and is considered one of the best farmers and business men of the county. Since 1885 he has been notary public. His first presidential vote was for Horace Greeley, in 1872. He is a Democrat. Mrs. White was born in Alabama, in 1857, and is a member of the Old School Presbyterian Church, and highly esteemed in the church and social circles. Her parents were natives of North Carolina, and died in Tipton County, the father in the Twelfth District, and the mother near Brighton.
[ Robert Harvey White | Goodspeed’s History of Tennessee (1887)]
COVINGTON, Tenn., May 11. – Robert H. White, for many years a well known citizen of this city, died at his residence here last evening. Mr. White, who was about 66 years of age, is survived by his widow, Mrs. Susan White, and five children. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. R. P. Walker, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, and Rev. J. T. Myers, pastor of the First Methodist Church, after which interment took place in Munford Cemetery.
[Robert H White; The Commercial Appeal; Memphis, Tenn; 12 May 1915; Pg 10]
Mrs. Helen White.
COVINGTON, Tenn., July 17. – (Special) – Mrs. Helen White, wife of Robert H. White, died at 11 o’clock this morning at her residence here. She was a most excellent lady, beloved by a large circle of friends, and her death is a source of sincere sorrow to the entire community. The funeral services, which will be conducted by the Rev. J. L. Brownlee, will take place at the residence at 10:30 o’clock tomorrow morning, after which the remains will be interred in Munford Cemetery.
[Helen White; The Commercial Appeal; Memphis, Tenn; 18 Jul 1899; Pg 2]