1800-1879
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September 20, 1800, near Spartanburg, South Carolina.

December 5, 1879, Atlanta, Georgia, of injuries received in a fall.

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia.

White began his musical career playing the fife in the War of 1812. He later collaborated with his brother-in-law, William Walker, in collecting folk tunes and camp meeting melodies, but when Walker published The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion in 1835, he gave no credit to White, creating a lifelong rift between the two men. In 1844, White published The Sacred Harp, which like Walker’s volume, used shaped notes. White worked as a newspaper editor in Harris County, Georgia, in the 1840’s, and taught music at the Hamilton Female Institute there. In 1865, he was elected mayor of Hamilton, Georgia.

  1. Beach Spring

where to get a better photo of White