1800–1879
portrait

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