1821–1894

May 27, 1821, Spartanburg County, South Carolina.

July 28, 1894, Mt. Pleasant, Texas.

Masonic Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, Texas.

Jesse was the son of Robert White, Jr., and Mary G. Cooper, and nephew of Benjamin White (compiler of The Sacred Harp).

In 1839, he was united by experience and baptism with the Cedar Springs Baptist Church in Spartanburg, South Carolina. In 1840 he was dismissed by letter, and by 1845 was living in Winston County, Mississippi, where he served as county clerk.

He had moved to Texas by 1859, when he was received by the Carmel Baptist Church in Smith County. He and his wife Caroline later joined the Tyler Baptist Church (now the First Baptist Church, Tyler, Texas), circa 1873. Jesse served as a deacon, and was also very active in the Cherokee Baptist Association.

He owned and operated a hotel in Tyler, Texas, and served as justice of the peace and notary public. In the latter years, Jesse and Caroline made their home with their son-in-law and daughter, William T. and Ella May Black, in Mt. Pleasant, Texas.

Jesse composed or arranged several pieces of music that appeared in the Sacred Harp.

  1. Come, Come, Ye Saints

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