biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
ABNER C. WHITE, now a resident of Greenwood, Cass Co., Neb., settled near Oskaloosa, May 9, 1855. He was born in Franklin Township, Wayne Co.,Ind., Dec. 28, 1816, and on a farm in that State grew to manhood. He was married, in 1836, to Miss Zelpha L. Howell, a native of North Carolina, born June 13, 1816, but who went to Indiana when twelve years of age. Mr. White came to Iowa in 1855, bringing his wife and family with him in two covered wagons, and occupying twenty-one days on his westward Journey. He purchased eighty acres of land five miles southwest of Oskaloosa, and near the Des Moines River, but, on account of the ague in that vicinity, sold his farm and removed to Fremont, where he resided fifteen years, and cultivated a farm owned by him in Keokuk County. In 1870 he removed to Richland Township, and farmed until 1879, when he removed to his present home in Nebraska. His family consisted of six children: John H., of Peoria, this county; Sarah J., Mrs. Moorman, of Oskaloosa; Mary A., the wife of J. Ryan, of Richland Township; William L., Thomas M. and Dora Belle, who reside in Cass County, Neb. Mrs. White died in Nebraska, March 29, 1886. Politically Mr. White has always been a Democrat, and is a member of the Masonic fraternity. The same qualities which commended him to our people during his residence in this county, as an estimable, upright citizen, we doubt not have as fully established him in the confidence of his neighbors and friends at his new home.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy