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Friday, September 14, 2012

From the White Collection: Henrietta Levina Hill White (1841-?) Mont Clair, NJ>Brookline & Cambridge, MA

Henrietta Levina Hill White, cdv, ca. late 1860s.  Photographer:  Whipple, Boston.

This image comes from a collection of approximately 30 tintypes, cartes de visite, and cabinet card photographs I acquired relating to the Henry and Henrietta Levina (Hill) White family of Mont Clair, Essex County, New Jersey, and later, of Cambridge, and then Brookline, Mass.

The couple had two children:  Norman H. White, born 1871 and Herbert H. White, born 1869.  Not all the images are identified, but there are details enough to piece together a bit of a history of the family.

There are at least four CDVs of Henrietta, all taken in the 1860s.  She may also appear in group portrait of three women, probably sisters, which may have been photographed a few years earlier than the other four.  The other photos are of Norman and Herbert Hill White, the White boys with children from the Young family, Frances Sturtevant, and an infant named Eddie and his young mother who appear in several images. I believe the young mother to be one of Henrietta's sisters.  There are a number of older gentleman, from various locations.  Most of the photos were taken in Massachusetts, but there are a number from Massillon, Ohio as well.

Henrietta Levina applied for a U.S. passport on June 17, 1889 for herself and her son Norman H. White (born 25 Dec 1871, Mont Clair, New Jersey) for a year-long trip abroad1.  According to that application, Henrietta was born at Boston on the 20th of October 1841.

In 1880, the Henry White family lived in Mont Clair, New Jersey.  Henry's 62 year old mother, Lucy J., and his 24-year-old sister Kate lived with them2.  Henry's occupation is listed as "clerk" and the family employed one servant.  By the 1900 census, Henry's occupation is "capitalist" and the family has added a few more servants to the household3.  In 1910, Henry and Henrietta's children have left the nest and they have a staff of four servants4

I haven't been able to track Henry and Henrietta after 1910, but perhaps someone with access to newspapers or obituaries from Brookline might be able to help with that.  I will be looking at some of the other images in this collection as time goes by.

1 “U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925,” database and images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 28 Aug 2012); Herrietta H. White [Henrietta H. White], no. 6111, issued 17 June 1889; citing Passport Applications, 1795-1905; Collection Number: ARC Identifier 566612 / MLR Number A1 508; NARA Series: M1372; Roll #: 333.); General Records of the Department of State, Record Group 59; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
2 "United States Census, 1880," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MN8Q-Z28 : accessed 30 Aug 2012), Henrietta H. White in household of Henry White, Mont Clair, Essex, New Jersey; citing sheet 39D, family 1, NARA microfilm publication T9-0780.
3 "United States Census, 1900," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M9RY-CDC : accessed 03 Sep 2012), Henriettia H White in household of Henry White, ED 677 Cambridge city Ward 1, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States; citing sheet 9B, family 207, NARA microfilm publication T623, FHL microfilm 1240656.
4 "United States Census, 1910," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M2KS-QY5 : accessed 03 Sep 2012), Henrietta H White in household of Henry White, Brookline, Norfolk, Massachusetts; citing sheet 7B, family 139, NARA microfilm publication T624, FHL microfilm 1374621.


  1. Henry is in the 1920 US census (his age is "typo'ed" as 40 years old. He is shown widowed and living with Mary A and Gladys M Suitor.

  2. Son Norman Hill White was a Harvard University graduate (class of 1895) and served in the Massachusetts state legislature in 1907-1911.