Another issue that shrouds Joseph's early years is the fact that the 1890 census is missing. This is frustrating for just about all genealogists in the U.S., and I'll explain why it happened in an upcoming post. At any rate, there are still a few things we can be fairly certain of. Joseph was the firstborn, not only in his immediate family, but also in bearing our particular surname White in Texas, his father having moved from Alabama to Comanche before his birth. Secondly, he had at least four younger siblings:
And lastly, Joseph was no older that 11 years of age when his father passed away. This must have left Lucinda in a difficult position having to find a way to take care of five young children on her own. By 1900, however, the census taken in June shows the whole family included in the household of Lucinda's second husband G. R. Keel. I still get the sense that this made for a rough childhood for Joseph.
By 1910, we find Joseph (also known simply as "Joe") in Cisco, Texas in Eastland County, just under 50 miles north of Comanche. He was also three years into his marriage with Eulah Peyton Williams.
They were wedded on September 30, 1907 in either Stamford or Anson, Texas. Another discrepancy there that needs to be worked out. Eulah was about five months away from giving birth to their first son Herbert in April 1910. The couple would bring three more sons into the world over the next decade: my grandfather Clarence, and my great uncles Ross and Benny.
J. B., Jr. (born in 1921, and not in the photograph) was just a baby at this time.
Coming up in the next post...
Allie Delphia Williams opens a hotel near the coast, and the family is on the move!