The Mysterious Alexander White, Part II:Newsworthy Death

Dfh Volume 1 Issue 14

Unfortunately, I did not have all the facts for my article about Alexander White’s life, entitled “The Mysterious Alexander White” in the May 12, 2019 issue of Dayton Family History.  In it I stated that no one in the family knew anything of Alexander White. I had forgotten the interview with my dad, where he told me of Alex’s passing.  Here is his account as paraphrased from the tape.  Paul: I had always heard that story about the man that was out in the field ploughing. And it came suppertime and he didn’t come home. They went out to see why he hadn’t come in for supper. He was dead at age 49. The horses were still standing right there where he dropped dead.

Jim: “Did you ever hear any other things about him?”

Paul: No.”

So we did know something, at least, of his death.  Here are accounts from the local papers:

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I suppose that because of his history of fighting with John Costello, the coroner’s physician was very thorough in his examination.  The coroner found that Alexander died of heart disease.  Of his grandchildren, only Paul admitted to knowing of his “plowing the field”  death circumstances.  Neither Chester nor Wilber knew that about their grandfather.  Don’t you find that peculiar?

 Another interesting observation is that the funeral pastor was from the Wesleyan Methodist Church (probably Hadley or Stony Creek).  His wife, Anna, almost assuredly attended Hadley, but it is unknown if Alex was a member there.  I wonder if Hadley Wesleyan church still has that information in their archives. 

I have written the Saratoga County New York Historian to get a police report of Alexander’s arrest for the Costello fight.  If I learn of any newsworthy information, it will be reported in a future newsletter.

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