(b. 27 December 1839
d. 17 December 1916
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA
Family Group Record
Born Hesse-Cassel, Germany
Spent first 4 years in America in NYC (1857-1861)
Fought in Civil War for 13th NY Independent Battery
Honorably discharged July 28, 1865
Returned to NYC, resumed baking business
Jan 1866 - moved to Pittsfield, MA
Sept 1868 - entered into partnership with Jacob Gimlich, eventually establishing Berkshire Brewing Association
Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of Berkshire County, Massachusetts
By Rollin Hillyer Cooke
Published by The Lewis Publishing Co., 1906
Item notes: v. 1
Original from the New York Public Library
Digitized Jan 24, 2008
For MORE information on the Berkshire Brewing Association including photos of bottles, ads, history, etc., please visit berkshirebrewing.synthasite.com/ (The Berkshire Brewing Association)
Marriage / Partner(s) and Child(ren)
John White married Rachel Friederika Gimlich
-- Date: 19 September 1867 Place: Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville)familysearch.org Rachel Friederika Gimlich was the daughter of (Georg) Jacob Gimlich (Gemlich) and Mary (Anna Maria) Lange Greiber (Ledig)
Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910
groom's name: John Wight Weith
groom's birth date:
bride's name: Frederika Rachel Gemle Gemlich
bride's birth date:
marriage date: 19 Sep 1867
marriage place: Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States
groom's father's name: Conright Wight Weith
groom's mother's name: Elizabeth
bride's father's name: Jacob
bride's mother's name: Mary
groom's marital status:
groom's previous wife's name:
bride's marital status:
bride's previous husband's name:
indexing project (batch) number: I01079-7
system origin: Massachusetts-ODM
source film number: 1902438
reference number: Added: 11/17/2008 10:17:38 AM Updated: 1/28/2011 8:17:04 AMChildren: John Jacob White (b.7 July 1868, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA d. 10 July 1871, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA ) George Henry White (b.28 January 1870, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA d. 10 September 1935, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA ) Frederick Charles White (b.26 March 1871, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA d. 26 June 1945, Los Angeles, California, USA) Mary Agnes White (b.1 July 1872, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA d. 16 October 1955, Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA) Ella Elizabeth White (b.8 October 1874, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA d. 28 January 1968, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA ) Emma Martha White (b.13 April 1876, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA d. 12 March 1912, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA ) John Andrew White (b.15 February 1878, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA d. 4 August 1925 , Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA ) Dora Louisa Rachel White (b.26 November 1879, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA d. 10 February 1979, Red Bank, New Jersey, USA) Lillian Juliana Christine White (b.5 December 1882, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA d. 14 July 1963, Manhattan, New York, USA ) David Louis Leonard White (b.6 November 1885, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA d. 22 November 1958, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA ) Walter George White (b.12 August 1887, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA d. 8 December 1977, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA ) William Walter Rockwell White (b.26 May 1893, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA d. 14 July 1987, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA )
27 December 1839
1849 - April 2 – Revolutions of 1848 in the German states end in failure.
www.wikipedia.org - April 2, 1849
1857 - The Kiss as an Elevator
In a German tale, published some time since, is a description of 'The First Kiss' in the following sensation style -
'Am I really dear to you, Sophia?' I whispered, and pressed my burning lips to ...Read MORE...
1859 - A German Religious Society
We are informed that there is much religious interest among the German population of this vicinity. They have organized a parish under the name of "The German Lutheran Evangelical Protestant...Read MORE...
1860 - Civil War - On December 20, 1860, a little over a month after Abraham Lincoln had been elected President, South Carolina seceded from the Union. Six more states followed by the spring of 1861.
www.civilwar.org/ education/ history/ civil-war-overview/ triggerevents.html -
1861 - February 8 – American Civil War: The Confederate States of America are formed, comprising the first six break-away States
www.wikipedia.org - February 8, 1861
1861 - April 20 - American Civil War: Robert E. Lee resigns his commission in the United States Army in order to command the forces of the state of Virginia.
www.wikipedia.org - April 20, 1861
1863 - July 1–3 – American Civil War: Battle of Gettysburg – Union forces under George G. Meade turn back a Confederate invasion by Robert E. Lee in the largest battle of the war (28,000 Confederate casualties, 23,000 Union).
www.wikipedia.org - July 3, 1863
1865 - 19 Marriageable Ladies
In one short street in Pittsfield, Mass., there are nineteen marriageable young ladies, and not an offer. Chicago will supply the nineteen offers on demand - so says a Chicago paper.
genealogybank.com - Pittsfield Sun - Pittsfield, Massachusetts - February 9, 1865
1867 Marriage / Partner
John White and Rachel Friederika Gimlich 19 September 1867, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville)
1867 - January 1 – The Covington–Cincinnati Suspension Bridge opens between Cincinnati, Ohio and Covington, Kentucky in the United States, becoming the longest single-span bridge in the world.
www.wikipedia.org - January 1, 1867
1868 Birth of Child
John Jacob White was born 7 July 1868, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA
1868 - Train Derailment
A train on the Housatonic Railway was thrown from the track, on the 18th, by a broken rail. Every passenger was injured, Miss Sarah Hayes, of Pittsfield, Mass., seriously.
St Joseph Herald - Saint Joseph, Michigan - November 28, 1868
1869 - Worth the Pie?
An apprentice boy in Pittsfield, Mass., who was exceedingly fond of mince pies, was told by a lady that she would give him one if he would sit upon the stove while she counted 100. He got the pie and ...Read MORE...
1870 Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts
name: John White
estimated birth year: 1840
age in 1870: 30y
color (white, black, mulatto, chinese, indian): White
home in 1870: Massachusetts, United States
Household Gender Age
John White M 30y
Rachael White F 23y
John J White M 2y
1870 Birth of Child
George Henry White was born 28 January 1870, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA
1871 Birth of Child
Frederick Charles White was born 26 March 1871, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA
1871 - Escaped from Jail
A burglar escaped from the jail at Pittsfield, Massachusetts, last week, in an ingenious manner. He began by digging into the wall of his cell, intending to make a hole large enough for him to pass...Read MORE...
1871 Death of Child
John Jacob White died 10 July 1871, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA
1871 - Quite a Mean Man
The Pittsfield Mass., Eagle has unearthed the mean man of that village. He is 50 years old, worth $15,000, has driven all his four boys away from home by his stinginess and general cussedness, and...Read MORE...
1872 - 'Yellowstone Wonderland' is established as first national park.
March 1 – Yellowstone National Park (once dubbed "Colter's Hell" after John Colter, of the Lewis & Clark Expedition) is established as the world's first national park.
rootsweb.ancestry.com/ ~wygenweb/ timeline.htm - March 1, 1872
1872 - Buried in Pittsfield
The Pittsfield (Mass.) Eagle says that a South Berkshire father, whose child recently died of small pox, being anxious to bury it in a Pittsfield cemetery, and knowing the authorities would not allow ...Read MORE...
1872 Birth of Child
Mary Agnes White was born 1 July 1872, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA
1874 Birth of Child
Ella Elizabeth White was born 8 October 1874, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA
May 26, 1875
Messr's. Gimlich and White, Brewers, are building a new stack, and otherwise getting their brewery into better working order for the summer trade. They are doing a brisk business over there, and their success is well merited.
Building News and Real Estate Transactions from the Pittsfield Sun,...Read MORE...
1875 - Civil Rights Act of 1875
United States federal law enacted during the Reconstruction Era that guaranteed African Americans equal treatment in public accommodations, public transportation, and prohibited exclusion from jury...Read MORE...
1876 Birth of Child
Emma Martha White was born 13 April 1876, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA
1876 - June 25 – American Indian Wars – Battle of the Little Bighorn:
300 men of the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment under Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer are wiped out by 5,000 Lakota, Cheyenne and Arapaho led by Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse.
www.wikipedia.org - June 25, 1876
1878 Birth of Child
John Andrew White was born 15 February 1878, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA
1879 - Thieves in Men's Clothing
Two women were caught in men's clothes stealing rare plants from a conservatory at Pittsfield, Mass.; and a visit by officer to their home, a few miles from town, revealed the fact that it was filled ...Read MORE...
1879 Birth of Child
Dora Louisa Rachel White was born 26 November 1879, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA
1880 Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts
name: John White
residence: Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts
relationship to head: Self
spouse's name: Rachel White
spouse's birthplace: New York, United States
father's birthplace: Germany
September 29, 1880
[Gimlich and White are erecting a new building between Onota and John streets - details provided in article, page 214]
Building News and Real Estate Transactions from the Pittsfield Sun, 1800-1906 by Bruce N Honig, The Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Added: 9/26/2013 4:55:40 PM - Beckie Updated: -
1882 - Tree of Life
A quack physician of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, takes his medicine for all diseases from a bottle labelled: "Water from the tree of life." With this he makes the sing of the cross on patients. He has ...Read MORE...
1882 Birth of Child
Lillian Juliana Christine White was born 5 December 1882, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA
1884 - May 1 – The eight-hour workday is first proclaimed by the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions in the United States. This date, called May Day or Labour Day, becomes a holiday recognized in almost every industrialized country.
www.wikipedia.org - May 1, 1884
1884 - August 10 – A severe earthquake, magnitude 5.5, (intensity VII) occurs off the northeast Atlantic coast of the United States. The area affected extends from central Virginia to southern Maine, and west as far as Cleveland.
www.wikipedia.org - August 10, 1884
1884 - Tried to Repel Burglars
Francis Kernochan, a manufacturer of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, arose in the night to repel burglars, but stumbled on the stairway and shot himself fatally.
The Belleville Telescope - Belleville, Kansas - October 9, 1884
1884 - December 6 – The Washington Monument is completed in Washington, D.C., becoming the tallest structure in the world at this date.
www.wikipedia.org - December 6, 1884
1885 - 100th Birthday
Mrs. Elizabeth Granger, of Pittsfield, Mass., who has been a widow seventy-five years, celebrated her one hundredth birthday anniversary recently.
St Joseph Herald - Saint Joseph, Michigan - June 6, 1885
1885 Birth of Child
David Louis Leonard White was born 6 November 1885, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA
1886 - May 8 - Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta sells 1st Coca-Coke (contained cocaine)
historyorb.com - May 8, 1886
1887 - February 2 – In Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, the first Groundhog Day is observed.
www.wikipedia.org - February 2, 1887
1887 Birth of Child
Walter George White was born 12 August 1887, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA
1890 - Yosemite National Park created
1890 - December 29 - Wounded Knee Massacre occurred - 7th Cavalry killed more than 250 Lakota men, women and children; Sitting Bull killed at Little Eagle; Indian wars ended
www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ sdtimeln.htm - December 29, 1890
1893 - March 4 - Grover Cleveland (1837–1908) becomes President of the United States
March 4, 1893
1893 Birth of Child
William Walter Rockwell White was born 26 May 1893, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA
1894 - Pullman strike
The Pullman Strike was a nationwide railroad strike in the United States in the summer of 1894. It pitted the American Railway Union (ARU) against the Pullman Company, the main railroads, and the...Read MORE...
1900 Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts
name: John White
residence: Pittsfield city, Berkshire, Massachusetts
birth date: Dec 1840
relationship to head-of-household: Self
spouse name: Rachel White
spouse birth place: Germany
1903 - June 16 - Ford Motor Company is incorporated in Detroit, Michigan
1903 - October - First World Series
The 1903 World Series was the first modern World Series to be played in Major League Baseball. It matched the Boston Americans of the American League against the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National...Read MORE...
1903 - December 17 – Orville Wright flies an aircraft with a petrol engine at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in the first documented, successful, controlled, powered, heavier-than-air flight.
THE MACHINE ACTUALLY FLIES
Successful Trial of Kitty Hawk, N.C., of Wright Brother's Invention.
NORFOLK, Va., Dec. 18. - A successful trial of a flying machine was made yesterday near Kitty Hawk, ...Read MORE...
1908 - September 27 – Henry Ford produces his first Model T automobile.
www.wikipedia.org - September 27, 1908
1909 - March 4 - William Howard Taft (1857-1930) becomes 27th President of the United States
When Teddy Roosevelt prepared to retire his presidency, this popular and influential politician promoted Taft as the next Republican president. Taft was elected president in 1908, serving one term.
www.americaslibrary.gov - March 4, 1909
1910 Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts
name: John White
relationship to head of household: Self
residence: Pittsfield Ward 6, Berkshire, Massachusetts
marital status: Married
race : White
immigration year: 1857
father's birthplace: Germany
mother's birthplace: Germany
family number: 129
1912 Death of Child
Emma Martha White died 12 March 1912, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA
1913 - July 10 - The mercury hit 134 degrees at Greenland Ranch in Death Valley, CA, the hottest reading of record for the North American continent.
Sandstorm conditions accompanied the heat. The high the previous day was 129 degrees, following a morning low of 93 degrees.
The Weather Channel -
1913 - December 23 – The Federal Reserve System is created as the central banking system of the United States by Woodrow Wilson's signature of the Federal Reserve Act.
www.wikipedia.org - December 23, 1913
1976 - Berkshire Brewing Association
PROHIBITION, probably the greatest do-good fiasco in history, had a sad impact on a flourishing Pittsfield industry. That was the Berkshire Brewing Association which had a big, spread-out plant at the corner of Columbus Avenue and North John Street. When Prohibition went into effect in 1919, the...Read MORE...
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Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville)