Toliver White was born about 1817, somewhere in Tennessee. I don't know a lot about him, but I do know that he had 3 wives. Not at the same time, of course. His first wife was Mary "Polly" Hicks. They produced 5 children: Sarah Ann born in 1837, Judith Caroline born in 1840, George Washington born in 1843, Mary Jane born in 1846, and Harriet born in 1850. Mary "Polly" died in 1850, I was told when Harriet was born, but that is not true. The death certificate for George W. White lists Margaret Hicks as his mother. But I believe it was a mistake.
His second wife was a McLemore. I do not know her name, unfortunately. There was a lot of chatter that she was a native American. I don't believe this to be true. But I haven't been able to prove either of those suppositions. She and Toliver has 2 children: Sarah Elizabeth born in 1852, and Matilda Marie born in 1857. Matilda is my second great-grandmother. My Unknown McLemore died during Matildas birth, according to many.
The third wife of Toliver was a sister to the first Mrs. White, Mary "Polly" Hicks. Nancy Caroline Hicks married Toliver White sometime in 1858. They produced 3 children: Louise Adaline born in 1859, Margaret Isadore born in 1862, and Martha C. born in 1863.
In the 1850 US Census in Monroe County, Tennessee, household number 906, Toliver White, age 31, a farmer, is married to Polly, age 31. The children listed are: Sarah, 13; Caroline, 10; George, 6; Mary, 3; and Harriet, 4 months. Next door, or really down the road at household 907, is Sarah Hicks (57), head of household, and the children listed are Sarah(30), William (18), Jane (16), Caroline (5), and Margarett (2). If this is the same Hicks family that he married into, then I believe that it must be Mary that was called Polly, and Sarah(30) must be the sister to the first and third Mrs. White. The parents of Polly and Nancy are Isaac White and Sarah Long Walker. Household number 909 belongs to John and Delilah McLimore. There are no girls that would be of an age to marry Toliver in 1851. The eldest daughter would be 11 years old.
In the 1860 US Census in Monroe County, Tennessee, household number 1180 is Toliver White (43) with wife Nancy (26) and the children: G.K. (15),June (12), Harriet (10), S.E.(8), Matilda (6) and Adaline (7 months. He's farming still and has a property worth 2000 and personal worth 1000. So he is doing very well for the time period.
All of this marrying up and birthing was done in the Monroe County area of Tennessee. I also was sent the information that Toliver ran a trading post in Indian Territory. I have found no information about that and he is listed in the census as a farmer. A few years back a researcher from Texas (Richard Henry) sent me some information about Toliver that I can not prove or disprove yet, at least not all of it.
The story is that Toliver was shot when hearing noises he got out of bed to investigate and when he lit a lamp he was shot. His killers were a group of die-hard southern sympathizers led by a man named Kirkland. Supposedly the shooting was a mistake as the gang was actually looking for Tolivers son, George, who had deserted from the Confederate Army. Tolivers daughter, Martha C., actually witnessed the shooting. This is all the info I have concerning this incident.
Well, I do know that Toliver White died on October 16, 1867, a couple of hours after he was shot. I found this:
The Knoxville Whig.
Brownlow & Haws, Publishers.
Knoxville, Tenn., October 23, 1867
-1850 US Census, 12th Civil Dist., Monroe County, Tennessee; Dwelling 906 Family 906, FamilySearch
-1860 US Census, 13th Civil Dist., Monroe County, Tennessee; Dwelling 1180 Family 1200, FamilySearch
-The Knoxville Whig, Brownlow & Haws, Publishers, Knoxville, Tenn., October 23, 1867