Theophilus White

(Perquimans County)

Featured Character – 1860

Theophilus White

1854 Will of Theophilus White, Sr

Courtesy of the Perquimans County Register of Deeds Office

In 1850, Theophilus White, Jr. lived with his grandparents, Theophilus White, Sr. and Martha White, his mother, sister and 12 slaves (Jane, Ann, Nancy, Virgil, Issac, George, Sam, Semour, Cornelia, Joe, John, Grace) in a house in the Bethel Township of Perquimans County, NC. At the age of 21, Theophilus White, Jr. joined the Confederate Army on May 16, 1861 as a private in the “Perquimans Beauregards,” later becoming Company F, 27th Regiment.  He was captured during the Battle of Bristoe Station in October 1863 and spent time at Point Lookout, Maryland.  White was paroled and transferred for exchange in October 1864.  White returned to the property, which was later willed to him, and married Caroline Harrell in January 10th 1865.  He married Archador C. Swain in 1884.

The Theophilus White house was destroyed in the 1970s. However, the interior paneling was saved and later was used in a house in Windsor, NC. The Museum of the Albemarle acquired the interior portion in 2006 and reassembled the pieces for this exhibit.