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B. F. White

WHITE, Benjamin Franklin. b. near Cross Keys, Union County, South Carolina, 20 September 1800; d. Atlanta, Georgia, 5 December 1879.  White was the principal compiler, along with Elisha J. King*, of The Sacred Harp*. Benjamin White was the twelfth child of Robert White (1743?-1843) and Mildred White (1745?-1807).  As a result of Mildred’s death, Benjamin lived for about 11 years in the household of his brother, Robert White, Jr. (1784-1880).  Evidence of family involvement with music is the record that Robert White, Jr. was the musical clerk of the Lower Fairforest Baptist Church in Union County, 1814-1818.  In 1818, Robert White, Sr., remarried, and Benjamin rejoined his father’s...

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