Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sentimental Sunday ~ Sarah Frances (GATES) WHITE and Her Adopted Family

Sarah Frances GATES was the daughter of Edmund Uriah GATES (see post 9 January 2011).

Edmund and his wife, Harriet A. SPONSLER, had five children. Alexander Z. 2 July 1857- 16 May 1928 (AZ was my great grandfather); Sarah Frances 4 September 1859- 9 January 1938; Hanford J. 1862 - 7 March 1925; Albert Levi 1865-??; and George Oliver 8 August 1871-24 April 1944.

GATES Family Circa 1915
Seated ~ Edmund Uriah GATES
Left ~ Alexnder Z. ~ Katherine Maude*  ~ Hanford J. ~ George Oliver ~ Sarah Frances
* Katherine Maude GATES, is the daughters of Nancy (RICHARDSON) HARE and Edmund Uriah GATES.
Since we know that Edmund spent his later years living with his daughter Sarah and his son-in-law John A. WHITE, it is presumed that this photograph was taken on the porch of the WHITE home.
SOURCE: Photograph emailed from a cousin 2010.

Sarah Frances was married to John A. WHITE on 24 February 1878 in Kansas. John A. born 8 December 1851 - died 8 July 1931.

Oliver Uriah GATES
1802 - 1882
1800 - 1875
Handwritten by: Leila Belle (GATES) GREENALD; 1984 & 1988.

The WHITE`s took Elizabeth `Lizzie` Hannah BISHOP from an orphanage into their home.

Also, in 1884, Sarah (GATES) WHITE, took her younger brother George GATES, [born 1871, so would have been 13 years] when their mother, Harriet A. SPONSLER GATES, died.

In 1894, the WHITE`s adopted Nellie C. (SEARCY) WHITE when a few months old.
Nellie was born 1894; died 1912; buried in Flagler Cemetery, Kit Carson County, Colorado.

In 1901, the WHITE`s took and cared for Ruth GATES (age 4 years) when her mother died. Ruth was the daughter of Sarah`s younger brother, Hanford J. GATES & Blanche Vivian (TOWNSEND).
Ruth was born February 1897; died 25 May 1907; buried at Flagler Cemetery, Kit Carson County, Colorado.

In 1922, the WHITE`s adopted two little girls, Alice and Myrtle.

In all, the WHITE's had four adopted daughters and also cared for two related GATES children.


  1. Loved the photo! I have a similar one in which my McPherson's could have been wearing the same clothing -- and the stance was very similar. Interesting.

  2. Hi Joan
    I'm fortunate to have reconnected with a cousin who is the nephew of the author of our handwritten family tree from 1984.
    I'm sure that this is one of many photographs she collected in her travels and research in the 1980's and 1990's.
    I think she's be amazed at what she could have done with the internet!!
    Thanks for visiting.