Cape Fear Pride Whiteville: Founder James B. White
Historians say there is not a single picture of the town’s founder in existence, but we can still get an image of who he was.
Gariel Bell of Central Middle School introduces us to James B. White.
Who is James B. White you may ask? For starter, his full name is James Bunberry White, “Bunn” for short. He was born December 31st 1774 to Bridget and James White, and had four siblings. There were raised on the black river at Glen Etive Plantation in Bladen County.
Mr. James B. White grew to be a millwright by trade and would later gain 10,000 acres in Bladen County. In 1806 and 1807 he was a member of the House of Commons for the state. Later in 1808 he became the first Senator of the new county of Columbus.
White was allowed to sell land for the town of the Whiteville and moved his homestead to the current Walgreen’s drug store location. He would build a mill on Pine Log Rd. and flood most of the land behind what is now Central Middle School for a millpond. Also, White was a slaveholder in 1810.
James Bunberry White died of an epidemic of yellow fever on October 1st 1819. He was later buried his childhood home on the lands of the Glen Etive Plantation.
Our Cape Fear Pride team hits the road for Whiteville again this week. This Friday we’ll be live from Whiteville High School, spotlighting education in the area. Meghan Torjussen, Steve Rondinaro and Chris Philips will be live in Columbus County during our evening newscast for some hometown fun.
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