The following data is extracted from The Descendants of Thomas White.
(1) Thomas White1 appears, after an extensive and careful search of the county, local and other records, to stand as the patriarchal head of this branch of the White family, of Marblehead. Savage says he settled in Marblehead in 1668; and the tradition that he was a native of Wales is not as yet substantiated by any positive evidence based on history. Other families by the name lived contemporaneously with Thomas in Salem, Wenham, Haverhill, Andover, and other towns in Essex, as well as in Suffolk County. There was an Elias White, who may have been a brother of Thomas, who was of Marblehead about 1660, perhaps earlier, and who married Mary, the widow of Christopher Codner, June 26, 1661; but evidently he left no issue. Ho was living as late as 1679; after which date nothing more is known of him, and there appears to be no settlement of his estate on record.
Resolved White, a brother to Peregrine, of Pilgrim fame, lived in Scituate, and afterwards removed to Salem, where he married, for his second wife, Abigail, the widow of William Lord. An examination of the foregoing family records proves him not to have been connected with. these branches of the White family. Mr. White was styled on the records as both a fisherman and planter; and his homestead is described as being at or near what has always been known as the '' Ferry," on the harbor side, and where his posterity, for nearly two hundred years, have lived and occupied the homestead. The earliest notice we have of him is in tile Registry of Deeds for Essex county, Vol. III, p. 14, when (June 17, 1661) he bought of Thomas Calley, of Marblehead, for £14, three or four acres of land " on Darby fort side," bounded north on Salem harbor, east on land of Thomas Dixey, west on " John Peach the younger, and south on Benjamin Parminter. In 1674 he was in possession of a cow lease. March 28, 1692, " Thomas White, Sr., Planter, and wife Remember," sold a strip of land to Francis Girdler, bounded on the harbor, land of, Thomas and John Dickenson, and the said White.
Source: The Descendants of Thomas White