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Name: Emma White

Burial Number: 0870

Gender: Female

Occupation: Wife of James White; Mayoress of Worthing

Distinction: Mayoress of Worthing

Born: 00/00/1845

Died: 30/6/1917

Buried: 03/07/1917


Emma was born in Southampton, the daughter of George and Eliza. George was a builder who employed at least fifty workers. In 1852, he was responsible for the building of the English Presbyterian Church in the city (it was later re-named St Andrew’s). Emma’s mother Eliza died in 1854.
The family moved to Winchester and in 1861, George was declared bankrupt.
In 1866, Emma married James White at Weeke near Winchester. From 1904 until 1906 and again from 1914 until her death in 1917, she supported her husband in his duties as Mayor of Worthing. She was much admired for her charitable works.
Emma died on 30 Jun 1917. Her final illness and burial were reported in the local papers.
No Probate.

Researcher: Carol Sullivan

The Grave

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Location in Cemetery

Area: SWS Row: 4 Plot: 5

Exact Location (what3words): best.jazz.deed

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in tender memory of my dear husband James White J.P. six times Mayor of Worthing who passed into rest Jan 14th 1921 aged 75 years "That man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God and eschewed Evil"

Further Information


Name: Emma White

Gender: Female

Born: 00/00/1845

Town: Southampton

County: Hampshire

Country: England


Maiden Name:Richardson

Marriage Date: 5/11/1866

Spouse First Name: James

Spouse Last Name: White

Town of Marriage: Winchester

County of Marriage: Hampshire

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 30/6/1917

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: "Bank House"

Address line 3: Rowlands Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


Emma White
Worthing Gazette 4 Jul 1917
“Death of the Mayoress”
Loss to the Town
Valuable Record of Useful Public Services
The news that was published last week seemed to offer little hope of the ultimate restoration to health of the Mayoress (Mrs James White), so that the townspeople were not surprised when they learned on Saturday night that she had passed away that afternoon.
Nevertheless, the intelligence was received with widespread regret for it has been universally recognised that Mrs White has performed most useful service to the community and the remembrance of her many public activities will endure.
For twelve days she had remained in a state of unconsciousness at her residence Bank House, Rowlands Road and about a week prior to her death, her condition was regarded as so serious that the members of her family were summoned to her bedside. It was realised on Friday evening that the patient was slowly sinking, and the end came, as we have stated above, in the course of the following afternoon.
Mrs White was seventy-one years of age and among the members of her family is Mrs Olliver, the widow of an officer who lost his life in the course of the War. To the Mayor and his sons and daughters, the greatest sympathy will be extended in their great bereavement. It was in November last, that the Mayor and Mayoress celebrated their Golden Wedding and as the event was unique in the history of the Borough, it would doubtless have been recognised by a presentation of a commemorative gift from the Corporation, but for the serious times through which we are passing.
To Mrs White, the distinction belonged of having occupied the office of Mayoress of the Borough on five occasions, representing two separate periods of office. Alderman White was first prevailed upon to accept the Mayoralty in November 1904, and was re-elected in the following year. In 1914, the honour of election to the chief Civic office was again bestowed upon him, and it was in November last that he entered upon his third successive year as Chief magistrate, making five years in all.
Throughout that period, he has had the energetic aid of Mrs White who has ever been most enthusiastic in the discharge of the many duties that devolve upon the occupant of such an office. The manifold claims imposed by the War have made the work extremely arduous and the deputy Mayor (Alderman Denton) in the course of his sympathetic speech last week, duly reported in the Gazette, declared his belief that devotion to duty on behalf of the Borough and also the nation had something to do with the somewhat serious condition in which she was at the moment lying.
There would seem to be no question that Mrs White had over-taxed her strength in the many tasks she had undertaken. She was at the head of many movements of a charitable nature, by which large sums of money had been raised for various purposes; and although she had the willing assistance of many active workers, the responsibility of direction could not but impose a severe strain on her.
Withal she was ever cheerful, kindly and courteous with a ready response to any appeals the representatives of the Press might make to her to assist them in the performance of their task; and whilst the Mayoress suffered in health by the unremitting work which her responsible position entailed, she had the gratifying consciousness that her labours were crowned with success.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: No value recorded

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information


4 Windsor Terrace, Southampton, Hants
George aged 45, builder employing 15 carpenters, 10 bricklayers, 16 labourers, 1 apprentice, 6 plasterers. Eliza aged 47. Jane aged 17. Eliza aged 12. Emma aged 5.


Waterloo Road, Millbrook, Southampton, Hants.

George aged 55, widower, builder. Jane aged 26. Eliza aged 22. Emma aged 15.



3 Belle Vue Cottages, Worthing.
James aged 25, banker’s clerk. Emma aged 25. Florence aged 3. Arthur aged 1. Plus 1 servant.


Bank House, High Street, Steyning, Sussex
James aged 35, bank manager. Emma aged 35. Edward aged 8. Kate aged 6. Albert aged 5. Emma aged 3. Plus 2 servants


Bank House, High Street, Steyning, Sussex
James aged 45, bank manager. Emma aged 45. Florence aged 23. Albert aged 15. Emma aged 13. Nellie aged 9. Elizabeth aged 8. Margaret aged 5. Plus 2 servants.


“Woodview” St Botolph’s Road, Worthing.
James aged 55, bank manager. Emma aged 55. Kate aged 26. Elizabeth aged 18. Margaret aged 15. Plus a cook and 1 servant.


Bank House, Rowlands Road, Worthing.
James aged 65, bank manager. Emma aged 65. Emma aged 31. Nellie aged 28. Plus 2 servants.

Miscellaneous Information

Emma White
Worthing Gazette 4 Jul 1917
“Funeral ceremony at Heene”
Large Assembly
The Union Jack floated from the flagstaff at the Town Hall until after the funeral ceremony, which took place at Heene yesterday afternoon. The first portion of the funeral service was held at St Botolph’s Church, in the presence of a large congregation, the Deputy Mayor (Alderman J G Denton), and the other members of the Council, together with the chief officials and co-opted members of the various committees, attending in a corporate capacity, accompanied by the Mace Bearer carrying the mace draped with crepe.
Councillor Ellen Chapman was unavoidably prevented from being present by an important committee meeting at East Preston Workhouse.
The officiating clergy were the Reverend J P Fallowes (Rector of Heene and Mayoral Chaplain, the Reverend L S Blenkins, the Reverend E J Cunningham (St Paul’s) and the Reverend C Lee (West Tarring); and in addition to the hymns “Abide With Me” and “Peace, Perfect Peace” the Nunc Dimittis was sung as the choir and clergy preceded the coffin out of the church.
A lovely wreath “with the profound sympathy of Worthing Town Council and the principal officers of the Corporation” and another with the “love of her husband and children” rested on the coffin; and the numerous other tributes included wreaths from the local staffs of the Capital and Counties Bank and from the committee of the Patriotic Working Society.
When the members of the Council returned to the Town Hall, a resolution, offering on their own behalf and that of the inhabitants, profound sympathy with the Mayor and his family in the irreparable bereavement they had sustained, and recording their high appreciation of the devoted public services of Mrs White as Mayoress during an unusually exacting period, was unanimously carried, on the proposition of Alderman Walter, seconded by Alderman Duffield and supported by Alderman Ewen Smith and the Deputy Mayor.