Hamilton S. White Monument
My family’s history is very well documented back seven generations by local historical sources, the OHA, news articles, buildings and monuments, biographies and the like due to our many contributions to building our local Central New York community. That said, there is a disconnect in our genealogy as my great-great-great grandfather, John (also called ASA) White removed from western Massachusetts to locate to Homer NY in the late 1790 decade, where he married and five children later relocated to Syracuse, led by brothers Hamilton and Horace, their sisters, and followed by generational siblings. His antecedents and ancestry are unclear. In 1840/42, John’s third son, Hamilton White, built the Hamilton White House, located at the eastern end of Fayette (also named Fireman’s) Park. His son, my great-grandfather, Hamilton Salisbury White, was born in that house. Often confused and conflated due to the similarity in names, they brought other family members to contribute, co-founding both Crouse College at Syracuse University, Cornell University, building five churches (four in Syracuse, one in Cortland, also contributing to St. John’s Cathedral in New York City), serving as leaders (state senators, New York Governor) politics, education, law, business and community charities (founding both the Syracuse Home Association, our forerunner to all local agencies), music (Syracuse Morning Musicals, the forerunner of all symphony, opera, chamber music groups), healthcare (hospitals, nursing and care facilities) and many others. Today, the Hamilton White Society of our local United Way is the leadership group, based on the family’s charitable contributions, and is the model from United Way leadership in medium and small county groups nationwide, to name a few.