Phereby Glasgow Whyte


Whyte, Phereby Glasgow
Section 5
ID # 50017

Phereby Glasgow Whyte
Born in North Carolina
Died in Nashville

Historical Information
Phereby was the daughter of James and Phereby Sheppard Glasgow of North Carolina. Her father Colonel Glasgow served as the North Carolina Secretary of State. Phereby married Robert White. About 1802 the family moved to Nashville and he set up his law practice. At that time he changed the spelling of his name to Whyte. Governor McMinn appointed Whyte to serve as one of the judges of the Tennessee Supreme Court of Errors and Appeals. He held that position from 1816-1834. The Whytes were blessed with nine children. Judge Whyte died on November 12, 1844, at age 77 years. His widow purchased a lot at City Cemetery in January 1845, and a handsome monument was erected for Judge Whyte.

See Whyte, Robert Page ID # 50029

Survey Visit: 6-15-2017

After 2009 Restoration

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Phereby Whyte died, at age 90, in 1855. The City Cemetery Interment Books listed her burial on March 19, 1855. Today there are only four markers on the Whyte lot: a large monument for Judge Whyte, a box tomb their daughter Phereby S. Whyte Bedford (1797-1814), the first wife of Benjamin Bedford, a small box tomb for William W. Bedford (1823-1824), the child born to Benjamin Bedford by his second wife Martha and one illegible tombstone. During the first survey of City Cemetery in 1908, this tombstone was drawn on Plat of the lot but no name could be deciphered at that time. Only four burials were recorded on the Whyte lot. The illegible tombstone must be for Phereby Glasgow Whyte. Her will was probated in Davidson County, Tennessee, on December 12, 1855. Her will reads in part: “… Phereby Whyte, widow of Robert Whyte, dec’d, late one of the Judges of the Supreme Court of Tennessee…” The will was written on February 3, 1845 and recorded in Davidson County on December 12, 1855. In her will Phereby Whyte listed her grandchildren as her heirs: Robert Whyte and Phereby Whyte, two children of her son James C. Whyte, and one child Pheriby Jane Whyte, child of her son Robert L. Whyte. [Davidson County Tennessee Wills 16-17 1853-1859 Pages 591 – 592]