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When Ellen White Lived in Texas

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By Mary Ann Hadley
Published: March 28, 2011

One hundred twenty five years ago, from November, 1878 through April, 1879, James and Ellen White lived in Texas. While these founders of the Seventh-day Adventist church did not make Texas their permanent residence, they nevertheless "wintered" here.

Forged by unusual circumstances, the Whites' Texas adventure had begun partially in response to a raging and deadly yellow fever epidemic. Their Texas experience would end the following spring when James' wagon train was ferried across the Red River into Indian Territory.

The complete story of the Whites' Texas sojourn had never before been published before this series of articles appeared in the Keene Star newspaper (Dec 2003-Apr 2004). An abbreviated account appeared in the Southwestern Union Record March 2004. The series touches on the highlights, and presents little known facts about the Whites' stay in Texas.


About Mary Ann Hadley

Mary Ann Hadley was the director of the Ellen G. White Research Center from its inception in March 26, 2004 to her retirement in late 2009. Her departure left a vacancy difficult to fill. Her knowledge of Adventist history, especially in the Southwest, her fundraising connections and abilities, and her availability as a volunteer made for over six years of intensive foundational and outreach activities. Building on the work of Southwestern's librarians leading to the inauguration of the Center, Ms. Hadley oversaw the setup of the Center's space, the acquisition and initial arrangement of collections, and the development of a network of supporters. Most remarkably, the number and variety of outreach activities under her leadership made the Center well known in the Southwest and captured the enthusiasm of Southwestern students who participated in them.