Elizabeth Coleman White

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Elizabeth Coleman White
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Born October 5, 1871
New Lisbon, New Jersey
Died November 11, 1954(1954-11-11) (aged 83)
Whitesbog, New Jersey
Parent(s) Mary Fenwick
Joseph J. White
Relatives Barclay White, grandfather

Elizabeth Coleman White (October 5, 1871 – November 11, 1954) was a New Jersey agricultural specialist who collaborated with Frank Coville to develop and commercialize a cultivated blueberry.[1][2]


She was the daughter of Mary Fenwick and Joseph J. White,[3] and the granddaughter of Barclay White.[4]

She grew up on her father's cranberry farm in the Pine Barrens in Pemberton Township, New Jersey and developed an interest in commercial agriculture. In 1911, she became interested in blueberry propagation and, using her father's farm in Whitesbog, New Jersey, she collaborated with Frank Coville to develop a commercial blueberry based on the wild varieties. They developed a commercial variety in 1916. In 1927, she helped to start the New Jersey Cooperative Blueberry Association.

She died on November 11, 1954.


  1. ^ "Elizabeth Coleman White". Burlington County Times. March 6, 2005. Elizabeth Coleman White (1871-1954) developed the first marketable blueberry in 1916. She was the daughter of JJ White, who in the early 1900s operated the ... 
  2. ^ "Distinguished Women of Past and Present: Elizabeth Coleman White". Distinguished Women. Retrieved 2008-03-20. 
  3. ^ "Elizabeth Coleman White". Archived from the original on 2008-01-26. Retrieved 2008-03-20. Born on October 5, 1871, on her parents' cranberry farm in New Lisbon, New Jersey, Elizabeth Coleman White grew up to become a self-taught scientist. Her parents, Mary Fenwick and Joseph J. White had four daughters. Elizabeth was the oldest. 
  4. ^ New Jersey Mirror, November 28, 1906: "The deceased [Barclay White] leaves four sons, Joseph J. White, of New Lisbon, one of the largest and most successful cranberry growers in the State, Daniel S. White, proprietor of the Hotel Traymore, Atlantic City, George F. White and Howard White, of Lansdowne, Pa."

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