Henry White was the son of a sea captain who grew up to be a sea captain.
He raised his family on a barge in the Navesink River at Red Bank, NJ.
This house boat was known as "The Ark." Capt. Jack's life story
is told, in part, in his death notice and funeral notice in the Red Bank
Register from June of 1921.
James Polk was president when John Henry White was born.
During that year, the telegraph is used for the first time between Baltimore
and Washington, D.C.
In 1850, the U.S. population was 23 million; 14% were
black slaves. Captain Jack was a teenager at the outbreak of the Civil
War. He was on his father's schooner when it was captured by the South.