John Henry White II was the ninth of ten children born to Capt. John
Henry White and his wife Elizabeth Robbins White. He grew up on the water
literally since their home was on a barge in the Navesink River in Red
John left school in eighth grade and became an apprentice to a roofer
and sheet metal worker in Patchogue, Long Island. While living with the
family there and learning a trade, he also learned to play the piano
and read music.
He joined the cavalry as a young man. He eventually developed his own
business in roofing which grew to employ about six men and a full time
bookkeeper and secretary, Miss Pinkney.
He bought a new Ford car every two years and drove to Florida for vacations
nearly every winter for many years. All his roofing trucks were made
by Ford as well.
John Henry White was known for his honesty and hard work. He became
a successful businessman. He was a deacon in the Presbyterian Church
in Red Bank and sang in the choir. He liked to catch crabs from his row
boat in the Navesink River but was not a sailor like his father and grandfather.
He died in 1964 after several years of increasing dementia.