Hewson L. Peeke wrote in his 1916 edition of A STANDARD HISTORY OF ERIE COUNTY, OHIO, that Captain John White was one of the pioneer settlers of Erie County's Groton Township. His title of Captain was in reference to his service in the state militia. From the book MEMORIALS OF JOHN WHITE, we learn that John White (a descendant of the John White in the book title) was born in Hatfield, Massachusetts on August 22, 1792. He married Sophia White in 1820, who passed away in 1853 in Erie County, Ohio. He married Elizabeth Drake in 1854.
The children of John and Sophia White were: Ebenezer, Elijah, Mary, George, and John. John White and Elizabeth Drake White had a daughter named Ida. John White died on September 24, 1863 and is buried in Graves Cemetery just south of Castalia, Ohio.