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PVT: JOHN WHITE, of the 2nd California Infantry of Company “A”. of the California Column. Civil War Veteran of Monterey County.

John White was born in Sweden on September 10, 1825. When the Civil War broke out, he enlisted out of San Francisco on September 2, 1861 and mustered out at San Francisco on October 4, 1864. John White died on July 1, 1906 at the Agnews Asylum/Hospital; he was buried in the IOOF Cemetery in Salinas.

The following transcription is from the obituary in the “Salinas Daily Index” issue July 2, 1906
WHITE, JOHN (1825-1906) SALINAS IOOF Cemetery

Death of an Old Pioneer 
John White Passes Away at the Agnews Asylum Yesterday Funeral Will Be Held Here Tomorrow Forenoon- Sketch of His Life John White, one of the earliest pioneers of California and a highly respected old resident of Salinas, passed away at the Agnews Hospital yesterday. The body was brought to Salinas last evening for burial and the funeral will take place at 10 o’clock a.m. tomorrow from the undertaking establishment of Edward Roberts, 229 Main street. Interment in the I.O.O.F. cemetery.

In the early part of February last, while in a fit of despondency, caused by ill health, Mr. White attempted to commit suicide by cutting his throat at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Louise Joy, at Morgan Hill, Santa Clara County. He lingered between life and death for several days, but at length recovered, and was committed to the Agnews Hospital, where he died as above stated.

John White was born in Sweden September 10, 1825, and is now therefore in the eighty first year of his age. He came to California in 1844, as a sailor in the ship Bath Castle, Captain Libby from Boston. On his return voyage his ship stopped at VAlparaiso in January, 1847. In the harbor there they found at anchor two ships the Loo Choo, Captain J.B. Hatch, and the Susan Drew, Captain Putnam with a portion of the famous Stevenson regiment on board bound for California. Another ship the Thos H. Perkins, Captain J.P. Arthur, with the remainder of the regiment, did not stop at Valparaiso, but kept on her course to her destination.

Several members of the crews of the Loo Choo and Susan Drew having deserted their ships at Valparaiso Mr. White accepted a position as seaman on the Loo Choo at bigger wages than he had been getting and returned to California, arriving in San Francisco March 26, 1847. The Perkins, which had not stopped at Valparaiso, arrived at San Francisco n the 6th of the same month and the Susan Drew made port on the 19th.

This was Mr. White’s last deep water voyage. He gave p a seafaring life and concluded to make his home in California. In 1849 he took unto himself a wife in the person of a charming young native daughter of the Golden West named Miss Valupe Valencia. They lived happily together and their union was blessed with ten children, seven of whom- three sons and four daughters with about forty grandchildren are yet living.

Mrs. White died in 1861, leaving the husband very sad and lonely over the loss of his beloved companion. After seeing his motherless children cared for he entered the U.S. Army, but did not leave the State and was honorably discharged in 1862. He came to Salinas thirty five years ago and has resided here ever since, until a few months ago when he went to live with his daughter, Mrs. Louis Joy at Morgan Hill. He conducted a meat market here for many years. He was noted for his sterling integrity, and was highly respected by all with whom he came in contact. Of late years he had at time been a great sufferer from rheumatism, and it is supposed that this, in connection with the feeling that in his old age he was dependent upon others, caused him to make the attempt to take his own life.

Mr. White was a pensioner and he drew a small monthly stipend from the government.

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Compiled and Submitted: by Tim P. Reese, PCC  
Camp Abe Lincoln #10 based out of Santa Cruz, Ca  
Dept. of Calif. and Pacific  
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War  
Sep 2009