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     Roger Sherman White II, attorney at law practicing at the New Haven bar, was born in Westville, Nova Scotia, December 11, 1876, a son of Willard Wetmore White, a native of New Haven. The founder of the American branch of the family came from Wingham, England, in the latter part of the eighteenth century and settled in New Haven. During his early life Willard W. White was prominently identified with commercial pursuits in New York city, but at the time of his death was manager of the Black Diamond colliery at Westville, Nova Scotia. There he passed away in 1880 at the comparatively early age of forty years. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Anna E. Adriance, was a native of St. Louis, Missouri, and of Dutch lineage. Her ancestors, who came from Holland, originally settled in New York. On the maternal side she came of French and Irish extraction and both the paternal and maternal ancestral lines are traced back in America to a period antedating 1800. Mrs. White passed away in New Haven, Connecticut, in October, 1911, at the age of seventy-nine.
     The only son, Roger Sherman White, was educated in the Riverview Military Academy at Poughkeepsie, New York, and in Yale University, from which he was graduated with the Bachelor of Arts degree in 1899. He then continued as a law student and won his LL. B. degree in 1902. Following his graduation he entered upon the practice of his profession and became a member of the firm of White Brothers, composed of Rogers S. and Oliver S. White. They specialize in title searching, probate work and conveyancing, this branch of the business having been founded by their father, Henry White. For sixty-five years and until a recent date the business was carried on at No. 69 Church street, in the White building, but not long since a removal was made to the Law Chambers at No. 177 Church street. Mr. White is also one of the incorporators of the New Haven Savings Bank.
     On the 7th of July, 1899, in New York city, occurred the marriage of Roger S. White II and Miss Laura Stoughton, a native of Bellows Falls and a daughter of the late Charles B. and Ada Ripley (Hooper) Stoughton. the former a native of New York and the latter of Boston, Massachusetts. Mrs. White's father was an officer in the Union army during the Civil war and Mr. White's father also served in the Civil war, being connected with the commissary department. Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. White: Willard Stoughton, born in Passaic, New Jersey, August 6, 1900; Olivia Ripley, born in New Haven, August 10, 1908: and Roger Sherman White III, born in New Haven, January 5, 1911.
     The parents are members of St. Thomas' Episcopal church and Mr. White belongs to the Graduates Club, the Country Club, the New Haven Lawn Club and the New Haven Bar Association.

Modern History of New Haven
Eastern New Haven County


Volume II

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The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company 

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