James, a bricklayer journeyman, was the eldest child of William White (1822-1896) & Elizabeth Kingsbury White nee Fry (1827-1900).
James married Eliza Legg (1854-) in the old St. James’ Church at Kingston on 14 November 1878.
James and Eliza lived at Church Knowle and had four daughters and a son:
- Nelly Elizabeth Harriet White (1879-1950) – Nelly married Thomas William Spaul (1879–1960) at St Olaves, Stoke Newington, London in 1907. Thomas, the son of a pocket compass maker, was a commercial traveller. Nelly gave her father’s trade as licensed victualler instead of bricklayer journeyman. When Thomas died in 1960, they were living at Margate in Kent.
- Charlotte Deborah White (1882-1973) – Charlotte was in domestic service for Sir Henry Seymour King (pictured right) who was a mountaineer, banker and conservative Member of Parliament. Charlotte married Albert Head in 1916. They lived in Islington, London.
- Mabel Eliza White (1885-1959) – Mabel was in domestic service at Organford for a retired naval commander. She married George William Mudford (1884-1948) at Christchurch in 1906. They lived in Upper Parkstone, Poole and it is thought they had a baby girl, Jessie Irene, who died shortly after birth.
- Jessie Alice White (1889-1944) – Jessie married Sydney George Slade (1886–1947) in 1926. Jessie and George lived in Church Knowle, with Jessie being the schoolteacher at Church Knowle school (pictured below) and George the shopkeeper.
- William Albert White (1894-?) – William was a milkman at Church Knowle before signing up in 1914 to serve with the East Kent Buffs (emblem pictured right) during WW1. In 1920, William, who was then a shop assistant and living in Pimlico, married Henrietta Roper (1893–?) at St Mary Magdalene in Peckham, London.
James died in 1919.