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New Jersey Obituaries - 1902 - Lyttleton White
Lyttleton White Dead
He Died Of Paralysis Early Yesterday Morning
He Was Sixty-Eight years Old and Was a Descendent of Two of the Oldest Families of Monmouth County-His Funeral Tomorrow
Lyttleton White of Eatontown died at his home at that place yesterday morning. He was stricken with paralysis on December 17th, but he partially recovered from this stroke and was able to get out. He came to Red Bank two weeks ago Monday, and although he was quite feeble he appeared to be on the way to recovery. Last Wednesday night he suffered a second stroke of paralysis and from this stroke he never recovered. He lay unconscious most of the time after receiving the second stroke. On Monday night about midnight he rallied a little and seemed to be better than at any time since the preceding Wednesday. He took some nourishment and said he felt much better. The improvement was only temporary, however, and shortly after midnight he began to sink. He grew gradually worse as the night wore on and he died at five o’clock in the morning.
Mr. White was 68 years old. His last birthday was Monday of last week. He was born at Red Bank and was the son of Mary and Elisha White. He was married when a young man. His wife, who is still living, was Miss Mary Lambertson of Middlesex county. Mr. White got acquainted with her while he was living at Matawan with his brother, Gordon D. White. He leaves also three children. They are William L. White of Easton, Pa.; Harry White of Duluth, Minnesota; and Cornelia Lewis White, who is generally known as Nellie White, who lives at home.
Mr. White had always been an active Republican. His first vote was cast for Abraham Lincoln for president, and he had voted for every Republican president since that time. He had filled a number of township offices and for ten years he was Eatontown’s representative in the board of freeholders. In 1896 he was elected auditor of the board, and this position he held until he was rendered incapable of doing the work of the office by the stroke of paralysis which prostrated him on the 17th of December.
For many years Mr. White was engaged in the store business at Eatontown. He kept a store at Red Bank for a while, in the store now occupied by Theodore Sickles. He was also for a short time the Red Bank ticket agent for the old Southern railroad when that railroad was the only one through this section. He was fond of the water and he owned a steam pleasure craft which he had named “Nellie White,” after his daughter, and in which he gave his friends excursions every season.
Mr. White was one of thirteen brothers and sisters, two of whom died in infancy. The others were Reading, Eliza, Catherine, Gordon D., John P., Forman, Mary, Lyttleton, Jane, Barzilla and Caroline. The only ones now living are Barzilla, who lives at Freehold, and Miss Jane White of Red Bank.
Mr. White was a direct descendant of Samuel White, who came from Deal, in England, in 1668, and who settled on the shore of Monmouth county. He called the place Deal, after his English home, and the name has been retained ever since. On his mother’s side he was a descendant of Samuel Dennis, who was one of the first settlers at Shrewsbury. Mr. Dennis’s tombstone is still in the graveyard at Shrewsbury, where it bears this inscription:
Here lieth in hopes of a joyful resurrection, the body of Samuel Dennis, who came from Great Britain to this place, A. D., 1675, where he lived to the day of his death, which was in 1723, leaving issue three sons and two daughters by his only wife, Increase, who departed this life 28 years before him.
Mr. White’s father, Elisha White, is not remembered by many of the people of Red Bank, but his mother, Mrs. Mary, or “Aunt Polly” White, which was the name by which she was generally known, is well remembered. She lived long after her husband, and every man, woman and child in the town of Red Bank in old times was a stanch (sic) friend of hers. She was a wonderfully capable woman, and was the special friend of children. She could tell them tales by the hour, and was most fond of telling them of the early days of Red Bank. She and her husband were among the first residents of Red Bank. It was in 1828 that Elisha White came to Red Bank to live and at that time Red Bank was not even a village. He bought the property on the east side of Broad street, and the house where the family lived was situated on the lot where Mrs. Weis’s millinery store is now located. Mr. White bought a little over an acre of ground, with a frontage of nearly 200 feet on Broad street. He paid $75 for the property and everybody who learned of his investment told him he was stuck mighty bad to give all that money for such a little piece of ground. Accordingly Mr. White was a very happy man a year or two later, when he got a chance to sell half of the lot. The purchaser was a man named Dennis, who was one of his wife’s relatives, and Mr. Dennis paid $50 for his half of the property. Mr. Dennis afterward sold his half to a man named Goodday, and Goodday in turn sold it to the Truex family who still own it.
The White half of the property was kept intact until ten or twelve years ago when the late George Hance bought the lot twenty feet front on Broad street where the Straus Co. store stands, paying $7,000 for it. Mrs. Weis bought the lot adjoining the Hance property. This property was thirty feet front, and Mrs. Weis paid $8,500 for it. The White estate still owns 45 feet frontage of the original tract, and this is estimated to be worth from $12,000 to $15,000.
Lyttleton White’s funeral will be held at his late residence to-morrow afternoon at half-past two o’clock. The services will be conducted by Rev. William N. Baily, rector of the Shrewsbury Episcopal church. The body will be buried in the churchyard.
Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, Apr 16, 1902
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