The Rev. James Spratt White (1841 – 1891) J. Spratt White was the son of two of Rock Hills earliest residents, George P. White and his wife Ann H. White who had come to Rock Hill in the mid 1830’s to begin their married life. Their daughter Mary E. White was born at what is now the White Home in downtown Rock Hill. But it was James Spratt White who made a mark on local history just as had his mother, Ann. He was heavily involved in both the creation of what is today, the York County Library as well as the Rock Hill Fire Department. He was also highly influential in the establishment of the local school system – education was clearly a strong interest of the White family.
He served in the Confederacy as a very young man and returned to Rock Hill where he took up residence on East White Street near where the former Good Motor Company operated until recently. His descendents remain professionally active in Rock Hill’s development in 2014 and carry on a strong legacy of community involvement.
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