Taken from the "History of Boone County, Missouri" page 1060
Joshua F. White
Joshua F. White, an old settler of Boone county, was born in Winchester, Frederick county, Virginia, March 27th, 1813. When he was nine years old his parents came to Missouri, and settled one mile north of Head's Fort, in Howard county. Joshua lived with the family on the farm, even after he became of age; and when his father and mother became old and infirm, he, like a dutiful son, cared for their comfort and support till the time of their death. His mother died first, at the age of eighty, in 1851, and his father died in 1858, aged eighty-six. Mr. White fell heir to the homestead, which he owned till 1860, when he sold it and moved to Rocheport, this county. Besides being a farmer, his father was master of the cooper's trade, which Joshua learned also. On coming to Rocheport he set up in that business, and has continued in it ever since. Mr. White served in the Black Hawk war, in 1832, as scout under command of Captains Canowl and Pollard. In 1837 he volunteered for service in the Florida war under Col. Richard Gentry, and was commissioned captain of his company. He, however, fell sick with a fever, and could not move with his command, Lieut. Jackson taking command of the company. On the 25th of October, 1838, he was married to Miss Mary Hern, of Boone county, by whom he has at this writing five living children; Susan F., George W., Ann, Josephine, and Mary. Mrs. White died June 30, 1856. Not many of these old pioneers are left, and the time must speedily come when all that we know of them will be in vague tradition, unless indeed, their names should be mentioned in history. But it is to them that the generations of this day owe their comfort and prosperity in this land of peace and plenty.