About John White
William Phips was born the son of James and Mary Phips, in a frontier settlement at Nequasset (present-day Woolwich, Maine), near the mouth of the Kennebec River. His father died when he was six years old, and his mother married a neighbor and business partner, John White. Although Cotton Mather in his biography of Phips claimed that he was one of 26 children, this number is likely an exaggeration. His mother is known to have had six children by Phips, and eight by White, although there may have been more children that did not survive infancy.
- 2. Lounsberry, Alice (1941). Sir William Phips. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. OCLC 3040370. pp 8–11
James Lane is supposed to have had a wife ANN, and certainly had a daughter by this name. He m. SARAH WHITE, daughter of John White and his wife Mary, who was the widow of James Phips. The mother Mary was mother of twenty-six children, and the daughter Sarah was half-sister of Sir William Phipps, the royal governor of Mass. James Lane died intestate leaving six children who shared his estate.