Fernando White was issued a patent on March 5, 1889, for a gas burner.
Fernando John White was Jim's great-grandfather. Inventiveness runs in his family. Fernando James White, son of the above, worked for Crucible Steel in Pittsburgh until his mettallurgical talents were needed in Detroit.
Jim's brother has several patents, including one found here issued in 1987 (print engine for color electrophotography AKA color laser printer) and a 2007 patent for a 3D stereo browser for the internet.
U.S. Patents can be searched through GOOGLE here.