Welcome back, Sheryl.Hope your health is improving.I, too have a new e-mail address, and we have moved north to Spokane, Washington after 12 years in Eureka, California.
I never have found anything on the Whiteoak tobacco Tin, but would assume it was just the name of the area where it was produced.
Have finally found some information on my great grandfather, John Whiteoak.Actually found his marriage record.There seems to be a connection to the town of Oxford-on-Rideau in what is now ontario Province. The Whiteoak name may have been spelled as Whitehawk at one time.
We have had a few health problems in our household, also, but are getting by in spite of them. Hope to here more from you.